Foodie Friday – Cookbooks: A Primer

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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,

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!

Sunday Suppers at Lucques – if you cannot get to Suzanne Goin‘s temple of gastronomy in L.A., get this!

The Family Chef – by Jewels and Jill Elmore – have YET to cook anything not divine from these 2 gorgeous L.A. moms!

Barefoot Contessa Parties – I like all of Ina Garten‘s books, but this one is special.

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!



About lseccuro

As a mom, lifestyle expert, surfer and event planner, I love to discover the next uber-cool thing! Whether it's a shoe, a wine, a food, a photographer, a designer, a blog, a flower or a travel spot, you can find me trolling for it! I also like to blog about the kids and how running a household like this keeps me grounded. I love all things beautiful, but mostly Mr. F4 and the little ones, Ava and Leo. Things I love: sparkly anything, homecooked meals, snowy white sheets, holidays, photography, monograms, antique silver, reading everything I can get my hands on, Pilates, learning anything new, antiquing, gardening, collecting cookbooks and shoes, mixing slouchy sofas w/ sleek chairs, collecting china, the beach, Ruzzetti & Gow seashells, seersucker, Sharpies, Chanel lipgloss, counting my blessings. Drop me an email or a comment and I look forward to meeting you!

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