Cooking at home: four favorite chef cookbooks

It’s been a while since I wrote about my favorite cookbooks.  I have a few new ones, of course. I am now downloading reading books, but while I’m cooking, I will always want a cookbook in my hands.

This year I have found 3 great books coming out of England.


Plenty by Ottolenghi

Plentyby Yotam Ottolenghi, is a beautiful book of vegetable recipes.  This are n0t your typical diet/whole food vegetable recipes.  There’s plenty of oil, butter and cheese, but not so much that these are casserole recipes.  These are vegetable dishes that can stand alone on a table.





Tender by Nigel Slater

Each recipe in Tenderby Nigel Slater, is a delight on its own. And the book is also interesting to read as a story – he describes starting a garden and nurturing the plants through to the eating.  However, the best part of this book is the discussion of each vegetable and how best to cook and serve.  Nigel Slater is a well know food writer and people either love him or hate him – but he has an opinion on all things food.



The Fat Duck Cookbook

The Fat Duck Cookbook by Heston Blumenthal

In 2009, The Fat Duck Cookbook, by self-taught chef Heston Blumenthal, was one of the most expensive cookbooks ever put out. A more affordable version is now available, but it still maintains its uniqueness.  Heston Blumenthal is one of the new molecular gastronomy chefs, so you won’t be able to just decide to throw a recipe together. In fact, I have yet to make anything out of this book – it’s the artwork and fascinating layout and beautiful photos that make this book wonderful.



French Feasts

French Feasts by Stephane Reynaud

French Feasts, by Stephane Reynaud, is a complete opposite of the Fat Duck book.  Full of beautiful photos of “homey” French dishes photographed simply in copper pots on checkered tablecloths. These are recipes you want to make on a weekend with plenty of time to enjoy the process.


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