I have a strange addiction to cookbooks. It's not just limited to cookbooks, I buy Bon Appetit every month, Food + Wine almost every month, and Saveur on occasion. I save a lot of recipes from different magazines and have a pumpkin pie one from Locanda Verde in NYC that I'm dying to try. But the thing is, and you probably know this by now, I don't actually cook. It's like love… I am enamored with the idea and the look and the sound of it. But I don't actually use these cookbooks. I joke that the only thing I make is dinner reservations, not dinner.
Enter I Love NY. This cookbook, which is not precisely a cookbook, but a book full of "ingredients and recipes" and some truly beautiful photos. This cookbook, which is not precisely a cookbook, was written by Daniel Humm + Will Guidara, who run Eleven Madison Park which I had a most pleasurable dining experience at last year. Truly top notch and "very New York." This cookbook, which is not precisely a cookbook, might just be the one to make me actually cook something. It is really inspiring. Inside are recipes for New York classics and if there's anything I can get on board with it's a New York classic. You can look inside the book right here on Amazon.
And so, coming from a girl who does not yet own dishes in her new Chicago apartment, I have been pouring over I Love NY deciding what my first conquest will be. Soon. I will cook soon.
Please leave any recommendations for cookbooks that you think I must also pick up to add to my collection. The prettier the pictures the better.