The SAVEUR 100: Tools & Books

JAMES BEARD'S AMERICAN COOKERY
_ Tom Colicchio, Craft Restaurant group_ "Long before ingredient-driven cooking was in vogue and "seasonal" and "nose-to-tail" were culinary buzzwords, there was James Beard¿champion of all those things." Read the complete SAVEUR 100 story » See the complete list of SAVEUR 100 items »Michael Kraus

Among the hundred items picked by chefs for issue #135 were impassioned paeans for cookbooks, websites, and essential kitchen equipment: tools, all of them, for the creation of inspired, soulful, and extraordinary food. From the folksy (Tom Colicchio's beaten-up edition of James Beard's American Cookery) to the high-tech (Michael Laiskonis's choice of the culinary sci-fi of Modernist Cuisine; Grant Achatz's beloved lab-grade rotary evaporator), the list is proof that inspiration can come from almost anywhere.