Melissa McCart

Melissa McCart

Food writer and restaurant critic

https://www.post-gazette.com/life/dining
Dining critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; freelance writer for Eater, Washington Post, etc.

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Melissa's favorite cookbooks

Sichuan Cookery

Sichuan Cookery

Fuchsia Dunlop

Some of my favorite restaurants are Sichuan here in Pittsburgh (and New York) and there's no better English-speaking guide through the flavors of this captivating regional cuisine.

The Professional Chef

The Professional Chef

My desktop look up for how to cook a dish or make a sauce before I go to riffs from home cooks and restaurant chefs.

Tasting Rome

Tasting Rome

Katie Parla

I love exploring regional cuisine and love Katie's voice in her first cookbook -- along with the photos, the characters, and the straight-from-Rome recipes.

How to Cook Everything

How to Cook Everything

Mark Bittman

Mark always reminds me that cooking need not be precious and there are a lot of approaches to tackling a new dish (and anxiety need not be part of the experience).

Cooking by Hand

Cooking by Hand

Paul Bertolli

I love this cookbook for its emphasis on ingredients and the reminder of who and what makes California cuisine so captivating.