If I could only keep the cookbooks of one author/chef/cook that author would be:
- Breadcrumbs Mar 8, 2014 05:53 PM
mr bc asked me this question tonight. He told me I had 20 seconds to answer. My answer was:
OMG, I'd miss all my Italian books that are the most predominant category in my collection but DH has a bit of everything. As an Aussie, her recipes have an Asian influence that I so love.
What about you? Whose books would you keep?
James Beard.No foreign influences other than perhaps European, but lots of good, well-described recipes; and in some books good technical instruction.
Or maybe Pepin (+/- Claiboune, whose NYT cookbook is great)
Yes Pepin, for all the reasons I cited for Beard, but he's better.
I have to vote for Ina Garten too.
She's not my favorite cook and I have scores of wonderful cookbooks by other cooks I prefer, but if I had to pick only one author and her cookbooks, it would have to be she. Not only do her cookbooks offer an excellent range of dishes that I could eat every day, the recipes are so perfectly tested and the results are excellent and there's enough variations to keep me satisfied and interested. In short, I could only cook from Ina Garten and never get bored of either the food or recipes.