TSC top 10 + shortlist

It’s official!  I’m releasing my top 10 cookbook picks of 2013 – plus the shortlist – to all and sundry!  Spread the word!  Share the joy! Give the gifts!

In case you’re new to my site, the “shortlist” is basically an honorable mentions list – cookbooks which I may not have tested extensively, as I do the top 10, but which I feel are really notable in one way or another.  And which I feel would make handsome, memorable gifts for your food-loving friends.

My 2013 top 10 (in no particular order):

  1. Keepers, by Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion
  2. Indian Cooking Unfolded, by Raghavan Iyer
  3. The New Persian Kitchen, by Louisa Shafia
  4. The New Midwestern Table, by Amy Rose Thielen
  5. One Good Dish, by David Tanis
  6. Japanese Soul Cooking, by Tadashi Ono & Harris Salat
  7. Art of Simple Food II, by Alice Waters
  8. Notes from the Larder, by Nigel Slater
  9. Sauces & Shapes, by Oretta Zanini de Vita and Maureen B. Fant
  10. Wintersweet, by Tammy Donroe Inman

You can read more about the top 10, including my reasons for choosing them, on CookShelf, my cookbook-rating app (available for both  iPhone/iPad and Android) – last day of the 99¢ sale!

And now [drumroll please]… THE SHORTLIST!

Most Comprehensive Contribution to Ethnic Cookery
The Complete Indian Regional Cookbook: 300 Classic Recipes from the Great Regions of India, by Mridula Baljekar

Most Defiantly Nostalgic
The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat, by Michael Ruhlman

Most Hard-Core Chocolate Book
Seriously BitterSweet: The Ultimate Dessert Maker’s Guide to Chocolate, by Alice Medrich

Most Fascinating Food History Book in Recent Memory
Repast: Dining Out at the Dawn of the New American Century, by Michael Lesy & Lisa Stoffer

Best Use of Winter’s 8 Hours of Daylight
Cooking Slow: Recipes for Slowing Down and Cooking More, by Andrew Schloss

Most artful use of soaked cashews & other vegan tricks:
Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Most Artsy / “Mindful”  (aka Most Brooklynish) 
The Kinfolk Table

Keepsake or Baking Book? You Decide
The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook: 100 Delicious Heritage Recipes from the Farm and Garden, by Brent Ridge, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, and Sandy Gluck

Baking Book Most Full of Attitude
Robicelli’s: A Love Story, with Cupcakes, by Allison & Matt Robicelli

Most Useful Book the Day After a Holiday Meal
Vinaigrettes and Other Dressings: 60 Sensational Recipes to Liven Up Greens, Grains, Slaws, and Every Other Kind of Salad, by Michele Anna Jordan

Prettiest Run at Easy Italian
Canal House Cooking Vol. 8: Pronto!, by Melissa Hamilton & Christopher Hirsheimer

Best Guide to Trading Up From the 6-Pack and Cheese Dip in Your Refrigerator
Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook, by Joe Yonan

Stylish Weeknight Cookbook for Fans of ‘Real Simple’
How to Feed a Family: Eat Healthy, Live Happy, Stay Sane, by Laura Keogh & Ceri Marsh

Most Worth-It Chef’s Memoir with Recipes
Good Stock: Life on a Low Simmer, by Sanford D’Amato

Intriguing Cook-umentary with Hard-to-Find Ingredients
My Rio de Janeiro: A Cookbook, by Leticia Moreinos Schwartz

Biggest Eat-Your-Heart-Out-’Cause-You-Don’t Live-Here Cookbook
The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen, by Matt Lee & Ted Lee

Most Simultaneously Right-Minded and Sinful
Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts, by Fran Costigan

Loveliest Still Lifes in a Restaurant Cookbook
The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook, by Michael Anthony

Tantalizing, Don’t-Try-This-At-Home Glimpses into 4000 Years of Eating
A History of Food in 100 Recipes, by William Sitwell