20 December 2014

Weekend Cooking: Books on my Kitchen Table

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As each year ends, I always pretend to get more organized (see post from 2010). This week, I was going through the books on my eReader and tablet and realized that I have quite a collection of books I want to write about for Weekend Cooking posts. Some I've already read, some I haven't even looked at, and some I'm in  the middle of reading. In any case I'm still interested in these books, and over the course of the coming year, I hope to share my thoughts on many of them.

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, The Tucci Table, The Auntie Em's CookbookLet's Get Cooking

I love Ina Garten and her Barefoot Contessa Foolproof is sure to be a hit with me. I can't wait to get cooking from this 2012 book. (Clarkson Potter, 9780307464873) I often have mixed feelings about celebrity cookbooks, but Stanley Tucci seems to be genuinely knowledgeable about food and wine. I'll let you know how The Tucci Table holds up. (Gallery Books, 9781476738567) The Auntie Em's Cookbook by Theresa Wahl caught my eye because of the subtitle: "A Musician's Guide to Breakfast & Brunch & Dessert." Los Angeles tastes and punk rock culture meet in the kitchen--might be fun. (Prospect Park Books 9781938849268)

Curious History of Food and Drink, Bitter, Culinary Imagination, TastyHistory, Science, and Culture, Oh My!

In A Curious History of Food and Drink, Ian Crofton searches historical diaries, cookbooks, and other documents on a hunt for the origin of foods both common (noodles) and unusual (bird tongues). (Quercus, 9781623658250) I love lemons, hoppy beer, and coffee, so Jennifer Mclagan's Bitter promises to be a book made for me. Part science, part cookbook. (Ten Speed Press, 9781607745167) I'm almost done with the wonderful The Culinary Imagination by the well-respected critic Sandra M. Gilbert. From literature to politics, this collection explores our never-ending fascination with food and food writing. (Norton, 9780393067651) Tasty, by Pulitzer Prize-winning John McQuaid, comes out next month. It's a fascinating look at the sense of taste, including why some people hate what others crave. (Scribner, 9781451685008)

Jam Today Too, The Chain, Breakfast in Burgundy, Eat More BetterCulinary Musings

In Jam Today Too, Tod Davies looks at the ways food enhances our friendships and gets us through life's joys and trials. I learned about this book from one of your Weekend Cooking posts. (Exterminating Angel Press, 9781935259251) Ted Genoways tackles our food supply as it travels from farm to processor to table. After reading The Chain, you might be adding a few more vegetarian meals to your weekly plan. (Harper, 9780062288752) Breakfast in Burgundy, by Raymond Blake, is a charming tale of travel, culture clash, and--of course--food. I love the subtitle: "A Hungry Irishman in the Belly of France." (Skyhorse, 9781629144740) Dan Pashman wants us to savor our food and get every bit of deliciousness we can out of every bite. Eat More Better might make you start playing with your food--in a good way. (Simon & Schuster, 9781451689730)

Tequila Mockingbird, Of All the Gin Joints, The Brewer's TaleJust One More for the Road

Tim Federle's Tequila Mockingbird is another Weekend Cooking find for me. I love the idea of a special drink to go with a favorite novel, especially when they're given such fun names: Bridget Jones's Daquiri and Gin Eyre, for example. (Running Press, 9780762448654). I first heard of Of All the Gin Joints when I was at BEA last spring. Mark Bailey gives us the inside scoop on the drinking habits of literary giants and Hollywood's stars. Cocktail recipes are included. (Algonquin, 9781565125933). After seeing the Discovery Channel's fun documentary on beer and history, I couldn't resist William Bostwick's The Brewer's Tale, which covers 5,000 years of foamy stories. This well-researched book has it all, from the very first fermented grains to the modern craft beer movement. (Norton, 9780393239140)


rhapsodyinbooks 12/20/14, 6:08 AM  

I'm reading a book now on the history of food - I love those kinds of books!

Tina 12/20/14, 6:54 AM  

You certainly have quite a few interesting selections here. I am definitely on board for both cookbooks and I must get a copy of Tequila Mockingbird (so clever and I enjoy a cocktail). My list from last year wasn't finished either, adding to it.

jama 12/20/14, 7:47 AM  

What a tempting roundup -- I only have A Curious History of Food and Drink and must look for the others! Happy Holidays!

Laurie C 12/20/14, 8:30 AM  

I got Tequila Mockingbird for Christmas LAST year and still haven't managed to write it up for Weekend Cooking a whole year later! I don't think I'm going to have time to even PRETEND to get organized this year!

Beth S. 12/20/14, 8:36 AM  

Love these books! I see quite a few I want to add to my reading list.

bermudaonion 12/20/14, 9:07 AM  

Great collection of books! The books on my ereader are mostly forgotten. :(

Vanessa Morgan 12/20/14, 9:32 AM  

Yesterday I watched Monkey Shines with Stanley Tucci. I had no idea he wrote cook books as well. Very curious now.

Karen 12/20/14, 10:43 AM  

I haven't read ANY of those books! Oh, the list just keeps getting longer...!

JoAnn 12/20/14, 2:25 PM  

I've been eyeing Breakfast in Burgundy and absolutely loved Tequila Mockingbird! Will look forward to more foodie posts in 2015.

lawstudentscookbook 12/20/14, 2:33 PM  

You're encouraging me to go through my books too!

Jackie Mc Guinness 12/20/14, 4:08 PM  

Oa All the Gin Joints sounds really good. Always like snooping into other people's lives.

Belle Wong 12/20/14, 4:55 PM  

What a nice stack of foodie books! I especially like books about the history of food. The Culinary Imagination looks really good!

grammajudyb 12/20/14, 7:07 PM  

I love watching Ina Garten on the Food channel. Saw Stanley Tucci's book recommended on the Today show. I don't buy a lot of cookbooks and foodie books, but I should. I love to read about good food and wine. Maybe in 2015!

Katherine P 12/20/14, 7:29 PM  

All of these look fascinating! Ina's recipes aren't always the easiest but they're always reliable! I'm definitely curious about your other foodie books. Can't wait to see what you think about them!

Booksnyc 12/20/14, 10:13 PM  

Thanks for introducing me to Breakfast in Burgundy - it sounds great!

Anita LeBeau 12/20/14, 10:37 PM  

Lovely collection. My ebooks tend to be forgotten, and I love cookbooks in paper. I just bought Ina Garten's new cookbook, can't wait to dig in. Happy exploring.

Melynda Brown 12/21/14, 2:45 PM  

So many books to consider, I am also interested in Kitchen Ecology and while I have looked for it locally, I will probably have to visit Amazon..........

(Diane) bookchickdi 12/21/14, 7:46 PM  

What a terrific roundup? I love Ina Garten too, and Foolproof is another great book of hers. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

Julie Goucher 12/22/14, 7:10 AM  

I haven't participated in Weekend Cooking for ages. It seems my get up & go has got up and went! I hope to be back for 2015.

Another great round up of these books - I love your book and journal round ups.

Happy Christmas to you and your family.

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