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Leaf & Grain Library

I read cookbooks like best selling pot boilers.

Don’t smirk. Anyone who clicks a link labeled “Library” on a food site has an appreciation, however secretly held, of the cookbook genre. Or you might just be curious about the teachers who help me hone my culinary skills (the best cookbook authors are, at their hearts, teachers first, recipe writers second).

Here’s a partial list of the cookbooks on my bookshelves. I love them all.

The ones marked with hearts have raggedy edges, dog-eared pages, smudgy fingerprints and schmears of rock-hard flour paste throughout. Signs of much beloved volumes, for sure.

All, plus many more, are available through my Amazon store. Bon app├ętit, my lovely foodies.

Around My French Table
  ~ Dorie Greenspan

Artisan Baking Across America: The Breads, The Bakers, The Best Recipes
  ~ Maggie Glezer

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
  ~ Jeff Hertzberg MD, Zoe Francois

Baking: From My Home to Yours
  ~ Dorie Greenspan

The Bread Baker’s Apprentice
  ~ Peter Reinhart

Breakfast, Lunch, Tea: The Many Little Meals of Rose Bakery
  ~ Rose Carrarini

Cakes to Inspire and Desire
  ~ Lindy Smith

The Flavor Bible
  ~ Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

Good to the Grain
  ~ Kim Boyce

How to Cook Everything
  ~ Mark Bittman

My Life From Scratch
  ~ Gesine Bullock-Prado

My Sweet Mexico
  ~ Fany Gerson

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook
  ~ Yotam Ottolenghi

The Professional Pastry Chef
  ~ Bo Friberg

Sugar Baby
  ~ Gesine Bullock-Prado

Super Natural Every Day
  ~ Heidi Swanson

  ~ Elisabeth Prueitt, Chad Robertson

Tartine Bread
  ~ Chad Robertson and Eric Wolfinger

Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch
  ~ Nigel Slater

The Zuni Cafe Cookbook
  ~ Judy Rodgers