Best Cookbooks of February

TruffleBoy200This month our spotlight pick for the Best Cookbooks is the memoir of a man who turned a love for the exotic funghi he hunted as a teenager into a foodie's dream job. When Ian Purkayastha first became the Truffle Boy he had a lot to learn and his path is an exciting glimpse into how a high end restaurant dish becomes a star or gets cuts from the menu--those key ingredients that make it something special. 

In books like Kitchen Confidential the perspective has been the chef waiting on their fish guy or getting screwed over by the purveyor who's supposed to deliver a key ingredient but comes up short.  In Truffle Boy the lens is flipped and it's fascinating.  The world of food purveyors, especially high end ones, involves trust, highly fragile and costly product, and obsessive personalities.  Ian Purkayastha has proved he's one of the best, as you'll see by his five-star clientele, including  David Chang, who wrote the forward.

Below you'll find four more of our top ten cookbooks of February--you can see them all here.

 

 

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A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes - from Mom's to Mario Batali's by Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer
 
Bruni and Steinhauer's fun discourse gives this comfort classic gets it's due.  You will likely find yourself bookmarking page after page of new meatoaf recipes to try--the Ricotta Meatball Loaf was really moist and a big hit at my house.
 

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One Pan & Done: Hassle-Free Meals from the Oven to Your Table by Molly Gilbert
 
The author of Sheet Pan Suppers is back with more ideas for weeknight dinner salvation.   Fire up the oven bust out a single baking dish, skillet, or even a muffin tin, and prepare to spend less time at the stove or washing up a heap of pots and pans later...
 

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The Pho Cookbook: Easy to Adventurous Recipes for Vietnam's Favorite Soup and Noodles by Andrea Nguyen
 
This is the cookbook that may have you staying home for your favorite bowl of pho. The more experienced cook can jump right in and with some time to devote to the essential recipes even the novice will soon feel like a pho pro.
 

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Naturally Nourished: Healthy, Delicious Meals Made with Everyday Ingredients by Sarah Britton
The author of the popular My New Roots blog and subsequent cookbook makes weeknight vegetarian dishes not only easy but looking beautiful when they hit the table.  Vegan and gluten-free substitutions give her recipes even more flexibility and just flipping through the gorgeous photos will have your mouth watering, vegetarian or not.
 

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