18 Cookbooks for Comfort

Mr. Slater’s books are a constant source of comfort for me, and I treasure “Eat” because of the way the recipes are written. They’re so smart and straightforward, reading more like a friend’s Instagram captions than precise steps with careful measurements. This means that if I have a general sense of what random bits and pieces are lying around in my fridge (half a head of lettuce, breakfast sausages, two Persian cucumbers) I can always flip through and come up with some solid ideas for dinner (spicy patties in lettuce cups or summer rolls). And I love that Mr. Slater isn’t judgmental about deviations and substitutions, like so many recipe writers tend to be. I think of him as a cook’s cook, and this book, in particular, as a cook’s cookbook. Tejal Rao, Restaurant Critic

by Martha Stewart (Clarkson Potter, 2008)

Most of my cookbooks were cleared out to make room for my kids’ ever-growing book collection, but I’ve held on to a well-loved handful. For family meals, I second Melissa Clark’s “Dinner.” For sweet stuff, I turn to “Cookies” whenever I need to whip up a batch for a school bake sale, a Christmas cookie swap or, you know, to calm my nerves during a pandemic. Her chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies, which call for fresh and ground ginger, are out-of-this-world good, but don’t overbake them, or you’ll be sad. Margaux Laskey, Senior Staff Editor

by Marion Cunningham (Knopf, 1987) and Cal Peternell (William Morrow, 2014)

“The Breakfast Book” has 16 different recipes for pancakes! And “Twelve Recipes” is the first book I recommend to people who tell me “I can’t cook.” If you’ve shopped for a stay-at-home order, you’ll find plenty of recipes for what you have on hand. Brett Anderson, Reporter

by Nigel Slater (Abrams, 2008)

It offers a cornucopia of pantry delights, easily made and very delicious. Sam Sifton, Food Editor

by Cara Mangini (Workman, 2016)

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/dining/favorite-cookbooks-coronavirus.html

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