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Essential Cookbooks for Bread and Ramen Geeks

<em>Ivan Ramen</em> by Ivan Orkin

Each of these books follows the passion of a monomaniacal chef, teaching every detail about how to cook the food that rules their lives. Read more >

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Best Cookbooks of All-Time

The Only Cookbook You'll Ever Need

Chef Hugh Acheson reveals his all-time favorite cookbook. Read more>

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The All-Chocolate Cookbook from Brooklyn Mavericks

Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook

This week's inspiring new book comes from Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook by Rick Mast and Michael Mast.

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How Eric Banh Learned to Braise

Getting a chef to pick a favorite cookbook is like asking a parent to choose her most-loved child. But F&W pressed great cooks around the country to reveal their top picks of all-time.

The Chef: Eric Banh

The Book: Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, 1961

“I remember watching Julia Child’s cooking show in the early ‘80s when I first arrived here from Vietnam,” Banh says. “She was such a warm, nice human being. Now when I read her cookbook, I can picture her talking and hear her voice. And I learned a lot from the technique. For instance, there’s one dish that the Vietnamese do that I totally disagree with: pork shoulder cooked in coconut juice and fish sauce with literally no searing whatsoever. In Vietnam we don’t have ovens, so braising is not familiar to us. I learned to braise in the French technique, and the results are substantially better. Either you should cook something really fast or really slow. In between is a disaster."

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3 Gorgeous New Star Chef Cookbooks

Manresa: An Edible Reflection, by David Kinch

Filled with breathtaking photography, these books reflect the ambitious, evocative work of world-famous chef-philosophers.  Read more >

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Best Cookbooks of All-Time

Sonja Finn's Favorite Book of Treats

Getting a chef to pick a favorite cookbook is like asking a parent to choose her most-loved child. But F&W pressed great cooks around the country to reveal their top picks of all-time.

The Chef: Sonja Finn

The Book: The Savory Way by Deborah Madison, 1990

“I love the way Deborah Madison writes about food, and the ingredient combinations she comes up with,” says Finn. “I love this book in particular because it’s full of these little treats that you might make just for yourself. There’s a recipe in there for a nasturtium sandwich—just good bread, a little bit of butter and some nasturtiums—which is so precious.”

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Perry Hoffman's Formative Cooking Encyclopedia

Getting a chef to pick a favorite cookbook is like asking a parent to choose her most-loved child. But F&W pressed great cooks around the country to reveal their top picks of all-time.

The Chef: Perry Hoffman

The Book: The New Making of a Cook by Madeline Kamman, 1997

“This book came out when I was still a beginner cook about 15 years ago, and it was my encyclopedia,” Hoffman says. Author Madeline Kamman “goes into so much detail for just one dish, like a braised lamb’s tongue with fava beans and pole beans: She talks about the importance of pole beans, how to select them. She ties everything together, too, to explain why this dish makes sense, and why it’s not just random flavors on a plate. That’s important for any cook to understand, whether a home cook or a professional.”

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Ferran Adrià’s Game-Changing Cookbook

El Bulli: El Sabor del Mediterraneo

Getting a chef to pick a favorite cookbook is like asking a parent to choose her most-loved child. But F&W pressed great cooks around the country to reveal their top picks of all-time.

Chef: David Myers

The Book: El Bulli: El Sabor del Mediterráneo by Ferran Adrià, 1993

“I happened upon it at the great Paris cookbook store Librairie Gourmande, when I was working in France in 1997,” says Hinoki & the Bird chef David Myers. “I’d never heard of him, but as I flipped through it I thought, ‘My god, who is this guy?’ That book blew me away in every way: visually, in how he plated, it was game-changing.”

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F&W Book Club

Pie Lessons from Brooklyn’s Baking Stars

A writer test drives an awesome new cookbook about baking pies.

Here’s why you should study 71 pages dedicated to the art of making pie: The writers of the new cookbook, The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop, have been baking pies since they were old enough to stand. Read more >

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The Book That Keeps Joanne Chang Baking

Getting a chef to pick a favorite cookbook is like asking a parent to choose her most-loved child. But F&W pressed great cooks around the country to reveal their top picks of all-time.

Chef: Joanne Chang of Boston's Flour Bakery

The Book: Baking with Julia by Julia Child, 1996

“I had my first pastry job at Rialto when Julia Child was writing the book and filming the TV series,” says Chang. “Through various Boston and Cambridge restaurant connections I got to witness part of the book being tested in Julia’s kitchen. It was a great opportunity to see Julia, who’s obviously an icon, and to watch behind the scenes. About three years later I decided to open my own bakery. The whole process of opening any restaurant is very long and very hard. I didn’t realize when I first started out how discouraging it could be. You have to deal with so many things that have nothing to do with baking, like attorneys, leases, equipment, regulations, just a bunch of crazy stuff. But that book never failed to re-inspire me. Seriously, I’d pick it up and within about 3 minutes I’d be like, ‘OK, no, this I what I want to do! And this is why I want to do it.’ There are a lot more modern, fancier books out there, but in terms of a book that I go to that brings me a lot of happiness, that book definitely does it.”

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