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. How are you coming along with each cookbook? Any of them close to being available for purchase?

  2. Hello Mr Starr!! Going through your food blog has most certainly opened up my mind to new possibilities, ideas and opinions. Thank you a lot for that. I’m a 16 year old high school student from Assam, India ( I’m probably sure you’ve never even heard of that place ) and I love to cook food for people as much as you do. I definitely have been influenced greatly by the USA and it’s view on dismissed topics. Here in India, boys like me should take up only engineering or medical sciences and then enjoy a happy married life. But I want to explore the world and learn about food and cultures and people!! In our society, it’s literally useless if a boy wants to pursue a career in any other field other than the ones I mentioned earlier and I do not understand why. I want to create my identity through showing people in my country that cooking is equally important as working with machines or a scalpel. Even though I do not have the best of facilities provided to me, I try to achieve whatever I can with my ingredients. I want to make all those things which you can make and experience the true happiness of cooking with a person like you who is so passionate about food. I want to have a career in the culinary industry and most importantly I want to stay with food forever. People on Masterchef have been a great inspiration and have taught me a lot. I hope we connect someday.

    • Pradipta, thank you so much for your very kind comment! I wish you luck in boldly pioneering your dream. It can be hard to aspire to something your culture or family does not praise. But you have only yourself to live your life for! Do what makes you happy!

  3. Your book maybe have be so interesting!☺ Sorry for my bad english…

  4. Cannot wait to get my hands on the bread book and the pumpkin book!! My family loves the first one and my 11 year old son has taken to making pancakes and buns frequently and your recipes are the only ones he will use!

  5. When we order the book, is there a way to request for you to sign it? <3

    • Hi, Karen! This is a print-on-demand setup. The book gets printed in North Carolina when you order it, and then it gets shipped to you. If you wanna ship it to ME instead, I’m happy to sign it and ship it to you! Drop me an email through the Contact page here and I’m happy to set that up!

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