What Cookbooks Inspire You?

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In our recent Design a Dish project, we included a list with some of our favorite books for plating inspiration. Whether we are dreaming up new textural combinations, studying a certain style of plating, or just need to look at something beautiful to get our imaginations flowing, these books always deliver with original flavor pairings and artful photography.

Of course, there are many more books in our library that inspire us for different reasons. And we also keep a lot of perhaps-less-pretty—but equally, if not more, useful—reference guides around for when we want to develop our own Melty Cheese Slices or Chewy Candy.

But now, we want to hear from you. What books inspire you most in the kitchen? What are your favorites for recipes, plating, or just pretty pictures? Leave your mini-list in the comments. We welcome your expert suggestions, and if your picks aren’t already in our library, they’ll definitely go on our shopping list.

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7 thoughts on “What Cookbooks Inspire You?

  1. My favourites are: Under Pressure, El bulli @ home, Alinea, Brændende Kærlighed (danish),. Wassim (Danish) and Escoffier.

  2. On Twitter, @AndrewSumitani says: “On Food and Cooking from @Harold_McGee and both Roast Chicken books from @Simonhopkinson”
    https://twitter.com/AndrewSumitani/status/514841493614256128

  3. More Twitter response. From Andy Hawken: “@ChefSteps oh, simple answer to that. Most inspirational is @timhayward ‘s Food DIY. I think you’d love it. #TheGiftOfBacon”

    https://twitter.com/andiih/status/514866035816943616

  4. Bouchon Bakery Cookbook – I could eat dessert all day long (unfortunately).

  5. My true favorites are the CLASSICS: Paul Bocuse, Joel Robuchon, The Time Life “The Good Cook” Series and Julia Child “Mastering The Art of French Cooking”. I’ve also got a real treasure of recipes in “A Taste Of Louisiana: Compiled by Louisiana Federation Of Women’s Clubs” and it has some of the most insane recipes but also INCREDIBLE as well.

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