My Cookbooks

Lots of fans ask me, “Will you publish a cookbook someday?”  And the answer is…I already have!  Click on the image below to order it!

Ben Starr's first cookbook

In 2007 while appearing on Rachael Ray’s “So You Think You Can Cook?” I began writing my first cookbook.  I was in a rush to get it published so that I could maximize exposure while I was still on the show.  It’s not a lengthy cookbook, and it’s not an advanced cookbook.  It’s a book that takes you through the steps of learning how to cook and bake, and it’s entirely appropriate for beginners.  But it’s also a very readable book…most of my fans tell me that when they get the cookbook, they sit down and read it, cover-to-cover.  This is because of the theme, which will be continued in all my future cookbooks: “Every Recipe Has a Story.”  I don’t just list off mundane recipes.  Each recipe is special.  Whether it was passed down through the generations of my family, or whether I made it up.  So each recipe is preceded by the story of how it came into being.  Packed with both entertaining and practical how-to photos, this is a really fun cookbook to have around.  Just please remember that it was written with a Rachael Ray audience in mind!  (Not necessarily a Gordon Ramsay audience.)

I am working on future volumes for the series, including:

The Wandering Foodie:  This second volume will contain recipes from the fascinating people I’ve met in my travels across all seven continents.  You’ll see photos from some amazing and exotic places, and you’ll learn how to make all those things you’ve heard of and love, but wouldn’t have a clue how to make, like creamy hummus, babaganouj, tamales, or caipirinhas.  Expand your world and bring global cuisine to your dinner table!

Your Daily Bread:  Bread baking is my specialty, and this isn’t your average bread book.  It contains tips and tricks for getting professional-style loaves in your home oven, as well as information on how to build your very own wood-fired bread oven in your backyard for less than $100.  America has forgotten how to bake the delicious, hearty loves that our ancestors enjoyed a century ago.  And I’m bringing it all back for you!

Pumpkin a’Plenty:  You know exactly how much I love pumpkins, and this will be the KING of all pumpkin cookbooks.  From stuffed pumpkin blossoms to pumpkin seed brittle to my legendary pumpkin carrot cake, this cookbook brings every part of the pumpkin plant to all 3 meals.  Also included are full menus and recipes from my annual Fall Dinner Party that draws people from around the world.

Cookbook self-publishing is an expensive and time consuming endeavor.  I hope to have another volume out in time for the holiday season in 2012.

42 Responses to My Cookbooks

  1. Ben, your blog is lovely. I’m only just discovering it. You have the sweetest spirit, something frequently missing in reality television, an in, well, reality. Please put a rush on the bread book!

  2. Ben Starr!!! I had no idea you had a website… I should have known! My sister, my best friend, and I have turned into master chef fanatics. I started watching last season and we all get together whenever it airs, make dinner, and eat while we talk about our favorite chefs. We started going back through to watch the earlier seasons and I must say, of all the chefs I have seen cook, I find you to be the most inspiring and creative of them all. Your cooking amazes me and I am so happy to hear you are working on more cookbooks! I just got the masterchef cookbook for my birthday and last week I made your pumpkin pancakes from them… Delicious!!!! Lots of love from Ohio!

  3. Hi Ben! I really loved your enthusiasm on Masterchef and I really hoped that you won! Nonetheless, I have learnt lots of skills and ideas and love to cook and you inspire me. Thank you! – a 13yr old girl all the way from Hong Kong <3

  4. Hi Ben Starr! You were my favorite contestant from season 2 of Masterchef, along with Christian! Not a big fan of the way he was portrayed after Max left, though… But thankfully your blog had been nothing less than insightful. I’m seriously glad I googled you and found this page! Anyway, right now my cooking abilities are very limited, since my family doesn’t cook AT ALL. My dad even ruined instant noodle once. I’m an Indonesian studying in Singapore, and living on my own means I cook for myself sometimes. I love food, I won’t stop learning to cook, and I look up to you! You’re such an inspiration! It would mean a lot to me if you’d reply 🙂 Thank you xx

    • Renee, you are so sweet, thank you for the kind comment! I’m so glad you gave Christian a second thought. He is an amazing guy. All cooking skills can be learned. If you have the passion inside you, that’s what separates you from the rest!

  5. Just watched the episode when you were eliminated :'( couldn’t believe it! You are a wonderful person and an excellent cook, love your recipes on the site, can’t wait to try some out 🙂 keep cooking and being an absolute dude! Big love from Wales xx

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