After months of waiting for our permits, our home remodel finally kicked. The first phase of this project is the big one and obviously the one I'm incredibly excited about - the kitchen. I'll share a lot of what's happening behind the scenes on Instagram as it progresses. With the first part of the demo complete, the kitchen already feels larger and more spacious.
It's cookie season, and I've got a new recipe at Food52 for the classic rum balls that contain pistachios. Imagine eating a boozy baklava without the pastry. I advise you to make a large batch because one is not enough, and thankfully, they're ridiculously easy to make.
It's a difficult task to shortlist cookbooks, especially when I love so many of the ones that came out this year. These books made me want to cook more and taught me something new, be it a technique, ingredient, or food from a new country. Some of these books contain personal and powerful stories of human struggles that will move you as they did me.
There were many elegant books to choose from; here is my shortlist for cookbooks specifically focused on baking and desserts. The books are listed in no specific order, and I’ve sorted them by cookbooks and baking/dessert books.
Treasures of the Mexican World by Pati Jinich (Amazon, Bookshop) Most of the Mexican food I’ve learned to cook came from watching Pati on her show on PBS and her books. This cookbook is an essential read for anyone wanting to learn and even people who wish to advance their knowledge about Mexican cooking.
Gastro Obscura - A Food Adventurer’s Guide by Cecily Wong, Dylan Thuras, and Atlas Obscura (Amazon, Bookshop) The only non-cookbook about food listed here (they do have a handful of recipes included), but I felt it deserved a special nod because of the wealth of information contained here. It's a casual and fun and yet intelligent treatment of what essentially is a food encyclopedia on the world and its cuisines.
Baking And Dessert Cookbooks
This is the book you want to have on hand when you want to make fuss-free desserts that are creative and magnificent to impress your guests. Plenty of vegan and gluten-free recipes to choose from.
From master baker Dorie Greenspan, her latest book will make you want to bake something every week. There’s a separate chapter on savory baking that I love.
This is a baker’s cookbook that will take you on a story-filled journey through American and French classics.
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