Delicatessen for Dilettantes & Greenhorn Cuisine
February 26, 2013 2:59 PM Subscribe
Please recommend outstanding recipe books and resources for clueless cooks!
posted by byanyothername to food & drink (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So, I come from a family which, for the most part, hasn't done its own cooking in generations. A few hodge-podge recipes (what do spaghetti, squash stir fry and fajitas have in common? I can cook them!) have been handed down to me, but I'd really love to expand my culinary horizons. In contrast to other members of my family, I truly enjoy cooking, and the cultural dimensions of cuisine are fascinating to me (I naively and sincerely believe sharing food is a path of peace). I'll try anything once, but have a preference for Mexican and Japanese foods light on meat and heavy on rice, peppers and assorted veggies. I've been dabbling a little using cookbooks I already own, but I'd like to add to my collection and branch out a little bit.
Currently I'm looking specifically for books that focus on Mexican cuisine (because of my location, it's easiest to find fresh ingredients for and I'm closer to the culture which is something that adds to the flavor, somehow), but I'm open to just about anything here. Relatively simple stir-fry and vegetarian recipes are also very much ideal. Again, I'm not a big meat eater, so Beefsteak McBurgertime's 80 Things to do With Bacon isn't going to be quite up my alley, but I do eat some meat and I'm willing to consider heavily meat oriented recipes in outstanding cases.
I'm interested in stuff that gets a little into the cultural aspect of cuisine, as well, or just something that has a unique character. Hugo Ortega's Street Food of Mexico looks like it may be something well worth looking into, but I'm not super familiar with culinary literature and I'm sure there are whole worlds I'm overlooking!
Your favorite online resources for recipes and stuff are great, too!