I read something recently about how people like blogs that give lists. So here’s a list of my favorite cookbooks, in no particular order:
- How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
- On Food and Cooking (not really a cookbook, but it’s super cool) by Harold McGee***
- I’m Just Here for the Food and I’m Just Here for More Food by Alton Brown (and all of his other books… he’s my hero)
- Anything Ina Garten has ever touched is “fabulous,” including her Instagram (follow me @foodsciencenerd!)
- Everyday Italian by Giada de Laurentiis (this book is a great beginner cookbook)
- Cooking for Geeks by Jeff Potter
- Casual Cooking by Michael Chiarello
- Cooking School Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen***
- The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman (her blog is fantastic too and she takes the most beeeeeeauuutiful photos ever)
- The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger (a Registered Dietitian!)
- Bonus! Cook’s Illustrated, Food and Nutrition Magazine, and Food Network Magazine (again, not books, but the info and pictures are the best)
***Bonus Bonus book! My dad (Hi!) just sent me a brand new book, The Food Lab, written by the science editor of Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt and it’s WONDERFUL. It feels like reading this blog, if it was written by a highly experienced chef (who is also a huge nerd). I highly recommend it, and I recommend reading it from front to back for maximal effect.
I very rarely use actual recipes while I cook, but I do like flipping through cookbooks for inspiration. Most of the books on this list either are science-y and informative or have really pretty pictures that make me want to cook whatever I’m looking at. If a cookbook isn’t fun to read or has lousy pictures, I won’t buy it even if it’s world famous because it won’t make me want to try something new. And much of the time, I don’t even rely on a physical book… Pinterest has some of the best recipes and pictures out there, and it’s free!
Is there anything I missed? Leave a comment letting me know your favorite cookbooks!