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u/proman3 · 3 pointsr/cookingcollaboration

Investing in culinary texts rather than cookbooks really helped me. These books provide very basic recipes along with relevant techniques/information. Once you get these down, it's a heck of a lot easier to be creative with your dishes (e.g. knowing the 5 mother sauces of French cuisine leads to literally thousands of other recipes).

Suggested reading material:

Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making
One of my absolute favorites, I refer to this book pretty much every time I'm in the mood for something new. The author does a great job at keeping things simple while providing great information on traditional applications (along with how to flavor things to your own tastes) for dishes ranging from Mornay sauce to Ganache.

On Cooking: A Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals
This was my required text for intro culinary classes, which makes it expensive. I'm sure finding older/used versions will be much cheaper and just as useful. This is a great resource for techniques such as deboning poultry, ideal use for various potato species, the different cuts of beef and pork, the best cooking methods for said cuts, culinary terms, etc.

The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
My god do I love Marcella Hazan. She's the Italian Julia Child, and does a fantastic job at making intimidating dishes much more approachable. While this is more of a classic cookbook than the previous two, Hazan provides info on produce selection, basic kitchen techniques, ideal tools to have, and, of course, hundreds of traditional Italian recipes with notes on altering flavor profiles.

YMMV, depending on how deep into the cooking world you'd like to get. Sometimes it's just easier for me to look through google results of a specific dish for inspiration. Good luck!

u/spaceballsrules · 1 pointr/Cooking

Get yourself a culinary textbook, such as On Cooking or Professional Cooking. Start reading. Pay attention to sanitation, safety, organization, and equipment. Get in the kitchen and work on knife skills, learning basic stocks, the mother sauces, and fundamental cooking techniques. These books are expensive, but they are better than buying a bunch of books that are just someone else's recipes. These books are the tool that allows you to develop your own recipes.

The only other book I can think of would be the Food Lover's Companion. This has been an indispensable resource in every kitchen I have ever been in.