Foodies love cookbooks and are always on the look out for the next one they can’t live without. Wait, I think I just described me and my cookbook fetish… I love my cookbooks. I read a cookbook just like I read a novel – cover to cover and never skip a page for fear that I’ll overlook a recipe that is destined to become one of my signature dishes! I love the sidebar stories and tips, and of course add my own commentary. What do I add you ask? Well, I have this sophisticated rating that goes like this: “Great” recipes are marked with a smiley face 🙂 recipes that bombed are marked with a Yuk! and 🙁 I also make notes about what else I served with the recipe. Never have understood why most cookbooks are only about recipes, why don’t they include sample menus? Enough rambling… here are my cookbook recommendations to Unleash Your Inner Foodie this season.
This Entertaining Weekly review says it all: “Has it really been 40 years since Julia Child rescued Americans from dreary casseroles? This reissue, clad in a handsome red jacket, is what a cookbook should be: packed with sumptuous recipes, detailed instructions, and precise line drawings. Some of the instructions look daunting, but as Child herself says in the introduction, ‘If you can read, you can cook.'” http://amzn.to/hRNPxy
Just when you thought the last thing the world needed was another book on weeknight cooking, along comes an entirely fresh take on the subject. As they do on their weekly show, host Lynne Rossetto Kasper and producer Sally Swift approach their topic with attitude and originality, making The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper one of the most engaging cookbooks of this or any other year. http://bit.ly/fwPFRl
First published in 1982, The Silver Palate Cookbookwas an instant smash. It offered 350 stylish but easy recipes that reflected and helped cement America’s burgeoning interest in quality cooking. It acquainted cooks with “gourmet” ingredients, just beginning to appear in our markets. And it helped many a host to shine. The collection, whose recipes range from hors d’oeuvres to sweets, now arrives in a 25th-anniversary edition, which reproduces the original text and adds color photos throughout, often dropped into the text pages. All the old favorites, including Marinated Eggplant Livia, Chicken Marbella, Blanquette de Vaeu, and Blackberry Mousse are present, along with information about ingredients, menus, quotes, and other asides–all the things that help make the book such a pleasure. It’s hard to imagine a cook–and especially one who entertains–not owning Silver Palate. http://amzn.to/ih9pUm
The most popular food blogger of 2010! The book is full of colorful photographs, and starts off with an introduction where Drummond tells her story of becoming a country girl and learning southern cooking. Having graduated from a college in L.A., she goes back home with plans to fly to Chicago and start law school. However, her plans are disturbed when she meets Marlboro Man–the character to become her husband and a true cowboy–in an eatery one day. From then on, it’s marriage, four kids, country life, and a long immersion into southern cooking. Throughout the recipes, Drummond includes pictures of her family and her country life. http://amzn.to/hxDuyP
The foodie on your list will be thrilled with any of these must-have cookbooks!