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Best Chef Books That Will Hook You

There are countless Chef courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. The Buddhist Chef: 100 Simple, Feel-Good Vegan Recipes (2019)

 Best Chef Books That Will Hook YouA practicing Buddhist for over two decades, Jean-Philippe Cyr, aka The Buddhist Chef, believes that everyone has the power to make their vision of the world a reality–and that the most impactful way to do that is through the food we choose to make, eat, and share. This realization led him to veganism, which transformed his life and health. In this cookbook, he shares how to make classic dishes vegan, easy, and so delicious and show-stopping that everyone–even the pickiest of eaters–will love them.The Buddhist Chef is a collection of Jean-Philippe’s best vegan recipes that will…
Author(s): Jean-Philippe Cyr

2. The Chef (2019)

 Best Chef Books That Will Hook YouIn the new stand-alone thriller from the World’s Bestselling author comes a Police detective by day, celebrity food truck chef by night, now Caleb Rooney has a new title: Most Wanted.In the Carnival days leading up Mardi Gras, Detective Caleb Rooney comes under investigation for a murder he is accused of committing in the line of duty–as a Major Crimes detective for the New Orleans Police Department. Has his sideline at the Killer Chef food truck given him a taste for murder? While fighting the charges against him, Rooney makes a pair of unthinkable…
Author(s): James Patterson, Max DiLallo

3. Learning Chef: A Guide to Configuration Management and Automation (2013)

 Best Chef Books That Will Hook YouGet a hands-on introduction to the Chef, the configuration management tool for solving operations issues in enterprises large and small. Ideal for developers and sysadmins new to configuration management, this guide shows you to automate the packaging and delivery of applications in your infrastructure. You’ll be able to build (or rebuild) your infrastructure’s application stack in minutes or hours, rather than days or weeks.After teaching you how to write Ruby-based Chef code, this book walks you through different Chef tools and configuration management concepts in each chapter, using detailed examples throughout. All you…
Author(s): Mischa Taylor, Seth Vargo

4. The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss: A revolutionary approach to conquer cravings, overcome food addiction, and lose weight without going hungry (2018)

 Best Chef Books That Will Hook YouChef AJ’s larger than life personality will smooth the path to the diet you must follow to enjoy the health and happiness you deserve. Her personal and professional experiences have earned her the right to be considered the world expert on “Making the Change.”—John McDougall, MD, cofounder of the McDougall Program In her new book, plant-based diet expert Chef AJ provides you with not only tips and techniques to begin your weight-loss journey but also the secrets to tasty homemade dishes that will fill you up without adding on the pounds. Chef AJ is here to prove to you that eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard. With The…
Author(s): Chef AJ, Glen Merzer

5. Chef Duck (2019)

 Best Chef Books That Will Hook YouEveryone loves Chef Duck's fish pancakes and sea bacon, but one day, someone did not. When a review of her food turns sour, Chef Duck must quest to find the ultimate recipe and create the best fish pancakes and sea bacon the world has ever known!Writen by an 8-year-old and illustrated by her father, this is the heartwarming tale of overcoming obstacles and acheiving your dreams. Well, it's about those things, but it's also about what lurks in the depths of the ocean, Chef Battles, and fun. Each page of the journey is accompanied by a gorgeous water color picture that illustrates the…
Author(s): Amelia Reese, Dustin Reese

6. Son of a Southern Chef: Cook with Soul (2019)

 Best Chef Books That Will Hook YouThousands of fans know Lazarus Lynch for his bold artistic sensibility, exciting take on soul food, and knockout fashion sense. Laz has always had Southern and Caribbean food on his mind and running through his veins; his mother is Guyanese, while his father was from Alabama and ran a popular soul food restaurant in Queens known for its Southern comfort favorites. He created “Son of a Southern Chef” on Instagram as a love letter to the family recipes and love of cooking he inherited.In his debut cookbook, Laz offers up more than 100 recipe hits with new takes on…
Author(s): Lazarus Lynch

7. MasterChef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks (2017)

 Best Chef Books That Will Hook You—that’s what it takes to cook like a master. Beloved television competition show MasterChef Junior fosters all of this within each of its pint-size home cooks, and what they whip up is truly impressive. This book aims to give any aspiring young chef the tools he or she needs to hone essential cooking skills, with 100 recipes inspired by dishes that the contestants served in the first five seasons, as well as timeless techniques, tips, and advice. With this book, anyone can become an excellent cook. #2,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2 in Cooking with Kids (Books) #1 in Teen & Young…
Author(s): MasterChef Junior, Christina Tosi

8. The Everyday Instant Pot Cookbook: Recipes and Meal Planning for Every Cook and Every Family (2019)

 Best Chef Books That Will Hook YouThe Instant Pot is a revolutionary home appliance that is taking home-cooking to a whole new level. Even in the most basic model, the Instant Pot is able to perform the abilities of five home gadgets—a pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, and warmer. Its versatility makes it the perfect all-encompassing cooking tool for anyone’s kitchen.With The Everyday Instant Pot Cookbook, chef Bryan Woolley has curated and cultivated an astounding collection of delicious recipes to try out with your Instant Pot. Featured within this cookbook are sections on how to cook delicious recipes…
Author(s): Bryan Woolley

9. Unprocessed: How to achieve vibrant health and your ideal weight. (2011)

 Best Chef Books That Will Hook YouChef AJ has a unique ability to create healthy foods that taste great. Whether you want to lower your cholesterol, prevent or reverse many common lifestyle diseases, lose weight or just look and feel great, Chef AJ can show you how to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet in ways that are easy, delicious and fun. Foreword by Dr. Hans Diehl and endorsed by several giants in the field of plant-based nutrition, including: “Chef AJ knows her way around a kitchen. She’s been doing this for thirty years and it shows. All her recipes are incredibly easy to make, really healthy, but…
Author(s): Chef AJ, Glen Merzer

10. Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line (2015)

 Best Chef Books That Will Hook YouThe back must slave to feed the belly. . . . In this urgent and unique book, chef Michael Gibney uses twenty-four hours to animate the intricate camaraderie and culinary choreography in an upscale New York restaurant kitchen. Here readers will find all the details, in rapid-fire succession, of what it takes to deliver an exceptional plate of food—the journey to excellence by way of exhaustion.   Told in second-person narrative, Sous Chef is an immersive, adrenaline-fueled run that offers a fly-on-the-wall perspective on the food service industry, allowing readers…
Author(s): Michael Gibney

11. Teen Chef Cooks: 80 Scrumptious, Family-Friendly Recipes: A Cookbook (2019)

 Best Chef Books That Will Hook YouWith her newest book, Chef Eliana inspires kids, teens, and families to embrace seasonal cooking and to use fresh, local ingredients when possible. Eliana is particularly in tune with seasonal cooking–she has been working with and performing live cooking demos at farmers’ markets for many years. Arranged by season (spring, summer, fall, and winter) each section of the book will have 20 recipes showcasing the best ingredients of that season. Recipes are divided by ingredient, so with arugula available in the spring you can make an easy skillet lasagna. Use watermelon in the summer to create Watermelon Panzanella; in the fall, extra…
Author(s): de Las Casas, Eliana

12. The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection (2001)

 Best Chef Books That Will Hook YouIn his second in-depth foray into the world of professional cooking, Michael Ruhlman journeys into the heart of the profession. Observing the rigorous Certified Master Chef exam at the Culinary Institute of America, the most influential cooking school in the country, Ruhlman enters the lives and kitchens of rising star Michael Symon and renowned Thomas Keller of the French Laundry. This fascinating book will satisfy any reader’s hunger for knowledge about cooking and food, the secrets of successful chefs, at what point cooking becomes an art form, and more. Like Ruhlman’s , this…
Author(s): Michael Ruhlman

13. The Pastry Chef’s Companion: A Comprehensive Resource Guide for the Baking and Pastry Professional (2008)

 Best Chef Books That Will Hook YouWith more than 4,800 terms and definitions from around the world plus ten appendices filled with helpful resources, The Pastry Chef’s Companion combines the best features of a dictionary and an encyclopedia. In addition to the current terminology of every component of pastry, baking, and confectionary arts, this book provides important information about the origin and historical background of many of the terms. Moreover, it offers coverage of flavor trends, industry practices, key success factors, a resources list, illustrations, and phonetic pronunciations. #252,597 in Books (See Top…
Author(s): Glenn Rinsky, Halpin Rinsky, Laura

14. Becoming a Chef (2003)

 Best Chef Books That Will Hook You"An extraordinary book…There’s never been a book like this before." –David Rosengarten, FOOD NETWORK (1995)   The book that first kicked off the boom and established the category of contemporary writing on food, BECOMING A CHEF  — written by Manhattan restaurant chef Andrew Dornenburg and his Harvard MBA wife Karen Page — was published during the summer of 1995 with extremely modest expectations:  Its initial printing was a mere 2500 copies.  Yet its first-time authors were interviewed by Matt Lauer on the "Today" Show, and BECOMING A CHEF went on to be hailed for launching "a new…
Author(s): Andrew Dornenburg, Karen Page

Best Chef Books That Will Hook You

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some chef books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Tartine: A Classic Revisited: 68 All-New Recipes + 55 Updated Favorites (Baking Cookbooks, Pastry Books, Dessert Cookbooks, Gifts for Pastry Chefs)

Author(s): Elisabeth Prueitt, Chad Robertson
ID: 2435428, Publisher: Chronicle Books; Revised edition, Year: October 1, 201, Size: 38 Mb, Format: epub

The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America

Author(s): Michael Ruhlman
ID: 2293975, Publisher: Holt Paperbacks, Year: 31 Mar 2009, Size: 461 Kb, Format: epub

The Fitness Chef: Still Tasty: 100 Lower-Calorie Versions of Your Favourite Meals

Author(s): Tomlinson, Graeme
ID: 2886346, Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd, Year: 2021, Size: 38 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to Washington Post, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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