Here are a few books to make your father or grandfather a very happy cook this Father’s Day.
The Great Cook: Essential Techniques and Inspired Flavors to Make Every Dish Better by chef and culinary instructor, James Briscione, with the editors of Cooking Light, is a course in how to confidently turn out master chef meals with ease. The reader is guided through 36 in-depth, recipe-oriented lessons with detailed instructive photographs of each step plus variations. The book also shares essential tips from professional kitchens that home cooks can easily use to make each of the recipes better. With over 500 color photos, and 105 recipes, this is a great book for any Dad, Grand Dad, or Moms too!
GRILL NATION: 200 Surefire Recipes, Tips, and Techniques to Grill Like a Pro by David Guas, award-winning cookbook author, restaurant chef, and host of Travel Channel’s grilling competition show, “American Grilled,” is perfect for any Dad or Granddad! The New-Orleans born author showcases southern-style grilling in his mouth-watering recipes. Chef Guas gives pointers on charcoal versus gas, and versus wood; the optimal temperature and coal positions; low and slow heat versus high and hot heat; how to perfectly cut beef for kebabs; master trimming beef tenderloin; and other interesting tips for the best grilled dishes. Brown sugar pork chops with peach barbecue sauce; Vietnamese BBQ tacos; slate-grilled diver scallops; and grilled banana splits are just a few standout recipes.
WHERE CHEFS EAT 2015: Newly Revised Edition of the Groundbreaking Global Restaurant Guidebook, edited by Joe Warwick, is the work of 600 top chefs in over 70 different countries who have collated 3200 restaurant suggestions. These are the favorites of chefs from humble holes-in-the walls and memorable breakfasts to high-end destination restaurants and late night haunts. José Andrés, Daniel Boulud, David Chang, Wylie Dufresne, Neal Fraser, Suzanne Goin, Carrie Nahabedian, Marcus Samuelsson, and Susan Spicer are just a few of the famous chefs who contributed to this fun volume.
REAL SWEET: More Than 80 Crave-Worthy Treats Made with Natural Sugars by Shauna Sever is fun for dads who like to bake. From honey and pure maple syrup to smoky muscovado, exotic coconut sugar, and more, there’s a host of alternatives to white sugar. Real Sweet has eighty-plus recipes ranging from family-friendly favorites to dinner-party winners. This collection includes such winners as chocolate chip oatmeal raisin treats; dark, fudgy muscovado brownies; maple sugar butter cookies; and honeycomb candy—all without a speck of refined white sugar!
THE OXFORD COMPANION TO FOOD by Alan Davidson, edited and updated by Tom Jaine. This new edition of the 1999 bestselling reference food work, combines serious and meticulously researched facts with entertaining and witty commentary by Alan Davidson. Mr. Jaine has kept Mr. Davidson’s wit alive in this edition which expounds on new coverage on attitudes towards food consumption, production and perception, such as food and genetics, food and sociology, and obesity. New entries include terms such as convenience foods, gastronomy, fusion food, leftovers, obesity, local food, and many more. There are also new entries on important personalities who are of special significance within the world of food, among them Clarence Birdseye, Henri Nestle, and Louis Pasteur. Now in its third edition the Companion maintains its place as the foremost food reference resource for any cook with a thirst for food lore.
CHARLIE PALMER’S AMERICAN FARE: Everyday Recipes from My Kitchens to Yours by renowned chef and restaurateur, Charlie Palmer showcases more than 100 easy-to-prepare recipes Mr. Palmer loves to share with his family and friends at home or at his restaurants. Baked lemon chicken; Dijon-glazed salmon; prosciutto-wrapped zucchini; and praline bars are some of the highlights from this solid cookbook.
BBQ BISTRO: Simple, Sophisticated French Recipes for Your Grill by Karen Adler & Judith Fertig is full of great easy, casual French bistro recipes designed to work on your grill. With recipes like truffled brioche grilled cheese sandwiches; lobster tail with pernod butter; with grilled pêche melba with crushed raspberries and crème de cassis you can upscale your grill with French flair. The recipes are easy with successful results. A perfect book for Dad or Granddad.