Cookbooks do more than add to the beauty of our literary collections. Sure, they look good on our coffee tables, but that’s not all they offer. You can think of them as a companion as you forge ahead into different cuisines, picking up lifelong skills in the process. Stains and signs of wear are bonuses owing to continued use of these sources of valuable information. However, this is only possible where you make a good choice from the start. Finding a good book is not easy, and it takes a lot of testing and trying to get it right. Or you could go by the word of food critics and celebrity chefs who have skimmed through countless books as they figure out what is best. Which authors have passed the test and why? Have a look:
Gordon stands as one of the best chefs across the globe, owing to his amazing skills in the kitchen. He has written tens of books, many of which are bestsellers. His best book remains to be his autobiography, titled ‘Roasting in Hell’s Kitchen.’ Some of his best titles include:
Here, he covers the importance of healthy eating and offers countless recipes that will help you get in shape. It is important to note that Gordon is an athlete.
This book features a hundred recipes ranging from breakfast to dinner to midday snacks.
His other titles include Ultimate Home Cooking, Ultimate Cookery Course, Make it Easy, World Kitchen, Great Escape, Passion for Sea Food and Great British Pub Food, among others.
Jamie is an experienced chef whose books have impressed readers across the globe with their versatility. Some of his great reads include The Naked Chef, The Return of the Naked Chef, and Happy Days with the Naked Chef, Jamie’s Kitchen and Jamie’s Dinners. These books have made their way to many kitchens and hearts. Other amazing titles in his name include Jamie’s Ministry of Food, Jamie’s Italy, Jamie’s America, Cook with Jamie, Jamie’s 30-minute meals, Jamie’s Comfort Food, Everyday Super Food, Jamie’s Little Book of Big Treats, PASTA, Desserts, The Big Festival Cookbook, 15-minute meals and Midnight Feast, among others.
In this international bestseller book, Jamie emphasizes the need to cook dinner as opposed to making reservations and in so doing, he shares many simple recipes. His straightforward recipes appeal to people who want fuss-free food which they can prepare in under an hour.
Many people know him as the travelling chef who enjoyed exploring different cuisines in his TV shows. However, he also has another side to him: he is a best-selling author with titles such as Bone in the Throat, Gone Bamboo, Kitchen Confidential, Typhoid Mary, Bobby Gold, In Search of the Perfect Meal and The Nasty Bits to his name. Other titles include No Reservations, Medium Raw, Get Jiro and Appetites.
In Appetites, his last book before he passed on, he covers his experience as a travelling chef, giving tips on how to excel in the kitchen as he entertains readers with the exciting aspects of running a kitchen, making it an ideal read.
Thomas is an international chef with five award-winning cookbooks to his name. They include The French Laundry, Bouchon, Under Pressure, Ad Hoc at Home and Bouchon Bakery.
In this book, he shares American comfort food recipes from chicken pot pies to cherry pies as well as family-style meals which one can prepare with ease. He goes into detail regarding the preparations, making it an ideal buy for a beginner in the kitchen.
These chefs have put their heart and soul into their books, and on poring through the pages, you will indeed get to learn from the best. What better way to improve your skills than this?