‘Poilâne and the Poilâne family have revolutionized the way we think about bread,” writes Alice Waters in her foreword to Apollonia Poilâne’s cookbook, out now from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Poilâne: The Secrets of the World-Famous Bread Bakery marks the first time the recipes of the celebrated Parisian bakery, founded in 1932 by Apollonia’s grandfather, have been made public. After her parents were tragically killed in an accident, the 18-year-old Apollonia took over the family business in 2002, earning a degree from Harvard a few years later while simultaneously running the company, which celebrates its 88th anniversary in 2020. Here, the baker and C.E.O. shares her favorite books on food and drink.
Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks, by Ina Garten
I love Ina’s approach to cooking, which I would say is taking things seriously but with a light heart and a smile. Growing up, I received a similar education from my parents and my neighbor, with all of whom I took cooking classes. They taught me how not to be afraid of the kitchen. A thoughtful approach, reading and planning ahead, understanding the building blocks of cuisines, and giving it your best try were the rules of thumb.