Hello December! Hello holiday season! Hello holiday shopping! For the food enthusiast in your life, how about a new cookbook (you can never really go wrong with a cookbook, I find!)? But with so many new cookbooks released in 2013, what to choose? Never fear – Alison and the folks at The Cookbook Store have compiled a list of what they consider the 12 best books of 2013 to help you choose. AND we have a fun giveaway for you at the end of the post (yes, even you international readers!).
Alice Waters is to whole plant cooking what Fergus Henderson is to whole animal cooking. Along with ways of improving your garden and gardening skills, her recipes demonstrate that the lowliest of plants, and their parts, can morph into the most elegant of dishes. Hardcover, $39.95
California-based bloggers, food photographers, and stylists Todd Porter and Diane Cu have created a stunning collection of recipes built on the produce grown in their garden. The freshness of ingredients and simplicity of preparation are the hallmarks of this book. Organized by type of vegetable or fruit, the recipes range from pickles to galettes to granola and beyond. The couple’s blog is WhiteOnRiceCouple.com. Hardcover, $40.00
This book could make you fall in love with Donna Hay all over again. With lashings of Asian flavours and a high ratio of vegetables and grains to poultry, fish, and meat, these dishes are satisfying without ruining your waist line unless you overindulge in the dessert section. Softcover, $34.99
Using eleven different taste sensations, The Globe and Mail’s food and wine columnists have joined forces to create extraordinary menus complemented by thoughtful and sometimes unusual wine, beer, and spirit pairings. What is constant is Lucy Waverman’s ability to reconfigure the familiar. Hardcover, $40.00
Through her LaVarenne Cooking School and her books such as LaVarenne Pratique, Anne Willan has had great influence over professional chefs and home cooks. Her memoir is particularly interesting for women working in the culinary industry because, unlike pioneers like Julia Child, she was able to build her career while also raising a family. Hardcover, $31.99.
For those familiar with Kinfolk magazine, you’ll instantly recognize the popular Kinfolk style that means spectacular photography set in an abundance of white space. As always, the recipes are delicious and simple, making use of local and artisanal ingredients. What makes The Kinfolk Table even more beautiful and special are the profiles collected on each of the contributors. We’re let into the homes of the chefs, bakers, writers, bloggers, artisans, and artists who make up the Kinfolk table and we’re completely jealous. Hardcover, $43.95
The Gramercy Tavern, now almost 20 years old, is sharing its recipes for the first time. These signature dishes serve up a festival of the senses, as pleasing visually, texturally, and aromatically, as taste wise. Hardcover, $57.00
When the temperatures drop, it’s time to turn on the stove and not just for soups and stews. It’s time for heat in the sweet kitchen, both physical warmth and the sort given by spices and more intense flavours. Think spicy prune cake, compotes, and steamed puddings.Hardcover, $33.00
Since its rebirth in St. Helena, in the Napa Valley, in 1984, the Model Bakery with its century old building and ovens has been a major landmark in the community. The 75 recipes collected here show why: who wouldn’t want to hang out in a bakery that makes pain au levain, sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, pecan pie, lemon brulee tart….Hardcover, $41.00
The personable, Quebec-based chef raises the bar for slow cooker cuisine with dishes such as veal cheeks with figs, maple and beer braised ham and even crème brulee. Forget the tasty but brown sludge you might have tried in the past for dishes where the look equals the taste. Hardcover, $34.99
From the creators of sweetpotatochronicles.com, the time and nutrition savvy updates on classic family cooking will make this a weekday go to cookbook. The breakfast ideas, such as slow cooker oatmeal, are particularly inspired. Softcover, $29.95
He’s back! This is Michael’s seventh book and each time he manages to give us something new and interesting on the pages all the while showing us cooking can be fun and creative. However if cooking is not your forte he teaches you the basics in a relaxed manner and he will make you a better cook. Softcover, $32.00
A worldwide cookbook giveaway!
That’s right – thanks to the generosity of The Cookbook Store, I have one of the cookbooks in this list to give away to a lucky reader – open to anyone, anywhere in the world!
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me which book you’d want from this list and why?
For a bonus entry, tweet the following message: Enter to win one of @cookbookshop ‘s top cookbook picks for 2013 on @eatlivtravwrite http://bit.ly/1jY3LNx (Worldwide giveaway!)
then come back to leave me a comment on this post telling me you did.
Eligibility and contest rules
- Open to anyone, anywhere in the world. I’m covering the shipping myself so I reserve the right to send it the most economical way that doesn’t take 6 months!
- No purchase of any product necessary for entry.
- Winner will be chosen using Random.org from all qualified entries on Monday, December 9th 2013 after 6pm EST.
- Winner will be contacted via email on Tuesday December 10th 2013.
If you’re lucky enough to live in Toronto or are heading downtown to do some holiday shopping, be sure to stop by and say hi to Alison, Jennifer, John and the gang – they’re always happy to chat cookbooks!
the cookbook store
850 Yonge St. (at Yorkville Ave)
Toronto, Ontario, M4W 2H1
Canadian readers – win a KitchenAid Architect® Series Stand Mixer with 5 quart glass bowl in Raspberry Ice! Ends December 6th 2013 at 6pm EST. Enter here!