In yesterday’s food section, I rounded up 25 cookbooks, food books and magazines that I think would make excellent gifts this holiday season.
Sprinkled among those recommendations are my own personal favorites, including the new regional food magazine, Sugar & Rice, Christopher Boffoli’s "Big Appetites," as well as Daphne Oz’s "Relish" and Amy Thielen’s "The New Midwestern Table."
But some of my other favorites didn’t make the gift guide because we’d already covered the books earlier this year, so here is a spattering of additional top picks from 2013:
Locally, I was happy to see "Austin Breakfast Tacos" by the Taco Journalism team and "Tipsy Texan" by David Alan appearing the BookPeople bestseller list week after week, and every time I look inside Melissa Joulwan’s "Well Fed 2," I find something new to love. "The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook" tapped into my love of community cookbooks and the kind of storytelling and historical exploration they inspire.
"Vegetable Literacy" by Deborah Madison and "Eat Your Vegetables" by Joe Yonan were among my favorite vegetarian cookbooks, and for omnivores, Georgina Fuggle’s "Take One Pot" presented recipe after creative recipe that, as a bonus, only require one cooking vessel to prepare. When it came to books featuring celebrity chefs sharing recipes for everyday cooks, "Sunny’s Kitchen" by Sunny Anderson was right up there with Rachael Ray’s "Week in a Day."
For longer reads, I’m currently enjoying the book version of "The Fruit Hunters," which I was first introduced to via the documentary that came out on DVD over the summer, but another book I find myself (somewhat surprisingly) recommending over and over is Eddie Huang’s "Fresh Off the Boat."
Huang, who runs the New York City restaurant Baohaus, gives us an even deeper look into the cult of celebrity chefs and what life is like on the other side of our fascination with "ethnic" food. It’s profanity-laced, button-pushing book that will likely offend you as often as it delights with Huang’s keen insight into the truth and consequences of chasing the American Dream. Definitely not a book for everyone on your Christmas list, but a fascinating read if you’re interested in the intersection of race, gender, class and food.
What were some of your favorite food books (and magazines and movies) from 2013?