Required Reading Must-have books for both novice and expert cooks
Here’s a list of absolutely essential books that we think every cook—novice or expert—should have in their personal library.
LET’S COOK WITH NORA BY NORA V. DAZA No Pinoy cook should be without a copy of this seminal cooking classic. This almost legendary little book was written by the grand dame of Filipino cooking herself, Nora Daza, and contains every basic Pinoy recipe you need to know, from sinigang to cassava cake. Available at National Book Store.
THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA COOKBOOK BY INA GARTEN Who wouldn’t want to have dinner with Ina Garten? The Barefoot Contessa, best known for her Food Network show, is a master of easy, breezy cooking and entertaining. Her first cookbook is full of simple, doable recipes, and tips and tricks that will get you inviting your friends over for dinner. Available to order on Amazon.com and at Fully Booked.
BAKING CHEZ MOI BY DORIE GREENSPAN Dorie Greenspan’s baking is legendary, and for good reason. A beloved food writer and recipe developer, Dorie became famous for her love of Frenchstyle baking and her penchant for sharing her treats with friends and family. Keep your eyes on her lemon madeleines and deep, dark chocolate loaves. Available at Fully Booked.
FOOD52 GENIUS RECIPES BY KRISTEN MIGLORE This book will change the way you cook forever. This impressive tome is a collection of some of the best recipes from famed food site Food52’s Genius Recipes column, which is all about simple tricks and ideas that instantly improve classic recipes. Think adding butter to tomato sauce for a richer finish, and perfect no-knead bread. Available at Fully Booked.
COOK WITH JAMIE BY JAMIE OLIVER Everyone’s favorite Naked Chef keeps things nice and simple in this cookbook packed with rustic recipes and cool kitchen tricks. Jamie takes readers through the ins and outs of cooking at home, and offers up some of the easiest and tastiest recipes from his impressive cooking repertoire. Available at Fully Booked.
MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING BY JULIA CHILD No one knows French cooking quite like Julia Child did. A cooking TV pioneer, educator, and allaround food-lover, Julia changed the face of American cooking by introducing home cooks to the wonders of classic French cooking. Her twovolume cookbook is an exhaustive and inspiring look at French cuisine, as well as a loving homage to the food that Julia loved most. Available to order on Amazon.com and at Fully Booked.
SIMPLE COOKING BY ANTONIO CARLUCCIO When it comes to classic Italian cooking, there is no better person to turn to than the godfather of the Italian kitchen himself, Antonio Carluccio. Antonio’s quintessential cookbook pays loving homage to the simple cooking at the heart of Italian cuisine and is the perfect book for anyone looking to cook like a loving Italian nonna. Available to order on Amazon.com and at Fully Booked.
MOZZA AT HOME BY NANCY SILVERTON Nancy Silverton’s cooking at Mozza has always been rooted in the rustic, family-style dining traditions of Italy, so it only makes sense for home cooks to try her hearty Italian-inspired recipes in the comforts of home. Her best recipes also happen to be the easiest ones to toss together, like her crisp Endive Salad with Date Anchovy Dressing and her simple Olive Oil Cake. Available at Fully Booked.
LUCKY PEACH 101 ASIAN RECIPES BY PETER MEEHAN Can’t quite pick your favorite Asian cuisine of all time? Then grab a copy of this fascinating, all-encompassing cookbook by indie food magazine phenomenon Lucky Peach. This book contains 101 needto-know recipes from practically every Asian country, including Japan, India, China, Korea, and even the Philippines. Available at Fully Booked.
HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING BY MARK BITTMAN If you’re only ever going to own one cookbook, make sure it’s this one. Written by the remarkably knowledgeable former food columnist Mark Bittman, this now classic book is filled with over 2,000 easy recipes for everything from brownies to poached salmon. Who said you needed to go to culinary school to learn how to cook? Available to order on Amazon.com and at Fully Booked.