Celebrating Our Favorite Female Cookbook Authors
Lettuce Chefs Share their Must Read Cookbooks by Women
In honor of Women’s History Month, we asked a few Lettuce chefs to share their favorite cookbooks authored by women. Here are their picks:
First up, we have Sisters Emily and Melissa Elsen’s “The Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book” which is Executive Pastry Chef Andrea’s (RPM Restaurants) go-to cookbook for baking. With recipes organized by season and featuring unexpected ingredients, this book has something for everyone, not just pie lovers.
Chef and Managing Partner Janet’s (Beatrix Market) favorite cookbook is “Deep Run Roots: Stories & Recipes from My Corner of the South” by Vivian Howard. This cookbook not only features mouth-watering recipes but also tells the story of Vivian’s journey through the South and her connection to its produce and traditions.
Executive Pastry Chef Juan’s (Miru and Tre Dita) pick is “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream” by Chef Dana Cree. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in ice cream, as it not only features amazing recipes but also provides in-depth explanations on the science behind them.
Chef Partner CJ (Aba and Ema) recommends “The Zuni Cafe Cookbook” by Judy Rogers, which captures the essence of California cuisine with its romantic and flavorful recipes. The book is especially known for its confit nibbles that are sure to make your mouth water.
For Chef Partner Justin (Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab), it doesn’t get more iconic than “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia Child, Simone Beck, and Louisette Bertholle. Julia Child’s TV show and cookbook inspired a generation of chefs, and her classic French recipes continue to be a staple in kitchens around the world.
Chef Max (The Oakville Grill & Cellar) has not one but three favorites – “Rosetta” by Elena Reygadas, “Basque Country” by Marti Buckly, and “Palestinian Table” by Reem Kassis. These ingredient-driven and thoughtful cookbooks honor tradition while remaining approachable and personal.
Lastly, Chef Partner Mychael (Di Pescara, Saranello’s, and The Ivy Room) has always turned to “The Joy of Cooking” by Irma Rombauer for its over 500 tested recipes that always work. The culinary commentary that peppers the book also adds a unique touch.
These women authors have not only made their mark in the culinary world but have also inspired and influenced some of our very own chefs. We hope you’ll check out these cookbooks and celebrate the amazing women who have contributed to the world of food!