What Would Piggie Cook

When I’m not winging recipes the way my mom taught me, I like to check out these websites and books.

Authors + Books

Dorie Greenspan’s “Baking: From My Home to Yours” and “From My French Kitchen” are great. Everything I’ve tried from the baking book is great: the lemon cake, the blueberry coffee cake, the cheesecake, the biscotti… unf. I really need to try the Earl Grey madeleines. And the French kitchen book makes me WANT to try more. We did the chicken with 40 cloves of garlic and it was amazing. The tooty aftermath of eating all that delicious garlic, not as amazing.

Joanne Chang’s “Flour” and “Flour, too” books are great. I think they run sweet and often cut the sugar, but that’s just me. I love her bakeries’ foods, so I bought these. We love the Midnight Chocolate Cake + frosting, the milk chocolate hazelnut cookies, and the breakfast pizza bases. I’m terrible at brioche, so they’re never quite the way I want, but still so good.

Kenji Lopez-Alte’s “Food Lab” is on everyone’s list, and it should be.

Websites

Serious Eats – http://www.seriouseats.com/

Variety, good recipes, backstory, etc. I’ve done the No-holds Barred Sunday Lasagna, and it’s amazing. Balsamic short ribs, carnitas, ramen stock, Stella’s Brown Sugar Berry Muffins are a monthly make… so many things.

NY Times Cooking section – http://cooking.nytimes.com

You have to subscribe, but it’s great. I like having seasonal ideas dropped into my mail box. Or just browsing.

Epicurious – http://www.epicurious.com/

This used to be the website I trusted the most, just for the backlog of cooking magazine recipes stored there. They have Tom Colicchio’s Herb Butter Turkey that I use every Thanksgiving.

Wok’s of Life – https://thewoksoflife.com/

Going to be upfront about this. I haven’t tried many recipes from here. I use a lot of them for reference when I want to wing things.