Every year my cookbook collection grows. Cookbooks are always on my list to give and receive. This year I found myself reaching for these cookbooks most often. Savor my gift guide for the cookbook lover and happy cooking!
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Simple, by Diana Henry As the title suggests, the food is simple but delivers with big fresh flavors. The photos invite you in with beautiful comfort food, making it easy to decide what’s for dinner. I have adapted some of the recipes and included them on my blog; red cabbage blackberry caraway slaw, roasted pork loin with brandy prune sauce, and fettuccine with asparagus, peas, and saffron.
Graze, by Suzanne Lenzer Savory and sweet small plates to tempt your taste buds. The savory small plates make for fun wine pairing ideas.
Provence to Pondicherry by Tessa Kiros Kiros takes us on an adventure to places beyond France influenced by French cuisine. I adapted her chicken Colombo recipe after a vacation on the French Caribbean island of St. Martin. Kiros has a number of cookbooks including “Falling Cloudberries,” another favorite.
French Roots, by Jean-Pierre Moullé & Denise Lurton Moullé French-inspired recipes by Jean-Pierre Moullé, a former chef at Chez Panisse and his French wife, Denise. The cookbook is a treasure of culinary tips and flavorful recipes that pair beautifully with wine.
French Country Cooking, by Mimi Thorisson The perfect escape to the Médoc region of France. Indulge your dreams as you page through this beautiful cookbook but be prepared to fall hard for the French comfort food that teases you with every recipe. This cookbook is French cooking and eating for the soul!
La Vie Rustic, by Georgeanne Brennan Cooking from the garden and following the seasons, is a way of life for Brennan, who splits her time living in Provence and Northern California. This book will make you want to plant a garden, maybe grow a few fruit trees, and if you can’t raise your livestock at least consider your sourcing. Delicious fresh ingredients are in every recipe enticing you to cook better and live closer to mother nature. A few recipes I adapted on my blog; smoked salmon spread and lamb & eggplant skewers.
Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour When you crave the flavors of Middle Eastern cooking, look no further than this cookbook. Straight forward easy recipes that satisfy those cravings from Persian born Ghayour. A blog favorite that I adapted; feta pistachio dip.
Root to Leaf by Steven Satterfield As a transplant to the south, I was enlightened by a cooking demo at my local farmers market by Satterfield. He turned those “southern greens” and other produce into tasty dishes that transformed me into a southern produce believer. Satterfield is the award-winning chef of Miller Union restaurant in Atlanta. Included in this cookbook is the best grits recipe and a recipe I adapted for duck breast with blueberry mostarda.
Fast Food, Good Food by Andrew Weil, MD As a believer that food heals, this cookbook delivers on easy, healthy delicious recipes that can kick-start a new way to eat for your health.
My Master Recipes by Patricia Wells While I continue to dream about attending Patricia Wells’ cooking school in France, at least I have her “master recipes” to practice and savor. Wells, an inspiring cook, and teacher is truly one of my favorites.