Amy Thielen's fantastic New Midwestern Table celebrates iconic heartland dishes that haven't all gotten the nod of the cool kids—homemade braunschweiger (a soft, smoky pork pâté), beer cheese soup, and the homey chicken hotdish. Here, she shares a few cookbooks that inspire her.
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I'm about a month away from turning in my first cookbook, and I can definitely say it's been the biggest project I've taken on in my professional life. What have I learned? For starters: stock up on plastic takeout containers.
"People seem to be hysterical about lots of photos in cookbooks these days," says David Lebovitz, but that's not really what he looks for. Instead, he wants cookbooks to offer a "unique perspective on the topic" at hand. Here are a few of his favorite books and cookbook authors.
Amanda Hesser—mastermind of Food52 and writer of the epic Essential New York Times Cookbook—is something of a cookbook addict. Here are her picks for the best cookbooks for baking, for big dinner parties, and for giving as gifts.
I'm stocking up on butter to get ready for Dorie Greenspan's new baking book. But in the meantime, here are a few of her favorite cookbooks and cookbook authors.
As I planned out the recipe list for my cookbook on Mexico City cuisine, I couldn't leave out pancita, a soup of tripe and chilies. There was just one problem: I can't stand it.
Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen owns 144 cookbooks...and that's after pruning them down. We ask about her favorite sources for recipe inspiration and the books that really have stood the test of time.
Molly Wizenberg of Orangette shares her thoughts on cookbooks (and food blogs), plus the favorites she returns to again and again.
Eileen Yin-Fei Lo has written 11 cookbooks on Chinese cuisine. Her latest, Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking, will introduce you to a number of traditional dishes you may not have tried before. Stuffed bean curd Hakka-style? Steamed hairy melon soup? You'll find all that, plus how to make legit tea-smoked duck, steamed pork buns, and more. Where does this cooking pro turn when she's looking for inspiration? I asked Eileen Yin-Fei Lo a bit about the books on Chinese cooking that she recommends, plus her other favorite cookbooks across all cooking styles.
Author Michael Ruhlman wants you to think differently about cooking. Here, he shares his thoughts on recipes, and a few of his favorite books about the basics of cooking technique.
Deborah Madison, author of The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, is an avid cookbook collector. I asked her about her favorite veggie-focused books and the best lesser-known cookbook authors.
I recently got the chance to chat with Ted Lee about the Lee Bros.' favorite cookbooks, from Southern-cooking classics to recently-published sources of cooking inspiration.
Yotam Ottolenghi is one of our favorite cookbook authors. But who are his favorite cookbook authors?
Earlier this summer, after opening box after box of beautiful vegetarian cookbooks, I was ready to call effortless, vegetable-focused cuisine the cookbook trend of 2013. But as the weather began to chill, a coterie of excellent technical books emerged. Some were well-tested restaurant cookbooks, others were nerdy scientific tomes, while others tackled major DIY projects. This culinary juxtaposition between simple and complex cookbooks has led to an incredibly diverse year of cooking. Over the last 12 or so months, I've managed to cook from close to 50 new cookbooks—and I've not come close to repeating a dish.