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MY TOP TEN AT 1000 COOKBOOKS  

Number 1. Appetite – Nigel Slater

I have always been a fan of Slater, the cook that took cookbooks out of the restaurant. No-fail delicious home cooking.

Number 2. Chez Panisse Café Cookbook – Alice Waters

Beaten and worn, my old copy of this book shows that some books just work.

Number 3. How to Eat – Nigella Lawson

The first time I fell in love with Nigella, was reading her debut book. It is still a great, seductive read and everything I want from a woman. I mean cookbook.

Number 4. The Pyromaniac’s Cookbook – John J. Poister.

I have never understood why some many cookbooks are so bloody boring. John Poister’s book is not, so I forgive that it is not terribly useful unless I want to get drunk or set thing on fire.

Number 5. Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way – Francis Mallmann

Our first way of cooking is still one of the most intriguing. And Mallman is the God of Fire. I worship him for months every summer. I know the book by heart, so now I keep it near mostly as a religious act.

Number 6. Foods of the World: Cooking of Scandinavia – Dale Brown

This 1968 book was the first to take the idea of Scandinavian cooking seriously. Truly inspirational, great colors and recipes, and Max von Sydow showing you how to drink.

Number 7. The Nordic Cookbook – Magnus Nilsson

The best book written about the food of the North. Magnus is a brilliant chef brilliant, and a very generous writer.

Number 8. Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking – Nathan Myhrvold , Chris Young and Maxime Bilet

I don’t particularly like the recipes, but I love the science, and that it makes you understand. And the magnitude of the work is breathtaking.

Number 9. Plenty – Yotam Ottolenghi

Ottolenghi made me look at greens anew. Truly inspirational.

Number 10. River Cottage Cook Book by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

I got the book just as I inherited my family´s smallholding, so the book has been a recipe for life, not just for its dinners.

Read my top ten cookbook recommendations cookbooks at 1000 Cookbooks.