Winter 2006 Gift Guide

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COOKBOOKS CHOW's new favorite books: for reading, for looking at,
and for cooking by.

FOOD-ACTIVIST LIT

Understanding the impact on the earth of the way we eat is only part of the battle; changing habits is the more difficult task. These books add a spoonful of sugar to the medicine.

Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, by Anne Lappé and Bryant Terry (Tarcher, 2006; $12.89 at Amazon.com). Offers practical solutions on how to go organic. In addition to sound eating advice, the authors provide some tasty recipes—try the Mac 4 Cheese (with Leeks).">
Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, by Anne Lappé and Bryant Terry (Tarcher, 2006; $12.89 at Amazon.com). Offers practical solutions on how to go organic. In addition to sound eating advice, the authors provide some tasty recipes—try the Mac 4 Cheese (with Leeks).">Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen
Offers practical solutions on how to go organic...
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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Pollan's book took the food world by storm...
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Stalking the Wild Asparagus
The classic foraging resource. If you are thinking of...
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Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (Marlowe & Company, 2005; $10.85 at Amazon.com). Moskowitz won us over with her book because it's filled with vegan recipes that, well, don't taste vegan. Her follow-up, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes That Rule (Marlowe & Company; $19.85 at Amazon.com), was just released, and we are already in love with the cookies and cream frosting, a variation on the frosting for Basic Chocolate Cupcake. ">
Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (Marlowe & Company, 2005; $10.85 at Amazon.com). Moskowitz won us over with her book because it's filled with vegan recipes that, well, don't taste vegan. Her follow-up, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes That Rule (Marlowe & Company; $19.85 at Amazon.com), was just released, and we are already in love with the cookies and cream frosting, a variation on the frosting for Basic Chocolate Cupcake. ">Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock
Moskowitz won...
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Back to Top FOOD LIT

Here are four food publications that will inspire as much as they entertain. The only problem is that you might be torn between racing to the kitchen and turning the page.

Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture
A quarterly publication so beautiful...
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Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany, by Bill Buford (Knopf, 2006; $17.13 at Amazon.com). Journalist Bill Buford became the envy of aspiring chefs when he took up a post as a line chef at Mario Batali's Babbo restaurant. Heat recounts Buford's adventures as he honed his culinary skills on the line and searched out Italy's perfect recipes.">
Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany, by Bill Buford (Knopf, 2006; $17.13 at Amazon.com). Journalist Bill Buford became the envy of aspiring chefs when he took up a post as a line chef at Mario Batali's Babbo restaurant. Heat recounts Buford's adventures as he honed his culinary skills on the line and searched out Italy's perfect recipes.">Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
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A Hedonist in the Cellar: Adventures in Wine
A collection of essays discussing...
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The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine
When three-star chef Bernard Loiseau...
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Back to Top CLASSICAL TECHNIQUE

A good cook should know the classics—having a strong foundation gives you the freedom to riff and explore. These three books teach the basics on swill, sweets, and sautéing.

Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook
Having this book on hand is is second-best...
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The Oxford Companion to Wine, 3rd Edition
Robinson is among the wine world's most...
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The Professional Chef, 8th Edition
No home library is complete without...
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Back to Top COFFEE-TABLE FOOD BOOKS

Any true cookbook lover will admit that you don't always buy cookbooks for the recipes. There are gorgeous ones that serve mainly as inspiration—almost too beautiful for kitchen use.

Dessert Cuisine
Pastry chef Oriol Balaguer's La Cocina de los Postres is now available in English...
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El Bulli 2003-2004
Chef Ferran Adria's stimulating, photo-heavy books that...
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Hungry Planet: What the World Eats
Not really a cookbook, Hungry Planet presents how...
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Back to Top DESTINED TO BE SPATTERED AND DOG-EARED

These are our go-to references, great additions to anyone's cookbook library—though it's highly unlikely that they will sit on the shelf for long.