All I want for Xmas is a Cookbook-which one?
Maybe opening up a debate on this site given the number of cookbook afficianados. I want to put one on my list for Xmas and don't know which one. I have the Bon Appetit and some old standbys (Better Home and Gardens) but want to add to this with a classic. Prerequistes are easy fast cooking that can be easily served to guests as well as family and the cookbook must be in current print. Any suggestions? Thanks for your suggestions....
Corriher's first book, "Cookwise", is a great reference which I regularly consult, so I had "Bakewise" on my wish list - until I read the comments on Amazon. Their consensus was that there's just as much, if not more, baking info in Cookwise - which of course has plenty of non-baking-related insight as well - and that Cookwise is better organized and easier to use.
I haven't looked at it but I'd expect Martha Stewart's newly-published "Cooking School" cookbook would fill T42's requirements. Best bet would be to go to the bookstore and skim through some of the cookbooks. My high school English teacher reminded us that a notebook is "a compendium of your ignorance" - don't include what you already know.
This is my criterion in cookbook selection as well. Only T42 knows what T42 doesn't already know!
We just got the new Martha Stewart book in at our store. I've thumbed through it a bit and think I might bring it home soon. It does a good job of going through basic techniques but I thought the recipes looked quite good and interesting. There was a shallow poached fish dish with kumquats that Im' still thinking about several days later.
Another book to consider would be the big yellow "The Gourmet Cookbook" edited by Ruth Reichl. The Gourmet staff culled through the entire history of the magazine's recipes, chose the best of them, and retested and retweaked them to make sure they held up. I haven't made anything from it that wasn't a winner.
Dean & Deluca Cookbook written by David Rosengarten. Actually, your best bet is to go to your county library, check out a few and sit down for a read. Pick the best sounding book, try out a few recipes and return it in your 2 week time frame before committing to a purchase. Best to make copies of the recipes you try before using them, don't want to splatter a book that isn't yours. That being said, I'll stick with Dean and Deluca. Good luck.
Sounds like you only have a few cookbooks, so here are my recommendations.
Buy used books. They're the same thing, way cheaper. :)
Get a James Robertson book. Unpretentious, easy and professional. I also like that he doesn't really do an "all in one" book, but rather devotes each book to a subject. The books of his I have are:
- Essentials of Cooking (how to cut up and use just about anything)
- Fish and Shellfish
- The Duck Cookbook
He has a book devoted to Sauces that I plan to get eventually.
Also the Martha Stewart books aren't all bad for an all-in-one book.