“It was just the thing; the writer assumes you know nothing about cookery and gives useful hints: ‘When adding eggs, break the shells first.”
― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
We’re scrambling to make the best of the next few days of gift shopping, so I’m procrastinating by highlighting some of my favorite food titles from the past year, which, is a kind of wishlist of sorts. I find that books about food make great gifts, for yourself, or for someone that might possibly cook for you. There are quite a few non-vegetarian ones, simply because I enjoy reading cookbooks, even if they do have meat recipes, especially if they are from restaurants I’m fascinated with… or if they are just beautifully made. Take Coi and Manresa – they are Bay Area restaurants that have put out wonderful books this year, both have two Michelin stars, and both have a lot of Japanese influence. There are also plenty of others not mentioned. Like, Tartine’s book #3 or Fäviken. Basically, I had to stop myself after #12 because I realized it would never end… and there is gift hunting left and we are oh so very behind.
(1) The A.O.C. Cookbook* by Suzanne Goin (2) Coi* by Daniel Patterson (3) Cook’s Illustrated Baking by Editors of Cook’s Illustrated (4) Feast by Sarah Copeland (5) The Gramercy Tavern* by Michael Anthony & Dorothy Kalins (6) Manresa* by David Kunch & Christine Muhlke (7) Mr. Wilkinson’s Favorite Vegetables by Matt Wilkinson (8) One Good Dish* by David Tanis (9) On Vegetables by Elizabeth David (10) Root to Stalk Cooking by Tara Duggan (11) Vedge by Rich Landau & Kate Jacoby (12) Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison
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