On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen– Lots of good info,  no pictures.  But if you want to learn more about that mistery ingredient in your shopping list, this is the place to go.  Bet Alton Brown keeps this on bedside!

 

 
 Cookwise: The Secrets of Cooking Revealed – One of the best presents I have ever received, from a very dear friend.  A lightened up version of On Food and Cooking, and the source of the best recipe for brioche.

 

 

 The Silver Spoon – Italy’s version of The Joy of Cooking.  Finally translated to english a few years ago.

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