The 10 Best Cookbooks for Your Kitchen
1. Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck
If you hadn't already realized from Julie and Julia, Julia Child has a way with the novice chef. Responsible for making intimidating French Cuisine more beginner-friendly, Child also embraced everyone's love of fatty, flavorful food, proving that in cooking, we should not always be concerned with calorie content. How could you when it just tastes so good? Child guides the cook from start to finish: from grocery shopping, to advising the chef on which American ingredients make good substitutes for the classic French ones, to which wines are best paired with your culinary masterpiece, Child has you covered.
2. The Craft of Baking by Karen DeMasco and Mindy Fox
baking, it seems, is an underrated skill in the culinary world. As seen on Top Chef, baking and desserts are always the contestant's downfall. Thanks to Karen DeMasco and Mindy Fox, this will hopefully no longer be the case. The Craft of Baking not only provides delicious recipes, but also includes detailed instructions for classic baking techniques. The book's third chapter, entitled "Techniques to Help Hone Your Craft," helps cooks learn baking basics that can be applied to most baking recipes, such as how to make caramel. The book even includes ice cream recipes to experiment with on those hot summer days.
3. 660 Curries by Raghavan Iyer
pice up your kitchen, literally, with chef Raghavan Iyer and his 660 Curries, your guidebook to Indian cuisine. Curries and Indian cooking tend to be more intimidating to the beginner chef due to the exotic nature of the cuisine. Luckily, for you adventurous chefs out there, Raghavan is an amazing guide, providing the cook with detailed recipes, ingredient glossaries, and an array of approachable dishes and appetizers that are easy to whip up. Remember, Indian tastes are not easily emmulated with substitute ingredients, so access to Indian spices and ingredients is a must.