Continuing on the last of the
12 8 Days of Giftmas* ideas list, here are the 7 final cookbooks that I adored this year and think would be lovely to give for the holiday season (and beyond). There were so many I could have picked from but these are the ones I find myself referring to time and time again and are on my “use often” pile as my cookbook shelf has officially “runneth over.”
1. I was honored this year to be part of the Emeril Secret Sandwich bloggers and wrote about my experiences with some of his culinary creations from his latest cookbook, Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches: Stacked with Flavor, including the Monte Cristo, Emeril’s Smoked Sausage with Beer Braised Onions, French Bread Pizza (that will kick any pizza in a box’s behind), my first calzone (specifically a Sopressata and Genoa Salami calzone) and so much more. There’s so much more to this cookbook than one might think – it’s not only the sandwich, but the recipes for the bread, the condiments and some fabulous breakfast and dessert ideas. This book is one of my favorites and I will be referring to it time and time again through 2013.
2. I’ve been flirting with the whole DIY movement for a while. I’ve always joked about Canning In Stilettos and have been reading Marisa McClellan’s blog for some time now. She’s a Philly gal and when it comes to canning, she knows her stuff. I even took a canning class with her this year and learned how to make a killer spiced blueberry jam. When her book, Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round, was released this year, I knew I had to have it and, for any canning enthusiast, this book is a MUST. Now – let’s hope that Food In Jars Part II is in the works.
3. Love Cuban food? Sabor!: A Passion for Cuban Cuisine by Ana Quincoces is a must. Some of my favorite recipes remind me of my first trip to Miami many moons ago and are must haves including her Papas Rellenos, Tabor de Picadillo (a Cuban Shepard’s Pie), my personal must have – Arroz Con Pollo (I always make this when I’m having one of those days where comfort food is a must) and, of course, Dulce de Leche. Don’t even get me started on her cocktails chapter – one that I’m making for the next soiree – the Whammy.
4. What about a baking cookbook, you ask? Well, Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients was one of my favorite baking cookbooks of 2012. Of course when you have a whole chapter devoted to pumpkin, I’m already going to adore the recipes (what I can I say – I adore pumpkin) and this week I will be making their pumpkin cinnamon rolls for the holiday. They also have a recipe for Devil Dogs, a Holiday Spice Cake with Eggnog Buttercream and a Chocolate Chip Orange Pannetone (which would be perfect for my Panettone Bread Pudding, dontcha think?).
5. Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion by Alice Currah is one that’s been on my shelf for a spell, flagged to within an inch of its life. Standouts for me: The Hawaiian Plate Lunch Macaroni Salad, Thai Marinated Chicken Skewers, Teriyaki Pineapple Wrapped Shrimp and her Christmas Breakfast Casserole. Fantastic recipes and great photography = perfect recipe for culinary inspiration!
6. Last year, One Curly Fry’s Jen and I went to see Nate Berkus tape his show and the chef that day – Aida Mollenkamp. I watch her show Ask Aida from time to time and her tips are always helpful. She is one of those chefs that loves to share whatever she knows with everyone. When Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook was released this year, I knew it would be a winner. Heck – this was one of those cookbooks I had on pre-order. This book is no lightweight by any means – the recipes are stellar, the information – priceless and this is one cookbook that you can often find on my counter or me reading like a novel. The recipes flagged for this month to try – the Chipotle Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs and Avocado, Indian Style Braised Butter Chicken and Shrimp Simmered in Garlicky Beer Sauce.
7. Cooking Light The New Way to Cook Light: Fresh Food & Bold Flavors for Today’s Home Cook is perfect to kick off the new year. I made a pasta dish from this a couple weeks ago that was to. die. for. Seriously – baked pasta made healthy – who knew, right? I have a slew of recipes flagged but I can say that I’m attempting to make their Bourbon Caramel Truffles for the holiday. It’s one of those cookbooks you will find yourself using for inspiration and healthy cooking through 2013.
What were some of your favorite cookbooks this year?
- Day 1 ~ All Things Cookbooks, Part I
- Day 2 ~ Williams Sonoma Edition
- Day 3 ~ Sur La Table Edition
- Day 4 ~ All Things Entertaining
- Day 5 ~ All Things Appliances
*With all that has happened recently, while it’s still part of the 12 Days of Giftmas series, we’re only going to do 8 Days this year. Regular posting of recipes and Fab Friday should resume right after the Christmas Holiday.
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