Books about Cuisine

  1. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    by Anthony Bourdain
    A humorous and unflinching account of life in restaurant kitchens, exploring the culture and camaraderie of the culinary world.

    A deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute ... (Goodreads)

  2. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

    by Marcella Hazan
    An exploration of Italian cuisine, featuring time-honored recipes and techniques.

    The most important, consulted, and enjoyed Italian cookbook of all time, from the woman who introduced Americans to a whole new world of Italian food. Essentials of Italian Cooking is a culinary ... (Goodreads)

  3. The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City

    by David Lebovitz
    A journey of culinary exploration in Paris, uncovering the secrets of its food culture.

    From the, New York Times, bestselling author of, My Paris Kitchen, and, L'Appart,, a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections., ... (Barnes & Noble)

  4. My Life in France

    by Julia Child
    A memoir of Julia Child's life in Paris, cooking and exploring French cuisine.

    The bestselling story of Julia's years in France–and the basis for Julie & Julia , starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams--in her own words. Although she would later singlehandedly create a new approach ... (Goodreads)

  5. Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table

    by Ruth Reichl
    Culinary and cultural exploration of the world, experienced through food.

    In this delightful sequel to her bestseller Tender at the Bone, Ruth Reichl returns with more tales of love, life, and marvelous meals. Comfort Me with Apples picks up Reichl's story in 1978, when ... (Goodreads)

  6. On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

    by Harold McGee
    A comprehensive guide to the science and history of cooking, exploring the fascinating world of food and flavors.

    Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking is a kitchen classic. Hailed by Time magazine as "a minor masterpiece" when it first appeared in 1984, On Food and Cooking is the bible to which food lovers and ... (Goodreads)

  7. Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Vol. 2

    by Julia Child
    A comprehensive guide to French cuisine, featuring recipes and techniques for advanced home cooks and professionals alike.

    The beloved sequel to the bestselling classic,, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume II, presents more fantastic step-by-step French recipes for home cooks. Working from the principle that ... (Barnes & Noble)

  8. The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

    by America's Test Kitchen
    A comprehensive guide to cooking, featuring over 1,000 recipes.

    A revision of the Fall 2005 BookSense pick and bestseller, this edition features a new light recipe chapter, more than 1500 color photos, heavy duty paper and binding, over 2 dozen new recipes, and ... (Goodreads)

  9. Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again

    by Ina Garten
    Delicious recipes for everyday home cooking from one of America's most beloved chefs.

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Throughout the years that she has lived and worked in East Hampton, Ina Garten has catered and attended countless parties and dinners. She will be the first to tell you, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  10. Joy of Cooking

    by Irma S. Rombauer
    A comprehensive guide to cooking techniques, recipes and culinary wisdom.

    In the nearly ninety years since Irma S. Rombauer self-published the first three thousand copies of, Joy of Cooking, in 1931, it has become the kitchen bible, with more than 20 million copies in ... (Goodreads)

  11. Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France

    by Peter Mayle
    A delightful collection of stories and anecdotes about the author's life in the South of France.

    A whole new feast of adventures, discoveries, hilarities, and culinary treats, liberally seasoned with a joyous mix of Gallic characters. After trying–what folly!--to live in other places, Peter ... (Goodreads)

  12. A Year in Provence

    by Peter Mayle
    A humorous memoir of a British couple's first year in Provence, France, adjusting to the culture shock and idiosyncrasies of their new home.

    In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron ... (Goodreads)

  13. Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

    by Bob Spitz
    A biography of Julia Child, the beloved chef who revolutionized American cuisine and inspired a generation of home cooks.

    It’s rare for someone to emerge in America who can change our attitudes, our beliefs, and our very culture. It’s even rarer when that someone is a middle-aged, six-foot three-inch woman whose first ... (Goodreads)

  14. The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones

    by Anthony Bourdain
    A collection of essays and articles by Anthony Bourdain, exploring the world of food and travel with his signature wit and irreverence.

    New York Times, Bestseller The good, the bad, and the ugly, served up Bourdain-style. Bestselling chef and No Reservations host Anthony Bourdain has never been one to pull punches. In The Nasty Bits ... (Goodreads)

  15. Mastering the Art of French Cooking

    by Julia Child
    Step-by-step guide to creating French cuisine, with accessible instructions and helpful tips.

    For over fifty years, New York Times bestseller Mastering the Art of French Cooking has been the definitive book on the subject for American readers. Featuring 524 delicious recipes, in its pages ... (Goodreads)

  16. Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes

    by Giada De Laurentiis
    A comprehensive guide to making Italian cuisine, from classic dishes to modern twists.

    In her hit Food Network show Everyday Italian , Giada De Laurentiis shows you how to cook delicious, beautiful food in a flash. And here, in her long-awaited first book, she does the same—helps you ... (Goodreads)

  17. A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines

    by Anthony Bourdain
    A globe-trotting exploration of exotic dishes and cultures, told with wit and humor.

    From the star of, No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain's, New York Times-,bestselling chronicle of travelling the world in search the globe's greatest cuilnary adventures The only thing "gonzo ... (Goodreads)

  18. The French Laundry Cookbook

    by Thomas Keller
    A cookbook featuring recipes from the renowned French Laundry restaurant, with detailed instructions and beautiful photography.

    2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of the acclaimed French Laundry restaurant in the Napa Valley—“the most exciting place to eat in the United States” ( The New York Times ). The most ... (Goodreads)

  19. The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness and the Making of a Great Chef

    by Marco Pierre White
    Memoir of Marco Pierre White's journey to becoming the youngest chef to earn three Michelin stars, including his struggles with mental health and relationships.

    An exhilirating memoir from the legendary Godfather of Bad Boy cookimg and a thrilling look behind the doors of a 3-star kitchen. Without question, the original rock-star chef is Marco Pierre White. ... (Barnes & Noble)

  20. Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

    by Gabrielle Hamilton
    A memoir of a chef's journey from childhood to adulthood, exploring the struggles of creating an independent life.

    Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Blood, Bones & Butter follows an ... (Goodreads)

  21. I'm Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking

    by Alton Brown
    A humorous and informative guide to cooking, focusing on the science behind heat and its effects on food.

    Alton Brown explores the science behind breads, cakes, cookies, pies, and custards, explaining it in his own inimitable style. Recipes cover all the basics, from pie crust to funnel cake to cheese ... (Barnes & Noble)

  22. Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    by Anthony Bourdain
    A journey through the culinary world, exploring the chefs and cultures that inspire its cuisine.

    A lot has changed since Kitchen Confidential. For the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business as a whole—and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, taking the ... (Goodreads)

  23. Plenty

    by Yotam Ottolenghi
    A collection of vegetarian recipes, featuring exciting flavors and ingredients from around the world.

    With his fabulous restaurants and bestselling Ottolenghi Cookbook , Yotam Ottolenghi has established himself as one of the most exciting talents in the world of cookery and food writing. This ... (Goodreads)

  24. Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

    by Ruth Reichl
    A restaurant critic's journey to understand the art of food and dining, while hiding her true identity.

    Ruth Reichl, world-renowned food critic and editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, knows a thing or two about food. She also knows that as the most important food critic in the country, you need to be ... (Goodreads)

  25. Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook: Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking

    by Anthony Bourdain
    A guide to classic French bistro cooking, with recipes and techniques from the renowned chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain.

    Bestselling author, TV host, and chef Anthony Bourdain reveals the hearty, delicious recipes of Les Halles, the classic New York City French bistro where he got his start. Before stunning the world ... (Barnes & Noble)

  26. Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals

    by Jamie Oliver
    A cookbook that teaches how to cook simple, delicious, and affordable meals, encouraging a food revolution for healthier eating habits.

    Cooking good food from scratch is a skill that can save you money, keep you healthy, and make you and your family and friends happy. What I've tried to do in this book is pick a whole load of meals ... (Goodreads)

  27. Jamie's 30-Minute Meals

    by Jamie Oliver
    Quick and easy recipes for delicious meals in just 30 minutes. Perfect for busy people who want to eat well.

    If you love food but struggle to find time to eat tasty food every day, then allow Jamie to introduce you to a revolutionary way of cooking. In 30-Minute Meals he shows you how to make a main meal, ... (Goodreads)

  28. The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World

    by Roz Hopkins
    A comprehensive guide to every country in the world, featuring stunning photography and cultural insights.

    This book is the definitive pictorial dedicated to travel and the world, capturing every country on the planet with photographs and atmospheric text. Inspirational, inviting, and beautiful, it ... (Goodreads)

  29. Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book

    by Better Homes and Gardens
    A comprehensive collection of recipes and cooking techniques for the home cook.

    Features: Over 900 new recipes – 1,200 in all-reflect current eating habits and lifestyles; 500 new photographs -- over 700 in all-including 60 percent more of finished food than the last edition; ... (Goodreads)

  30. The Last Chinese Chef

    by Nicole Mones
    A young American food writer travels to China to learn about traditional Chinese cuisine and falls in love with a chef who is competing in a culinary contest.

    This alluring novel of friendship, love, and cuisine brings the best-selling author of Lost in Translation and A Cup of Light to one of the great Chinese subjects: food. As in her previous novels, ... (Goodreads)

  31. The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen

    by Jacques Pépin
    Memoir of Jacques Pépin's life as a chef, from his childhood in France to his career in America.

    In this captivating memoir, the man whom Julia Child has called “the best chef in America” tells the story of his rise from a frightened apprentice in an exacting Old World kitchen to an Emmy ... (Barnes & Noble)

  32. French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew

    by Peter Mayle
    A humorous and informative memoir of a man's culinary adventures in France, exploring the country's food, wine, and culture.

    A delightful, delicious, and best-selling account of the gustatory pleasures to be found throughout France, from the beloved author of A Year in Provence . The French celebrate food and drink more ... (Goodreads)

  33. Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany

    by Bill Buford
    A culinary journey of personal & professional growth, from apprentice to master.

    The book that helped define a genre: Heat is a beloved culinary classic, an adventure in the kitchen and into Italian cuisine, by Bill Buford, author of Dirt . Bill Buford was a highly acclaimed ... (Barnes & Noble)

  34. The Gourmet Cookbook: More than 1000 recipes

    by Ruth Reichl
    A comprehensive cookbook with over 1000 recipes, covering a wide range of cuisines and cooking techniques.

    For the past six decades, Gourmet magazine has shaped the tastes of America, publishing the best work of the foremost names in the world of food. To create this landmark cookbook, editor in chief and ... (Goodreads)

  35. The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America

    by Michael Ruhlman
    Follow a journalist's journey as he trains to become a chef at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.

    Now in paperback, the eye-opening book that was nominated for a 1998 James Beard Foundation award in the Writing on Food category. In the winter of 1996, Michael Ruhlman donned hounds-tooth-check ... (Goodreads)

  36. The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

    by Ina Garten
    Recipes and entertaining tips from a renowned chef, bringing the flavors of the Mediterranean to your kitchen.

    #1, NEW YORK TIMES, BESTSELLER • A collection of all-new soul-satisfying dishes from America’s favorite home cook! NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY, The New York Times Book Review ,•, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  37. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

    by Deb Perelman
    A collection of recipes for delicious, home-cooked meals, with tips for kitchen success.

    The long-awaited cookbook by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen—home cook, mom, photographer, and celebrated food blogger. Deb Perelman loves to cook. It’s as simple as that. She isn’t a chef or a ... (Goodreads)

  38. The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs

    by Karen Page
    A comprehensive guide to culinary creativity, offering combination ideas and flavor pairings.

    Winner of the 2009 James Beard Book Award for Best Book: Reference and Scholarship Great cooking goes beyond following a recipe–it's knowing how to season ingredients to coax the greatest possible ... (Goodreads)

  39. The Silver Palate Cookbook

    by Julee Rosso
    A classic cookbook featuring innovative recipes and cooking techniques that revolutionized American cuisine in the 1980s.

    "This is the book that changed the way America cooks."—Barbara Kafka The Silver Palate Cookbook is the beloved classic that brings a new passion for food and entertaining into American homes. Its 350 ... (Barnes & Noble)

  40. Yes, Chef

    by Marcus Samuelsson
    Autobiographical account of a chef's success, from childhood in Ethiopia to the pinnacle of the culinary world.

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a ... (Goodreads)

  41. Momofuku

    by David Chang
    A memoir and cookbook by the founder of Momofuku, detailing his journey to becoming a successful chef and restaurateur.

    Never before has there been a phenomenon like Momofuku. A once-unrecognizable word, it's now synonymous with the award-winning restaurants of the same name in New York City: Momofuku Noodle Bar, Ssäm ... (Goodreads)

  42. Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

    by Chrissy Teigen
    A cookbook filled with delicious and accessible recipes for all types of cravings, from comfort food to healthy options.

    Maybe she’s on a photo shoot in Zanzibar. Maybe she’s making people laugh on TV. But all Chrissy Teigen really wants to do is talk about dinner. Or breakfast. Lunch gets some love, too. For years, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  43. Barefoot in Paris

    by Ina Garten
    A culinary journey through the streets of Paris, discovering the city's unique charm.

    Hearty boeuf Bourguignon served in deep bowls over a garlic-rubbed slice of baguette toast; decadently rich croque monsieur, eggy and oozing with cheese; gossamer crème brulee, its sweetness offset ... (Goodreads)

  44. Delicious!

    by Ruth Reichl
    A food critic's exploration of the culinary world, showcasing the beauty of gourmet food.

    In her bestselling memoirs Ruth Reichl has long illuminated the theme of how food defines us, and never more so than in her dazzling fiction debut about sisters, family ties, and a young woman who ... (Goodreads)

  45. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

    by J. Kenji López-Alt
    Detailed guide to cooking, leveraging science to unlock the best culinary techniques.

    Ever wondered how to pan-fry a steak with a charred crust and an interior that's perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge when you cut into it? How to make homemade mac 'n' cheese that is as ... (Goodreads)

  46. An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude

    by Ann Vanderhoof
    A couple's sailing adventure through the Caribbean, discovering new cultures and flavors along the way.

    An Embarrassment of Mangoes is a chronicle of leaving the type-A lifestyle behind – and discovering the secrets of life in the Caribbean. Who hasn’t fantasized about chucking the job, saying goodbye ... (Goodreads)

  47. Baking with Julia: Sift, Knead, Flute, Flour, and Savor...

    by Julia Child
    A comprehensive guide to baking, featuring recipes and techniques from renowned bakers. A must-have for any aspiring pastry chef.

    Baking with Julia Nothing promises pleasure more readily than the words "freshly baked." And nothing says magnum opus as definitively as, Baking with Julia, which offers the dedicated home cook, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  48. Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook

    by Beth Hensperger
    A collection of innovative and modern recipes for slow cookers, perfect for busy individuals and families.

    Fall in love with your slow cooker all over again., You probably own a slow cooker—80 percent of American households do. For more than thirty years, its, unbeatable convenience and practicality, have ... (Barnes & Noble)

  49. Ad Hoc at Home (The Thomas Keller Library)

    by Thomas Keller
    A cookbook featuring recipes for home cooking with a focus on fresh ingredients and simple techniques.

    New York Times, bestseller, IACP and James Beard Award Winner, “Spectacular is the word for Keller’s latest . . . don’t miss it.”,—People, , “A book of approachable dishes made really, really ... (Barnes & Noble)

  50. Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat

    by Grant Achatz
    A memoir of a chef's journey to culinary greatness, overcoming cancer, and revolutionizing the dining experience with molecular gastronomy.

    "One of America's great chefs" (,Vogue,), Grant Achatz, shares how his drive to cook immaculate food fueled his miraculous triumph over tongue cancer. By 2007 chef Grant Achatz had been named one of ... (Barnes & Noble)

  51. The Way to Cook

    by Julia Child
    Comprehensive guide to cooking techniques and recipes, from basic to advanced, with detailed instructions and illustrations.

    In this magnificent new cookbook, illustrated with full color throughout, Julia Child give us her magnum opus the distillation of a lifetime of cooking. And she has an important message for Americans ... (Goodreads)

  52. Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen

    by Laurie Colwin
    A collection of personal essays and recipes that celebrate the joys of cooking and the comfort of home.

    Share the unsurpassed pleasures of discovering, cooking, and eating good, simple food with this beloved book. Equal parts cookbook and memoir, Laurie Colwin's "Home Cooking" combines her insightful, ... (Goodreads)

  53. Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home

    by Mario Batali
    A collection of easy-to-follow Italian recipes, from antipasti to desserts, that will transport you to the heart of Italy.

    "The trick to cooking is that there is no trick." ––Mario Batali The only mandatory Italian cookbook for the home cook, Mario Batali's, Molto Italiano, is rich in local lore, with Batali's humorous ... (Barnes & Noble)

  54. Larousse Gastronomique: The World's Greatest Culinary Encyclopedia

    by Larousse
    Comprehensive culinary encyclopedia covering ingredients, techniques, recipes, and history of French cuisine and beyond.

    Since its first publication in 1938, Larousse Gastronomique has been an unparalleled resource. In one volume, it presents the history of foods, eating, and restaurants; cooking terms; techniques from ... (Goodreads)

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