10 Best Chef Cookbooks of All Times
Nowadays, top-end cooking has widened its reach beyond chefs and cuisine connoisseurs to everyday home cooks, who now have the chance to replicate some of the best recipes in the privacy of their own kitchens. Today’s article is a compilation of some of the top-rated chef cookbooks of all time, which is a great starter kit for both novice and experienced cooks.
Whether you’re a pasta, pizza, or dessert lover, we have listed a wide range of cookbooks to get you started!
1. The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook, Gift Edition by America’s Test Kitchen
Rigorous cookware and equipment testing by some of the most reputable and passionate chefs in Boston, Massachusetts, birthed this book. An America’s Test Kitchen trademark, this cookbook is a gateway for passionate folks who are looking to expand their cooking skills and get their hands dirty.
The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook is a luxurious hardcover edition perfect for newlyweds, smaller families, or college students who want to enjoy the process of simple cooking at home. This cookbook is nothing short of a ‘homemaker’ with simple, yet delicious recipes that are quick and easy to make.
Since most recipes serve between 4 to 6 people, this cookbook has scaled down complex dishes such as cakes, pies, lasagnas, and soups for the sake of convenience. Most of all, by having 650 recipes, it makes it easier to switch it up and cook new and refreshing recipes every day.
2. The French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller
The French Laundry Cookbook was written by Thomas Keller in collaboration with the well-known photographer Deborah James.
In 2019, Keller celebrated the 25th anniversary of his prestigious restaurant, French Laundry, in Napa Valley, which, according to The New York Times is, “The most exciting place to eat in the United States.”
The French Laundry Cookbook is a staple on its own, and a cathartic cookbook that focuses on helping those who are bold enough to duplicate the level of perfection that Keller strives to achieve with each dish.
The book features 150 recipes, which are also made in Keller’s restaurant. Readers can expect to read about everything from how to extract chlorophyll for coloring different sauces naturally, to recipes on how to make unapologetically rich chocolate sweets and cakes with beet ice cream and delicious walnut sauce.
Keller’s recipes will never cease to entice the reader’s palate with offerings such as Pan Roasted Breast of Squab with Swiss Chard, Seared Foie Gras, and Oven-Dried Black Figs.
This cookbook is a kitchen must-have that should stand with pride in every home and be used to acquire the fundamentals of authentic French cooking.
3. The Pizza Bible: The World’s Favorite Pizza Styles by Tony Gemignani
Tony Gemignani is a professional chef who owns eight restaurants; including: Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, Tony’s Coal-Fired Pizza, and Capo’s. His entrepreneurial spirit drove him to develop the International School of Pizza in San Francisco, where he trains and certifies chefs from around the world.
The Pizza Bible is, as the name suggest, a must-have for all pizza lovers and connoisseurs. This book is one of the most comprehensive handbooks that covers nine different authentic styles of pizza including Chicago, Neapolitan, Californian, and Roman to name a few.
Gemignani’s book covers all the necessary juicy information to help you bake both thin and thick pizza crusts with mouth-watering toppings that will entice any foodie out there.
Become your own pizza chef and learn all the ins and outs to hone your pizza-making skills and turn them into a full-fledged craft.
4. Mastering Pasta: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, and Risotto by Mac Vetri
Marc Vetri is an award-winning chef and a pasta expert who has shared his impressive knowledge of gnocchi, pasta, and risotto for more than ten years. Vetri has mastered the art of Italian cuisine through his countless travels and food experimentation, which have taken form through well-developed concepts.
All pasta lovers, whether experienced or simply enthusiasts, will enjoy the authenticity of Vetri’s craftsmanship. This sophisticated yet simple guide is packed with a lot of useful information on how to prepare different pasta sauces, how to substitute pasta shapes, storage advice, and other advanced preparations.
Through this book, the reader will reap all the wisdom and knowledge that take making pasta to a whole different level. An authentic, simple, and delicious home-made pasta is now a reality with Vetri’s superlative techniques.
5. Momofuku: A Cookbook by David Chang
Chef David Chang is the founder and innovator of Momofuku, a once cryptic term never heard from people’s lips. He opened his first Momofuku Noodle Bar in 2004 and has been GQ’s Man of the Year. Chang is not only a brilliant chef, but he’s also a trendsetter of exquisite, bold Asian flavors and impeccable pork dishes.
Momofuku: A Cookbook is a must-have for foodies who love to gorge on Asian cuisine and would like the opportunity to master the art of Asian cooking.
This guide enables cuisine enthusiasts to cook seemingly complex dishes using well-explained methods and terminologies that everyone can grasp.
Chang’s signature dish, Ginger Scallion, considered one of the best dishes in New York City, is also featured in this book.
This cookbook has the ‘spice’ and simplicity to turn every Asian food lover into a skillful home-made cook.
6. State Bird Provisions Cookbook by Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski
Award-winning chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski opened the famous State Bird Provisions in San Francisco in 2011 after much travel and culinary explorations around the world.
The lovely couple have their own style and have taken the country by storm as dim sum cart caterers throughout the United States.
Finally, Brioza and Krasinski poured all their expertise and know-how into their groundbreaking book, State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook. They have a soulful and unique approach when it comes to preparing different blends, flavors, and textures through exquisite cooking.
Amateurs and professionals alike will appreciate the book’s stunning imagery and photography, including seamless food preparation techniques that anyone can follow.
This cookbook is a great start for the adventurous soul who loves to explore different tastes and flavors in their day-to-day cooking.
7. The French Chef Cookbook by Julia Child
Julia Child needs no introduction; she’s the epitome of home French cooking for everyone around the world. She was born in Pasadena and worked for the Office of Strategic Services during WWII.
After she and her husband Paul Child moved to Paris, she enrolled at the Cordon Bleu. Soon she joined forces with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle and revolutionized the art of French cooking for American homemakers.
The French Chef Cookbook is nothing short of a masterpiece. It features savory French recipes from Bouillabaisse and vegetable dishes to mayonnaise, crepes, and steaks, and on to mouth-watering desserts that follow traditional techniques to help readers become perfect ‘French cooks.’
Extremely useful and less intimidating than her previous books, The French Chef Cookbook is a ‘rite of passage’ for amateur foodies who love Julia Child.
8. Once Upon a Chef, the Cookbook by Jennifer Segal
Chef Jennifer Segal went to culinary school and “once upon a time” worked in many prestigious restaurants throughout her career.
After she got married and had kids, she created the well-known blog, “Once Upon a Chef”, that quickly gained notoriety thanks to her simple, well- thought-out recipes that feature commonly found ingredients.
Once Upon a Chef is an extremely approachable and health-based cookbook for every meal of the day. It has quick and delicious breakfast recipes, soups, salads, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and scrumptious desserts such as Buttery Cajun Popcorn, Toffee Almond Sandies, and the well-known deep, rich chocolate cake we all know and love.
This book is perfect for busy families, empty nesters, or college students who are looking for quick ways to belly up on healthy food recipes.
9. Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen
Chef Paul Prudhomme is one the most renowned chefs in America, and the owner of K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen and Magic Seasoning Blends in New York and New Orleans. He’s also appeared on many well-known TV shows.
Prudhomme enjoys getting creative with his food and he’s nothing short of surprising each time he prepares cuisine delicacies. Chef Paul’s cookbook is a must-have for traditionalists who enjoy cooking staple dishes such as gumbos, jambalayas, and more exotic foods such as Turtle Soup and Crawfish Etouffee.
He’s also an expert in Cajun and Creole foods, always testing, experimenting, and coming up with unique ideas to develop delectable new dishes.
Chef Paul is always looking for new ways to recreate or improve traditional recipes. One of his signatures dishes is Blackened Redfish, which is also featured in this cookbook.
Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen is a great book to have for traditionalists who enjoy the old way of cooking with an extra twist.
10. The Joy of Cooking: 2019 Edition Fully Revised and Updated by Irma S. Rombauer and et. al
Irma S. Rombauer is nothing short of a culinary American legend. Her books, in collaboration with other authors such as Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker, were and still are a must-have for every devoted homemaker or anyone interested in the traditional way of cooking.
The Joy of Cooking is a massive A-Z cooking reference for home cooks. It’s reliable, detailed, and overall a solid book that contains everything you need to cook scrumptious foods for yourself or your family.
It is, without a doubt, a culinary masterpiece and an extensive reference for experienced and amateur cooks alike.
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