cookbooks i love from chefs i admire
THOUGH I HAVEN’T eaten meat, fish or poultry in more decades than I care to admit to being an adult, I love food (and even cook all of the above for guests). Listeners to my weekly public-radio show will know I interview many cookbook authors who are inclined to garden-to-table cuisine. The selection on this page includes some new and old favorites I’m enjoying at the moment.
Links to stories I’ve written on some of their authors who have joined me on the radio, too, are beneath the grid of cover thumbnails.
(Disclaimer: Links reached by clicking any of the books or captions are to my Amazon affiliate account, where I earn a commission if you shop.)
VEGAN VEGETARIAN OMNIVORE: The latest from the genius of Anna Thomas (“Vegetarian Epicure,” “Love Soup”) welcomes all of us to the same table.
I may just spend the remainder of my days cooking my way though this one, from the 7-time James Beard Award-winner Madhur Jaffrey.
Not a cooking book only, but more of a modern home-economist’s bible, with food recipes, yes (including fermentation and other preserving), but also for nontoxic homekeeping and personal-care items.
Another James Beard Award-winning cookbook from Anna Thomas (“The Vegetarian Epicure”) on the best of comfort foods, and perfect accompaniments.
From the U.K.’s Nigel Slater, BBC host, “Observer” columnist and kitchen gardener, a book as delicious to read as to cook from.
California-based rising star Bryant Terry fuses Southern, Caribbean and African flavors in this surprising, smart vegan cookbook.
A cross-cultural, vegetarian culinary celebration of the city both authors, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, grew up in. Exciting.
The word “vibrant” in the subtitle of Jerusalem-born, London-based Yotam Ottolenghi’s breakthrough 2011 book says it all.
Vegetable-based dishes done smashingly, by British broadcaster, author and sustainability advocate Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
A MEDITERRANEAN FEAST, Clifford Wright’s culinary history of the region, plus 500 recipes from the cradle of great food.
My favorite pizza dough and everything else in a book by longtime educator Nick Malgieri that I have turned to for nearly 20 years.
A compilation from a Martha Stewart magazine I helped found, “Everyday Food,” which delivers on its title beautifully.
A 1992 classic that won a James Beard Award, but can only be had now on Kindle or used (like my vintage copy has been often).
Cook, while connecting the botanical dots. Taxonomy meets gastronomy in Deborah Madison’s impressive 2013 book.
Deborah Madison updated 1997’s vegetarian classic in 2014 with 150 new recipes reflecting the way we eat now.
Flavorful and fast (but not thoughtless or careless) recipes from masterful Nigel Slater of BBC and “The Observer” fame.
Multi-James Beard Award winner Peter Reinhart reveals secrets of new sprouted and ancient-grain flours and more.
“The New York Times” columnist Martha Rose Shulman creates vegetarian-entree “templates” that make for smarter, easier cooking.
my guest-chef interviews and podcasts
- Master baker Peter Reinhart on better bread
- “The New York Times” columnist Martha Rose Shulman makes vegetarian easy
- Deborah Madison on quick stocks and other tips
- Deborah Madison on best herbs, Romesco sauce, and more
- Bryant Terry’s exciting Afro-Vegan flavors
- Mollie Katzen redefines vegetarian
- All my “guest chef” stories, recipes and cookbook reviews from the archives