5 Chef In Your Ear-Approved Cookbooks Every Person Should Have
Naturally our Chef In Your Ear experts have great kitchen skills, but that’s not all they bring to the table. They’re also excellent teachers, guiding our clueless contestants through the exciting – but sometimes confounding – world of professional cooking. Unfortunately we can’t give an earpiece to every home cook who wants one, but we can share our stars’ favourite cookbooks. Pick one up today to start a self-directed class in culinary competence.
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Larousse Gastronomique<p>Ready for a challenge? Jordan Andino recommends classic cookbook <em>Larousse Gastronomique</em>. “If you’re a home cook who’s interested and has a passion for cooking I would say <em>Larousse Gastronomique</em> is the number one book that every person who’s passionate about cooking should have,” he says. Not only is it great for inspiring new dishes, it can settle old beefs. “It’s the encyclopedia of cooking. It’s the last definitive answer on something. If there’s a dispute about something or the technique of how something’s done, refer to <em>Larousse</em> and that’ll settle the argument.”</p> <p><em>Larousse Gastronomique</em>, $110, <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Larousse-Gastronomique-Greatest-Encyclopedia-Completely/dp/0307464911/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447369145&sr=8-1&keywords=Larousse+Gastronomique" target="_blank">Amazon.ca</a>.</p>
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Ad Hoc at Home and Bouchon<p>Thomas Keller’s ode to simple, classic American cooking is a must-have for home-chefs looking to master the basics, like trussing a chicken or shaping a burger patty. For more ambitious cooks, <em>Bouchon</em> tackles bistro cuisine from Keller’s eponymous California restaurant. “Those are great references, especially because they have everything from canapés, to entrees, to desserts, to baked goods, they cover all of it,” says Craig Harding. <em>Ad Hoc</em> also contains an incredible fried chicken recipe, he adds.</p> <p>Ad Hoc at Home, $68, <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Ad-Hoc-Home-Family-Style-Recipes/dp/1579653774/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447423922&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=Ad+Hoc+at+Home+and+Bouchon" target="_blank">Amazon.ca</a>.</p>
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Ottolenghi’s Cookbooks<p>“All the Ottolenghi books are some of the best books,” says Cory Vitiello. Based on the fare served by famed UK restaurateurs Yottam Ottolenghi and Sammi Tamimi, books like <em>Ottolenghi: The Cookbook</em>, <em>Plenty</em> and <em>Jerusalem</em> feature recipes inspired by the authors’ Jerusalem childhoods, as well as Mediterranean and North African fare served at the Ottolenghi restaurants.</p> <p>Jerusalem: A Cookbook, $40, <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Jerusalem-Cookbook-Yotam-Ottolenghi/dp/044901567X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447370105&sr=8-1&keywords=Jerusalem" target="_blank">Amazon.ca</a>.</p>
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Anything by Julia Child<p>Newbies looking to produce culinary magic should follow Julia Child’s lead, says Devin Connell. “Her descriptions and her methods; if you follow them to a tee, it’s impossible to screw up. They’re so detailed and meticulous, [and] the more instruction a home cook can get, the better.”</p> <p>Mastering the Art of French Cooking, $45, <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Mastering-Art-French-Cooking-Anniversary/dp/0375413405/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447370321&sr=8-1&keywords=julia+child" target="_blank">Amazon.ca</a>.</p>
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Anything by Martha Stewart<p>“Martha Stewart cookbooks are awesome because the recipes are simple and they’re very descriptive with a lot of good illustrations, and that’s the best way to do it,” says Rob Rossi.</p> <p>Martha Stewart's Appetizers, $32, <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Martha-Stewarts-Appetizers-Delicious-Cocktails/dp/0307954625/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447370426&sr=8-1&keywords=martha+stewart" target="_blank">Amazon.ca</a>.</p> <p><em>Which cookbooks have taught you the most? Share your favourites in the comments below</em>.</p>