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…

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…

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…

The Last Course, inspiration for the baking crowd

Interesting seasonal takes on French and American classics, advice on composing desserts, and plenty of dessert…soups!  The Last Course is a great addition to the collections of more experienced pastry makers and bakers.  Written by longtime and very influential pastry chef Claudia Fleming, it has pretty pictures, a clean design, and a focus on ingredients. …

Lidia’s Favorite Recipes, easy Italian home cooking

Lidia’s Favorite Recipes, by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali is a down to earth, no frills, beginner friendly Italian cookbook.  I thought it would be a good choice for our family of five, and that intuition proved correct.  Out of ten recipes made, we were happy with them all.  This is Italian comfort…