1. “The Barefoot Contessa” by Ina Garten
Surprisingly simple recipes that are “Oh my God” good.
2. “Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites” by Mollie Katzen and the Moosewood Collective.
Simple and satisfying. I sometimes halve a recipe if it’s just for me, and I confess that I’ve added chicken or beef to many of the vegetarian stews. Sorry, Ms. Katzen!
3. “The San Francisco Chronicle Cookbook” edited by Michael Bauer and Fran Irwin
A collection of recipes from the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper’s food section. A bit more adventurous, sometimes calling for ingredients I’ve never heard of. But that is half the fun.