What do you look for in a cookbook? I want to see more than just a list of ingredients. For me, the most engaging cookbook is one with gorgeous photographs and a bit of narrative. The science-geek in me can get totally sucked into anything from the folks at America’s Test Kitchen, who walk me through the entire process of refining and perfecting classic recipes. Will an extra egg white make all the difference? Maybe using cake flour instead of white?
This year I’ve noticed an upsurge in cookbooks that share family stories as an accompaniment to the recipes. These anecdotes often give a sense of what the dish will taste like, serving suggestions, and a peek into the character of the recipe’s creator. Sound appealing? Then checkout some of these cookbooks:
In the Kitchen With a Good Appetite by Melissa Clark: A New York Times columnist offers a collection of stories about food along with comments on her own experiences in making the 150 recipes that she presents, classifying the dishes into such categories as things with cheese, the farmer’s market, and my sweet tooth.
One Big Table by Molly O’Neill: Presents a celebration of America’s culinary traditions that features such favorite recipes as Beacon Hill Chestnut Stuffing, Acadian Mussels, and California Avocado Soup.
The Pioneer Woman by Ree Drummond: The author shares homespun stories on adjusting to life on a ranch in the country and offers a number of recipes, including cowboy calzones, ribeye steak with whiskey cream sauce, Patsy’s blackberry cobbler, and Iny’s prune cake.
Southern Plate by Christy Jordan: The founder of SouthernPlate.com collects more than 125 recipes that have been passed down through several generations of her family, in a book that also includes the family stories behind the recipes and full-color photos.
New books from the culinary world:
America the Edible by Adam Richman
Cake Boss by Buddy Valastro
Cooking for Geeks by Jeff Potter
Geometry of Pasta by Caz Hildebrand
Gourmet Cookie Book
Southern Plate by Christy Jordan
Did you know that November 3rd is Sandwich Day? It was on this day back in 1718 that John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, was born and the culinary world has been all the richer for it! Whether you’re a fan of the humble peanut butter and jelly or prefer a gourmet treat, the sandwich has been satisfying hungry tummies since the Earl of Sandwich created this meal between two slices of bread nearly 250 years ago.
Check out cookbooks about sandwiches.
October is National Apple Month.
Does anything evoke autumn quite like the smell of apples? Apples do it for me because I have fond memories of going to a local orchard as a child, sitting in front of their enormous fireplace and biting into the flesh of a deliciously ripe and crisp apple, surrounded by the sight, scent, smell, and taste of all things apple.
Overwhelmed by the choice of dozens of apple varieties at markets and groceries? Check out The Best Apples to Buy and Grow.
Relax with a mug of mulled cider, enjoying the last bit of October calm before the start of the holiday frenzy. Learn to make your own cider.
In the mood for some baking? Try a recipe from Apple Pie Perfect.
With the heat of summer at its peak, now is the time to leave the oven behind, get out of the kitchen and get grilling! Don’t think your barbecued meals have to be limited to boring burgers and hot dogs. Master griller Steven Raichlen’s latest cookbook, Planet Barbecue!, offers recipes with distinctly international flavors. From kangaroo kebabs to Singaporean grilled pork belly, Raichlen has scoured the globe to find the very best in outdoor cooking.
Cupcakes, the perfect food. (Don’t tell my doctor, I said that!) Fun to bake and even better to eat. Also, delightfully portable, making them the perfect treat to take along on roadtrips and picnics.
Find the perfect cupcake recipe in one of our cookbooks.
Once you’ve baked and frosted your bits of sugary bliss, make them look even more special by dressing them up in fancy wrappers. Learn how-to here.
Check out one of these new cookbooks today by clicking on the title.
The Everything Cooking for Kids Cookbook by Ronni Litz Julien. Offers recipes and advice for helping parents prepare well-balanced, nutritious and delicious meals for kids of all ages, with information on childhood eating disorders.
Easy Everyday Favorites : 5 Star Recipes from AllRecipes.com, the world’s #1 cooking community. Recipes tested and reviewed by millions of home cooks!
Betty Crocker The 300 Calorie Cookbook: 300 Tasty Meals for Eating Healthy Every Day by Betty Crocker. Presents recipes for three hundred low-calorie dishes that use nutritious ingredients, including sandwiches, pizzas, soups, stews, casseroles, and a section on cooking for two.
Deemed “the Oscars of the food world,” by Time magazine, The James Beard Foundation Awards are the country’s most coveted honor for chefs; food and beverage professionals; broadcast media, journalists, and authors working on food; and restaurant architects and designers.
We have a couple of the winners:
Baking by James Peterson which won for Best Cookbook Baking and Dessert
Love Soup: 160 All-New Vegetarian Recipes by Anna Thomas
The full list of winners is here.