28 December 2013

Weekend Cooking: The Best in Food and Cooking 2013

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It's time for my best-of 2013 lists! I will post four this year. Thursday was all about audiobooks, yesterday was adult books, today is food and cookbooks, and Monday is middle grade and young adult. Enjoy!

A note on my selections: Missing from this list are a number of good cookbooks and well-written food- and drink-related books that I discovered in 2013. The ones listed here are the cookbooks that I used the most or that inspired me the most, and the food writing books that stuck with me long after I read the last page. Books are presented alphabetically by title; links lead to my reviews or thoughts.

  • Peter Kaminsky and Marie Rama's Bacon Nation (Workman), all things bacon
  • William Knoedelseder's Bitter Brew (HarperCollins / Harper Business), nonfiction about the Busch family
  • Stephanie Stiavetti and Garret McCord's Melt (Hachette Book Group / Little, Brown), pasta and cheese, tied for top food book


Tina 12/28/13, 6:58 AM  

I have been enjoying your roundup of books. Still have not laid hands on Melt or Bacon Nation but look forward to them both. And seriously, how much do we love Smitten Kitchen!

rhapsodyinbooks 12/28/13, 7:33 AM  

I would love cookbooks so much more if I had a live-in cook… (of course, my husband DOES have a live-in cook…)

Beth S. 12/28/13, 11:03 AM  

Great list! The cover of MELT is making me drool! I still need to check if some of these are at my library.

Yvonne@fiction-books 12/28/13, 11:25 AM  

Hi Beth,

I am not much of a cook, however I do love just about all food and enjoy a well cooked and presented meal, it's a good job that I don't seem to have an food allergies! LOL..

We very seldom eat bread, as our daily lives never seem to call for sandwiches, however we love any kind of bread related product, so my eye was immediately drawn to the Lionel Vatinet book.

We both also love any kind of pasta dish and I love macaroni cheese, although hubbie can't stand the stuff!

A great round-up and as it is nearly 5pm here, your display is making me feel a little peckish and reminding me that dinner needs to be started soon.

Have a great New Year,


Kailana 12/28/13, 12:15 PM  

Yeah, there are some good looking ones there. I really need to experiment in the kitchen more!

Carole 12/28/13, 1:14 PM  

thanks for another great year of Weekend Cooking. thanks, too for the cookbook recommendations. Happy New Year

Laurie C 12/28/13, 1:23 PM  

I'm in awe of you! Four best-of lists! My copy of The Smitten Kitchen hasn't been used much yet, but I hope to get to it more in the new year. I got a couple of new cookbooks for Christmas, but I need to weed out some older ones to make room, I think.

Couscous & Consciousness 12/28/13, 1:41 PM  

Great round-up, Beth. I would love all of those books I'm sure - Bacon Nation and Melt look particularly appealing.

Happy holidays.

Sheila (Bookjourney) 12/28/13, 3:00 PM  

Tanks for the recap of these. I have several on my shelf yet to read and I love foodie books!

bermudaonion 12/28/13, 7:27 PM  

I've got a couple of those cookbooks but haven't used them yet. I need to get back in the kitchen!

Joy 12/28/13, 7:39 PM  

I still need to read Bitter Brew. Our brand-new local bookstore, STL Books, couldn't keep it on the shelf during the Christmas season.

I gave my nephew, the one in wine sales, a copy of Provence, 1970 -- he was very excited about it.

Joy's Book Blog

Vicki 12/29/13, 6:34 PM  

Melt & Bacon Nation look really good.
I love cookbooks but haven't read many this year. Hopefully that will change in 2014.

Carol 12/29/13, 7:54 PM  

I may need to pick up Melt!

Linda 12/29/13, 8:49 PM  

It was a great year!

Serena 12/30/13, 11:07 AM  

Bacon Nation is right up my alley!

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 12/30/13, 1:34 PM  

These all look so good. Melt sounds wonderful - I missed that one when you reviewed it.

Vasilly 1/1/14, 9:18 AM  

This is a great list! I'm going to bookmark it so I can keep coming back to it. Provence, 1970 is already on my tbr list because of you. I want to start making my own bread in the new year so hopefully A Passion for Bread is great for beginners.

Margot 1/7/14, 6:43 PM  

I like the way you did your Best Of books this year. Dividing them up into different days worked well for me, the reader. Of course, now I have lots of additions for my To-Read list. But that's a good thing. Thank you.

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