110 Cookbooks and Counting

My overflowing New York–apartment bookshelves tell me it’s time to cook more and collect less. Here’s a glimpse of the culinary inspiration I keep at my fingertips:


Atomic Cocktails: Mixed Drinks for Modern Times (Karen Brooks)
Great Wine Made Simple (Andrea Immer)
The PDT Cocktail Book (Jim Meehan)

Books by Celebrity Chefs and Food Writers

Barefoot Contessa At Home (Ina Garten)
Barefoot Contessa Family Style (Ina Garten)
Bobby Flay’s Bold American Food (Bobby Flay)
Bobby Flay’s From My Kitchen to Your Table (Bobby Flay)
Boy Gets Grill (Bobby Flay)
Charlie Trotter Cooks at Home (Charlie Trotter)
Charlie Trotter’s Raw (Charlie Trotter)
Chef, Interrupted (Melissa Clark)
Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Seasoned America (Paul Prudhomme)
Home Cooking with Charlie Trotter (Charlie Trotter)
Simple Cooking (John Thorne)

Books by Julia Child

Baking with Julia (Dorie Greenspan and Julia Child)
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volumes 1 & 2

The Way To Cook


The Cake Bible (Ruth Levy Beranbaum)
The All-American Cookie Book (Nancy Baggett)
The Cupcake Café Cookbook (Ann Warren and Joan Lilly)
Elegantly Easy Crème Brûlée & Other Custard Desserts (Debbie Puente)
Gelato Sorbet and Ice Cream (Elsa Petersen-Schepelern)
I ♥ Macarons (Hisako Ogita)
Maida Heatter’s Desserts* (Maida Heatter)
Mini Cupcakes (Leslie Fiet)
The Pie and Pastry Bible (Ruth Levy Beranbaum)
The Ultimate Ice Cream Book (Bruce Weinstein)


EveryDay Feasts (The Junior League of Tampa)
Life of the Party (The Junior League of Tampa)
Martha Stewart’s Hors D’oeuvres Handbook (Martha Stewart)
Martha Stewart Entertaining (Martha Stewart)
Susan Mason’s Silver Service (Susan Mason)

Food Magazines

Cooks Illustrated bound issues from 1993-2010
Food and Wine Magazine’s Best of the Best Vol. 2  (out of print)

International Fare

50 Great Curries of India (Camellia Panjabi)
Harumi’s Japanese Cooking (Harumi Kurihara)
Japanese Cooking Now (Joan Itoh)
Le Cordon Bleu Classic French Cookbook
My Mexico: A Culinary Odyssey with More Than 500 Recipes (Diana Kennedy)
Mexico One Plate at a Time (Rick Bayless)
Street Food (Carla Diamanti and Fabrizio Esposito)
Street Food of India: The 50 Greatest Indian Snacks (Sephi Bergerson)
Tapas: A Taste of Spain In America (José Andrés)
Washoku: Recipes from a Japanese Home Kitchen (Elizabeth Andoh)

Intriguingly Titled

Cook What You Love (Bob and Melinda Blanchard)
How to Read a French Fry (Russ Parsons)

Memoirs With Recipes

My Life From Scratch (Gisele Bullock-Prado)
Cooking For Mr. Latte
 (Amanda Hesser)
The Margaret Rudkin Pepperidge Farm Cookbook (Margaret Rudkin)

Method-Themed Cookbooks

Marinades (Jim Tarantino)
Roasting: A Simple Art (Barbara Kafka)


Heartland: The Best of the Old and the New from Midwest Kitchens (Marcia Adams)


How To Taste: A Guide to Enjoying Wine (Jancis Robinson)
Joy of Cooking 
(Irma Rombauer, Marion Becker, Ethan Becker)
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen (Harold McGee)
The Oxford Companion to Food(Alan Davidson)
The Oxford Companion to Wine
(Jancis Robinson)

Restaurant and Gourmet Market Cookbooks

Ad Hoc At Home (Thomas Keller)
Bouchon (Thomas Keller)
Café Pasqual’s Cookbook: Spirited Recipes from Santa Fe (Katharine Kagel)
The Commanders Palace New Orleans Cookbook (Ella and Dick Brennan)
The French Laundry Cookbook (Thomas Keller)
The Frog Commissary Cookbook (Steven Poses, Anne Clark, and Becky Roller)
Hay Day Country Market Cookbook (Kim Rizk)
The Mustards Grill Napa Valley Cookbook (Cindy Pawlcyn)
Nobu: The Cookbook (Nobu Matsuhisa)
Rosa’s New Mexican Table: Friendly Recipes for Festive Meals (Roberto Santibañez)
Savannah Seasons: Food and Stories from Elizabeth on 37th (Elizabeth Terry)
The Silver Palate Cookbook (Julie Rosso and Sheila Lukins)
Terra: Cooking From the Heart of Napa Valley (Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani)


The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Cookbook (editors of Southern Living magazine)
Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking
 (Mark Bittman)
Simply Shrimp: 101 Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Seafood (Rick Rodgers)

Singular,  Mostly Savory Subjects

The Best Soups In the World (Cliford A. Wright)
The Bread Bible (Ruth Levy Beranbaum)
The Cheese Plate (Max McCalman)
Fondue: Great Food to Dip, Dunk, Savor, and Swirl (Rick Rodgers)
The Top 100 Pasta Sauces (Diane Seed)
Muffins (Elizabeth Alston)
Pizza (James McNair)
Salad (Amy Nathan)
Sunday Soup 
(B. Rosbottom)
Whole Grain Breads by Machine or Hand
(Beatrice Ojakangas)

Southern US

Celebrations on the Bayou (Junior League of Monroe, Inc.)
Downtown Savannah Style
(The Savannah Junior League)
Louisiana Real & Rustic (Emeril Lagasse)
Savannah Classic Seafood (Janice Shay)
Savannah Style
(The Savannah Junior League) 


The Enchanted Broccoli Forest (Mollie Katzen)
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
(Mark Bittman)
Moosewood Cookbook (Mollie Katzen)
Plenty (Yotam Ottonlenghi)


Maple Syrup Cookbook (Ken Haedrich)
Recipes & Reflections: The Inn at the Round Barn Farm

*Out of print. Maida Heatter’s modern, revised edition: Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Desserts

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