We’ve all been there. You get so excited about a new cooking appliance. You research it heavily. You splurge while shopping to ensure that you get the best one along with all the most important attachments. Then you get home and realize that you have no idea how to actually use the thing. It happens to all of us and it can be especially common with something as tricky-to-learn, yet easy-to-master as a sous vide machine. Countless people purchase or are gifted a sous vide machine with the best intentions and then never bother to actually learn how to use it. Don’t let this be you. Sous vide is something that everyone can and should learn to use. The secret is finding the right source to teach you the secrets.
Getting started with sous vide cooking can be a bit daunting for those without experience, even though this revolutionary method of cooking is actually quite easy to learn. It’s important for beginners to read up on the sous vide process in order to obtain the best performance from your device and to ensure safety. That almost goes without saying. On the other hand, even those who are experienced with sous vide can learn incredible tips and new mouthwatering recipes to add to their own sous vide cooking arsenal. There’s always room to grow your sous vide skills and deliver even more incredible meals.
While I do encourage sous vide enthusiasts to research information online, having a sous vide cookbook in your kitchen is an absolute must – especially for the quick and easy sous vide time and temperature chart. That will save you so many times in the middle of a sous vide session gone awry. This book will become your new favorite cooking companion and something that will get you out of more jams than even the best college roommate. So, without further ado, here are the three cook books that every sous vide chef should have on their shelf.
Top 3 Sous Vide Cookbooks
I compiled a short list of the best sous vide cookbooks for every level of experience. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, these amazing sous vide cookbooks will help you perfect your cooking. Best of all, some of these come available in PDF to download. So, even if you don’t have much shelf space to share, you can still enjoy these books from an iPad or even your phone! There’s really no excuse not to bring at least one of these wonderful books into your life.
Learn Sous Vide: Beginner Cookbook
You must have seen this coming. How could I not include my own book?! It was a necessity. But honestly, I created this book to be the ultimate guide for beginners because just a few years ago I was in many of your shoes – completely new to the sous vide world. I know how that can feel and how intimidating sous vide cooking can seem to the inexperienced. All of the cookbooks that I found on the market jumped right into in-depth recipes and complicated instructions, leaving very little detail about the types of sous vide machines, equipment to set up your first water bath, and tips for conquering floating bags. It’s important to know the basics before you can step up and become a master after all. Learn Sous Vide is the perfect sous vide cookbook for those just getting starting their person sous vide journey because it walks you through every detail including equipment, step-by-step walkthroughs, temperature and time guides, and core recipes that every beginner sous vide cook should master. Best of all, this sous vide cookbook is available as a PDF ebook, Kindle, and print.
Many people look for a PDF version of a cookbook if they keep a tablet or touchscreen laptop in the kitchen to reference as they cook, and many people print out their favorite recipes from the PDF to put them into their own cooking scrapbook. So, I went out of my way to make sure the book was available in that format. You really don’t have an excuse not to own this book! You’re already on my website, so why not take the next logical step.
Sous Vide at Home, by Lisa Fetterman
Lisa Fetterman, the founder of Nomiku, created one of the most impressive cookbooks that I’ve ever seen. Sous Vide at Home comes in a hardcover version for just over $20 and includes creatively mouthwatering photography that will make you desperate to get into the kitchen. Some of the recipes contain a few cooking techniques outside of sous vide which may be a bit more advanced for a few home cooks, however the ingredients are all relatively normal and do not require you to find a specialty grocery store to shop for. So, it’s approachable even if it assumes that you pick up the book with a certain amount of skill in the kitchen already. This is one of the few cookbooks that are worth the buy for the images alone! We had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa just before the launch of Sous Vide at Home; take a quick look at our interview with Lisa to see a preview of two recipes from the book! After scrolling through that preview, you’ll understand why this book deserves to be in your kitchen.
Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide, by Thomas Keller
Thomas Keller is a remarkable chef who really needs no introduction for anyone versed in the ways of sous vide. He’s a vital part of the the James Beard Foundation and has won many prizes for his cooking including Best Chef in America in 1997. He also holds a total of 7 Michelin Stars from 3 restaurants. So, this guy knows what he’s talking about. In the 90s, Keller began experimenting with sous vide cooking, eventually leading to the Under Pressure cookbook in which all of the recipes were prepared in his actual restaurants. In this cook book, Keller discusses a few tips, cooking times and temperature, safety, and of course, recipes. The recipes covered in this book offer some of the finest sous vide cooking that’s ever been achieved. Master this book and you’ll be able to serve up the type of meals that people spend their lives chasing. So, it’s certainly worth a read. However, it is worth nothing that the book itself is definitely for advanced sous vide cooking and rarely ideal for the everyday home-cook. You may want to master recipes in the other two books before diving into this one. But once you are ready, Keller’s dishes will change the way you think of sous vide cooking forever!