Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cooking Encyclopedias - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Cooking Encyclopedias. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cooking Encyclopedias - August 2021

Now a Netflix series! New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2018 James Beard Award for Best General Cookbook and multiple IACP Cookbook Awards Named one of the Best Books of 2017 by: NPR, BuzzFeed, The Atlantic , The Washington Post , Chicago Tribune , Rachel Ray Every Day , San Francisco Chronicle , Vice Munchies, Elle.com, Glamour , Eater, Newsday, Minneapolis Star Tribune , The Seattle Times , Tampa Bay Times , Tasting Table, Modern Farmer , Publishers Weekly, and more. A visionary new master class in cooking that distills decades of professional experience into just four simple elements, from the woman declared “America’s next great cooking teacher” by Alice Waters. In the tradition of The Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything comes Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat , an ambitious new approach to cooking by a major new culinary voice. Chef and writer Samin Nosrat has taught everyone from professional chefs to middle school kids to author Michael Pollan to cook using her revolutionary, yet simple, philosophy. Master the use of just four elements—Salt, which enhances flavor; Fat, which delivers flavor and generates texture; Acid, which balances flavor; and Heat, which ultimately determines the texture of food—and anything you cook will be delicious. By explaining the hows and whys of good cooking, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat will teach and inspire a new generation of cooks how to confidently make better decisions in the kitchen and cook delicious meals with any ingredients, anywhere, at any time. Echoing Samin’s own journey from culinary novice to award-winning chef, Salt, Fat Acid, Heat immediately bridges the gap between home and professional kitchens. With charming narrative, illustrated walkthroughs, and a lighthearted approach to kitchen science, Samin demystifies the four elements of good cooking for everyone. Refer to the canon of 100 essential recipes—and dozens of variations—to put the lessons into practice and make bright, balanced vinaigrettes, perfectly caramelized roast vegetables, tender braised meats, and light, flaky pastry doughs. Featuring 150 illustrations and infographics that reveal an atlas to the world of flavor by renowned illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat will be your compass in the kitchen. Destined to be a classic, it just might be the last cookbook you’ll ever need. With a foreword by Michael Pollan.

  • Author: Samin Nosrat
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster; 4th edition (April 25, 2017)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking Education & Reference
  • ISBN: 978-1476753836
  • Dimensions: 7.38 x 1.4 x 9.13 inches

                 

2. The All New Ball Book Of Canning And Preserving: Over 350 of the Best Canned, Jammed, Pickled, and Preserved Recipes


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cooking Encyclopedias - August 2021

From the experts at Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball canning products, comes the first truly comprehensive canning guide created for today's home cooks. This modern handbook boasts more than 350 of the best recipes ranging from jams and jellies to jerkies, pickles, salsas, and more-including extender recipes to create brand new dishes using your freshly preserved farmer's market finds or vegetable garden bounty. Organized by technique, The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving covers water bath and pressure canning, pickling, fermenting, freezing, dehydrating, and smoking. Straightforward instructions and step-by-step photos ensure success for beginners, while practiced home canners will find more advanced methods and inspiring ingredient twists. Thoroughly tested for safety and quality by thermal process engineers at the Fresh Preserving Quality Assurance Lab, recipes range from much-loved classics — Tart Lemon Jelly, Tomato-Herb Jam, Ploughman's Pickles — to fresh flavors such as Asian Pear Kimchi, Smoked Maple-Juniper Bacon, and homemade Kombucha. Make the most of your preserves with delicious dishes including Crab Cakes garnished with Eastern Shore Corn Relish and traditional Strawberry-Rhubarb Hand Pies. Special sidebars highlight seasonal fruits and vegetables, while handy charts cover processing times, temperatures, and recipe formulas for fast preparation. Lushly illustrated with color photographs, The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving is a classic in the making for a new generation of home cooks.

  • Author: Ball Home Canning Test Kitchen
  • Publisher: TI Inc. Books; Illustrated edition (May 31, 2016)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking Education & Reference
  • ISBN: 978-0848746780
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 9.13 inches

                 

3. Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cooking Encyclopedias - August 2021

A Weissman once said… "...can we please stop with the barrage of 2.3 second meals that only need 1 ingredient? I get it…we’re busy. But let’s refocus on the fact that beautifully crafted burgers don't grow on trees."   Ironically this sounds a lot like he's trying to convince you to cook, but he's really not. Is this selling the cookbook? The point is that the food in this book is an invitation that speaks for itself. Great cooking does, and should, take time. Now is the time to double down and get your head in the cooking game. Or you know, don't. Maybe get someone else to cook this stuff for you...that works too.   How can you know if something is your favorite if 50 to 80 percent of the stuff you've been eating was made by someone else? Butter, condiments, cheese, pickles, patties, and buns. For a superior and potentially even life-changing experience, you can (and should, to be honest) make these from scratch. Create the building blocks necessary to make the greatest meal of your life.    While you're at it, give it the Joshua Weissman—or your own—twist. As Joshua would say, “If you don’t like blue cheese, then don’t use blue cheese.” From simple staples to gourmet to deep-fried, you are the master of your own kitchen, and you'll make it all, on your terms.   With no regrets, excuses, or apologies, Joshua Weissman will instruct you how with his irreverent humor, a little bit of light razzing, and over 100 perfectly delectable recipes.    If you love to host and entertain; if you like a good project; if you crave control of your food; if fast food or the frozen aisle or the super-fast-super-easy cookbook keep letting your tastebuds down; then Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook is your ideal kitchen companion.

  • Author: Joshua Weissman
  • Publisher: Alpha (September 14, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking Methods
  • ISBN: 978-1615649983
  • Dimensions: 10.24 x 0.83 x 8.27 inches

                 

4. Cook This Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes to Repeat: A Cookbook


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cooking Encyclopedias - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A thoroughly modern guide to becoming a better, faster, more creative cook, featuring fun, flavorful recipes anyone can make. “Surprising no one, Molly has written a book as smart, stylish, and entertaining as she is.”—Carla Lalli Music, author of Where Cooking Begins If you seek out, celebrate, and obsess over good food but lack the skills and confidence necessary to make it at home, you’ve just won a ticket to a life filled with supreme deliciousness. Cook This Book is a new kind of foundational cookbook from Molly Baz, who’s here to teach you absolutely everything she knows and equip you with the tools to become a better, more efficient cook.  Molly breaks the essentials of cooking down to clear and uncomplicated recipes that deliver big flavor with little effort and a side of education, including dishes like Pastrami Roast Chicken with Schmaltzy Onions and Dill, Chorizo and Chickpea Carbonara, and of course, her signature Cae Sal. But this is not your average cookbook. More than a collection of recipes, Cook This Book teaches you the invaluable superpower of improvisation though visually compelling lessons on such topics as the importance of salt and how to balance flavor, giving you all the tools necessary to make food taste great every time. Throughout, you’ll encounter dozens of QR codes, accessed through the camera app on your smartphone, that link to short technique-driven videos hosted by Molly to help illuminate some of the trickier skills.  As Molly says, “Cooking is really fun, I swear. You simply need to set yourself up for success to truly enjoy it.” Cook This Boo k will help you do just that, inspiring a new generation to find joy in the kitchen and take pride in putting a home-cooked meal on the table, all with the unbridled fun and spirit that only Molly could inspire.

  • Author: Molly Baz
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (April 20, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking Methods
  • ISBN: 978-0593138274
  • Dimensions: 8.63 x 0.96 x 10.56 inches

                 

5. The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs (LITTLE, BROWN A)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cooking Encyclopedias - August 2021

Great cooking goes beyond following a recipe--it's knowing how to season ingredients to coax the greatest possible flavor from them. Drawing on dozens of leading chefs' combined experience in top restaurants across the country, Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg present the definitive guide to creating "deliciousness" in any dish. Thousands of ingredient entries, organized alphabetically and cross-referenced, provide a treasure trove of spectacular flavor combinations. Readers will learn to work more intuitively and effectively with ingredients; experiment with temperature and texture; excite the nose and palate with herbs, spices, and other seasonings; and balance the sensual, emotional, and spiritual elements of an extraordinary meal. Seasoned with tips, anecdotes, and signature dishes from America's most imaginative chefs, The Flavor Bible is an essential reference for every kitchen. Winner of the 2009 James Beard Book Award for Best Book: Reference and Scholarship

  • Author: Karen Page
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.; 1st edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking by Ingredient
  • ISBN: 978-0316118408
  • Dimensions: 8.05 x 1.55 x 10.45 inches

                 



6. Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cooking Encyclopedias - August 2021

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the endlessly inventive imaginations of star Spanish-American chef José Andrés and James Beard award-winning writer Matt Goulding,  Vegetables Unleashed  is a new cookbook that will transform how we think about—and eat—the vast universe of vegetables. Andrés is famous for his unstoppable energy—and for his belief that vegetables are far sexier than meat can ever be. Showing us how to creatively transpose the flavors of a global pantry onto the produce aisle,  Vegetables Unleashed  showcases Andrés’s wide-ranging vision and borderless cooking style. With recipes highlighting everything from the simple wonders of a humble lentil stew to the endless variations on the classic Spanish gazpacho to the curious genius of potatoes baked in fresh compost,  Vegetables Unleashed  gives us the recipes, tricks, and tips behind the dishes that have made Andrés one of America’s most important chefs and that promise to completely change our relationship with the diverse citizens of the vegetable kingdom. Filled with a guerilla spirit and brought to life by Andrés’s globe-trotting culinary adventures,  Vegetables Unleashed   will show the home cook how to approach cooking vegetables in an entirely fresh and surprising way – and that the world can be changed through the power of plants.

  • Author: Jose Andres
  • Publisher: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco (May 21, 2019)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine

                 

7. Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cooking Encyclopedias - August 2021

JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNER The expanded wine guide from the creators of Wine Folly, packed with new information for devotees and newbies alike. Wine Folly became a sensation for its inventive, easy-to-digest approach to learning about wine. Now in a new, expanded hardcover edition, Wine Folly: Magnum Edition is the perfect guide for anyone looking to take his or her wine knowledge to the next level. Wine Folly: Magnum Edition includes:    •   more than 100 grapes and wines color-coded by style so you can easily find new wines you'll love;    •   a wine region explorer with detailed maps of the top wine regions, as well as up-and-coming areas such as Greece and Hungary;    •   wine labeling and classification 101 for wine countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Austria;    •   an expanded food and wine pairing section;    •   a primer on acidity and tannin--so you can taste wine like a pro;    •   more essential tips to help you cut through the complexity of the wine world and become an expert. Wine Folly: Magnum Edition is the must-have book for the millions of fans of Wine Folly and for any budding oenophile who wants to boost his or her wine knowledge in a practical and fun way. It's the ultimate gift for any wine lover.

  • Author: Madeline Puckette
  • Publisher: Avery; Illustrated edition (September 25, 2018)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
  • ISBN: 978-0525533894
  • Dimensions: 7.53 x 1.1 x 9.66 inches

                 

8. The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook: Easy, Healthy Recipes for the Next Four Years & Beyond


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cooking Encyclopedias - August 2021

More than 100 tasty and affordable 5-ingredient recipes for busy college students College students don’t typically have a ton of time, money, or kitchen space to get fancy with their meals, which means good and cheap is the name of the game. This college cookbook makes it easy for students to prepare fresh, tasty, healthy meals for themselves on a budget, with more than 100 recipes that only take 30 minutes to throw together, and only require 5 main ingredients. Upgrade from fast food and microwave dinners with a college cookbook that features: 5 ingredients, 30 minutes, 100 recipes ―Learn simple and fast ways to throw together dozens of favorites like Classic French Toast, Vegan Enchiladas, Greek Pita Sandwiches, Thai Chicken Ramen, and more. Kitchen basics ―Brush up on fundamental cooking skills with an easy cookbook that includes tips and tricks on everything from using knives to storing veggies. A wide variety ―Most of these student-approved recipes also include 3 alternate versions to keep things interesting and accommodate every taste. Equip students with a college cookbook that makes it fun and accessible to cook fresh food for themselves―in college and for life.

  • Author: Pamela Ellgen
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press (February 21, 2017)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking Methods
  • ISBN: 978-1623158576
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 6.5 inches

                 

9. Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cooking Encyclopedias - August 2021

“Beautiful color photographs . . . temptingly arranged.”— The Library Letter Planning an outdoor adventure? Make sure to consult this information-packed and photo-filled North American field guide—arranged by season and region—before you go! Already a huge success in previous editions, this must-have field guide now features a fresh new cover, as well as nearly 400 color photos and detailed information on more than 200 species of edible plants all across North America. With all the plants conveniently organized by season, enthusiasts will find it very simple to locate and identify their desired ingredients. Each entry includes images, plus facts on the plant’s habitat, physical properties, harvesting, preparation, and poisonous look-alikes. The introduction contains tempting recipes and there’s a quick-reference seasonal key for each plant.

  • Author: Thomas Elias
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing; Illustrated edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking by Ingredient
  • ISBN: 978-1402767159
  • Dimensions: 5.42 x 0.69 x 8.28 inches

                 

10. Milk Street: Cookish: Throw It Together: Big Flavors. Simple Techniques. 200 Ways to Reinvent Dinner.


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cooking Encyclopedias - August 2021

Throw together fast, flavorful meals in no time with just a handful of ingredients with 200 highly cookable, delicious, and incredibly simple recipes from the James Beard Award-winning team at Milk Street. In Cookish , Christopher Kimball and his team of cooks and editors harness the most powerful cooking principles from around the world to create 200 of the simplest, most delicious recipes ever created. These recipes, most with six or fewer ingredients (other than oil, salt, and pepper), make it easy to be a great cook -- the kind who can walk into a kitchen and throw together dinner in no time. In each of these recipes, big flavors and simple techniques transform pantry staples, common proteins, or centerpiece vegetables into a delicious meal. And each intuitive recipe is a road map for other mix-and-match meals, which can come together in minutes from whatever's in the fridge. With most recipes taking less than an hour to prepare, and just a handful of ingredients, you'll enjoy: Pasta with Shrimp and Browned Butter West African Peanut Chicken Red Lentil Soup Scallion Noodles Open-Faced Omelet with Fried Dill and Feta Greek Bean and Avocado Salad And for dessert: Spiced Strawberry Compote with Greek Yogurt or Ice Cream When it's a race to put dinner on the table, these recipes let you start at the finish line.

  • Author: Christopher Kimball
  • Publisher: Voracious; Illustrated edition (October 13, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-0316540308
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.13 x 9.25 inches