Here at the headquarters of Eat the Love (the tiniest one bedroom apartment in San Francisco) I have a terrible habit. It includes collecting cake stands, esoteric ingredients and cookbooks – lots and lots of cookbooks. This ridiculous collection of cookbooks is well documented here on the blog, but that has not stopped the influx of cookbooks coming my way. 2013, so far, has seen some great cookbooks released, and as much as I would love talk about each and everyone one them in a post, I can’t. So here’s part 1 of my 2013 cookbook round-up (in no particular order) that includes a giveaway! Be sure to stop by next Monday for Part 2 of the roundup (along with another cookbook giveaway).
Details about what cookbook I’m giving away and how to enter, at the end of this post! [Sorry this giveaway is CLOSED]
Absolutely Avocados by Gaby Dalkin
As much as I’m dubious of single subject cookbooks in my limited shelf space, I’ve got a soft spot for avocados (as well as a soft spot for the insanely talented Gaby Dalkin, author of the blog What’s Gaby Cooking). It all started when I moved to California 15 years ago and (avocados were completely foreign to me in St. Louis) and my friend introduced me to guacamole at a tacqueria. I can’t believe what I was missing in my life! With 80 recipes that range the full loaded chorizo gravy nachos to an avocado brownies to a number of guacamole recipes, Absolutely Avocados is absolutely awesome.
Modern Art Desserts by Caitlin Freeman
I don’t talk about it much on this blog, but in a former life I was an artist, or at least I studied to be one (I would actually argue that I never was an artist but rather just an art student but that’s splitting hairs). I hold a bachelor’s of fine art in painting which comes surprisingly handy as a graphic designer, photographer and baker. So when I got Modern Art Desserts by Caitlin Freeman I was enamored with her take on desserts inspired by works of art. Operating out of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art café, every dessert Freeman creates not only looks beautiful but also have innovative flavor combinations that make my heart and soul sing. Though some of the dessert assembly seems daunting, clear step-by-step instructions are helpful for what would be a nice weekend baking project for people.
Bootleg Bakery by Kiki Bee
Despite what some people think I’m not a big drinker. But I do love sneaking a little booze into my baked goods, whether it’s tequila, bourbon or even wine. Which made the slim little Bootleg Bakery cookbook all the more fun to leaf through. Full of alcoholic desserts inspired by the roaring 20s, each page is a whimsical interpretation of cocktails like the Old Fashioned, Refashioned cake, the Fluttering Green Fairy Cakes or the Limoncello Tartlets. With this book, happy hour is everday!
Patisserie at Home by Will Torrent
Pastry chefs are a funny bunch. Obsessive compulsive and anal retentive at the same time, they are an exacting group of people who love nothing more than to talk about the differences between Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla. Will Torrent is clearly one of those folks, with precision and passion, explaining basic techniques and recipes with clarity that makes even old pros sit up and pay attention. His book Patisserie at Home is a compilation of classic desserts like millefeille, éclairs, and tartlets all written with precise instructions for the home chef. French pastry art never looked so good or so easy to make.
Bake It Like You Mean It by Gesine Bullock-Prado
There are numerous cookbooks out there that explain how to bake a cake and decorate it, but there are few that explain how to make a gorgeous cake when you slice into it. With striped, layered and stacked cakes, each recipe not only shows how to make show stopping desserts but also innovative flavor combinations like Black Pepper and Black Cherry Marble Cheesecake or Drunken Figgy Pudding Log Cake. Sure each cake project looks like it would take two or three days (and probably have you up to your elbow in buttercream frosting) but the end result looks worth it.
I Love NY, Ingredients and Recipes by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara
I have a confession. As much as I loved their previous book Eleven Madison Park, the entire book was utterly impossible to use. Thankfully their approach to this book, I Love NY seems the exact opposite. Broken down into chapters of ingredients, with stories about the farms around New York where the produce comes from, the recipes really focus on how to make each core ingredient shine. Instead of labor-intensive recipes within recipes (recipes to make the ingredients for a recipe are everyone’s pet peeve) the components in these dishes all seem easy to make. Though an occasional “chef” ingredient sneaks in (glucose? Citric acid?) 98% of the recipes are not only beautiful to look at but actually could be done in a regular household.
River Cottage Veg by Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall
I know that it SEEMS like I live on sugar and butter but the sad reality is that I’m like most people. I try to eat relatively healthy and that means I try to eat more veggies. Normally this isn’t a problem as I have a healthy obsession with broccoli, summer squashes and leafy greens of all types but sometimes I get tired of the same old same old that I do day after day. Thankfully the River Cottage Veg cookbook came around, inspiring me with new recipes ideas, all focusing on vegetables. Beautiful, bright and slightly whimsical with cute illustrations, I know I’ll be reaching for the cookbook often.
The Adobo Road Cookbook by Marvin Gapultos
I’ll be honest when I tell you that other than chicken adobo and lumpia, I am not that familiar with Filipino food. Thankfully Marvin Gapultos is here to help educate. A former food blogger turned gourmet food trucker owner to cookbook author, Gapultos demystifies Filipino food, making it accessible for those who aren’t as familiar with the cuisine. Familiar dishes like fried chicken are given a nice Filipino twist with soy sauce, calamansi juice and coconut milk while classic Filipino dishes like chicken adobo are adapted into recipes like chicken adobo pot pie. I love me a good pot pie!
The Chinese Takeout Cookbook by Diana Kuan
True confession time: I love cheap Chinese food. Hot and sour soup, General Tso’s chicken, and beef with broccoli all hold a place in my heart. These are all dishes that you find in any American Chinese restaurant but isn’t authentic at all. That’s OK though as I would occasionally eat it for lunch as a special treat for myself. But now that Diana Kuan wrote this book, I can make these dishes for myself at home without fear that some other local food blogger will come across me ordering Orange Chicken at the mall and look at me at scorn and threaten to out me to the rest of the food blogging world via instagram. It’s a tough life trying to keep up appearances.
Breakfast for Dinner by Lindsay Landis & Taylor Hackbarth
When I heard the premise behind Lindsay Landis’ second book, I was ecstatic as I happen to LOVE eating breakfast for dinner. Basically it’s an excuse for me to make waffles and bacon for dinner. But once I got ahold of her book I realized that breakfast for dinner is way more than waffles and bacon. From Sunny Side Up Burgers to Huevos Rancheros Tacos to Moroccan Chicken Cinnamon Rolls this cookbook pretty much had me impatiently waiting for dinnertime so I could have breakfast. Perhaps I should start waking up earlier in the day so I can actually have a proper breakfast. Hmmm…or not.
Homemade with Love by Jennifer Perillo
I’m a bit in love with this book. Simple easy and intuitive recipes with coupled with gorgeous photos (super awesome Penny de los Santos shot the book) makes me pretty much want to curl up and read the book as if it’s a novel. The cookbook functions as a story of love and loss (Jennie lost her husband Mikey in 2011) but the core of the book, not to be overlooked, are the recipes. Simple and easy but creative and flavorful, each recipe seems crafted with thoughtful love. I especially love the little touches in the book like the icons that immediately identify recipes that are 30 minutes or less, vegetarian, vegan or make ahead. The beauty is in the details.
I’m giving away a copy of Lindsay Landis & Taylor Hackbarth’s Breakfast for Dinner! All you gotta do to enter is leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite breakfast thing is (preferably with a recipe or link, as I’m always on the look out for new things to make). Good luck! The fine print – PLEASE READ
By leaving a comment below to enter, you are agreeing to the Official Rules.
▪ NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
▪ VOID WHERE PROHIBITED
▪ You must be over the age of 18.
▪ This contest is only open to U.S. Citizens. Sorry non-US people!
▪ The contest starts as of today, and will run until Thursday, June 20th, 2013, 9am PST.
▪ The retail value of the book is $19.95.
▪ The winner will be chosen by a randomly selected comment. All comments will be numbered and I will use Random.org to pick a random number.
▪ The number of eligible comments below determines the odds of winning.
▪ If there’s a problem with contacting the winner, I reserve the right to award everything to someone else randomly chosen. So in other words, make sure you type in your correct email address if you want the membership and respond within a week to me when I contact you or I’ll give everything to someone else.
▪ This book will be coming directly from me, which means, I can’t guarantee that I’ll get it to you in a timely fashion. Let’s face it, I’m totally lazy and have to package and send this stuff to you via UPS or USPS which means I have to actually go to the post office/UPS store. I’m hoping to get you the book in the next week, but if that doesn’t happen, expect the book in August. I’ll be out of town most of this summer…
Special thanks to Ballantine Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Quirk Books, Running Press, Ryland Peters & Small, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, Ten Speed Press, and Tuttle Publishing for providing review copies of their books. Even though the cookbooks above were provided without charge, I was not monetarily compensated and all opinions are my own.