I love to read cookbooks -- I often read them the same way I read novels, from cover to cover.
We have some interesting ones just on the shelves that I hope you enjoy:
DINNER: THE PLAYBOOK. A 30-Day Plan for Mastering the Art of the Family Meal by Jenny Rosenstrach.
This has terrific sections on comfort food, steps you can skip, how to prep for the week, go-to weeknight meals and quick sides. It's a clear, fun, well-written book that takes the anxiety out of daily meal preparation.
FIFTY FOODS THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY by Bill Price.
From the spice wars to sugar fueling slave trade to the importance of oatmeal cookies to the WWI Allies, this book is filled with fascinating lore and nuggets of terrific information.
HAND-DIPPED: The Art of Creating Chocolates and Confections at Home buy Julie Peterson and Caleb Warnock
Step-by-step, clear directions remove the mystery and fear of making candies at home. Delectable reading will hopefully lead to delicious treats.
SPICES & SEASONS: Simple, Sustainable Indian Flavors by Rinku Bhattacharya
The recipes in this book are clearly written, easy to prepare, and delicious.
Some of my personal favorites are Tandoori Spice Roasted Baby Potatoes with Mint, Masala Omlet; Frittata, Lazy Mulligatawny Soup, Cardamom-soaked Doughnuts, and Herb and Spice Roasted Chicken (because you can never know too many ways to roast a chicken). Gorgeous photos and good writing. I will probably buy a personal copy to add to my home kitchen.
MY LITTLE FRENCH KITCHEN: Over 100 Recipes from the Mountains, Market Squares, and Shores of France by Rachel Koo.
I don't get over to France as often as I would like. I make up for it by cooking from French cookbooks. This is a good one. So far (and I have not yet cooked my way through the book), I've found the Spiced Almond Cookies, Dark Chocolate Pudding, Pork and Clams with Cider and Lima Beans (and I don't even like lima beans, usually) and Sand Dune Ice Cream Cakes excellent. I also like her Baker's Stew, which uses oxtail, something I'd only cooked with once before, when I hosted an international dinner. Her Bechmel sauce recipe is different than the one I usually use, and I really like it -- the mix of herbs and spices gives it a tang I don't usually expect from the sauce. Khoo divides her time between London and Paris, and hosted a cooking show on BBC2 and THE COOKING CHANNEL.
I hope you enjoy these cookbooks, and the others we have on the shelves. We have quite a good selection of cookbooks. If there's a particular type of cooking in which you are interested, please let me know.
Enjoy your meals!