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Another year is coming to an end, and as the holidays approach us, once again it’s the time for cookbook publishers to bring out their big guns, ripe for gift-giving, feast-preparing, and, as always, pure, simple, selfish enjoyment. While 2011 marked the collapse of a major book retailer, it hasn’t slowed the onslaught of cookbooks. In this feature we present to you a short list of some of the more interesting and popular books coming out on the tail end of 2011 to give you a taste of what to expect on the shelves (or conveniently, on your doorstep or your portable electronic reading device).
Best wishes to all our readers for the holiday season and 2012! Don’t forget to add some of your favorites from the past year in the comments!
Together with their Basque-born head chef Nieves Barragan Mohacho, Eddie and Sam Hart are cooking the best Spanish food in London today. In this cookbook they share their secrets and recipes: gutsy, fresh, sometimes delicate, sometimes hearty food, that a home cook can prepare easily.
Using modern French techniques of cooking and presentation, classically-trained Chris Salans incorporates both everyday and exotic Indonesian and Balinese ingredients in his cooking. The resulting flavours are sometimes surprising and titillate the most jaded of palates.
Before Julia Child burst into America’s homes, a gourmet food movement was already sweeping the nation. This book considers how the tastes and techniques cultivated at dining clubs and in the pages of Gourmet magazine helped prepare many affluent Americans for Child’s lessons in French cooking.
From Melt, a tiny boutique chocolatier in London’s Notting Hill, turned major destination for discerning chocoholics, comes this stunningly mouthwatering book of delights. Melt features essential insights and masterclasses for all those keen to master the mysteries of cooking successfully with chocolate.
James Peterson’s books are indispensable tools for any kitchen enthusiast, from the home cook to the professional. Meat: A Kitchen Education is his guide for carnivores, with more than 175 recipes that offer a full range of meat and poultry cuts and preparation techniques.
Nobody better embodies the present-day mantra “Eat real food in season” than David Tanis, one of the most original voices in American cooking. In his newest book he explores the joy of cooking in a small kitchen, from private food rituals to cooking for the whole tribe.
This beautifully illustrated and designed book by Jean-Pierre Wybauw deals with the most frequently used raw materials in an understandable language and explains how they impact the quality and shelf life of pralines. The many new recipes represent a delight for the eyes and taste buds.
This hip, modern handbook is filled with fresh and new ways to preserve nature’s bounty throughout the year. Organized by season and illustrated with beautiful photographs, it offers detailed instructions and recipes for making more than 150 canned, pickled, dried, and frozen foods.
Reinventing Food charts Adrià’s transition from comparative obscurity to becoming the focus of massive media attention. Full of fresh insights, it will engage not just food-lovers of food, but anyone who enjoys the story of how one young chef changed the gastronomic world, and reinvented food.
First published in 1977, this universally acclaimed book is regarded by many as simply the best book ever written about the making of bread. It covers all aspects of flour, yeast, ovens, plus an exhaustive collection of recipes; all described with David’s typical elegance and unrivalled knowledge.
Today’s Special and a Glass of Wine is the first book by Anthony Demetre, the chef patron of award-winning restaurants Arbutus and Wild Honey. Anthony’s cooking has won praise for the way in which it straddles new techniques and old recipes and the book is a reflection of this philosophy.
From Eccles cakes to Cornish pasties, Chelsea buns to Scottish gingerbread, The Great British Book of Baking takes us on a tour of the very best in baking Britain has to offer. Over 120 recipes cover the whole range of baking skills from sweet jam tarts to savoury game pie.
The Complete Mushroom Hunter is the only mushrooming book that will introduce you safely and with confidence to the hobby of mushroom hunting and gathering. Gary Lincoff escorts you from getting equipped for mushroom forays to preparing and serving the fruits of the foray.
Noted journalist and food-writing instructor Dianne Jacob has revised her award-winning book to include a chapter covering all the how-to’s of food blogging as well as updated resources and new information on working in other popular genres, namely cookbooks and food memoirs.
By acclaimed author Arto der Haroutunian, The Yogurt Cookbook offers over 200 recipes ranging from hearty peasant fare to elegant, light dishes. He expands yogurt beyond the narrow limitations of breakfasts and desserts, incorporating it into an impressive array of recipes.
The Lost Art of Real Cooking heralds a new old-fashioned approach to food-laborious and inconvenient, yet extraordinarily rewarding and worth bragging about. From jam to smoked meat, the authors arm you with the skills that let you connect on a deeper level with your food.
The Art and Craft of Coffee is a backstage pass into the world of small-batch coffee roasting, bean selection, grinding, and artisan-quality brewing. Kevin Sinnott, the coffee world’s most ardent consumer advocate, educates, inspires, and caffeinates the reader in this comprehensive, full-color instructional guide.
In It Tastes Better, Kylie Kwong has created over 100 recipes inspired by fresh, seasonal and sustainably produced food. Embarking on a journey around Australia to meet the people behind sustainable produce, she learns about the care they take to produce food that tastes better.
Whether you’re hosting a casual get-together with friends or throwing an outdoor shindig, no one can teach you the art of fiesta like Rick Bayless. With 150 recipes, Bayless offers you the key to unforgettable parties that will have guests clamoring for repeat invitations.
Full of ingenious advice on styling in any media, Food Styling reveals every trick of the trade, from making a beverage appear to sweat to producing those perfect grill marks on meat. This is an ideal resource for both experienced foods styling pros and first-timers alike.
The premier gelato and sorbetto maker in America may be known for using the world’s finest ingredients, but you don’t need to travel the globe to experience the bold flavors yourself. All you need is a handful of simple ingredients, an ice cream machine, and your imagination.
This book is the tie-in to Heston Blumenthal’s highly acclaimed TV programme, where he creates six Fantastical Feasts based on history, fairytales and legends. Inside are tales of extravagant ingredients, of revolutionary techniques, of familiar kitchen appliances put to unfamiliar uses.
Maria Benardis invites you to enjoy food the way the Greeks do. In this collection of recipes handed down through the generations in Maria’s family, she offers the best way to make traditional moussaka and lamb souvlakia, through to her own Greek-inspired modern creations.
This is the first cookbook devoted to Latin-American sweets, uncovering a whole new world of exotic flavors. The desserts presented range from baked cakes to ice cream to chocolate, with step-by-step recipes for both traditional favorites as well as original creations.
This book contains recipes, detailed guides for which cuts of which meat (beef, veal, pork, poultry, lamb and game) are suitable for different preparation methods – whether roasted, braised, or baked, and tips on purchasing, storage, processing, seasoning and serving.
With his fabulous restaurants and bestselling Ottolenghi Cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi has established himself as one of the most exciting new talents in the world of cookery. This collection of vegetarian recipes is drawn from his column ‘The New Vegetarian’, and also features brand-new recipes.
In Everyday Family Dinners, professional chef Sara Moulton shares more than two hundred new family-tested, family-pleasing recipes. Whether you’re new to the kitchen or just looking for a way to spice up your recipe repertoire, Sara’s carefully tested recipes are a great place to start.
In the Green Kitchen presents Alice Waters’ essential cooking techniques to be learned by heart, plus more than 50 recipes from Alice and her friends. She gives you everything you need to bring out the truest flavor that the best ingredients of the season have to offer.
At first glance, you may wonder what the fuss over Okashi is all about. A fairly simple book with attractive photographs, it presents appealing recipes that showcase author Ishida’s particular style, incorporating numerous Japanese flavours into many familiar baked goods and dessert items. Creative and suitable for a broad audience, this book should delight many bakers.
Field Guide to Candy packs a lot of recipes for homemade candy from around the world in a compact volume. It manages to include several lesser-known recipes from outside the US, UK and France, even though there are a few glaring omissions and curious inclusions. However, the lack of detail in the recipes make this more suitable as a reference book for more experienced candy-makers.
Massimo Marcone ventures into the bizarre world of food delicacies. Whether it’s shark-fin soup, scorpions, or seal-flipper pie, Marcone approaches his subject with the zeal of a scientist, but also with flabbergasted amazement at what human beings are willing to eat for sustenance.
If you thought cake decorating was costly and difficult, this is the book that will change your mind forever. Fiona Cairns is bursting with new ideas for making delicious, visually stunning cakes and biscuits easy – even for the least experienced cook – and for far less money than you thought.
This book is perfect for home bakers who want to go beyond the basics to create delicious artisan breads. Backed by the CIA’s expertise, Eric Kastel leads readers through simple and challenging recipes from Baguettes, Peasant Bread, and Ciabatta to Coffee Cake, and even Sourdough.
This contemporary introduction to cooking and food preparation focuses on information that is relevant to today’s aspiring chef. It emphasizes an understanding of cooking fundamentals, explores the preparation of fresh ingredients, and provides information on other relevant topics.
The Modern Café is the first comprehensive reference for the aspiring restaurateur or café owner who wants to get every detail right. Ir offers information on all aspects of the café business — finances, human resources, food production, recipe/menu development, and even décor.
Eating healthy and monitoring calories has never been easier-or more delicious-with this tempting collection of recipes from Betty Crocker. It offers slimmed-down versions of your favorite foods, with family-pleasing recipes for sandwiches, soups and stews, salads, main courses, even casseroles.
The Athlete’s Palate Cookbook collects the dishes from Runner’s World magazine’s popular monthly column, along with 60 new recipes for breakfasts, entreés, soups, salads, sides, and desserts. The recipes are presented alongside profiles of the famous chefs and athletes who created them.
In the past few decades, many of us have become sophisticated about food, but we have not given the same attention to what we drink. In How to Drink, Victoria Moore aims to redress the balance, by showing how to drink well throughout the seasons and at all times of day.
In Michael Symon’s Live to Cook, Michael tells the amazing story of his whirlwind rise to fame as America’s Iron Chef by sharing the food and incredible recipes that have marked his route. Michael draws on the flavors of traditional recipes to create sophisticated dishes.
In the foodie enclave of Sydney’s Surry Hills is the original Bourke Street Bakery, a cosy nook selling artisanal baked goods of the highest order. This is the ultimate baking companion with clear and concise instructions, aimed at the novice home baker while remaining an inspirational and technical reference for professionals of the crust and crumb world.
Frederick Kaufman offers a piquant sampling of American history by way of the stomach. With outraged wit and an incredible range of sources that includes everything from Cotton Mather’s diary to interviews with Amish black-market raw-milk dealers, Kaufman takes readers on a Bourdain meets-Pollan tour of the American gut.