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Guest Picks: Essential Books for the Everyday Foodie
From cookbooks to food adventures, 20 picks to inspire you to cook in your home
With her down-to-earth approach to food, and a dash or two of snark, Liza enjoys eating, reading, cooking, dining and writing on a daily basis. By day, she's an insurance professional, by night she gracefully (or not sometimes) barrels through life keeping up with her blog (a)Musing Foodie, other freelance writing jobs, non-profit work, Twitter and Facebook, her kids, her husband, and whatever else happens to fill her plate. Read her blog here: http://www.aMusingFoodie.com
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As a self-proclaimed kitchen geek, I love reading my cookbooks even more than using them for cooking. Oftentimes a laptop is my best friend in the kitchen — recipes at my fingertips, endless combinations of ingredients, and thousands of options. Convenient? Yes. But part of me still loves thumbing through the classics. It's kind of like having a Kindle but still loving a good paperback every now and again. — Liza from (a)Musing Foodie
Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book - $16.90
When I first started cooking, this was my go-to for standard "everyday" recipes. It served our grandmothers and mothers, and it's still a staple in most American kitchens today.
Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition - $21.50
Here's another classic to add to your shelf. It has simple steps with a realistic voice. It's now in its 9th edition and is still family run.
Good Eats: The Early Years by Alton Brown - $23.44
Alton Brown is the master of explaining technique and the "why" of cooking. What's not to love? This is definitely worthy of a spot on your cookbook shelves.
Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home In Italy by Frances Mayes - $12.99
This is a wonderful novel with delicious recipes peppered throughout. Don't assume you've seen it all by just having watched the movie; go grab the book!
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl - $13.98
This has all of the ingredients of a foodie's dream: Ruth Reichl, recipes, and stories about her life as a food critic. Plus, the best simple Carbonara recipe ever is inside these pages.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1 by Julia Child - $22.37
Julia Child is an icon, and one of her famous quotes happens to be one of my most favorite mantras: "Everything in moderation, including moderation." Watch the movie "Julie & Julia," and you'll see why this cookbook is a must for your shelves.
James Beard's American Cookery by James Beard - $22.86
James Beard's "American Cookery" is an iconic reference that no kitchen should be without. Heck, there's an award named after him, people!
Modern Vegetarian Kitchen by Peter Berley - $15.04
This one is an inspiring and refreshing look at how cooking food can nourish your life. It's full of seasonally based vegetarian recipes that work for both the herbivore and omnivore alike.
Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks by Dale DeGroff - $25.29
Cocktails are in, and this book by expert mixologist Dale DeGroff gives you all the tools to create the best at home.
Frank Stitt's Southern Table: Recipes from the Highlands Bar and Grill - $26.13
Frank Stitt uses his recipes to showcase amazing, classic Southern cuisine with a sophisticated edge. You need this.
Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan - $25.08
Dorie Greenspan wrote recipes for and with Julia Child. Um, her baking cookbook is a must-have for your kitchen. I just love her.
Savannah Style by Junior League of Savannah - $15.96
The very best cobbler recipe lies in this cookbook. It's worth it, even if that's the only recipe you use it for. I bought this one just before I left Savannah, Ga., after living there for a couple years after college.
Beard On Bread by James Beard - $11.53
This one has bread, homemade bread recipes by James Beard. There are more than 100 awesome, classic bread recipes that you can make at home.
Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share - $15.98
These are the very best cookie recipes from the Domestic Diva herself. And guess what? There's an app for that now, too!
Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table by Ruth Reichl - $14.95
I can't help it, so here's another Ruth Reichl novel because her foodie writing is just that good. The recipes she includes in her books are just as delightful, if not better.
My Life in France by Julia Child - $9.09
This is the story about how Julia Child became the person we remember her as today. It's amazing.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert - $14.92
One day I will find the pizzeria in Naples that serves the best pizza in the world. "Eat, Pray, Love" is worth the read, just for that chapter.
Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics - $35
Ina Garten makes me wish that I lived in The Hamptons, especially after spending childhood summers at my grandmother's shorehouse in New England. Plus, her simple recipes using "really good" ingredients are fabulous.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier by Ree Drummond - $17.70
Healthy? Not necessarily. Yummy? Yes. Plus, she's a food blogger gone viral, which I love. The photos rock, too.
The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution - $21.72
This is another classic. Alice Waters easily details each recipe, encouraging the home cook to experience her success with simple preparations.
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