Lessons in Cooking Part 4: Cookbooks

FC Foodie names some of her favorite cookbooks



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I am going to be very honest here…I am not that person who buys tons and tons of cookbooks. Often times I find that a handful of recipes in each book are worth trying while I had to pay for the whole book. Too expensive, I say! Besides, with internet being such a comprehensive resources for anything and everything, I find it super easy to find whatever I need over there. It is so easy to bookmark a favorite recipe in my browser or to pull it up on my iPad while cooking in the kitchen!

Having said that, there are a few books that I happened to come across and they have been my long time go-to’s. They are as follows:

The Silver Palate Cookbook. Many of you may not even know of its existence. I came across this book about 20 some years ago (first printed in 1982). It was the first cookbook I ever bought. It has some delicious and classic recipes that I find to be a great reference point of an era-past.

I love any cookbooks by Barefoot Contessa aka. Ina Garten. I love watching her show for her simple and elegant recipes and her books delivers the same.

Sustainably Delicious by our very own chef Michel Nischan is a wonderful book. His phenomenal respect for nature’s bounty is evident in his recipes. I have attended a cooking class with him at Clarke Kitchens and love following those same recipes in his book.

The Barcelona Cookbook is one of my favorites. Who doesn’t love Barcelona restaurants? I have attended many cooking classes with their chefs. It is wonderfully fun to recreate some of those great flavors right in my own kitchen.

Perhaps the most exciting book I have ever come across was one I discovered recently. The Family Meal — Home Cooking with Ferran Adria. Ferran Adria is considered the best chef in the world and his restaurant, El Bulli (now closed), a legend. This book is a collection of everyday meals that the El Bulli staff used to eat together before evening service. It is such a methodical, meticulous resource of simple and delicious recipes. It explores all the basics one must have in a pantry. With an illustration for each step in a recipe. The book even goes into the details and instructions for time management when putting together a meal. Totally idiot-proof!  

I am currently working my way through In the Kitchen with Alain Passard — a fascinating book that uses comic-book like illustrations to show a glimpse into the mind and world of this intense and innovative chef. His reverence for each ingredient, no matter how big or small, is mesmerizing and inspiring. For one thing, I am amazed at how many ingredients can be consumed raw — if shaved super thin. Never thought about it until this book came along.

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A self-proclaimed chocoholic and an avid eater with a passion for world cuisine, Fairfield County Foodie loves to try out new restaurants while constantly updating her list of favorite go-to’s. With a passion for cooking, she delights in delicious easy to follow recipes that make her guests feel like she has been slaving over the stove for hours.  Psst… let’s keep this as our little secret, shall we?

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