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.

Yummy (Philippines) - - Contents - Text by Chino L. Cruz


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 Ama­ 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 Ama­ 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 Ama­ 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 Ama­ and at Fully Booked.

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