There are some incredible cookbooks out this Spring! It’s a beautiful mix of vegetables… lots of vegetables, and pizza, pasta and candy. There are some truly inspiring books out this year and I hope you pick a few to add to your kitchen library and spend some quality time in the kitchen-room.
• Philly has got some bomb ass food, including the best pizza in America. Pizza Camp by Joe Beddia is out and more than anything, it makes me want to book a plane ticket to Philadelphia and cross my fingers for one of the very few daily pies at Pizzeria Beddia.
• Friends! It’s very important to know that we can make candy at home. Candy Is Magic by Jami Curl is sweet, beautiful, and I have my eye on the Doughnut Magic Dust (an amped up cinnamon sugar that you can stir into butter and make dreams come true).
• I ate at Ava Gene’s in Portland a few weeks ago and, after ordering three pasta dishes and beans from the menu, Chef Joshua McFadden was kind enough to send out two of his salads from the menu. They were the best salads I’ve ever had. I literally said “WHY DOES THIS TASTE SO GOOD!?”. S0…. this Chef Joshua has a new book out and we all should: Six Seasons: a new way with vegetables.
• This book sits on my bar for cocktail inspiration. It highlights local bars and bartenders and it’s always worth a browses while I decide between a gin something or a bourbon something on a weekend night: New Orleans Cocktails by Sarah Baird
• In my dream life, a very handsome man makes me the fanciest salads and also cleans the litter box and rids the house of all spiders. The salad part I can handle on my own thanks to Food52 Mighty Salads by the Editors of Food52
• Tartine is my favorite bakery in the country… which is not a statement I make lightly. Tartine All Day by Elisabeth Prueitt has me very excited and Sorguhm Brownies are on my to-bake list.
• Good cooking is simple with Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat. I’m excited to explore the basics… the basics that took me years of trial and error to learn. Simplicity and knowledge and beautiful drawings. This book is approachable and inspiring and lays a strong, strong foundation.
• We’ve all got to dinner and Melissa Clark is a solid guide: Dinner: changing the game
• This is a beautiful book On Vegetables by Jeremy Fox. Very California. It will make you yearn for a Santa Monica Farmer’s Market… I’ll tell you that.
• We should all read this book this summer: My Soul Looks Back by award-winning writer and food historian Jessica B Harris on a vibrant life of love in the 1970’s.
• Salad For President by Julia Sherman because food is art, inspired.
Happy Cooking and Happy Spring! Let’s enjoy it all with your hearts and souls.