Aliza Green

Aliza Green

Chef and author

https://www.alizagreen.com
Aliza Green Bio Aliza Green is an acclaimed author, chef, and culinary tour leader and an enthusiastic life-long traveler who has worked extensively with local farmers and producers. She is the author of fifteen cookbooks including The Soupmaker’s Kitchen, a Washington Post top cookbook of the year, and Making Artisan Pasta, chosen by Cooking Light Magazine as One of the 100 Best Cookbooks of the Last 25 Years. Her Field Guide series (Produce, Meat, Herbs & Spices, and Seafood) are essential references. Her newest book, The Magic of Spice Blends, is just out. Green brings her bold flavors, international culinary sensibility, and commitment to serving sustainable and local foods to Baba Olga’s Kitchen at Material Culture where she heads the kitchen.

Aliza's favorite cookbooks

Le Ricette Regionali Italiane

Le Ricette Regionali Italiane

I discovered this magnificent tome on a trip to Italy and was so inspired that I contacted the author to work on a translation. By far the best book on Italian regional cooking in 27 or more editions.

The Cuisines of Mexico

The Cuisines of Mexico

By Diana Kennedy

I spent several summers in Mexico as a young teen, fell in love with the food and later turned to Kennedy's influential book to learn to cook it for myself.

The Art of Cooking with Herbs & Spices

The Art of Cooking with Herbs & Spices

I came across this little but jam-packed book in a used book store and have turned to it again and again for information and inspiration about herbs and spices. It's still one of my most precious possessions.

The Classic Italian Cookbook

The Classic Italian Cookbook

By Marcella Hazan

I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Marcella Hazan after her book inspired the owners of a soon to open Northern Italian restaurant to hire her as their consultant and hire me as their chef.

The Cook's Companion

The Cook's Companion

By Stephanie Alexander

This great big book (I love reading long and complex books) by an Australian chef, was part of the inspiration for my own book, Starting with Ingredients. I love to read cookbooks from other places in the world to give me a fresh point of view.

Northern Italian Cooking

Northern Italian Cooking

A small but influential cookbook published in 1973 before sophisticated Northern Italian cooking was much known in the US. Every recipe I ever made from this book has been wonderful.

Chez Panisse Café Cookbook

Chez Panisse Café Cookbook

By Alice Waters

This book spoke to my heart and soul and validated my own style of unpretentious, local and seasonal ingredient-driven cooking. So many wonderful recipes here!

A Book of Mediterranean Food

A Book of Mediterranean Food

By Elizabeth David

David is a wonderful writer whose romantic vision of sun-kissed Mediterranean food and casual, literary writing style I continue to admire. One of the very first cookbooks I ever read, since my mom purchased a copy when it was first published in 1950.

In Pursuit of Flavor

In Pursuit of Flavor

By Edna Lewis

A low-key classic about country-style, seasonal Southern Food with recipes, tales, and an appealing culinary sensibility that continues to inspire me.