If you’re a fan of the Food Network or have recently been enjoying the latest season of Top Chef, you might be dreaming of mouthwatering feasts, beautiful cakes, and perfectly prepared platters of sizzling barbecue. Luckily, many celebrity chefs and restauranteurs have written cookbooks that highlight their particular sensibilities and talents. Armed with just a few cookbooks, you can enjoy Cajun classics, simple vegetable dishes, big plates of mezze to share, and so much more. These books run the gamut from simple family cooking to fine dining to regional cuisine, but all of them will help you recreate your favorite dishes as seen on TV in the comfort of your own home.
There are lots of cooking books for kids out there, but how many of them are actually written by kids? In The Family That Cooks Together, Anna and Madeline Zakarian, the daughters of restauranteur and Chopped judge Geoffrey Zakarian, provide a fun, simple and comprehensive kids guide to cooking. Growing up in busy kitchens with their celebrity chef dad, Anna and Madeline are no strangers to good food. Here they share their recipes for breakfasts, dinners, snacks, and desserts, as well as tips and tricks for young cooks. From cinnamon sugar crullers to honey mustard chicken skewers, these recipes are as straightforward as they are delicious.
Chasing the Gator is the first cookbook by Cajun chef and Top Chef contestant Isaac Toups. Born and raised in the heart of Cajun country in Louisiana, Toups brings his deep knowledge and love for Cajun flavors to his cooking, restaurants, and now, a cookbook. This mouthwatering collection is full of 100 Cajun recipes, including classics such as gumbo and dirty rice as well as Toups's own spins on burgers and fish fries. Accompanying the recipes is plenty of information on butchery and barbecue, as well as stories from Toups's culinary life.
Fans of Top Chef will be thrilled that beloved judge Gail Simmons has finally written her own cookbook. In Bringing it Home, Simmons delivers a collection of simple yet elegant recipes designed to make the most delicious foods accessible to home cooks. Using her extensive travels and the time she's spent on Top Chef with the world's best chefs as inspiration, she shares her favorite recipes and techniques for easy, satisfying home cooking. From Bloody Mary Eggs and other brunch crowd-pleasers to simple summer vegetable salads, Simmons has recipes for every taste and every time of day. And if you've got a sweet tooth, you're not going to want to pass up her Banana-Cardamom Upside Down Cake with Salty Caramel.
Sharing food is often the most rewarding part of cooking, and that's something that chef Chris Santos has taken to heart. The popular Chopped judge is the chef/founder of several New York restaurants that highlight the communal dining experience with large plates and platters meant to be shared around a table. In Share, Santos provides recipes for over 100 of his mouthwatering dishes meant for sharing. Wow your family and friends with Nori-Spiced Tuna Poke Crisps and Grilled Cheese Dumplings in Tomato Soup, or cook up a big plate of Korean Short Rib Tacos for everyone to dig into. No party? No problem! Santos's recipes are just as tasty served as a weeknight family dinner.
If you've been craving an exquisite tasting menu, but haven't been able to dine out in a while, then Laurel is the book for you. Renowned restauranteur and Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi brings the tasting menu to you in this beautiful book that celebrates seasonal eating. The book is split into four chapters, one for each season, and each chapter features a complete nine-course tasting menu that you can make at home. A perfect gift for adventurous cooks, this book is almost as beautiful to look at as the recipes are to eat! From Apple-Yuzu Consommé and Bourbon-Glazed Lobster in the fall and winter to Black Sea Bass with peas and rhubarb and Marigold-Compressed Kohlrabi in the summer, this book is a love letter to unusual flavors, seasonality, and thoughtful food preparation.
Bobby Flay has mastered the art and science of grilling, and shared his love of backyard barbecue on such shows as Boy Meets Grill, BBQ with Bobby Flay, and Iron Chef America. In Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill, he pours all of that knowledge and experience into one compressive guide to backyard grilling. Here you'll find 125 delicious recipes for grilling fish, poultry, and meat, as well as the perfect beverages, desserts, and sauces to accompany them. His recipes are suited to gas and charcoal grills, and don't require any special equipment—all you need is simple ingredients, enthusiasm, and a little bit of fire.