The Cook's Books: Ted Allen's Cookbook Library

Ted shows Food Network Magazine his home library. Find out some of his favorites to add to your own cookbook collection.

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When you walk into Ted's Brooklyn brownstone, where he lives with his interior-designer husband, Barry Rice, the first thing you see are cookbooks. Lots of them. Ted approaches cookbooks the way some people approach art: He is constantly searching for great undiscovered works, and he's proud to put them on display. He says they make for great dinner-party conversation. And he is quick to point out that owning a bunch of cookbooks earns you some cool points these days. "Knowing about food is an important part of being an urbane, sophisticated man," he says with a laugh.

The Zuni Cafe Cookbook

"Their most-famous dish is the roasted chicken with bread salad. The chicken is seasoned for three days!"

The Dallas Junior League Cookbook

"The person who gave this to me filled it with Post-its marking the recipes I should cook."

Charlie Trotter's

"This is about Charlie's legacy — he brought the tasting menu to America. He signed mine: 'Ted, after love, there is only cuisine.'" 

The New Basics Cookbook

"This was my first cookbook for entertaining, and I've tabbed so many recipes, it's falling apart."

Larousse Gastronomique

"The mother ship. A daunting but exhilarating catalog of classic French cuisine, great to just sit and read."

Eat Like a Man

"Esquire has published many cookbooks over the years, and I think I have them all."

 

I'm Just Here for the Food

"I use Alton's books all the time."

Modernist Cuisine

"I have yet to cook my way through all five volumes."

Southeast Asian Flavors

"No one is more devoted to the food of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore than Robert Danhi."

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

"Ina's recipes are straightforward but always elegant, with great technique. It's all food you crave."

Betty Crocker's Cookbook

"I especially love the pictures, which put the Paul Simon song 'Kodachrome' in my head every time."

Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies

"The new cookie bible. To make perfect oatmeal cookies, you rest the dough overnight."

Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making

"The best cook in any kitchen is the saucier, and I've never seen a bigger or deeper book on this complex craft."

Around My French Table

"Barry and I are total fans of Dorie Greenspan. We met her at a party and bothered her all night."

A Return to Cooking

"This is about the lament of every great famous chef — that they never get to cook anymore."