American classics are influential and historical cookbooks that led to the development of the cuisine of our country. This list is constantly evolving. The ones listed below have influenced my cooking in many ways. These would be great additions to your cookbook library.
The Taste of Country Cooking – Edna Lewis: The legendary southern country cook Edna Lewis was raised in Virginia and became one of the most celebrated American cooks. Her book will change the way you cook. She teaches you to cook according to the seasons with fresh ingredients.
The Silver Palette Cookbook – Lukins & Rosso : Home cooks across the country have been using this book since the early 70s. The recipes are time tested and absolutely fabulous!
The Good Cook – Time Life: – This series from Time Life was edited by one of the best cookbook writers of all time: Richard Olney. It consists of 28 books that were sold during the late 70s & 80s via mail order and received on a monthly basis. This is arguably one of the best cookbook series ever written.
A Treasury of Great Recipes – Vincent & Mary Price : Most people don’t know that Vincent Price and his wife, Mary, were gourmet cooks. They also don’t know that they wrote one of the best cookbooks of all time. They traveled the world and ate in the finest restaurants. They hosted lavish parties where the food was fantastic. This book should be on the shelf of every serious cook. It is one of my favorites.
The New York Times Cookbook – Craig Claiborne: This book was first published in 1961. Mr. Claiborne was the food editor of the New York Times for almost 30 years. This book is American cooking to me because it contains recipes from many different cultures. It is stuffed with more than 1,500 recipes that will change the way you cook.
American Cookery – James Beard: There is no doubt that James Beard is one of the greatest cooks and teachers that the world has ever known. This book, among others of his, should be part of any good cookbook library.