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.

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