Wednesday, April 24, 2013

From Michael Ruhlman to Mom: The Favorite Cookbooks of St. Louis Chefs

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 12:30 PM

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Chef's Choice is Gut Check's regular profile and interview, with recipe, of a St. Louis chef. From time to time we'll present several chefs' answers to one of our regular questions. This week: What is your favorite cookbook?

Shopped for a cookbook lately? So many beautiful choices. So many expensive choices.

Sure, it looks like you can't make a bad decision. But how can you know for sure when you haven't cooked a single recipe from any of them?

Who better to ask than an actual chef? We quizzed several top St. Louis toques about their favorite cookbooks. Here's what they told us:

- Cassy Vires, Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676)

Good Meat -- awesome. [Michael Ruhlman's] Ratio -- also awesome. And [the quarterly magazine] Lucky Peach -- not a cookbook, but I love it.

- Mikey Warhover, Modesto (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272)

The Flavor Bible or Fergus Henderson's The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating.

- Andrew Ladlie, Sassy JAC's (1730 South Eighth Street; 314-932-1280)

My go-to cookbook would probably be Betty Crocker because I don't do baking. Other than that I just try to watch what's going on around me. The Internet cookbook! [Laughs] If I run into something I don't understand, I'll research it top to bottom and then play with it.

See Also: - Chef's Choice Profile: Cassy Vires - Chef's Choice Profile: Mikey Warhover - Andrew Ladlie Finds the Beating Heart of the Tiny Kitchen at Sassy JAC's

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