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.)


At Home with Kim Vallee said...

I saw that you put Whitewater cooks on your wishlist. I want to let you know about her 2nd cookbook, Whitewater at home. I received it the day before Christmas. At first glance, it seems even better than the first one. I will review it in January.


Thus so far...if your talking cooking books has to be a very old book that I purchased on EBAY called 'Cooking the Scandinavian Way by Elna Aslerbert. Along with your blog it has been my bible for all things Swedish and for the Julbord. On christmas day I received the book SJU SORTER KAKOR from ICA so that will also be one to add to my favs.

Happy New Year
Gott Nytt Ar
Julie x

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home said...

'wichcraft is sooo delicious. Somehow I have not made time to visit Momofuku...don't know what's wrong with me. I've been desiring Rose's Heavenly Cakes for weeks now... I love the cover of the Hungry Monkey book! I've heard of all the others except that one. I'll have to check it out. Happy Holidays :)

solid wood furniture said...

I love wichcraft! The recipes are so great there and I find it simple to make. That cookbook helped me prepare the family's Christmas dinner.

Anne said...

Kim - thank you, I really look forward to reading your review!

Julie - that sounds lovely!

Erika - you don't even have an entire ocean as an excuse, so off to Momofuku with you!! :)

Solid food - wow, that must have been a great Christmas dinner!

The Food Hunter said...

I got Heavenly Cakes for Christmas. I can't wait to start baking.