The Cookbook I Can’t Live Without

August 10th, 2010 Posted by Chefs, Culinary Connectors No Comment yet

I am a cookbook addict. Give me a gift card to Barnes and Noble or Amazon and you know what I am going to buy. When I’m in New York, Kitchen Arts and Letters is always on my go to list. I have many titles in my kitchen but there is one cookbook that has saved my life many, many times. Let me preface my story by saying that I am a pastry chef not a savory chef. Last night the gorgeous man in my life made these amazing scallops with pasta and fresh corn from the farmers market. In an attempt to repay his generosity I decided to poach eggs, for the first time ever, for his breakfast. Was I nervous? YES! This guy is a serious foodie. He talked about sous vide preparation on our first date for pity sakes. I reached for the “bible”, Mastering the Art of French Cooking by kitchen goddess Julia Child, and commenced with the poaching. I got the water to a perfect simmer and slipped my first egg in. Using my wooden spoon I pushed the white up over the yolk and set a timer for 4 minutes. Everyone says making a perfectly poached egg is difficult but mine turned out just fine. A little crispy pancetta, strong coffee, some sourdough toast and my breakfast on the fly was complete. Thank you, Julia!

What cookbooks are on your go to list?

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