Essential Cookbooks

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I do the vast majority of my cooking from one web site and two other cookbooks:

  • epicurious
    • really the only "cookbook" you need
  • How to Cook Everything. Mark Bittman
  • Joy of Cooking. Irma S. Rombauer et al.

One should also have a few books for other cuisines

  • Authentic Mexican. Bayeless
  • An Invitation to Indian Cooking. Madhur Jaffrey
  • Classic Italian Cookbook. Marcella Hazan

If you're into the science of cooking, its nice to know how things work

  • On Cooking. Harold McGhee
  • Cookwise. Shirley Corriher


Beyond that, it's all supplemental.

  • Gourmet Cookbook. Ruth Reichl et al.
  • Amuse-Bouche: Little Bites That Delight Before the Meal Begins. Rick Tramonto et al.
  • The Way To Cook - Julia Child
  • PH10.– Pierre Hermé (pastry)
  • All About Braising. Molly Stevens
  • China – Healthy dishes for the Imperial Court.
  • My latest cookbook: Patricia Wells "At Home in Provence", which I like much better than her

"Bistro" cookbook.


If I were really serious, which I'm not, I would have

  • El Bulli 1983-2002
  • Larousse Gastronomique
  • The Wine Report, by Tom Stevenson
  • The World Atlas of Wine –Edition nº 6