There will come a time when you’re going to need to be able to cook more than just an egg. In fact, you’re going to need to be able to make a whole meal, be it for two (you and a lovely lady), or for a group of friends you’re hosting or even for your family (kids and all). Your eggs and potato made in the microwave just isn’t going to cut it. You’re going to impress a little, this means actually being able to use the oven, pick a wine and not poison everyone in the process.
Not every meal has to be a five course gastronomic delight; sometimes even a good burger or steak will do. The difference is when a meal is done well and with love or when it’s a burger you throw on a grill without any thought. At some point you’ll need to purchase a cookbook. But which one? Well, that’s where we come in. Here are 5 cookbooks you should have in your collection, be it in your kitchen or library; trust us, they’ll come in handy…
by Fergus Henderson
Having actually been to St John’s Restaurant in London, I can attest to how good Henderson’s meals actually are. It will really make you re-think what English food is all about. In this cookbook you’ll learn how to use the, erm, whole beast – as it says in the title, guts, head and all. It might sound unappetizing, but really it’s quite delicious. Waste not, want not, eh?
by James K. McNair
What good is a man who cannot cook a good burger? And this book will teach you to cook the best American burger. It is a collection of 44 award-winning burgers plus 12 extra recipes from the judges of the Build a Better Burger contest in Napa Valley. Burgers made with love and dedication, what more can you ask for!
by Ryan D’Agostino
Well, it says it in the title, this is a cookbook for a man. This cookbook is a collection of 75 recipes and food writing for men who like to eat, cook and read about great food. There are recipes in here for almost every occasion – be it for entertaining, impressing a lady, guys’ poker night and much more. Best of all, they’re simple enough that any cooking level can give it a go. Definitely something for the shelf!
by Steven Raichlen
Ah yes, being able to grill the perfect steak is almost like the test of manliness. Almost every man can see himself presiding over the barbeque, grilling the perfect cut. But it’s never as easy as it looks – unless you happen to be Argentine, whereby it’s just in your blood. For the rest of us, there is this book. Here you’ll learn not only how to grill meat but also how to make your own sausages and even grilled salad and desserts (!) and impress not only your buddies in your next cookout.
by Adina Steiman, Paul Kita, Editors of Men’s Health
Finally we all need to have a little bit of gourmet in our lives. But that doesn’t mean you have to abandon all healthy choices. Stick with this book and you’ll not only impress your lady (and all your friends) with your skills but you’ll also be eating healthy and lean so you don’t have to leave your diet behind.