Originally Posted by DaveSoMD
I just bough Jamie Oliver's "Cooking with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook", Tyler Florence's "Tyler's Ultimate", "Cooking with the Two Fat Ladies" and "Two Fat Ladies Ride Again". Jamie's is great. I have made several recipes from there already.
I like cookbooks I can just sit and read and get ideas from and these are good reads.
I've had "Cooking With Jamie" for a couple of months. It's an excellent book for learning
how to cook and well as containing some super recipes.
Another good learning book (actually it's almost like a culinary school on paper) is "La Varenne Pratique" by Anne Willan.
If you like southwestern cooking, oh, this is sooooo shameless, check out "Southwest: The Beautiful Cookbook" by Barbara Pool Fenzl.
Barbi was my girlfriend for a year at the U. of Wisconsin.
From the back cover: Barbara Pool Fenzl, C.C.P. (Certified Culinary Professional) is active in many aspects of the culinary world: owner of Les Gourmettes Cooking School in Phoenix, food editor of Southwest Passages, a regional lifestyle magazine, president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, benefactor and national board member of the American Institute of Wine and Food; member of the James Beard Foundation Restaurant Awards Committee. Ms. Fenzl holds a B.S. and M.A. degrees and is an inductee in the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame.
Shameless! Yup, that's her picture ripped off the cover.....