ACF members tell us their favorite culinary reads


Most ACF chefs consider Escoffier’s Le Guide Culinaire to be the ultimate culinary text. It is the foundation for all classically trained chefs, and is a legendary tome for good reason. It’s certainly not the be-all-end-all of culinary reads, however.

Auguste Escoffier

We asked our Facebook followers to tell us their favorite book that relates to the culinary world. The answers spanned cookbooks, memoirs, biographies and more. There were too many to list here, but you can click here to go read the comments yourself if you’re curious. Here are the top five most popular answers that we received:

  1. Larousse Gastronomique” by Prosper Montagné
  2. Culinary Artistry” by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
  3. On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen” by Harold McGee
  4. The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs” by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
  5. The French Laundry Cookbook” by Thomas Keller

What book would you add to this list? Let us know! To participate in more fun polls like this, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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