This isn’t so much a book review as it is simply a good list, a list of beautiful, special cookbooks to give to yourself or someone you love. One of the great pleasures I take in making this list is the number of books, those out new this year as well as older favorites, whose remarkable authors are my friends. This big world of food has some special gatherings where we get to meet, share ideas, travel, and of course, talk about and eat food non-stop. But whether I know the authors or just feel like I do, their books are a welcome presence on my shelf, on the floor next to my bed, stacked up on my dining-room-table-desk, and most of all, in my kitchen.

I’ve linked over to Amazon, but I like to buy my books whenever I can locally, here at Between the Covers in Harbor Springs or McLean and Eaken in Petoskey.

New beauties, out this year:

Ripe by Cheryl Sternman Rule

Fred Thompson’s Southern Sides: 250 Dishes that Really make the Plate by Fred Thompson

Roots by Diane Morgan

Ancient Grains for Modern Meals: Mediterranean Whole Grain Recipes by Maria Speck

Jerusalem: A Cookbook, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Mouneh: Preserving Foods for the Lebanese Pantry by Barbara Massaad

Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller

Modern Sauces by Martha Holmberg

Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson

The Lebanese Kitchen by Salma Hage (with an introduction by…Maureen Abood)

Japanese Farm Food by Nancy Singleton Hachisu


Other favorites (this list could go on forever, but here are a few):

The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters

Around My French Table by Dori Greenspan

Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson

Miette: Recipes from San Francisco’s Most Charming Pastry Shop by Meg Ray

Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson

Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen by Monica Bhide

The New Portugese Table
by David Leite

Eggs: Fresh, Simple Recipes for Frittatas, Omelets, Scrambles and More by Jodi Liano

Gingerbread by Jennifer Lindner McGlinn

The Glorious Pasta of Italy by Domenica Marchietti

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