We have a whole Instagram series of books-in-a-genre. This is based on that.
I am neither Italian nor your mom, but “You gotta eat somethin’!” It’s a fact, and unless you’re made of money, you can’t always eat out. You have to cook.
Food, eating, cooking:
Appetites from Anthony Bourdain – I don’t really like cooking, but Bourdain is so cool, he makes me want this book. These are his recipes, everything from scrambled eggs to Bagna Càuda with Crudités (whatever that is), but adjusted so that regular folks just like you and me can make them at home. His short intro is kinda moving. Please, someone buy this for me for Christmas.
Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking from Jessica Koslow and Maria Zizka – The trendy, organic, East H-wood hotspot has its own cookbook. Doesn’t it piss you off when you’re eating something delicious and then you find out it’s good for you? Gahh.
Where Chefs Eat – This is Joe Warwick’s guide to the favorite restaurants of actual chefs. 70 countries, 600 chefs, 3000 restaurants – no joke.
Food Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of our Edible World from Julia Rothman, with Rachel Wharton – Everything about all kinds of food from all over the world, illustrated. Not a cookbook, it’s a sort of survey of what humans eat.
Mozza at Home from Nancy Silverton and Carolynn Carreno – If you work your way thru these 19 menus (adapted for home use) you might be able to call yourself a pretty good cook.
Something to Food About: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs from Questlove and Ben Greenman – YES. Renaissance man & Hip Hop luminary Questlove has conversations with world-class chefs about their cooking and their creative process. Surely there is no other book like this? It just makes me wish I could stop the clock and read EVERYTHING. (Plus a foreword by our dude Bourdain.)