“When you have the best and tastiest ingredients, you can cook very simply and the food will be extraordinary, because it tastes like what it is” ~ Alice Waters

That is one of my favorite quotes. It is simple and true. And I love a cookbook with simple recipes that allow food to taste like what it is.

I don’t buy many cookbooks. When I do buy them they have to be pretty fabulous. I think these are just that. Solid, beautiful, coffee table worthy. Heavy books you can hold in your hands, and turn a page.

There is an art to the creation of a truly engaging cookbook. Here are some masterpieces.

The Art of The Cookbook

The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings

A collection of unfussy personal favorites from artisans, chefs, bloggers, bakers and crafters with lovely, simple images. One third cookbook, one third storytelling, one third international adventure. You will find yourself reading it even when you aren’t cooking. Find it here. (My favorite recipe: The Hummingbird Cake page 64)

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The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods

Written by fellow food blogger Sara Forte and photographed by her husband Hugh Forte, The Sprouted Kitchen is filled with recipes anyone can make and everyone will love. This is my kind of food. You can find it here. (My favorite recipe: Roasted Plum Tartines)

The Art of The Cookbook

Sunday Suppers at Lucques: Seasonal Recipes from Market to Table

This cookbook is a gorgeous compilation of 132 Sunday supper recipes created by acclaimed Chef Suzanne Goin and served at Lucque’s Restaurant in Los Angeles . Sunday Suppers at Lucques: is a great resource for seasonal farm to fork cooking. If you love food, you will love this book. Find it here. (My favorite recipe: Braised Chicken with Saffron Onions)

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