Practice makes perfect. Before our favorite chefs became seasoned pros, they studied for years — polishing the techniques that would make them excellent. Above all, they read the books that would guide them for the years to come. Whether you’re an amateur or expert, cookbooks are an essential tool all chefs rely on. That’s why we’re so excited the queen of food, Ina Garten, has revealed the three cookbooks she uses regularly during an interview with Epicurious. Being that these cookbooks inspired the woman who gave us this fantastic applesauce cake recipe, we’re adding them to our collection immediately.
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The Loaves and Fishes Cookbook
Loaves and Fishes is a specialty food store in Sagaponack, NY. The author of this book is the late chef Anna Pump. A mentor and friend to Garten, Pump inspired her work.
Saying in an interview to The New York Times, “Her food was very earthy but served with unbelievable style; she understood the simple elegant country style. From growing up on a farm she knew the importance of quality, fresh ingredients — people here caught up to her — and she always knew the ingredient that would unlock a flavor.”
Loaves and Fishes also recently released a new cookbook collection that you can check out on their website.
Nantucket Open-House Cookbook
The author, Sarah Chase, is another close friend of Garten. Of her friend, she told Epicurious, “Sarah Chase is an incredible cook and tremendous inspiration for me.” Included are more than 250 of the recipes that have drawn hungry visitors and residents to her popular gourmet shop, Que Sera Sarah on Nantucket Island.
This is another wonderful cookbook from Sarah Chase. Cold-Weather Cooking will be your go-to-guide and savior as the temperature drops. The recipes are equally delicious as they are easy to follow. With more than 300 recipes ranging from warm cocktails to Chestnut Mousse Cake, you’ll be ready to brace the cold fall and winter seasons.
Before you go, check out Garten’s best dinner recipes below: