Right now, my wife Maria cooks us delicious meals with recipes from three books from our moms. We are into simple (e.g,. very few) and fresh ingredients. I was inspired to post this by a link “Top 10 Food Books Every Chef Should Own“. First our short list:
- Great Grilling (Louise Pickford) - we’ve eaten many great meals from this book that is available used for $3.99! We use a gas grill – we are too lazy with two kids to be a charcoal grill snob
- Barefoot Contessa Parties (Ina Garten) – fun and easy when you entertain
- The New Basics Cookbook (Julie Rosso & Sheila Lukins) – lots of the staples, etc.
And here’s the list from the post that inspired this one:
1) On Food & Cooking / Harold McGee
2) The Art of Eating / MFK Fisher
3) Kitchen Confidential / Anthony Bourdain
4) It Must’ve Been Something I Ate / Jeffrey Steingarten
5) Tender at the Bone / Ruth Reichl
6) The Tummy Trilogy / Calvin Trillin
7) The Omnivore’s Dilemma / Michael Pollan
8) Down and Out in Paris and London / George Orwell
9) Heat / Bill Buford
10) The Physiology of Taste / Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
What are yours? Feel free to critique or add to these lists.