I love cookbooks, especially the beautiful ones. You know the ones, full of beautiful pictures, printed on nice paper with artfully chosen fonts and a great layout – the kind that could easily double as a coffee table book. My loved ones know this about me, so I was thrilled to receive a number of new cookbooks over the holiday season (both for my birthday and for Christmas).
Here’s the latest additions to my collection:
Homemade – Yvette Van Boven
This book was originally published in Van Boven’s native Dutch, but was recently translated to English. Full of beautiful pictures and truly unique recipes, this book includes tutorials on cheesemaking and preserving, as well as cooking. A lot of the recipes call for unique or exotic ingredients.
Two in the Kitchen: A Cookbook for Newlyweds (Williams-Sonoma) – Jordan Mackay and Christie Dufault
This book is written by a couple, and features not only recipes but helpful information about setting up a kitchen, hosting cocktail parties and dinner parties, and most importantly, tons of recipes that are scaled down to serve 2 people. It’s also full of photos, anecdotes, and stories from real newlywed couples, sharing their favourite recipes and memories about food.
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook – Deb Perelman
Those who spend much time in the blogosphere will be familiar with Deb Perelman and Smitten Kitchen – one of the most popular food blogs on the web. The book does not disappoint. The focus of the book is ‘comfort food stepped up’, and it’s full of comforting but elegant recipes, all made from scratch. Like the blog, it’s full of truly beautiful photography too.
The Newlywed Cookbook: Fresh Ideas & Modern Recipes for Cooking With and For Each Other – Sarah Copeland
Similar to the Williams-Sonoma book, this book focuses on recipes designed for 2 people, as well as recipes for entertaining. Along with food recipes, there are also cocktail and spirit recipes, meal planning tools, and good foundational recipes for beginners.