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The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook

The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook

  By: Chris Fischer This is a fun book that creates that farm feeling. I sometimes love a book that provides recipes I want to cook, and that make me want to go to the food. The connection I feel with where food is raised or grown, the people that labor to bring it to  Continue Reading »

Uganda be Kidding Me

Uganda be Kidding Me

  By: Chelsea Handler I love comedy and so I seek role models for women that push the envelope and are fearless. Chelsea Handler is definitely one that I read when I need a break from cookbooks and the topic of food in general.  I love irreverence. It takes a lot of that to be  Continue Reading »

The Art of Cooking with Vegetables

The Art of Cooking with Vegetables

  By: Alain Passard In my years living in France, I was always most inspired by Alain Passard. His restaurant “L’Arpege” is a place I spent my rent money on more than once. He used to cook everything, from duck to bass to tomatoes, but has since limited himself uniquely to vegetables.  These recipes are  Continue Reading »

The Classic Italian Cookbook

The Classic Italian Cookbook

  By: Marcella Hazan This is the OG of Italian cuisine mavens and there is a reason. I always love a book that reviews the essentials and also stretches those limits with exciting ideas.  I went to Venice in 1999 with my mother to visit Marcella and she made us lunch. In the land of (what  Continue Reading »

Gran Cocina Latina

Gran Cocina Latina

By: Maricel Presilla Have you been to Maricel’s awesome restaurants? I began with some incredible meals and then got to know her as the expert on Latin cooking.  This is an opus. This is like “drop the mic” good. It is a comprehensive exploration of Latin cooking with recipes for all levels of cooks.  More  Continue Reading »

Meat

Meat

By: Pat LaFrieda Meat by Pat LaFrieda is a book I love. Obviously I am biased because he is someone I consider a dear friend and meat “confidant” for years. When I wanted to make bacon from beef and failed so many times, chewing tough brisket after brisket, Pat calmly suggested veal breast and I was off to  Continue Reading »

The Auberge of the Flowering Hearth

The Auberge of the Flowering Hearth

By: Roy Andries de Groot This Auberge of the Flowering Hearth by Roy Andries de Groot this is a classic and so old school. It hearkens back to times when I would sit reading Jane Grigson or MFK Fisher. It’s like a discourse on French food, the origin of great foods, the drinks. It reads somewhere  Continue Reading »

The Art of Fermentation

The Art of Fermentation

by Sandor Ellix Katz Ok. I admit this book is s bit heady and scientific at times. But I love that. I can dig deeper into fermenting or I can pull back and look at this exploration of the topic. This is not a book loaded with recipes, but it is a jumping off point for  Continue Reading »

Salt to Taste

Salt to Taste

by Marco Canora I am biased because I know and appreciate this chef personally. I have always been an avid fan of his restaurant Hearth. In fact, I will safely say it remains my favorite restaurant in NYC. I love the veal meatballs; they are nothing like my mom’s or grandmothers and sot hey really end  Continue Reading »

The Weekend Baker

The Weekend Baker

by Abigail Johnson Dodge The Banana Layer Cake with Fudgy Frosting is one of my favorites. I really can get behind a cake that also has hints of a breakfast muffin underneath it all. I am a passionate baker because I do it for pleasure and recreation. I also find this book very straight-to-the-point. “Bursting with  Continue Reading »