I don't spend a lot of time in the kitchen but a new crop of cookbooks has me tempted. From weighty tomes like Gran Cocina Latina and a revised edition of the The Silver Spoon to regional titles celebrating New York, London, and the Amalfi Coast, there are countless recipes worth trying. And with photography as inspiring as the ingredients any of these cookbooks would make thoughtful housewarming or hostess gift.
The Silver Spoon: New Edition
Dubbed the Bible of Italian cooking, this hefty tome has recently been updated with a whopping 2,000 revised recipes and 400 new photographs.
I especially love the addition of menu suggestions by celebrated chefs. No more guessing what to serve with this or that!
Just in time for Spring: Poached Eggs with Artichoke Hearts and Cream of Asparagus Soup
Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America by Maricel E. Presilla
Named this year’s Cookbook of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, this is a veritable encyclopedia of Latin American cooking.
The 500 recipes range from deliciously simple dishes like Green Beans with Bacon
and the slightly more involved Grilled Skirt Steak with Argentinian Chimichurri. There are also more complex
recipes requiring some hard to find ingredients that are not so suited to the hurried chef.
The Chelsea Market Cookbook by Michael Phillips with Rick Rodgers
I was excited to hear about this new book compiling 100 recipes
from the vendors of this iconic food hall. It includes variations of hot chocolate from Jacques Torres, Seared Scallops with
Brown Butter and Chive Sauce from The Lobster Place and Sarabeth’s Velvety Cream of Tomato Soup. .
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
Finally an American edition of the original cookbook from one of my favorite haunts in London (no more converting liters to cups)!
Though not vegetarian, the book happily puts vegetables front and center with dishes
like Marinated Eggplant with Tahini and Oregano, and Roast Potatoes and Jerusalem Artichokes with Lemon and Sage.
Fresh Happy Tasty: An Adventure in 100 Recipes by Jane Coxwell
Written at the urging of Diane Von Furstenberg,
Coxwell has traveled the world upon the designer’s yacht as her personal chef and picked up recipes in every port of call. Directions are
refreshingly down-to-earth for a global assortment of dishes that are packed with flavor. On my list: Cape Malay Lamb Curry,
Israeli Couscous with Shrimp and Zucchini, and Vietnamese-style Rice Noodle, Avocado and Beef Salad.
Wild Rosemary & Lemon Cake: A Collection of Italian Recipes from the Amalfi Coast by Katie & Giancarlo Caldesi.
I love the chatty nature of this book and the easy to follow recipes. I am a fan of their tomatoe sauce recipe,
garnered from 17 years of food writing experience, as well as simple entrees like Baked Wild Sea Bass. And of course no
cookbook from the region would be complete without a recipe for Limoncello sorbet!
Jessica Seinfeld is a genius at getting fussy children to eat their veggies. I’ll admit it’s slightly controversial to disguise all that goodness
but sometimes you’ve just got to do what works! This book, aimed at the whole family,
is the follow up to her original kids cookbook, Deceptively Delicious, and is chock full of recipes that are kid-friendly and healthy,
like a Protein-Packed Grilled Cheese sandwich that mixes low-sodium pureed white beans with shredded low fat mozzarella and ricotta.