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.