Cucina Rustica by Evan Kleiman and Viana La Place

I have loved cooking from this book.  My mom has had it since I can remember (it was published in 1990), and gifted me a copy for Christmas/Hanukkah this past year.  It’s a quiet classic, and well worth diving into.   The truly valuable part of this cookbook is that the rhythm of it encourages…

Time to Eat by Nadiya Hussain

Time to Eat by Nadiya Hussain is a great addition to my cookbook collection. I love the premise, that we can find ways to cook smarter and save time. My favorite thing about the food is the creativity and the great balancing of flavors.  Nadiya really stretches sometimes and does unusual things, and she usually…

Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten

Ina Garten is a Culinary Queen, benevolently directing her subjects from her kitchen to ours.  But before all of that, she was just a girl, standing in front of Jeffrey, trying to get in to a cocktail bar.  So the story goes in Cooking for Jeffrey, Ina’s one millionth (*ahem* 10th) cookbook.  So enjoyable to…

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, by Samin Nosrat, illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton, is listed on Amazon as a Cooking Encyclopedia.  I think of it as a kind of light textbook, definitely more than just your average collection of recipes.  It’s basically a cooking course, but is more about methodology and…

Pastry Love by Joanne Chang

Pastry Love is the fifth cookbook written by Joanne Chang, owner of Flour Bakery and Cafe in Boston.  It was published in 2019, and there has been a lot of buzz about it online ever since.  Deservedly so.  It’s a very impressive set of recipes, made possible by collaboration with the many bakers and pastry…

Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan

Dorie Greenspan is a marvel.  This is a woman who has won five James Beard awards.  She has written 13 cookbooks.  She has a column for the New York Times, “On Dessert.”  If you want to give her a go without the investment of buying a book, you can find some recipes on her website…

Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi

Yotam Ottolenghi has been massively internationally influential in the last decade.  He has changed the way we think about food on a much larger scale than just his own work—he has influenced so many people in the food space that it actually changed the current, moving us collectively more towards vivacious herbs and middle eastern…

Ripe by Nigel Slater

This lovely dream of a book has been keeping me company for the last few weeks.  Sitting in my yard in Austin, I imagine old country houses and rolling hills, hedges draped in berries and fruit trees trained to climb walls.  The reader is quickly transported, which is good, because every few minutes I’m called…

Ready for Dessert by David Lebovitz

When did I first learn about David Lebovitz?  Was it reading his blog, davidlebovitz.com, or was it seeing his ice cream book, The Perfect Scoop?  Whichever it was, it was wonderful, and I was instantly a fan.  Even after being a follower for so long, I can still get lost on his website, spending far…

One Good Dish, a cookbook with many good dishes

I loved cooking from One Good Dish: the pleasures of a simple meal.  First up for me was grilled cheese in a waffle iron, a sandwich so simple I hesitate to even call it a recipe.  It’s an idea—read the name, you pretty much know how to make it.  That amazes me.  David Tanis is…