Below is a list of inspirational books for cooking, baking and gardening. Books that are listed with a picture include a FWDR Review.


Lark: Cooking Against the Grain, by John Sundstrom, by Community Supported Cookbooks

The French Laundry Cookbook, by Thomas Keller
- an example of top notch cooking, infallible attention to detail and quality produce

Ad Hoc at Home, by Thomas Keller
- the 'at home' Thomas Keller style of cooking, paired down compared to the French laundry, but no less attention to detail. the fried chicken recipe is outta-this-world-delicious.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck
- a classic if there ever was one on French cuisine for the home cook.

Tender: A Cook and his Vegetable Patch Vol. I & II, by Nigel Slater
- an all rounder for cooking vegetables (not just vegetarian!) and growing them. nigle slater's prose on each vegetable is insightful and just touches on a love story.

Around my French Table, by Dorrie Greenspan

Heston Blumenthal at Home, by Heston Blumenthal

Home Cheese Making, by Rikki Carrol

Nobu the Cookbook, by Nobu

The River Cottage Cookbook, by Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall

Wild Fermentation, by Sandor Ellix Katz


Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza, By Ken Forkish, Published by Ten Speed Press.

Tartine, by Elizabeth M. Prueitt and Chad Robertson

Tartine Bread, by Chad Robertson

The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens, by Daniel Wing and Alan Scott

Baking with Julia, by Julia Child

Artisan Baking, by Maggie Glezer

Macrina Bakery and Café Cookbook, by Leslie Mackie


Veg Patch: River Cottage Handbook No. 4, by Mark Diacono

Creative Vegetable Gardening, by Joy Larkom

How to Grow Winter Vegetables, by Charles Dowding

Tender: A Cook and his Vegetable Patch Vol. I & II, by Nigel Slater

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