I'm going to Powell's next weekend and planning on splurging on a bunch of books. I'm looking for recommendations on two totally different types of books from you lovely people - Lovecraft-influenced fiction, and cookbooks with good dishes I can take for my lunches. More details inside! [more inside]
I love the conversational tone and narrative-richness of Nigella Lawson's cookbooks. Please recommend more books similar to hers.
I'm trying to learn how to cook and I'm wondering if there are any good cookbooks that I can buy to follow along with? They might not exist, but are there cookbooks that start out with something so basic as how to boil and egg and end up getting more complex as they go along? If not, what cookbooks would the best for a new cook to check out?
I am not a vegan or a vegetarian, but I would like to increase my consumption of plants. As such, I'm looking for practical vegetarian cookbooks. I don't want complex recipes that take hours of prep, I want practicality. My favorite cookbooks are The Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything. Is Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian a good option?
I've been put in charge of the cookbook section at my Library, and I've been asked to do something interesting to promote them. I was thinking of creating a tumblr or Instagram-style blog to show them off. Please help me figure out how best to do this. [more inside]
Kenji Lopez Alt's Vegan Experience is the highlight of my culinary year, and I literally dine out on his recipes all year long. I've made basically every recipe in The Vegan Experience, and I'm after more Kenji-style food inspiration. Further details below. [more inside]
Hi all - I have a question about these two cook-books / pairing guides written by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. I have just received 'The Flavor Bible' as a gift. My question is: should I buy 'Culinary Artistry' as well? Are there different food pairings in Culinary Artistry? I ask because The Flavor Bible seems pretty comprehensive to me. Will I be missing out without Culinary Artistry? Thanks!
I'm thinking of doing a blog of recipes found in very old public domain cookbooks. I will likely register a domain name. Can you help me come up with a good domain name/blog name? [more inside]
Best Indian cook book with an emphasis on veg published in UK? [more inside]
Help me choose a Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen cookbook. [more inside]
I know what some of the must-read books on French cuisine are (Escoffier, etc) - what are some examples of the greatest, most classic cookbooks/books about cooking for other cuisines, both European and non-European? [more inside]
I'm going to Powell's this weekend (yay!) and having recently come to face the fact that I'll never make any recipes out of at least half the cookbooks I own and that I'm really simply a cookbook collector more than anything else, I may as well go all in and buy a bunch more. Please give me your favorite cookbook recommendations! Specifics inside. [more inside]
I love cooking, but it's been a while since I've cooked on a regular basis (besides throwing together ingredients for salads and pastas) and even longer since I put together a proper meal with courses. I'm a pretty decent cook (and I have a list of favorite blogs, like Smitten Kitchen and 101 Cookbooks) but nothing's clicking, and I want recipes that are complicated and fun and delicious for a change of pace! And so I turn to you, AskMetafilter: help me find awesome, vegetarian, delicious, adventurous dishes to usher in 2014. [more inside]
I could have sworn I once saw a cookbook which was less about recipes and more about learning to create your own recipes. Cannot find it anywhere, though! [more inside]
Please recommend outstanding recipe books and resources for clueless cooks! [more inside]
Larousse Gastronomique and Julia Childs cookbooks are in some sense considered reputable authorities on French Cooking, similarly The Silver Spoon is a reputable encyclopedic study of Italian cuisine and cooking. Are there similar reputable and exhaustive books for various Asiatic Cuisines such as; Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indian, South East Asia etc? [more inside]
I'm trying to figure out if a iPad is what I'm looking for to help me reduce my physical books, particularly cookbooks and printed (from the internet) recipes. I want to know first whether iPad is the way to go for my specific needs (details within) and then, if an iPad is what I want, which generation iPad & apps would help me do what I want. Or maybe there is a better solution? [more inside]
Help me ID a book about food! (More below.) [more inside]
"Fewer persons alive at 70 today survive until 90 than forty years ago." True or False? [more inside]
MisterBen needs recommendations for a very specific kind of Indian cookbook – one that’s organized by technique, not by course or ingredient. Imagine if Alton Brown or Mark Bittman wrote an Indian cookbook. The idea is to learn reusable techniques and general concepts of what flavors are used together. What he already has: Madhur Jaffrey’s classics, Raghavan Iyer’s “660 Curries”, and Vikas Khanna’s “Flavor First”, which are used as bibles. Almost all Indian ingredients can be found in our area, and he is comfortable at making his own masalas, so feel free to recommend books you might think of as advanced.
What should I cook with all these kitchen tools? [more inside]
Food allergies have taken away my staples. Please help me eat! Gluten, dairy, and grain free (maybe Paleo) people, this means you. [more inside]
What's the best wedding-present cookbook? I'm looking for a nice, practical cookbook to give my sister & her fiance as a wedding gift (along with a starter set of quality knives), but I'm a little stumped, because the cookbooks I love are not really their style. [more inside]
Help forgetful me locate this red, science-heavy cookbook! [more inside]
I'd like to start cooking for myself more, and cut back on the takeout. Please recommend your favourite cookbooks that feature quick, easy single-serving meals. [more inside]
I'm looking for cook books that present easy to follow, one pot rice cooker recipes for complete cooking novices. Shopping and freezing guides would also be nice. [more inside]
Help me decide which cookbook(s) by Cook's Illustrated and/or America's Test Kitchen to buy. Too much consumer choice has left me paralyzed! [more inside]
Do you use digital media as a reference while cooking? [more inside]
I'm culling the (cookbook) herd from a certain era (mainly 70s-mid-90s). What are your favorite recipes from my canon of James Beard, Marcella Hazen, Silver Palate, et al that I should digitalize? [more inside]
I'm writing an Asian cookbook. The recipes are mostly finished, and I'm currently testing and narrowing them down to the truly tasty. It'll be self published for friends and family, so won't need to look truly fancy. But I'm stuck for inspiration as to design and layout. So I'm looking for examples of simple but beautiful cookbook page layouts. Preferably viewable online. Suggestions?
I can't afford Pastry School, but I can afford Pastry Textbook School. What should I buy? [more inside]
For me, the most satisfying part of learning a new recipe is figuring out why a particular step is needed. Are there any recipe books that explain the function of each step and ingredient? [more inside]
When a friend online noticed Joy of Cooking referred to as "one of America's standard cookbooks" and wondered about internationally analogous "standard cookbooks," I immediately thought, "What a great question for AskMe!" And here we are.
Help for the food-imagining-impaired: cookbooks and sources of recipes with pretty pictures? [more inside]
I once read an old cookbook that, at the end, had a recipe for saint. I want to find it again. Any clues? [more inside]
Where can I find a database of cookbook indexes? [more inside]
What is an example of a cookbook wherein the recipes have had the hell tested out of them? [more inside]
Rick Bayless' Mexican Everyday is my go-to cookbook. Can anyone recommend any other cookbook authors that can teach me about other traditional world cuisines? Who's the Rick Bayless of Indian food? The Asian Rick Bayless? Who's the Mediterranean's answer to Rick Bayless? [more inside]
Looking for cookbooks, blogs, websites, and forums that specialize in simple, healthy recipes. [more inside]
Overlap between Mark Bittman's cookbooks? [more inside]
Lamb and chicken, pork and beef... which is the meatiest Indian cookbook? [more inside]
Help this impatient person learn how to cook from a book. [more inside]
Latin American cookbook recommendations? [more inside]
What are the ethics and conventions surrounding review copies of books? [more inside]
I'm looking for blogs where people are cooking their way through all the recipes in a particular book or by a particular chef e.g. Kathryn Cooks with Jamie and The Next Nigella. Do you know of any others?
I'm looking for some great ice cream cookbooks... [more inside]
Why do American cookbooks give ingredient measurements by volume and number instead of weight? [more inside]
Is there a website that contains a recipe directory for printed cookbooks? [more inside]
I like to cook, but I'd like to know more of the theory of how and why to do things. [more inside]
I'm searching for some good vegan cookbooks that focus on Asian cuisine. Japanese, Korean, Indian, Thai, etc. A vegan Indian cookbook would be especially nice. [more inside]
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