Friday, June 19, 2009


Wanted to get a thread going so we could share our favorite cookbooks. My top 5 in no order are...Frank Stitt's Southern Table, Mario's Molto Italiano, Ruhlman's Ratio, Keller's Bouchon, and America's Test Kitchen Cookbook. I am anxiously awaiting the release of Keller's Ad Hoc, which will be Keller's definitive recipes for home classics, and David Chang's Momofuku. Both of these will be available this fall.


OG said...

1. Jamie Oliver, Cook
2. Julia Childs, Master the art of French Cooking vol 1
3. Anthony Bourdain, Les Halles Cookbook
4. Suzanne Goin, Sunday Suppers at Lucques
5. Thomas Keller, French Laundry

MAB said...

I agree with JW on Keller's Bouchon and OG on Keller's French Laundry - I'm obviously a Keller groupie. I've cooked a number of dishes from both, and although time consuming, the result is usually outstanding. My list would also include some lesser known cookbooks:
1. Paella, by Penelope Casas. If you think Paella has two variations (Valenciana and the other one) then you are missing out. How about Paella with squid ink sauce. Yummmm.
2. A Spanish Family Cookbook by Juan and Susan Serrano. Excellent regional spanish family cuisine.
3. Fiery Foods that I Love, by Dom De Louise, oops I mean Paul Prudhomme. If you want to burn up your spice grinder on a single recipe, then this is the cookbook for you. About as time consuming as Keller, but a lot hotter.
4. Ogeechee River Redbreast Cookbook II, by the Midville Garden Club, Midville, GA. You can't mention cookbooks without having one on comfort foods from an unknown church or civic group in nowhere Georgia.
5. The ARF Chef's Cookbook. Don't try to look it up on Amazon. ARF - Augusta Reading Foundation. It was a school for children with learning disabilities that my mother-in-law operated in the 1970s and 80s, in a building that now houses the Pizza Joint in Evans, GA. My wife went there as a child (dyslexia) and also illustrated the cookbook (backwards) at 9 years old.