The James Beard Book Awards Committee has released a list of their top 20 cookbooks in honor of their 20th anniversary. Hmmm, let’s see…I have about 5 of these at home. I guess I have good taste! How many do you have? What do you think of these books if you have them?
1. American Cookery by James Beard (BBS Publishing, 1996).
2. Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico by Rick Bayless (William Morrow, 2007).
3. Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook (Better Homes and Gardens, 2004).
4. Classic Indian Cooking by Julie Sahni (William Morrow, 1980).
5. Complete Techniques by Jacques Pepin and Leon Pererr (Black Dog and Leventhal, 2001).
6. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan (Macmillan, 1995).
7. How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman (Wiley, 2006).
8. The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker (Scribner, 2006).
9. The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Book (Countryman Press, 2003).
10. Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts by Maida Heatter (Andrews McMeel, 1999).
11. Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook by Martha Stewart (Clarkson Potter, 1999).
12. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume One by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck (Knopf, 2001).
13. The Modern Art of Chinese Cooking: Techniques and Recipes by Barbara Tropp (William Morrow, 1996).
14. The New Food Lover's Companion by Sharon Tyler Herbst (Barron Educational Series, 2007).
15. The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson (Oxford University Press, 2007).
16. Rick Stein's Complete Seafood by Rick Stein (Ten Speed Press, 2004).
17. The Silver Palate Cookbook by Sheila Lukins and Julie Rosso (Workman, 2007).
18. The Thrill of the Grill: Techniques, Recipes and Down-Home Barbecue by Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby (William Morrow, 2002).
19. Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone by Deborah Madison (Broadway, 2007).
20. The Way to Cook by Julia Child (Knopf, 1993).