Colman Andrews shares some of his favorite cookbooks

Colman Andrews is living the life most culinarians would be envious of. Travelling the globe, enjoying great regional food and wine, and getting to write about it in articles and books for us all to enjoy.

He was co-founder and editor-in-chief of Saveur from 2002 to 2006. After leaving the magazine, he became the restaurant columnist for Gourmet. He is the recipient of eight James Beard awards, and co-author and co-editor of three Saveur cookbooks. His book “The Country Cooking of Ireland was named Best International Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation in 2010 and beat out all other entries in all categories as Cookbook of the Year. He is now working on a companion volume, “The Country Cooking of Italy”. Adds Andrews, “Judicis argutum labor hic formidat acumen,” (I tremble at the critic’s shrewd review).

He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on Spanish cuisine. In 1998 he introduced many of us to the relatively unknown cuisine of North Eastern Spain with “Catalan Cuisine: Europe's Last Great Culinary Secret”. To be convinced you only have to try “Calçots”, a variety of scallion that are grilled and then eaten with a romesco sauce, or “Escudella i Carn d’Olla”, Catalan Soup with Boiled Meats and Vegetables. And just released in October is his book “Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food”, his tribute to Ferran Adrià, arguably the greatest culinary revolutionary of our time.

I am an admirer of Colman Andrews so naturally I was very excited to receive his list for My Favorite Cookbooks. It’s a fascinating collection of classic cookbooks ranging from 1891 to 2002.

Colman Andrews

Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well by Pellegrino Artusi.

Mediterranean Seafood by Alan Davidson.

Le Guide Culinaire by Auguste Escoffier

Honey from a Weed by Patience Gray

The Classic Italian Cookbook by Marcella Hazan

Roast Chicken and Other Stories by Simon Hopkinson

An Invitation to Indian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey

The Art of Mexican Cooking by Diana Kennedy

Italian Country Cookbook by Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray of the River Cafe

Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco by Paula Wolfert

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