10 Cooking Tomes to Read When You Can’t Sleep

10 Cooking Tomes to Read When You Can’t Sleep

Lauren Kodiak
Jul 25, 2016
(Image credit: Geraldine Campbell)

It's 1 a.m. You've been tossing and turning for the last two hours, unable to fall asleep. Maybe it's the fact that it's sweltering outside and your box fan just isn't cutting it, or maybe you finished reading The Girls and now your mind is racing.

Enter: cooking tomes. You know, those massive books you proudly display on your bookshelf; the ones that sit up high, out of reach, because you never actually read them. Turns out, these weighty wonders come in handy when you're battling a bout of insomnia. Dig into these books and you'll either learn something new to up your cooking cred, or be lulled right to sleep — either way, it's a win-win.

(Image credit: Geraldine Campbell)

Need some inspiration? I polled my fellow Kitchn editors to find out their favorites.

10 Cooking Tomes to Read When You Can't Sleep

  1. Larousse Gastronomique by Librairie Larousse
  2. The Professional Chef by The Culinary Institute of America (CIA)
  3. The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser
  4. The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
  5. On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee
  6. The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
  7. Modernist Cuisine at Home by Nathan Myhrvold and Maxime Bilet
  8. The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion by Ron Herbst and Sharon Herbst
  9. La Technique by Jacques Pépin
  10. The Silver Spoon by The Silver Spoon Kitchen

Did we miss any? Share your favorites in the comments!

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