Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Gifts for Foodies: Cookbooks

Still Christmas shopping? Get the home cooks in your life some of these awesome cookbooks. Support Adventurous Tastes by purchasing them from my Amazon shop.

Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented

From the celebrated owners of Brooklyn's Baked comes a new cookbook reinvents beloved desserts from around the country. The 75 recipes include such favorites as monkey bread, whoopie pies, and banana cream pie.  Everything I've ever read about this bakery assures me that their treats are both quirky and delicious!

Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients

Mr. AT's parents gave us an early Christmas gift - a Zojirushi breadmaker. Much to my chagrin, I'm supposed to cut back on white carbs, so I figured a breadmaker would allow me to still occasionally indulge in bready goodness since I can know exactly what goes into my recipes. I came across this cookbook and think it's a perfect source for healthier breads. I tried their olive oil whole wheat bread recipe this weekend, and it was so easy and yummy. There's nothing like fresh baked bread! I still don't own this cookbook, so if anyone is dying to give me a gift, here it is...

Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours
Dorie Greenspan shares her love for French culture and cooking in this cookbook complete with beautiful photography. There are several cooking groups online that specifically focus on cooking their way through her cookbooks. Check out Tuesdays with Dorie and French Fridays with Dorie to get in on the action. Serious Eats has a simple and delectable looking recipe from the book - Salted Butter Breakups.

The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual
Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo eponymous Brooklyn restaurant, Frankies Spuntino, is all the rage. Seriously, is everything awesome in Brooklyn these days? The pair specialize in Italian classics remade with modern sensibilities and greenmarket ingredients in mind. Their entire menu is reimagined for home cooks in this book. No great Italian-American cookbook would be complete without a meatball recipe. Check The Frankies Sputino take here.

Sunday Suppers at Lucques: Seasonal Recipes from Market to Table
This one isn't new, but the most impressive home cook I know, my darling friend James in LA, loves it, therefore, I do, too. Suzanne Goin is a culinary star, and Lucques is lovely and always spectacular. This book contains 132 recipes arranged into 4-course meals and organized by season. This is a cookbook that every serious home cook can enjoy. A take on Lucques short ribs here.

Happy shopping, cooking and eating!

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