Christmas shopping suggestions

Haven’t finished your holiday shopping?  I’m in the same boat.  So I’m thinking of books….a selection of 2011’s more interesting cookbooks might just check all the boxes remaining on Santa’s spreadsheet.

  • The Rancho Gordo Heirloom Bean Grower’s Guide:  gardening and cooking, all in one.  I bought Rancho Gordo’s Rio Zape beans on a recent trip to San Francisco.  The beans, an heirloom Hopi variety, were  a taste revelation:  complex, chocolatey, delicious despite simple seasonings and no meat.  I’m looking forward to expanding my backyard bean plantings beyond pinkeye purplehulls next year.
  • The Italian Baker, Revisited:  Carol Field’s 1985 book inspired countless American bakers to create ciabatta, crostate, and other regional Italian specialties.  I bought a used copy, but you don’t have to.  The book was re-issued this year, with a few tweaks and updates (like listing measurements in weights as well as volume).
  • Hunt Gather Cook:  blogger Hank Shaw cookbook covers waterfowl, foraged greens, and all other manner of collected, not cultivated, foods.
  • Plate to Pixel:  Digital Food Photography & Styling:  great gift for a food blogger, aspiring food stylist, or person who compulsively photographs his/her food.

Meanwhile, I’ll be fighting holiday traffic all across the metro area.  NEXT year, I swear, I’ll start earlier…..

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