It is time to talk gifts for the holidays for your favorite foodie!
A TABLE FOR FRIENDS: The Art of Cooking for Two or Twenty by Venice-based cookbook author and food journalist Skye McAlpine makes entertaining downright simple and yet special. The recipes fall into four chapters: stars; sides; sweets; and extras, which allow you to intuitively plan a simple and yet innovative menu that is easy to prepare and to serve. The author offers practical, fuss-free guidance for hosting stress-free dinners, including what to cook in advance; how to set the table perfectly; and how to enjoy your time at your own party. Favorites include: Panzanella with tuna and anchovies; spinach, mint and melted cheese Syrian frittata; roast pork with honey-roast persimmons; watermelon, feta, and pistachio carpaccio; asparagus with lemon and toasted almond gratin; and salted caramel pannacotta.
LAROUSSE PATISSERRIE & BAKING: The Ultimate Expert Guide with More Than 200 Recipes and Step-By-Step Techniques is the complete guide from the authoritative French cookery brand Larousse. This is the perfect holiday book to gift your favorite baker! The book covers all aspects of baking – from simple everyday-cakes and desserts to special occasion show-stoppers. There are more than 200 recipes included, plus useful techniques to ensure your bakes are perfect every time. The book also includes workshops on making different types of pastry, handling chocolate, cooking jam and everything else that you need to know about pastry, patisserie and baking. Each recipe is photographed and there are more than 30 step-by-step techniques sections.
EAT CALIFORNIA: Vibrant Recipes from the West Coast by recipe writer and food stylist, Vivian Lui who currently resides in Santa Monica, captures the culinary wealth the state has to offer. We know California is famous for its Farmers’ markets and abundant produce and seafood. We are also aware of how the ethnic influences have affected the kitchens of restaurants and home cooks who create wonderful dishes out of the plentiful ingredients. The book is sorted by chapters including breakfast and brunch; drinks; lunch; small bites; dinner; desserts; and basics. Standouts include cauliflower rice bowl; lemony burrata flatbread; grilled avocado and lobster salad; green pozole; BBQ short ribs; and coconut popsicles.
COMIDA MEXICANA: Snacks, Tacos, Tortas, Tamales, & Desserts by Mexican-Australian restaurateur Rosa Cienfuegos is a wonderful look into Mexican street food. The book is beautifully designed with wonderful recipes that the author discovered in her country of origin including breakfast tamales in the thriving metropolis of Mexico City to the tacos you find on every street corner to incredible snacks and heartier fare, like chicharrónes and tortas, and late-night treats like elotes and churros. The pictures are totally mouth-watering and take you on a virtual trip to Mexico making this a great gift for lovers of this cuisine.
GREENFEAST Autumn, Winter: [A Cookbook] by cookbook author and food columnist Nigel Slater, is a vibrant collection of recipes, perfect for people who want to eat less meat, but don’t want to compromise on flavor and ease of cooking. With Slater’s famous one-line recipe introductions, the recipes are amazingly simple and make full use of ingredients you have on hand. Favorites include: Jerusalem artichokes, pistachios, grapes; lentils, sweet potato, tomatoes, pumpkin, couscous, date syrup; celery root, horseradish, pumpernickel; and chocolate, dulce de leche, biscotti.
Aegean: Recipes from the Mountains to the Sea by Marianna Leivaditaki, who grew up on the Greek island of Crete and is the head chef at Morito bringing her Spanish and Middle Eastern take on Greek food, is so much more than a cookbook. It is a love of Greek cooking and her recipes are inspired by the sea, land, and the mountains of the Aegean islands. The book celebrates the Mediterranean diet, rich in olive oil, fresh veggies, and fruits, nuts, fish, and whole grains. Standouts include: shrimp with ouzo, orzo, and zucchini; smoked and fresh fish fishcakes with capers and lemony aioli; oven-baked potatoes with capers and anchovies; stuffed zucchini flowers with fresh cheese and honey; watermelon, charred feta and bread salad with mint; chicken with okra, oregano, and aged vinegar; slow-cooked leg of lamb with orzo; and apple, peach, and almond tart with sweet yogurt.