This is a list of my 10 favorite culinary books I consider to be the base of my cooking, baking, and entertaining. I sometimes use recipes as an inspiration for my work.
This is a subject I have wanted to write about for a long time. You see, I have been collecting culinary books for years.
Even when you have it in your genes, the passion for cooking and baking needs to be improved every day by learning and discovering new techniques, ingredients or flavors.
My interest is in simple, made from scratch recipes from around the world. I am also interested in old cooking books and fascinated by what people used to eat in the past, especially since I moved to the US.
I love going to antique or thrift stores or anywhere I can dig for more American old recipes and books.
Since I graduated from the Pastry School in Bucharest a few years ago, I started to invest in culinary books to improve my skills.
So, today, I thought about sharing with you the 10 most important culinary books I cannot live without.
I buy a lot from Amazon because I love it. I can compare prices, choose from old and new books, read reviews, etc. In general, I love shopping online, for that matter, reviews and comparison are the most important tools out there.
Every book you will see on this list, I use and cherish a lot. I recommend them because I think they could be useful to anyone who loves to bake, cook, entertain, or is simply a food lover.
I am in love with this one. It is a reliable source of information about classic continental cuisine, not only for chefs worldwide but also for anyone interested in learning more about the history of foods, cooking terms, ingredients, etc.
It also has over 3500 recipes on how to cook everything. I think the book is like the “Bible” for any aspiring chef, and any food lover should have a copy of it.
It is one of those books that are very close to my heart and a great resource for my recipes and my blog.
I recommend this book to people interested in American cuisine.
This is a classic American cookbook with recipes from all over the United States from easy to more complicated, with food suggestions for any holiday, menus for every month of the year, and any season.
It also has over 300 recipes for pies and pastries, 250 desserts, 500 different salads, and it doesn’t stop here. I was always interested in American cuisine since I arrived on this continent many years ago.
This book taught me a lot about traditional foods and the ways Americans cook and eat. A great, valuable resource!
A beautiful book with elegant menus for entertaining. From drinks to appetizers, main course, and desserts, the menus are created by associating opera trivia with beautiful pictures and amazing recipes.
A great book for stylish, elegant entertaining! I recommend it not only for opera lovers but for all of you out there who love to cook and entertain in style! It is indeed a beautiful book that I am very fond of!
This is a great book for people like me who never had any imagination on serving appetizers.
For years if you came to dinner, you would always be served salami and cheese as appetizers, with lots of vegetables around and some olives.
One day, I found this book, and my entertaining style changed. The book teaches you great, simple tricks of serving delicious, ingenious appetizers from little sandwiches to dips, spreads, and salsas, from fine cheeses to sips and drinks.
Again, for the ones out there who love to entertain, this is a great one!
I use this book quite a lot. There are many recipes, like “Chicken Marbella, “ that I make quite often for my guests. The book's recipes are easy to follow, so anyone with a minimum cooking experience should be successful.
It is great for entertaining as you can put together an impressive meal for your guests without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.
There is something for everyone in this book, home bakers or professionals. The contents of this book are very well organized by chapters like “Basic doughs,” “Cookies,” “Sponge cakes and Cake Bases,” etc.
With great, easy-to-follow instructions, mise-en-place preparation, procedures, and the principles behind them, this book will help you make delicious desserts like a pro. I truly recommend it for the amazing bakers out there.
So, my friends, this is the list of the most used and loved books in my library. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what cooking books are you fond of and which one you use the most. I am always curious to learn more!
Meanwhile, happy reading to all of you!
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