Penguin Random House, Inc.
Like a hall of fame for cookbooks, this is a food lover’s dream collection, featuring 501 signature recipes from 101 great cookbooks of the 20th century. Chosen by an expert advisory committee that included Jonathan Gold, Michael Pollan, and Ruth Reichl, the recipes include Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon, Elizabeth David’s Bouillabaisse, Marcella Hazan’s Bolognese Ragu, James Beard’s Pig Hamburgers, and Irma Rombauer’s Devil’s Food Cake Cockaigne. Interspersed throughout are nostalgic images from the vintage first editions. It is a fascinating culinary tour that also tells much of the story of American culture at large.