Jim Meehan, illustrations by Chris Gall
The PDT Cocktail Book: the Complete Bartender’s Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy
Nov 2011
Sterling Epicure

For those who haven’t (and those who have) made it through the phone booth doorway into unassuming cocktail temple PDT, here is a book that distills not only the philosophies and practices of the famed pseudo-speakeasy, but also captures the punk-serious culture of the place, thanks in no small part to Chris Gall’s comic-book-cool illustrations. Whether you’re building a bar from the ground-up, tweaking an existing bar program, or looking to skyrocket your homebound bar skills, The PDT Cocktail Book’s got you covered. It’s the best kind of professional tell-all (like a wide open door into PDT’s secrets,) with Jim Meehan sharing everything from the logic of his floor plans to a detailed list of the tools, techniques, and ingredients central to the bar’s success. And the recipes (book-ended by “Setting Up the Bar” and “Back Bar” sections) span the gamut, from Hugo Ensslin’s original 1916 “Aviation” to PDT collaborator Don Lee’s 2007 ode-to-Arnold, the “Reverend Palmer.” And lest you prepare, and imbibe, too many items from PDT’s vast cocktail catalogue, Meehan has included recipes for some noshable Crif Dog favorites, including the everything-bagel-as-hot-dog “John John Deragon,” cheese and jalapeno-smothered tater tots (the perfect foil to over-boozing), and the fried mayo, modernist hybrid “The Wylie Dog.” In a world brimming with cocktail books, PDT’s is a refreshingly no-nonsense, contemporary offering. Drink up.

by Barbara Ann Kipfer
The Culinarian: A Kitchen Desk Reference
Oct 2011
John Wiley & Sons

Part culinary history, part reference book, and part technique guide, this is the book for when the Bibles of kitchen reference books (Food Lover’s Companion and Larousse Gastronomique) have failed you. It’s a handy and (mercifully) light little book. Kipfer is a professional linguist, lexicographer (a big word for dictionary writer and compiler), and researcher. A must for food writers, home cooks, historians, and chefs alike, it’s a handy and (surprisingly) light little go-to book, whether you want to know what “Avgolemono” is, or if you’re more interested in cooking a crisp slice of bacon.

Tadashi Agi Shu Okimoto
The Drops of God
Oct 2011
Vertical, Inc.

You had us at wine adventure comic. This is not your everyday book about wine. A manga comic, originally printed serially in Japan in 2004, and finally translated into English, The Drops of God was placed at number 50 in Decanter Magazine’s 2009 Power List for its ability to affect wine buying decisions in Asia. Nothing less than a phenomenon in its popularity and effect on wine sales, the story revolves around a famous wine critic’s estranged son, competing with his adopted brother for the $18 million wine cellar left by their deceased father. The will stipulates a competition in multiple blind tastings, with wines often poetically compared to songs, paintings, or walking in an orchard covered in red flowers. Not only is it interesting to see the behind-the-scenes of the somm’s experience—and the wine world in Japan in general—the cartoon format challenges us to see things differently. The adventure factor blurs the reality that readers are actually learning something. And even with the slightly corny, unapologetic melodrama of the manga style, the series is worth a read—not just for the wine-and-comic-book-geek crowd—for any wine lover looking to subvert the typical wine education with drama, humanity, and that too rare dose of wine adventure.

Ferran Adrià
The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria
Oct 2011

“It is a book about simple cooking.” Words not typically expected at the beginning of anything culinary, published, and even indirectly attributable to Ferran Adrià. But with The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adrià, the hallowed godfather of avant-garde cuisine introduces us to the other kind of cuisine coming out of elBulli: family meal. Born out of an inspiration to redefine the quality of this workhorse industry pre-service meal (and fueled by Adrià’s own deep-seated love of simple, pure cuisine), The Family Meal collects 31 meals—as in appetizers, mains, and desserts, for two, six, 20, or 75 people—created and consumed by the staff of elBulli. Before getting into the recipes themselves, which are all accompanied by step-by-step photographs, Adrià shares the process behind their creation (from production sheets to tips that link the restaurant’s menu and its family meal, as in “after making cheese water, especially with Parmesan, the leftover fat an be used in a risotto”). And while Adrià and Eugini de Diego (a head chef also responsible for family meal) certainly intend the book to be an inspiration within the industry, the simple nature of the cuisine (“Catalan-style Turkey,” “Coconut Flan,” “Potato Chip Omelet”) and commonplace equipment (the most “complicated” tool being a soda siphon) means home cooks can eat like elBulli’s professional elite, who create carrot clouds and caipirinha cubes on a diet of house-made pasta and—a house favorite—hamburgers.

Culinary Institute of America
The Professional Chef: The Culinary Institute of America
Sep 2011
J. Wiley & Sons

“There is always another level of perfection to achieve and another skill to master.” So begins the latest compendium of culinary instruction from the Culinary Institute of America. It’s no Modernist Cuisine (though it does offer a digital iPad app at $49.99), but weighing in at just over 1000 pages, the behemoth book is as comprehensive as it is efficient (just what a working chef needs). And the book doesn’t just elaborate upon the basic instruction of the CIA curriculum, it explores all facets of the culinary profession, from its cultural roots to the fine art of bookkeeping, from the increasingly important vocabulary of nutrition to the ever-relevant strictures of food safety. Explanations of equipment, product, sourcing, and, of course, technique, assume both the skill set and the ambitions of the professional (not to mention the kitchen space). So whether you’re a pastry chef looking for alternative sweeteners (check out piloncillo, page 229) or a chef looking to expand your vegetarian options (check out the “Method in Detail” section on grains and legumes, page 755), The Professional Chef will help you live up to its name.

Elizabeth Sims with Chef Brian Sonoskus
Tupelo Honey Café: Spirited Recipes from Asheville’s New South Kitchen
Apr 2011
Andrews McMeel

It’s been more than 10 years since Tupelo Honey Café first introduced the denizens of Asheville, North Carolina, to the farm-to-fork flavor of New Southern cooking. And in that time, Chef Brian Sonoskus has cultivated a roster of richly idiosyncratic recipes—125 of them collected here, in the café’s first cookbook. With such a unique cultural heritage (a mishmash of southern, mountain, and its own inborn culture) and a population of vast and various interests, it’s not surprising Asheville—and Tupelo Honey Café—is the seat of some delicious and warmly intimate food. The cucumber-and-tomato-heavy Sunshot Salsa is named after the Asheville farm that supplies it with said bounty, and the Southern Fried Chicken Breasts recipe is prefaced by an explanation of the local “We Still Lay” humane chicken treatment campaign. (“Our community paid attention to where our food comes from long before The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” says author Elizabeth Sims). More than conscientious, the cuisine here is conceptually exciting. In an era where southern food has more than busted out of its soul-food, Kentucky-fried stereotypes, Tupelo is a cookbook to dive into.

Edward Notter, Photographs by Joe Brooks and Lucy Schaeffer
The Art of the Chocolatier: From Classic Confections to Sensational Showpieces
Jan 2011
John Wiley & Sons

Master chocolatier Edward Notter’s got an embarrassment of pastry competition gold medals and a pastry school to his name (literally—it’s the Notter School of Pastry Arts). Add to that his 35 years in the business, the admiration of his peers, and his latest effort, the seminal The Art of the Chocolatier, and you’ve got a standard-bearer in the pastry and confectionary arts. A proven pastry maven, as comfortable with a classic dessert as a sugar showpiece, he’s known industry-wide for his mastery of chocolate, and here he shares his extensive knowledge with passion and precision. Notter’s got everything you want to know about all level of techniques, from enrobing and tempering methods to creating transfer sheets and texturing molded shapes; his expertise ranges from “ganache troubleshooting” to creating chocolate tubes by hand. And that’s the beauty of the book—made manifest in the luscious photography of Joe Brooks and Lucy Schaeffer—it’s chocolate from A to Z, clean, precise, impeccably organized. So whether you want to craft the perfect truffle, get comfortable with gelatin molds, or need some aesthetic or structural pointers for a chocolate showpiece, Notter’s got you covered. Or, should we say, enrobed.

Dan Searing
The Punch Bowl: 75 Recipes Spanning Four Centuries of Wanton Revelry
Jan 2011
Sterling Epicure

In a cocktail era more inclined towards three or four-ingredient, spirit-forward recipes, punch may seem like a fussy anachronism. But as D.C. Craft Bartender’s Guild co-founder Dan Searing puts it in The Punch Bowl, cocktail historicism—and the attendant revival of classic cocktails—actually paved the way for the resurgence of punch in all its gilded, celebratory glory. A brief history of punch (including its roots in maritime revelry, piracy, and early trade routes) and a guide to classic punch ingredients bring the reader up to speed on this bygone liquid status symbol. But Searing isn’t looking to pay homage to the porcelain and gold punch traditions of old. While the majority of the book’s 75 punch recipes are pre-20th century—including an ultra-simple 1655 recipe for Jamaican Punch and Jerry Thomas’s 1862 “Light Guard Punch,” a surprisingly delicate concoction meant to refresh “any small regiment (whether military or otherwise)”—Searing updates them in both serving size and instruction. Modern punches abound as well, such as the Highland Park, apple, and red beet concoction “Beetiful Apples” from of PS 7’s in D.C. But whatever century you dip your mixology ladle into, The Punch Bowl is really about one thing: the craft of celebration.

Todd Kliman
The Wild Vine
Jan 2011
Broadway Paperbacks

The Wild Vine by Todd Kliman is an incredible tale of an unknown grape, an un-recognized pioneer in viticulture history, and an un-traditional wine maker producing notable wine in Virginia. Yes, Virginia, where our oenophile founding father Thomas Jefferson tried unsuccessfully to make more than good juice. Jenni McCloud is making great Norton wine in a state where TJ couldn’t. Part history, part mystery, and a wonderful account of the state of wine-making in the United States, we learn how modern science and agriculture practice is now making wine-growing possible in every corner of the US. Even wine experts will learn something, but the novice won’t be lost in esoteric wine knowledge.

David Thompson
Thai Street Food
Oct 2010
Ten Speed Press

When Chef David Thompson opened his second outpost of Nahm in Bangkok with the intention of preserving the “decaying” culinary tradition of Thai food in Bangkok, local foodies were outraged. Can anyone say cojones in Thai? Yet readers of Thai Street Food will find it difficult to reproach Thompson when he makes it so clear how much he loves Thai cuisine. The book, dedicated solely to the street food cuisine of city markets and vendors, is an education unto itself. Following meals from morning, noon, and night, this culinary day-in-the-life is packed to the brim with urban deep-fried delicacies, exotic curries, and even a mandatory pad thai. Thompson’s restaurants may have caused its initial stir in Bangkok for all the wrong reasons, but this book is going to cause a stir for the right ones.

Chad Robertson
Tartine Bread
Sep 2010
Chronicle Books

Welcome to bread, not as a food, but as a way of life. Chad Robertson’s devotion to the history and process of bread baking is unsurpassed. It’s what earns the chef and owner of Tartine Bakery industry admiration and his recipes Biblical status among bakers and carbohydrate aficionados. Tartine Bread scales back Robertson’s bakery recipes for the home cook and includes chapters on basic country bread, semolina and whole-wheat flours, baguettes, and enriched breads. And with more than 30 recipes that use days-old bread, cooks can replicate the hearty, healthy, and bread-laden fare that cements Tartine Bakery’s unrivalled reputation for crafted café cuisine. Sous chef Eric Wolfinger’s photographs set a luxurious tone to the cookbook, and along with colloquial prose, take readers as close as they can get to looking over Robertson’s shoulder.

François Chartier
Taste Buds and Molecules
Sep 2010
McClelland & Stewart

Canadian Sommelier François Chartier takes food and wine pairing to the next level in his revolutionary guide to uncovering the hidden tastes of wine in Tastebuds and Molecules. Anyone familiar with the work of Bernard Lahousse of FoodPairings will already have a brief idea of Chartier’s methodology. Deconstructing ingredients and wine to their most basic molecular structure, he offers insight on why certain pairings work and others don't. Rather than focus on the similarity of flavor profiles, Chartier steers his reader towards making complementary choices. By bringing science to an elusive art, Chartier provides access for everyone, from the novice wine aficionado to the Master Sommelier, with practical methods for enhancing the dining experience through greater sensual understanding.

David Joachim
The Food Substitutions Bible, Second Edition
Sep 2010
Robert Rose Publishing

Since David Joachim started his mammoth project in 2003, and even since its first publication in 2005, the culinary world—and its pantry available ingredients—has grown considerably. Responding to the call of friends, family, and culinary professionals everywhere, Joachim answered with this second edition of his seminal substitutions encyclopedia. With 1,500 new substitutions for ingredients like vadouvan and furikake and equipment like cocktail strainer (much in demand in this mixo-happy age), as well as several entirely new sections and additions to pre-existing sections, Joachim’s book has gained a little weight. And serious cooks couldn’t be happier. A self-professed “realist,” Joachim also understands that every ingredient or piece of equipment called for in a given recipe won’t always be on hand, or when on hand, be consistent. And he’s done the leg work, figuring out what works and what won’t in the maneuvering game of food substitution. If you don’t have herring, Herbsaint, or Herve, Joachim has the substitution for you—over 600 pages of substitutions, in fact. Ingredient guides, recipes, and even a detailed breakdown of things like baking at high altitude and alcohol retention in cooking make this hefty book worth its weight in gold—or whatever available substitute is on hand.

Ardie A. Davis, Chef Paul Kirk, and Carolyn Wells
The Kansas City Barbeque Society Cookbook
Apr 2010
Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC

For everything and anything grilled, the Kansas City Barbeque Society requests you consult the experts. Founded by the editors in 1986, the KCBS provides a community to all who take the culinary arts—and barbeque—seriously. Although they’re not the creators of the barbeque cook-off tradition, KCBS can certainly be credited with feeding their popularity. To date the KCBS boasts over 10,000 members, and it’s from these smoke and meat fanatics that KCBS draws it favorite recipes for this compellation. Recipes come from chefs and home cooks alike, so you can count on a hearty, broad selection of barbeque recipes. Basically the only thing KCBS recommends you do not to grill are your sneakers. Everything else is fair game. Pineapple? Sure! Ravioli? Why not? Pork butt? Clearly. Just make sure you check in with the experts first.

Chef Gui Alinat
The Chef’s Répertoire
Feb 2010
American Technical Publishers, Inc

In 1914 Auguste Escoffier’s protégé Louis Saulnier first published Répertoire de la Cuisine, helping professional chefs everywhere use intermediate to advanced-level French cuisine in their kitchens without wielding Escoffier’s massive creation into their batter-splattered kitchens. With no methods, it was more of an aide-mémoire than a cookbook; that’s the idea with Gui Alinat’s new nod to Saulnier’s creation. But where Saulnier’s focus was Escoffier classics, Alinat’s version sorts culinary terms of relevance in the States, such as shrimp Creole and country gravy, in alphabetical order for ease of reference.

Lovina Eicher with Kevin Williams
The Amish Cook’s Baking Book
Jan 2010
Andrews McMeel

The authors of The Amish Cook at Home return with this insider’s view of the Amish baking. Longtime cultural ambassador of the Amish experience to the wider American audience, writer and cook Lovina Eicher teams up with Kevin Williams once more to share the traditions and techniques that typify Amish baking. In a culture as traditionally stoic as the Amish, baked goods are one of a limited number of ways in which people can express themselves outwardly. A good amount of care and an emphasis on the sweet and sticky make Amish baked goods soulfully simple and satisfying. Recipes like “Long John Rolls” and “Mystery Biscuits” are interspersed with stories and traditions from Amish life, making this as much a cultural as a culinary window into the experience of Amish America.

Robert Wemischner
The Dessert Architect
Jan 2010
Delmar, Cengage Learning

Self described “peripatetic pastry chef” Robert Wemischner has worn many hats in his career: itinerant food writer, gourmet retailer, and instructor in baking and pastry at LA Trade Tech for over 18 years. And with regular contributions to Food Arts and Pastry Art and Design, Wemischner rounds out his profile as one of the more prolific and generous pastry experts in the country. For those who can’t reach his classrooms in Los Angeles comes The Dessert Architect, the crystallization of Wemischner’s extensive knowledge and deeply held respect for the ingredients, techniques, and compositional beauty of the pastry arts. The pastry chef, says Wemischner, “is a composer and conductor, creator and presenter,” who must have both knowledge of and control over the elements of his craft. In his new book, Wemischner breaks down those elements with meticulous care, from the basic components of flavor and palate development to elaborate plating guidelines. Thoughtful questions, instructive recipe guidelines, and comments from chefs around the country make the book an invaluable resource to the cook or pastry chef looking to strengthen his or her ownership of the craft.

Francisco Migoya, The Culinary Institute of America
The Modern Cafe
Jan 2010
John Wiley & Sons

Former French Laundry pastry chef and current C. I. A. culinary instructor Francisco Migoya offers this hefty, beautifully illustrated, and arguably definitive account of the evolution of the modern café. From the basic concept of a café to its unique pricing model, standard dishes, and changing expectations, Migoya covers every aspect of the topic. The book is broken down by traditional café areas, including bakery, pastry, savory, beverage, and retail, and Migoya provides comprehensive overview of each section, along with instructions, recipes, and business-oriented pointers. Rustic bread recipes come with detailed technique instructions and troubleshooting tips, while more complex entrées have packaging instructions for “to-go” preparation. And while Migoya provides for the expected convenience of café fare, his elegant, sophisticated food is anything but pedestrian, as exquisite photographs attest. In this penny-pinched age of increased cost-consciousness, Migoya’s work—validating the extraordinary culinary potential of the humble café—couldn’t be timelier.

Kit Wohl and the Sunseri Family
The P&J Oyster Cookbook
Dec 2009
Pelican Publishing

When the Sunseri family first moved from the coast of the Adriatic Sea to southeastern United States, they brought with them a deep love for oysters. They turned this passion into a business, the P&J Oyster Company, which has been harvesting and distributing top quality Crassostrea virginica along the Gulf Coast for over 130 years. Serving such famous New Orleans restaurants as Arnaud’s and The Commander’s Palace, P&J embedded itself in the very roots of American oyster consumption. And this recipe-packed cookbook, written with the help of New Orleans native and unofficial cultural ambassador Kit Wohl, showcases everything from the sublime simplicity of the raw oyster (an umami-rich protein) to its versatility as a dish component in both classic and modern New Orleans cooking.

Judith Choate with The Pastry Chefs of The French Culinary Institute
The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts - The French Culinary Institute
Nov 2009
Stewart, Tabori & Chang

The latest in The French Culinary Institute’s series of “Fundamentals” instructional volumes addresses basic pastry and baking skills, developed under the direction of FCI’s Dean of Pastry Arts, Jacques Torres of chocolate store fame. A collection of basic pastry techniques with a focus on all things sugary and Gallic, this tome details each one thoroughly with handy step-by-step photographs. An ode to classic French technique, it is divided into sections on puff pastry, cream puff dough, tart doughs, creams and custards, breads and pastries, gâteaux and petits fours. The fundamentals of sanitation, kitchen hierarchy, and equipment are a useful addition for fledgling pastry cooks, and the more advanced techniques are ideal for the savory cook looking to branch out, or developing pastry chefs looking to troubleshoot a flawless Génoise. Because each technique is demonstrated with a recipe, tips and “evaluating your success” sections, the learning process for pastry novices is streamlined significantly. The mouthwatering shots of mini-brioches and sticky buns don’t hurt either.

Maricel E. Presilla
The New Taste of Chocolate: A Cultural and Natural History of Cacao with Recipes
Nov 2009
Ten Speed Press

With a background in cultural anthropology and a native familiarity with cacao production, Maricel Presilla brings both an expert’s authority and a life’s experience to this comprehensive guide to chocolate. Combining its rich cultural history with its evolution through the ranks of modern production, Presilla makes chocolate as we know it a full-fledged centerpiece for the culinary library. Especially in an age of origin-conscious cooking, Presilla’s discussion of cacao farming, including its genetic varieties and agricultural prospects, provides an invaluable link between the chef or pastry chef and his or her cacao source. And a further discussion of cacao’s many flavors and the influences that ultimately affect the finished product will further educate the chef on how to choose from among the increasing variety of single-origin and single-variety chocolates available in the marketplace. Presilla provides recipes that span the gamut from updated Mayan Kekchi Cacao-Chile Balls to Valencian-inspired Chilled Cacao-Almond Horchata, describing the impact and usage of the particular chocolate in each preparation. And a professional glossary and resource index in the back of the book allow chefs to source cacao products to suit their particular culinary needs.

Piper Davis and Ellen Jackson
The Grand Central Baking Book
Oct 2009
Ten Speed Press

Here is a wealth of heartwarming recipes from one of Bon Appetit’s top ten bakeries in the country. Passed down from mother to daughter, the legacy of the Grand Central Bakery is distilled into a practical baker’s how-to, seasoned with decades of experience. Baker and co-owner Piper Davis inherited the passion for baking from her mother, who opened Grand Central in 1972 to the delight of Seattle. Over three decades later, Davis has continued to build upon her mother’s legacy, incorporating local, seasonal ingredients into the polished, but entirely unfussy bakery items that fill Grand Central’s shelves. This beautifully illustrated book invites longtime bakers and novices alike to sample the traditions and successes of the storied bakery. From stocking the larder to tips on making the perfect crust for rustic savory tarts, The Grand Central Baking Book spans the gamut of bakery topics with well-deserved and totally approachable authority.

Arthur Schwartz
The Southern Italian Table Authentic Tastes from Traditional Kitchens
Oct 2009
Clarkson Potter

Prolific food writer, cookbook author, and radio talk show host Arthur Schwartz brings his profound love of Southern Italian cuisine to center stage with this new cookbook. The result is a simultaneous ode and guide to the ingenuity, tradition, and soul of the region’s world-famous cooking, with a comprehensive recipe guide that covers everything from antipasti and insalate to pesce, carne, verdure, and dolci. Recipes are matched with their region of origin, providing cultural context to further enrich dishes like Aeolian Salad or Calabrian Pasta with Shrimp, Fennel Seed, and Arugula. What distinguishes Schwartz’s book is its intimate, personal approach, rendering the whole experience familiar, an authentic homage- rather than culinary exploitation - of rich, enduring, and delicious Southern Italian traditions.

Editors of Sur La Table with Rick Rodgers
Tips Cooks Love
Oct 2009
Andrews McMeel

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.

Sasa Mahr-Batuz and Andy Pforzheimer with Mary Goodbody
The Barcelona Cookbook A Celebration of Food, Wine, and Life
Jul 2009
Andrews McMeel Publishing

Unofficial emissaries of Spanish cuisine in Connecticut and beyond, Andy Pforzheimer and Sasa Mahr-Batuz bring the culinary culture of their five – and soon to be six – Barcelona restaurants to a national audience with this beautifully illustrated new cookbook. Mahr-Batuz and Pforzheimer are both ardent advocates of Spanish cuisine, especially tapas; in fact they are veritable prophets of the small-plates power of the fresh, bold Spanish flavors. And with this, their first ever restaurant cookbook, they share the stories, and more importantly, the recipes, behind the wild success of Barcelona restaurants. Everything from cocktails and wine, hot and cold tapas, main dishes and desserts are on the menu here, with helpful resources like a metric conversion index, recipe notes, and an introduction with the history of Barcelona and its charismatic founders.

Adam Ried
Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes
Jun 2009

As much a trip down milkshake memory lane as a foray into the modern world of blended beverages, Boston Globe columnist Adam Ried’s new how-to for everything “milkshake” is sure to please all comers. With such classics as a “Caramel Malted Milkshake” to a crème anglaise-infused “Duckfat Vanilla Milkshake” (named for the restaurant Duckfat), the book proffers potables of a decidedly indulgent variety. With equipment breakdowns and ingredients explanations, Ried takes his readers on a comfortable tour of milkshake history, all the while projecting some of the glint of milkshake future with his own innovative and decadent concoctions.

Linda Ziedrich
The Joy of Pickling: 250 Flavor-Packed Recipes for Vegetables and More from Garden or Market
May 2009
The Harvard Common Press

The revised edition of this be all end all guide to making pickles, is loaded with new recipes, tips, and techniques accumulated by Ziedrich over the past decade. A meticulously detailed introductory chapter highlights the various methods of pickling (including Japanese miso and rice bean pickling), and gives a rundown of the different salts, vinegars, aromatics, and firming agents to choose from. Eschewing the cucumber pickle rut, The Joy of Pickling, also includes recipes for baby corn to eggplant, to lemon, and has an entire chapter dedicated to Cabbage pickles, like Kimchi and sauerkraut. It also includes a section on hot and sweet chutneys, and salsas, and a final chapter focused on pickled meats, fish, and eggs.

Linda Ziedrich
The Joy of Pickling: 250 Flavor-Packed Recipes for Vegetables and More from Garden or Market
May 2009
The Harvard Common Press

In a culinary era that emphasizes sustainability and locally-sourced ingredients, no kitchen – professional or home – should be without a good pickling resource. Not only does pickled produce provide an alternative for the abundance of a season’s harvest, but the pickle itself acts as a sharp, sweet, and variously tangy gustatory flourish on plates worldwide. Luckily for both the eco- and palette-conscious cook, Linda Ziedrich’s revised The Joy of Pickling provides a treasure of pickling recipes accessible to even a modestly equipped kitchen. As much a pickling world tour as a recipe book, The Joy of Pickling provides a complete breakdown of pickling ingredients, methods and varieties that will enable any cook to transform a favorite fruit or vegetable into a delectably seasoned pickle.

Mark Miller
Tacos: 75 Authentic and Inspired Recipes
Apr 2009
Ten Speed Press

With a primer on tortillas (corn v. flour, fresh v. store-bought), Miller provides an array of recipes for everything from traditional carnitas, New Mexican carne adovada, and tacos al pastor to more modern taco variations like “Grilled Beef with Porcini and Chile Morita” and “Calamari with Blackened Tomato.” Each recipe includes yield, prep time, and overall heat level (an important consideration when handling such a variety of dried and fresh peppers), as well as a brief introduction to the recipe’s history, its regional significance and any outstanding ingredients. Tacos is as much a taco-lover’s bible as an inspiring and useful culinary resource, all around not to be missed.

Takashi Yagihashi with Harris Salat
Takashi’s Noodles
Apr 2009
Ten Speed Press

The translation of Japanese noodle traditions to American tables reaches an apex with the arrival of this invaluable resource from James Beard Award winning (and ICC presenter) Takashi Yagihashi. Combining his Japanese heritage with over twenty years of professional experience in restaurants in the Midwest, Yagihashi shares a wealth of noodle varieties and preparations, both traditional and innovative, spanning his culinary career. Home cooks and professionals alike will find inspiration in the book’s elegant visuals and recipes, which are grouped by noodle category and preceded by a brief explanation of the noodle, its traditional uses, and any purchasing guidelines. Before each recipe, Yagihashi shares either the dish’s cultural significance or his own experiences of it, if not both, reiterating that precious balance of food with experience that informs culinary traditions worldwide.

Michelle Ann Anderson
The Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook: Homemade Meals with Store-Bought Convenience
Jan 2009
Cumberland House

Each of the more than two hundred recipes in Michelle Ann Anderson’s new book begins with one time-saving staple: the rotisserie chicken. After a brief introduction on chicken carving and chicken stock, Anderson delves immediately into the many recipes to which white and dark meat chicken readily lend themselves. Alongside traditional offerings like “Creamy Chicken and Pea Salad,” Anderson includes recipes like “Chicken Samosas” and “Pollo Posole,” allowing the time-starved cook a decent variety of options for what would otherwise be a basic chicken dinner. From its humble spot in the local grocery, the rotisserie chicken is transformed into what Anderson and many a rushed home cook would consider a sophisticated culinary experience.

Trina Hahnemann
The Scandinavian Cookbook
Jan 2009
Andrews McMeel Publishing

Trina Hahnemann’s The Scandinavian Cookbook behaves as much like a cultural ambassador as it does a culinary resource. Written from the unique perspective of the Scandinavian seasonal experience, with its long, bright summers and dark, cold winters, the book provides a calendar year’s worth of recipes, month by month, based on the categorically seasonal nature of Scandinavian cooking. Working her way from January to December, Hahnemann offers up recipes around each season’s most prominent ingredients. In November, meatballs in curry sauce, old fashioned roast with potatoes and salsify, and braised stuff pheasant provide comfort against the encroaching cold. September’s late summer menu features a festive blueberry tart, pickled beets with star anise, and piquant gravlax with a sweet, creamy mustard sauce (Hahnemann recommends ice-cold beer as an accompaniment). Given the extraordinary circumstances of the Scandinavian cook’s resources and lifestyle, The Scandinavian Cookbook is sure to provide invaluable culinary inspiration and insight.

Joel Robuchon
The Complete Robuchon
Nov 2008
Knopf Publishing Group

This is the essence of Robuchon, distilled into one thick tome. From the sheer size, we’d guess that The Complete Robuchon is a compilation of nearly every recipe the great chef made in his career in French post-nouvelle cuisine. You won’t find color photographs or glossy paper in this book, just straight-up recipes for the classics and his own signature dishes, from Vichyssoise and pommes puree to sea bass tartare. Robuchon includes his thoughts on cooking methods, use of wine in food, and structures the rest like a classic French cookbook. It begins with stocks and sauces and progresses through salads, eggs, regional dishes, meat and seafood (a whole chapter dedicated to offal!), and ends with dessert. Eight hundred-plus recipes might sound like a lot, but its user-friendly layout and familiar writing style are enough to excite you about this wealth of knowledge; to his devout fans, it will read like a romantic novel. The simplicity of this book makes Robuchon’s tried and tested cooking within anyone’s reach, and is definitely a must-have for anyone interested in French cooking.

Dale DeGroff
The Essential Cocktail
Oct 2008
Clarkson Potter

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.

Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
The Flavor Bible
Sep 2008
Little, Brown & Company

Brought to you by the award-winning duo that created Becoming a Chef and Culinary Artistry, The Flavor Bible is a comprehensive reference on the essence of flavors and flavor combinations. The third chapter is the meat of the book, comprised of “The Charts”: 600-plus entries about ingredients and regional cuisines (with lists of complementary flavors or typical ingredients). Each entry has its own list of characteristics, common flavor combinations, function, affinities, avoidances, and so on. This self-dubbed bible is meant to be just that: a philosophical and practical guide to cooking based on chef-inspired flavor combinations rather than regional ones. Blurbs from famed chefs regarding their fondness for particular flavors and lists of particular dishes are sprinkled throughout. As Culinary Artistry defined the classical combinations that chefs employ, The Flavor Bible reinvents these combinations and provides a jumping-off point for new flavor ventures.

Jeff Cox
The Organic Food Shopper’s Guide
Mar 2008
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

Ever wonder why you should choose organic food over its conventional alternatives? With a chapter on every category, from vegetables to kitchen staples, and recipes for just about everything, Cox explains why organic is the best option, as well as when and where to look for organic food.

Steven Raichlen
The Barbecue! Bible
Jan 2008
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.

Written by Steve, Raichlen, the multi-award-winning cookbook author whose boundless enthusiasm took him 150,000 miles across 5 continents to discover the world's best grilled food, The Barbecue Bible is a 556-page, over-500-recipe celebration of sizzle, smoke, and secret sauces, summer afternoon cookouts, dads in aprons, and everything we love about cooking over fire. Welcome to the fire pits of South America, home of Argentinean Veal and Chicken Kebabs, and the shoebox-size grills of Asia, with their Balinase Prawn Sats and Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Sesame Dipping Sauce. To Mexico's Yucatan-Style Grilled Fish, Italy's famous Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine Steak), Thai Sweet and Garlicky Pork Chops, Senegalese Grilled Chicken with Lemon Mustard Sauce, and the best Memphis Ribs, Texas-Style Barbecued Brisket, and North Carolina Pulled Pork. In addition there are grilled sides, grilled starters, grilled desserts. And gleaned from the hundreds of pit jockeys the author visited, the Ten Commandments of Perfect Grilling, including master recipes for cooking a perfect steak, a perfect chicken, a perfect fish, a perfect vegetable.

Padma Lakshmi
Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day
Oct 2007
Weinstein Books

Inspired by her travels to some of the most secluded corners of the planet, Padma shares with cooks the origins of her latest exotic recipes. But you'll never have to feel as though you've just traveled the world in order to prepare them. Padma makes it simple to impress your guests with more than two hundred elegant and savory dishes such as Hot and Sour Fruit Chaat, Tangy Jicama Salad, Pur�e of Roasted Aubergine, Couscous with Merguez Sausage, South Indian Spinach and Lentil Soup, Red Snapper with Green Apple and Mint Chutney, Roasted Citrus Chicken, Barbecue Korean Short Ribs, and Honeycomb Ice Cream. From appetizers to entr�es, soups to desserts—Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet is the perfect book for anyone who wants cooking to be easy, elegant, and unforgettable.

Pino Luongo & Mark Strausman
Two Meatballs in the Italian Kitchen
Oct 2007

Two heads really are better than one in this lively cookbook by two Italian chefs. So here are nearly 150 delicious recipes representing the best of Italian and Italian-American cooking from not one master but two, with text that teaches, dialogue that's lively, and photography that's gorgeous. Soups, risottos, pastas, and entertaining dialogues between the chefs make this a fun and instructive book. Whether it’s Fettuccine with Butter and Cheese, Tuscan Seafood Sauté, or Warm Chocolate Pudding Cakes, you get simple home cooking done to perfection.

Anne Willan
The Country Cooking of France
Sep 2007
Chronicle Books LLC

According to Anne Willan, what makes French country cooking so compelling is “terroir,” its cultural and historical relationship to the land and the people who live there. This cookbook captures that perfectly. Divided into sections on specialties, such as savory tarts or rustic sauces, with large photographs of villages, farms, and homes in addition to those of the food, this book is an indispensable guide to French cuisine.

Amelia Saltsman
The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook
Aug 2007
Blenheim Press

In Saltsman’s own words, this book is intended “to offer novice and market-savvy shoppers a seasonal guide to both familiar and exotic crops, with tips on how to select, store, and prepare these interesting finds.” If you have ever been overwhelmed by the array of foods at a farmer’s market, this volume will help you make sense of the produce. The easy-to-prepare recipes, like Penne with Winter Greens, Potatoes, and Cheese, showcase the wonderful fresh ingredients that you can find at your own local farmer’s market.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
The River Cottage Meat Book
Apr 2007
Ten Speed Press

Lauded by such iconic chefs as Dan Barber and Thomas Keller, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Meat Book reads like a gentle but insistent manifesto on conscious carnivorousness. The overriding philosophy is simple: Don’t be clumsy cooking meat when it took such time and care to rear. The book provides much more than the typical diagram of animal parts accompanied by tangential reference to the farm and pasture. The River Cottage Meat Book explains “dead meat” in reference to the life of the animal, its treatment and environment acting as a kind of precursor to the culinary preparation. With extensive technique-and-instruction laden recipes, Fearnley-Whittingstall makes a meaningful foray into the omnivore-dominated territory of sustainable, environmentally-conscious food with what is essentially a reverent, animal-conscious philosophy of meat.

Andrew Jefford
The New France : A Complete Guide to Contemporary French Wine
Feb 2007
Octopus Publishing Group

This groundbreaking book not only covers all of France's fourteen wine regions, but also includes full-color maps for each one, with unrivaled cartographic detail. Andrew Jefford has traveled extensively in each of France's fourteen wine regions to enable him to write the most exhaustive and authoritative book on French wine to date.

Tom Aikens
Tom Aikens Cooking
Oct 2006
Ebury Press

From the day Tom Aikens burst on to the restaurant scene, he has barely been out of the limelight. Awarded two Michelin stars by the age of 26, he has consistently been tipped as one of the hottest and most talented chefs cooking today. For Tom Aikens, cooking and eating well “are a way of life.” This book features recipes from his restaurant and recipes that he cooks at home. Using fresh ingredients is crucial to Aikens, and he offers advice on how to approach shopping and cooking with these in mind. Every recipe is rated either “easy” or “medium” and the appealing photographs further encourage you to try your hand at Seabass with Lime and Lemongrass, or Cinnamon Truffles.

Edna Lewis
The Taste of Country Cooking
Aug 2006
Random House Inc.

On May 5th, 2003 Edna Lewis was inducted into the KitchenAid Cookbook Hall of Fame for her lifetime of achievements in the culinary industry. In recipes and reminiscences equally delicious, Edna Lewis celebrates the uniquely American country cooking she grew up with some fifty years ago in a small Virginia Piedmont farming community that had been settled by freed slaves. With menues for every season, she shares the ways her family prepared and enjoyed food, and, having made us yearn for all the good meals she describes, she shows us precisely how to reproduce them today in our own kitchens.

Jeff Cox
The Organic Cook’s Bible: How to Select and Cook the Best Ingredients on the Market
Apr 2006
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

More than 250 recipes, a guide to more than 900 varieties of organic produce, and sections on every possible kind of organic food make this the essential guide to organic food. Easy to use and in-depth, this book can teach you everything from how to grow your own organic vegetables to cooking with them. The most comprehensive, authoritative organic foods guide available. Flavorful, nutritious meals begin with flavorful, nutritious ingredients. They also begin with knowledge. If you want to learn about and enjoy the benefits of organic foods, this book is an essential resource that will make it easier to "go organic" by helping you "know organic."vCovering fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, milk, spices, and more, The Organic Cook's Bible expertly addresses the what, where, when, how, and why of choosing and using more than 150 types of organic foods.

Maria Villega
Taste + Color
Sep 2005
Villegas Editores

Maria Villegas reveals the last secret of professional food writers and photographers: the direct link between sensation and presentation. Put plainly, the colors of the foods on the table actually affect their taste. Each of the color sections in the book (yellow, green, beige, red, and white) includes a spectrum of recipes from appetizers to entrees, soups, and desserts all in the color "family." The menus here include more than 80 main dishes and 60 complementary dishes which can be grouped in different combinations.

Clare Crespo
The Secret Life of Food
Sep 2005
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.

A. Cort Sinnes
The New Gas Grill Gourmet : Great Grilled Food for Everyday Meals & Fantastic Feasts
May 2005
The Harvard Common Press

Most grilling cookbooks have cooking times and techniques geared to charcoal, not gas. In his third cookbook, Cort Sinnes offers gas grillers a wealth of recipes, tips for enhancing flavor, and a surprising variety of grilling techniques, These 225 recipes show has gas grilling can be an exciting way to serve great food to family and friends any day of the week. Illustrations.

Jane Pettigrew
Tea Companion : A Connoisseur's Guide
Sep 2004
Perseus Publishing

This comprehensive, authoritative guide to understanding, purchasing, and serving the world's finest teas is beautifully illustrated with color photographs of a variety of tea leaves and herbs, as well as their countries of origin. Learn how to store tea so its aromas last, brew it properly to fullest enjoyment, and appreciate the many nuances of flavor to be found in this extraordinary drink.

Fergus Henderson with an Introduction by Anthony Bourdain
The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating
Sep 2004
Harper Collins
Chef Fergus Henderson’s meaty masterpiece has been the well-guarded treasure of chefs for generations and is now available to the American public. With careful instruction, and mouth-watering recipes, Henderson encourages and instructs the home cook to take the next big step toward sustainable eating. Henderson’s The Whole Beast reaches a level of instruction not often found in cookbooks. As with Julia Child or James Beard, Henderson taught before he reached fame; and like Child and Bear it keeps his work relevant. No matter what the current trend may be, from books like theirs there is always something to learn.
David Thompson
Thai Food
Mar 2004
Ten Speed Press

2003 James Beard Award Winner! International Category! Renowned chef David Thompson first went to Thailand by mistake; a holiday plan had to be changed at the last minute, and he ended up in Bangkok, where he was seduced by the people, culture, and cuisine. Working alongside cooks who perfected their craft in the Thai food places, he began to document the traditional recipes and culinary techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation. The result is this volume, the most comprehensive account of this ancient and exotic cuisine ever published in English. Thompson writes about Thailand and its food with an easy erudition, encouraging readers to cook and experiment, while simultaneously fostering a respect for the food and its stewardship through the ages.

Norman Van Aken
The Great Exotic Fruit Book: A Handbook with Recipes
Mar 2004
Ten Speed Press

Fruit - natural, no additives , lowfat , heart-smart, good for you. With every day that passes exotic fruits - like their great counterpart, chiles - are increasingly working their way into our lives. Just as North Americans have found a friend in the fire of chiles due to their embrace of Mexican, South American, Caribbean, Thai, Indian and Chinese cuisines ( among others), so tropical and subtropical fruits are another indispensible and common ingredients that figures dramatically in the cooking of these regions. Experience some of Chef Van Aken's tropical recipes for drinks and desserts!

Michel Nischan
Taste Pure and Simple : Irresistible Recipes for Good Food and Good Health
Jul 2003
Chronicle Books LLC

Acclaimed chef Michel Nischan knows that eating well is all about balance, and his beautiful cookbook proves that robust meals can be both healthy and flavorful. 2004 James Beard Award Winner for Healthy Focus & Vegetarian

Jacques Pépin
The Apprentice : My Life in the Kitchen
Apr 2003
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

2004 James Beard Award Nominee for Writing & Reference; 2004 IACP Award Nominee for Literary/Food Writing Category; In this frank and witty memoir, world-renowned chef Jacques Pépin tells how he rose from a frightened thirteen-year-old apprentice in an Old World kitchen to an Emmy Award-winning TV superstar who continues to teach millions of Americans how to cook.

Mark Miller, Stephan Pyles, and John Sedlar
Mar 2003
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

The original “wraps”, tamales are a popular feature of Southwestern and Mexican cooking. Famed chefs Mark Miller (of Coyote Café), Stephan Pyles and John Sedlar offer classic and modern takes on the tamale, including countless variations of flavors. A delight for the eye and the palate, Tamales is the perfect book for Mexican food fanatics.

Marian Burros
The New Elegant But Easy Cookbook
Mar 2003
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group

A completely revised and updated edition of the cookbook that set thestandard for entertaining, featuring new recipes and old favorites with allthe great taste, convenience, and ease of preparation that has made it the entertaining bible for more than 500,000 cooks.

We all know that stirring risotto in the kitchen while your guests are gossiping in the living room is no fun. That's why the recipes in The New Elegant but Easy Cookbook can be prepared in advance and refrigerated or frozen until your party. While sharing all-new recipes for delectable dishes like Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Mediterranean Couscous Salad, Michele's Corn Pudding, or an astonishing Prepare-Ahead Chocolate Soufflé, Burros and Levine have also included fifty favorites from the original cookbook, like Sherley's Parmesan Puffs, Baked Imperial Chicken, Green and Gold Squash, and Lois's Original Plum Torte (the most requested recipe ever reprinted in The New York Times).

To make your life even easier, the book has an ingredients list with mail-order sources and lists of recipes for specific needs and occasions. Best of all, there are ten foolproof menus, from an Old-Fashioned Casual Dinner for 6 to a Brunch for 16 to a Cocktail Party for 24, each with a shopping list and a two-week "countdown game plan" that will take the fear out of entertaining for even the first-time host.

Editors of Cook's Illustrated Magazine
The Quick Recipe
Mar 2003
America's Test Kitchen

2004 James Beard Award Winner for the General Category; The Quick Recipe is the result of thousands of hours of testing to determine the techniques that deliver big flavor in less time--all from scratch. Starting with building block recipes for basic quick cooking techniques such as sautéing, grilling, or stir-frying, the editors of Cook’s Illustrated developed more than 300 flavorful recipes. Each recipe requires less than 60 minutes (many less than 30) from ingredient prep and assembly through cooking and/or cooling, and most recipes require 10 or fewer ingredients.

Tyler Florence
Tyler Florence's Real Kitchen : An Indispensable Guide for Anybody Who Likes to Cook
Mar 2003
Crown Publishing Group

2004 IACP Award Nominee for American Category; Marrying down-home practicality and urban flair, Tyler Florence--the charismatic host of Food Network's Food 911 and former chef at some of New York's trendiest restaurants--presents a hearty helping of his favorite recipes and shows how easy it is to create full-flavored, simple, yet elegant meals at home. The recipes here are organized by occasion, from intimate meals for two to casual dinners for friends, to brunches and outdoor bashes for a crowd.

Arthur L. Meyer and Jon M. Vann
The Appetizer Atlas: A World of Small Bites
Feb 2003
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

Whether in the form of a passed hors d'oeuvre, canapé, or a dish of small bites placed at a table setting, appetizers are the perfect showcase of a cook's creativity and skill. The Appetizer Atlas brings together an enticing range of starters from around the world that will help lead off any dining experience in style. This unique, encyclopedic cookbook offers 400 authentic, savory recipes for appetizers from twenty-eight distinctive regional cuisines-from Mexico to Maghreb, from China to the Caribbean, along with France, India, Italy, Japan, Thailand, and many more. All recipes are kitchen tested, perfect for home cooking, professional catering, and entertaining. With photographs of finished dishes, plus background material on specialty ingredients and regional cooking methods, this comprehensive resource is the only appetizer book a cook will ever need.

Tom Valenti and Andrew Friedman
Tom Valenti's Soups, Stews, & One-Pot Meals : 125 Home Recipes from the Chef-Owner of New York City's Ouest
Jan 2003
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group

In Tom Valenti's Soups, Stews, & One-Pot Meals, Valenti and coauthor Andrew Friedman dish up the flavor that we've come to expect from a celebrated New York chef, without any of the fuss. Here are realistic recipes for the home cook--most made in a single vessel--all based on the fact that the right ingredients, left alone cooking in one pot with virtually no intervention from the cook, will steadily build glorious flavor. This is make-ahead food that gets better a day or two later, this is dinner party food, holiday food, food that's made on the weekend and savored throughout a busy week.

Melinda S. Sothern, et al.
Trim Kids : The Proven 12-Week Plan that has Helped Thousands of Children Achieve a Healthier Weight
Jan 2003
HarperCollins Publishers

In this world of fast food, television, and video games, more children are eating too much and are not active enough: 1 in 4 kids are unhealthily overweight. Now, the experts who have helped thousands of children lead healthier lives have assembled the Trim Kids program. This is a unique plan providing a positive, safe initial approach to lifetime weight management. Each week, families practice proven ways to increase activity and exercises designed for their child's weight level; enjoy dozens of menu plans with nutritious, kid-tested recipes, and discover shopping lists and dining out tips?perfect for busy caregivers.

Anita Naughton; recipes and intro by Nicola Perry
Tea & Sympathy: The Life of an English Tea Shop in New York
Oct 2002
Penguin Group (USA)

In 1990 Nicola Perry, former tea lady at the London Stock Exchange, started living her dream. She found a storefront and opened Tea & Sympathy, an authentic amalgamation of English tea shop, mum's kitchen, and working man's cafe right in the heart of New York. Anita Naughton was one of her first waitresses, and from day one she kept an anecdotal record of the place, encapsulating the charm, flavor, and enigmatic patrons that are the atmosphere of the restaurant. Together they have created a colorful biography spanning the first decade of this landmark eatery. Complete with 60 recipes and photos of food and popular visitors, this is a quintessential taste of England ready to take home.

Mitchell Davis
The Mensch Chef:Or Why Delicious Jewish Food Isn't an Oxymoron
Mar 2002
Crown Publishing Group

Davis, author of Foie Gras and Cook Something, draws on his Ashkenazi (European Jewish) heritage and family recipes to produce The Mensch Chef. The recipes include familiar Jewish fare like his hearty Chicken Soup and Matzo Balls, Basic Brisket and Gefilte Fish. Several traditional recipes are given tasty new twists, from the slight citric bite of the sweet Apple-Orange Lokshen Kugel to the Baked Fish in Sweet-and-Sour Sauce. Some dishes, like the robust Hummus and the healthy Carrot and Raisin Salad, are more modern Israeli than Old Country, but are growing popular at Jewish tables. The kosher status of each recipe meat, dairy, pareve, or pesadich is indicated, and where appropriate Davis provides alternative versions of recipes that take dietary laws into account. The Pareve Rugelach, for instance, are made with Sweet Chicken Schmaltz and peanut oil instead of dairy products so that they can be eaten after a meat meal. Kosher regulations, ingredients, and tools are all covered in the introduction. Davis's borscht-belt wit spices up the recipes, as do historical tidbits and quick, troubleshooting bits of advice on everything from "How do I grate an onion?" to "Instead of pancakes I made a mess!" This well-written, appealing cookbook will tempt nostalgic Jews and culinary tourists alike.

Tom Stevenson
Tom Stevenson's Champagne and Sparkling Wine Guide : 4th Edition
Feb 2002
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.

Peter Reinhart
The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread
Jan 2002
Ten Speed Press

Master baker Peter Reinhart brings his role as instructor at Johnson & Wales to the greater bread-baking audience with this seminal work on the art and science of great bread. Since his last breakthrough bread book, Crust&Crumb, Reinhart has revisited the basic practices of bread baking, finding inspiration for this current work in the oldest bakeries of France and the ovens of his own instructional kitchens. Besides a thorough introduction to the world of bread, including a discussion of techniques and best practices, Reinhart precedes the recipes with his twelve-step bread baking process, or “twelve stages of bread,” wherein the reader learns both the technique and rationale for bread’s elaborated production. Trying to convey as much the intuitive “feel” for bread baking as a respect for the science, Reinhart engages the reader’s curiosity with as many explanations as recipes. The result is an ode to and explication of the culinary miracle that is bread.

Darina Allen
The Festive Food of Ireland
Jul 2001
Rinehart P

The Festive Food of Ireland explores the timeless themes and recipes of Ireland's past, and the result is a year full of celebrations and culinary delights. With over 50 recipes, Darina Allen presents the full range of traditional. Irish holiday fare. Celebrate St. Bridget's Day with Boxty Pancakes and May Day with Poached Salmon and Irish Butter Sauce.

Sheryl and Mel London
The Gourmet Garage Cookbook: 200 Everday Recipes Using Fresh and Exotic Ingredients from Around the World
Apr 2001
Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated

The Gourmet Garage started as a supplier of fresh and exotic ingredients to the chefs and restaurateurs of New York, then became a leading retailing legend when it opened its doors to the public in 1993. Now, award-winning cookbook authors Sheryl and Mel London and the experts of the Gourmet Garage show you how to select from the dizzying array of ingredients, transforming them into simple, healthful, wonderful meals in your own kitchen.

Jacques Pépin
The Short-Cut Cook : Make Simple Meals With Surprisingly Little Effort
Jan 2001
HarperCollins Publishers

Jacques Pépin, America's favorite French chef, makes your cooking easier with 150 timesaving recipes.

Mimi Sheraton
The Whole World Loves Chicken Soup
Dec 2000
Grand Central Publishing

Gathered during years of travel and conversations with cooks, the recipes reflect intriguing differences and similarities in chicken soups the world over. And yes, the whole world does love chicken soup; almost all cultures regard it as a truly nurturing food of fragrant comfort and homey warmth.
Grouped geographically, the recipes range from the classic clear and golden Jewish soup of Eastern Europe to a creamy rose- colored Shorabit Addas, or Arabian Red Lentil Soup with Chicken; from hearty New England Chicken and Corn Chowder to a fiery Chicken Pepper Pot Soup and a lusty Italian Green Minnestrone with Chicken and Pesto. And the author also includes instructions for making dumplings, won-tons, noodles of many nations, and appetizing garnishes.
More than just a cookbook, this wonderful volume offers charming chicken soup ancedotes from such diverse personalities as Ed Koch, Geoffrey Beene, Yasir Arafat and Nell Newman, daughter of screen idol Paul Newman, who divulges her father's chicken soup habits and describes his favorite recipe.

Joan Nathan
The Children's Jewish Holiday Kitchen : Seventy Ways to Have Fun With Your Kids and Make Your Family's Celebrations Special
Sep 2000
Knopf Publishing Group

There could be no more festive way to introduce Jewish children to their Jewish heritage than through the food associated with the holidays. And no better person to do it than Joan Nathan, whose great enthusiasm and knowledge have gained her a national reputation as the maven of the Jewish kitchen.

Enrique F. Martinez Limon
Tequila : The Spirit of Mexico
Feb 2000
Abbeville Press, Incorporated

In this delightfully visual book, author Enrique Martinez Limon takes the reader on a fascinating anecdotal journey through the history of tequila, providing complete information about how it is produced and descriptions of its legends, heroes, songs, and artistic manifestations. In addition, there are recipes for tequila-based cocktails and for dishes using tequila, as well as professional ratings of more than a hundred brands.

Karen MacNeil
The Wine Bible
Feb 2000
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.

This books is a lively course from an expert teacher, grounded deeply in the fundamentals and enriched with passionate opinions, asides, tips, anecdotes, definitions, glossaries, illustrations, maps, charts and wine labels—everything, in fact but the actual bottle of wine itself. Beginning with the basics of mastering wine—how to taste with focus and build a wine-tasting memory, understanding the subtle interplay of variety, vineyard and vintner and demystifying the issue of vintages—it covers the essentials.

Mark Strausman
The Campagna Table : Bring the Style and Cooking of the Italian Countryside into Your Own Home
Nov 1999
HarperCollins Publishers

Mark Strausman's restaurant Campagna is hailed as one of the best Italian restaurants in New York. The menu offers simple but delicious country-style Italian cooking in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Although the author was trained in the kitchens of Europe, he's also a family man, so he knows how home cooks really cook-and this is a cookbook written just for home cooks. There are chapters on quick-cooking and one-pot recipes for day-to-day cooking, and slow-cooking recipes for the weekends.

Thomas Keller
The French Laundry Cookbook
Oct 1999
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.

This cookbook, Keller's first, is as satisfying as a French Laundry meal, a series of small, highly refined, intensely focused courses. 150 recipes an more than 200 photographs Keller's wit and whimsy find expression in unique recipes (and titles) such as lobster-filled crepes with a carrot emulsion sauce, topped with a pea shoot salad dressed lightly with lemon-infused oil ("Peas and Carrots"), or sauteed monkfish tail with braised ox tails, salsify, and crepes ("Surf and Turf").

Joan Nathan
The Jewish Holiday Baker
Aug 1999
Knopf Publishing Group

Here are fifty original recipes for the traditional baked goods associated with the major holidays--challah for Shabbat, hamantashen for Purim, macaroons and matzah for Passover, jelly doughnuts for Chanukah--as well as delicious and exotic alternatives from around the world: Yemenite kubbanah, Turkish boyos, German schnecken, Russian babka, Hungarian strudel, Parisian pletzel, Mexican banana cake, Syrian ka'ak. But why wait for the holidays? Along with challah, bialys, and bagels, you will want to bake and enjoy all of these cakes and breads with your family and friends throughout the year.

Jancis Robinson
Tasting Pleasure: Confessions of a Wine Lover
May 1999
Penguin Group (USA)

Writing with Julia Child's authority, Elizabeth David's intelligence, and M.F.K. Fisher's verve, Jancis Robinson share her lifelong romance with wine and its attendant pleasures--gastronomic, scenic, cultural, and social.

Ina Garten
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
Apr 1999
Random House Inc

For more than twenty years, Barefoot Contessa, the acclaimed specialty food store, has been cooking and baking extraordinary dishes for enthusiastic customers in the Hamptons. For many of those years, people have tried to get the exuberant owner, Ina Garten, to share the secrets of her store. Finally, the energy and style that make Barefoot Contessa such a special place are shown here, with dozens of recipes and more than 160 breathtaking photographs, in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.

Rebecca Wood
The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia : A Comprehensive Resource for Healthy Eating
Jan 1999
Penguin Group (USA)

To a large degree, the quality of what we eat determines our health, and many cultures understand that food is the best medicine for what ails us. Arranged alphabetically, fully cross-referenced and indexed, and illustrated with line drawings, The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia provides information on how to select, prepare, store, and use medicinally more than 1,000 common and uncommon whole foods, from acorn to zucchini and aduki (a healthful Japanese bean) to zapote (a tropical fruit). Sidebar anecdotes, unique recipes, historical background, and a complete glossary of terms also contribute to the book's modern, user-friendly format.

Teresa Barrenechea
The Basque Table: Passionate Home Cooking from One of Europe's Great Regional Cuisines
Nov 1998
The Harvard Common Press

Come and join Teresa Barrenechea on a culinary expedition to the Basque Country.
The 130 recipes included here are authentic, taken from daily life in the Basque Country and recognizable by old and young alike.
These dishes are easy to make even for an inexperienced cookThe recipies are also uncomplicated and could be included in the daily
menus of any household. During the journey through The Basque Table several stops are made. The first is pinchos,
the Basque version of tapas; next you will explore the wonderful world of Basque sauces, simple but exquisite fish and meat preparations,
and also more sophisticated dishes for special occasions. Vegetable dishes and desserts, uncomplicated and deliciou.
Are you ready?

Kim Rizk
The Hay Day Country Market Cookbook
Nov 1998
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.

Since first opening in Westport, Connecticut, in 1978, Hay Day has been a celebrated purveyor of the finest farmstand produce and take-out fare. Now Hay Day presents 250 of the recipes that keep its customers coming back. 2-color throughout.

Waldy Malouf
The Hudson River Valley Cookbook : A Leading American Chef Savors the Region's Bounty
Nov 1998
The Harvard Common Press

Long celebrated for its beauty and rich cultural history, the Hudson River Valley, with its magnificent waterways and mountains, once inspired the early Indian and American settlers as well as the Roosevelts and Vanderbilts. In his stunning culinary debut, Chef Waldy Malouf provides more than 200 recipes that embrace the region's extraordinary variety of produce, game, fish, and dairy products.

Joan Nathan
The Jewish Holiday Kitchen
Nov 1998
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

By adding over 50 new recipes, Nathan has improved and expanded what is already considered the classic Jewish cookbook. Featuring recipes from around the world--Italy, Mexico, Algeria, and Russia, to name a few--this is the most complete collection of specific dishes for the eight major holidays, the Sabbath, and all special occasions in the life of a Jewish family.

A.J. Battifarano
The Four Seasons Of Italian Cooking: Harvest Recipes from the Farms and Vineyards of the Italian Countryside
Oct 1998
Time-Life, Incorporated

Filled with more than 125 recipes, 200 glorious, full-page photographs, and wonderful narrative vignettes, this rich, seasonal celebration of the Italian countryside is as much a travelogue as it is a cookbook. The authors collect the culinary wisdom of cooks from all parts of Italy, offering in the process a delightful glimpse of the country's culture and ambience.

Mark Peel
The Food of Campanile
Sep 1997
Random House Publishing Group

"The purpose of this book is not to document the latest fashion in food, or to dazzle people with food based on a school of archictecture, but to illustrate that everyone, with a little concentration and passion, can prepare flavorful and deeply satisfying food." Recipes include Roasted Chanterelle Salad, Duck Confit and Cannellini Bean Ravioli with Port Wine Sauce; Chess Pie to Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Carole Peck
The Buffet Book
May 1997
Viking Adult

Over 175 recipes. Buffets are America's favorite way to entertain, and who better to write the definitive-in fact, the only-book on the subject than Carol Peck? The Buffet Book is filled with reasssuring, practical advice about every detail of buffet entertaining, and includes advance prepararion tips throughout.

Maria McBride-Mellinger
The Perfect Wedding
Jan 1997
HarperCollins Publishers

Bridal expert Maria McBride-Mellinger answers all the questions as well as the countless choices and details involved in planning a wedding. From the engagement, to the dress to the flowers. The Perfect Wedding is a comprehensive, knowledgeable text, illustrated throughout with beautiful color photographs, offers advice and creative ideas every step of the way.

Dana Jacobi
The Natural Kitchen: Soy!
Oct 1996
Crown Publishing Group

Soy, in all its forms, has long been a staple of vegetarian cooking. The Natural Kitchen:Soy! proves just how versatile- and flavorful- soy foods can be. From tofu and tempeh to miso and soymilk, soy is emerging as the food of choice for a growing number of health- conscious cooks. It has been proven to lower cholesterol and to help prevent heart disease. Expert cook Dana Jacobi breaks new ground, offering soy dishes that are delectable, international, and divine! You'll discover dozens of recipes for cooking soy foods every meal, every day.

Elisabeth Rozin
The Universal Kitchen
Oct 1996
Viking Adult

Through a 250 recipe tour of world cooking, Elisabeth Rozin focuses on similarities rather than differences, on structures and techniques shared by cultures throughout history. Earthy and erudite, Rozin takes us on a gastronomic odyssey, from the classic Salad Nicoise to her grandma's unburnt cucumber salad, to show how the food of people all over the world has evolved along similar lines, a testament to the kitchen as a focus of our common humanity and to the cook as the interpreter of our shared culinary heritage.

Hubert Keller
The Cusine of Hubert Keller
Sep 1996
Ten Speed Press

Fleur De Lys is the preeminent French restaurant in San Francisco and one of the finest restaurants in the country. The dining beneath it's colorful, billowing canopy of handpainted fabric is a dramatic and romantic experience, heightened by Keller's dazzling food and genuine charm.

Gil Marks
The World of Jewish Cooking
Sep 1996
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group

Gil Marks, a rabbi, gourmet chef, and authority on Jewish food history and lore, guides us through this largely undiscovered world of Jewish cooking beyond chicken soup and gefilte fish. He has compiled over 500 kosher recipes and histories of Jews throughout the world. Gil Marks delights and enlightens readers with traditional recipes from Italian, Yemenite, Ethiopian ,Indian, Rumanian, Hungarian, Georgian, Ukrainian, Moroccan, German, Alsatian, and Middle Eastern Jewry; culinary conversations with contemporary members of these ancient and medieval communities; and fascinating commentary on Jewish food and Jewish history. He offers a spectacular array of delicacies that will whet the appetite and delight the spirit.

Darina Allen
The Complete Book of Irish Country Cooking: Traditional and Wholesome Recipes from Ireland
Mar 1996
Penguin Books, Limited

Wholesome, simple, and comfortingly nostalgic, Irish food is famous for its heartiness and use of fresh ingredients. Over many years Darina Allen has researched the culinary heritage of Ireland and The Complete Book Of Irish Country Cooking brings these recipes together--from the Irishman's Omelette, Watercress Soup, Michealmas Goose with Traditional Potato and Apple Stuffing, to Funeral Ham and Irish Coffee Meringue and Apple Amble Tart. But the book itself is much more than an Irish cookbook, as it is the first to gather together the history of the traditional dishes of Ireland--and with the passing of this generation, they would certainly have been lost. Darina Allen traveled around Ireland, speaking to the local people and collecting together the recipes. In the book each one is introduced by its history and specially commissioned photographs of the Irish landscape are interspersed throughout.

Kathy Farrell-Kingsley
The Woman's Day Cookbook:
Nov 1995
Penguin Group (USA)

This Cookbook is organized according to traditional categories, but it's also clearly cross referenced so that cooks in a hurry can quickly find recipes that meet special needs, such as one-pot suppers, low- fat recipe, and microwave meals. The "Investment Cooking" chapter contains advice on how to make several different meals in just three to four hours. "Cook Once - Eat Twice" offers menus of linked recipes, in which one dish serves as the basis for a second or even a third. Other exciting features include festive menus for those entertaining and even a full year of dinner menus for those too busy to plan balanced and varied meals every day.

Michael Lomonaco
The '21' Cookbook Recipes & Lore from New York's Fabled Restaurant
Oct 1995
Broadway Books

The '21' COOKBOOK contains well over 150 recipes for dishes ranging from the world famous '21' Burger and Traditional Crab Cakes to many of Chef Michael Lomonaco's innovative ways with grains, fish, and the game for which '21' has always been renowned. And liberally sprinkled throughout are fascinating stories about the restaurant's history, the legends that have grown up around it, and, of course, the many celebrities who have dined there over the years--all illustrated with photographs, cartoons, drawings, and other '21' memorabilia. In short, simply reading THE '21" COOKBOOK is to partake of a feast nearly as opulent as a visit to '21' itself.

Steven Raichlen
The Caribbean Pantry Cookbook: Condiments and Seasonings From the Land of Spice and Sun
Sep 1995

With the Caribbean Pantry Cookbook, you can bring the joyous flavors of the Caribbean to your table all year long. The Pantry cookbook includes 70 recipes some for Jerk Seasoning, Mojito, Banana Chutney, Jamaican Gingerbread, Passion Fruit Rum, and other island favorites.

Alice Waters
The Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook
Apr 1995
Random House Publishing Group

This timeless addition to the Chez Panisse paperback cookbook library assembles 120 of the restaurant's best menus, including galas, festivals, and special occasion meals that have become such gustatory celebrations. A full range of menus is featured, from picnics to informal suppers. Line drawings.

Danny Meyer and Michael Romano
The Union Square Cafe Cookbook
Oct 1994
HarperCollins Publishers

The Union Square Cookbook by Danny Meyer and Michael Romano offers 160 of the Cafe's classic dishes, from appetizers, soups, and sandwiches to main courses, vegetables, and desserts. Hot Garlic Potato Chips, Porcini Gnocchi with Prosciutto and Parmigiano Cream, Grilled Marinated Fillet Mignon of Tuna, Herb-Roasted Chicken, Eggplant Mashed Potatoes, and Baked Banana Tart with Caramel and Macadamia Nuts are some of the all-time favorites included in this long-awaited collection. Amateurs and pros alike will find the dishes here as accessible as they are irresistible...

Lynne Rossetto Kasper
The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emiglia Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food
Sep 1992
HarperCollins Publishers

This cookbook makes the wonderful cuisine of the Emilia-Romagna region accessible to American cooks with more than 200 recipes, accompanied by wine and menu suggestions, that feature all the area's specialties. 24 pages of color photos.

Chris Schlesinger
The Thrill of the Grill : Techniques, Recipes, & Down-Home Barbecue
Jun 1990
HarperCollins Publishers

Gone are the days when grills were considered only for hamburgers and hot dogs. The authors of the lively book make grilling exotic with spicy, taste thrills such as Duck Steak with Cumin, Molasses and Ancho Chili Glaze, and Jerk Chicken with Banana Guava Ketchup. The Thrill of the Grill is the taste of things to come. More than 200 recipes. Illustrations.

Julia Child
The Way to Cook
Jan 1989
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Julia Child's The Way to Cook is her Magnum Opus, which distills a lifetime of cooking. It is her most creative and instructive cookbook, blending classic techniques with free-style American cooking and with added emphasis on lightness, freshness, and simpler preparations. Over 800 recipes, including variations--from a treasure trivia of poultry and fish recipes and a vast array of fresh vegetables prepared in new ways to bread doughs and delicious indulgences, such as Caramel Apple Mountain or a Queen of Sheba Chocolate Almond Cake with Chocolate Leaves.

Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz
The Complete Book of Mexican Cooking
Nov 1985
Random House Publishing Group

A comprehensive collection of recipes for more than 340 delights of the Mexican kitchen features recipes for everything from tacos to tortillas, as well as explanations of basic Mexican ingredients.

Jeffrey Morgenthaler
The Bar Book
Chronicle Books

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John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg
The Essence of Chocolate

This cookbook is not only delectable, but also informative and simple to understand. It provides history on how Scharffen Berger was created, tips about baking with (any company’s) chocolate, and of course, over 100 recipes. The recipes are organized into categories—Basics, A Hint of Chocolate, Intensely Chocolate (plus everything in between)—and both the recipes and illustrations are as mouth-watering as you would expect from a cookbook devoted entirely to chocolate.

Jamie Bissonnette
The New Charcuterie Cookbook: Exceptional Cured Meats to Make and Serve at Home
Page Street Publishing Co.
Dominique Ansel
The Secret Recipes
Simon & Schuster
Pichet Ong and Genevieve Ko
The Sweet Spot: Asian-Inspired Desserts

From simple to decadent and exotic, as well as traditional with an unusual twist, the 100 recipes in this book will make you rethink Asian desserts. There is a photograph for virtually every recipe, and a guide to equipment and ingredients.

Dan Barber
The Third Plate
The Penguin Press