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Jul 27, 2006 06:43 PM

Best Cookbook You Own?

What are your favorite cookbooks -- The ones you always go back to?

Mine is All About Braising by Molly Stevens. Every recipe blows my mind and takes the individual ingrediants to new levels -- especially the short ribs with a maple rosemary glaze! The whole book is well written, easy to follow, and people can never refuse seconds and thirds when I cook from it.

Curious to know what the rest of you think of as the cookbook you could never live without...

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  1. The Professional Chef from The CIA's Greystone campus. I just can't find a more comprehensive resource for the identification, preparation, and presentation of food than this book. It is the one reference that's a must for me.

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      1. re: Infomaniac

        why Greystone? The 8th edition has just been released.

      2. This is so mundane considering how many cookbooks I own, but the one I actually use and keep going back to is The Joy of Cooking. Yep, boring but it really does cover just about everything, and I find that I can easily take a recipe and tweak it a bit and make them my own if necessary.

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        1. re: sivyaleah

          It's a hard question to answer, but of the many shelves of cookbooks, the book I often turn to is JC's "The Way to Cook".

          1. re: sivyaleah

            thats not a good must move on!

            1. re: tastelessfruit

              Oh I do more on - I use others, and a lot of magazines since I subscribe to nearly all of them and tend to cook new recipes based on what is seasonal but if I'm looking for a specific type of recipe I usually know that JOC will have it -if I don't think their version is suitable, then I go wandering elsewhere.

              1. re: sivyaleah

                That's exactly how I use my JOC. :)

          2. I would have to agree that it is "The Joy of Cooking" mostly because I can figure out how to cook or do anything I want to do by reading it. I don't cook by following recipes. With enough time, I tend to read a few different ways to cook the same thing ahead of time. Then when it comes to cooking it, I follow none of them. I prefer to do something different, although it may be very similar.

            If I had to list my next in lines, they would be, in no particualr order: one of Marcella Hazan's books on Classical Italian cooking; Charmaine Solomon's on Asian cooking (amazing in its breadth); Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child; The Complete Book of Mexican Cooking by Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz; and The Complete Book of Carribean Cooking by Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz. Armed with these, I think I can cook most things that I think I want to cook. Although, I would like a really good one on barbequeing in the variety of American styles and also on how to fake those styles best when all you have is an oven.

            1. That is tooo braod a question. Best cookbook for what?

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              1. re: Candy

                Her last sentence says "a cookbook you could never live without"

                1. re: Infomaniac

                  No, I mean it. Best book for Chinese, Italian, Southern, Mexican, Spanish, French etc. I can name something in each category but best of the best has to be what you want to make and eat right now. Your best go to source for whatever. I have too many to pick one I could never live without. A better question would be if you could only keep one book in each of the cook book categories you collect and the rest would have to go what would you keep? And, that is even really hard and would take a lot of thought.

                  1. re: Candy

                    It's sort of like my worst fear....someone telling me this will be your last meal, what would you like?
                    I wouldn't be able to give them an answer...well, maybe an all you can eat buffet, of all my favorites.

              2. Aside from the classics mentioned above:

                Think Like a Chef was great