Best Cooking, Food & Wine Reference Books

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1. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

Author: by Samin Nosrat
Simon and Schuster
English
480 pages

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Now a Netflix series! New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2018 James Beard Award for Best General Cookbook and multiple IACP Cookbook Awards Named one of the Best Books of 2017 by: NPR, BuzzFeed, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Rachel Ray Every Day, San Francisco Chronicle, Vice Munchies, Elle.

Com, Glamour, Eater, Newsday, Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Seattle Times, Tampa Bay Times, Tasting Table, Modern Farmer, Publishers Weekly, and more. A visionary new master class in cooking that distills decades of professional experience into just four simple elements, from the woman declared America’s next great cooking teacher by Alice Waters.

In the tradition of The Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything comes Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, an ambitious new approach to cooking by a major new culinary voice. Chef and writer Samin Nosrat has taught everyone from professional chefs to middle school kids to author Michael Pollan to cook using her revolutionary, yet simple, philosophy.


2. Cook This Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes to Repeat: A Cookbook

Author: by Molly Baz
Clarkson Potter
English

304 pages

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A thoroughly modern guide to becoming a better, faster, more creative cook, featuring fun, flavorful recipes anyone can make. Surprising no one, Molly has written a book as smart, stylish, and entertaining as she is. Carla Lalli Music, author of Where Cooking BeginsIf you seek out, celebrate, and obsess over good food but lack the skills and confidence necessary to make it at home, you’ve just won a ticket to a life filled with supreme deliciousness.

Cook This Book is a new kind of foundational cookbook from Molly Baz, who’s here to teach you absolutely everything she knows and equip you with the tools to become a better, more efficient cook. Molly breaks the essentials of cooking down to clear and uncomplicated recipes that deliver big flavor with little effort and a side of education, including dishes like Pastrami Roast Chicken with Schmaltzy Onions and Dill, Chorizo and Chickpea Carbonara, and of course, her signature Cae Sal.

But this is not your average cookbook. More than a collection of recipes, Cook This Book teaches you the invaluable superpower of improvisation though visually compelling lessons on such topics as the importance of salt and how to balance flavor, giving you all the tools necessary to make food taste great every time.


3. The All New Ball Book Of Canning And Preserving: Over 350 of the Best Canned, Jammed, Pickled, and Preserved Recipes

Author: by Ball Home Canning Test Kitchen
TI Inc. Books
English
368 pages

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From the experts at Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball canning products, comes the first truly comprehensive canning guide created for today’s home cooks. This modern handbook boasts more than 350 of the best recipes ranging from jams and jellies to jerkies, pickles, salsas, and more-including extender recipes to create brand new dishes using your freshly preserved farmer’s market finds or vegetable garden bounty.

Organized by technique, The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving covers water bath and pressure canning, pickling, fermenting, freezing, dehydrating, and smoking. Straightforward instructions and step-by-step photos ensure success for beginners, while practiced home canners will find more advanced methods and inspiring ingredient twists.

Thoroughly tested for safety and quality by thermal process engineers at the Fresh Preserving Quality Assurance Lab, recipes range from much-loved classics Tart Lemon Jelly, Tomato-Herb Jam, Ploughman’s Pickles to fresh flavors such as Asian Pear Kimchi, Smoked Maple-Juniper Bacon, and homemade Kombucha.


4. Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide

Author: by Madeline Puckette
Avery
English
320 pages

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JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNERThe expanded wine guide from the creators of Wine Folly, packed with new information for devotees and newbies alike. Wine Folly became a sensation for its inventive, easy-to-digest approach to learning about wine. Now in a new, expanded hardcover edition, Wine Folly: Magnum Edition is the perfect guide for anyone looking to take his or her wine knowledge to the next level.

Wine Folly: Magnum Edition includes: more than 100 grapes and wines color-coded by style so you can easily find new wines you’ll love; a wine region explorer with detailed maps of the top wine regions, as well as up-and-coming areas such as Greece and Hungary; wine labeling and classification 101 for wine countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Austria; an expanded food and wine pairing section; a primer on acidity and tannin-so you can taste wine like a pro; more essential tips to help you cut through the complexity of the wine world and become an expert.

Wine Folly: Magnum Edition is the must-have book for the millions of fans of Wine Folly and for any budding oenophile who wants to boost his or her wine knowledge in a practical and fun way. It’s the ultimate gift for any wine lover.


5. The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs (LITTLE, BROWN A)

Author: by Karen
Little, Brown & Co.
English
392 pages

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Great cooking goes beyond following a recipe-it’s knowing how to season ingredients to coax the greatest possible flavor from them. Drawing on dozens of leading chefs’ combined experience in top restaurants across the country, Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg present the definitive guide to creating “deliciousness” in any dish.

Thousands of ingredient entries, organized alphabetically and cross-referenced, provide a treasure trove of spectacular flavor combinations. Readers will learn to work more intuitively and effectively with ingredients; experiment with temperature and texture; excite the nose and palate with herbs, spices, and other seasonings; and balance the sensual, emotional, and spiritual elements of an extraordinary meal.

Seasoned with tips, anecdotes, and signature dishes from America’s most imaginative chefs, The Flavor Bible is an essential reference for every kitchen. Winner of the 2009 James Beard Book Award for Best Book: Reference and Scholarship


6. Milk Street: Cookish: Throw It Together: Big Flavors. Simple Techniques. 200 Ways to Reinvent Dinner.

Author: by Christopher Kimball
Voracious
English
352 pages

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Throw together fast, flavorful meals in no time with just a handful of ingredients with 200 highly cookable, delicious, and incredibly simple recipes from the James Beard Award-winning team at Milk Street. In Cookish, Christopher Kimball and his team of cooks and editors harness the most powerful cooking principles from around the world to create 200 of the simplest, most delicious recipes ever created.

These recipes, most with six or fewer ingredients (other than oil, salt, and pepper), make it easy to be a great cook – the kind who can walk into a kitchen and throw together dinner in no time. In each of these recipes, big flavors and simple techniques transform pantry staples, common proteins, or centerpiece vegetables into a delicious meal.

And each intuitive recipe is a road map for other mix-and-match meals, which can come together in minutes from whatever’s in the fridge. With most recipes taking less than an hour to prepare, and just a handful of ingredients, you’ll enjoy: Pasta with Shrimp and Browned ButterWest African Peanut ChickenRed Lentil SoupScallion NoodlesOpen-Faced Omelet with Fried Dill and FetaGreek Bean and Avocado SaladAnd for dessert: Spiced Strawberry Compote with Greek Yogurt or Ice Cream When it’s a race to put dinner on the table, these recipes let you start at the finish line.


7. The Chef's Garden: A Modern Guide to Common and Unusual Vegetables–with Recipes

Author: by FARMER LEE JONES
Avery (April 27, 2021)
English
640 pages

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An approachable, comprehensive guide to the modern world of vegetables, from the leading grower of specialty vegetables in the countryNear the shores of Lake Erie is a family-owned farm with a humble origin story that has become the most renowned specialty vegetable grower in America.

After losing their farm in the early 1980s, a chance encounter with a French-trained chef at their farmers’ market stand led the Jones family to remake their business and learn to grow unique ingredients that were considered exotic at the time, like microgreens and squash blossoms.

They soon discovered chefs across the country were hungry for these prized ingredients, from Thomas Keller in Napa Valley to Daniel Boulud in New York City. Today, they provide exquisite vegetables for restaurants and home cooks across the country. The Chef’s Garden grows and harvests with the notion that every part of the plant offers something unique for the plate.

From a perfect-tasting carrot, to a tiny red royal turnip, to a pencil lead-thin cucumber still attached to its blossom, The Chef’s Garden is constantly innovating to grow vegetables sustainably and with maximum flavor. It’s a Willy Wonka factory for vegetables.


8. The King Arthur Baking Company's All-Purpose Baker's Companion (Revised and Updated)

Author: by King Arthur Baking Company
Countryman Press
English
592 pages

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Trusted recipes, revised and updated for a new generation of home bakers. Comprehensive in scope, authoritative in style, and offering clear, practical, and encouraging instruction, The King Arthur Baking Company’s All-Purpose Baker’s Companion is the one book you’ll turn to every time you bake.

In it, the experts from King Arthur lead home bakers through hundreds of easy and foolproof recipes from yeast breads and sourdoughs to cakes and cookies to quick breads and brownies. Winner of the 2004 Cookbook of the Year Award by the James Beard Foundation, this dependable cookbook has been reinvigorated with new photography, recipes, and revisions to keep it relevant to today’s modern baker.

Decades of research in their famous test kitchen shaped the contents of this book: 450+ recipes, a completely up-to-date overview of ingredients (including gluten-free options), substitutions and variations, and troubleshooting advice. Sidebars share baking secrets and provide clear step-by-step instructions. Techniques are further explained with easy-to-follow illustrations.


9. Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods

Author: by Thomas Elias
Sterling Publishing
English
288 pages

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Beautiful color photographs … Temptingly arranged. The Library LetterPlanning an outdoor adventure? Make sure to consult this information-packed and photo-filled North American field guidearranged by season and regionbefore you go! Already a huge success in previous editions, this must-have field guide now features a fresh new cover, as well as nearly 400 color photos and detailed information on more than 200 species of edible plants all across North America.

With all the plants conveniently organized by season, enthusiasts will find it very simple to locate and identify their desired ingredients. Each entry includes images, plus facts on the plant’s habitat, physical properties, harvesting, preparation, and poisonous look-alikes. The introduction contains tempting recipes and there’s a quick-reference seasonal key for each plant.

10. Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set)

Author: by Julia Child
Knopf (December 1, 2009)
English
2 pages

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The perfect gift for any follower of Julia Childand any lover of French food. This boxed set brings together Mastering the Art of French Cooking, first published in 1961, and its sequel, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume Two, published in 1970.

Volume One is the classic cookbook, in its entirety524 recipes. Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere, wrote Mesdames Beck, Bertholle, and Child, with the right instruction. And here is the book that, for nearly fifty years, has been teaching Americans how.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking is for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food and long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine, from the historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas.

The techniques learned in this beautiful book, with more than one hundred instructive illustrations, can be applied to recipes in all other French cookbooks, making them infinitely usable. In compiling the secrets of famous Cordon Bleu chefs, the authors produced a magnificent volume that continues to have a place of honor in American kitchens.

11. The Professional Chef

Author: by The Culinary Institute of America (CIA)
0470421355
Wiley
English

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The Professional Chef is among the best-selling titles in Wiley’s cooking program and represents the cornerstone book in our publishing partnership with the CIA. We have completely reorganized this book to reflect the way that people cook in the kitchen today, with the best of foods and flavors from around the world.

The book reviews ingredients, equipment, and skills of the professional chef. It then explores the techniques for the full range of food items: vegetables, potatoes, grains, legumes, pasta, meats, fish and seafood, poultry, eggs, fruits, soups, sauces, quickbreads and cakes, yeast breads, and more.

The new edition features information on global cuisines, an all-new chapter on Plated Desserts, and information on topics of growing importance such as sous vide cooking, seasonality, and sustainability. The new edition features a new user-friendly design and structure, guiding readers through the basic principles behind each technique at a glance, and then providing more in-depth information along with step-by-step photography.

12. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1: A Cookbook

Author: by Julia Child
B004ZZFMTK
Knopf
October 5, 2011

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For over fifty years, this New York Times bestseller has been the definitive cookbook on French cuisine for American readers. It deserves a place of honor in every kitchen. Featuring 524 delicious recipes and over 100 instructive illustrations to guide readers every step of the way, Mastering the Art of French Cooking offers something for everyone, from seasoned experts to beginners who love good food and long to reproduce the savory delights of French cuisine.

Julia Child, Simone Beck, and Louisette Bertholle break down the classic foods of France into a logical sequence of themes and variations rather than presenting an endless and diffuse catalogue of dishesfrom historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas.

Throughout, the focus is on key recipes that form the backbone of French cookery and lend themselves to an infinite number of elaborationsbound to increase anyone’s culinary repertoire. Julia has slowly but surely altered our way of thinking about food.

13. What's the Difference?: Recreational Culinary Reference for the Curious and Confused

Author: by Brette Warshaw
Harper Wave (June 8, 2021)
English
240 pages

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From the creator of the popular What’s the Difference? Newsletter, a whimsical and practical reference for food nerds and novices alike, covering dozens of culinary topics, that clears up confusion over similar terms, techniques, dishes, and more. Do you know the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?Bourbon and rye?

Crumbles, cobblers, and crisps? Most people don’t, even a number of home cookswhich is why they turn to Brette Warshaw. Inspired by her hit newsletter What’s the Difference?, this irreverent yet informative reference makes clear the differences between things that are often confused in the kitchen, on the plate, behind the bar, and everywhere in between.

Featuring 70 percent new material and favorite entries from her website, What’s the Difference? Covers more than 100 culinary topics, including:All-purpose flour vs.Bread flour vs. Pastry flourBacon vs.Pancetta vs.Speck vs. Pork BellyCreme Fraiche vs.Sour CreamJams vs.Jellys vs.

PreservesBroccolini vs broccoli vs broccoli rabe Caramel vs butterscotch vs dulce de leche vs cajetaFilled with charming illustrations What’s the Difference? Is essential for anyone who wants to feel more confident in the kitchen and at the table.

14. Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook

Author: by Jose Andres
Anthony Bourdain/Ecco
English
368 pages

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the endlessly inventive imaginations of star Spanish-American chef Jos Andrs and James Beard award-winning writer Matt Goulding, Vegetables Unleashed is a new cookbook that will transform how we think aboutand eatthe vast universe of vegetables.

Andrs is famous for his unstoppable energyand for his belief that vegetables are far sexier than meat can ever be. Showing us how to creatively transpose the flavors of a global pantry onto the produce aisle, Vegetables Unleashed showcases Andrs’s wide-ranging vision and borderless cooking style.

With recipes highlighting everything from the simple wonders of a humble lentil stew to the endless variations on the classic Spanish gazpacho to the curious genius of potatoes baked in fresh compost, Vegetables Unleashed gives us the recipes, tricks, and tips behind the dishes that have made Andrs one of America’s most important chefs and that promise to completely change our relationship with the diverse citizens of the vegetable kingdom.

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Wine Simple: A Totally Approachable Guide from a World-Class Sommelier

Author: by Aldo Sohm
Clarkson Potter
English
272 pages

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From the world-renowned sommelier Aldo Sohm, a dynamic, essential wine guide for a new generation NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY FOOD52 Aldo Sohm is one of the most respected and widely lauded sommeliers in the world.

He’s worked with celebrated chef Eric Ripert as wine director of three-Michelin-starred Le Bernardin for over a decade, yet his philosophy and approach to wine is much more casual. Aldo’s debut book, Wine Simple, is full of confidence-building infographics and illustrations, an unbeatable depth of knowledge, effusive encouragement, and, most important, strong opinions on wine so you can learn to form your own.

Imbued with Aldo’s insatiable passion and eagerness to teach others, Wine Simple is accessible, deeply educational, and lively and fun, both in voice and visuals. This essential guide begins with the fundamentals of wine in easy-to-absorb hits of information and pragmatic, everyday tipskey varietals and winemaking regions, how to taste, when to save and when to splurge, and how to set up a wine tasting at home.