From Michael Ruhlman to Mom: The Favorite Cookbooks of St. Louis Chefs
Chef's Choice is Gut Check's regular profile and interview, with recipe, of a St. Louis chef. From time to time we'll present several chefs' answers to one of our regular questions. This week: What is your favorite cookbook?
Shopped for a cookbook lately? So many beautiful choices. So many expensive choices.
Sure, it looks like you can't make a bad decision. But how can you know for sure when you haven't cooked a single recipe from any of them?
Who better to ask than an actual chef? We quizzed several top St. Louis toques about their favorite cookbooks. Here's what they told us:
- Cassy Vires, Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676)
- Mikey Warhover, Modesto (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272)
- Andrew Ladlie, Sassy JAC's (1730 South Eighth Street; 314-932-1280)
My go-to cookbook would probably be Betty Crocker because I don't do baking. Other than that I just try to watch what's going on around me. The Internet cookbook! [Laughs] If I run into something I don't understand, I'll research it top to bottom and then play with it.
7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO
5257 Shaw Ave, St. Louis, MO
1730 S. 8th St., St. Louis, MO
106 N. Main St., Edwardsville, IL
7734 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO
3600 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO
3257 Ivanhoe Ave., St. Louis, MO
6931 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, MO
4071 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO