Food books that changed your life...
There are 3 food books that changed my life.
• Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential/A Cook's Tour (technically two books, but they came as a single edition)
• Mastering the Art of French Cooking
• The Making of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman
Anthony Bourdain's book got me interested in food in general. Mastering the Art of French cooking helped me expand my cooking abilities exponentially. The Making of a Chef encouraged me to enroll in cooking school.
What food books (cookbooks or otherwise) made an impact on you? Are there any that inspired you, made you a better cook, or changed your life? Are there any that you just found to be extremely interesting?
I'd love to hear!
One of the many but one of the best: Blue Trout and Black Truffles by Joseph Wechsberg, on food in the glory days of Vienna
Michael Pollan's Omnivores Dilemma, mind opening about the current food production world. Diet for a Small Planet, a classic awakening to our interconnection with others. Rombauer's Joy of Cooking, an indipsensible cooking companion. Laurels Kitchen, slow down and enjoy more plant food. Victory Garden Cookbook, falling apart from use.
I grew up in a kosher home and my mom & Grandma were Holocaust survivors. As new immigrants, we ate an awful lot of heavy, heavy Hungarian Jewish influenced food. Great, terrific food but very heavy! My mother's first "American" cookbook was the Betty Crocker and she considered this very terrific and we "morphed" a lot of ingredients to fit into our kosher cooking regime. In college I bought myself my first Joy of Cooking. This was my first cookbook dealing with "regular, American" food. I adored watching Julia Child, Jacques Pepin and others of French influence on TV. Their cookbooks came next. I branched out from there to Italian, Spanish and Mexican cooking. I still have my first Joy from the 1970's. The recipe for how to skin and cook a squirrel brought much laughter in our house. I can't repeat the comments from Mom & Grandma, but they were definitely inflammatory.