I have a little obsession with cookbooks. Not only do I love using them to cook with but I also love reading them front to back. I have a lot of people ask me what my go to cookbooks are. Honestly, there isn’t just one but, below are some of my favorite and most used cookbooks and ones that I feel round out my library pretty well…
Tyler Florence Family Meal – I got this cookbook at a wedding shower and have been in love with it ever since. I’m a huge fan of Tyler Florence’s restaurants – Wayfare Tavern, Rotisserie & Wine and El Paseo and have found that all of the recipes I’ve tried at home aren’t as complicated as one might expect. His signature Popovers were definitely a hit at Christmas this year!
Greek Cooking In An American Kitchen – Hands down my favorite cookbook for many reasons. First of all, I’m Greek and I grew up with this cookbook in my home. It comes from St. Demetrios Church where I grew up going and now live a few blocks from. You can buy it directly from them for $25 (bring a check book). Be sure to check out the Greek Festival they throw every fall. It’ll really make you want the cookbook even more:)
Williams-Sonoma Cooking For Friends – This cookbook is unlike any other I have. One of the things I love most about it is that for certain ingredients, they show you 3-4 different ways to cook/prepare them. For example: Savory Tarts Four Ways – Greek-Style Tomato & Feta Tart, Plum & Goat Cheese Tart, Pear & Gorgonzola Tart and Leek, Pancetta & Gruyére Tart. It’s a good one I swear!
Cristina’s of Sun Valley – While I lived out my ski bum dreams in Sun Valley about 10 yrs ago my roommate and childhood friend worked at Cristina’s and I was lucky enough to have goodies brought home to me on a consistent basis. I have been a fan of Cristina’s Italian food for a long time now and I love that I can make it in my own home for friends and family.
I’ve recently added (and have been gifted) a few new books to my collection that I’m dying to cook with. Here are a few of them:
Good Fish – Written by a local Seattleite, this cookbook provides endless sustainable seafood recipes from the Pacific Coast. I love seafood and am always looking for new recipes…especially ones that don’t require the BBQ since I don’t have much patience for our coal Webber:)
Kokkari: Contemporary Greek Flavors – One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco…this used to be my stomping ground whenever I had a Greek food craving. It’s upscale and more modern than most Greek spots but the food is memorable and so well executed.
Simply Truffles – My sweet sister-in-law (who knows me well) gave me this cookbook for Christmas. Trouble…because I’m a truffle addict and this will just give me endless ideas and cost me a pretty penny to try them all. I’m in!
Bottega – One of my go to spots in Yountville, CA, this oversized cookbook is full of stunning photos and recipes that define California Cuisine…something I miss. The Parmesan Dip I blogged about is from his other book Michael Chiarello’s Casual Cooking which I love so I have no doubts that this cookbook will win me over too.