"The kite rises highest against the wind, not in your favor"


I am a faithful defender of buying books. I am aware that it seems a contradiction, because today thanks to the Internet we have everything at the moment and certainly makes it more easy and accessible consultations and recommendations, in fact, is the means by which we communicate, but there is no comparison with the printed edition and so to hand that is needed in the cooking.

I love going to the libraries specialized and diving me between copies of kitchen techniques, pastries, etc. So much so, that for a time in my agency I'm visiting one or more of these establishments in order to get books not available in Spain (something good should have to control multiple languages).

As above we have a favorable time for it and the Magi are tired of bringing gifts dull and little exciting, what if you prepare a list with some of my Essentials in the kitchen?. I will detail it one by one and it will help to have a mini library that I'll update every little bit. I have many more, but we will start by some basic. Some of them, or almost all are also available through the network and your local bookstores where I encourage you ask for them. I hope that the enjoy... and your pages also.

GUIDE cooking techniques

  • Le Cordon Bleu (Culinarie D´art Académie de Paris - 1895) (www.lcbmadrid.com)
  • 352 pages
  • Jeni Wright y Eric Treuillé
  • Editorial Blume (www.blume.es)
  • Price: €35,95
  • Topic: Kitchen and technical French and international
  • Where to buy it? In the book House

It is essential to know the techniques and basic dishes of the day to day of the kitchen French, Italian and some international. It is a classic reference in the kitchen. Full of pictures and my I like, with the step of all.



  • Ferran Adria and El Bulli team
  • 384 pages
  • Editorial RBA (www.rbalibros.com)
  • Price: €30,00
  • Theme: Traditional cuisine. Simple recipes
  • Where to buy it? In the book House

I loved it, he describes 31 menus the Billi team eating each day, with an average price of € 3/4 per plate. Photography and the layout is impressive, besides having calculated the amounts for various number of Diners and ingredients unified by groups. Don't expect high cuisine, but recipes will enchant you by its simplicity and easy to understand. It also includes photos of all the steps. It is ideal for beginners


I LOVE CURRY (in English)

  • Anjum Anand (www.anjumanand.co.uk)
  • 176 pages
  • Editorial Quadrille Publishing (www.quadrille.co.uk)
  • Price: €15,00 (more shipping costs)
  • Subject: Cooking Indian (curry)
  • Where to buy it? At Amazon

Although it is in English, it is very much worth. It is my Bible of Indian cuisine. Both the variety of curries (sauces), as by the magnificent ideas recipes provided. All great and tasty.



  • Fiona Beckett (www.matchingfoodandwine.com)
  • 160 pages
  • Editorial RBA (www.rbalibros.com)
  • Price: €22,00
  • Subject: cheese
  • Where to buy it? In the Book House

Book of varied recipes with cheese: vegetarian, meat, etc. I like it because it explains well the recipes, and do not stop there, there are pairings and delves into the characteristics and properties of the cheese. If you're a mouse, this is your definitive book to introduce you in the kitchen.



  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.es)
  • 224 pages
  • Publishing South America Handbook (www.geoplaneta.com)
  • Price: €17,95
  • Topic: Urban and current comic
  • Where to buy it? In Lonely Planet

Current and exciting book. You can travel the world without leaving the Chair, and get the feeling that you are testing snacks of any part of the planet. 100 recipes containing are sufficiently explained and completed with additional information from the origin, of the country, where they test it, etc. A joy of reading.



  • María Mestayer de Echagüe (Marquesa de Parabere)
  • 552 pages
  • Editorial Espasa books (www.planeta.es)
  • Price: €22,90
  • Theme: Traditional pastries
  • Where to buy it? In the book House

Where all in some way have drunk. It is one of the leaders of Spanish cuisine, indispensable book in the kitchen of our mothers and grandmothers, I have a special affection for the second was who gave it to me when I was only sixteen years old. Basic among the basics. You could grab it as soon as you can, hides much traditional wisdom of the kitchen.



  • Phaidon Press limited
  • 1464 pages
  • Phaidon publishing (www.phaidon.com)
  • Price: €39,95
  • Subject: Italian cuisine
  • Where to buy it? In the book House

Authentic Italian cooking Bible. Best Seller culinary featuring 2,000 recipes typically Italian, with utensils, recipes, photographs, glossary, etc. It is not missing anything. I have to say that I have used it on several occasions and I have the feeling of being in the middle of Puglia cooking between household. The Magi brought it me a couple of years ago and I am delighted with it.



  • Pierre Hermé
  • 111 pages
  • Publishing Alain Ducasse (www.alain-ducasse.com)
  • Price: €12,00 (more shipping costs)
  • Topic: Fine pastries
  • Where to buy it? In derecoquinaria.com

Probably the Cook who has led to the highest delight of Macarons. Its shops Pierre Hermé in Paris are amazing, and their recipes, falling on his back. The wisdom of your kitchen, it synthesizes 11 recipes in this book. All recipes are described and photographed step-by-step, but I advise that the person that you intend to use has experience in the kitchen. It is not a book for beginners.



  • And lepard
  • 561 pages
  • Publishing Fourth Estate (www.4thestate.co.uk)
  • Price: €30.28
  • Theme: Bread and pastries
  • Where to buy it? At Amazon

Dan Lepard is probably considered the guru of the bread around the world. Shows all the mysteries of the bread dough with yeast or mother. Pastry recipes teach an important variety of biscuits, savoury tarts, desserts, etc. I recommend it to an intermediate level, but you won't be disappointed.



  • Tarek Malouf & The Hummingbird Bakers
  • 144 pages
  • Acanthus publishing (in Spanish)
  • Topic: American pastries: cupcakes, cakes, brownies, muffins & cookies, feet
  • Where to buy it? In BookCenter

The book of reference of fashion desserts: Cupcakes and other. The recipes come from the famous pastry shop HummingbirdHe began his career in 2004 in Portobello (London). from his better-known red velvet until their brownies with frosting, all the recommendations are a delight. If going by London, do not forget to go through there.


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