Day 7 of the 12 Days of Giftmas continues with the second edition of All Things Cookbooks. 2011 was a great year for cookbook releases and here are a few more that I think are perfect for giving and receiving.
1. Kicking off Part II of All Things Cookbooks is one of my new fave chefs, Virginia Willis. Now, let me state for the record that I’m a Philly gal through and through and, as my southern friends call me, a “Yankee to the core” but I do miss Southern cooking and hospitality. I may have been stranded in Central Florida for years, but still – Orlando has a lot of Southern transplants and let me tell you, sometimes comfort food is where it’s at. I came across Virginia Willis’s first cookbook, Bon Appetit, Y’all: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking
a few months ago and was excited that she was about to release a second cookbook, Basic to Brilliant, Y’all: 150 Refined Southern Recipes and How To Dress Them Up for Company. This is one that isn’t even relegated to the cookbook shelf. It sits out on the coffee table along with my Laura Calder and Nigella Lawson cookbooks as it is so beautifully photographed and full of culinary inspiration.
2. Anne Burrell’s Cook Like A Rock Star: 125 Recipes, Lessons and Culinary Secrets is excellent. There are some seriously great tips and techniques in here and the recipes – well, I still am speechless at how well they have turned out when I have made a few.
3. Nadia G.’s Bitchin’ Kitchen: Cookin’ for Trouble not only has fabulous recipes but the humor is hilarious in here. I have a few people that are getting this for the holidays!
4. Momofuku Milk Bar was one of 2011′s highly anticipated cookbooks and, much like Momofuku, it does not disappoint. Granted there are some specialized ingredients that you might have to get but, quite frankly, you can find them on Amazon and, from all the buzz, isn’t the Crack Pie worth the attempt? I’m also dyin’ to try the Cereal Milk (with homemade cornflakes of course!)
5. When I was at New York Wine & Food Festival, I picked up a copy Mexican Made Easy: Everyday Ingredients, Extraordinary Flavor by Marcela Valladolid and this cookbook does not disappoint. One recipe immediately sold me – Mexican Chocolate Bread Pudding. I have a slew of recipes earmarked to try (much like many of the other books on this list) so 2012 should be chock full of cooking!
6. Where Women Cook is one of those magazines that I must read the minute I get my hands on it and their first cookbook, Where Women Cook; Celebrate!, was no different. So many great finds in this and inspiration from such
7. I wish that when I first started to learn to cook, that Ruhlman’s Twenty: 20 Techniques – 100 Recipes – A Cook’s Manifesto by Michael Ruhlman was available. It would have saved me some serious trial and error. I will be giving this to a couple friends for the holiday that are as passionate about cooking as I am and hope that they enjoy this cookbook. This should be on EVERY home cook’s essential cookbook list, in my opinion.
8. Finally, I have a last minute entry onto this list – Todd English’s new book, Cooking In Everyday English. Jen of One Curly Fry and I had a NYC adventure this week and, via a suggestion from Twitter, we went to Todd English’s Ca Va Brasserie for lunch. Todd English is one of those chefs that I knew of in passing. I knew that he has a line of products on HSN and he’s one of Colin Cowie’s dear friends and friends of mine have raved about his food. We had a perfect lunch at Ca Va before we headed to the Upper West Side and, during lunch, I knew I had to order his latest release as the food and cocktails were THAT good. (You can read more about our NYC monsoon adventure at One Curly Fry). This is one cookbook I will be playing with often for 2012 so be prepared!
- Day 1 ~ All Things Cookbooks
- Day 2 ~ Williams Sonoma Edition
- Day 3 ~ All Things Entertaining
- Day 4 ~ All Things Electric
- Day 5 ~ For The Baker
- Day 6 ~ Shiny Copper Things
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