Cookbook Favorites 2016 – the annual giveaway! December 5, 2016

Cookbook Favorites 2016

It’s been pretty quiet around here, friends. For that, I am sorry. 2016 has been an incredible year and an incredibly busy one. I miss having the free time to blog as I used to…but I’m coming up with some fun things for the new year. No matter what, I can’t miss my annual roundup of my favorite cookbooks of the year…and the opportunity to gift a few of them to one of my loyal readers.

2016 was yet another great year for cookbooks. There were so many awesome books this year that it was *really* tough to narrow it down to nine. Slow cookers and the Instant Pot are gaining momentum, the South and Southern chefs put out some of the best books of the year and vegetables started truly getting top billing. As always, there are some big best seller books in my list…and some more out-of-left-field choices. All nine of them inspired me…and I hope there is one or two on the list that inspire you, too.

Here we go:

Batch by Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison – I’ve seen many books on canning/preserving and this is, by far, the most beautiful I’ve ever laid eyes on. As a food stylist, I’ll never tire of page after matte page of beautiful in-season produce and loose and a little messy styling. There are comprehensive instructions on all forms of preserving with clear breakdowns of procedures and gear. The chapter “A Trip To The Market in 25 Ingredients” highlights types of ingredients then several unique ways to use each one. Apples become applescrap vinegar, dried apple slices and Broiled Scallops with Apple Gastrique.

V Street by Rich Landeau and Kate Jacoby – A new book from the Philadelphia restauranteurs behind Vedge and V Street! I love that this book isn’t all millet bowls and vegetables on toast – not that there is anything wrong with that. V Street is full of global vegetarian recipes – lots of flavor, spice, umami. Tastes that seem meaty and deep and fulfilling. I have about a dozen recipes marked to try…and their Sriracha peanuts and spice blends look like incredible gifts for the upcoming holiday.

Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard – This book is a tome at over 500 pages and is well on the way to being one of the definitive texts on Southern food and food culture. What makes Deep Run Roots special is that it really highlights Southern food regionally and doesn’t put the culture of Southern cooking under just one umbrella. This is a book about Vivian’s life, her upbringing, family, her much revered restaurant Chef and The Farmer and her journey to use ingredients that are native to her area of North Carolina. It’s a big book but it still feels extremely personal and intimate and oozes the care and reverence Vivian has for her home.

Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes by Ronni Lundy – When I opened Victuals, I was stopped in my tracks. I said it then and I’ll say it now: Ronni Lundy put out the most incredible cookbook of 2016. The recipes, the writing and the exceptional photos by Johnny Autry tell such a dizzying and heartfelt story of Appalachia, a region that few folks know all that much about. It goes beyond being a cookbook: it’s a memoir, it’s a love letter and it’s a road map.

Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail by Talia Baiocchi & Leslie Pariseau – A few years ago, I made a trip to Venice and one of the souvenirs I brought back was a newly discovered love of the spritz. It’s the signature drink of Venice and they’re as easy to find as a coffee shop. Make a stop for one of these low alcohol drinks, nosh on a few free snacks served with it and continue on with your day. This little book is a stunner – full of 50 recipes both new and classic. It would also make a lovely hostess or holiday gift.

The Photographer’s Cookbook by Lisa Hostetler – This oddball of a book was the passion project of Deborah Barsel, who worked at the Eastman Museum in the 1970’s but abandoned the project when she left. Over 30 years later, Lisa Hostetler came upon a box of documents, recipes and photos from photographers of all areas: food, fashion, still life, documentary. For those that love photography as much as they love food, this is a must-have. It’s a time capsule of photography from the 70’s and the recipes are a great insight into the personalities behind the camera.

Simple by Diana Henry – Any year that Diana Henry puts out a new cookbook, it makes this list. She’s one of my favorite recipe developers and, thankfully, she’s prolific. This new book is an extension of her recent books but paired down a bit. What isn’t lacking is recipes full of spice and flavor…as well as her signature styling and mind-blowing photography.

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka – In full disclosure, I had the pleasure of styling this book with my dear friend Helene Dujardin behind the lens…but that’s not why this book made this year’s list. It’s here because every single one of the recipes are fantastic. They work, they are easy to execute and the results are tasty and flawless. Gina puts so much care into each of her recipes – which are either slow cooker or 30 minute meals – and it shows. Get this book and start with the Banh Mi Rice Bowls and the Harissa Lamb Ragu.

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen – Most “celebrity” cookbooks get a bad rap – there’s no way that person cooks like that or eats that much. As soon as I got Cravings in the mail…I was insane for it. I love Chrissy Teigen’s chutzpah and her unabashed love of food & cooking. The recipes are bold, brash and in your face. The “Thai Mom” chapter is particularly fantastic. The photos are amazing, the styling is loose and messy. Cravings is a sexy book and you’ll want to make everything in it.

As has become an yearly tradition on my blog,  I’m giving away 3 of the books on this list to ONE lucky winner. It’s a way of saying THANK YOU to y’all for hanging in there all year and for being so much a part of my life. Your support over the years means the world to me.  You get to choose ANY THREE of the nine listed in this postJust 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 22nd at 7 pm EST– my holiday/Happy New Year 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!

Comments

Angelique Dec 5, 2016 01:12 pm

Cravings
Skinnytaste Fast and Slow
Simple

Thanks!

Delia Dec 5, 2016 01:12 pm

Deep Run Roots, Victuals, The Photographer’s Cookbook. I look forward to any blog updates, and hell yeah to this contest!

Peabody (SweetReciPEAs) Dec 5, 2016 01:12 pm

I own quite a few but don’t own Batch, Deep Roots Run, or Simple.

Kara Shiflet Dec 5, 2016 01:12 pm

Deep Run Roots
Victuals
Skinnytaste Fast and Slow

You are so thoughtful to run this giveaway each season. My fingers are crossed for a win this year!

Michael Erickson Dec 5, 2016 01:12 pm

Cravings, Skinny Taste, and Simple, please!

Lana Stuart Dec 5, 2016 01:12 pm

Another blogging year under our belts! I’ve been following you since the beginning of my own blogging experience and I have to say you just get better and better every year. Looking forward to even more!

Should I be fortunate enough to be chosen for cookbooks, I’d like Deep Run Roots, Victuals, and Simple.

Lauren Dec 5, 2016 01:12 pm

Spritz: because it’s my favorite kind of drink.
Victuals: because I heard Ronni speak at the Decatur Book Fest and was inspired by her beautiful words and book.
Cravings: because Chrissy Teigen dgaf and I love her.

Tori Dec 5, 2016 01:12 pm

This is my favorite December tradition. Simple, Batch and Victuals for me please. One of these year’s I’m going to win.

Matt Brohammer Dec 5, 2016 01:12 pm

Ooooh.

Batch / V Street / The Photographer’s Cookbook.

Thank you!

Laura Scholz Dec 5, 2016 02:12 pm

This is my favorite time of year! Thanks for doing this. V Street, Victuals, Spritz. <3

Dean H. Saxe Dec 5, 2016 02:12 pm

One of these years I might actually win! ;-)

Simple
Spritz
Deep Run Roots

Thanks!

Amanda Sanders Dec 5, 2016 02:12 pm

Cravings
Skinny Taste
Deep Run Roots
Thank you, and Happy New Year!

Cheryl Dec 5, 2016 02:12 pm

Skinnytaste
Deep Run Roots
Simple

Thanks for sharing.

April Dominy Dec 5, 2016 02:12 pm

SkinnyTaste: Fast & Slow because I followed your posts of this one and I was drooling the entire time!
Victuals: An Appalachian Journey with Recipes : because I lived in the Appalachian mountains and love the rich culture there!
Batch because I would love to learn more about preserving foods and traditions..

Maggie C. Dec 5, 2016 02:12 pm

Victuals, Simple, and Batch.

I bought Skinnytaste after following your photos on Instagram and love everything I’ve tried from it so far!

Bianca T Dec 5, 2016 02:12 pm

skinnytaste fast and slow, cravings, and v street! i adore all of these authors!

Christine Berardi Dec 5, 2016 03:12 pm

Gosh- so hard to choose, but if I must…. Victuals; Batch; The Photographer’s Cookbook

Jen Dec 5, 2016 03:12 pm

So hard to choose! I’d have to go with Simple, Deep Run Roots & Photographer’s Cookbook. Happy holidays!

Caryn Oxford Dec 5, 2016 04:12 pm

Skinny Taste
Victuals
Cravings!!!

Ashley Dec 5, 2016 04:12 pm

Receiving cookbooks for Christmas is my absolute favorite! I would LOVE Cravings, Simple, and Skinnytaste.

Kirsten Hindes Dec 5, 2016 05:12 pm

Skinnytaste
Deep Run Roots
Simple

Yay!!

Joy Reddy Dec 5, 2016 08:12 pm

Love to have Victuals, Simple and SkinnyTaste.

Thanks!

Joy

Julie Dec 5, 2016 08:12 pm

Gotta pick The Photographer’s Cookbook, Victuals, and Cravings – thanks for doing this again!

Carlin Dec 5, 2016 08:12 pm

Batch, Deep runRoots, Victuals!
Thanks!

Christy Turnipseed Dec 5, 2016 10:12 pm

Deep Run Roots
Skinnytaste (I KNOW I can’t believe I don’t have it)
Simple

XO

Christine White Dec 6, 2016 07:12 am

Deep Run Roots. Victuals. Photographer’s Cookbook. Woot, woot!!!!

Lauren janis Dec 6, 2016 07:12 am

Batch- I have been on a canning kick this year and just love it.
Skinnytaste Fast and slow
Cravings

this is one of my favorite time he Rings your favorites

Holly Dec 6, 2016 08:12 am

My favorites are V Street, Deep Run Roots, and Simple.

Kim Dec 6, 2016 09:12 am

The 3 I would love are the new Skinnytaste book (I have the original and love it!) Cravings, and Simple!

Heidi Roth Dec 6, 2016 09:12 am

Hi, Tami! I always look forward to your favorite cookbook lists! I recently picked up Deep Run Roots and am really enjoying it. I’d love to read Skinnytaste Fast and Slow, V Street and Victuals. Cheers!

Nikki @ Nik Snacks Dec 6, 2016 10:12 am

Wow. If you put your stamp on it, I believe it. I’m curious about
Cravings
Skinnytaste
Victuals

Thank you for doing this each year.

Christa Gault Dec 6, 2016 10:12 am

Batch, Victuals & The Photographer’s Cookbook! Thank you so very much!!!

Becky Phillips Dec 6, 2016 11:12 am

Luck be a lady!!
Skinnytaste Fast and Slow
The Photographer’s Cookbook
Spritz

Danielle Acken Dec 6, 2016 02:12 pm

YAY! Happy Holidays to you!
Batch
Simple
Skinnytaste Fast and Slow

Irwin Dec 6, 2016 02:12 pm

Here are the books I would like if I win!

Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail
Cravings
Simple

Thank you and keep up the good work

Vaishali S Dec 6, 2016 03:12 pm

Skinny taste fast and slow
Deep run roots
V Street

Allison Dec 6, 2016 04:12 pm

deep run roots
victuals
simple

Drew Kleinhans Dec 6, 2016 08:12 pm

Deep Run Roots
Victuals
The vPhotographer’s Cookbook

Thanks!

Dianne Dec 6, 2016 08:12 pm

Spritz, Cravings, and V Street!

Emily Dec 7, 2016 12:12 am

I would LOVE Cravings, Skinntaste Fast and Slow and Simple.

Carrie Dec 7, 2016 12:12 am

They all sound worth a read! Batch caught my eye!

Joanna Meyer Dec 7, 2016 02:12 am

Batch
Simple
Skinnytaste Fast and Slow

Margaret Watkins Dec 7, 2016 04:12 pm

Wonderful suggestions. I love cookbooks! Cravings, Deep Run Roots, & Skinny Taste Fast & Slow. Thank you.

Amy Sinclair Dec 7, 2016 05:12 pm

The Photographer’s Cookbook
V Street
Simple
…or any really
:)

Lynn Dec 9, 2016 04:12 pm

I always love entering this contest. Thank you for doing it and I hope all is well with you.

I’ll go with:

Cravings
Skinnytaste Fast and Slow
Simple

Kari Dec 9, 2016 04:12 pm

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow
Cravings
Deep Run Roots
Thank you!

Alley Killian Dec 9, 2016 05:12 pm

Simple, Skinnytaste Fast and Slow, and Deep Run Roots. Thanks!

Liz @ Books n Cooks Dec 9, 2016 08:12 pm

Batch
Spritz
Skinny Taste (been eying this one for a while!)

Debbie N Dec 10, 2016 07:12 am

Thanks for the great giveaway. The cookbooks I would love most are:
Batch
The Photographers cookbook
and
Deep Run Roots.

Lauren Dec 11, 2016 10:12 am

Victuals
V Street
Simple
Thanks :)

Theresa N Dec 11, 2016 05:12 pm

I like Deep Run Roots, Batch and Skinnytaste.

Eileen Dec 11, 2016 06:12 pm

Wow, these cookbooks sound so fantastic, I don’t know how to choose! How about Batch, Victuals, and Simple. :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Desiree DeYoung Dec 13, 2016 05:12 pm

I like Deep Run Roots, Spritz, and Cravings!!!^_^ Thanks for the giveaway and reviews!!!^_^

Tyneisha Dec 13, 2016 10:12 pm

How amazing!! I would just love to win Deep Run Roots, Skinny Taste, and Cravings!!

Marianne Smith Dec 16, 2016 11:12 am

My choices are:

Cravings
Skinny Taste
Simple

Thanks for the opportunity…keeping my fingers crossed!

Wendy G Dec 16, 2016 01:12 pm

I enter every year just to catch up on the what’s new/cool in cookbooks! My 3: Skinny Taste, Cravings & Spritz. So fun!

Peggy Ricks Dec 16, 2016 01:12 pm

I can only pick 3? Spritz, Skinnytaste Fast and Slow, and Victuals.

Love following you on all your adventures. Hope 2017 brings you as much joy and happiness as 2016 did!

Sabrina Modelle Dec 16, 2016 04:12 pm

Here’s to you, friend, and an even more incredible year for you in 2017!

Simple, Skinny Taste, & Cravings would be my picks.
XO

Tamara Dec 16, 2016 04:12 pm

Spritz, Deep Run Roots and Simple.

Julie Dec 16, 2016 09:12 pm

What a great list of cookbooks! I would want Skinnytaste Fast and Slow (love her blog), Cravings, and Deep Run Roots!

Erika Chilton Dec 20, 2016 01:12 am

Cravings
Simple
Skinnytaste Fast & Slow

Tina Sieg Dec 20, 2016 10:12 am

Victuals
Deep run roots
Simple

Gabrielle Geiselman-Milone Dec 22, 2016 09:12 am

Victuals, Deep Run Roots and the photographers Cookbook.
As always your list is fascinating and so very well curated my dear. Looking forward to seeing your beautiful images of New Orleans and hopefully you both for the holidays!

Kathryn McCrary Dec 22, 2016 09:12 am

Pick me pick me!!
Deep Run Roots
The Photographer’s Cookbook
Skinnytaste Fast and Slow

Kenan Dec 22, 2016 10:12 am

Batch / Deep Roots Run / Victuals

Thanks, Tami!

Catherine Dec 22, 2016 02:12 pm

Deep Run Roots, Victuals, and Cravings

Thank you for the opportunity and happy holidays!

Gothammom Dec 22, 2016 04:12 pm

Cravings, skinny taste fast and slow, and spritz. The last because I went to Italy for the first time this year and !!!! I need to go back……