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Need to Have: Single-Minded Cookbooks


I have a thing for cookbooks. My shelves run the gamut, from a tattered copy of Peg Bracken’s 1960 I Hate to Cook Book to more recent acquisitions like Yotam Ottolenghi’s PlentyI read them like novels, absorbing each author’s particular voice and idiosyncrasies, and file away recipes as inspiration. 

Now I’ve got my eye on three new additions for my collection. My friend Nick Fauchald recently launched Short Stack Editions, a series of gorgeous, delightfully compact, single-ingredient books. For each of the volumes (first up: Strawberries, Tomatoes, and Eggs), he tapped amazing chefs like Susan Spungen, the founding food editor at Martha Stewart Living, to Ian Knauer, a former Gourmet editor and author of The Farm.

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