This year we’re
giving you a baker’s dozen of suggestions that will make great
gifts for expert and novice cooks, as well as those that just like
to read about food.
the Art of French Cooking, Volume One: 40th Anniversary,
Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and
Simone Beck (Houghton Mifflin Co., 2003)
En route to becoming the ambassador of classic French cuisine, Julia
was instrumental in defining gastronomy in the U.S., and for this
she will be missed. Her memory lives on in kitchens around the world
in this ruby anniversary edition of the book that marked her rise
to fame. Beginners and experts alike can learn to replicate classic
French cuisine in their own homes from Julia’s easy to follow
Specials: 125 Recipes for Spontaneous, Creative Cooking at Home
Michael Lomonaco and Andrew Friedman (Morrow Cookbooks,
For cooks who are tired of recycling the same set of recipes week
after week. Michael Lomonaco brings the art of crafting restaurant
specials to the home menu with new and exciting ideas.
Lidia Bastianich (Alfred A.
Knopf, December 2004)
In her latest book, Lidia emphasizes feeding the family with everyday
Italian recipes. Full of basic recipes with creative variations that
will bring everyone to the table.
Thomas Keller (Artisan, 2004)
Keller gives his recipes for quintessential bistro fare that elevate
the status of simple ingredients. The secret to success, Keller promises,
is just to care about every step of the recipe.
Food My Way
Jacques Pepin (Houghton Mifflin,
Elegant food doesn’t always require elaborate preparation. Jacques
Pepin offers simple recipes and timesaving shortcuts that can be used
for any occasion.
Nathan's Jewish Holiday Cookbook
Food is the foundation of all Jewish holidays, and Nathan gives recipes
from around the world that can be found at any traditional celebration.
More Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter
Charlie Trotter (Ten Speed Press, 2004)
In this companion to his new television series, Trotter organizes
his new and innovative recipes by theme ingredients to make it easy
for any home cook to follow along.
Rosengarten Entertains: Fabulous Parties for Food Lovers
Rosengarten (John Wiley & Sons)
Make sure your next party is an unforgettable one with Rosengarten’s
suggestions on everything from theme-menus to music. An essential
book for everyone who loves to entertain.
Rick & Lanie's Excellent Kitchen Adventures: Recipes and Stories
Rick Bayless and Lanie Bayless (Stewart,
Tabori and Chang, 2004)
Rick and his daughter, Lanie, team up to share recipes and stories
from four years of traveling and working together. It’s clear
from their spirited dialogue throughout the book that she’s
still a picky eater with a young palate and Rick is still trying to
get her to taste new things.
Portale Simple Pleasures
Alfred Portale and Andrew
Friedman (HarperCollins, 2004)
What do star chefs cook when they’re not at work? Portale cooks
up some of his Gotham Bar and Grill classics at home, and gives ideas
for combining dishes to create a meal from beginning to end.
to Dream On: A Master Class in Decorating
Peters (Wiley, 2004)
Now every home cook can look like a professional baker. Peters gives
the techniques and tips to transform ordinary-looking cakes with her
fanciful and stunning new designs.
O’Connell’s Refined American Cuisine: The Inn at Little
Patrick O’Connell (Bullfinch
The Inn at Little Washington is one of the top ten restaurants in
America, and now O’Connell has assembled his polished recipes
that are sure to become American haute cuisine classics.
It Over: The Intrepid Adventures of a Professional Eater
Alan Richman (HarperCollins, 2004)
Richman recounts his favorite culinary adventures on a tour of the
globe, sharing the location of the best barbecue in America, the most
sought after French cuisine in Monte Carlo, and a haggis tasting tour