cookbooks
Favorite Cookbooks

What are you favorite cookbooks? I like the “Aunt Bea’s Mayberry Cookbook”. lots of great southern recipes and funny stuff to read from the show. I also have “The Joy of Cooking” to refer to.
A book called , by the editors of Cook’s Illustrated magazine. It’s as much a food textbook as a cookbook, explaining the science and reason behind cooking methods. They test dozens of variations of each recipe and technique, and tell you what worked and why. The magazine is awesome, too.

How to cook everything: beginner’s edition

probably because it was my first one
2 favorites:

1) On Cooking: This was my culinary school textbook, and it’s a great resource for pretty much anything you want to know about cooking. I like it more than the New Professional Chef (CIA textbook), it seems more in-depth.

2) Taste, by David Rosengarten: This book doesn’t have all that many recipes for its size, but each recipe it has is very in-depth and well researched. I’ve read it through countless times, and it’s excellent each time.
i have an old better homes and gardens cookbook. it has some good recipes
I don’t use cookbooks

But if I had to guess, my favorite would actually be I use them often if I want something different.
Joy of Cooking my mother gave me when I moved.

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they are so great – a lot of recipes take wayyyy too much time to prep but in they end they are always right – for some of their recipes without the science and the comparisons check out America’s Test Kitchen:

My Joy got a lot of use when I was starting out as well – entertaining read too if you ever need to know how to stuff a wild boar’s head

edit – I made ATK’s lasagna a couple of weeks ago – absolutely the best I’ve ever had and used no boil noodles which I’d been extremely leery of using – i used a combo of 1/2 lb ground round and 1/2lb italian sausage:

Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen

His first book, and it teaches you the basics of the finest food in all the world.

Sounds cool. i’ll check it out.
On Cooking, and The Professional Chef, 7th Edition. Two great books.

Joy of Cooking my mother gave me when I moved.

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I’m using my dad’s which he got from his mom- it’s like an ancient tome

although I’m liking a lot of the recipies I’m finding on here- even if they don’t break it down into a step-by-step how to do it form.
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Any others?

I just ordered “The Best Recipe” and subscribed to America’s Test Kitchen

Used to be S.O.A.R.

Real nice grouping also, for taste or styles.
Still searching for a decent one, let alone my favourite. I find 90% of cookbooks are of no help unless you’ve had that dish before. (ie. cookbooks that resemble textbooks with no pictures)

Some books are too artsy. They’re more about the pretty photos than the recipe.

Too many ‘quick and easy’ cookbooks and other dumbed down recipes. If I wanted quick, I’d eat ramen. I want quality. Time shouldn’t matter.

I hate cookbooks that resemble scrapbooks.

Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen

His first book, and it teaches you the basics of the finest food in all the world.

That’s my cousin.
i have subscriptions to southern living, better homes and gardens, taste of home, and womans day…i cut out all the recipes i like (and write on index cards recipes i have collected from friends and family) and tape them on printer paper according to what kind of recipe it is and now i have the best cookbook evar…its got all the good stuff i want and none of the stuff i dont…i also like southern livings annual cookbook…i have several of them!

that’s a good idea, I have a big 3 ring binder with things I’ve cut out – I put them in plastic sheet savers then the recipes don’t get lost if something spills

a lot of the recipe web sites offer printing options for 3 x5 or 4 x 6 cards – if you print them out on card stock you can file them right away in the recipe box

/martha

Used to be S.O.A.R.

Real nice grouping also, for taste or styles.

Excellent site. As for actual books, I dig my New York Times Cookbook.
I have an international cookbook at home; it has some great stuff in there! If only i could cook :'(
I prefer online recipe sites because you can read user reviews, which I find extremely helpful in deciding whether to make or alter a recipe. My three favorite are:

no shit???

I prefer online recipe sites because you can read user reviews, which I find extremely helpful in deciding whether to make or alter a recipe. My three favorite are:

Those are all excellent, but unless you’ve got a lot of relatively obscure/expensive ingredients on hand, epicurious? Meh.

EDIT: This page is MINE. Sorry, had to.

Some of the recipes on epicurious are more of the fancy-schmancy variety, but most of them are actually pretty down to earth (it really all depends on what type of food you are looking to make). I like epicurious because it has a huge variety, is well designed, has a great rating/review system, is easy to navigate both by browsing and by using their very detailed search feature, and has a lot of delicious recipes… Sure, if you’re the type of cook who thinks an herb sage is a specialty item, then it wouldn’t be for you, but for most exeperienced or semi-experienced cooks its a great site.
internet: , epicurious.com, foodtv.ca, americastestkitchen.com

books: I’d rather list authors because anything by these chefs is golden: rick bayless (mexican!) nigella lawson(book- how to be a domestic goddess), marc bittman.

When picking out cookbooks i judge the book by its cover, table of contents, pictures, size of index and the little headnotes before the recipe. I love those little notes, they are great to read.
Yep, On Cooking is a very good book… i actually saw it on sale at Barnes and Noble

for some gourmet food though, you might want to try The French Laundry by Thomas Keller, or anything by Charlie Trotter
“The Three ingredient” cookbook, always gets me out of bind when needed

Ju
If you’re interested in an Australian flavour try

Always a reliable source for me… chow
For good french bistro food, Anthony Bourdain’s new book “Les Halles Cookbook” is great.

If you’re interested in an Australian flavour try

Always a reliable source for me… chow

Aussie cuisine being?

Me != money

eh, it’s only $20 or so on amazon, vs $35 in the bookstores.

Like I have $20 to spend willy nilly.
Joy of cooking is a must have for me as well.
Also really enjoy Rick Bayless’ Mexico: One plate at a time
I just received the new best recipe and the quick recipe – i’m sure there’s some overlap but they were a good deal when purchased together and a summary of all the magazines… such good reading…. so many new things to try

The Fanny Farmer Cookbook (original version). Can find a better little cookbook than that one. Lots of basic stuff…a bible for those who cook.
I flip through “The French Laundry” cook book by that thomas keller guy. tons of interesting stuff

Great book, but does the average person even have half the ingredients required to cook a meal from there?

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“The soul of a Chef” by Michael Ruhlman, u go to culinary school…..do urself a favor and read this book..
The New Professional Chef
Not really a cookbook, but Cuisine at home magazine. No ads, just cooking. Their back issue volumes come bound like a book, so essentially they are a cookbook.
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I ordered New Joy of Cooking and New Best Recipe yesterday.
Here’s why I don’t like epicurious:

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Here’s why I don’t like epicurious:

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3037 results for:
chicken

dunno what you’re doing that results in no results…
havent gotten internet hooked up at home so i use the James Beard American Cookery. its a 600+ pg book.. and JB is a GOD.

only problem is that it has no “prep time” and no “serve” count… but most of his recipes are 4-person

the joy of cooking or southern living cookbooks
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, Marcella Hazan. Some fantasic recipes in there, not too insanely complicated, just good classic Italian.

Joy of Cooking for the basics.