Here are my favorite cookbooks from 2010, as chosen by my various cooking personalities.
*Yes, I am afflicted with multiple cooking personality disorder.
For the grilling fanatic:
Steven Raichlen Planet Barbecue!: 309 Recipes, 60 Countries inspired more of my posts than any other book I read this year.
(Honorable mention: Robb Walsh The Tex-Mex Grill and Backyard Barbacoa Cookbook)
For the home cook:
Pam Anderson Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers reminded me that I don’t have to kill myself in the kitchen to have people over.
(Honorable mention: I have a tie between J.M. Hirsch High Flavor, Low Labor: Reinventing Weeknight Cooking and Lorna Sass’s update of Cooking Under Pressure (20th Anniversary Edition))
For the geek who wants to understand what’s going on while they’re cooking:
Harold McGee Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes explains how to become a better cook through science.
(Honorable mention: Jeff Potter Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food)
For the adventurous cook:
Rick Bayless Fiesta at Rick’s: Fabulous Food for Great Times with Friends encouraged me with great Mexican party ideas, and the food to go with them.
(Honorable mention: Grace Young Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Mastery, with Authentic Recipes and Stories)
For the concerned environmentalist cook:
Paul Greenberg Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food opened my eyes to the complexity behind eating seafood.
(Honorable mention: Mark Bittman The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living)
For my inner 7 year old on Christmas morning (If I’ve been good):
I haven’t read these yet, but I hope to soon. (Hint, hint…)
Dorie Greenspan Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours
David Tanis Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys
What do you think? Any other votes for best cookbook? Leave them in the comments section below.
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