In addition to canning hoarding (a relatively recent development), I am a long established cookbook hoarder.
Piles upon piles upon piles of cookbooks fill my workspace in the newsroom, my dining table at home, and now, in these days of working from home, my writing room. Not to mention the cookbooks that have won permanent residences on the shelves in my dining room, test kitchen, and guest bedroom.
Here is a selection of what I have read and cooked lately:
• “The Essential Cookie Companion, Revised and Updated” by King Arthur Baking Co. This tome, published last week by King Arthur Baking Co. (formerly King Arthur Flour Co.), features nearly 300 recipes for not just the usual cookies. – chocolate chips, oatmeal and sugar as well as cookie bars – but also no-bake cookies, biscotti, brownies and shaped cookies like springerle, animal crackers and elephant ears. There are detailed illustrations for some techniques as well as a handful of color photos. (Countryman Press, $ 35)
• “Middle Eastern Sweets” by Salma Hage opened up a whole new (old) world of desserts to me with her irresistible mix of color photographs and accessible recipes tied to Hage’s easy writing style, which is informative without being manual . It features all of your favorite Middle Eastern desserts – baklava, halva, ma’moul – but adds recipes with Western influences such as tahini and chocolate chip cookies, as well as banana cake. There is also a whole chapter on drinks – traditional and not. Unknown ingredients are easily understood with a quick glance at the book’s glossary. (Phaïdon, $ 35)
• “Chicken Bible: Say Goodbye To Boring Chicken With 500 Recipes For Easy Dinners, Coals, Wings, Stir Fry And Much More” from America’s Test Kitchen has quickly become my go-to book when there’s a package. of chicken or ground turkey in the refrigerator without real plan of use. So far, every recipe I’ve tried – Chicken Chili for Two (coming soon on these pages), Turkey Meatballs with Lemon Rice, Chicken Mole – have been excellent. (America’s Test Kitchen, $ 40)
• “The Latin American Cookbook” by Virgilio Martinez features recipes – lots and lots of recipes – from southern North America, Central America and South America. The scope of this book is vast and while many recipes lack context, I recommend it to anyone who wants to experience Latin American cuisine beyond tacos, churrasco, tamales, posole, and Brazilian cheese bread. (Phaïdon, $ 49.45)
• “Betty Crocker Best 100: Favorite Recipes from America’s Most Trusted Cook.” Betty turned 100 this year and published a book featuring 100 of her “best” recipes to celebrate. I like this book, not because the recipe is necessarily the “best”, but because it mostly includes the basics (with gluten-free variations) and doesn’t hurt as much as “Joy of Cooking” if you do. let it fall on your foot. Like Betty, this book is definitely sweet with 63 recipes for desserts or sweet breakfast items. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $ 25)
• “A Chef’s Favorite Culinary Quotes Book”, compiled by SG Seguret, would make a cute Christmas stocking. This little book is exactly what its title says: Food and Drink Quotes. (Hatherleigh Press, $ 12.50)
And these are the following:
• “The Complete Fall & Winter Cookbook:“ Over 550 Recipes for Warming Dinners, Holiday Roasts, Seasonal Desserts, Breads, Food Gifts and More ”from America’s Test Kitchen ( America’s Test Kitchen, $ 34.99)
• “Grist: A Practical Guide to Cooking Grains, Beans, Seeds and Legumes” by Abra Berens (Chronicle Books, $ 35) to be released October 26
• “Sheet Cake: Easy-to-Make Every Day and Any Occasion Recipes” by Abigail Johnson Dodge (Clarkson Potter, $ 22.99)
• “One Hour of Comfort: Quick, Comfortable, and Modern Dishes for All Your Desires” from America’s Test Kitchen (America’s Test Kitchen, $ 29.99)
• “Nadiya Bakes” by Nadiya Hussain (Clarkson Potter, $ 29.99)
• “Maman: The Cookbook” by Elisa Marshall and Benjamin Sormonte with Lauren Salkeld (Clarkson Potter, $ 30)
• “Gastro Obscura: A Gastronomic Adventurer’s Guide” by Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras (Workman, $ 40).