I rarely make a recipe directly from a cookbook.  But a stack of them wait for me, on my nightstand, until the kids go to sleep.  Each one tells a story of how someone cooks.  And from those stories, I learn a little bit more about what I like and what I’d like to try.

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My favorite cookbooks and books about cooking

An Everlasting Meal, Cooking with Economy and Grace, Tamar Adler
Complete Indian Cooking, Hamlyn
Dolce Italniano, Gina DePalma
Dinner: A Love Story, Jenny Rosenstrach
Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater, Matthew Amster-Burton
Mamma Agata Cookbook, Chiara Lima
Mastering Knife Skills, Norman Weinstein
Ruhlman’s Twenty, Michael Ruhlman
The All-American Cookie Book, Nancy Baggett
The Art of Simple Cooking, Alice Waters
The Family Dinner, Laurie David
The Mom 100 Cookbook, Katie Workman
The Professional Chef, The Culinary Institute of America
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, Deb Perelman
The Vegetable Dishes I Can’t Live Without, Mollie Katzen

My favorite cookbooks for kids

At the Farmers’ Market with Kids, Leslie Jonath and Ethel Brennan
How Cooking Works, DK Publishing
Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: A Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up, Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson
Twist It Up, Jack Witherspoon with Lisa Witherspoon