Busy laughing my way through Cooking with Fernet Branca and cooking a little myself this weekend, my thoughts have turned to foodie books I may want to have and give for the holidays. And then I thought again of the Chronicle Books Happy Haul-idays fun where bloggers construct lists of $500 worth of Chronicle Books they would like to have and post about them and win a chance to have them all. People that comment on that post get a chance to win them all too. As does a designated charity. Details here.
Now I always associate Chronicle with my addiction to food porn so $500 was easy. Soooo easy. Their catalog is full of the big and beautiful images and content that foodies crave. My first and foremost wish? The beauty you see above. Plenty by Yotam Ottolengh with photographs by Jonathan Lovekin. Mediterranean inspired vegetarian recipes.
The Salpicon! Cookbook by Priscila Satkoff, with Vincent Satkoff and foreword by Charlie Trotter, featuring contemporary Mexican cuisine from the famed Chicago restaurant.
Two that point to how American agriculture/food sources may be redefined - Farm Together Now by Amy Franceschini and Daniel Tucker, photographs by Anne Hamersky, foreword by Mark Bittman and Fields of Plenty text and photography by Michael Ableman.
- Menus for Chez Panisse: The Art and Lettrpress of Patricia Curtan
- Dean & DeLuca
- Saveur The New Comfort Food: Home Cooking From Around the World
- Tartine Bread
- Domaine Chandon Cookbook
- The Tra Vigne Cookbook: Seasons in the California Wine Country
- Ruhlman's Twenty
- and one new Moleskine notebook for foodie reflections
And one not yet published - The James Beard Foundation's Best of the Best.
My choice of charity is Books for America based here in DC who do an amazing job placing books in the hands of our neediest neighbors. Comment here for a chance to win all these titles yourself. I'm off to get some Sunday morning baking out of the oven, and return to my current hilarious read.