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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):
- Keepers, by Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion
- Indian Cooking Unfolded, by Raghavan Iyer
- The New Persian Kitchen, by Louisa Shafia
- The New Midwestern Table, by Amy Rose Thielen
- One Good Dish, by David Tanis
- Japanese Soul Cooking, by Tadashi Ono & Harris Salat
- Art of Simple Food II, by Alice Waters
- Notes from the Larder, by Nigel Slater
- Sauces & Shapes, by Oretta Zanini de Vita and Maureen B. Fant
- Wintersweet, by Tammy Donroe Inman
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
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!
Next week here on the blog: the honorable mentions list – a long one! Click here for last year’s honorable mentions shortlist.
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!
When one of my favorite NPR producers emailed me last month to say that, due to budget constraints, NPR would not be running the cookbook roundup this summer, I was terribly sad. The summer cookbook roundup has been a happy tradition here – a parade of festive, partying, grilling, beach-loving books that are publishers’ last hurrah before the slow months of July and August. Now, it seemed, there would be no cocktails and grilled clams and corn fritters and lobster rolls. (And NPR wouldn’t be the only one facing budget constraints.)
But then I thought, what’s to stop summer cookbook roundup from happening anyway? I’ve got the cookbooks. I’ve got a blog. I’ve got a cookbook-rating app. And am I, or am I not, a full-time cookbook reviewer? So I decided I’d run it right here, on the Wednesday before Memorial Day – that’s May 22nd. Save the date! And for those who have the CookShelf app, you’ll be able to see my picks first of all, when the app refreshes late Tuesday night.
So stay tuned, folks. Cookbook roundup may be nothing but a jumble of Alpha-Bits right now. But in five short days, you’ll have the summer’s best cookbook picks on your screen and at your fingertips.