After writing last weeks tome, I started thinking about books. I mentioned Joan Roca's book and, believe me, this is a book that any chef would be crazy not to own.
Let me say that I own approximately 700 cookbooks and books on and about food. I have read every one of them and have gleened unfathomable knowledge from them. Those books are my school, my hobby, my apprenticeship and my part of my passion. I will leave them to my children.
Anyone interested in cooking as a career or as a hobby will have a certain number of their favorite books that they constantly refer to for recipes or inspiration. At this point in my career and with my experience, I still refer to my library for inspiration on either presentation, product or technique. I'm lost without it.
It is in this vein that I offer the "list".
Escoffier - The bible of cooking. EVERY chef has it
Larousse Gastronomique - runner up to the Escoffier book. Again, Every chef has it.
Jacques Pepin's La Technique
Julia Childs' French Chef Book
Art Culinaire - Quarterly publication that is vital to any chef wanting to learn what all of the top chefs in the world are creating NOW. Fantastic stuff!
My last supper - Melanie Dunea. What a great compilation of "Last meal choices" by some of the worlds' best chefs
ANYTHING that Charlie Trotter writes.
Again, ANYTHING Rick Tramonto writes. This man is probably my favorite chef in the U.S.
El Bulli Cookbook by Ferran adria. Of course it'll set you back about $400 (and there are three of them) but it's money well spent. I recommend that you use your Ecomonic stimulus money for this one.
Alinea - Grant Aschatz. Art on a plate
Of course there are hundreds more but these are, in my opinion, the essentials. Happy shopping!
More Stuff: I am working on my next submission. Should be done in a couple of days. Last week I went to a Prosciutto party. No...we didn't eat it...WE MADE IT!!! What a great day! I have photos and a play by play. Lots of fun.
200+ for valentine's day so far. Should be a fabulous night.
New menu is rolling out after "V" day. I'll keep you up to date on that as well.