Post Bump – Ultimate Cookbook List!

cookbooks | December 17, 2008 | By

banana cakeBy Danny

Reader Submitted List!

This is an older post but given the creeping holiday season, I decided to bump it in case anyone needed gift ideas. Enjoy!

A couple of weeks ago I posted an open call for the very best cookbooks. I wanted to compile a list of cookbooks that had been vetted by readers. The idea for this list came from my frustration with the shear amount of cookbooks out there….it’s hard to know which ones are good and which ones are crap. So, here it is. If you would like to add a book to the list, just leave a comment and I will update the list accordingly. Make sure to send the list to your friends. Check out the comments section of the original post to see who submitted and please make sure to visit their site!

Must-Have Cookbook List after the jump…

Ultimate Cookbook List!

1. The Joy of Cooking – Irma S. Rombauer
2. The Silver Palate Cookbook – Rosso & Lukins
3. The Dean & Deluca Cookbook – David Rosengarten
4. The Bread Bible – Rose Levy Beranbaum
5. Tartine Cookbook – Prueitt/Robertson
6. How to Cook Everything – Mark Bittman
7. The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking – Marcella Hazan
8. Kennedy Kitchen: Recipes and Recollections of a Great American Family – Neil Connolly
9. Jamie’s Italy – Jamie Oliver
10. Betty Crocker Cookbook
11. French Laundry – Thomas Keller
12. Cake Bible – Rose Levy Beranbaum
13. Baking Illustrated: A Best Recipe Classic by The Editors of Cooking Illustrated Magazine
14. The Great Book of French Cuisine: Revised Edition – Henri-Paul Pellaprat and Jeremiah Tower.
15. Donna Hay Flavors
16. Bread Baker’s Apprentice – Peter Reinhart
17. Appetite – Nigel Slater
18. Definately Baking: From my Home to Yours – Dorie Greenspan
19. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone – Deborah Madison
20. Jamie at Home – Jamie Oliver
21. The Zuni Cafe Cookbook
22. I’m Just Here for the Food, version 2.0 – Alton Brown
23. Kitchen Diaries – Nigel Slater
24. Whole Foods Market cookbook
25. Barefoot Contessa at Home – Ina Garten

On Why I Love The Barefoot Contessa

cookbooks | December 5, 2008 | By

banana cakeBy Danny

Simple and Classic

I have a soft spot for the barefoot contessa. I think she exemplifies what I love about cooking: simple, classic, elegant! I love that she makes classic recipes, with simple flavors, yet manages to make them elegant and sophisticated.

Her new cookbook, Back to Basics, is no exception. The book is chock-full of easy and delicious recipes, plus a whole series of tips on cooking and entertaining, making this a wonderful addition to her series of cookbooks. I’m definitely adding this one to my ULTIMATE COOKBOOK LIST!

What Are Your Favorite Cookbooks? An Open Call For Submissions

cookbooks | September 23, 2008 | By

By Danny

Best Cookbooks

So Many Cookbooks, So Little Time

There are so many cookbooks out there that I rarely know which ones to trust. Because of the over-abundance of cookbooks, I tend to stick to five or so books that are tried and true.

I was recently inspired by the boys at The Bitten Word to go through my food magazines and pick out recipes that I’ve always wanted to try. With post-it notes in hand, I started flagging all of the recipes that peeked my interest, hoping that I would eventually make some of them. Having gone through all of my magazines, I quickly moved on to my cookbooks. Only having five cookbooks however, I quickly ran out of recipes to flag…which got me thinking—“I need some new cookbooks!” But which ones should I buy? There are so many?!

Open Call For Submissions

That’s where you come in, my friends! I’m starting a list of the very best cookbooks, submitted by you, our readers, and making an ultimate cookbook resource list!

More on the Ultimate Cookbook List after the jump…

Here’s how it works. I’ll start the list off with my favorite 5 cookbooks. Readers will then have the opportunity to submit one cookbook to add to the list. I’ll take submissions for a week or two, and once I’ve gathered all of the submissions, I will re-post the complete list! If you’re a food blogger or have your own website, let me know and I will add a link to your site next to your submission. Make sure to pick your very favorite cookbook…one that you’ve tried and are sure others would like! Submissions should be posted in the comments.

Ultimate Cookbook List

1. The Joy of Cooking – Irma S. Rombauer
2. The Silver Palate Cookbook – Rosso & Lukins
3. The Dean & Deluca Cookbook – David Rosengarten
4. The Bread Bible – Rose Levy Beranbaum
5. Tartine Cookbook – Prueitt/Robertson

New Cookbook Purchase – Tartine Bakery

cookbooks | September 3, 2008 | By

By Danny


During our recent Bay Area vacation, Michael and I made a stop at Tartine bakery in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood. In all honesty, the whole SF stop felt like an excuse to go to Tartine!

Tartine is F#***g good! I mean, really good! I totally wish L.A had a bakery that was that good. But, since we dont have a bakery like Tartine, I thought the second best thing was to own the cookbook, so I went out and purchased it today!

Keep an eye out for some delicious photos of the great Tartine goods I cook up in my kitchen! And if you enjoy baking, get this book today! It will change your life!

Tartine – By Elisabeth M Prueitt and Chad Robertson

Vintage Cookbook + A Hot ham sandwich Roll

cookbooks | July 24, 2008 | By

By Simone

Last night danny and michael popped over for cocktails and a snack. here’s what happened….

I found this scrumptious recipe for a hot ham sandwich roll in a vintage Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook! It tasted absolutely marvelous.

Here’s what you do:
1. Cut up a loaf of unsliced bread (not quite the whole way through, almost to the bottom).
2. Melt some butter. 3. Spread the butter in the slices. 4. Alternate 2 slices of ham and 2 slices of cheese in each cut. 5. Brush the top of the loaf with more butter. 6. Cover the loaf in foil, and pop in the oven at 400 for about 30 minutes.

Ooh La La, num town!