Sunday, December 27, 2009
My favorites from 2009 - books
It's almost impossible to write about favorites from a whole year - I can barely remember what happened last week, so how about what happened in January? I have no idea. But hey, let me try, anyway. I'll do a series of posts over the next few days, on my favorite cookbooks, my favorite recipes and my favorite new products. Let's start with the books!
What's your favorite from this year? Tell me in the comments!
Top 5 cookbooks
-Momofuku - absolutely great. I wanted to get on a plane to NY, go to every location and eat through the menus. I'll settle for cooking from the book though, which seems very, very useable - David Chang really goes into detail on how they work, and although some things probably won't be practical for the home kitchen, so many things are. (Website.)
-The Blackberry Farm Cookbook. I haven't been to the Blackberry Farm any more than I've been to Momofuku - but oh, I want to go. This cookbook (and it's much more than that, really, it has so many beautiful photos and interviews with the people somehow involved with the farm that it's really something you read, not just leaf through) is very different from the Momofuku - you won't find meat glue here, but tons of wonderful recipes for well-cooked food that's in season. (Website.)
-Rose's Heavenly Cakes. I have had the Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum for several years (donated to me by a kind reader who was cleaning out her bookshelf!) and it's completely changed the way I think about cakes. (it's also scared me off from making them very often!) This book is a lot nicer - it still covers all of the basics, but it has color photos of all the cakes, and I find it a bit more approachable. I've made yummy vanilla cupcakes so far, but I can't wait for an occasion to try out something a bit more challenging, too. (Rose's blog.)
-'Wichcraft. I'm a huge fan of Top Chef, and thus, of Tom Colicchio. I really, really wish I could fly out to eat at Craft, too, and I hope to experience 'wichcraft as well. (Eventually.) I'm happy to have the book, though - it has tons of recipes, and almost all of them sound great. And I love sandwiches for dinner. Don't you? (Website.)
-Not just a cookbook, but much more - Hungry Monkey by Matthew Amster-Burton is a funny and engaging story about how a child begins her journey towards being an eater. Or something like that. Just read it. If you have kids, you'll love it. If you don't, you will still appriciate the recipes. (Website.)