21 May 2016

Weekend Cooking: 6 Books for Foodies and Cooks (BEA)

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6 books for food lovers and cooksAs many of you know, I was in Chicago last week for Book Expo America. Although I wandered the show floor with no particular agenda, I kept my eyes open for books that would be a good fit for future Weekend Cooking posts.

Here are a six books I picked up or heard about at BEA. Half fall into the category of food writing and the other half are cookbooks. All looked interesting to me and I hope to write full reviews in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, I'm sharing my quick impressions, so you can get a jump on preordering or requesting from your library. Hope you find two or three to add to your list.

Food Writing / Memoirs

6 books for food lovers and cooks
  • The Food & Wine of France by Edward Behr: This books consists of 32 essays, each one focusing on a different aspect of French cuisine, such as bread, salt, champagne, snails, cheese, and cake. Looks like a good one to read a chapter at a time. (Penguin Press, June)
  • Pancakes in Paris by Craig Carlson: The story of how the Connecticut-born author came to open an American-style diner in Paris, the city known for its haute cuisine. The style is fun, light, and conversational. (Sourcebooks, September)
  • Truffle Boy by Ian Purkayastha: After tasting his first truffle, this Arkansas native was so instantly a fan he made the fungus his business. Still in his 20s, he now sells one of the world's most expensive ingredients to the most famous chefs in New York City. (Hachette, August)

6 books for food lovers and cooks

  • Breaking Breads by Uri Scheft: Hello! It's a cookbook on bread and all its cousins (like babka and doughnuts). You knew I couldn't walk by this one. I have only a pamphlet, but I can already tell I'm going to love the cookbook. (Artisan, October)
  • Fast to the Table Freezer Cookbook by Becky Rosenthal: I'm a big fan of using my freezer and this book promises to have be full of tips and advice on both properly storing foods as well as cooking with them later. Can't wait to see the full cookbook. (Countryman Press, May)
  • Eat What You Love: Quick & Easy by Marlene Koch: This cookbook really caught my attention with its full-flavored and varied recipes all geared to good health. From a quick look through the book (and see the cover) I doubt I'm going to notice those missing calories. (Running Press, April)
I found other food and cooking books at BEA and made some new contacts, so it looks like I have a good start on my summer Weekend Cooking posts.


Tina 5/21/16, 6:27 AM  

Breaking Breads will definitely be going on my cookbook shelf, that looks amazing. I am so happy I started baking bread again.
Love your posts on books highlighted in the differdent categories.

bermudaonion 5/21/16, 6:45 AM  

I need Pancakes in Paris! When Vance was in kindergarten, he came home very excited because they were going to make pancakes at school for Mardi Gras. He was so disappointed when the big day came because it wasn't pancakes after all, they "just made crepes." Truffle Boy looks like my kind of book too.

Tina 5/21/16, 6:46 AM  

I decided to add an extra link today. The food references that come up in my beloved Inspector Banks books called or me, as do his musical references, so I did a post on that.

JoAnn 5/21/16, 7:29 AM  

These all look good, especially the Food and Wine in France essays. I'll probably check out the freezer book, too, now that I am trying to keep my FIL's freezer well-stocked.

Mae Travels 5/21/16, 8:29 AM  

I'll be looking forward to your detailed review of these books. It's great that you selected them -- using your own taste and judgement -- at an expo, as opposed to just getting them for free as some blogs do. And the expo sounds like fun, would like to learn more about that!

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

(Diane) bookchickdi 5/21/16, 10:07 AM  

I made three of Marlene's recipes this week in my post. I must find this new book.

Megan 5/21/16, 10:18 AM  

Pancakes in Paris sounds like a fun read. I'll definitely be on the lookout for it come September!

rhapsodyinbooks 5/21/16, 10:32 AM  

Both Breaking Breads and Pancakes in Paris sound good.

Joy 5/21/16, 10:37 AM  

These all look good, but the two set in France would top my list.

Laurie C 5/21/16, 10:55 AM  

I didn't even get to attend Armchair BEA this year! Thanks for sharing your foodie picks!

Claudia 5/21/16, 11:47 AM  

Our surrogate attendee, I'll look forward to your further reviews of these picks. Especially interested in Truffle Boy and Pancakes in Paris.

Deb in Hawaii 5/21/16, 12:07 PM  

I long to someday go to the BEA but I fear it would be like letting a mouse run wild in a cheese factory. ;-) Your picks all look interesting--can't wait for the reviews. All three of your food writing/memoirs have especially caught my eye. Thanks for sharing!

Jackie McGuinness 5/21/16, 1:58 PM  

The Pancakes and Truffle Boy appeal to me.

Nan 5/21/16, 3:23 PM  

I'm very interested in Pancakes in Paris. I remember eating crepes from vendors right on the street. They are different from pancakes, so I expect the French are enjoying the restaurant.

Katherine P 5/21/16, 3:57 PM  

I have Pancakes in Paris but I need all the rest of these! The Food and Wine of France and Truffle Boy look especially interesting.

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) 5/21/16, 4:20 PM  

Truffle Boy sounds so interesting, I'm bummed I missed that one!

Anonymous,  5/21/16, 6:34 PM  

I need to find a way to just directly link your blog to my Goodreads list because I'm always adding titles from every single one of your posts. I can't wait to see which of these 6 I can find at my library next week. What wonderful finds!

Trisha 5/22/16, 9:29 AM  

I came away with some cookbooks from BEA too. I, hopefully, will find the time to read, cook, and review soon.

Gail Gauthier 5/22/16, 1:13 PM  

This is my first time here. I LOVE the idea of a weekend cooking/booking roundup. Though those cookbooks you picked up at BEA all speak to my cooking interests, I think I'd learn toward reading one of the memoirs first.

Vicki 5/22/16, 3:34 PM  

I've been on a cookbook kick for a few months. They all look good.

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