Top 5: Ava Celik’s Favorite Cookbooks

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Gluten-free sourdough expert Ava Celik’s guide to five inspiring cookbooks by the likes of Julia Sherman, Jessica Koslow, and Jeremy Fox

Ava is a (gluten-free) sourdough bread expert and runs her own super project called badhunterstories. After she flipped through her ALL TIME favorite cookbooks on Instagram Stories the other day – we’re slightly exaggerating here, but the excitement was all a bit too much on our end – we asked her to quickly jot down her references, and so she did. Sharing the knowledge of inspiring people is one of the perks of doing this online magazine, and I invite you to indulge in this little list of cookbooks. They might land on your very own kitchen shelf one day:

1. Salad for President – A Cookbook Inspired by Artists

Julia Sherman, the salad enthusiast behind the blog Salad for President, interviewed artists and creative professionals like William Wegman, Larry Bell, Tauba Auerbach, and Alice Waters for this, her first book. It includes over 75 salad recipes. She’s also installed salad gardens at MoMA PS1 in New York City and at The Getty in L.A.

Instagram @saladforpresident

2. Everything I want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking

This cookbook is by Jessica Koslow, owner and chef at L.A.’s popular restaurant Sqirl – go there if you happen to be in town! – and features more than 100 flavorful recipes. It’s organized in seven chapters, each featuring a collection of recipes concentrating on an ingredient or theme, like eggs, jams, cakes, and cookies.

Instagram: @sqirlla

3. Ingredient: Unveiling the Essential Elements of Food

This book is perfect for any avid cook or food geek and teaches you the fundamentals of ingredients. Ingredients mean: water, sugars, carbs, lipids, proteins, minerals, gases, and heat. It’s entertaining and informative and filled with illustrations. Plus, author Ali Bouzari worked as a consultant to Thomas Keller (The French Laundry) and Daniel Humm (Eleven Madison Park, which currently tops the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants).

Instagram: @bouzariali

4. On Vegetables

Jeremy Fox is known for his game-changing approach to cooking with vegetables and made his name at the Michelin-starred restaurant Ubuntu in Napa Valley before he left in 2010. In this book, he uses creative methods and ingredient combinations to highlight textures, flavors, and varieties of seasonal produce, including basic larder recipes.

Instagram: @chefjeremyfox

5. The Art of Fermentation

What exactly is fermentation? And how does it work? Sandor Ellix Katz leads you through all the questions that you could possibly have on this topic – and also takes away all your fears when it comes to fermenting and bacteria. After just a few pages you will find yourself making kombucha, ginger beer, sauerkraut, and whatever else you can find that you can ferment. It is the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation and often called “the fermenting bible.”

Instagram: @sandorkraut

Find more about Ava and her project badhunterstories on her website, through her Instagram account via @badhunterstories or on Facebook via @badhunterstories.

Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.