The list author says: "I own, adore and highly recommend all of these books! They are all loaded with inspiration and truly helpful instructions. I have also reviewed a number of these books on my blog, "C'est si Bon! La Joie de Vivre.""
"This is my favorite cookbook, because my husband and I took Patricia's week-long cooking class at her home in Provence. This not only brings back great memories, but every single recipe is good - thoughtfully written. Beautiful photos, too."
"The first recipe I made out of this book was the chocolate coconut ice cream. It was so incredibly divine, that I have had to force myself to try other ones, rather than making the same one over and over again. David also writes with humor, making the book a fun read, just like his blog."
"I like this book on putting up foods because Jan Berry explains, in simple language, why different procedures are necessary in the processes. However, it is also full of great recipes and pictures - good ideas all."
"I have made so many of the recipes in this book, and they are all wonderful! Our family favorite is the Pear Frangipane tart. Also, great explanation of how to make a fool-proof tart dough, at the back of the book. As with all of Stewarts books, gorgeous pictures."
"This is a book I have devoured as bedtime reading, as well as in the kitchen. The story behind each recipe is fun to read, and the recipes all capture the essence of Provencal cooking, but with an American twist to many of them. While that bothered me, at first, I have to say that Sarah's ideas and "thinking outside the box" have opened up my way of thinking, too."
"This book is still as fresh for me as when it was first published. Such terrific recipes for both family meals and entertaining. I love the charming drawings and have never minded that there are no photographs. I also enjoy all the little tips and sidebars."
"I find that caterers often write the best recipes. Like Sarah Leah Chase, Ina Garten has developed her own take on traditional recipes, all easy to follow and sooooo delicious! Good old fashioned food, with a contemporary flair!"
"I love everything about Alice Waters. Her crusade to get Americans back to real, honest food - fresh from the garden and local - has had such an influence on the way we think, brining us closer to what food should be! I actually like all of her books."
"It goes without saying that Julia Child rewrote how Americans think about cooking, in her Mastering The Art of French Cooking, I & II. However, I like this newer publication, as she simplifies many of the processes, and how-to photos accompany her recipes, making them a joy to follow."