In honor of tonight’s Opening Ceremony, I’d love your help declaring gold medalists in the cookbooks for amateurs category. Here’s what I want to know- what book was most helpful when you were just getting started?
For me, it was the Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home, which had me hunting down quark (an oddly-named member of the farmer’s cheese family) and stirring curry-laden yogurt into sweet potatoes for an unexpectedly spicy and sweet one-dish dinner. Sounds healthy and hippy-ish, right? It was yummy too and it got the job done. Every recipe was a success (or a near-success. Okra stew? Not so much.) which gave me the confidence to start experimenting.
For easy entertaining, any Ina book will leave its competitors in the dust. Don’t you agree?
What book first made you feel like a kitchen superstar?