I have a cupboard full of cookbooks that I never use, and I spent some time today analyzing the problem. What I need, I decided, is a cookbook that has the following three properties:
(1) it explains how to make excellent food,
(2) the recipes are healthy, and
(3) they can be made with ingredients that are readily available in an American supermarket such as Whole Foods.
Can anyone recommend cookbooks that have these three properties? They don't sound all that stringent, do they? Number (1) is easy enough, since countless cookbooks exist for authentic cuisines of various sorts. But numbers (2) and (3) are harder. I have a bunch of cookbooks that routinely call for large quantities of butter or oil or cream or cheese or carbs, or for roasting meats (i.e., causing them to be packed with animal fat). And then I have a bunch of cookbooks that require me to keep numerous ingredients that are difficult to obtain and only useful for cooking the cuisine of one particular culture. Yes, of course there are occasions when I want to cook with duck fat or galangal, but for everyday cooking I need something healthier and more practical.