Paula Forbes

Paula Forbes

Food writer and cookbook author

https://www.paulamasonforbes.com/
Paula Forbes is a food writer and cookbook author in Austin, Texas. Previously an editor at Eater and Epicurious, she has reviewed cookbooks for over a decade. Her first cookbook, The Austin Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from Deep in the Heart of Texas is out now.

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Paula's favorite cookbooks

The Big Fat Duck Cookbook

The Big Fat Duck Cookbook

By Heston Blumenthal

The first cookbook I ever reviewed, but also the epitome of the gonzo chef book. This sucker is expensive, heavy, gigantic, gorgeous, egotistical, gilded, ridiculous, wonderful. I adore it.

The Zuni Café Cookbook

The Zuni Café Cookbook

By Judy Rodgers

If you want to learn to cook well—really well, California-well, vibrant and seasonal and light and flavorful-well—it has to be Judy Rodgers' Zuni Cafe Cookbook.

Texas Eats

Texas Eats

By Robb Walsh

Robb Walsh's survey course of Texas cuisine is an absolute must-read for any cook looking to learn more about Lone Star cooking.

Gran Cocina Latina

Gran Cocina Latina

By Maricel Presilla

Need to know your Cuban sofrito from your Puerto Rican sofrito? Looking for some traditional Peruvian sauces? Or the key to a great Argentinian steak? Maricel Presilla's scholarly masterwork of the foods of Latin America has you covered.

Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook

Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook

Mostly for the cakes and cookies—solid recipes that are just old fashioned enough they seem fresh. But it was also the cookbook my grandmother used, so for that it will always have a place on my shelf.

The New Midwestern Table

The New Midwestern Table

By Amy Thielen

I grew up in Wisconsin, and I'm always dismayed when people paint Midwestern food as casserole from cans and jello salad. Minnesotan Amy Thielen gets that this food can be so much more: seasonal and—dare I say—sexy.

Six Seasons

Six Seasons

By Joshua McFadden

Since its release in May 2016, I have cooked from the lively, vegetable-centric Six Seasons once a week. I own about 1500 cookbooks. Think about that.