Many of the 73 women interviewed for this book (Ah, that would be Skirt Steak. Please, pay attention, people) have penned cookbooks. When I started this project, I decided to collect (and attempt, at some point, to cook from) all of these tomes, or, at least, make sure I had one from every participating chef who’d published. Some are quite recent; others, out of print. I’ll stick to the former to make the season’s hunt for gifts a little easier. Maybe later, if you’re nice (i.e. not naughty), I’ll give you a list of (and places you can find) the older gems that are no longer in circulation.
Alice Waters has, via Chez Panisse & The Edible Schoolyard, written nine books. My favorites are: The Art of Simple Food (http://www.amazon.com/Art-Simple-Food-Delicious-Revolution/dp/0307336794/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322954816&sr=1-1); Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook (http://www.amazon.com/Chez-Panisse-Cookbook-Alice-Waters/dp/0060175834/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322954816&sr=1-6); Chez Panisse Vegetables (http://www.amazon.com/Chez-Panisse-Vegetables-Alice-Waters/dp/0060171472/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322954816&sr=1-5) & Chez Panisse Fruit (http://www.amazon.com/Chez-Panisse-Fruit-Alice-Waters/dp/0060199571/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322954816&sr=1-11)
Andrea Reusing, Cooking In The Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes (http://www.amazon.com/Cooking-Moment-Year-Seasonal-Recipes/dp/0307463893/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322954577&sr=8-1)
Ana Sortun, Spice: Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean (http://www.amazon.com/Spice-Flavors-Mediterranean-Ana-Sortun/dp/0060792280/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322955635&sr=1-1)
Anita Lo, Cooking Without Borders* (http://www.amazon.com/Cooking-Without-Borders-Anita-Lo/dp/1584798920/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322954642&sr=1-1)
Barbara Lynch, Stir: Mixing It Up in the Italian Tradition (http://www.amazon.com/Stir-Mixing-Up-Italian-Tradition/dp/0618576819/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322955694&sr=1-1)
Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar (http://www.amazon.com/Momofuku-Milk-Bar-Christina-Tosi/dp/0307720497/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322957547&sr=1-1)
Gabrielle Hamilton, Blood Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef** (http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Bones-Butter-Inadvertent-Education/dp/140006872X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322957461&sr=1-1)
Gina DePalma, Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen (http://www.amazon.com/Dolce-Italiano-Desserts-Babbo-Kitchen/dp/0393061000/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322957335&sr=1-1)
Jennifer Jasinski, The Perfect Bite (http://shop.riojadenver.com/The-Perfect-Bite-Cookbook-1000.htm)
Judy Rodgers, The Zuni Cafe Cookbook: A Compendium of Recipes and Cooking Lessons from San Francisco’s Beloved Restaurant (http://www.amazon.com/Zuni-Cafe-Cookbook-Compendium-Franciscos/dp/0393020436/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322955908&sr=1-1)
Karen DeMasco, The Craft of Baking: Cakes, Cookies and Other Sweets with Ideas for Inventing Your Own (http://www.amazon.com/Craft-Baking-Cookies-Sweets-Inventing/dp/0307408108/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322956434&sr=1-1)
Lidia Bastianich has written eight cookbooks. Here’s her newest (just out), and one that befits the holiday spirit: Lidia’s Italy in America (http://www.amazon.com/Lidias-Italy-America-Matticchio-Bastianich/dp/0307595676/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322956045&sr=1-1) & Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia’s Christmas Kitchen (http://www.amazon.com/Nonna-Tell-Me-Story-Christmas/dp/B004J8HWOQ/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322956045&sr=1-6)
Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger have written four cookbooks. Let’s go with Mesa Mexicana (http://www.amazon.com/Mesa-Mexicana-Mary-S-Milliken/dp/0688106498/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322956604&sr=1-3)
Michelle Bernstein, Cuisine a Latina: Fresh Tastes and World Flavors from Michy’s Miami Kitchen (http://www.amazon.com/Cuisine-Latina-Tastes-Flavors-Kitchen/dp/B002NPCUB2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322955748&sr=1-1)
Nancy Silverton has a tally of eight. At the moment, I’m mad for her latest (published in September), The Mozza Cookbook: Recipes from Los Angeles’s Favorite Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria (http://www.amazon.com/Mozza-Cookbook-Angeless-Favorite-Restaurant/dp/0307272842/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322957111&sr=1-1)
Sherry Yard, The Secrets of Baking: Simple Techniques for Sophisticated Desserts (http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Baking-Techniques-Sophisticated-Desserts/dp/0618138927/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322956882&sr=1-1) & Desserts by the Yard: From Brooklyn to Beverly Hills, Desserts from the Sweetest Life Ever (http://www.amazon.com/Desserts-Yard-Brooklyn-Beverly-Sweetest/dp/0618515224/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322956882&sr=1-3)
Stephanie Izard, Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats & Drinks*** (http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Kitchen-Cooks-Thinks-Drinks/dp/0811874478/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323030351&sr=8-1)
Suzanne Goin, Sunday Suppers at Lucques: Seasonal Recipes from Market to Table**** (http://www.amazon.com/Sunday-Suppers-Lucques-Seasonal-Recipes/dp/1400042151/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322955053&sr=1-1)
*Yeah, I co-wrote it. So what?
**No, it’s not a cookbook, but there’s a reason it’s on the NYT’s list of “100 Notable Books of 2011.” It’s a groundbreaker and I couldn’t put it down.
***My mom’s favorite new cookbook.
****One of mom’s all-time favorite cookbooks.