Cookbooks

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by iworktomuch, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. iworktomuch

    iworktomuch

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    I'm pretty sure this question has been asked a million time here, but answer if you would like.

    I would just like to know some of your favorite cookbooks that you have in your library.  As for me, my go to book is the flavor bible as a wonderful reference guide and have bought it four times(lost it, two stolen from me).  Also a book called the improvisational chef, this book made me think outside of the box.
     
  2. flipflopgirl

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    My Gma Van's black binder (it was falling apart and the binder was a good choice) stuffed full of recipes (and a peek into life from a by gone era) for real food (potato salad dressed with homemade mayo, for instance).

    Lots of little notes in the margins as well as tips on how to feed a family during (WW2) rationing.

    If I only had time to save one thing from a house fire, this would be my choice.

    The Pastry Queen ( Rebecca Rather ) is another favorite.

    Filled with both sweet and savory recipes that are a huge hit with the "ladies who do lunch" group.

    James Beard's " American Cookery" is my go to when I am cooking on the fly.

    Comes in handy when I have a pantry full of ingredients and want to make my family something besides meatloaf or pot roast.
     
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  3. chefboyarg

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    French Laundry Cookbook, Eleven Madison Park, Momofuku Milk Bar and VoltInk for inspiration; Ideas in Food and Modernist Cuisine for info; Mission Street Food for deliciosity and entertainment.
     
  4. duckfat

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    Charlie Palmer - Great American Food, Grant Achatz- Alinia, Mario Batali-Babbo, Morimoto, Ruhlman-Charcuterie and of course the Larousse Gastronomique.

    Dave
     
  5. twyst

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    Those are also my favorite books minus the mission street food book, I dont have that one but will have to check it out since we have such similar tastes!
     
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  6. veronporter

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    Raymond Blanc - 'Le manoir aux quat saisons'

    Marco Pierre White - 'White heat'

    Jason Atherton - 'Gordon Ramsay's Maze'

    Harold Mcgee - 'On food and cooking'

    Lucky peach magazine
     
  7. robo

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    The Art of Cooking, Arnold Zabert
     
  8. squirrelrj

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    TFL cookbook is amazing, lots of technique and plating ideas.
     
  9. chefboyarg

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    I'm going to have to update my list to include Ludobites.
     
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    The Art of Peruvian Cuisine - Tony Custer