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Reddit reviews: The best gourmet cooking books

We found 275 Reddit comments discussing the best gourmet cooking books. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 67 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about Gourmet Cooking:

u/la_bibliothecaire · 1 pointr/Celiac

It's not a fun diagnosis, that's for sure, but it's not as bad as you're fearing. There are so many great gluten-free products out there now that you can still enjoy bread, pasta, cookies, cake, beer...for just about every wheat-based food out there, there's a good gluten-free substitute (pasta made in Italy tends to be the best, Udi and Kinnikinnick make great bread, bagels, pizza crust and cookies). It's best if you like to cook or are willing to learn, since you can make pretty much anything you want for yourself at home. I was given this book soon after I was diagnosed, and their recipes are fantastic (not shilling for them, I promise! Their flour mix is just the best). I make my own ice cream, do most of my own baking and canning, and I just got a little deep fryer to play with. It definitely takes some experimentation, but you'll be able to make all your favourite foods in gluten-free form.

As for the ice cream, mayonnaise and vinegar thing, that's not true. You do have to be sure you're buying gluten-free ice cream (it's often cross-contaminated, but there are many safe brands out there, such as many flavours of Breyers), but as far as I know the only kind of vinegar you can't have is malt vinegar since it contains barley malt. I've never seen a mayonnaise that wasn't safe. You'll spend a lot of time reading labels, especially in the beginning, but you'll probably be surprised at how many things you can actually eat. You just have to be wary of hidden gluten, it's in things you'd never expect like soy sauce, cornflakes, sausages...all sorts of things. But if you carefully read labels, you should be fine.

For eating out, yes, it can be difficult. Fast food is pretty much out, as are the majority of restaurants, but there are increasing numbers of places that are willing and able to serve celiacs. My protocol is to first look for places that advertise having gluten-free options, then look around for reviews that mention said GF options (bonus points if the person doing the reviewing has celiac) and if the reviews look positive, I call the restaurant and talk to someone there. You can usually tell in seconds if the place is safe, just by the way they respond. I've had a few people confidently say something like, "Yes, we offer lots of vegan options!". Those are places I don't go to. But if they start talking about cross-contamination-avoidance procedures, dedicated fryers/ovens/prep areas, and the types of gluten-free food they offer, then that's a good sign. If I decide to go to a place, I always tell the person seating me and the server immediately that I have celiac. Then I ask a lot of probably annoying questions about the food, and then if all goes well I leave a big tip as thanks for putting up with me. I've only been glutened once while eating out, so it's absolutely possible! It's harder when socializing with friends at their houses, or at events like weddings. At those, I either bring my own food or just eat beforehand. It's a bummer, but it's better than getting sick. It's also hard when traveling. I always loved trying the local foods when I was abroad, and that's pretty much out now. I haven't been anywhere where I don't speak the language since I was diagnosed, but I know that people manage.

I'm also lucky in that my family has been very supportive. My husband willingly avoids gluten-containing foods around me, and eats entirely gluten-free with me in our home to keep me safe. When I visit my parents, my mom cleans the kitchen like mad and sequesters all gluten food in a plastic bin for the duration of my visit (probably overkill, but nice). The first Passover after I was diagnosed, my mother-in-law surprised me by preparing or buying gluten-free versions of all the traditional foods I thought I'd be missing (matzah ball soup, gefilte fish, noodle kugel, she even made brisket with a gluten-free version of her usual sauce so I could eat it).

Finally, keep in mind that if it is celiac, you'll feel SO much better going gluten-free that it will be worth it. When I was diagnosed, I'd been sick for almost 5 years, and I didn't remember anymore what it felt like to actually feel well. After a month of gluten-free, I felt like a damn superhero, I couldn't believe that most people feel so good all the time! That feeling definitely helped me accept that this was the hand I'd been dealt so I could move forward and make the best of it.

Good luck!

u/retailguypdx · 4 pointsr/Chefit

I'm a bit of a cookbook junkie, so I have a bunch to recommend. I'm interpreting this as "good cookbooks from cuisines in Asia" so there are some that are native and others that are from specific restaurants in the US, but I would consider these legit both in terms of the food and the recipes/techniques. Here are a few of my favorites:


Pan-Asian

u/GraphicNovelty · 9 pointsr/malefashionadvice

Copypasting from another thread:


I always recommend this book to people starting out. My boss got it for me for my birthday in 2011 and it's changed the way I cook--people ride on Alton Brown's dick for being science based cooking but these guys do the same science-based recipe thing but they do it a million times better because it's more results-oriented rather than process oriented (AB loves his "hacks" too much). Their recommended products are a godsend if you're trying to build a kitchen. I also have their Science of Cooking book, their Meat Book, their Slow Cooker book and their TV show cookbook. However, I've begun to grow tired of their methods personally because while they're usually the "best" way of making things, I'm not always into the "voice" of the food. I'm finding myself drawn to recipes that, while less "perfect", is more interesting or idiosyncratic.

Some random stuff I've learned from being totally self taught:

  • Your knife is your most important tool: Learn how to hold your knife, learn how to chop correctly, learn how to sharpen and hone your blade. You don't need a fancy knife, you just need a sharp one. Williams Sonoma will sharpen your knife for free, even if you didn't buy it there (I have no idea why they do it but they do) Buy a sharpener and a steele and take care of it (don't put it in the drawer and let it get banged up). Also get decent cutting boards so you don't damage it.

  • Have lots of mixing bowls. I always seem to need more.

  • Use more salt and pepper than you think you need.

  • "Brightness" is also something you don't realize you need until you start adding it to dishes. This quality comes from acidity: Limes, lemons, vinegars, etc. Don't skip these parts of the recipes because it goes from turning a dish that's "flat" into one that's dynamic.

  • Fresher, in season ingredients are always better. Farm Shares, CSA's, whole foods, etc. are great for that.

  • If you can do one or two ingredients from scratch and have the time, do it. Grind your own spices, make your own BBQ sauce, make your own stock etc. etc. You'll find that the more you make on your own the better things turn out, and you also gain an understanding of what goes into a particular ingredient. I like to toast dried chillies and cumin/coriander seeds and then grind them to make chilli powder. You can find recipes for most of this sort of stuff online and the fun thing about it is you can then get it to your taste. I want to turn popping corn into cornmeal next and see how it works in cornbread.

  • It's sometimes hard to see how the components of a recipe fit together, but once you cook it you'll see. Don't have unreasonably high expectations for yourself the first time you cook something, especially if it's out of your comfort zone and resist the urge to double the recipe to recoup on the hard work (I'm so guilty of this)--consider it a "trial run" to learn how to do it, and then if you like it, you can cook a big batch (nothing's worse than eating a pile of leftovers of a recipe you fucked up because you got too ambitious with the scaling).

  • Knowing the temperature of what you're cooking is super essential. Know if your oven runs hot or cold. Have an instant read thermometer so you can poke a something and know the internal doneness. If you roast a lot, a probe thermometer is super great too. If you're frying, an oil thermometer is essential. Don't be afraid to invest in stuff like this that will make your stuff come out better.

  • Butter is why restaurant food tastes like restaurant food, and are why it's always healthier to cook at home.

  • When dining out, don't be afraid to ask questions. If you like something, ask how it was made. I do this in restaurants, almost to the point of being annoying "what sort of marinade is this? could you possibly ask the chef for me? it's super good and I want to try it at home". "How did they achieve this texture?" etc. etc.

  • Learn to cook your favorite things to eat and learn what chefs cook the way you like. If you find that you love the way Ina garten cooks, buy her cookbook and cook your way through it.
u/janelleaface · 1 pointr/glutenfree

I as well have gluten sensitivity and PCOS. I don't see any help or relief of the symptoms. (If you do, that's great and I'll be super jealous!)

As for advice, it's not that terribly restrictive of a diet.

I don't like to buy marketed gluten free products. They're expensive and sometimes don't taste that great (Glutino is a fine example). If you need to, or want to, I suggest Annie's products (http://www.annies.com/). Everything I have had tastes great. Is pricey, but a nice alternative when I don't feel like making things from scratch.

Salads are a great option, just be careful, a lot of salad dressing use gluten as a thickening agent.

Lettuce is your best friend. It's a great alternative for bread. Burger lettuce wraps are delicious!! Anything you sandwich between bread tastes great wrapped in lettuce.

Eating out is sometimes a bit of a challenge. Don't be afraid to ask to have something wrapped in lettuce, or served in a different way without flour. A lot of places are understanding, and even incorporating gluten free options into their menus.

Xanthan gum will be your best friend in baking. Gluten free baking often comes out flat and stodgy, but xanthan gum helps your goods rise and be fluffy just like gluten!
This is a really great gluten free cookbook. It has an awesome flour blend that has nice results. I highly recommend you get your hands on it. All the recipes are sooo delicious.
http://www.amazon.com/Artisanal-Gluten-Free-Cooking-Great-Tasting-Scratch/dp/1615190503

u/mikeczyz · 3 pointsr/cookbooks

Well, I'm half-Chinese. I'll give you two cookbook recommendations which are full of recipes which really resonate with that part of my background:

  • Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo. While I'm generally not big on Chinese cookbooks not specializing in one or two regional cuisines, this book gets a pass because it's so organized and pedantic. It builds itself up from simple to complex and includes recipes which build on each other. It also features a large section on ingredients. An additional pro is that it includes the Chinese characters which makes it easier to find the proper product at your Asian grocer. I love it so much that I lugged this book to Taiwan with me and used it as my cooking guide/reference.
  • Land of Plenty by Fuchsia Dunlop. Of all the regional Chinese cuisines with which I have experience, I love the multi-layered flavors of Sichuan the most. It was through Dunlop's book that I first discovered this magnificent cuisine and it encouraged me to discover some of the Sichuanese restaurants in the Bay Area. Instructions are clear and she does a great job bringing Sichanese food to life. An absolute must own if you are at all interested in regional Chinese food. Her book on Hunanese food is also pretty killer.

    In addition to the aforementioned Chinese food, I'm just a fat piggy who loves to eat. Here are a few more recs:

  • Thai Food by David Thompson. This is the bible of Thai food for English speakers. It's nearly 700 pages long and not a page is wasted on fluff. It's more than just a cookbook, it's a anthropological study on Thai people, their history and the way they eat. An immense book. If you are more into pictures, check out his book on Thai Street Food.
  • Into the Vietnamese Kitchen by Andrea Nguyen. This was the book that really unlocked Vietnamese food for me. I adore how many fresh herbs/veggies are used and how it creates a complex, yet light, cuisine. And don't get me wrong when I say light...it's as full flavored as can be, but without heaviness. In the interim since this book came out, others have showed up on the market which are as good (see Charles Phan's recent book), but Nguyen's book will always have a special place in my heart.
  • ad hoc at home by Thomas Keller. Thomas Keller is arguably the most important American chef of the past 20 years, so when he turns his sights on homestyle food, you can be sure it's done with correct technique and style. While this book isn't as notable as TFL cookbook or his sorta primer on sous vide cooking, I'm including it because it has recipes which people will actually use. Unparallelled technique, good recipes and delicious food equal a winning cookbook. One note: it's not dumbed down and some of the recipes take time, but everything I've ever made from it has been great.
  • Alinea by Grant Achatz. {Disclaimer: I worked for Grant Achatz for a couple of years.} Everyone should own at least one cookbook which is completely out of reach, but serves to inspire. When you flip through this book, your jaw will drop and you will wonder, multiple times, "WTF?!?!?!" It's an amazing testament to how open and possible American cuisine is at the moment and you'll do yourself well to flip through it. Additionally, the photographs and the book itself are phenomenal. The paper, in particular, is well worth the price of admission. It's sexy shit, yo.

    Feel free to drop me a line if you need more recommendations. I've got quite the cookbook collection (I love to cook, it's not just cookbook porn) and love to share my thoughts.
u/Garak · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

I was about to list out all my favorite resources, the ones where, looking back, I can point to as being the bedrock of all the cooking knowledge I've cobbled together over the years, and I noticed they have one thing in common: PBS. The cooking shows that air on PBS (and their companion materials) are just awesome. They're not gimmicky, they don't have puppets or catch phrases, but they're reliable. There are other great sources of food knowledge, but if somebody's on PBS, you know they're the real deal.

If I had to learn it all over again starting today, here's what I'd be looking at, in rough order:

Martha Stewart's Cooking School

Martha's got a great new show and companion book to go along with it. The reason I'd start here is because it's structured the way you want it: an emphasis on technique, with clear goals for each lesson. Just about every one of your topics listed above is covered in here, and the recipes are almost secondary. Like, a show or chapter will be about braising, not about boeuf bourguignon. Pretty heavy emphasis on French and European cuisine, but some nice forays into other cuisines, too. Covers all the basics: equipment, stocks, sauces, cuts of meat. Lots of good reference sections, too, like charts on cooking techniques for different rices and grains.

It's mostly pretty traditional stuff. No "hacks" or "science", but she will occasionally throw in some neat updates to a traditional technique. In particular, her hollandaise method is the best I've ever come across. Almost completely traditional, double-boiler and all, but she uses whole butter instead of clarified. Really easy and probably tastes better, too.

Incidentally, most of the substance of the show probably comes from editorial director for food at Martha Stewart Living, Sarah Carey, who happens to have an awesome YouTube channel.

Julia Child

Julia needs no introduction. She made French cuisine accessible to us servantless American cooks half a century ago, and I don't think anyone has done it better since. You'll want to watch every episode of The French Chef you can get your hands on, and also grab a copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

You could start with Julia, but her show seems to focus on the recipe first, followed by the technique. So Julia's episode on boeuf bourguignon will be about boeuf bourguignon. She'll teach you all about technique, too, of course, but I think it's easier to start with Martha if you want a run-through of the basics of a technique.

Jacques Pepin

Probably the most talented cook to ever appear on television. The man elevates mincing an onion to an art form. Probably the best shows of his are Essential Pepin, Fast Food My Way, and Julia and Jacques Cooking at home (which used to be on Hulu, if you have that).

Every show he'll cook through a bunch of recipes, and he'll make these off-the-cuff comments on why he's doing what he's doing. How to peel a carrot. How to puree garlic with a chef's knife. Adding a splash of water to a covered skillet to steam the contents from the top while cooking them from below.

There's also a lot of his older stuff on YouTube that will show particular techniques: parting and deboning a chicken, preparing an omelet, and so on. He's remarkably consistent, so if you just watch enough of his stuff you'll get the spiel on every topic eventually.

Jacques does have a compilation of technique, but frankly I think Martha's is better. The photography in Jacques' book is pretty poor, and he devotes an awful lot of space to techniques that have probably been out of fashion for forty years. That said, there's a lot that's still useful in there, so it's worth at least checking out from the library.

(By the way, while you're at it, you should read My Life in France and The Apprentice, Julia's and Jacques autobiographies, respectively.)

There's a lot more to learn, but if you start with Jacques, Julia, and Martha, you'll have a rock-solid foundation upon which to build. Once you've got the basics down, my favorite new-fangled cooking resources are Serious Eats and ChefSteps.

Happy cooking!

u/Garden_Weasel · 1 pointr/Cooking

I like to cook French and Asian/Indian foods the most. Here's my base list for any type of cooking: kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper, olive oil, canola oil, eggs, flour, potatoes, onions and shallots, cream, butter, bacon, cheese, rice, canned diced tomatoes, garlic bulbs, red and white wine, vinegar (rice wine or balsamic). Root vegetables can be added too, but I prefer to get them specific to the meal.
A few extras I tend to use a lot are ginger root, oyster sauce, and red cabbage. Not exactly stock-worthy to some people though.

But actually, I think this is the wrong approach. I suggest finding a good cook book, perhaps Ad Hoc at Home, and just start reading it. I did this with Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles book and it revolutionized how I think about cooking. I wish I had done it from the start to develop the thought process first, which then leads to better food preparation. When you cook a specific meal you can go to the store and look at each food separately for the meal you're preparing. When I'm at the market looking for specific ingredients and not "grocery shopping" I'm able to think about the food in a different way. Gradually, you can build up foods and spices over time, but in doing so you'll build good habits, good recipes, and a more mature approach to food in general. My approach before was very much like a shotgun blast of spices, whereas now I'm able to more precisely pinpoint the flavor profile I'm going for.

A word on spices: Buying in bulk will save you lots of money. People suggest dating them, so as to know when they're going bad, but this might be out of your scope right now. I know Central Market here in Texas has a pretty nice bulk spice section, and I imagine other whole foods places do as well.

Herbs: Fresh herbs are key. You want something to have at the ready? Fresh herbs you can get from the store. But really you should invest in a $.25 pack of basil seeds, rosemary seeds, and thyme seeds. These plants are hardy and tough to kill (maybe not so much with basil) and will make everything taste more expensive.

u/jon_titor · 3 pointsr/science

yeah, I've actually posted the entire recipe in a comment before. Lemme find it. It's one of Dan Lepard's.

edit: Here it is, copied from when I posted it about a month ago.

..second reply while drunk...

I decided to go ahead and post this recipe while I remember. Hopefully no one is offended that I am basically copying verbatim Lepard's recipe.

Although if interested, it is from The Cook's Book, which is an absolutely excellent culinary tutorial.

So anyway...

For the initial mixture:

4 tsp unbleached white or whole-wheat high-gluten bread flour or rye flour

2 tsp live plain yogurt

3 1/2 tbsp water at 65-68 degrees F

1 tbsp organic raisins (optional, provides more sugar for the yeast)

For the daily refreshment

unbleached white or whole-wheat high-gluten bread flour or rye flour, depending on what bread you want to make.

Step one:

Measure all the ingredients for the initial mixture into a one pint jar with a lid and stir them together vigorously with a fork. Cover the jar with it's lid, then leave for a day at room temperature.

Step two:

The next day, bacteria and yeasts will have begun to multiply, yet all you will see is a glassy layer of liquid over the solid matter. Measure 4 tsp of your chosen flour and 3 1/2 tbsp water into the jar, stir vigorously, and replace the lid. Leave again until the following day.

Step 3:

On day 3, look for the odd tiny bubble on the surface of the mixture. This is the beginning of fermentation. Again, add 4 tsp flour and 3 1/2 tbsp water to the jar, stir vigorously, and replace the lid. Leave until the following day.

Step 4:

By day 4, the mixture will be getting energetic and will benefit from a higher ratio of new ingredients to old leaven. Stir the mixture, then tip three-fourths to four-fifths out (throw this away). Add about 1/2 cup (100g) water to the jar. Stir vigorously, then add 3/4 cup (100g) flour and stir vigorously again. The mixture will look like a thick batter. Replace the lid and leave until the following day.

Step 5: On day 5, bubble of fermentation will appear on the surface. Repeat the procedure followed on day 4, then put the lid back on and leave until the following day.

Step 6: From day 6 on, the mixture will be able to raise a dough, but it will take many more times for complex flavors to emerge. Repeat the day-4 procedure each day for the following 2-4 days. You will notice the aroma becoming sharper every day. After 8-10 days, you will have a healthy leaven that you can use.

FOR THE ACTUAL BREAD

4 oz natural leaven (above)

7/8 cup water at 72F

1 tsp fine sea salt

2 1/2 cups unbleached high-gluten bread flour

olive oil

Step 1: Early in the morning, combine leaven and water, mixing it with your fingers. In a large bowl, mix the salt with the flour, stirring well with a spoon.

Step 2: Tip the leaven mixture into the flour and, using your hands, mix it quickly and evenly to make a soft, sticky dough. Cover the bowl and leave for 10 minutes. The dough temperature should be about 68F (20C).

Step 3: Spoon 1-2 tsp oil onto the top of the dough and rub it all over the surface. Turn the bowl over and scrape the dough onto an oiled surface. Knead the dough, repeating after 10 and 20 minutes, then cover and leave it for 30 minutes at room temp.

Step 4: Fold the dough by thirds, and repeat this every hour for 3-4 hours. Each time, return it either to a bowl or tray, seam side down, and cover. At the three hour mark, cut a deep slash into the surface of the dough to check the aeration. If you can see a good network of air bubbles, it can be shaped.

Step 5: Line a basket or bowl with a dish towl rubbed thickly with rye flour. Shape the dough into a round loaf or a baton. Place it seam side up in the towel, cover, and let rise until almost doubled in height.

Step 6: Preheat the oven to 425F (220C). Sprinkle a little semolina or flour on a baking sheet (I use the stone here), then place the dough onto it, rounded side up. Slash the surface of the loaf, then lightly spray it with water. Bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375F (190C) and continue baking until the loaf is golden brown and feels light in weight, 15-20 minutes longer.

Step 7: Let the bread cool on a wire rack. When cool, wrap in wax or parchment paper and store in a bread box.

END

Anyway, this recipe is awesome, and the book is awesome. Everyone should buy it.

u/PristineTreat · 2 pointsr/Weddingsunder10k

I made a 3 tiered cake for my parent's 25th wedding anniversary about 5-10 years ago. To be honest, the actual baking is quite easy, especially if you have experience baking cookies during the holidays. What I personally struggled with was the assembly, which I highly recommend you get someone to help you with because it definitely helps to have an extra set of hands for that part, and icing, but this is something you could practice before hand! I would definitely recommend making the cake at least once but preferably twice before your wedding to get a feel for it.

I used a recipe from the Gourmet Magazine cookbook. I'm pretty sure this is the recipe, but I don't have the book any more to confirm. The cookbook had TONS of picture illustrations to help. Many cakes can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days with no effect on texture, but I would definitely recommend holding off on the actual icing until the day of or at earliest the night before.

u/LongUsername · 1 pointr/Cooking

I get most of my recipes online, but I've been cooking for 30+ years. Usually I end up looking at 4-5 for something before I find one that looks good, especially if I'm on AllRecipes or other non-curated sites.

Most good cookbooks talk about technique as well as ingredients. (or all technique as with Pepin's "Complete Techniques" There are lots of crap cookbooks out there, but in general cookbooks by well known chefs have stood the test of time. I also lean toward PBS chefs instead of "Food network" as they're more about educating than entertaining. Cookbooks from before WWII are great too, as they were designed for people who cooked meals every day instead of being made of "convenience" food (the 50's and 60's were horrible for cooking)

My favorites:

  • James Beard
  • Mark Bittman (How to Cook Everything is a great technique reference)
  • America's Test Kitchen
  • Jacques Pepin (great technique stuff, and good tasty food)
  • Julia Child
  • Nick Stellino
  • Martin Yan
  • Lorna Sass (for pressure cooking)

    For Web sites I tend to use the following more than others:

  • Serious Eats
  • Hip Pressure Cooking

    For V-Blog "Food entertainment" that's still educational I like Chef John's Food Wishes.
u/shazwald · 2 pointsr/cookingcollaboration

This is wonderful, I was thinking about making a post about finding new recipes.

  • I will pretty much cook whatever looks good as I browse recipes at work. I mostly cooking Italian and Japanese (but I'm trying to expand my horizons)

  • Watching Gordon Ramsay videos inspired me to improve my cooking. Before I cooked and I was pretty ok but now I'm actively trying to improve with every new dish.

  • Based on frequency of use I would say the Skinnytaste Cookbook, but I recently flipped through Savuer: The New Classics and I found so many recipes I want to try.

  • What I really want to try different regional cuisines. Pinterest can get really same-y and boring when you browse the food & drink section, and even if you search for certain types of cuisines the selection is always more "simple", Americanized, or modified for a slowcooker. While I love cookbooks I can't afford to go out and buy every "traditional [blank] meals" book that looks good.

  • I'm very interested learning more about Mexican, Indian, Irish and French.

  • One of the few things that stops me from certain recipes is getting the materials. Small towns are a bit limited and I'm still on the hunt for a source of lamb chops.

  • The one outlet of food I'm hesitant to explore is seafood. There are some types of fish I'll eat, but it's limited.
u/gulbronson · 3 pointsr/Cooking

So most of my cookbooks are either text dense reference manuals or obnoxiously difficult like The French Laundry Cookbook, but here's a few that are relatively simple with excellent photography:

La Cocina - Cookbook from an organization in San Francisco that teaches low income people to successfully grow food businesses. Photos are incredible.

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The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook - Excellent photos with a lot of obscure produce.

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Ad Hoc at Home - Thomas Keller's family style recipes with wonderful photography.

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Flour Water Salt Yeast - Focused on baking bread and making pizza, but a lot of step by step photos and some awesome pictures of the final product.

u/Qodesh-One · 6 pointsr/AskCulinary

Jacques Pépin New Complete Techniques

The America's Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Become a Great Cook

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

From here you can move on to:

Institut Paul Bocuse Gastronomique: The definitive step-by-step guide to culinary excellence

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Larousse Gastronomique: The World's Greatest Culinary Encyclopedia, Completely Revised and Updated

These are all great resources. Also look for culinary school text books and always youtube.

The resources are out there and with everyone having a different way to learn and adopt information the variety in options is tremendous. Good luck and keep cooking. If you have any questions please reach out and if I can help I will.

u/LouBrown · 2 pointsr/Cooking

America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. I have the older edition, but I assume the new one is good as well. It has both basic recipes (such as different ways to cook eggs or the best way to make a baked potato) as well as typical classics (lasagna, roast turkey, steak with pan sauce, pizza, etc.).

Basically if you're looking for one cookbook that covers all common American fare, this is a great option. Also has equipment and ingredient brand recommendations. It's spiral-bound, which is great for a cookbook since you can lay it flat on the table.

America's Test Kitchen Cooking For Two. Many of the same recipes as above sized for two people. Plenty of different ones as well. A lot of focus on easier weeknight meals.

u/buttez · 3 pointsr/Cooking

Watch Good Eats, for a start. I think pretty much every episode is up on youtube, and S1E1 (Steak) was what got me started on cooking. The show feels pretty corny sometimes, but it's full of great information and flexible recipes.

When you're good on basic techniques, you can pretty much pick up any cookbook and make things work. I suggest Keller's Ad Hoc at Home for some mind blowing (and thoroughly explained) stuff, and Mark Bittman's How to cook Everything series for pretty much everything else.

u/evorgeloc · 1 pointr/cookbooks

If you are looking for basic cooking information the Joy of Cooking is obligatory.

A couple things I've learned along the way is first to start slow and work through cookbooks. It's easy to keep buying book after book but they are just decoration if you don't know them well. Secondly, be wary of books with lots of pretty pictures! In my experience they are full of single-purpose recipes that don't teach you the true nature or source as you spoke of above.

As far as source recipes I'd second everything mentioned so far but if you are looking to blow people away with Italian and Mexican dishes (my particular favorite styles)... look no further than:

The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking - Marcella Hazan - Possibly my favorite author of cookbooks of all time. This is definitely the one to start with in my opinion.

The Art of Mexican Cooking - Diana Kennedy - If you are looking for real mexican food this book is a great place to start.

Bonus Book... not a cookbook but a great way to learn about cooking

u/metaphorm · 3 pointsr/Cooking

The McGee Bible is probably the best food-science oriented cookbook ever written.

This Book is basically the same content but condensed and made more accessible, so its a good starting point if you don't want a huge doorstop of a book to page through.

Good Eats by Alton Brown is a pretty awesome how-to show that combines food science and comedy. poke around for full episodes if you can find them, its worth it.

as for podcast format...not sure if I've encountered a good one in strictly audio. maybe just look for books on tape?

u/killfirejack · 1 pointr/Cooking



Gastronomique is an incredible resource for all pretty much anything edible.

Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking is also a great resource but is more like a text book than a cook book.

The Ideas in Food books are pretty good too.

I guess I've been leaning more towards "educational" type reading lately (opposed to recipe tomes). Ratio is also very good. Does reddit like Ruhlman?

u/Dmeks1 · 2 pointsr/seriouseats

Marecella Hazan has an amazing Italian Cookbook.. That was one of the first cookbooks that really got me into Italian Cooking.

This book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0756613027/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Is what really got me started me and taught me the basics.

The Inn at Little Washington's Both Cookbook was a big influence

Rick Stein's Complete Seafood is comprehensive and really unique approaches to seafood

Beal Neals Southern Cooking is to Southern Food what Marcella Hazan is to Italian.

Scott Peacock and Edna Lewis, the Gift of Southern Cooking is another.. Or any Edna Louis Book is

Molly Stephens All About Braising is another wonderful book that is incredibly comprehensive with regards to Braising.. Some amazing recipes.

Fuschia Dunlop's book, The Land of Plenty is a wonderful intro to Sichuan Food

And really, just for incredible inspiration, i think everyone should have a copy of Ecoffier's Book


I am a self taught cook and these books started me.

u/djwtwo · 2 pointsr/recipes

Alton Brown's cookbooks are quite good, so I'll add my voice to those recommending them.

If you don't need color glossy photos, "The New Best Recipe" from the folks at Cook's Illustrated magazine has great recipes and thorough instructions.

When you someday move beyond the basics, I'd also throw in a plug for Michael Ruhlman's "Ratio" and Jacques Pepin's "Complete Techniques". Ruhlman's book breaks some recipes (like doughs, batters, and custards) down to their basic components and will help you understand how to modify or even improvise with some kinds of recipes, and Pepin's book has great illustrations that can help get you through some of the techniques mentioned by not described by cookbooks. Pepin's Techniques might even prove useful to you now as a reference, depending on what other cookbooks you're working with.

u/VitaeTellus · 1 pointr/Cooking

Assyrian Cookbook
Great recipes for feeding a family. Easy to follow with simple ingredients and I love that the cookbook looks like a chopping board :-) Has by far the best minced lamb kebab recipe.

Larousse Gastronomique
I have this . . . . just because it makes me feel like a real cook! This is a serious reference book (and heavy).

u/extra_magic_tacos · 4 pointsr/Cooking

Thomas Keller has a cookbook called Under Pressure that's good. It's aimed at professionals, but it's perfectly accessible for home cooks as well. There's a big section on food safety that's on the scary side. (I keep waiting for the first round of sous vide botulism deaths)

And there's a web site called chefsteps that puts out a lot of sous vide articles and video tutorials. Highly recommended.

And this.

HTH

Obligatory edit: My first gold! Yay! Thank you, whoever that was! You made my day!

u/karthurneil · 2 pointsr/books
  • House of Leaves. It won't really teach you anything, but you'll get a sense of accomplishment from finishing it.
  • A Confederacy of Dunces. If you feel like you have no direction in life, this might make you feel better about yourself. If nothing else, its a good laugh.
  • Catch-22. Mentioned here already, but really, it might be the best book of the 20th century.

  • EDIT The French Laundry Cookbook. It's a must for foodies, it's a phenomenal coffee table book, and it's inspiring to read the perspective of someone with so much passion for their craft.
u/peglegbandit · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Two books I recommend:

  1. The Cook's Book, a compilation by ~20 world famous chefs of techniques, styles, and recipes. The pictures and instructions are gorgeous and very concise. I particularly recommend the fish and shellfish chapter by Charlie Trotter.

  2. The Flavor Bible is great for inspiration and help in becoming more than a simple cook. It lists unique flavor combinations that you would've never thought of alone.
u/SheepyTurtle · 1 pointr/Cooking

If you're starting him off young, honestly, get him the Escoffier cook book: here's a link. It's nice to get an appreciation for the classical elements and how they've changed, I think.

It's been a delight learning culinary the classical route.

I'm saving for Guide Culinaire :K it'll be a nice christmas present, thanks student loan!!

u/wunderbier · 6 pointsr/IndianFood

The ability to improvise comes with time, observation and willingness to experiment. Onions can add different texture and flavor to a dish depending on preparation. From crunchy, sulfurous, raw onions to sweet, soft, caramelized onions the spectrum of possibilities is quite broad. Use them raw, gently sautéed in oil, caramelized, fried, dried, pickled; cut lengthwise, crosswise, diced; etc. and build up a mental library of the results. I love reading about food, food history, preparation and food science but nothing beats actually getting hands-on with food.

That said, there are some books about flavor combinations and it might help if the concern is wasting food due to impractical experimentation. I own and enjoy Niki Segnit's The Flavor Thesaurus. It's not a mathematical table of A+B=C, but it gives classic and inventive combinations of various flavors. I can't vouch for these, but maybe read through the reviews and see if they sound interesting to you: one and two. I follow the blog of the latter two authors and it's quite interesting even if it is sometimes beyond the scope of home cookery.

u/Thisismyfoodacct · 4 pointsr/Cooking

I recommend The French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller:

https://www.amazon.com/French-Laundry-Cookbook-Thomas-Library/dp/1579651267

His book covers foundational French cooking technique with fine dining application. He has such a beautiful talent for teaching and communication.

I was particularly drawn to the methodical, scientific approach he takes to cooking. But there's no mistaking his emotional investment and passion at the same time.

Truly one of the greatest chefs and culinary teachers the world has ever known.

u/HungryC · 1 pointr/Cooking

Books. Has he/she mentioned a cookbook or food reference book lately that he/she wants? Good cookbooks are awesome as gifts, since most cooks don't often have time to make it into a bookstore. Just as long as you get a good one (no Rachael Ray or Sandra Lee bullshit).

If your chef friend doesn't already have one of these books, any of these are a good gift:

Food Lover's Companion

On Food and Cooking

River Cottage Cookbook

French Laundry Cookbook

Also awesome, a subscription to Lucky Peach magazine.

What kind of restaurant/cuisine does your friend cook for? I have suggestions for more cookbooks if you want, but a little bit more information would be helpful.

Edit: Forgot to mention Art Culinaire, a hardback quarterly for chefs and cooks.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/food

Alinea is a great cookbook that will open your mind to new cooking techniques and flavor combinations. Many of the recipes aren't extraordinarily difficult and there are a good number that don't require exotic ingredients. (Apart from a handful of special molecular gastronomy specific items that are listed in the preface.)

Thomas Keller's Sous Vide book is a good read, too. Setup for sous vide is only about $400. (generous estimates: $150 for PID device, $50 for rice cooker, $150 for vacuum sealer, $50 for blowtorch) Not bad at all considering anyone mildly-adept at cooking can put out steaks that will kick most steakhouses to the curb, and because a rice cooker, vacuum sealer, and blowtorch are all very useful pieces of kitchen equipment on their own. Apart from information you can get online, this book is (as far as I know) the only book in English that will really teach you sous vide.

u/kasittig · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

I like Ad Hoc At Home for relatively simple food done very well. It will help teach you to respect good ingredients while opening your eyes to some interesting flavor combinations.

I also have On Food and Cooking, which is dense but will teach you about food so that when you do pick up a "super fancy" recipe you may have a chance of actually understanding what the chef is doing and why.

And, of course, there's Ruhlman's Twenty, which is also very informative but is much more accessible than On Food and Cooking.

u/PenPenGuin · 6 pointsr/Cooking

I actually think America's Test Kitchen's Family Cookbook might be a good option for you here. While the book is pretty big, it covers different courses, not just mains. So you wouldn't feel the need to make every single dish, as you may not always feel like a soup course or whatnot. An added benefit is that the ATK books are generally well researched and their results are pretty consistent. It's also pocketed with useful information about ingredients and cooking techniques in general.

While not as "adventurous" in difficulty as buying a tome from Ottolenghi, it also covers a wide spectrum of ethnicity, so you don't get tired of serving one thing all the time.

If I had a 'dream book' to follow along with, it'd probably be Franklin's :P

u/qwicksilfer · 1 pointr/Frugal

I LOVE Joy of Cooking. I have made every single recipe in the cookies section (from my 1985ish edition).

I also recommend Jacques Pepin New Complete Techniques. Some of it is challenging, but some of it is just..."oh, so that's how you do that!!"

And...a crock pot. I made at least 1 meal a week in my crock pot. Super easy and cheap!

u/theCurious · 1 pointr/food

That was on the International Associate of Culinary Professional's BEST list this year! I believe it won best design. Here's the Book of the Year

u/tehn6 · 1 pointr/Cooking

I don't know any good recipe sites for these kind of dishes. I would be very curious about a site like that as well. Alain Ducasse has a great book called Bistro which includes a lot of these kind of dishes. Thomas Keller's Bouchon is also a great resource.

u/DuggyMcPhuckerson · 11 pointsr/Cooking

Might I suggest an alternative method? In my experience, the study of the techniques to cooking are at least half the battle in laying a foundation for a good culinary education. Rather than take the direct simple-to-complex recipe route, perhaps there is value in utilizing a hybrid method of learning where the recipes are centered around the use of particular skills in the kitchen. Some useful materials that come to mind are "Complete Techniques" by Jacques Pepin or "The Way to Cook" by Julia Child. Once these types of technical skills are engrained in your cooking process, you will find the true joy of cooking which is much less about following instructions and more to do with finding your "culinary groove".

u/chirstopher0us · 8 pointsr/Cooking

America's Test Kitchen complete TV show book or their Cooking School book are both excellent as large compendiums of a variety of recipes all of which have been thoroughly tested, are well-written, and have two or three paragraphs explaining why the recipe is the way it is. These are books I would recommend to anyone looking for a big book of recipes to cook at home and get good results.

My personal favorite is Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller. The food in that book is just so wonderful -- pretty much perfect examples of every dish attempted -- and the recipes execute it perfectly but are generally not too complex or difficult for a home cook. If we had to eat food from just one cookbook for the rest of our lives I think we would all give priority to huge compendiums with 500+ recipes in them, but if we had to choose from single-author cookbooks with ~100 recipes or so, I would pick Ad Hoc at Home.

u/MutedBlue · 4 pointsr/FoodPorn

The do look amazing, the funniest thing is that I looked up the book and on Amazon's website they have the recipe, enjoy!!!

u/jbisinla · -1 pointsr/ArtisanVideos

>Sous-vide cooking calls for some quite expensive equipment.

Sous vide can be done nearly free at home on a stovetop using a pot and a zip-loc bag, or a variety of other techniques, using some readily affordable options.

>Also, the recipes you'll find in cookbooks (and thus on the internet) are usually simplified.

Usually does not mean always. You can find the full-scale recipes if you're interested. There are plenty of resources out there for everything from stocks and sauces to molecular gastronomy, and there are plenty of people out there with sufficient time.

You might not be able to do it consistently, on a daily basis, in a timed manner, to serve multiple seatings with multiple entrees per night, which is where the skill of a professional chef comes in, but given a little practice, you can probably cook just about any single meal well enough to satisfy yourself and friends, for a tiny fraction of the cost.

TL:DR - Again, you can simulate (if not perfectly replicate) just about any meal offered anywhere given a little time and ingenuity.

u/nomnommish · 8 pointsr/Cooking

Jacques Pepin is awesome at teaching techniques, and especially good at giving detailed instructions that are easy to follow (even if not so easy to execute without practise).

Besides his numerous youtube videos, his Complete Techniques book and DVD (i have both) are really good. Like how to cut vegetables, cook eggs in various ways, debone a chicken etc. I find the DVD easier to follow.

Book: http://www.amazon.com/Jacques-P%C3%A9pin-New-Complete-Techniques/dp/1579129110

DVD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000LXHJZA/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?qid=1457271533&sr=8-3&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=jacques+pepin+dvd&dpPl=1&dpID=51RpoAjNx9L&ref=plSrch

His video on making an American omelet and a French omelette. This video is the best there is, and i have seen dozens of other videos about making an omelet.

https://youtu.be/s10etP1p2bU

Edit: His scrambled eggs recipe since you said that is your next goal.

https://youtu.be/u8QIDHla6iA

(From 11:40, but if you go back a few minutes, he also tells you how to make mushrooms to accompany the scrambled eggs)

u/Remriel · 9 pointsr/Cooking

Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking is easily the best book to learn French cooking. It has very thorough instructions for techniques, authentic recipes, adapted for the American kitchen.

I also recommend Larousse Gastronomique,
Escoffier and
Jacques Pepin's Complete Techniques.

You mentioned that you prefer recipes that are simple and not too time consuming. The problem with that is, most authentic French cooking is time-consuming and laborious. This is why it is so delicious and intricate. However, I do have one cookbook that I don't use too much anymore, but it features great recipes that are fairly quick and accessible.

u/mattbin · 3 pointsr/Cooking

This looks like thousand-layer pastry to me. I made dumplings like the ones you posted recently by following the directions in this book. There don't seem to be thousand-layer pastry recipes online very readily, so you may need to buy a decent cookbook to be able to create these.

The basic approach is to make two types of dough, one that's like normal short crust pastry, one that's much softer. You wrap the soft dough in the harder one and fold it over a few times. Depending on how you cut it, you get spirals or straight lines.

It's not something I would do often but it was fun to try. There's a high-end dim sum place I go to that has a couple of thousand layer dumplings and it's a lot easier to just go and order them there.

u/jimtk · 2 pointsr/Cooking

2 suggestions:

White Trash Cooking: Surprisingly interesting both in recipes and accompanying text.

The Escoffier cookbook: The absolute classic that few people have. Good for recipes, amazing as reference.

u/Daddydeader · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

Zero recipes, only plating.
It is a fantastic resource for that because it is open to interpretation.

The Escoffier Cookbook and Guide to the Fine Art of Cookery is a good companion.

New Larousse Gastronomique has many recipes and is an essential reference book

Institut Paul Bocuse Gastronomique: The definitive step-by-step guide to culinary excellence also a fantastic resource.

u/storkyla · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

Check out this IDEAS IN FOOD'S MACARONI AND CHEESE recipie. I have tried it a few times and its great.

I recommend their book too. Great for home chef's and professional chef's. taught me a lot.

u/SarcasticOptimist · 3 pointsr/Cooking

I recommend spending ~$10 and getting this book. Jacques Pepin has superlative technique, and this book has great explanations and illustrations. It has great recipes (some simple, some that shows-off higher skills) and suggestions on what to buy.

u/Lucretian · 2 pointsr/Cooking

the mcgee book is a technical reference. it's pretty much the exact opposite of what you're seeking.

the ottolenghi books are good. add "plenty" to that.

i hear good things about made in italy.

many of the phaidon cookbooks might fit the bill.

u/IzzyBeef1655 · 3 pointsr/Cooking

Ad Hoc at Home: Family-Style Recipes I think this is one of the best options, beautiful as well as lots of information and many different methods.

u/newnemo · 4 pointsr/Cooking

It sounds as if you are a novice? If you are and you are looking for books as your guide I suggest anything Jaques Pepin produces like this.

Jacques Pépin New Complete Techniques

https://www.amazon.com/Jacques-Pépin-New-Complete-Techniques/dp/1579129110/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520771297&sr=1-3&keywords=jaque+pepin+cookbooks

Jacques Pépin is a masterful teacher. There are also youtube videos and TV shows that would add to anything you get from his books. I highly encourage you to seek them out.

Beyond that, if you are looking for more a narrative form and you are more than a novice, consider:

Simple French Food by Richard Olney

Thats just a start, I'm sure there are many others that deserve consideration. In my experience Jacques Pépin; however, is one of the most approachable of the masters and I have a long-standing admiration of him, so my opinion is likely biased.

edit: a letter


u/HardwareLust · 3 pointsr/cookbooks

If you're looking for basics, it's hard to beat Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything The Basics.

http://www.amazon.com/How-Cook-Everything-The-Basics/dp/0470528060

It's exactly what you're looking for. It covers the basics of cooking, with 1,000+ photos.

Another go-to recommendation is Jacque Pepin's New Complete Techniques, a fantastic 2012 update of his epic masterpieces La Technique and La Methode, with 1000 new photos.

http://www.amazon.com/Jacques-P%C3%A9pin-New-Complete-Techniques/dp/1579129110

Both books are great. I prefer Pepin's book since it's based solely on classic French technique, but Bittman's book would be better for an absolute beginner.

u/albino-rhino · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

>authentic, multi-regional Italian food.

Slight lol.

Consider a16 (own - can recommend); mastering pasta (also own, can also recommend but maybe a little less).

The reason for the LOL is that that sicilian food is so different from neapolitan, and that from venetian, that there is no one cookbook.

I'd recommend focusing on one region at a time - there are lot of them - and going seasonal where you (she) can.

u/lallen · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

My personal favourite is this one http://www.amazon.com/Made-Italy-Stories-Giorgio-Locatelli/dp/0061351490/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397889337&sr=8-1&keywords=Made+in+italy+giorgio+locatelli


It even comes recommended by Gordon Ramsey.

It goes a bit beyond just giving recipes and techniques, by telling stories from the author's youth and career. This actually makes it quite an inspiring book, and the recipes I've tried from that book have been fantastic. (Although the gelato nocciole wouldn't freeze :) )

u/headyyeti · 3 pointsr/sousvide

Don't take everything as fact but Thomas Keller's Under Pressure is pretty good.

u/Rodzeus · 12 pointsr/Breadit

Thanks for posting a recipe! This is similar to what I used. Mine was out of This Book ($5 digital copy on Amazon) so I don't think I can post without breaking copywrite laws or something.

I will try again sometimes with the above recipe. Hopefully with better folding technique.

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Edit: typo

u/MigAtom · 4 pointsr/food

This particular recipe happens to be one of my family's favs - and it's incredibly easy. It is from TK's book Ad Hoc at Home. Every recipe I've made from the book is amazing. Even better, the book is full of very insightful kitchen tips that you can apply in everyday cooking, no matter the recipe.

u/butternut718 · 1 pointr/cookbooks

well, it's not 'only' pictures, but it does have a lot of pictures - New Complete Techniques by Jacques Pepin. it's very comprehensive & easy to follow. there are photos for just about everything, in both color & black & white. and whatever text there is, is presented in digestible bits, alongside the photo illustration.

u/UrbaneTexan · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

I'm surprised so far no one has mentioned Larousse which is generally my go-to along with The New Best Recipe for more generalized fare.

I generally don't cook from cookbooks, but I do use them for inspiration or fundamentals.

u/oenomel · 5 pointsr/recipes

America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook it has a little bit of everything in it, and it explains why and how different things work. This is my goto wedding or house warming gift, and everyone has always loved it.

u/blueboy77 · 2 pointsr/Cooking

I own this cookbook and love everything I've prepared out of it. Written by a gringa but it's meant to be still pretty authentic.

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Mexican-Cooking-Diana-Kennedy/dp/0307383253

u/AdrianStaggleboofen · 20 pointsr/AskCulinary

Jacques Pepin's Complete Techniques and Larousse Gastronomique are both great resources for classical dishes and techniques. Much of classical French cooking is based around stocks and sauces (the 5 mother sauces, and their extensions) and finesse in cooking, i.e. precise cuts, elaborate platings, etc. Something like cooking a french omelet, a piece of fish a la meuniere (get real french and do it with skate wing or dover sole), or if you're into pastry, a simple pâte à choux or genoise, are good starting recipes. With those two books and a few recipes to practice should get you started.

u/selectpanic · 1 pointr/hiphopheads

I just got a copy of [Ad Hoc at Home](http://amzn.com/1579653774 from the library and it's got a toooon of good easy recipes.

I'm all over that homestyle comfort food.

u/decker12 · 1 pointr/videos

You won't be able to smoke your own salmon unless you know what you're doing, and you have a smoker and cured raw salmon. For an amateur cook it's not really a good use of your time and money (raw salmon is expensive) to learn how to smoke it yourself. Hell I've been smoking briskets and pork shoulders for years and only tried my own salmon once.

You almost always buy salmon that's already been smoked, and if your deli doesn't have it, check in the same area you would buy your canned tuna. Smoked salmon is like

Smoked salmon isn't cheap, either. Personally I would skip that part of Ramsay's recipe along with the creme fresh. Focus on getting your eggs cooked properly, I provided a better link to how he does it below.

Also, I would highly suggest looking into Cook's Illustrated magazine and their cookbooks, especially their [America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook] (http://www.amazon.com/Americas-Test-Kitchen-Family-Cookbook/dp/1936493853/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414034236&sr=8-1&keywords=america%27s+test+kitchen+family+cookbook). There's also a PBS show that's great. Clear, concise explanations of hundreds of recipes, presented in an almost scientific manner that explains why you want to do X over Y. Plus unlike the stuff on the Food Network it's not trying to entertain you or sell you Rachel Ray's latest cookware.

u/Arbra · 5 pointsr/Cooking

I learned a lot about Mexican cuisine from The Art of Mexican Cooking: Traditional Mexican Cooking for Aficionados: A Cookbook by Diana Kennedy. I picked it up for a dollar at a yard sale nearly 20 years ago and I'm still happy I grabbed it. I go back to it often.

The recipes and methods are very clear, she tells stories on the history of a dish and the whole thing feels really authentic. I've had plenty of Mexican cuisine cookbooks over the years, this is the only one I still have.

u/alexrose · 3 pointsr/AskCulinary

Thomas Keller does something similar to this in Ad Hoc at Home. He has a creamy polenta recipe (if you don't have the book, here's an adaptation of it) that he pan fries once it's cooled. I've tried it, and it's delicious and totally firm. I cut mine in wedges, and it works perfectly.

u/bananainpajamas · 3 pointsr/AskCulinary

Have you ever used the Artisinal Gluten Free Cooking book? The flour blend is somewhat pricey(who knew potato flour could cost so much?) but it makes some killer scones and beignets. I find that a lot of GF products are also egg free or dairy free which robs them a bit of that wonderful flavor, these are not.

u/Stump007 · 2 pointsr/Cooking

If you like French food, recommend trying cookbooks written by French chefs (ie chefs actually from France).

This is like the Bible of French cuisine and is translated in english:
https://www.amazon.com/Larousse-Gastronomique-Greatest-Encyclopedia-Completely/dp/0307464911

u/toothpastemonger · 3 pointsr/AskCulinary

Thomas Keller's French Laundry it's quite a complex cookbook that would be perfect for someone studying culinary because it teaches you to look at food in a different way and is brings forth culinary creativity.

u/deliciousprisms · 1 pointr/CulinaryPlating

As far as food pairings look into a copy of the Flavor Bible. There’s also a similar book by them called What To Drink With What You Eat if you want to get into pairing basics as well.
As for plating, just look at nice cookbooks from restaurants and chefs, like The French Laundry,
Sean Brock,
Bluestem,
or basically any other example of food you want to produce. Follow the restaurants, go eat there if you can.

Also examine your platings from the perspective of the diner. Where is your eye drawn first? Is it the focal point or is your plating distracting from that?

u/pporkpiehat · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Pick a classic in a cuisine with which you're generally unfamiliar but for which you feel confidant you can get good ingredients. A few ideas:

u/LuckXIII · 21 pointsr/AskCulinary
u/steve2237 · 3 pointsr/recipes

The best fried chicken I ever made was from Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc at Home book. The amazon page includes the fried chicken recipe, so you don't even need to buy the book. It was a lot of work though, and required brining the chicken overnight. http://www.amazon.com/Ad-Hoc-Home-Thomas-Keller/dp/1579653774/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342457237&sr=8-1&keywords=ad+hoc+at+home

u/merkin71 · 1 pointr/Cooking

If you want a cookbook that will teach you classic French cooking techniques and also provide recipes, I'd recommend Jacques Pepin's New Complete Techniques. The Julia Child book was good for its time and definitely popularized French cooking, but it's more of a historical touchstone at this point than a functional guide for 21st century cooks. It assumes that you already have a lot of cooking knowledge.

u/Helena_Wren · 7 pointsr/Cooking

Invest in some professional chefs cook books. I recommend this one. super delicious recipes, but not impossibly complicated. Also the photos are spectacular.

u/Sabrevicious · 1 pointr/Cooking

A number of years ago I was given this culinary tome called The Cook's Book, I have found it to be invaluable when I do things like terrines, plus there are some interesting recipes to refer to.

u/howdidiget · 3 pointsr/recipes

Some people have already touched on Rick Bayless and the book 'Eat Mexico', both of which are good.

I would additionally recommend at least one book by Diana Kennedy, who made it a life's mission to communicate the variety of cuisines prevalent throughout Mexico.

u/wip30ut · 1 pointr/Cooking

what you really want are recipe inspirations with common ingredients, not necessarily techniques. There are tomes out there like the CIA's Professional Chef or Pepin's New Complete Techniques which go into minute details on very classical preparations expected at high-end restaurant kitchens, but for the avg home cook that's overkill.

I think your ultimate goal is to develop a set of protocols to guide you in creating dishes on the fly, which actually is a really difficult thing to do even for skilled cooks. The only advice i can give is to cook broadly, learning preparations for various cuisines, from Italian dishes, to Lebanese/Israeli, to Indian, Chinese and Japanese. Many ethnic/cultural cuisines have a certain flavor profiles, with specific spices and ways of combining proteins & starches. But you need to read & practice so these protocols come instinctively.

u/doublejay1999 · 4 pointsr/food

this could go one of 2 ways. either :

a pack of ramen and a bottle of soy.
or the Escoffier Guide de Culinaire

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Escoffier-Cookbook-Guide-French-Cuisine/dp/0517506629


Auguste Escoffier is the Godfather of classic french haute cuisine. It's more fascinating than it is practical.

u/bunsonh · 3 pointsr/food

This post was inspired by the Fresh Homemade Mozzarella post from /u/tamale_uk.

My recipe came from Diana Kennedy's Art of Mexican Cooking. Here is a blog that sources the same recipe.

A few notes:

  • I didn't have access to raw milk (in fact, this milk was discarded by the grocery store and 100% free!), so I added 1/4 cup of kefir instead of the recommended yogurt.
  • Diana Kennedy's recipe didn't mention precisely how much rennet to use, so I referenced a pamphlet I got from a cheesemaking class, which suggested 1/4 tablet dissolved in 1/4 cup water, for every gallon of milk. After the appropriate time for the rennet to do its work, it hadn't become super firm, so I went ahead and started cutting the curds. As a result, the curd I pulled out was a lot smaller than I expected, which resulted in a smaller yield than the recipe suggested.
  • Because of the lower curd yield, the 2 1/2 tsp. salt ended up being too much. So this cheese is a bit too-salty, though no less delicious in small amounts.
  • I didn't have a proper cheese mold, so I poked some holes in a 4.5", 1 cup, plastic shallow takeout container, which was perfectly sized for the amount of curd.
  • Due to the small curds and low yield, I knew there was still plenty of milk solids in the whey. So I added 2 tbsp of vinegar to the whey, brought it to temperature and let it simmer on medium-low for 1 hour. I then poured the whey through a cheese cloth (butter muslin to be exact), and yielded 2.5 cups of requesón cheese (Mexican ricotta, same thing really).
u/HANKKKINGSLEY · 2 pointsr/Cooking

There is no 'recipe' everyone should know but basic techniques.

http://www.amazon.com/Keys-Good-Cooking-Making-Recipes/dp/1594202680

Once you master techniques recipes become less important and your own creativity can take the reigns.

u/flitcroft · 1 pointr/Cooking

It's from a version modified for home kitchens. And yes, I can: buy the cookbook ;)


http://www.amazon.com/Eleven-Madison-Park-The-Cookbook/dp/0316098515

u/hate_mail · 1 pointr/Cooking

My go to recipe book is a comprehensive guide to cooking as well as containing recipes. It shows you cuts of meat, where to purchase ingredients, techniques etc. It worked well for me!

u/EtDM · 8 pointsr/AskCulinary

The Larousse Gastronmique is a whole lot of fun to poke through. Tons of information on ingredients, restaurants, and chefs, although it does sway heavily toward French cuisine. The newest edition is pretty expensive, but the Older editions can be had for not too much cash.

u/deepfriedbutter · 3 pointsr/food

pendulum has swung to.... what? in the new Eleven Madison Park cookbook, Daniel Humm used them a'plenty. They are still popular, and still work as long as they are done tastefully.

u/mynameisnotspecial · 1 pointr/foodhacks

There's a great sous vide cook book called Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide that has a bunch of stuff at the back about cooking times and temperatures. The book is pretty expensive, but alot of those charts are available in the preview on amazon.

u/ahecht · 8 pointsr/sousvide

Because it's an entertaining video that came to the same conclusion as other well-respected food writers including J. Kenji López-Alt, Nathan Myhrvold, and Thomas Keller.

u/BopBopAWayOh · 2 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

This is the book I purchased for him. I liked it because it has basics of prep and food storage, how to tell when veggies are ripe and it is laid out in chapters that are listed on the cover.

u/LaVidaEsUnaBarca · 5 pointsr/recipes

Well you could add to their cooking knowledge by getting them a book about real mexican cuisine:

Truly Mexican


Tacos, Tortas y Tamales.


The Art of Mexican Cooking

u/Eriicakes · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

So sorry for the delay! Slow cooker tilapia:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1.5 cups diced tomatoes or one 14.5oz can diced tomatoes
  • 0.5 cup chicken broth
  • juice of 1 lemon (about 0.25 cup)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (I always double this if not more :) )
  • 1 small red chile, seeded and minced (I've used different chiles with similar tastiness)
  • 0.25 tsp ground ginger
  • 0.25 tsp curry powder
  • 0.25 tsp ground turmeric
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 lbs tilapia

  1. Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent.
  2. Transfer the onion to a slow cooker and add the tomatoes, broth, lemon juice, garlic, chile, ginger, curry powder, turmeric and salt and pepper. Stir and cover. Cook on high for 90 minutes.
  3. Add the fish to the sauce and turn the slow cooker to low. Cover and cook for 45 to 60 minutes, until the fish is flakey and cooked through.

    This recipe is from a book my mom got me called Artisinal Gluten Free Cooking. Enjoy !
u/mouse_roy · 3 pointsr/Chefit

Get the book Under Pressure. Literally a Bible full of info on the machines themselves and the technique. Also a huge wealth of recipes with cook times and temperatures for nearly everything you'd need.

Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide (The Thomas Keller Library) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1579653510/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_voa8yb3VJXAHS

u/BarbarianGeek · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Any of the Thomas Keller books, French Laundry, Ad Hoc at Home, Bouchon, and Bouchon Bakery. The only one you'd probably want to avoid is Under Pressure.

Also, Heston at Home and In Search of Perfection are great books.

If you're into southern food, check out Sean Brock's Heritage and Ed Lee's Smoke & Pickles.

Finally, I'd suggest Modernist Cuisine at Home if you're up for splurging.

u/BadFootwear · 1 pointr/DotA2

If someone is really into sous-vide technique, these guys are amateurs compared with Thomas Keller.

https://www.amazon.com/Under-Pressure-Cooking-Thomas-Library/dp/1579653510

Worth the read if you're into this kind of thing.

u/Lindz2000 · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Larousse Gastronomique For me it's the Bible of cooking. It has all the classics, as well as being an encyclopaedia of food. Every serious cook needs this book.

u/KUROKOCCHl · 5 pointsr/Cooking

Jacques Pépin's New Complete Techniques is the bible of technique. It combines La Technique and La Methode which have taught some of today's top chefs.

u/eatupkitchen · 5 pointsr/AskCulinary

I’ll recommend three books that have upped my research as a home cook; The Professional Chef by CIA, Techniques by Jacques Pepin, and Ratio by Michael Ruhlman.

Of course there are hundreds of books but I often reference these in particular for education.

u/Forrest319 · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

I've seen a couple I like, but where's La Technique by Pepin. Or more likely, one of the updated versions.

u/toopc · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

17 minutes

Source: Made In Italy - Giorgio Locatelli

“Risotto is something that I do for friends when they turn up unexpectedly – because what do you need for a basic risotto? Rice, stock, Parmesan … and from when you start adding the stock it should take only around 17 to 18 minutes for the rice to be cooked correctly (that is for 4 portions – the rule is the more rice you cook, the less time it takes, because the rice retains more heat). What I do with new chefs when we go through the risotto for the first time is set an alarm clock for 17 minutes, from that point, so that they can get a feel for the timing”

u/mckirkus · 4 pointsr/food

Ad Hoc at Home:
Check out the video on the Amazon page here
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1579653774/ref=oss_product

u/samg · 1 pointr/food

Recipe here! It's an Amazon page, but this exact recipe is reproduced there.

u/Wallamaru · 10 pointsr/food

You can also use a blowtorch to caramelize the outer portion of the meat. I tried it on the last prime rib I did at home and it turned out great. Thomas Keller mentioned this method in Ad Hoc at Home. I find it to be both more convenient and less messy than pan-searing, especially for larger cuts of meat.

u/roadkill_laundrette · 1 pointr/glutenfree

I have been having amazing results with the flour blend in this book:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1615190503

It's kind of expensive and a pain to start up with, but once you get all the different flours it's not so expensive to just buy the ones that run out. The blend has a different amount of each kind of flour, so they don't all run out at the same time. I think it's 6 different kinds of GF flour blended.

u/citationmustang · 3 pointsr/Cooking

Julia Child is great, but that really isn't the best resource. Have a look at these three books. Together they will tell you more than almost any other resources about French cuisine, recipes, technique, history, everything.

Larousse Gastronomique
http://www.amazon.com/New-Larousse-Gastronomique-Hamlyn/dp/0600620425/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

The Escoffier Cookbook
http://www.amazon.com/Escoffier-Cookbook-Guide-Fine-Cookery/dp/0517506629/ref=pd_sim_b_4

On Food and Cooking
http://www.amazon.com/On-Food-Cooking-Science-Kitchen/dp/0684800012/ref=pd_sim_b_6

u/wee0x1b · 3 pointsr/Cooking

> So whats yalls opinion? slapchop? food processor? other?

A chef's knife is the right tool for the job.

This book has all the info you need.

u/filthpunkdammit · 1 pointr/Cooking

i've been dying to try these two books: this one & this other one

u/estherfm · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Annnnd here we go again (dear lord)

A is for A Whole New Mind
B is for Burglar - a movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, who knew?
C is for Candy starring Health Ledger
D is for Dandelion, a book
E is for Eureka vacuum
F is for Follow, a song.
G is for Gourmet cookbook
H is for The Hornet Electric Radio Control Buggy
I is for Invisible Ink Pen
J is for a Journal about Babies
K is for Kitty Cat Pet Dress Up and Care, an app
L is for Land Lakes Mini Moos Creamer
M is for Monty Python and the Holy Grail
N is for Nowhere To Go And All Day To Get There
O is for Opium for Women
P is for a Porcupine Puppet
Q is for Queasy Drops
R is for Roland MIDI Controller
S is for Spirit, a book
T is for Termidor, a Termiticide
U is for Ululu, a book
V is for The Vandal, a book
W is for The Wonky Donkey, a book too
X is for X., an ebook
Y is for Yolanda Griffith's basketball card
Z is for Zucchini, an ebook.

u/Rashkh · 15 pointsr/Cooking

He published a newer version of the book with color images and some new techniques.

u/pjdias · 2 pointsr/food

Apparently it does according to the index here :)

u/manjar · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

Jacques Pepin’s “Techniques”

Jacques Pépin New Complete Techniques https://www.amazon.com/dp/1579129110/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_AmdCCbPKNCZ8D

u/kmack · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

While it does have recipes, it also has a ton of pictures and descriptions of a variety of techniques: New Complete Techniques, by Jacques Pepin

u/onewaystreet · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Blog post on Ideas in Food about soaking pasta.

Their book, which has more extensive explanations.

u/IndestructibleMushu · 1 pointr/Cooking

The updated one combines the two. This one is the most up to date one. Here is the Kindle version.

u/Nistlerooy18 · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Jacques Pépin New Complete Techniques

In the description it says this one combines the two.

u/Bamnyou · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Either Miracle Fruit Tablets or Ad-Hoc at home Only the second cookbook I have actually wanted... Alton Brown's was the first.

u/jffiore · 1 pointr/Cooking

The America's Test Kitchen New Family Cookbook has perfected recipes for everything in the book and runs the gamut from as basic as a grilled cheese sandwich to full multi-course formal sitdown meals. The format is cook-friendly too since it lies flat.

This book is so great that I have started buying it as a housewarming gift for people just starting out on their own. It includes everything you need to know but might think it's a dumb question and too afraid to ask.