Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Cookbook Gifts For The Holidays

My family knows me well. They have generously given me many cookbooks as presents. I love it! Last year Monica gave me a copy of the beautiful fundraiser cookbook that she complied and edited. She knows how much hard work goes into putting one of these together. She saw me do the very same thing with our church cookbook when she was a very young girl. (And when I was domestic!) But she has done a much better job and used a publishing house with hers.

Michael Ruhlman, author of "Charcuterie" (now in its 5th printing!) has made his suggestions for holiday cookbook gifts on his blog:

(I am sadly blogger challenged but if you can Google, you will find his wonderfully written food blog.)

I'd like to share a list of my own cookbook gift suggestions:
There's a brand new edition of Joy of Cooking. If yours looks like mine, the spine is bent and the pages are stained.
Anything by Julia Child. My favorite is Baking With Julia, with some excellent recipes for croissants and brioche.
Anything by Lidia Bastianich. That woman is the sweetest and friendliest chef I have ever met.
I missed Ina Garten when she was out here in Southern California recently, but any of her cookbooks would do nicely. They are beautifully photographed, the food looks spectacular.
King Arthur Flour has a new whole grain baking book.
"Baking from My Home to Yours" by Dorie Greenspan is another new book on my list. She is one of my favorite writers, author of the Pierre Herme pastry books.
The Bread Baker's Apprentice, Beard on Bread, The Bread Bible, The Italian Baker, are perfect for your serious bread baking friends.
Diana Kennedy has written some of the best cookbooks on Mexican food and its history.
And I will add a shameless promotion here with a personal recommendation for any of Chef Robert Wemischner's books, you can find them on Amazon.
I could go on forever, but you get the idea. Have fun shopping for the foodies in your life!


doodles said...

I agree that cookbooks are a great gift for anytime, but Christmas is special. A also love Diana Kennedy, her recipes are terrific and the history is a bonus.

Homesick Texan said...

I had to laugh about your Joy of Cooking comment--mine too is coated with flour and splashed with stains--the sign of true cookbook love!

carrie gamble said...

I love your blog! I too am passionate about cookbooks and cooking.

I have published a cookbook, Grandmother's Cookbook. My grandmother, Elizabeth Rose von Hohen, and I worked together to preserve all of the recipes she had accumulated over the years. Many were not written down. What we ended up with was a treasure, not only for our family, but for many other families to enjoy and shared. Our book is a slice of "living life the old fashioned way" with comfort food recipes, memories, wildflower watercolors and feelings from the heart.

We recently launched our website: Please visit it if you have a chance to learn more about our book. As a chef and cookbook lover I think you will enjoy the site and our cookbook. I would be happy to send you a copy for review. With your permssion, I would love to link our website to your blog.My grandmother has many interesting stories I could write about.

I look forward to hearing from you soon,

La Vida Dulce said...

Thank you! Yes, my poor Joy of Cooking looks like it got beaten up in a food fight. And for all the many cookbooks I have, I still go back to that food stained book and usually find the information I need. Watch the food section of the paper this week, they will probably have their own recommendations for cookbook gift giving. Carrie, I look forward to reading your site, sounds like you put a lot of love into your book.