Learning to cook is one of life’s great pleasures. It’s a rare activity that combines artistic skill, decadence, and—in all seriousness—survival. We have to eat to live, but if we work hard enough then we can also live to eat. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice saucier, celebrate Spring with these fresh reads, guaranteed to teach you something new in the kitchen.
The Kinfolk Table
More than a cookbook, The Kinfolk Table profiles over 40 celebrities who are cooking and serving in uncomplicated, beautiful fashions. You’ll learn some of the best—and most inexpensive—recipes from beloved artists, writers, chefs, bloggers, bakers, and craft makers. This is the perfect book for anyone interested in simple, clean, easy-to-make dishes that are sure to delight.
From Seed to Skillet
The first part of any recipe is produce. This book takes you beyond the kitchen and teaches you simple, step-by-step instructions for planting and growing your own vegetables in your own backyard. You’ll learn how to care for and yield delicious crops before preparing them in classic recipes from the author’s own family. It’s more than sustainable eating, it’s sustainable living.
A Platter of Figs
If growing your own crops is a bit too much, then consider the delightful recipes included in A Platter of Figs. This book will take you back to the kitchen and teach you the secrets of sustainable American cuisine. Not only will you learn how to create and present amazing meals from your own home, you’ll also learn how to gather and feed large groups of friends and family without breaking a sweat—or the bank.
Josey Baker Bread
A former science teacher has developed an entry-level bread-baking cookbook that can turn anyone into a world-class baker. You’ll first learn how to make a basic loaf of bread, with little more than flour, water, time, and an oven, before creating complex breads like the cult favorite Dark Mountain Rye.
An Everlasting Meal
You don’t have to work in a Michelin Star restaurant to be an amazing cook. An Everlasting Meal is a collection of thoughtful essays that celebrate the wonder of a home cooked meal. There are chapters on boiling water, cooking eggs, and building remarkable meals from barren cupboards. While this book offers instruction and cooking guides, it also dives deeper into the philosophy behind simple and delicious, home cooked meals.
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