The Cocktail Diaries: Vacation Vibes
A not-too-boozy, fruity, floral sip of happiness. I'm really proud of this one, from the mango juice to the pineapple sage garnish.
What’s that? TWO gift guides? You’re right – there might even be a third one on its way. We’ll see how the week goes.
To me, cookbooks are the ultimate good gift. There’s something for everybody. There’s always tons of new and fun books to choose from, of all kinds of genres, full of gorgeous photos and inspiring new recipes. And they aren’t tied to any specific occasion. You can get me a cookbook to celebrate just about anything and I’d be happy. With that in mind, here are five of my favorite cookbooks of 2014 (well, one is coming in 2015). Pick them up at your favorite local independent bookstore for your friends and family, or you know, stuff your own stocking. 🙂 You’ve worked hard this year!
The Kitchn Cookbook – I dare you – that’s right, dare you – to find somebody who has seen The Kitchn and doesn’t love that website. This clean, bright and beautiful book has more of what you’ll find on the site: modern recipes, great photography and sanity-saving life hacks.
Plenty More – At this point, Yotam Ottolenghi could potentially start his own cult, or at least a very serious fan club. I have in fact attended a dinner party where the theme was to cook dishes from his renowned 2012 cookbook Jerusalem (yes, it was great). So of course it was fantastic news to hear that he was following up Jerusalem with a sequel to Plenty, another of his blockbusters. I am actually already in possession of this book and I love it. I also have to say: Ottolenghi’s books are some of the nicest books I own. The photography is always dreamy. The construction of the pillowy hardcover makes me wish all my books were as beautiful as these ones.
Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails – With more than 500 recipes, this book is possibly the most wide-ranging cocktail book out there right now – almost a textbook for the student of imbibing. The famous New York bar brought game-changing cocktail swagger in their bar, and word on the street is they did the same for their book.
The Bar Book by Jeffrey Morgenthaler – If Death & Co.’s book is for the student of recipes, Morgenthaler’s is for the student of technique. From analysis of types of equipment by brand and use to the best ways to make juice, this book will help you seriously step up your cocktail game.
Pasta By Hand – PDX pasta goddess Jenn Louis’s book Pasta By Hand is out in March. If you’ve ever had the chance to feast on this supremely talented chef’s amazing regional pastas, you’ll want to get your hands on this. I CAN’T WAIT until I can start making these recipes! You can preorder it today for yourself or a friend – who said the holidays have to end in December anyway?