A quick peek at our blogroll divulges many of our favorite food blogs (there are SO many of such great quality and writing – just surf around and find what you love) and, of course, we love to read food magazines like Saveur, Fine Cooking, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Vogue Australia Entertaining, Everyday Living with Martha Stewart, et.al.
In addition, our iPads are LOADED with food apps like Epicurious, Hello Vino, Open Table, Food Network, Urban Spoon, to name a few. And we follow many restaurants, chefs, food trucks, food writers and bloggers on our Twitter feed. So, yes, to all of the above if you are a reader, bride to be, aspiring cook, cooking newbie or foodie (or “eatie”, as I like to say!). But it all comes down to this one, perfect truth:
Cookbooks are our porn. I have about 250 cookbooks, some in the office, some in my kitchen office, some in storage. I love them like well-worn cotton sheets. I would say “children”, but that’s just sad and wrong. (errr….). If you are looking to build a great home cook’s library of classic, trendy, simple, difficult, bare bones or fancy – I’ve got the basics right here for you. Oh, and by the way, a great cookbook – or “cookery book” as my British friends like to say (so fab) is a wonderful hostess gift and will be remembered long after that bottle of wine.
The Ultimate Cookbook List – Basic* (Master Class to follow in a different post)
Silver Palate Cookbook – my first cookbook. The 1980s have never seemed so fresh!
The Family Chef – by Jewels and Jill Elmore – have YET to cook anything not divine from these 2 gorgeous L.A. moms!
Joy of Cooking – there are no words. It’s still the best.
Double Delicious – Jessica Seinfeld’s 2nd book – great if you have kids.
My Father’s Daughter by Gwyneth Paltrow – deceptively easy and hugely informative. Gorgeous photos.
For Cod and Country – Barton Seaver’s tome of sustainable, easy ways to cook fish. Don’t fear the fish!
Flavor by Rocco DiSpirito – love this book; fresh and easy.
In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite by Melissa Clark – I am in LOVE with this collection of 150 wonderful recipes
Giada at Home – deLaurentiis’ recipes from both Italy and the beaches of Malibu – light, easy, fresh.
There are the basics – let’s meet later for Master Class (think Momofuku!). And by the way, if you DO have a tablet reader, cookbooks are just as vibrant to read on them. That said, there’s something about a sauce-splattered, dog-eared, Post-It littered volume that just screams love to me.
Do you have a favorite cookbook? Tell us and you can win one of my favorites!