Cookbooks You Will Actually Use
There are some cookbooks out there that you buy with a sense of smug intention, that you then put on the shelf and never try a single recipe. These... are not those cookbooks. These cookbooks are the ones our staff have bought and used until the covers are falling off and the pages are wrinkled and crusted with flour and water stains. We are passionate about food and come from a range of cooking styles and experience, and we think you'll get a lot of great use out of these books.
Gretchen's favorite cookbook of all time. This book not only gives great recipes, it teaches you how to approach practical cooking and adapt recipes to your preferences and your pantry. An excellent resource especially if you know some bare-bones basics (like how to chop an onion) but need a little help with the more advanced things (like how to roast a chicken).
Delightfully designed and eminently practical, this is a great resource especially for the visual learner.
Did you sign up for a CSA share and realize when you opened your box that you have no idea what to do with a rutabaga? This great resource is centered around typical Wisconsin vegetables and growing seasons, and offers an approachable, well-designed approach to learning to cook with vegetables.
This one straddles the line between 'practical' and 'eyerollingly fancy' for me, but I always turn to the Smitten Kitchen blog and book for recipes that are rich, a little offbeat, and impressive. A great resource for dinner parties and cooking nights with friends.