Julia Child, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volumes I & II
The ultimate classic by the goddess herself. These are and always will be front and center in my cookbook shelf.
While I’m not a vegetarian now, I spent many years not eating meat. Even today, while the books are a bit on the ’70s side, I still refer back to these cookbooks for great, healthy recipes. Many a holiday meal has been derived from these pages! And when cooking legumes, Mollie has a great handy chart on water to legumes ratio that I’m always use as a reference.
Ginny Callan, Horn of the Moon Cookbook
The Horn of the Moon was a restaurant in my hometown of Montpelier, Vermont. Many an evening was spent eating pizza there on Tuesday nights. Although the restaurant closed many years ago, I’m glad I have the cookbook and its recipes. I make many of these on a regular basis; the artichoke dip is always at hit!
Lynn Rosetto Kasper and Sally Swift, The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper
I have made so many recipes out of this cookbook with nary a dud! Easy to prepare dinners after a long work day.
Moosewood Restaurant, Cooking For Health
My newest favorite cookbook, these vegetarian recipes have an emphasis on grains, legumes, and vegetables. Great stews and soups!
Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, The Joy of Cooking
The classic, the master. A holiday doesn’t go by that I don’t bring this book out to check on the ratio for pie crust or the filling for a fruit pie. My 1952 edition has seen better days; with a cracked binding and yellowed pages, I’m always wondering when I’m going to have to give it first aid. Purchased a used book sale, I can feel the creativity of its past owners in its pages.
Julia Child, The Way to Cook
If you ever need to know how to hard boil an egg or make authentic French bread, use this as a reference. Perfect.