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kabrown Mar 13, 2007 05:32 AM

What cookbooks do you consider "essential"... i.e. cannot live without? Personally, my current favorite is the Gourmet cookbook which i just bought... and now i want more! any reccomendations?! Thanks!

  1. DanaB Mar 13, 2007 10:50 AM

    I'm sensing a theme here!

    The two books I could not live without, and which I would (and have) travelled with anywhere I might be cooking, are:

    Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking
    Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

    A close third and fourth place go to:

    Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything
    Rosemary Barron's Flavors of Greece

    1. ccbweb Mar 13, 2007 10:36 AM

      The only books I consider "essential" in my collection are:
      Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Julia Child)
      The Way to Cook (Julia Child)
      Jaques Pepin Complete Techniques
      Le Repertoir de la Cuisine
      LaRousse Gastronomique

      I have many other books I love and from which I gather many ideas, but those are my essential books.

      1. Romanmk Mar 13, 2007 10:29 AM

        Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen. Superb recipes that consistently turn out better than I expect them to.

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          Old Spice Mar 13, 2007 10:14 AM

          Fish & Shellfish, by James Peterson
          Sauces, by James Peterson
          Essentials of Cooking, by James Peterson
          The Splendid Table, by Lynne R. Kasper
          Couscous & Other Good Food From Morocco, by Paula Wolfert
          A Book Of Middle Eastern Food, by Claudia Roden
          Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone, by Deborah Madison
          Bistro Cooking, by Patricia Wells
          Curried Favors, by Maya Kaimal MacMillan
          The Barefoot Contessa and The Barefoot Contessa Parties, by Ina Garten
          From Julia Child's Kitchen, by Julia Child
          Le Cordon Bleu At Home
          The Last Course, by Claudia Fleming
          How To Cook A Pig, by Betty Talmadge (well, maybe not essential, but I love it)

          1. AmandaEd Mar 13, 2007 09:30 AM

            Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
            Mastering the Art of French Cooking
            Simply Thai

            1. Carrie 218 Mar 13, 2007 09:12 AM

              The Joy of Cooking BUT it must be the 1970s version -- not the hideous so-called "revised" one.

              1. Megiac Mar 13, 2007 08:55 AM

                1) The Joy of Cooking
                2) How to Cook Everything
                3) Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
                4) Mastering the Art of French Cooking

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                  howchow Mar 13, 2007 08:36 AM

                  Marcella Hazan - Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
                  Madhur Jaffrey - Indian Cooking

                  1. thegolferbitch Mar 13, 2007 07:48 AM

                    For absolutely different reasons, the Betty Crocker cookbook (I have a cheap, dogeared paperback and anything by the Frugal Gourmet. He has fallen out of favor but he has a lot of good, serviceable recipes similar to the tastes I grew up with.

                    1. Suzie Mar 13, 2007 07:22 AM

                      The New Profesional Chef from the Culinary Institute.and Gourmet.

                      1. Katie Nell Mar 13, 2007 07:22 AM

                        I haven't really had any of my cookbooks long enough to *really* consider them essential, but the one I would really, really miss (in fact, I'm missing it right now since I loned it out) is Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook. And although it's not really a cookbook, I could not do without the Food Lover's Companion- sort of a food and cooking dictionary and a great resource.

                        1. MMRuth Mar 13, 2007 07:17 AM

                          Here's a link to a recent discussion on the subject - though hopefully you'll get some additions on this thread as well:


                          1. littlegreenpea Mar 13, 2007 07:14 AM

                            I love my Larousse Gastronomique.

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