I love these lists. I read them to see which books I've missed, which ones I'll give and which I hope that Santa tucks under the tree for me. But even with stellar lists like this year's, in my mind I go back to my favourites; the tried and true workhorses of my kitchen that never fail to instruct, to surprise and to entertain.
The Best Recipe: Grilling and Barbecue, by the editors of Cook's Illustrated
Friday Night Dinners, Bonnie Stern
Olive Oil: From Tree to Table, Peggy Knickerbocker
Pork and Sons, Stéphane Reynaud
éphane Reynaud's restaurant in France is so on my list of places to visit before I die.
Soup - A Way of Life, Barbara Kafka
Cooking from an Italian Garden, Paolo Scaravelli and Jon Cohen
Julia's Kitchen Wisdom, Julia Child
Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, Ina Garten
Instant Entertaining, Donna Hay
Bills: Breakfast, Lunch + Dinner, Bill Granger
The New Basics, Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins
Madhur Jaffrey's Spice Kitchen:, Madjur Jaffrey
Contemplation and the Art of Saladmaking, Jeanne Heiberg
I hope you have a chance to buy and try some of these books. I'd love to know what some of your favourites are too!