The Fireside Cook Book: A Complete Guide to Fine Cooking for Beginner and Expert - James Beard
James Beard’s classic The Fireside Cook Book (Simon & Shuster, $30) is now available in a 60th- anniversary edition. It’s a classic for a reason: Beard’s recipes and explanations are simple without being patronizing. It’s the perfect cookbook for someone who is new to cooking or who doesn’t want to be the next Top Chef but who wants to make good food. The easy-to-follow recipes are accompanied by a series of variations, so you can tailor a recipe to suit your specific tastes or needs. But perhaps the best part of this book is the quirky illustrations throughout. The entire book has a light, almost whimsical feel. And, of course, the recipes are great.