The Best Cookbook Gifts
Adam Roberts, author of Secrets of the Best Chefs, reviews Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel.
The book is groundbreaking in that it’s about the most OCD form of cooking from our nation’s most OCD chef. Keller’s exactitude is really unrivaled; every ingredient is measured to one-tenth of a gram, and the phenomenal results speak for themselves.
Both the recipes and tips make cooking at the most sophisticated level approachable for the home cook. That said, there are a few challenging recipes thrown in for the more daring. $50; amazon.com
© Deborah Jones
The Mile End Cookbook
Brooklyn restaurateurs Noah and Rae Bernamoff translate their smoked meat, sour pickles and matzo balls for the home kitchen. $28; amazon.com
© Cover design by Marc Rimmer, illustrations by Claudia Pearson
Burma: Rivers of Flavor
Intrepid traveler and photographer Naomi Duguid introduces the simple, distinctive home cooking of Burma, at the crossroads of China, India and Thailand. $35; amazon.com
Photo courtesy of Artisan Books
Chef Magnus Nilsson, who oversees Fäviken restaurant in the Swedish countryside, tells the stories behind his pristine, rarefied cooking. $50; amazon.com
Photo courtesy of Phaidon Press
The Great Meat Cookbook
Bruce Aidells’s compendium gives much-needed advice on our vastly expanded meat choices, including grass-fed, grain-fed and organic beef, bison and goat. $40; amazon.com
© Luca Trovato Photography
The Food of Morocco
After almost four decades, the ever-amazing Paula Wolfert has finally updated the 1973 cookbook that turned America on to Morocco's cuisine.$45; amazon.com.
Image Credit: Courtesy of "The Food of Morocco", by Paula Wolfert
Cookies for Kids Cancer: Best Bake Sale Cookbook
The Best Bake Sale Cookbook by Gretchen Holt-Witt is full of stellar ideas for cookies and other snacks. Its most brilliant idea: Using bake sales as a weapon in the fight against pediatric cancer. $20; amazon.com.
Image Credit: Courtesy of "Cookies For Kids Cancer: Best Bake Sale Cookbook" by Gretchen Holt-Witt (Wiley).
Italian, My Way: More Than 150 Simple and Inspired Recipes That Breathe New Life into Italian Classics
Forceful step-by-step recipe instructions by Jonathan Waxman can give a shaky home cook confidence. $32; amazon.com.
Image Credit: Christopher Hirsheimer
The Mozza Cookbook: Recipes from Los Angeles's Favorite Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria
According to The Mozza Cookbook, when in doubt, add chanterelles in butter sauce to pretty much any pasta dish. $35; amazon.com.
Image Credit: Random House
Tyler Florence Family Meal: Bringing People Together Never Tasted Better
Star chef (and father of three) Tyler Florence celebrates home cooking and family in his sixth cookbook. $35; amazon.com.
Image Credit: John Lee, Rodale 2010
The Geometry of Pasta
Graphic designer Caz Hildebrand and chef Jacob Kenedy's stylish hardback is equal parts functional cookbook and coffee-table eye candy. Art Deco-style illustrations of more than 100 pastas, from agnolotti to ziti, are each accompanied by a short history of and recipes suited to that pasta shape. The sleek images have the mesmerizing quality of Escher prints, and the recipes—not just Italian, but Greek, Hungarian and more—are equally inviting. $25; amazon.com.
Photo Courtesy of Boxtree Publishing
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