FRENCH COOKING AT HOME by chef Marianne Magnier Moreno is a beautifully presented cookbook bible of French cuisine filled with 100 recipes, infographics, dozens of step-by-step color photographs, and a handy illustrated glossary. The photographs make the cooking a cinch to prepare with step-by-step instructions starting with the basics and then moving you through techniques that are the key for French cookery. This book is a stunner and will make any foodie a fantastic and treasured gift this holiday season.
COOKING SOUTH OF THE CLOUDS: Recipes and Stories from China’s Yunnan Province by freelance journalist Georgia Freedman offers the reader a tour of Yunnan’s many delicious specialties and a journey through its culinary traditions. Standouts include Yunnan rice cakes stir-fried with ham and chives; Tibetan noodle soup; mashed eggplant with herbs and chiles; stir-fried duck with ginger; and Kumming-style barbecue lamb.
NORTH WILD KITCHEN: Home Cooking from the Heart of Norway by food blogger Nevada Berg is a wonderful introduction into the cuisine of Norway focusing on seasonally prepared dishes that are easy to create. The book also informs you about much of life in Norway through its cuisine. I found the creamy chanterelle and goat cheese skillet; lemony baked salmon with cucumber salad; Norwegian meatballs with creamed cabbage; potato flatbread; and slow-roasted leg of lamb with dill and orange sauce all interesting choices.
THE RITZ LONDON: THE COOKBOOK by Executive Chef of the Ritz Hotel, John Williams is quite the coffee table cookbook. For those who love all things British, this book is a divine look at the haute cuisine served at this posh hotel. It is amazing to just ogle the pictures of such amazing dishes as terrine of goose liver; damson & pistachio cake; fillet of turbot, baby leeks & morels; saddle of lamb belle époque; honey-glazed duck with lavender & hay; or just drool over the afternoon tea section!