Fall & Winter Cookbook Roundup – 2013 Part 1

by Irvin on December 7, 2013 · 50 comments

Fall and Winter Cookbooks Roundup - 2013 part 1

Goodness. Is that time of year again? No I’m not talking Christmas (though that’s around the corner – eek!). I’m talking my annual roundup of cookbooks! It’s been a crazy year full of fabulous cookbooks, and being the hoarder that I am (I think my partner AJ is ready to stage an intervention) I’m up to my ears in cookbooks. I already did a summer roundup that ended up spanning TWO blogs posts and the books that were released since then have been stacking up! The fall/winter releases of 2013 were pretty great so again, I’ve had to arbitrarily break them into two different posts. Here’s part one of my list of fave cookbooks AND as an added bonus, I’m doing a cookbook giveaway of THREE cookbooks on this list. Stick around to the end of the post (which, I apologize, is VERY long) to find out which ones you can win and how to enter! (Sorry this giveaway is closed!)

Eat Your Vegetables cookbook.

I kind of love Joe Yonan. I think my love of him solidified as we waiting in line at the Feast Portland event and he turned to me and said “If I have to wait in this line for one more minute, I’m totally going to throw a tantrum like the diva I am…” So when I got ahold of his book Eat your Vegetables I wasn’t surprised that about how much I loved it. Vegetarian recipes designed for one person but appealing to all folks (vegan, vegetarian and omnivore alike) is the theme and dishes like Kimchi Deviled Eggs or Bean and Poblano Soup with Cinnamon Croutons are just as punchy bold as you expect them to be from a diva like Joe. Little side notes interludes about mock meat (or not mocking the mock meat as it is) and the evolution of vegetarian restaurants gives the book a little more meat than just a bare bones vegetarian recipe cookbook.

Balaboosta cookbook

I spotted the cookbook Balaboosta by Einat Admony while waiting for a friend at a bookstore in the San Francisco Ferry Building. Its intricate and decorative cover intrigued me but my dabbling in Mediterranean food at home is fairly limited. Thankfully the accessible recipes in the book make it seem like I can TOTALLY make Mediterranean food at home. And I have. Oh have I made this food at home! Soon I found myself whipping up a harissa at home (where have you been all my life?) and making a Spicy Chicken Tagine. The pages are already splattered with ingredients and that’s how I love my books, worn and well loved. A keeper for sure.

Picture Cook cookbook

Picture Cook by Katie Shelly is one of those novelty cookbooks that you probably can pick up at Urban Outfitters for your millennial nephew (how did I get so old?) who just graduated from college. You don’t REALLY expect the book to have any substance, but you can pat yourself on the back, thinking you not only gave him something cool and hip but, you know, might teach him a thing or two. But if you look closely at the book, you’d be wrong to dismiss it as strictly kids stuff. Completely illustrated, the recipes are basic, but interesting and full of flavor and, most importantly, easy to understand. A North African Stew recipe, explained through drawings? Thoughts on Tacos, done with pictograms? Pizza dough toppings that expand beyond pepperoni? Sure there are a few questionable inclusions (I’ll avoid the ambrosia salad thank you very much) but on the whole color me impressed with this one.

Ottolenghi The Cookbook

I pretty much fell in love with Yotam Ottolenghi’s book Jerusalem last year and with the US domestic release of his first book Ottolenghi (originally published in 2007 in the UK), I was ready to fall in love again. Sadly it didn’t happen. Not that Ottolenghi isn’t a good book, but it’s clearly a first attempt at writing a cookbook and it shows. Jerusalem was his third book and by then, he had nailed it, with its approachable yet exotic recipes and lush narrative photography. Ottolenghi, on the other hand, seemed slightly less warm in comparison, as if made in a restaurant kitchen, full of fluorescent lighting and stainless steel counters. That’s not to say that it’s a Ottolenghi is a bad book at all. If I had gotten it in 2007, before Plenty or Jerusalem had come out, I would have immediately gravitated toward some of the recipes (Fennel, Cherry tomato, and crumble gratin or Seared Duck Breast with Blood Orange and Star Anise sound particularly winning as do pretty much anything in the bakery and pastry section at the end of the book). In fact, I would probably be singing the unapologetic praises of the book all over the place. As it is, I’m thrilled I have it on my shelf, to completely my trilogy of Ottolenghi books but, like the Return of the Jedi, I probably won’t be reaching for it as much as the other two (but it’s still a Star Wars movie, ewoks be damned).

Duck, Duck, Goose cookbook

Speaking of duck dishes, I was thrilled to get Hank Shaw’s Duck, Duck, Goose book when it came out. As much as I love duck, it’s something I always order at the fancy shmancy restaurant, because I. Don’t. Know. How. To. Cook. It. At. Home. Well now I don’t have to worry. Hank’s book not only demystifies duck (and goose) but has some damn good looking recipes in it too. Tea Smoked Duck, Confit of Duck with Pasta and Lemon, Duck Bulgogi! Holy crap, I could go on and on. On top of that, he rates every single recipe with a difficulty level, with one star being dishes you can make at home on a weeknight after work to 4 and 5 stars which are more “weekend project” dishes. Now all I gotta do is take Hank up on his offer to go hunting and I’m totally set to go off grid (no I just. I like Twitter too much).

The Scarpetta Cookbook

I’m relatively ignorant to the celebrity chef phenomenon (unless it’s Sherry Yard who I happen to go all fanboy on whenever I run into her because I love her, but that’s a pastry chef thing and most of you probably don’t know who she is anyway). So when I got The Scarpetta Cookbook I hadn’t a clue who the author Scott Conant was. Turns out he’s been on TV and such. Also turns out that he made a pretty solid cookbook. In fact, the recipes, which sounds like something you’d order at a fancy restaurant (which, apparently Scarpetta is) are actually pretty easy to make at home. Lobster Salad with Burrata and Peaches is totally something I could make for a fancy summer lunch (well, if I wanted to splurge on my lunch and get two lobsters) but the fact that the recipe seems fairly easy, makes this cookbook a keeper.

Seriously Bittersweet Cookbook

Alice Medrich released her cookbook Bittersweet 10 years and a lot has shifted in the chocolate landscape since then. What was hard to find back then is commonly found in grocery stores across the land now. Which is why she went back to her original book and revised it, simplifying the recipes and the explanations in the recipes and generally updating what was a classic book into a new classic. If you never had a chance to pick up her original book Bittersweet, now is the time to pick up her updated version, Seriously Bitter Sweet. The book deserves to be on every person’s cookbook shelf that loves chocolate. And you know, that should be everyone reading this blog. ;)

The Paleo Chocolate Lovers' Cookbook

I’m not paleo, nor am I gluten free or even dairy free (though, I probably should be as I am slightly lactose intolerant). But for those who do have issues with certain ingredients like grains and gluten, I know it can sometimes be difficult to satisfy that sweet tooth. Thankfully Kelly V. Brozyna of The Spunky Coconut released The Paleo Chocolate Lovers’ Cookbook. Sure it sounds like a really small niche market book, but flipping through the book, I have to admit, the recipes sounds not only doable but actually tasty. Like, I’d want to eat them tasty, not oh I’ll eat those because I can’t eat anything else tasty. Chocolate Pie with Raw Graham Cracker Crust, No-Bake Chewy Paleoloes and White Chocolate Chai Cookies are all pretty easy to make and, more importantly sound like something I would want to eat. I just can’t imagine cavemen eating this good.

The Macaroon Bible cookbook

I was skeptical of The Macaroon Bible by Dan Cohen when it landed in my mailbox because why do we need a WHOLE book on macaroons? Not macarons, the cute trendy French sandwich cookies, but macaroons, the coconut cookie that I always associate with Passover. Well, it turns out that macaroons aren’t just chocolate flavored. They come in all sort of variations like Red Velvet, Bourbon and Egg nog. Egg nog folks! Talk about eye opening.

The Flying Brownie Cookbook

I’m not one to actually mail off treats to friends but the way I’ve been baking, I think I might have to. Of course, The Flying Brownie cookbook by Shirley Fan is designed with that specific mission in mind. Sturdy (but delicious) treats meant to survived the US Postal Service. It’s kind of just in time for the holidays actually. Now I just need a pen pal across the country that I can send these treats to. Any volunteers?

Melt, the Art of Macaroni and Cheese cookbook

I seriously CAN NOT praise the book Melt, the Art of Macaroni and Cheese enough. Stephanie Stiavetti and Garrett McCord came up with a not only a book full of various recipes for everyone’s favorite comfort food, but an actual reference book on artisan cheeses. Sure the recipes sometimes call for hard-to-find cheese, but it’s worth tracking them down if you can, or just using some of the alternative cheese that they list for the recipes. Getting inspiration from cultures around the world (Pastitsio with Kefalotyri and Lamb, Sweet Potato Kugel, Szechuan-Style Udon with Piave and Radicchio) as well as classic comfort (Fettuccine Alfredo with Parmesan and Pecorino, Chili Mac with Redwood Hill Smoked Goat Cheddar, Tomato Soap with Star Pasta and Vella Dry Jack Crisps) Melt stretches the definition of mac and cheese in the most delightful way.

Winter Cocktails cookbook

There’s a running joke here that even though I’m a lightweight and rarely drink, I love a good cocktail. I think it’s the IDEA of a cocktail that I love, the sophistication of holding a glass mixed with various liquors. The comfort of a double old fashion in my hand or the sparkly bottles of booze all lined up in my bar. Perhaps in a different life I would be a happy drunk but until then, I live vicariously through cocktail books like Winter Cocktails by Maria Del Mar Sacasa. With recipes for classics like Bloody Mary and Manhattan to beverages like The English Rose (Rose infused gin and Earl Grey Tea) and The Nutella Melt (Nutella, milk and Frangelico) it’s probably a good thing I don’t drink much. With this book around, I’d be a total lush all the time.

Southern Fried Cookbook

Lately I’ve been slightly obsessed with deep frying things. You might have noticed that, with my recipes for Easy Homemade Potato Chips or my Mussels and Fries post in November. Which probably explains why I’m slightly obsessed with the book Southern Fried by James Villas. A whole book on southern fried food? This is going to reek havoc on my waistline. With recipes like Low Country Turkey Hash Cakes, Mississippi Honey-Battered Fried Chicken and Blue-Cheese Stuffed Pork Cutlets all I can say is I’m totally running out and getting a couple of gallons of peanut oil. Right. Now.

Pok Pok cookbook

It’s true that everyone is obsessed with Portland’s Pok Pok wings. In fact, I totally wanted the Pok Pok cookbook by Andy Ricker strictly for his wings recipe. But to overlook the rest of the fun and festive cookbook would be criminal. Sure those wings are killer (I’ve already made a double batch of them) but his other recipes, like Kai Kaphrao Khai Doa (stir-fried chicken with hot basil) or Sii Khrong Muu Yaang (Thai-style pork ribs) look just as good as they sound. But yeah, those wings. They really are as good as everyone says they are.

Notes from the Larder by Nigel Slater

There are some cookbooks that I pull down from the shelf and use as reference. There are some cookbooks that I pull down from the shelf and use for the recipes. And there are some cookbooks that I do both of those but more importantly, I just curl up in bed with and read like a good novel. Notes from the Larder by Nigel Slater is the later type of book. A diary of recipes this book is take the idea of “cooking with the seasons” to the logical conclusion of telling you what he made with the ingredients he had on hand each day of the year. Beyond charming in that ever so British way of his, this is the sort of book that I just adore. And yes, the recipes are just spot on.

Bountiful cookbook

Bountiful should probably be retitled Beautiful. The much anticipated cookbook by Diane Cu and Todd Porter, the food photographer power couple behind White on Rice Couple site, this book is packed full of photos and recipes that celebrate their garden in Southern California. Often the recipes are simple, designed to be both accessible and easy to make, as well as highlighting the produce’s inherent flavor. Reading the book, like reading their blog, makes me feel like I’m a part of their lives. Now if only I lived closer, so they could invite me over for a meal or two (and let me raid their citrus trees) then I would be super happy. But I guess I’ll just have to make do with this book and their citrus recipes (like Tangerine Crème Brulee or Kumquat Marmalade).

Daniel cookbook

I was lucky to have met Chef Daniel Boulud at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine event last year for a microsecond. He was lovely and charming and very distracted because, well, everyone wanted to meet him. So when I found out he was putting out a book, I was looking forward to see what he did. In the vein of the French Laundry or Eleven Madison Park cookbook world, Daniel is daunting. Large and pristine, this is the sort of book you look at in awe and wonder, living vicariously through the photos and recipes, because you can’t actually travel to New York and eat at Daniel. More than just a cookbook (because, lets face it, you probably won’t be making any of these dishes unless you’re feeling really ambitious), more than just a coffee table book (though it would look lovely sitting in your living room or on your display shelf), Daniel is story of a Daniel Boulud as a man and as a chef.

[SORRY This giveaway is closed!]

Now for the giveaway! I’ll be giving away one copy of Pok Pok by Andy Ricker, Bountiful by Todd Porter and Diane Cu and Southern Fried by James Villas to one lucky reader! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite wintertime comfort food is. If you wanna leave a link to a recipe that you love that’s even more awesome (I’m always looking for things to make in the cold wintertime). If you want to follow me on Pinterest to get another entry, you can do that too, just follow me and leave a comment telling me you followed me there (or if you already follow me there, just let me know that as well. That counts!). 

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 Saturday December 14, 2013, 9am PST.
▪ The combined retail value of the book is $99.99.
▪ 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.
▪ These book will be coming directly from the publisher, which means, I can’t guarantee that I’ll get it to you in a timely fashion. If you haven’t gotten the book from the publisher in a few weeks, please email me again and I’ll check with the publisher. Sometimes things take a bit of time.

Special thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Stewart Tabori & Chang, and Ten Speed Press for providing these books as giveaways. Special thanks to Artisan Books, Grand Central Life & Style, Harvard Common Press, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Little Brown and Company, Quirk Books, Stewart Tabori & Chang, Ten Speed Press, Ulysses Press, and Victory Belt Publishing for providing review copies of these books. Even though I was provided review copies of these books for this post, I wasn’t monetarily compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

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Jessica N December 7, 2013 at 7:57 am

Favorite winter recipe this year is Korean spicy braised chicken from this amazing website: http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/dakbokkeumtang

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Katherine December 7, 2013 at 8:05 am

In winter I tend to go for a nice bowl of tom kha gai soup (like this: http://shesimmers.com/2010/11/tom-kha-gai-recipe-tutorial-for.html) or a big bowl of chili (like this: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2011/10/27/favorite-best-chili-recipe/).

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Cher December 7, 2013 at 9:40 am

Winter isn’t winter without macaroni & cheese. Just saying…

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charj December 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

My favorite winter comfort food is veggies and dumplings

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Jay Chapman December 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm

My favorite winter comfort food is risotto. Ina Garten has a quick an easy baked version which makes it very simple. I would change the added ingredients to more of a mushroom risotto but the idea is the same.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/easy-parmesan-risotto-recipe/index.html

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marla December 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I love any kind of hot soup in the winter. Perfect comfort food!

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Reneer December 7, 2013 at 4:21 pm

The ultimate winter comfort food for us is Chicken & Dumplings, the way my aunt in NC used to make. She is the real down home kind of southern and her dumplings are a hit with her whole town- they were so good. This recipe is as close as I’ve gotten…http://kitchenconundrum.com/2013/11/chicken-dumplings-recipe/

(Oh and of course I follow you on Pinterest!)

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Beth December 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I love to make this pork braised with beer and cinnamon during the winter: http://fiveandspice.com/2012/04/11/pork-braised-with-beer-and-cinnamon/
It’s super simple and tastes delicious!

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edward ang December 7, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Always intrigued by your travel notes and pics. From Yosemite, down to New Orleans, over to St. Louis, and back home baking the most delectable treats…More please. :)

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Jonathan Glaser December 8, 2013 at 2:24 am

A winter comfort food dish is Karen Lee’s 5 spice oriental brisket——even better the next day on fresh bread

http://www.foodista.com/recipe/7VWZPNRQ/karen-lees-five-spice-braised-brisket

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wendy r. December 8, 2013 at 5:00 am

my favorite winter comfort food that I love is cardamom syrup – for some reason, it’s my taste of this season. I put it on everything – pancakes, waffles …. use it for cardamom latte’s.. delicious.

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Claudia December 8, 2013 at 5:02 am

A Lentil and Pasta soup from Martha Rose Shulman’s “Fast Vegetarian Feasts” is sort of an Italian red sauce inspired soup. A steaming bowl with gooey melted parmesan on top is a great thing to tuck into after a cross country ski.

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Nasreen December 8, 2013 at 5:09 am

My favorite winter comfort food would be sticky toffee pudding.

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Rian N. December 8, 2013 at 5:48 am

Sipping chocolate. Like, shaved 70% cocoa with a heavy cream consistency in a small but hearty mug. Bonus points if drunk steaming hot, after a brisk walk along snowy urban streets.

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penny December 8, 2013 at 5:49 am

Gingerbread. I wait all year to make one gingerbread. Then I eat it all by myself.

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Kartik @ Bakeology 101 December 8, 2013 at 5:54 am

I just made this on Friday before I went to a poetry event (I love spoken word). It’s a winter vegetable and tofu korma from Heidi at 101 cookbooks. The recipe is really easy to make, very healthy (which is a good thing for the holidays), very filling and hearty, and warms you up to the core.
http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/winter-vegetable-tofu-korma-recipe.html

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Wendy Read December 8, 2013 at 5:59 am

Wow, what a round up!!! Great work as always :) My favorite….good old Split Pea Soup it is…..

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libby December 8, 2013 at 6:24 am

My favorite is homemade Chicken and Dumplings

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Holly December 8, 2013 at 6:47 am

My favorite winter comfort food is baked chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. I love this recipe http://roostblog.com/roost/herb-roasted-chicken-with-truffled-cauliflower-mash-lemon-ca.html, and we had it last night. My family, my cats, and my dogs were very happy!

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Trevor December 8, 2013 at 7:06 am

Easy one. Its French Onion Soup.

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Teri December 8, 2013 at 7:35 am

I love comfort foods of all kind so listing one favorite would be impossible. What I absolutely love is the artful way you provide your recipes, your family/friends, and the cookbooks you enjoy. Keep them all coming, and thank YOU.

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Teri December 8, 2013 at 7:36 am

I enjoy comfort foods of all types so listing one favorite would be impossible.

What I absolutely love is the artful way you provide your recipes, your family/friends, and the cookbooks you enjoy. Keep them all coming, and thank YOU.

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Margie MacKenzie December 8, 2013 at 10:13 am

I’ve been loving Yotem Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem, too, and have become quite addicted to Roasted Chicken with Arak, Fennel and Clementines (though I use Pernod as a sub for Arak). Easy to prep ahead and even better the 2nd day after roasting, this is my new winter comfort food! And my kids love it, too!

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Jill W December 8, 2013 at 11:48 am

Cassoulet. My wonderful Uncle Michael introduced me to cassoulet at Cafe Campagne in Seattle (http://cafecampagne.com/about). Since then, I have enjoyed it once every winter season compliments of my (amateur) chef husband. We’ve been living in Sicily for the past 2.5 years and finding duck has been a fun challenge and one year we ended up with a gigantic turkey leg instead! Yum, yum, yum; pack in cannellini beans and make sure the bread crumbs are crisp enough.

Thanks so much for your blog. I adore its presentation and value the content – great to have such a reliable source who is fun to read, too!

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Joanne December 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

My favorite winter comfort food is stuffed rolled cabbage (middle eastern style) cooked in broth rather than tomato sauce. Love your blog!!

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Joanne December 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I follow you on Pinterest!

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Mariah December 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I love any kind of soup; it’s the only thing I like about winter:) Shepards pie is always one of my favorite comfort foods…must use lamb (I use the Joy of Cooking receipe). Really how can something topped with mash potatoes not be comforting!!

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Hillary December 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Roasted winter squash makes me swoon. Simple, yet so freaking delicious!

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Rebecca December 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm

When the temperature dips, I love vegetable heavy stews with grilled cheese.

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Hannah M. December 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Does hot chocolate count as comfort food? The opportunity to drink warm, chocolate-y beverages is the main reason I look forward to the snowy season :)

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Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs December 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm

My favorite winter time comfort food is Mac & Cheese made with GOOD cheese and baked to perfection with panko on top :)

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Tijo December 8, 2013 at 9:18 pm

You are so right. Curling up with Nigel Slater at night is wonderful.

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James Glucksman December 8, 2013 at 11:28 pm

My favorite is Hoisin-Glazed Ale Braised Beef Short Ribs, which I have been making for years now. It’s rib-sticking good, and it has that amazing combination of beefy goodness, hoisin sweetness and the depth of flavor that ale and vinegar add. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/dave-lieberman/braised-hoisin-beer-short-ribs-with-creamy-mashed-yukons-and-sesame-snow-peas-recipe/index.html

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Caroline December 9, 2013 at 3:10 am

My favorite comfort food is definitely a nice bowl of healthy chili, like this one: http://www.primarycookies.com/2013/10/jules-bretons-easy-weeknight-chili.html

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Joan December 9, 2013 at 11:52 am

I guess I’d have to go with mac and cheese as a favorite winter comfort food although soups, stews and chilies are also right up there. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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Kat December 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

My favorite comfort food would be either gumbo or calaloo.

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Lori December 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Favorite winter recipe is chicken pot pie.

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Vicki December 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Pot roast!

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Anne December 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Since I’m currently on an elimination diet, I’m missing a lot of comfort foods. Right now a hearty beef stew over polenta sounds yummy.

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Kristin Nicole December 10, 2013 at 7:04 am

AWE MAN! I am a few days late on this. BOOOO! Bountiful would have been such a keeper, I have been wanting to buy the book but I’m short on money, with wedding planning and losing my job at the moment :( I have to keep an eye on your emails more often. heh.

Hope you are doing well. xo

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Kristin Nicole December 10, 2013 at 7:06 am

Oh by the way…. one of my favorite comfort foods is a Chorizzo Mac-N-Cheese I make at home. ;)

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Julie December 10, 2013 at 9:48 am

I love making pot pies and Cincinnati chili in the cold weather! And it gets COLD here, let me tell you!

Also, I would happily be your long distance food penpal :)

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Julie December 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

Also, I realize I’m totally late on this, but that’s okay. a) I will still be your pen pal. b) It is fun to read everyone else’s comfort food ideas!

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Annie December 12, 2013 at 10:01 am

Bummed I missed out on this! Not that I need another cookbook. LOL. Because I have a couple hundred on the shelf and have given away probably 50-100 more over the last couple of years. But still….got my eye on that mac and cheese cookbook, since that is my son’s favorite comfort food, spring, summer, winter or fall. The old standard recipe from Fannie Farmer, with extra cheese, is always a crowd-pleaser at any potluck, you know? Funny how that works. My holy grail is finding the four-(or maybe it was five-)cheese baked pasta with caramelized whole cloves of garlic that I ate one winter’s day in a little restaurant on Green Street, in Pasadena. Man, that was good.

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Garrett December 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

Yay! Thank you for the shout out. And yes, Winter Cocktails and Kitchen Diaries are totally on my nightstand right now. =D

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Neil December 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Thanks did posting pics and recipes. I read them and recall living in San Francisco! Kept up the great work!

Neil

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Shanna@ pineapple and coconut December 13, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I am all about soups in the fall/winter for comfort food. I have so many I make that I love, and some I always get when we go out to eat. One of my faves is my spicy cioppino – http://www.pineappleandcoconut.com/recipes/spicy-cioppino-way/ reminds me of my childhood growing up in Santa Barbara and going with my dad to get fresh seafood and shellfish from the local fish markets for my mom to make soup with what we get.

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Shanna@ pineapple and coconut December 13, 2013 at 7:46 pm

I follow you on pinterest!

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Keri H December 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Pleeeeeeeease pick me!!! As always a beautiful post that is a joy to read. I’d love to read a post one day about how you pull this all off – the actual nitty gritty schedule/mechanics of your day. The recipe, I guess one could say:)

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The Suzzzz December 14, 2013 at 8:04 am

Boeuf Bourguignon with rosemary mashed potatoes, or polish pickle soup. http://nachista.blogspot.com/2012/01/ogorkowa-polish-dill-pickle-soup.html

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