Winter 2006 Gift Guide

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GADGETSPRETTY FANCYKITCHEN TOOLSEDIBLESCOOKBOOKS

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.

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.

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.