LJ Best Books 2017

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Best Books 2011: Cooking

Selected by Carrie Scarr, West Fargo P.L., ND, & Lisa Campbell, Univ. of Michigan Lib., Ann Arbor

Bauer, Jeni Britton. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home: More Than 100 Addictively Good Artisanal Recipes. Artisan: Workman. ISBN 9781579654368. $23.95.
This inspiring collection of seasonal ice cream recipes from Ohio-based ice cream whiz Bauer stands apart for its creative, unconventional flavors like Sweet Basil & Honeyed Pine Nut and Sweet Potato with Torched Marshmallows.

Kiros, Tessa. Food from Many Greek Kitchens. Andrews McMeel. ISBN 9781449406523. $35.
Kiros gives the name of each recipe in English and Greek and offers an introduction to the dish‚ e.g., Baklava, Keftedes Fried Meatballs‚ and thorough instructions, accompanied by beautiful photography. Greek cookbooks written for the beginner are rare, and this book provides a good foundation. (LJ 8/11)

Koenig, Leah (text) &Lucy Schaeffer (photogs.). The Hadassah Everyday Cookbook: Daily Meals for the Contemporary Jewish Kitchen. Universe: Rizzoli. ISBN 9780789322210. $34.95.
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, presents an essential modern take on Jewish recipes. Cooks will be delighted to find Late Summer Fig Salad and Lemony Chicken Soup. This beautifully photographed coffee-table book is sure to inspire. (LJ 6/15/11)

McLagan, Jennifer. Odd Bits: How To Cook the Rest of the Animal. Ten Speed: Crown Pub. Group. ISBN 9781580083348. $35.
McLagan presents a rare cookbook on using neglected ingredients such as lungs, necks, testicles, and feet in such dishes as Chocolate Blood Ice Cream. In this indispensable guide, McLagan also includes a history of eating odd bits and how to choose, prepare, and cook them. (LJ 8/11)

Martin, Laura C. Green Market Baking Book: 100 Delicious Recipes for Naturally Sweet & Savory Treats. Sterling. ISBN 9781402759970. $17.95.
Martin presents sweets and baked goods made without white sugar. She brings together local recipes‚ e.g., Chocolate Beet Cake and Black Grape Sweet Bread‚ from such contributors as Bev Shaffer, Alice Waters, and Rebecca Wood. There’s also a comparison of sugar substitutes. (LJ 5/15/11)

Ottolenghi, Yotam (text) & Jonathan Lovekin (photogs.). Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi. Chronicle. ISBN 9781452101248. $35.
London restaurateur Ottolenghi’s second cookbook will entice even the most carnivorous readers with gorgeously photographed vegetable recipes that showcase many flavors, textures, and techniques. An excellent choice for vegetarians looking for new ways to highlight their favorite ingredients.

Quessenberry, Sara & Suzanne Schlosberg. The Good Neighbor Cookbook: 125 Easy and Delicious Recipes To Surprise and Satisfy the New Moms, New Neighbors…and Block Party Pals in Your Life! Andrews McMeel. ISBN 9780740793554. pap. $16.99.
Quessenberry and Schlosberg’s dishes are meant to be shared with, e.g., a sick friend or a book club. The Bringing Home Baby chapter includes nutritious, high-energy dishes such as Cranberry Granola Bars and Hearty Minestrone Soup with Potato Gnocchi. Essential for those looking for the right recipe for the right purpose. (LJ 2/15/11)

Stevens, Molly (text) & Quentin Bacon (photogs.). All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art. Norton. ISBN 9780393065268. $35.
Stevens (All About Braising) has once again delivered a comprehensive, must-have volume that deftly illuminates a seemingly simple technique. Highly recommended for anyone looking to sear, sauce, and serve an impressive roast. (LJ 10/15/11)

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  1. Nancy Fleisher says:

    Love the Good Neighbor Cookbook. My friend took mine,so I bought another one!