The Barefoot Contessa! Ina Garten knows how to cook and her recipes are fun and easy to follow. She entertains with style, grace and simplicity. I want my guests to feel at home and her cookbooks make the reader feel as though (he or she) is in her kitchen, cooking right alongside her.
— Linda K. Parkyn, Chicago
Ted Allen, Jane and Michael Stern, Alton Brown and Julia Child. I also liked Rachael Ray's first few cookbooks (before she was famous).
– Lisa Tatulis Courtney, Chicago
Julia (Child) and Jacques Pépin for entertaining reading, but No. 1 for actual use is "The America's Test Kitchen Cookbook."
— Debra Fulscher
— Laurie Eastman, Chicago
Hannah Kaminsky (author of "Vegan Desserts" and "Vegan à la Mode").
— Julia Moran Martz
Diana Kennedy (author of "The Cuisines of Mexico" and "The Art of Mexican Cooking").
— Julia A. Johnson
Ina, Ina, Ina (Garten).
— Ashleigh Deese Grambo, Libertyville
Hank Shaw. "Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast" is an amazing book.
— Daniel Prazer, Chicago
Heidi Swanson!! (author of "Super Natural Every Day.")
— Lainie Roth
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