Believe it or not I actually have a ton of cookbooks, and some of them I still use today. I love the French Laundry cookbook by Thomas Keller or The Common Grill by Graig Common, but my all time favorite is Culinary Artistry (YOU CAN BUY BY CLICKING HERE). I believe every at home cook or novice cook with the slightest bit of culinary creativity, and I do mean slight, should purchase this book. So what does Culinary Artistry do that others do not? It takes just about every food item that you can think of, sirloin steak, fennel, oranges, the list goes on, and let’s you know what that particular item goes well with and in what season! Before recipe websites and food algorithms that let you know what to make with the ingredients you have, there was this book. Every chef on earth, no matter who it is, will tell you how much they appreciate this book.
This book does take some culinary creativity, like when you see chicken and some of the ingredients it goes well with are mushrooms and marsala, you would put two and two together and make chicken marsala. If you don’t know what that is, then you figure out some creative way to incorporate those ingredients into the chicken dish your making. This book is also helpful to figure out what food items you have in house and if they even go well with each other and from there you can create dinner. Now, just because you like a few ingredients and they aren’t on the list, does not mean they don’t go together. This book, just like any cookbook, should be used as a guide. After all, a good cook is not someone who follows directions well by making someone else’s recipe. A good cook is someone who uses the techniques they know and applying it to different foods to create their own dishes. Heck if you like a recipe but want to change it up a bit THEN DO IT!!! That too defines someone as a good cook. Ok enough blabbering by me. If you have any questions, you know where to find me!0