My Top Cookbooks of 2012 & a pretty great giveaway! December 18, 2012
A quick note: I’ve had this post planned for a while, as well as a holiday post or two. While talking about celebrating and the pending holiday doesn’t seem quite right to me today, I’m going ahead with this cookbook round-up & giveaway. Maybe doing one small nice thing for someone out there will spread a little pawsitude and a bit of cheer.
We’re fast approaching the end of 2012 and the beginning of cookbook giving season. This year, I’ve gotten more cookbooks than I’ve had free days to cook. It really has been another year full of wonderful volumes: A few big name heavy hitters finally released their books. There have been much anticipated and beautiful books from bloggers like Aran and Beatrice. Restaurant-specific books, teensy food and single-ingredient reads were out there, too. There were two books entitled Ripe, both of which could easily make a best-of list. There’s been everything in-between, too.
Last year, I did a fun round-up of my nine favorite books of the year. Honestly, like last year, picking just nine was like trying to pick your favorite child. My criteria for being a “fave” is as much visual as the quality of the recipes: they are books I go back to for both solid culinary chops as well as artistic inspiration. It took some internal debate…but I’ve narrowed my list down to my top almost-ten. It’s another eclectic bunch and they’re all worth giving as a gift…and keeping for yourself.
Also, just like last year, you have a chance to WIN 33.3% of this best-of! All of the details are after the detailed list. So…without further delay..The RWT Top Nine Cookbooks of 2012.
- The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook by Sara & Hugh Forte- When I found out that Hugh and Sara were putting out a cookbook, it went on pre-order immediately. Upon arrival, it did not disappoint. It’s full of healthy recipes and stunningly simple photos to accompany them – just like their blog.
- Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard by Nigel Slater- Tender by Nigel Slater is in my cookbook hall of fame so the second volume in this series was a must-buy for me. It’s incredible – the most simple yet lusciously photographed book on cooking with fruit that I’ve ever seen. It’s a doozy that weighs in at 600 pages…and you’ll be entranced by every single one.
- True Food by Dr. Andrew Weil – I’ve already talked about my love for this book but I had to include it on my best-of list, as well. The recipes are health-conscious but not preachy and the photography – by Ditte Isager – is some of the freshest I’ve seen.
- Very Fond Of Food by Sophie Dahl – Turning the pages of this new book by Sophie Dahl, I pretty much just want her life: mismatched, girly, eccentric styling and damn good recipes. This book has been a constant source of inspiration for me since I got it…as much for the way it’s photographed and styled as it is for the seasonally organized recipes.
- This Is A Cookbook: Recipes for Real Life by Max & Eli Sussman – When I was in Brooklyn this past summer, we had my birthday dinner at Roberta’s. While known for its pizza – and it’s damn good – the other dishes we tried there were phenomenal. Pair that culinary hotness with the meat-driven cooking prowess of Mile End…and you have a really rockin’ cookbook. The book from these brothers is casual, knowledgeable and full of easy, flavorful food.
- Canal House Cooks Every Day by Melissa Hamilton & Christopher Hirsheimer – Those who know me know how much I adore & am inspired by the folks behind Canal House. It’s how I cook at home…and the casual but thoughtful way they shoot & present their recipes warms my heart. This book is a collection of a year of their cooking and, much like their lunchtime blog and the books before it, it’s perfection.
- Keys To The Kitchen by Aida Mollenkamp – I think Aida is just the cutest and the coolest…and I can’t say enough about her newest book. It’s a lighthearted, conversational book that would be super educational for those beginning to find their way in the kitchen…but interesting and inventive enough for the seasoned chef.
- Saltie: A Cookbook by Caroline Fidanza- This Brooklyn sandwich spot put out a book this year that is less “cookbook” than it is “guide to the stuff on our menu”. Loosely styled and full of great sandwich combinations (as well as salads & soups), it’s a casual guide to making some of the best sandwiches you’ll ever have. Don’t skip the dessert section of the book!
- What Katie Ate by Katie Quinn Davies – Katie Quinn Davies is a frikkin’ rockstar. As a food stylist, I’m constantly in awe of her bold choices and her insanely gorgeous photography. This book ticks all the boxes – visually arresting with a ton of great recipes, to boot.
Once again, as a thank-you to all the folks who come to the blog & share this space with me all year, I’m giving away 3 of the books on this list. You get to choose ANY THREE of the nine listed in this post. Just leave a comment below letting me know which three you’d like to receive. I’ll be picking the winner (and closing comments) on December 25th at 5 pm – my holiday gift to you! PLEASE make sure you leave your email in the comment or your comment signature so I can get in touch with you if you win! As this is not a sponsored post & something I’m doing on my own, I’m unable to ship outside the US. Thanks for understanding and good luck!