Is 2016 the year you finally test your talents in the kitchen? We think yes! Instead of breaking the bank at restaurants around town, take time this new year to invest in cooking. Knowing exactly what goes into your meal will not only help you slim down and get healthy, but it might save you a few bucks to spend on other haute luxuries. We found five amazing cookbooks by local LA chefs that will help you impress any house guest.
The Lemonade Cookbook by Alan Jackson and JoAnn Cianciulli
When life gives you lemons, learn what to do with them in The Lemonade Cookbook. The infamous LA health chain is finally sharing their secrets for you to recreate at home. The fast-casual Lemonade is known for serving what is good when it’s good. Their fresh seasonal menu may not be the easiest to replicate, but is certainly worth your while. Impress with innovative modern dishes that will serve your diet and your taste buds.
Sweet by Valerie Gordon
More often than not when we go out to eat we simply don’t end up with room for dessert. It’s only hours later from our living room sofa that we start to crave a sweet treat. Thanks to Sweet by Valerie Gordon, we’ll never leave our cravings unsatisfied again. Not only does she help you recreate recipes from her own bakery, but she is also bringing you desserts from a few of LA’s staples such as Chasen’s and the Brown Derby. Needless to say, it’s a very sweet deal!
The Mozza Cookbook by Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina
If staying at home and cooking just isn’t your thing, you are probably a regular at Mozza. The esteemed LA hotspot and founder Nancy Silverton are well recognized for creating incredibly delectable dishes. Because Silverton understands that we aren’t all master chefs, she has created simple alternatives to her intricate menu. Yes, that means butterscotch budino from the comfort of your couch.
L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food by Roy Choi with Tien Nguyen and Natasha Phan
This book is a true tribute to Los Angeles. Roy Choi tells the story of how LA shaped him through his incredible culinary journey. As much as the city formed his style of cooking, the California food scene wouldn’t be the same without his influence either. The guy invented the Korean taco for crying out loud, the least we can do is bring a little of his labor of love it into our lives.
Bouchon by Thomas Keller
Thomas Keller is synonymous with fine dining. The American chef is responsible for some of the most innovative and upscale eats in the world. Keller is most famous for his Michelin-awarded work at Per Se, The French Laundry and Bouchon. Luckily for you, all of his hard work in creating out-of-this-world eats had been made seamless for you to enjoy. So if you can’t make a trip to one of his internationally acclaimed spots, then this cookbook will bring it right into your kitchen. Impress yourself and your peers with the Bouchon cookbook!