These are the cookbooks that I go back to again and again. Their pages are filthy. I have a catering business but I am a home cook first.
  1. Sunday Suppers at Lucques
    California cuisine divided by season, showcasing the best at the farmers markets. This book helped me learn to cook - amazing technique. Best Dishes: braised beef short ribs with horseradish crema, wild salmon a la lutece with corn + cabbage + brown butter vinaigrette, orecchiette carbonara with English peas + pea shoots, bucatini + clams, grilled quail with pancetta + ricotta pudding + Sicilian bread crumbs, Haley's date shake
  2. Wildwood by Cory Schreiber
    I'm a Portland girl and this book showcases Pacific Northwest ingredients Best Dishes: salad with crispy fried oysters + aioli + smoky bacon, herbed salmon baked on rock salt (my original dinner party go-to), blanched new asparagus, creamed corn, warm chanterelle salad with summer berries + onions + white cheddar toasts
  3. Japanese Farm Food by Nancy Singleton Hachisu
    Rustic Japanese soul-food Best Dishes: salt-massaged cucumbers with miso and sesame, sake steamed kabocha squash (great wrapped in sushi), chicken meatballs
  4. Barefoot in Paris by Ina Garten
    Ina's recipes are reliable crowd pleasers! Best Dishes: Rosemary cashews (people die), mussels in white wine, chicken with forty cloves of garlic, salmon with lentils (great for everyday or simple entertaining, moroccan couscous, vegetable tian
  5. Canal House Cooking, Volume 2: Fall & Holiday by Hamilton and Hirsheimer
    Basically I love everything these two do and wish I were as cool as them. All of their books are amazing but this is my favorite. Their books make a great hostess gift, individually or as a set. Best Dishes: "It's Always Five O'clock Somewhere" (so cool), the fisherman's wife's gravlax, crown roast of pork with cornbread stuffing, "If it looks like, walks like, quacks like a..." Duck recipes (so cool), "Hair of the Dog" New Year's Day Brunch (the coolest)
  6. Mozza by Nancy Silverton
    Italian basics from LA's restaurant queen. Best Dishes: basic tomato sauce, tricolore salad, fennel sausage pizza, polenta (sparkling water = game changer)
  7. Momofuko by David Chang
    Korean-American New Yorker's cool guy making Japanese noodles. Best Dishes: ramen broth (worth all of the time and cost of ingredients), Dashi, pork shoulder (I use this recipe for all of my pulled pork needs), slow poached eggs, ramen toppings, ginger scallion noodles, marinated hanger steak (so good) Note, Momofuko Milk Bar's dessert cookbook is also amazing #confetticake
  8. Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller
    Home cooking from a master. Best Dishes: buttermilk fried chicken (why I have a successful business!), melted leek rounds, "becoming a better cook" tips, chicken brine, pie crust, Maine lobster rolls, "salad basics"
  9. My Father's Daughter by Gwyneth Paltrow
    Stop hating on Gwyneth! This is such a smart, healthy, family-friendly book. Perfectly edited and inspired. Best Dishes: "well stocked pantry", best miso soup, gazpacho, balsamic + like vinaigrette, anchovy vinaigrette, great salad inspirations, best stir-fried chicken, perfect roast Chinese duck, apple crumb muffins, vegan chocolate brownies
  10. Rustic Fruit Desserts by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson
    Amazing fruit desserts, divided by season. Best Dishes: rhubarb fool, sour cherry cobbler, nectarine + boysenberry + almond crisp, cranberry upside down cake, apple cobbler with cheddar cheese biscuit
  11. Jenni's Splendid Ice Cream At Home by Jenni Britton Bauer
    Homemade ice cream with exciting flavors. Best Dishes: sweet corn + black raspberry ice cream, strawberry + buttermilk ice cream, toasted ride with coconut + black tea ice cream, backyard mint ice cream, Bangkok peanut ice cream
  12. Flour by Joanne Chang
    Desserts from a favorite Boston bakery. Best Dishes: brown butter rice Krispy treats, homemade pop tarts, "baking tips", toasted coconut cream pie, blueberry lemon pie (note, I HATE making pies, but when you have to...)