My Top 4 Cookbooks

My Top 4 Cookbooks

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Graham and I have moved across the country a couple of times. He’s a minimalist to the core and doesn’t need a whole lot of stuff to be happy. But I have no trouble easily filling a towering stack of boxes with kitchen tools and equipment, beautiful ceramic plates, and no small number of fragile glasses. For my work, I also happen to need a robust collection of cookbooks. I reference them when I can’t remember how to properly make a particular dish, and most importantly, I look to them for inspiration. My collection of cookbooks has grown steadily over the years. I love each one of them for different reasons, but I also have some favorites. If pressed to put together just one small box of books, I know exactly the four I would choose. 

I’d pick The Zuni Café Cookbook by Judy Rodgers because it has always been my north star; Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison for the seemingly endless breadth of knowledge it contains; The Taste of Country Cooking by Edna Lewis for the way it profoundly links food to place; and The Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook by Alice Waters with illustrations by David Lance Goines because their collaboration never fails to inspire me and Graham in our work together.

The LA Times: Nothing in the Fridge

The LA Times: Nothing in the Fridge

Recipe: The Not-Leafy Caesar

Recipe: The Not-Leafy Caesar