Last week I wrote about a number of cookbooks that I’ve recently been obsessed with. But here’s the thing, there’s been SO many awesome cookbooks that have come out recently that I had to split the list in two. It was an arbitrary divide. The ones on this list are just as awesome as the ones in the previous list (and in some random alternate universe, maybe even more awesome). Here’s part two of my favorite summer cookbooks for 2013, along with ANOTHER cookbook giveaway. Details on which one at the bottom of the post!
Classic Snacks Made From Scratch by Casey Barber
When Casey posted on her Facebook and Twitter a question on whether she should include a recipe for Chicken in a Biskit crackers I was the SOLE person that responded telling her she HAD to put it in her book. Thankfully she ignore everyone else and listened to me, because the recipe made it into her book and it’s gotten rave reviews. Am I proud that I am a fan of what sounds like a ridiculously disgusting snack food (chicken flavored crackers)? Heck yeah I am! I grew up with it and though I probably wouldn’t touch it now, I have fond memories of it. Thanks to Casey I can now make it at home with my own ingredients, along with Funyuns, Twinkies, Goldfish Crackers and more. Yay!
Cheesecake by Hannah Miles
It’s a well-documented fact that I love cheesecake almost as much as my partner AJ loves it. I’ve made him whole cheesecakes for his birthday (one time I had to make him two cheesecakes as the first suffered from a midnight snack accident). So imagine his excitement when he saw an ENTIRE book dedicated to cheesecake. AJ rarely gets excited about cookbooks, especially since I seem to get so many of them, but this one had him grinning from ear to ear. It’s no surprise as the 60 recipe include such awesomeness as peach melba cheesecake, chocolate hazelnut cheesecake and salty honey cheesecake. Excuse me while I go put my elastic pants on now.
I Scream Sandwich! by Jennie Schacht
Summer is here and I’m feeling the heat. Well not really, as San Francisco is pretty cool and chill (to the surprise of nearly all the tourists that come here). But I always want to PRETEND to be in hot weather and that means lots of ice cream. Not that I need an excuse to eat ice cream, but thankfully there are books like I Scream Sandwich! which gets me excited for getting the ice cream maker out! I’m all over some of the more exotic flavors that Jennie came up with including Rosewater Ice Cream with Pistachio Cardamom Sandies and Date Sorbet on Brown-Sugar Walnut Bars but I know the more traditionalist of my friends would probably gravitate toward the S’Mores sandwich (with homemade marshmallows, homemade graham crackers and fudge ripple vanilla ice cream) or the Chocolate Chip Ice Cream on Cookie Dough. Hello slabs of cookie dough to hold in the ice cream. Genius!
Bakeless Sweets by Faith Durand
So continuing the fake sympathy I have for all you out there at are suffering 90+˚ weather (it was a cool 66˚ today in San Francisco) I present to you the perfect sweets cookbook, one that does not require turning on the oven in all your unbearable heat. Bakeless Sweets by Faith Durand is exactly what it sounds like, a book of everything creamy, sweet and cool that doesn’t require the oven: puddings, panna cottas, ice box cakes, custards and more. Here’s the real secret though, you don’t have to wait until it’s super hot outside to make any of these treats. I could pretty much live on pudding. Truth.
The Secret Lives of Baked Goods by Jessie Oleson Moore
I love a good backstory (as evident by my obsession with pretty much any television show that J. J. Abrams and Joss Whedon writes) and it turns out that all those crazy baked goods that I love also have history. Cherries Jubilee? Created for Queen Victoria in 1887. Pecan Pie? One of the earliest recipes dates back to 1897. Gingerbread Men? Well that one dates nearly as far back as when they started to use ginger in Europe – the year 992. I’m telling you it’s fascinating to read the history of these recipes that I grew up with and Jessie Oleson Moore did a wonderful job not only writing about each of them but developing easy-to-make recipes to go along with the stories. It’s the sort of book you can read in your bed or couch as well as bring into the kitchen.
Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison
As much as I would love to live in fat pants and eat cheesecake and pudding all the time, I know better. In truth, I eat a ton of vegetables but I’m always looking for inspiration and Deborah Madison’s Vegetable Literacy is exactly that. What I love about this book isn’t just that it’s a compilation of brilliant recipes (though it has them) but it actually teaches you about herbs, spices and produce and how they all work together. I love how each chapter is broken down into families (The Cabbage family, the Nightshade family, the Sunflower family) and who belongs where. Any cookbook that teaches me MORE about the ingredients and how to use them as opposed to just listing recipe after recipe is a book that will sit on my shelf forever.
Gluten-Free Girl Every Day by Shauna James Ahern with Daniel Ahern
Full disclosure here, I absolutely adore Shauna. And Danny. And their little girl Lucy. But that doesn’t mean that I will blindly love their cookbook. Thankfully I don’t have much to worry as their book is the sort of cookbook that I would pull out and make a dish from when I don’t know what to make for dinner. In short, I love their cookbook as much as I love them! Sure the recipes are gluten free, but most of the time you don’t even notice as the recipes calls for regular kitchen ingredients like pork chops, canola oil, garlic and rosemary. Or they call for salmon, peanut oil, garlic, dry sherry and a bunch of rainbow chard. Gluten? Whatever! Eating gluten free never seemed so easy, or so fabulous.
The Recipe Girl Cookbook by Lori Lange
There are some people out there in the food blogging world that make it seem effortless – nay super fun. Food blogging is hard work! But some people just whip up easy-to-make, totally accessible recipes with real ingredients that taste great AND that folks just swoon over. Lori is one of those people. I sort of want to hate her but I can’t because I’ve met her and she’s one of the nicest people in the world. So instead I take her cookbook and just marvel at the vast number of recipes that can be whipped up in less than an hour and still taste marvelous. Damn you Lori. Damn. You.
Sodium Girl’s Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook by Jessica Goldman Foung
What? A cookbook dedicated to cooking WITHOUT salt? But doesn’t EVERY. SINGLE. FOOD SHOW. tell you to salt that dish within an inch of it’s life? Isn’t that what got (insert favorite cheftestant’s name here) kicked off of Top Chef Season 47 – Topeka, Kansas? Well it turns out that you don’t need salt to make fabulous food. Consulting with Top Chefs (see what I did there?) like Traci Des Jardins, Hubert Keller and Ethan Howard, Jessica not only has some beautiful looking (and tasting) dishes in her book, but also gives advice on how to live a low sodium life. Take that Gail Simmons!
The Fresh 20 by Melissa Lanz
So here’s the deal. You’re busy. I’m busy. The entire world is busy. So what can you do to actually get food on the table that’s decent to eat and decent for you? Melissa Lanz has your back. She’s come up with a shopping list featuring 20 fresh ingredients (get it? The Fresh 20? 20 fresh ingredients! Love it!) for the week and has easy-to-make recipes that kind of, sort of, actually totally and completely burst with vibrant flavor and color. True story. My life just got so much easier. Now if only I could get Melissa to help me extend that deadline I have for Monday. I’d love her even more.
Cooking with Flowers by Miche Bacher
I’ve talked about my wariness of single subject cookbooks, but there’s something utterly intriguing about the idea of cooking with actual flowers. I’ve occasionally used lavender before, and I love me some fried zucchini blossoms but I’ve never actually thought of using pansies petals in my crepes or creating lilac sorbet. A little flower power goes a long way (too much and it’s like your tasting soap or your grandma’s face powder) but thankfully Miche is there to guide you in discovering the culinary world of flowers.
What Katie Ate, Volume 1 by Katie Quinn Davies
So technically this book came out last year, but I’m totally going to ignore that because if you haven’t seen this book you need to. Sure the recipes are wonderful (I’m so making her mushroom and bacon risotto with poached egg as soon as I get my hands on some chestnut mushrooms, whatever the heck those are) but it’s the gorgeous dark and moody photographs that make me want to dive right in. Rustic and beautiful, I’m anxiously awaiting Volume 2!
So I’m giving away a copy of Katie Quinn Davies’ What Katie Ate, Volume 1! As I raved about above, it’s an insanely crazy beautiful cookbook filled with moody dark images of food all dripping and crumbly. I’m super thrilled that I can offer one copy to you guys. All you gotta do to enter is leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite blog or site is with the MOST GORGEOUS PHOTOS ever! I love discovering new blogs, sites and people, especially with all the incredible talented folks out there on the interweb. It doesn’t have to be a food blog (though I absolutely love to look at food photography). I just want to know where you go when you’re surfing the web for gorgeous photography. I need inspiration folks! Send me your recommendations! You could win a cookbook! The fine print – PLEASE READ
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Special thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, John Wiley and Sons, Quirk Books, Ryland Peters & Small, Sasquatch Books, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, Ten Speed Press, Ulysses Press, Viking Studio, and William Morrow 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.