Five fab books will offer insights and result in great meals for your family and friends. Loved them all!
Now that it is winter season, GOOD STOCK: Life on a Low Simmer by Sanford D’Amato is a great read for those who love a good food memoir sprinkled with hearty recipes. “Sandy” D’Amato opened Sanford in his native Milwaukee in 1989 and it has gotten accolades from Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Zagat, and many more. The author combines his Midwestern appeal and urbane cooking into a lovely volume. Recipe highlights include grilled Belgian endive and watercress salad with tart cherry dressing; skate saltimbocca with lemon jam; home style pork cabbage rolls; and hot fudge toffee nut ball.

OLD SCHOOL COMFORT FOOD: The Way I Learned to Cook by chef and TV personality Alex Guarnaschelli is the perfect way to cook in the chill of fall weather. Alex is the daughter of acclaimed cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli who instilled a love of food in her daughter. The home cooking in this book is comfort to the max intertwined with beloved food memories. It doesn’t get more comforting than overnight garlic bread; chilled iceberg wedge with blue cheese and leeks; roasted “bistro” leg of lamb with crispy rosemary; and sour cream pumpkin pie.

COOKING SLOW: Recipes for Slowing Down and Cooking More by Andrew Schloss is a prefect cold weather way to get through the winter. The book covers slow simmering (braising), slow roasting, slow baking, slow grilling, slow frying, and slow steaming. It is a back to basics elegant book of creative recipes to inspire you to cook slowly and carefully. Standouts include slow-cooked turkey chili; coffee barbecue brisket; duck-porcini ragout; soft scrambled eggs with chèvre; and overnight lemon cheesecake.

Le Pain Quotidien restaurants are best known for their signature open-faced sandwich “tartines,” and their wonderful homemade organic bread and delicious coffee drinks. In LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN COOKBOOK: Delicious Recipes from Le Pain Quotidien by Alan Coumont & Jean-Pierre Gabriel one can find more than 100 familiar recipes from handmade breads and breakfast dishes to soups, salads, and desserts. It was wonderful to get the recipe for the famously delicious gazpacho!

INSIDE THE CALIFORNIA FOOD REVOLUTION: Thirty Years That Changed Our Culinary Consciousness by Joyce Goldstein with Dore Brown is a fascinating insider’s account tracing the development of California cuisine from its infancy in the 1970’s to the present. Joyce Goldstein, chef owner of the groundbreaking Square One restaurant in San Francisco lived the movement and her account is totally absorbing.

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