All I want for Christmas…

by Liz on December 5, 2011

…Are these cookbooks. This is the time of year that many bloggers talk about their favorite cookbooks of the year. These are some of my favorite posts to read because I LOVE cookbooks, and already just in reading a few posts this morning, I’ve discovered a few more that I’d love to get my hands on. Since I am a poor college student, this post will be my own personal wish list of books that I want instead of books that I already have. Obviously my description of them won’t be as long as if I actually owned the books, but these are the ones that are currently calling to me.

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The Art of Living According to Joe Beef

Back in 2008, I took a 10-day solo trip up to Montréal. I loved it so much I made my husband go back there with me the following summer. Unfortunately, I did not know about the restaurant Joe Beef either time I was there, and only learned of it afterward in Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie episode about Montréal. I’ve been intrigued ever since and when I found out this book was coming out, it quickly jumped to the top of my cook book wish list.

The Food52 Cookbook

I am sure many of you are familiar with the good people over at Food52. I’ve known about Food52 for awhile, but only recently really started to check out their website, and their new Tumblr blog. I also took a look at the physical book the other day, and what I love about it is that the food looks accessible. The people coming up with recipes are not trained chefs but just enthusiastic home cooks. So, not only is this food that I would actually want to eat, but food that I am actually capable of making myself.

Ruhlman’s Twenty

I first discovered Michael Ruhlman on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” show. I loved watching the bickering between Bourdain and Ruhlman on the show, and as I sought to learn more about this Ruhlman guy, I soon discovered he had authored many books, and had a blog. I’ve been following the blog for awhile and couple of his other books. What I think is important about this book is that it teaches you why things as simple as water or eggs or salt are so important and what they can accomplished when used correctly. I think this book would be a great gift for someone in your life who wants to be a better cook but doesn’t really know how to get started. For me, even though I have come a long way in the last few years, there are so many areas where I can improve, and I think this book will be a valuable asset to help me do so. Someone get it for me, ok?

Essential Pépin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food

A few years ago, the local PBS station had an excellent Sunday afternoon cooking show lineup, with Jacques Pépin’s “Fast Food My Way” as one of the shows. I just loved watching this man breeze through the kitchen and explain why he was doing things one way as opposed to another. I learned how to properly crack an egg watching his show. This man is so well respected by other chefs and everyone in the food world. I’d love to own this cookbook, and it would probably take me the rest of my life to work my way through the 700 recipes it includes.

Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food

Yet another story about discovering a place too late. My husband and I went on vacation to San Francisco this summer, and I didn’t learn of this place until a few months after we’d returned. Huge bummer, but hey since I know we’ll be returning to SF at some point in the future, it gives me something to look forward to. I love cities that are endlessly explorable, and SF is one of those places. As I skimmed the pages of this book, it looked like part cookbook, part manifesto, part story of a community built around this grocery store. As someone who loves grocery stores almost as much as cookbooks, this is the best of both worlds. I found myself wanting to be a part of the community here and wishing my town had its own Bi-Rite equivalent.

Well, I know that’s only five books, but it’s a good place to start. I look forward to adding at least a few of these to my shelves over the next few months!

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