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a friend recently approached me about learning how to cook. like me, they come from a home without parents who are very good at it.

finding a first cookbook for someone can be hard; I did some research and the two that seem to come up a lot are The Food Lab (a great book btw) and Salt Fat Acid Heat. I actually bought a copy of the latter to evaluate it and love it. I can say without reservation it is an AMAZING first cook book. my friend seems to like it as well.
 

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Salt Fat Acid Heat is a really revolutionary book IMO.

It teaches people how to cook, not just recipes. I have given it to a few family members who are starting to realize that cooking is both pleasurable and a good way to save money - and they both messaged me saying they'd never thought to TASTE food so much as they cook it. Having eaten at their home over the 2 years since I gave it to them, I think the methods taught in that book have really helped them grow as home cooks.
 

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No love cajun and creole cuisines?

Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen New Orleans Cajun Cookbook hc+dj
 
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I love watching old Justin Wilson episodes from PBS. I’ve got Mosquito Supper Club sitting in my shelf needing to be read and all the classics from New Orleans - goodness I miss that city.

I also recently picked up Francis Mallmann’s new book Green Fire and am really enjoying it.
 

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I love watching old Justin Wilson episodes from PBS. I’ve got Mosquito Supper Club sitting in my shelf needing to be read and all the classics from New Orleans - goodness I miss that city.

I also recently picked up Francis Mallmann’s new book Green Fire and am really enjoying it.
I will have to look into those, thanks for the tip.
We had a creole gentleman open a restaurant here back in the 80's and when he went out of business I had to learn to make it myself. So that cookbook was where I started.
 
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Anyone have a recommendation for a Peruvian cookbook with more complex/flavorful recipes to actually cook from? I saw the Phaidon one, and apparently it's kinda boring if pretty to look at.
 
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