StarChefs COOKBOOK Wish List
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.
Mastering 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 instructions.
Nightly Specials: 125 Recipes for Spontaneous, Creative Cooking at Home
Michael Lomonaco and Andrew Friedman (Morrow Cookbooks, 2004)
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's Family Table
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.
Fast Food My Way
Jacques Pepin (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)
Elegant food doesn’t always require elaborate preparation. Jacques Pepin offers simple recipes and timesaving shortcuts that can be used for any occasion.
Joan Nathan's Jewish Holiday Cookbook
Joan Nathan (Schocken, 2004)
Food is the foundation of all Jewish holidays, and Nathan gives recipes from around the world that can be found at any traditional celebration.

Workin': 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
David 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.
Alfred 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.
Cakes to Dream On: A Master Class in Decorating
Colette 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.
Patrick O’Connell’s Refined American Cuisine: The Inn at Little Washington
Patrick O’Connell (Bullfinch Press, 2004)
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.
Fork 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 through Scotland.

Related Links:
  • Holiday Dinner with Bradley Ogden
  • Holiday Baking
  • New Glasses for the Holidays

    ... Published: December 2004