Went a little cookbook crazy this fall! Fall is when the bulk of new cookbooks are published–all in time for the holidays and gift-giving. (Merry Christmas to me!)
This is only a handful of some great cookbooks that followed me home from Costco, local bookstores and came off my Amazon wish list. I’ll share the others soon!
SCHOOL OF FISH – BEN POLLINGER Gallery Books – 2014
Ben Pollinger is the Executive Chef of Michelin-starred Oceana in New York City and has worked under numerous renowned chefs.
Although I cook for a living, I still have a mini panic attack every time I cook fish at home or for a client. Good fish and seafood is pricey, so I want to learn all I can about how to cook it properly.
School of Fish is more than a cookbook–it’s like a textbook geared toward the home cook. Organized by cooking technique, each section begins with tips and general information such as types of fish that work best with the technique and the equipment required. An easy “101-level” recipe is provided to get the cook started then progressing to more advanced recipes.
Some recipes I have to try: Flounder Barigoule with Artichokes and Potatoes, Grilled Scallops with Peach Salsa and Baked Halibut with 10-Minute Ratatouille.
ONE POT – THE KITCHENS OF MARTHA STEWART LIVING Clarkson Potter – 2014
Pretty much had to have this one for the food photography alone. Beautiful photography but no surprise, it’s Martha Stewart.
These recipes are all simple and don’t require complicated techniques or a great deal of time to prep. Subtitled “120+ Easy Meals From Your Skillet, Slow-Cooker, Stock Pot and More,” it holds true with fuss-free meals all cooked in one cooking vessel with minimal clean-up.
Some recipes I’ll be trying: Turkey Skillet Pie, Spinach Pie and Chicken Stew with Kimchi and Tofu.
THE BIG BOOK OF SIDES – RICK RODGERS Ballantine Books – 2014
I can already tell this cookbook is going to get a lot of use. In my business, I do a lot of menu planning for my clients. The Big Book of Sides has more than 450 recipes categorized by type of side dish: Vegetable, beans, rice and grains, salads, pasta, breads and pickles and relishes. Rick includes suggestions on the entree to pair with each side, suggestions for how it would work best such as “Company Fare” or “Buffet Dish,” and whether it can be prepared ahead of time.
It’s not easy to pick a few recipes from this book that really stand out because they all do! The Garbanzo Flour Fries with Aioli, Roasted Vidalia Onion Wedges with Gruyere Crumbs and Black-Eyed Pea and Kale Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette all sound like keepers!
THE SOUTHERN LIVING COMMUNITY COOKBOOK – SOUTHERN LIVING / SHERI CASTLE Oxmoor House – 2014
Subtitled “Celebrating Food and Fellowship in the American South,” Southern Living gathered together the best recipes from the best cooks in this region.
Having grown up a Yankee, I didn’t know much about Southern food when I moved here approximately 20 years ago. Even after that, Southern food didn’t appeal to me all that much until I became a personal chef and my clients began asking me for greens, cornbread and black-eyed peas. Panic city.
Now that I can hold my own cooking Southern food, I really appreciate the history, soulfulness and beauty of the cuisine.
As soon as I saw the Corn and Crab Fritters with Criolla Remoulade Sauce recipe, it was cookbook love. Other classic Southern recipes include Tomato Pie, Oyster Dressing and Chicken and Dumplings. Along with classics, you’ll find recipes like Shout Hallelujah Potato Salad from great home cooks. The book also contains the most requested recipe in Southern Living history: Hummingbird Cake.
PLENTY MORE – YOTAM OTTOLENGHI Ten Speed Press – 2014
What’s not to love? Chef Ottolenghi continues his stunning series of cookbooks with vegetables in the starring role. Innovative recipes include Root Vegetables with Wine-Braised Shallots, Zucchini “Baba Ghanoush,” and Brussels Sprouts Risotto. Oh, be still my heart!
BOUNTIFUL – TODD PORTER AND DIANE CU Stewart, Tabor and Chang – 2013
Todd Porter and Diane Cu are also known as the White on Rice Couple, publishers of the wildly popular blog by the same name. Subtitled “Recipes Inspired by Our Garden,” how they have time to tend a garden is beyond me; they’re also professional food photographers, stylists and conduct food photography workshops.
The photography in the book is stunning and the recipes are clean, uncomplicated and inspiring. I can hardly wait for summer to make the Red Tomato Jam with Fresh Ginger. Other recipes that make me want to cook them NOW (like…tonight) are Vietnamese Napa Cabbage Chicken Salad and Hearty Celery Root and Red Lentil Soup.
SAVEUR, THE NEW CLASSICS COOKBOOK – THE EDITORS OF SAVEUR MAGAZINE – Weldon Owen – 2014
This is a cookbook that every fan of global cuisine needs to have in their library. For 20 years, Saveur magazine has been providing heritage recipes from around the world. All the recipes are thoroughly tested and adapted to achieving recipe success in an American kitchen. If you’re looking for the quintessential recipe for a Croque-Monsieur, Hoppin’ John, Memphis-Style Dry Ribs or Ragu alla Bolognese it’s in here.
GREAT CHEFS COOK VEGAN – LINDA LONG Gibbs Smith – 2008
When friends and family want to get rid of cookbooks, I’m the first one they call and I’m more than happy to take them off their hands. A client of mine who bought this cookbook more for the photos than a desire to actually make the recipes was cleaning out her office. Great Chefs Cook Vegan has gorgeous vegan meals from 25 of the world’s best chefs such as John Besh, Eric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson and Thomas Keller.
I’m not vegan, but I love vegetables and have yet to meet a vegetable I don’t like. Although labor-intensive, some of these recipes look awfully fun to schedule some time to make: Zucchini Boxes Provencal with Black Mosto Oil, Red Pickled Shallots and Opal Basil (catch breath) from Daniel Boulud, Layers of Grilled Tofu and Marinated Eggplant with Rice Noodles, Sea Beans, Crispy Ginger and Coconut Red Curry Emulsion from Jason Cunningham. However, there are some that look super-easy and that I’m anxious to try like Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho.
MEXICO – MARGARITA CARRILLO ARRONTE – Phaidon Press – 2014
THE LEBANESE KITCHEN – SALMA HAGE – Phaidon Press – 2012
THAILAND, THE COOKBOOK – JEAN-PIERRE GABRIEL – Phaidon Press – 2014
INDIA COOKBOOK – PUSHPESH PANT – Phaidon Press – 2010, 2011, 2012
I LOVE these comprehensive collections from Phaidon Press and I’m always so excited when I see one that I don’t have. Every ginormous cookbook is beautifully hardbound and packed with approximately 1,000 recipes from various countries. Over time I’ve collected I Know How to Cook (France), The Silver Spoon (Italy), and 1080 Recipes (Spain). I’ll keep buying these until they run out of countries!