Ferran Adria is certainly at the tippy top of the best chef lineup. However, his family cookbook, The Family Meal, Home Cooking with Ferran Adria, is anything but complicated. It came out several years ago, and it’s the collection of recipes for the staff meal that they made every day at El Bulli–but beyond recipes, […]

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In the December issue of Martha Stewart Living, food editor Lucinda Scala Quinn gives her lineup of favorite cookbooks from the last year. Her requirements? “Given my limited shelf space, I only keep books that answer three important questions: Did the recipes work? Is the food delicious? And did I learn something? Of the dozens of […]


I’m officially obsessed with Jenny Rosenstrach’s cookbook, Dinner A Love Story. After following her, and her husband Andy’s blog for a few years, I was insanely happy to find the book! After toting the book around with me for the past 2 weeks to every meeting, coffee shop, school car pickup line and grocery store, […]


Our friend Liana always has a cookbook on her counter that neither my husband or I have ever seen. This is especially surprising given that we both collect cookbooks. Last week she had this Vietnamese cookbook out, and she swears it isn’t difficult to cook from. We’re ordering it and will report back. But just […]

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I read about—and promptly ordered—a new book called An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace in Tuesday’s New York Times (in the Science section of all places), and can’t wait for it to come. It’s by a chef named Tamar Adler whose basic premise is that cooking doesn’t need to be complicated. Since reading about the […]

japanese cookook

Especially in the winter, we love to have some new (to us) cookbooks to look through, and perhaps to even cook from. My friend Liana, who is an amazing cook, swears by this Japanese cookbook, Japanese Cooking A Simple Art, by Shizuo Tsuji, which was published in 1980. Although Japanese is complicated to cook, this […]

the good table

Yesterday I discovered the British cookbook The Good Table by Valentine Warner. And although I haven’t cooked out of it, it’s so inspiring, I think it’s going to be our new favorite. I’ve already ordered multiples of it as presents for all of my difficult-to-shop-for friends. And it’s not just mushy peas and shepherd’s pies…there […]

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