A cook book necessarily relates to a particular kind of book which contains information regarding to recipes, ingredients to be used and also some tips and advice about the basics of cooking.A recipe book is often called as the Bible of the Cooks which helps them in keeping a proper direction during the food preparation.Cookery books for most of us will mean that we will become a decent cook and it will help us in increasing our culinary knowledge and skills.
The books related to culinary art have a rich historical background and have been written from times immemorial.They have differed from one region to another depending on the eating habits and cooking styles of that area.The earliest collection of recipes that has been found in Europe is De re coquinaria, which was written in Latin.There was an even earlier version of cookery book which was compiled in the 1st century.But all these historic books were more of a compilation of favorite recipes of the author or a training manual for the chefs who were trained to cook for banquets and elite households.They did not include the food and cuisines popular among the peasants and the common mass.The earliest cookbooks known in Arabic are those of al-Warraq (10th century) and al-Baghdadi (13th century).
But the modern culinary guides are more of a reference material and are widely used in almost all the kitchens.These came into existence in the later centuries.These books not only provided information about the recipes but also encompassed other relevant overall instruction for both kitchen technique and household management.Such books were written primarily for housewives and occasionally domestic servants as opposed to professional cooks.
These days, cookery books are far more than just a simple reference book for the kitchen.There are several types of recipe guides available that offer in-depth, step-by-step recipes aimed at the beginner and also those of us who require simple instructions to progress from one level to another one.
There are many types of cookery books which are available online as well as in the open market.The celebrity chefs have also given a major boost to this venture as most of the recipes that they have shown on their shows have been converted into books.There are many celebrity chefs like Nigella Lawson, Julia Child, Emeril Lagasse, Jeff Smith, Madhur Jaffrey who have come out with a variety of cook books, each specializing in their own style of cooking.
Regional and ethnic setting also plays an important in a book related to cooking.The recipes and cuisines vary from one region to another and accordingly the ingredients and the procedure of cooking also changes.International Cookbooks focus on the recipes and cuisines of various countries and regions.
Some of the books focus on a single subject like the ingredients, cooking technique or a particular type of dish.Single subject cookbooks are highly focused and have the maximum amount of information regarding a particular subject.
Some of the recipe books focus on the Quick Meal Ideas and have a compilation of such recipes which can be prepared in a short time with the use of minimum ingredients.
Apart from this, a variety of culinary art material is available that focuses on the dietary specifications and is more used by people who have dietary restrictions and also by people who believe in eating healthy.Some of these books are mainly focused for the vegetarian readers and users and give information about different types of vegetarian dishes and their preparation techniques.
Some of the major cooking guides which are in demand in the market could be as follows:
The Pleasures of Cooking for One, by Judith Jones
Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More, by Andrea Nguyen
Gourmet Today: More than 1000 All-New Recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen, by Ruth Reichl
Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking, by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo,
The New Basics Cookbook by Sheila Lukins
Mario Batali Simple Italian Food: Recipes from My Two Villages by Mario Batali
Flavor by Rocco DiSpirito
Thai Food by David Thompson
The Good Cook Book Series – 27 books by Time-Life Books