The British Joy of Cooking
This Victorian-era book will teach you how to balance a checkbook and get out red wine stains.
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 all-time top picks.
The Chef: David Felton
The Book: Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton, 1861
Chef David Felton’s mom gave him a copy of this Victorian-era book. “It’s the kind of guide you were given as a young British girl,” he says. “It’s almost the English version of the Joy of Cooking—the recipes are phenomenal—but there’s also a chapter on how to balance a checkbook. In college it was handy—I could look up how to sew something, or how to get out red wine stains.”