It seems like everyone from the New York Times to NPR is coming out with Best Books of the Year lists right now. As "best" is subjective, I instead offer you some of my favorites in various categories. Most of these are 2010 books, but are some are older books that I first read or listened to this year.
Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (no zombies): The Passage, Justin Cronin
Angie Dudley has popped to fame with her popular baking blog bakerella.com, not to mention appearing on The Martha Stewart Show. Cake Popschronicles the creation of this tasty morsel with fabulous step by step photos. It is also refreshing that she encourages you throughout the book to try your own combinations of flavors and ingredients.
I finally had a chance to whip up a batch of Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz from Cook's Illustrated. The farmer's market veggies were begging to get into this cold, creamy and zesty soup. Watch the video to see how easy this dish was to make.
Since moving into our new (old) house recently, we've missed our chance to start up a vegetable garden in our backyard. I'm really struggling through the end of summer without my fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes, last minute addition of chile peppers, and warm roasted beets. So lots of my recipes right now are including fresh farmer's market veggies as well as gifts from friends' gardens (Thanks friends!).
Have you ever noticed the fantastic collection of cooking magazines at your local library? I'm kind of addicted to them. This week's recipe review will be picked from your favorite of three: Bon Appetit, Cook's Illustrated or Cooking Light. Take the poll and help me choose!
Right after I gave birth to my son, I found it difficult to complete an entire novel so I started checking out the library's magazines. Reading in short spurts; I could do that! And what a great variety. I especially appreciate the culinary magazines:
It really is that easy to make your own baby food! I love the idea of knowing exactly what is in the food my daughter is eating and I’ve found that making our own baby food takes just a small amount of time and effort.
We’re still on simple fruits and vegetables, but in one afternoon I made enough food to last for several weeks. After the food is steamed and/or pureed I pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. These “ice cubes” make the perfect serving size for my hungry six month old!
Each year the James Beard Foundation grants a few prestigious awards to venerate chefs and cookbook authors as well as other dignitaries in the field. Winners were announced on Monday, May 3 during a posh New York ceremony. These books are sure to be scrumptious!