Cookbooks for Holiday Giving 2013


The A.O.C. Cookbook
Suzanne Goin, $35

The James Beard Award-winner is back with a second great book, filled with recipes from her L.A. small-plates restaurant, A.O.C. Lob flavor bombs like Lamb Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce, Mint and Feta; or S’Mores with Caramel Popcorn and Chocolate Sorbet from your own kitchen.


The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home
Nick Zukin and Michael Zusman, $28

Your bubbe would kvell over this book, which revisits deli classics like latkes, pastrami and pickles, as well as provides insight into the history, ingredients and reference materials surrounding the deli mystique.

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Einat Admony, $30

As the winner of “Chopped,” outspoken Israeli Admony impressed with her humor, talent and nerve. The tagline of her new cookbook is the perfect description of her cuisine: Bold Mediterranean Recipes to Feed
the People You Love.


The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen
Clotilde Dusolier, $23

This charming book takes you through the best produce of the seasons, inspired by the markets and restaurants of the author’s native Paris. Trust me, you won’t miss the meat with flavors this vibrant.


The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook
Michael Anthony, Dorothy Kalins and Danny Meyer, $50

If you’ve not been to this celebrated NYC restaurant, you’ve missed out. Luckily, you can recreate the experience at home, with 125 recipes that capture the thrill of Chef Michael Anthony’s cuisine.


Hello, Wine: The Most Essential Things You Need to Know About Wine
Melanie Wagner, $25

Local author and sommelier Wagner has a breezy, easy relationship with wine, and she wants you to know that wine isn’t scary; it’s delicious and fun. Whimsical watercolor illustrations, like the book, are sneakily informative.


Mast Bros. Chocolate: A Family Cookbook
Rick Mast, Michael Mast and Thomas Keller, $40

From the makers of arguably the best artisan chocolate in America comes a book of recipes with their take on standards like brownies and whoopee pies, as well as savory dishes like Cocoa Coq au Vin. You’ll gain weight just looking at the photos.


One Good Dish 
David Tanis, $26

NYT food columnist and former Chez Panisse chef Tanis is all about less fuss, more flavor. That becomes clear as he approaches comfort foods like Ham and Gruyere Bread Pudding or Spaghetti with Bread Crumbs from his unique perspective.


Ottolenghi: The Cookbook
Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, $35

If you loved Jerusalem, the best cookbook of 2012, I’m preaching to the choir, but I would buy anything these guys wanted to sell me. Their flavors are fresh, the food is gorgeous, the recipes are spot-on, and I want it all. Now.


Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand
Andy Ricker, $35

I still dream of the meal I ate five years ago at Pok Pok in Portland, Ore. It was fairly inexpensive, very casual, but wildly flavorful and exciting. You can bet I’ll be putting his Fish-Sauce Wings and Thai Curry Noodle Soup on repeat.


Summerland: Recipes for Celebrating with Southern Hospitality
Anne Quatrano, $40

“Summerland” refers to the beloved family farm of this outstanding Atlanta chef, and she captures the true spirit of the South in this beautiful book that celebrates each month’s harvest with menus you’ll want to share with company.

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