On the hunt for prezzies for your foodie friends? I’ve compiled some delicious new finds (that are equally fulfilling eye candy as well). Bon apetit! How to Drink — I fully admit that I have a problem. With wanting this book purely because of the font/graphics. Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals — Cute, laidback, fun, who wouldn’t want to see Jamie Oliver’s mug on Christmas morning? Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set) — If you haven’t read My Life in France, read it. If you haven’t seen Julie & Julia, watch it. If she (or he) has imbibed both, gift her (or him) with the bible(s) of French cooking. Bon apetit! I Know How to Cook — Giving Julia Child a run for her money, this other “bible of French home cooking” contains over 1400 recipes that focus more on French bistro faves like croque monsieur and cassoulet, plus the illustrations and photography make it more scrumptious. Real Simple Best Recipes: Easy, Delicious Meals — I love the magazine for living up to its name and for making simplicity so drool-worthy. The recipes in the mag are always so easy, but so good (and impress your guests), so I’m excited to see a collection of the best of the best. Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone’s Favorite Treat — Admittedly I chuckle like a schoolboy every time I hear the title (teehee, it reminds me of the time Martha proclaimed on her show that she had gorgeous, big beautiful breasts when she was pregnant), but who can resist a whole book dedicated to cupcakes? By Martha no less (love her!). Ad Hoc at Home — Accessible comfort food by the mastermind behind The French Laundry? Yes, please Santa. Vintage Cocktails — Perfect for your friend who appreciates a good cocktail and/or Mad Men (I’m looking at you Rachel Maddow), I especially love that the photos were taken at one of my all-time favorite New York spots, The Carlyle Hotel. R.I.P. Eartha Kitt. Momofuku — From the man who put pork on a pedestal comes the perfect present for the experienced and adventurous cook and a great story and fab photos for anyone who worships at the altar of David Chang. I Love Macarons — For your Francophile friend who appreciates the art and beauty of adorable macarons, treat her to this ode to pastel prettiness.
December 17, 2009