Gift of Southern Cooking : Recipes and Revelations from Two Great Southern Cooks
Knopf Publishing Group
2004 James Beard Award Nominee and 2004 IACP Award Nominee Edna Lewis—whose The Taste of Country Cooking has become an American classic—and Alabama-born chef Scott Peacock join forces in this remarkable collection of 225 recipes and reflections on Southern food. What makes this book unique is that it represents the blending of different styles of Southern cooking: Miss Lewis's Virginia country cooking and Scott's Alabama foods, liberally seasoned with Native American, Caribbean, and African influences, as well as neglected traditional recipes that the two cooks, in their years of research together, unearthed and made their own.
Tips Cooks Love
The Sur La Table cooking series offers this neat little guide as a gift to its readers, and a handy gift it is, with over 500 tips touching on almost every topic in basic cuisine. The fundamentals of cooking could reasonably fill several tomes and then some, but the editors at Sur La Table have gathered the essential cooking tips for their readers in this accessible and useful guide. Every major cooking technique, from roasting to braising to grilling and beyond, is discussed here, as are the fundamentals of temperature control, substitutions, and equipment. Because its written up in alphabetical order, with entries for “cheesecake” followed by “cheesecloth,” “chef’s torch,” and “chemical leaveners,” the reader—or cook in need of immediate guidance—can skip around the book as they like, jumping from topic to topic as they hone their cooking skills with each new entry.
The Essential Cocktail
In The Essential Cocktail, patron saint of mixology Dale DeGroff provides the definitive handbook for any amateur or professional bartender. DeGroff has drawn from his decades of experience behind the bar and compiled simplified – but by no means dumbed-down – recipes for every fundamental classic and modern cocktail that should be in any serious mixologist’s repertoire. DeGroff provides comprehensive recipes based on his years of experience, as well as situational advice, like how to scale up a margarita in party situations or where it is appropriate to make your own drink variations on the classics. What’s more, DeGroff includes the history and lore of each drink, along with personal anecdotes, favorite riffs and advice to make the reader a better bartender. DeGroff is one of today’s foremost authorities on cocktails, and his latest book is a great gift to inspire and educate both professionals and non-professionals alike.
Gillian Duffy, culinary editor for New York magazine, presents an array of hors d'oeuvres, as delicious as they are attractive, to take us through the year. With expertise and enthusiasm, Gillian offers her own creations as well as recipes from top New York City chefs and caterers. Beautiful full-color photographs throughout the book whet the appetite and make this a splendid gift. Best of all, the recipes are easy enough to be prepared in anyone's home kitchen.
Hors d'Oeuvres moves from winter bites such as Raclette Crisps with Pecans and Basil to summer refreshers like Shrimp with Green-Chile Pesto. Classic cocktails such as the Cosmopolitan Martini are invented by master mixologists like Dale DeGroff of the Rainbow Room. Whether the event is flamboyant or low key, classic or cutting edge, Hors d'Oeuvres offers just what's needed to kick off a party or start a meal with style.
jam it, pickle it, cure it: And Other Cooking Projects
Ten Speed Press
For the cook or chef not content to use store-bought, pre-made jams, butters, ricotta or mayonnaise comes this handy resource – a how-to on 75 culinary craft projects. Self-appointed “food tinkerer” Karen Solomon here shares her hard-won knowledge on the best recipes for all manner of kitchen comestibles, from gravlax to peanut butter cups to good old-fashioned mayonnaise. With a firm belief in the superior value of homemade, Solomon provides alternatives for most of America’s condiment and staple favorites, along with serving and packaging recommendations, should you intend to use your lemon curd or kimchee as a gift. Not only is the result a fun and useful book, but it infects the reader with serious culinary curiosity.
Spring Evenings, Summer Afternoons : A Collection of Warm-Weather Recipes
Chronicle Books LLC
Illustrated with bright watercolors evoking the delicious languor of the warmer seasons, this charming collection of 30 delectable recipes is the perfect gift for those who revel in the fresh, clean-tasting meals of spring and summer.The warmth and abundance of the seasons are reflected in the recipes. 40 Full-color illustrations.
Tom Stevenson's Champagne and Sparkling Wine Guide : 4th Edition
Wine Appreciation Guild, Limited
Pop this open for your next celebration, whether it's a late night back of the house party or a toast to successful holiday season service. This handy pocket edition of Tom Stevenson’s guide to Champagne covers the basics of how sparkling wine is made, how to store and serve sparkling wines, and includes a helpful list of styles, basic divisions of sweetness, vintage and non-vintage, grape varieties, color and degree of mousse (bubbly foam). An ideal gift for the bubbly-imbiber in your life.
The Secret Life of Food
Hyperion Books for Children
Welcome to Clare Crespo's world of demented and delightful culinary creations, where what you see is definitely not what you get. Illustrated with vivid and slyly hilarious photographs, The Secret Life of Food introduces parents and children to forty-six unbelievable recipes that turn familiar, easy-to-make dishes into wondrous imitations of plants, animals, common household objects, and even human body parts (the ultimate Halloween gross-out!). A hip gift book perfect for young families, The Secret Life of Food shows these and many more whimsical, ingeniously disguised creations. Parents will have as much fun as their children making these playful dishes, or simply leafing through this charming, disarming collection.
New York’s Chanterelle opened in 1979 and has steadfastly remained one of the city’s most timeless restaurants. The book, the restaurant’s first, begins with a charming account of the business’s beginnings, and in the same light, thoughtful prose appears throughout the book in recipe introductions and anecdotes about staff and events. The 150-plus recipes inspired by Chef David Waltuck’s seasoned and delicate interpretation of French country-style cooking are complemented by photography that provides an appealing, evocative look at the life and times of the restaurant. Chanterelle, with its surprisingly creative and ambitious dishes (e.g. Squab Mousse with Juniper and Green Peppercorns, Scallops with Duck Fat, or Brined Roast Pork Loin with Fennel Jus and Fennel Flan) is a perfect gift for inspiring your favorite cook around the holidays and throughout the seasons.
Man with a Pan: Culinary Adventures of Fathers Who Cook for Their Families
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
A Man with a Pan tells the tales of today’s most masculine culinary celebrities as they’ve never before been seen; a maison and en famille. It’s a compilation of personal essays, interviews, and recipes. And with men at the helm, preparing family dinner becomes a fly-by-night operation, Michael Ruhlman recommends sex before chicken, Mario Batali’s kids rave about duck testicles, and Stephen King commands his readers to cook with their microwaves but “don’t nuke the sh*t out of it!” As a fascinating marker of changing times or as the perfect father’s day gift, A Man with a Pan does it all (much like the fathers it features).