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



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

1. Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Gourmet Cooking - 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

                 

2. Sous Vide for Everybody: The Easy, Foolproof Cooking Technique That's Sweeping the World


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

Sous Vide for Everybody is an approachable cookbook that demystifies sous vide cooking and demonstrates how it can make your life easier, while also giving you the tools to try exciting new dishes. Originally from the French for "under vacuum" because it often involves sealing food in plastic, sous vide allows you to cook food gently in an automatic water bath to the perfect temperature. That may sound intimidating, but the technique has trickled down from experimental fine-dining restaurant kitchens to the home kitchen precisely because it's an easy, convenient, and hands-off way to cook. Sous vide not only makes traditional cooking easier and more foolproof, it often can help to make food taste better, taking away all the guesswork and giving you back some free time. In this cookbook, you will find recipes that teach you how to cook sous vide, starting with basics like the perfect steak or soft-cooked egg. You will also find recipes that expand your knowledge and creativity in the kitchen using sous vide, from a holiday-worthy chuck roast that tastes like a prime rib at a fraction of the cost to eggs Benedict to fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt cups.

  • Author: America's Test Kitchen
  • Publisher: America's Test Kitchen; Illustrated edition (September 25, 2018)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking by Ingredient
  • ISBN: 978-1945256493
  • Dimensions: 7.88 x 0.6 x 9.63 inches

                 

3. Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook: More than 1,000 of the world's best recipes for today's kitchen


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

The celebrated food magazine’s comprehensive cookbook features more than 1000 recipes from across the globe plus techniques, tips, stories, and more.   Saveur magazine’s depth of worldwide culinary knowledge is put on full display in this indispensable guide for everyone who relishes the Saveur standard of excellence. With authentic, from-the-source recipes for virtually every type of dish, as well as a range of cooking techniques and practical advice, The New Classics Cookbook offers a comprehensive foundation for any home cook looking for fresh ideas and daily inspiration.   This volume also includes suggested menus for holidays and occasions; sidebars that showcase groups of ingredients (such as the Mexican pantry, different varieties of tomatoes, and what makes a good tagine); easy-to-follow instructions for techniques (like how to crimp a dumpling or fold an empanada); and two sections of gorgeous full-color photographs that bring the cuisine to life.   Each recipe includes a headnote explaining the origin of the dish, offering suggestions for perfecting the method, or a serving suggestion. There are illustrations and cook’s notes, as well as icons marking vegetarian dishes and other helpful information at a glance.   With multiple indexes making it easy to find recipes for any occasion, The New Classics Cookbook is the new essential reference for the discerning home cook.

  • Author: The Editors of Saveur Magazine
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen (October 28, 2014)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine

                 

4. Sharp: The Definitive Introduction to Knives, Sharpening, and Cutting Techniques, with Recipes from Great Chefs


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

Sharp is a knife skills class in book form and an introduction to the best knives you can buy from all over the world. From a premier knife purveyor and go-to knives expert, this comprehensive guide details the elements of buying and caring for good knives, including sharpening and knife skills. Step-by-step instructions and photography cover a range of techniques with 15 recipes from great chefs—including Stuart Brioza of State Bird Provisions and Melissa Perello of Frances—which feature all the cuts that mark an accomplished cook. Sharply packaged with a textured cover, a foil spine, and more than 150 striking photographs of knifemakers, coveted knives, and beautiful food, this is the cookbook, handbook, and visual journey for anyone wanting to hone their skills in the kitchen.

  • Author: Josh Donald
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (June 5, 2018)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design

                 

5. Dinner in French: My Recipes by Way of France: A Cookbook


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

NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER • The beloved author of  Dinner in an Instant  breaks down the new French classics with 150 recipes that reflect a modern yet distinctly French sensibility. “Melissa Clark’s contemporary eye is just what the chef ordered. Her recipes are traditional yet fresh, her writing is informative yet playful, and the whole package is achingly chic.”—Yotam Ottolenghi NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • Delish • Library Journal Just as Julia Child brought French cooking to twentieth-century America, so now Melissa Clark brings French cooking into the twenty-first century. She first fell in love with France and French food as a child; her parents spent their August vacations traversing the country in search of the best meals with Melissa and her sister in tow. Near to her heart, France is where Melissa's family learned to cook and eat. And as her own culinary identity blossomed, so too did her understanding of why French food is beloved by Americans. Now, as one of the nation's favorite cookbook authors and food writers, Melissa updates classic French techniques and dishes to reflect how we cook, shop, and eat today. With recipes such as Salade Nicoise with Haricot Vert, Cornmeal and Harissa Soufflé, Scalloped Potato Gratin, Lamb Shank Cassoulet, Ratatouille Sheet-Pan Chicken, Campari Olive Oil Cake, and Apricot Tarte Tatin (to name a few), Dinner in French will quickly become a go-to resource and endure as an indispensable classic.

  • Author: Melissa Clark
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (March 10, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-0553448252
  • Dimensions: 8.28 x 1.04 x 10.25 inches

                 



6. The French Laundry Cookbook (The Thomas Keller Library)


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

IACP Award Winner 2019 marks the twenty-fifth 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 transformative cookbook of the century celebrates this milestone by showcasing the genius of chef/proprietor Thomas Keller himself. Keller is a wizard, a purist, a man obsessed with getting it right. And this, his first cookbook, is every bit as satisfying as a French Laundry meal itself: a series of small, impeccable, highly refined, intensely focused courses. Most dazzling is how simple Keller's methods are: squeegeeing the moisture from the skin on fish so it sautées beautifully; poaching eggs in a deep pot of water for perfect shape; the initial steeping in the shell that makes cooking raw lobster out of the shell a cinch; using vinegar as a flavor enhancer; the repeated washing of bones for stock for the cleanest, clearest tastes. From innovative soup techniques, to the proper way to cook green vegetables, to secrets of great fish cookery, to the creation of breathtaking desserts; from beurre monté to foie gras au torchon, to a wild and thoroughly unexpected take on coffee and doughnuts, The French Laundry Cookbook captures, through recipes, essays, profiles, and extraordinary photography, one of America's great restaurants, its great chef, and the food that makes both unique. One hundred and fifty superlative recipes are exact recipes from the French Laundry kitchen—no shortcuts have been taken, no critical steps ignored, all have been thoroughly tested in home kitchens. If you can't get to the French Laundry, you can now re-create at home the very experience Wine Spectator described as “as close to dining perfection as it gets.”

  • Author: Thomas Keller
  • Publisher: Artisan; 2nd edition (November 1, 1999)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-1579651268
  • Dimensions: 11.31 x 1.25 x 11.25 inches

                 

7. Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers


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

Many of our favorite movies come with a side of iconic food moments: the elaborate timpano from Big Night, Charlie Chaplin’s dancing dinner rolls in The Gold Rush, the orgasmic deli fare from When Harry Met Sally, or the redemptive birthday cake from Sixteen Candles. In this cookbook, author Andrew Rea (of the hit YouTube channel “Binging with Babish”) recreates these iconic food scenes and many more. With recipes from more than 40 classic and cult films, Eat What You Watch is the perfect gift for both movie buffs and home cooks who want to add some cinematic flair to their cooking repertoire.

  • Author: Andrew Rea
  • Publisher: Dovetail (October 3, 2017)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-0998739953
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches

                 

8. Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook


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

Dripping Thighs, Sticky Chicken Fingers, Vanilla Chicken, Chicken with a Lardon, Bacon-Bound Wings, Spatchcock Chicken, Learning-to-Truss-You Chicken, Holy Hell Wings, Mustard-Spanked Chicken, and more, more, more!   Fifty chicken recipes, each more seductive than the last, in a book that makes every dinner a turn-on.    “I want you to see this. Then you’ll know everything. It’s a cookbook,” he says and opens to some recipes, with color photos. “I want to prepare you, very much.” This isn’t just about getting me hot till my juices run clear, and then a little rest. There’s pulling, jerking, stuffing, trussing. Fifty preparations. He promises we’ll start out slow, with wine and a good oiling . . . Holy crap . “I will control everything that happens here,” he says. “You can leave anytime, but as long as you stay, you’re my ingredient.” I’ll be transformed from a raw, organic bird into something—what? Something delicious .   So begins the adventures of Miss Chicken, a young free-range, from raw innocence to golden brown ecstasy, in this spoof-in-a-cookbook that simmers in the afterglow of E.L. James’s sensational Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy . Like Anastasia Steele, Miss Chicken finds herself at the mercy of a dominating man, in this case, a wealthy, sexy, and very hungry chef.   And before long, from unbearably slow drizzling to trussing, Miss Chicken discovers the sheer thrill of becoming the main course. A parody in three acts—“The Novice Bird” (easy recipes for roasters), “Falling to Pieces” (parts perfect for weeknight meals), and “Advanced Techniques” (the climax of cooking)— Fifty Shades of Chicken is a cookbook of fifty irresistible, repertoire-boosting chicken dishes that will leave you hungry for more. With memorable tips and revealing photographs, Fifty Shades of Chicken will have you dominating dinner.

  • Author: F.L. Fowler
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 29571st edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking by Ingredient
  • ISBN: 978-0385345224
  • Dimensions: 7.23 x 0.63 x 9.27 inches

                 

9. Foolproof Preserving: A Guide to Small Batch Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Condiments & More


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

Canning perfected the America’s Test Kitchen way. The art of preserving produce by canning and preserving has come full circle from grandmother's kitchen to a whole new generation now eager to learn it. This detailed guide to home preserving is perfect for novice canners and experts alike and offers more than 100 foolproof recipes across a wide range of categories, from sweet jams and jellies to savory jams, vegetables, condiments, pickles, whole fruits, and more. Let the experts at America's Test Kitchen show you how to do it right with detailed tutorials, troubleshooting tips, equipment information, and insight into the science behind canning.

  • Author: America's Test Kitchen
  • Publisher: America's Test Kitchen; Illustrated edition (April 26, 2016)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking by Ingredient
  • ISBN: 978-1940352510
  • Dimensions: 7.88 x 0.78 x 9.63 inches

                 

10. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Wisdom from an Obsessive Home Cook


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

The New York Times bestselling, IACP award-winning cookbook (and a  Cooking Light Top 100 Cookbook of the Last 25 Years) from the celebrated food blogger and founder of smittenkitchen.com.   Deb Perelman loves to cook. She isn’t a chef or a restaurant owner—she’s never even waitressed. Cooking in her tiny Manhattan kitchen was, at least at first, for special occasions—and, too often, an unnecessarily daunting venture. Deb found herself overwhelmed by the number of recipes available to her. Have you ever searched for the perfect birthday cake on Google? You’ll get more than three million results. Where do you start? What if you pick a recipe that’s downright bad?   With the same warmth, candor, and can-do spirit her award-winning blog, Smitten Kitchen, is known for, here Deb presents more than 100 recipes—almost entirely new, plus a few favorites from the site—that guarantee delicious results every time.   Gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of her beautiful color photographs, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook  is all about approachable, uncompromised home cooking. Here you’ll find better uses for your favorite vegetables: asparagus blanketing a pizza; ratatouille dressing up a sandwich; cauliflower masquerading as pesto. These are recipes you’ll bookmark and use so often they become your own, recipes you’ll slip to a friend who wants to impress her new in-laws, and recipes with simple ingredients that yield amazing results in a minimum amount of time. Deb tells you her favorite summer cocktail; how to lose your fear of cooking for a crowd; and the essential items you need for your own kitchen. From salads and slaws that make perfect side dishes (or a full meal) to savory tarts and galettes; from Mushroom Bourguignon to Chocolate Hazelnut Crepe Cake, Deb knows just the thing for a Tuesday night, or your most special occasion.

  • Author: Deb Perelman
  • Publisher: Knopf; Illustrated edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking by Ingredient
  • ISBN: 978-0307595652
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.15 x 9.4 inches