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…..