LJ Best Books 2017

It's time again for LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry and literature, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles.   SEE WHO MADE THE LIST

Best Books 2012: Cookbooks

101 Cookbooks: 501 Classic Recipes. Rizzoli. Oct. 2012. 688p. ed. by Marvin J. Taylor & Clark Wolf. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780847837939. $40.
Essential for cookbook lovers and food historians, this curated collection offers signature recipes from 20th-century classics, from Fannie Farmer’s The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, to James Beard’s American Cookery, to Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. (LJ 01/15/13)

Feniger, Susan & others. Susan Feniger’s Street Food: Irresistibly Crispy, Creamy, Crunchy, Spicy, Sticky, Sweet Recipes. Clarkson Potter: Crown Pub. Group. Jul. 2012. c.224p. photogs. index. ISBN 9780307952585. $27.50.
Here, with restaurant partner and executive chef Kajsa Alger and writer/director Liz Lachman, Los Angeles cooking legend Feniger showcases the spicy tastes of STREET restaurant. This diverse collection of global street food is highly recommended. (LJ 7/15/12)

Nguyen, Andrea (text) & Maren Caruso (photogs.). Asian Tofu: Discover the Best, Make Your Own, and Cook It at Home. Ten Speed: Crown Pub. Group. Feb. 2012. c.240p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781607740254. $30.
Nguyen offers traditional recipes, like Japanese Chilled Tofu and Tea-Smoked Tofu with Pepper and Pork, along with more surprising dishes, e.g., Tofu Tiramisu and Okara (soy pulp) Donuts. Essential for tofu lovers and anyone unfamiliar with tofu’s cultural significance. (LJ 12/15/11)

Presilla, Maricel E. Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America. W.W. Norton. Oct. 2012. c.864p. illus. photogs. index. ISBN 9780393050691. $45.
This bible of Latin American cuisine presents more than 500 recipes for both authentic and modern dishes. Expertly blending history with travel narrative and memoir, Presilla brings Latin American food culture to life. (LJ 10/15/12)

Richardson, Julie. Vintage Cakes: Timeless Cupcakes, Flips, Rolls, Layer, Angel, Snack, Chiffon, and Icebox Cakes for Today’s Sweet Tooth. Ten Speed: Crown Pub. Group. Aug. 2012. c.176p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781607741022. $24.
To write this book, Richardson consulted classic cookbooks and vintage recipes dating back to the 1920s. The collection is a pleasure to bake from, and you’ll repeatedly turn to its show-stopping, reliable recipes for both special and everyday occasions. (LJ 5/15/12)