Each Tuesday, we feature a BA staffer's top five favorite cookbooks. This week, it's web editor @careypolis.
  1. An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler
    "If you can write beautifully about stems and roots, you have my attention. Turns out, simple really is beautiful (as is her writing)."
  2. How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
    "The title says it all. A great reference for when you should really know a certain technique or recipe but just haven’t quite mastered it. Bittman makes it easy."
  3. Blue Plate Special by Kate Christensen
    "This isn’t technically a cookbook but a beautiful memoir that reminds us all how important food can be as a vehicle to heal and love. (Sorry if that sounds cheesy, I promise she isn’t a cheesy writer at all.)"
  4. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman
    "This book marks a seismic shift in how cookbooks are pitched and popularized. Smitten Kitchen is an O.G. food blogger who proved that she also has what it takes to put together a solid book."
  5. The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen
    "I received this cookbook as a gift when I was just starting to get really excited about cooking. It made vegetables cool (40 years ago) before vegetables were cool (now)."