Cookbooks, A Holiday Shopping Guide, The Skirt Steak Way

Many of the 73 women interviewed for this book (Ah, that would be Skirt Steak. Please, pay attention, people) have penned cookbooks. When I started this project, I decided to collect (and attempt, at some point, to cook from) all of these tomes, or, at least, make sure I had one from every participating chef who’d published. Some are quite recent; others, out of print. I’ll stick to the former to make the season’s hunt for gifts a little easier. Maybe later, if you’re nice (i.e. not naughty), I’ll give you a list of (and places you can find) the older gems that are no longer in circulation. 

Alice Waters has, via Chez Panisse & The Edible Schoolyard, written nine books. My favorites are: The Art of Simple Food (; Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook (; Chez Panisse Vegetables ( & Chez Panisse Fruit (

Andrea Reusing, Cooking In The Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes (

Ana SortunSpice: Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean (

Anita Lo, Cooking Without Borders* (

Barbara Lynch, Stir: Mixing It Up in the Italian Tradition (

Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar (

Gabrielle Hamilton, Blood Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef** (

Gina DePalma, Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen (

Jennifer Jasinski, The Perfect Bite (

Judy Rodgers, The Zuni Cafe Cookbook: A Compendium of Recipes and Cooking Lessons from San Francisco’s Beloved Restaurant (

Karen DeMasco, The Craft of Baking: Cakes, Cookies and Other Sweets with Ideas for Inventing Your Own (

Lidia Bastianich has written eight cookbooks. Here’s her newest (just out), and one that befits the holiday spirit: Lidia’s Italy in America ( & Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia’s Christmas Kitchen (

Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger have written four cookbooks. Let’s go with Mesa Mexicana (

Michelle Bernstein, Cuisine a Latina: Fresh Tastes and World Flavors from Michy’s Miami Kitchen (

Nancy Silverton has a tally of eight. At the moment, I’m mad for her latest (published in September), The Mozza Cookbook: Recipes from Los Angeles’s Favorite Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria (

Sherry Yard, The Secrets of Baking: Simple Techniques for Sophisticated Desserts ( & Desserts by the Yard: From Brooklyn to Beverly Hills, Desserts from the Sweetest Life Ever (

Stephanie Izard, Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats & Drinks*** (

Suzanne Goin, Sunday Suppers at Lucques: Seasonal Recipes from Market to Table**** (

*Yeah, I co-wrote it. So what?

**No, it’s not a cookbook, but there’s a reason it’s on the NYT’s list of “100 Notable Books of 2011.” It’s a groundbreaker and I couldn’t put it down. 

***My mom’s favorite new cookbook. 

****One of mom’s all-time favorite cookbooks.