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favorite cook books / food books
Posted by: mattkime
Date: December 27, 2018 12:35PM
The Food Lab and Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat basically taught me how to cook last year. I'm just getting interested in cook books / books about food. What should I read?



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Re: favorite cook books / food books
Posted by: Cary
Date: December 27, 2018 12:41PM
Not a book, but I love watching Good Eats. Alton Brown explains the science (and history) behind cooking various foods, not just how to cook.
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Re: favorite cook books / food books
Posted by: freeradical
Date: December 27, 2018 01:19PM
Joy of Cooking - a classic

The two volume set by Julia Child - Mastering the Art of French Cooking
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Re: favorite cook books / food books
Posted by: Robert M
Date: December 27, 2018 01:29PM
Matt,

If you're anything like, then this is the book you want in your cooking library:

[www.amazon.com]

I _hate_ cooking. I hate it so much I haven't even ordered the book even though it came _very_ highly recommended.

Robert
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Re: favorite cook books / food books
Posted by: freeradical
Date: December 27, 2018 01:41PM
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Robert M
Matt,

If you're anything like, then this is the book you want in your cooking library:

[www.amazon.com]

I _hate_ cooking. I hate it so much I haven't even ordered the book even though it came _very_ highly recommended.

Robert


"Cream cheese and olive sandwich"

eek smiley
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Re: favorite cook books / food books
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: December 27, 2018 01:57PM
I have this ordered:

[www.amazon.com]

Also, look for a Jacques Pepin book where he teaches the essentials or basics.
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Re: favorite cook books / food books
Posted by: mattkime
Date: December 27, 2018 02:22PM
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Dennis S
I have this ordered:

[www.amazon.com]

Also, look for a Jacques Pepin book where he teaches the essentials or basics.

They've been on my radar, as is Cooks Illustrated. I think Kenji Lopez-Alt was an editor at Cooks Illustrated.



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Re: favorite cook books / food books
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: December 27, 2018 03:01PM
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Re: favorite cook books / food books
Posted by: Fritz
Date: December 27, 2018 03:20PM
the cooks Ill books are good.
NY Times cookbook.
CookWise - O'Connor - a bit of science too

these are our 3 go tos.



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Re: favorite cook books / food books
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: December 27, 2018 04:27PM
Salt, fat, acid, heat... another vote. I read it like a novel and loved it.

Mark Bittmann? I cook a ton and read a lot of different cookbooks. I can't think of too many ground breaking ones in particular...
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Re: favorite cook books / food books
Posted by: wurm
Date: December 27, 2018 06:29PM
We received this one as a wedding gift 34 years ago and still refer to it often. I bought the "new, updated" version of it a few years ago and it's still in brand new condition because we like the old one better.

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Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: December 27, 2018 11:43PM
If you want to learn properly, there is really one (well, two) series you must own and you can buy nothing else:

La Technique
La Methode

By Jacques Pepin

And there is an accompanying video series you can probably find through library loan, or own it because it's just so good.



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Re: favorite cook books / food books
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: December 28, 2018 05:02PM
By far I think the best cookbook is James Beard’s Theory and Practice of Good Cooking. It’s not about recipes, but techniques, with a chapter on roasting, a chapter on braising, a chapter on baking, and so on. It’s why I don’t use or need recipes. It has sample recipes with some variations but they’re more to illustrate one way to use the technique. Learn how to braise and you can make oxtail ragout or coq au vin or pulled pork without a recipe.

For a big old reference, Bittman’s How to Cook Everything is nice to have on hand. It’s also available as an app. It has far too many recipes. But if you want to learn all about thin whitefish fillets or dandelions or beans, it’s the place to go.

I love to cook. I cook a full dinner six days a week and make some nice lunches and breakfasts a couple times a week. So I get lots of cookbooks as gifts, but they get donated or regifted. The only books I keep are the two aforementioned, plus a couple specialty books about bread or exotic cuisines.

I do subscribe to Fine Cooking magazine though. They often focus on techniques and ingredients; they have some recipes that are like vague outlines, they have specific recipes, and they often have articles where it’s like, choose a meat from table A, some vegetables from table B, some aromatics from table C, and a cooking liquid from table D. And you end up with a garlicky beef daube or kung pao chicken or whatever.
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