I have a lot of cookbooks, and while I usually get my recipes from websites and magazines, there are a few titles I’ve used a lot over the years. Here’s some of my favorites:
Trattoria by Patricia Wells – great pastas, including my Penne alla Vodka recipe
The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins- good basics for entertaining such as hummus and salad dressings
The Grit Restaurant cookbook by Jessica Greene and Ted Hafer- 101 ways to make you like tofu!
The Flying Biscuit Cafe Cookbook by April Moon- great breakfasts and vegetarian dishes
Menus for Entertaining by Martha Stewart- this is one of the first cookbooks I got and it has amazing menus
Hot Sour Salty Sweet by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid- one of my newest cookbooks. It has lots of amazing looking noodle recipes
Savoring Southeast Asia by Joyce Jue- more Southeast Asian food, but with pictures so you know what you’re getting into
Down Home Cooking by Robert Dolezal- another of my early cookbooks. This has really good American basics and great desserts
Authentic Mexican by Rick Bayless- real Mexican cooking. Some recipes are fairly complicated, but there are some good ones in there too.
What to Have for Dinner by Martha Stewart- another one of my first cookbooks. This one has great, simple menus by season.
Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen- a vegetarian classic with the best marinara and lasagne recipes ever.
The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan- how to cook everything Italian. If you ever want pasta you can go through pages of options.
Madam Wong’s Long Life Cookbook by S. T. Ting Wong- my favorite recipe ever- eggrolls- came from this cookbook. It came with my mom’s West Bend electric wok and I found a copy after college at Goodwill. How could you not love a cookbook endorsed by Warren Beatty?
The Balthazar Cookbook by Keith McNally, et al.- recipes elegant enough for entertaining and simple enough for weeknight dinner. Lots of French classics and fish recipes.