Chef Alex Guarnaschelli's favorite 5 cookbooks
1. "The Gourmet Cooking School Cookbook" by Dione Lucas
2. "Classic Indian Cooking" by Julie Sahni
3. "An American Place – Celebrating The Flavors of America" by Larry Forgione
4. "Bold American Food" by Bobby Flay
5. "Simple Cuisine: The Easy, New Approach to Four-Star Cooking" by Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Hmmm...I own one. One is a previous COTM. Another is on my list of books I want. And two I've never heard of.
It is an interesting list for sure. Bobby Flay's is the only recent cookbook. The other three are from the 80's and 90's. Mostly the 80's. Not sure that would matter that much... classic recipes should still be useful.
Oops, I didn't even look at the indian one.... sorry I'm just not a fan of that cuisine.
Not a big fan of Bobby's either. Bobby puts chili powder on a peanut butter sandwich. Emeril puts essence on it.
Yeah. There's something definitely wrong here. She's probably playing politics, kissing the skillets of those she wants to make happy, not giving any credit to anyone who might possibly be considered a competitor. I must say, this list makes me think less of her. Not that I necessarily thought all that highly of her to begin with. But she sure has managed to make a name for herself. She's getting more than her share of those 15 minutes.
That is one idiosyncratic list!
Alex's mother was Julie Sahni's editor and I'm sure Maria was testing a lot of recipes at home when Alex was a kid. Must have made one helluvan impression on her. The Dione Lucas is also obviously steeped in childhood memories.
I remember eating at American Place, and have had the cookbook since it was first published. Never cooked a thing from it. Not even sure why I've kept it on my shelves all these years. Because she worked there seems an odd reason to choose it as a favorite.
The Vongerichten sounds interesting; don't recall seeing it. I'd like to take a look at that one. Bobby Flay? Feh!
Taking this with a major pinch of sel gris.
Interesting that she didn't mention her mother was Sahni's editor.
I actually picked up a used copy of the Vongerichten--might have been on Bittman's 50, if I recall. Whoops, wait: I have a copy of Jean-Georges: Cooking At Home with a Four-Star Chef, the other book Vongerichten wrote with Bittman.