Welcome to my virtual bookshelf! Whenever I’m a guest at someone’s house I love browsing through their cookbooks (with permission, of course!) and I’ve noticed guests that visit us often do the same thing. Think of this page as my virtual bookshelf – I welcome you to browse with the hopes you find something you like. Each image links to Amazon.com where you can read more about the books and make a purchase if you like. I only recommend books I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed, so if you do make a purchase please know that I make a commission (thank you!!), which helps keep Girl Gone Gourmet up and running. Happy reading!
Ratio is a must for any home cook who wants to break free of recipes and learn how to really cook – I read this five years ago and I still refer back to it time and time again when creating recipes. I first posted about this book waaaaay back in 2009 when I made up my own banana bread recipe.
Ina Garten is my hero and I love all of her books – Make it Ahead is her most recent (my wonderful Godmother, Lonnie, gave it to me for Christmas) and it’s full of elegant, simple recipes with make ahead tips and tricks to make entertaining easy and effortless.
Thank you, Rick Bayless, for teaching us about true Mexican cuisine! I still love his PBS show and I love Everyday Mexican – his tortilla soup is the best – so this is a must-have for anyone serious about Mexican food.
My mom loaned me this book five years ago and I have yet to return it – sorry, Mom! For those of us who can’t get to Manhattan every week to have a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery we have this book to recreate those tasty treats at home. All the secrets are included!
I used to fantasize about living “off the grid” until I realized that it meant no internet, so that was a deal breaker. I can, however, brush up on my DYI kitchen skills with this book – it has instructions for everything from curing your own bacon to making your own peanut butter cups. It’s a great resource for anyone interested in making all sorts of stuff from scratch.
I have a soft spot for Junior League cookbooks and this one is extra special. My mom bought this for me many moons ago and my most favorite recipe, that I’ve made many times, is the goat cheese stuffed bell peppers. The book has so many great recipes!
This book is a culinary encyclopedia that my friends, Jeremy & Kelly, gave to me for Christmas one year. Want to learn about Tom Yum, Pigeon Pie, Tjalknol and Alfredo? It’s all in there plus a whole lot more (P.S. It’s only $1!)
The website Epicurious has thousands of user-rated recipes so they decided to put all of the top rated ones into a cookbook. The best of the best all in one place.
Adam Roberts (of the blog The Amateur Gourmet) went all over the country to spend time learning tips and tricks from whole bunch of talented chefs. He then recreated each recipe in his apartment making restaurant quality dishes accessible to the home cook. This book is funny, witty, and full of great recipes.
I’m a sucker for comfort food and this book has wonderful recipes from all over the world.
In the same vein as Ratio, Rhulman’s Twenty teaches 20 basic kitchen and cooking concepts to help the home cook elevate his or her skills beyond reading and following a recipe. Thank you, Michael Rhulman, for making us smarter and more intuitive cooks. (P.S. I am a total Rhulman fan girl)
This book is great for anyone who wants to learn how to cook – the recipes (all 2000 of them!) are approachable and simple.