We asked local chefs and cooks what their favorite cookbooks are

Moss Creek

“Alfred Portale’s Gotham Bar and Grill Cookbook. Portale, a fellow Culinary Institute of America graduate, is a real down-to-earth cook who enjoys serving but not the limelight. He’s a classic.” 

– Chef Stephen Stewart 


“The Silver Spoon. This was a great book to go through while I was developing as a chef. It’s a recipe book holding the foundation of Italian cuisine and is an absolute must for up-and-coming chefs. It features not only traditional recipes but also cooking techniques and overall culinary education.” 

– Chef Alan Ford

Cassandra’s Kitchen Store

“Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa Parties. A lot of my go-to recipes are in here. I’ve probably made the California pizzas and the garlic-roasted potatoes over 100 times. And the chocolate chunk cookie recipe is my favorite. Even if you’re not hosting a party, it’s filled with the best recipes.” 

– Cassandra Schultz

The Golf Club at Indigo Run

“The Professional Chef. It’s a foundational book for both the at-home cook, to aspiring young professionals, to seasoned culinary masters.” 

– Chef Josh O’Neill

Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana

“Our favorite cookbook is Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. They call it the Bible of Italian cuisine. It provides the best foundation for learning about and cooking authentic Italian cuisine.” 

– Chef de Cuisine, Will Overacre and Special Events Chef Kenny Warthen

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