Once Upon a Chef, by Jennifer Segal
Reading this cookbook is like having your best friend in the kitchen whispering in your ear and sharing her secrets, for instance: "don't be tempted to use more of this ingredient or it will turn out too thick." Or, for the mouth-watering beef tenderloin with horseradish cream sauce: "I know it can be nerve-wracking to cook an expensive cut of meat like this but if you use a meat thermometer..." These recipes are the ones I turn to night after night. And if I have more time, there are 30 leisurely "weekend" recipes to try. Segal includes freezer-friendly instructions and her own gorgeous photographs of each dish. This cookbook will help even the mediocre cook turn out memorable, delicious meals.