Picking favorite books is always painful. We know that the instant we share a list something will remind us of a treasure that we overlooked. And yes, we cheated by not including any baking books here. That means we’re at work on a separate baking list! And a reading list!
What you can’t see is all the scraps of paper we used in making this list, with titles of books that almost made it, that would have made it if only we could have added two more, five more…
That said, all of these are standouts. They have personality, a distinctive approach, and they deliver what they promise. It would be the rare cook who needs all of them, but each sets a very high standard.
Click on the title to learn more about each book.
David Tanis Market Cooking by David Tanis
Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark
Meehan’s Bartender Manual by Jim Meehan
Mexican Ice Cream by Fany Gerson
Pantry and Palate by Simon Thibault
Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat
Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden with Martha Holmberg
Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman
Unforgettable by Emily Kaiser Thelin