2014 has come to a close and as I look back over the plethora of cookbooks released this year some truly stand out! Here are a few of my favorites.
Josey Baker Bread by Josey Baker
This wonderful book combines easy (and I do mean easy) to follow step by step instructions with hundreds of photos to help every aspiring baker be successful. This is a book designed to help the novice baker, as well as the experienced baker excel! If you don't enjoy baking this book is still great fun to read!
If you are an ice cream connoisseur you have to try Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts. Although Britton Bauer includes wonderful ice cream and frozen custard recipes that are fabulous, her book shows readers dishes they can make with ice cream. It does not have to be homemade ice cream, if you don't own an ice cream maker simply buy the ice cream at the store and then bake a yummy dessert and top it off with delicious ice cream.
The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum
If you love to bake you have got to check out this amazing book! It's the holy grail of baking books. Whether you are a novice baker or an experienced one, this book will help make you better than you were before. This book includes recipes for cakes, pies, tarts, breads and candy. She includes many troubleshooting tips in each chapter that will help all bakers make delicious baked goods. Rose has written many award winning cookbooks and this is (I believe) the best one yet.
A Boat, A Whale, and A Walrus: Menus and Stories by Renee Erickson
Renee Erickson is the owner of several Seattle restaurants. Her cookbook features meals for a whole year based on the seasonal fare found in the Puget Sound, but once you open it you'll find that this book is not just a cookbook and it's not just about seafood. It reads like an autobiography of the chef herself, shaped by the people she knows and the seasonal influences of the food she loves. The book gives you a whole meal menu from start to finish. It is fantastic to read even if you don't like seafood.
The Kitchn Cookbook by Sarah Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand
From the award winning cooking site, The Kitchn, comes a fantastic book that is really two beautifully photographed books in one. This cookbook includes 150 fantastic recipes as well as essential cooking techniques and includes tips on how to organize and maintain your kitchen. This is a must have for any cook.
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