Monday, October 17, 2016

100 Books for a Lifetime of Eating & Drinking



Macarons200HIf you had to create one bookshelf of all things culinary, what would it look like?  For us, first and foremost there's got to be variety--it is the spice of life, after all...

So on our virtual bookshelf, 100 Books for a Lifetime of Eating & Drinking, you'll find food writing and mixology, classic tomes, and world cuisines.  You can see the whole list here and below are a baker's dozen of books from our list.

 

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The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher
 
A classic of food writing for over 50 years, Fisher inspired the likes of Julia Child and Alice Waters and continues to be an icon of the culinary world today.
 

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Popular dishes are improved upon using the science of cooking and food in a way that any home cook can access.
 

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Ottolenghi's vegetarian recipes have a bright simplicity that appeals to vegetarians and carnivores alike.
 

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The original enfant terrible of the kitchen, White received three Michelin stars only to give them all back. The story of a wild, volatile, and passionate life.
 

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Of all of Ina's cookbooks, this is my favorite because it's full of the recipes that matter most to her--the ones she cooks for husband Jeffrey. If there is one must-have Garten cookbook, I think this is it.
 

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Authentic Korean recipes simply explained and outlined in full-color by a cook who brings passion and fun to her native cuisine.
 

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One of the culinary world's most beloved teachers, Julia Child's book is a staple on the shelves of both professionals and home cooks. This two-volume set contains both the original Mastering the Art of French Cooking first published in 1961 and its sequel published nearly a decade later.
 

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The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart
 
A unique take on cocktail culture, Stewart explores the evolution of some of our most popular drinks from humble plants to sought after spirits.
 

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Baking's exacting nature can be daunting, but this book is all about the fun. Create dazzlingly decorated cupcakes and learn how to turn a box cake mix into something that tastes surprisingly homemade.
 

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 Heritage by Sean Brock
 
Brock has made a name for himself as a chef who cares deeply about his ingredients and their relationship to our varied heritage. His cookbook preserves the food story of the Appalachian South with a contemporary vision.
 

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An A to Z compendium of last minute solutions for missing ingredients or alternative methods. An indispensable kitchen tool up there with the cheese grater in my forgetful life...
 

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Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook
 
Solomonov and Cook took the food of Israel with its myriad global influences and created an award-winning Philadelphia restaurant--now in Zahav the cookbook they bring the same vibrant tastes along with personal stories to home cooks across the nation.
 

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Go west, my friend. Undoubtedly one of funniest (and most fun) cookbook titles I've come across in quite a while, this cowboy makes fast and gratifying comfort food and a poem to read while you eat it.
 


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