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The time has come!  My top 10 picks for the best cookbooks of2013 have been released, on CookShelf, the cookbook-ratings app!  on sale for one week starting today for just 99¢!

If you’re starting your holiday shopping this week – and who isn’t? –   CookShelf, will guide to not only my top 10 picks for 2013, but over 250+ other great cookbooks worth getting or giving, along with analysis that looks at skill requirements, recipe listings, and design.   And in-app purchase links make it easy to do all your cookbook shopping with one click.

Who needs CookShelf?  You do!

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Next week here on the blog: the honorable mentions list – a long one! Click here for last year’s honorable mentions shortlist.

 

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A happy Thanksgiving to all!  and don’t forget to tune in tomorrow on the CookShelf app to find out – at last – the BEST COOKBOOKS OF 2013!

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Only 2 days left till the 2013 Best Cookbooks roundup releases!  Have you got your CookShelf on?

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Exciting news! This year, I will be releasing my choices for the top 10 cookbooks of 2013 on my app, CookShelf! It’s happening this Friday, Nov. 29th – the day after Thanksgiving.  

You know you don’t want to get squashed in the Black Friday crowds.  You know you want to rest your poor, turkey-stuffed self in the comfiest chair in the house and start ordering gifts  for your cookbook-loving friends and family online.

On CookShelf, you’ll find not only my top 10 picks for 2013, but over 250+ other great cookbooks worth getting or giving, along with analysis that looks at skill requirements, recipe listings, and design – everything you need to decide that all-important question: which cookbook to buy.  And in-app purchase links make it easy to do all your cookbook shopping with one click.

Who needs CookShelf?  You do!

I need CookShelf for iPhone/iPad!

I need CookShelf for Android!

 

 

Celery root – or celeriac, if you want to be all proper about it – is no beauty!   But at this time of year, it’s a root worth digging deep for – all buttery, earthy taste and satin texture.  

I had a rumpus of a time writing this story! – except for one part: standing on the freezing porch trying to take a glamorous photograph of rapidly cooling lentils.   Yeah, that part.

Click here to read You Can’t Judge a Celery Root By Its Looks at NPR’s Kitchen Window.  Or, if you like, browse all my Kitchen Window stories for NPR.

Recipes from Gourmet Today and Plenty are featured in this story.  You can read more about those books – and over 250+ cookbooks worth giving this holiday! – on my cookbook-rating app, CookShelf.  Available for both  iPhone/iPad and Android devices and updated regularly.

Couple of stories this week!

First up, a review of a new “easy Thai” book by Katie Chin, a TV cook better known for her efforts in Chinese cuisine.  Canny move, since despite the popularity of Thai food and the popularity of Thai ingredients, Thai cookbooks that are both accessible and authentic seem to be few.  This one falls in the accessible category (David Thompson’s are the authentic ones, but many of us find them just a step beyond what’s feasible on a weeknight).

Click here to read today’s review of ‘Everyday Thai Cooking’ in the Boston Globe.   Hit the paywall?  Click here for the PDF version

I tested this one over the summer, but there’s another new Thai book just out, Pok Pok. It’s got a good pedigree and looks promising, so I’m looking forward to giving it a try and seeing where on the accessible/authentic spectrum it falls.  I’ll put it on CookShelf once I have.

My second story today is about a near-neighbor, Dédé Wilson, who lives and works in the town next over from mine, Shutesbury.  She’s a veteran baking-book author and has a new website aiming to be an information hub for authors.  The website is still in beta, but you can check it out here and read her story in the Globe.

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On  CookShelf, the cookbook-rating app , you’ll find more data points and analysis of the latest cookbooks and regular cookbook news.  It’s the only up-to-the-minute cookbook app in the country!  Love cookbooks?  Then CookShelf’s a MUST for you.  Available for both  iPhone/iPad and Android devices and updated most weeks.

CookShelf for iPhone/iPadWhen people find out what I do for a job, the most common question they ask is “So what are your favorite cookbooks?”   I usually stutter a bit and then pull up the name of something I’ve tested in the last few months that’s better than average.

But the REAL answer, I know, is easy – just hard to remember.  My favorite cookbooks are the books on The Shelf.  I like to keep my top 50 or so books close to the Kitchen, so they go on The Shelf.  The others all go upstairs to the Library.  Occasionally, a book in the Library will make me go up and downstairs so many times that it graduates to the Shelf.

And now, ta-DA!  you can see my Shelf cookbooks – the cookbooks I’ve lived with, tested repeatedly, and learned to love – on CookShelf!  It’s easy.  If you have CookShelf already, be sure you’ve updated the app to the latest version and refreshed it.  Then, just tap the all-important menu button in the upper-left corner, and you’ll see “*T. Susan’s Kitchen Shelf” right on the list.

If you love cookbooks, and you haven’t downloaded CookShelf, why, what on earth’s stopping you?

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Debra Ponzek’s new book aims for a particular readership – the weeknight family cook who’s busy, but not too busy.  Because these recipes, while reliably tasty and simple to execute, are not reliably quick. (I have another book review coming up in the next few weeks where the authors hit the quick-easy-tasty trifecta on the money every time.)

Still, Ponzek has a terrific sense of how to combine flavors, and that combined with her sense of how to easily construct a meal around one or two recipes makes the book a good value for the part-time at-home parent who cooks.

Click here to read today’s review of ‘The Dinnertime Survival Cookbook’ in the Boston Globe.   Hit the paywall?  Click here for the PDF version

On  CookShelf, the cookbook-rating app , you’ll find more data points and analysis of the latest cookbooks and regular cookbook news.  It’s the only up-to-the-minute cookbook app in the country!  Love cookbooks?  Then CookShelf’s a MUST for you.  Available for both  iPhone/iPad and Android devices and updated most weeks.

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