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Spice: The Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean

Spice: The Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean

by Ana Sortun I guess I often gravitate to a cookbook that addresses a topic I feel as if I can never learn enough about. Spice is a really fun exploration of spices. I particularly love the spice mixes—The Kebab Spice Mix, Turkish Babarat Spice Mix for Lamb. I also love the celebration of dried  Continue Reading »

The Notebooks of Michael Bras: Desserts

The Notebooks of Michael Bras: Desserts

I am a sucker for any notebook that feels like it was hand written by the chef. Michel Bras, as I understand it, is likely the inventor of the molten chocolate cake! I love the black fig tart…I love his ideas for cooking with pineapple (what I often refer to as the “death” fruit because  Continue Reading »

Classic Indian Cooking

Classic Indian Cooking

by Julie Sahni I will admit, sometimes I pick a book to fall in love with knowing fully well that my mom painstakingly edited it. This is one of those books. I love the recipes. They work so well. They are really fun to make and even more fun to eat. I love her spice blends.  Continue Reading »

Atelier Alain Senderens

Atelier Alain Senderens

by Erik Orsenna This is a really old school book that I have had for years. It is part of a series  – one of which centers on Joel Robuchon and on which I worked with Patricia Wells when I was living in Paris – that explores a chef’s point of view on a particular set  Continue Reading »

The Art of Living According to Joe Beef

The Art of Living According to Joe Beef

by Frederic Morin, David McMillan and Meredith Erickson Ever read a cook book that has an ideal mix of recipes you would like to dream about and imagine eating, and some you just want to run into the kitchen and start making? I feel like this is the book for me. There are many recipes that  Continue Reading »

Baking Out Loud

Baking Out Loud

by Hedy Goldsmith I love desserts and because I am a savory chef, baking is something I can enjoy more recreationally because I don’t bake at the restaurant. I love a fluffy, buttery Shortcake, a really tasty cookie. Hedy’s book has some really fun ideas, twists on classics, and she also has great a savory  Continue Reading »

Hero Food

Hero Food

by Seamus Mullen I love this book because it really reflects who the author is. I am down with anyone who makes lemonade out of lemons and shares both personal health struggles and triumphs with food. I love the ideas in this book. I love the recipe for homemade sausage. So delicious. I feel like  Continue Reading »

Try This at Home

Try This at Home

by Richard Blais This book has a lot of ideas. When I read it, there were a number of things I wanted to make immediately. I like that the author mixes in some of the harder techniques he loves (and has mastered) and breaks some of them down for us to add here and there.  Continue Reading »

Pulpo: A Venetian Cookbook of Sorts

Pulpo: A Venetian Cookbook of Sorts

by Russell Norman This book has the power to transport me straight to the scene of these recipes. I close my eyes and imagine those ingredients, so fresh, being combined simply in these recipes. There are some really clever and interesting touches. I wanted to make about 30 recipes the first time I read through  Continue Reading »

Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking

Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking

by Morimoto I don’t always read through new cook books. I also flip through the older ones. I love this book because it breaks down a number of basic and essential Japanese techniques. Sandwiching protein between sheets on Kombu seaweed to transform the texture and taste? Too cool. It’s simple and filled with pictures. I  Continue Reading »