Monday, May 24, 2004



Cookbooks. There sure are a lot of them out there (and hopefully, one day, mine will be too!)and picking which ones work for you can be tricky. But don't worry; there are some basic books that can really inspire you! I know people like pictures to help them along, and that makes a lot of sense, but not every good book has them (only one of the following do.)

These are my top five favorite basic cookbooks, all of which can be found on

The Joy Of Cooking-
There really isn't much this book doesn't cover.

The Fanny Farmer Cookbook-
Another classic. If you only want to have just have one book, this should be it.

The San Francisco Chronicle Cookbook-
The SF Chronicle has the best food section in America (Sorry NY Times!), and this book proves it. Eclectic recipes, leaning towards Asian, that are well written and easy to make.

Classic Home Desserts By Richard Sax-
A book that really does what it claims. Provide a lot of simple recipes for home style desserts.

Fish And Shellfish by James Peterson-
James Peterson is the best cookbook author out there, and this book (and his others, Soups, Sauces and Vegetables) covers everything you would ever need to know about fish cookery.

I know I didn't include any ethnic cookbooks, of which there are many good ones, but this list was for basics, and I have plenty of room on this blog for more thoughts until then, Happy Cooking!

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