Best Recipe and Food Books

Best Recipe and Food Books

The secret to making good food can’t be found in any cookbook. If you’re anything like me, you’ll buy tons of cookbooks and never open up any of them. Despite this habit, I have found 4 go to books. These aren’t recipe books, so much as books that teach you how to cook. These books will allow you to make whatever you want in the kitchen with no recipes. You’ll be able to go in the kitchen, come up with an idea, and create it.

I’m Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking by Alton Brown

This book was my reintroduction to food. Not only will you learn how to make food, but you’ll also learn the why. You’ll be a master of almost every culinary method, so you’ll be able to make anything. This was the first cookbook that I ever read front to back. The writing style is simple, friendly and entertaining. And anyone who has ever seen good eats knows that Alton Brown is a genius.

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs by Karen Page

This book lives on my counter top. It is essential for anyone that loves to experiment in the kitchen or make their own recipes. What is it? Basically, it is a list of ingredients that works well together. Let’s say I want to make something with pork tenderloin. I know I want to sear it. But I’m not sure what ingredients work well with it. I just flip to the pork tenderloin section to see a list of ingredient that work well with my tenderloin. Then I use the ingredients that I have in my cabinet that the book says works well with my pork. It always comes out perfectly.

Herbs & Spices: The Cook’s Reference by Jill Norman

Continuing my theme of cook books with no recipes. This book is perfect for people who want to learn more about different types of herbs and spices and how to use them. Admittedly, my knowledge of herbs and spices is shaky, so this book really came in handy for me. It tells you everything about the taste, origin, and potential flavor combinations for whatever herb or spice you choose. It even tells you how to store them. This book is essential.

Splendid Soups: Recipes and Master Techniques for Making the World’s Best Soups  by James Peterson

This book is for people who want to make soups, but don’t know how. This book is over 600 pages of recipes and soup techniques. I can honestly say that I had no idea of the sheer variety of soups out there before I read this book. And most importantly, this book gives you the tools to make soups whenever you want with no recipes. You’ll never be bound by recipes again.

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