Chef Jessica Boncutter's River Café cookbooks are covered in grease, but she still keeps reading them. 

By F&W Editors
Updated May 23, 2017
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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: Jessica Boncutter, Bar Jules in San Francisco

The Book: The River Café cookbooks by Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers

“I have the same copies of the cookbooks from when I was working at the River Café,” says Boncutter. “They told me to get them my first day. I went back to my little apartment and read all of them. Now mine are covered in grease. Everything comes out perfectly and tastes so good. They’re also beautiful: The graphics are still cool, even 15 years later.”