I’ve had many guides on my cooking journey, and I’m sure many more are waiting for me further down the road. Some are well-known, others less so; some I know personally, others through their work. Here, in no particular order, are a few of my teachers and sources of inspiration.
First of all must be my mother, a wonderful cook who endured many years of my pickiness and then graciously let me into her kitchen. I’m always happy for a chance to be her sous chef again.
Books on my shelf
Shauna James Ahern and Daniel Ahern’s Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef
Anjum Anand’s Anjum’s New Indian
Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Aran Goyoaga’s Small Plates and Sweet Treats
Madhur Jaffrey’s Food for Friends and Family, World Vegetarian, etc.
Judith Jones’ The Pleasures of Cooking for One
Mollie Katzen’s The Moosewood Cookbook
Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and Vegetarian Suppers
Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg’s The Flavor Bible
Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day
Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food—and Fanny at Chez Panisse!
Affairs of Living
The Amateur Gourmet
Cannelle et Vanille
Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef
Green Kitchen Stories
La Tartine Gourmande
Oh She Glows