Back of Must Read: New York Cooks Everyone knows New York City is one of the country's top places for eating, so it comes as no surprise that a new cookbook, New York Cooks ($30), celebrates the city's chefs and restaurants. Since I don't live in NYC, I was very excited when I got my hands on a copy of the book. To find out what I thought of it, . Pros: Each chef has multiple recipes. Before the recipes, there are a couple of pages that describe the restaurant with interesting quotes and details from the chef. From appetizers to entrees to salads, there's a wide variety of dishes. Although the cover states there's 100 recipes, because many dishes have sauces or vinaigrettes, it seems like there are more than 100 recipes. When I dined at Casa Mono, my favorite dish was the fideos with cockles and chorizo. The book has the recipe, so now I can re-create it at home! Cons: It's format is hard to follow — it's broken down into section by cuisine. Instead of listing out the recipes in the table of contents, only the cuisine, chef, and restaurant are mentioned. New York's restaurant scene is forever changing and some of the chefs, for example Anne Burrell, are no longer working at the restaurants associated with their recipes. Some recipes are complicated with lots of steps. They seem more suited to a restaurant than a home kitchen. Also, others lack detail. There are no desserts. Recipes: While I've never heard of a few of the restaurants or chefs, it is the recipes that are important. Here are the ones that caught my eye. Anne Burrell's taleggio, speck, and egg pizzetta Mikey Price's blood orange and red onion salad Joey Campanaro's gravy meatball sliders Michael Lomonaco's Philly cheesesteak sandwich Imagery: This read is full of delicious-looking food images and fun restaurant shots. However, not all of them are in color. Every recipe does not have a corresponding picture. Some of the chef's photographs seem dated. After seeing her on Top Chef Masters, it looks as if the picture of Anita Lo was taken years ago. ADVERTISEMENT Overall: This book is a wonderful collection of recipes. It would be an excellent gift to a foodie moving to or from New York. Any well-respected home cook who loves to dine out while vacationing in NYC will also enjoy this tome. View 5 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Comments Food 8 years No desserts?! I would have really looked forward to some restaurant dessert ideas.