Great New Cookbooks
In the past year, some of the brightest lights in the food community have published books that are soon-to-be classics. These titles will make great holiday gifts for the food lover in your life.
Fish Forever by Paul Johnson (Wiley, $35). Johnson, owner of the Monterey Fish Market in Berkeley, chronicles his career and provides chapters on every major species of edible fish and seafood, with information on the health of each fishery and straightforward recipes.
The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters (Clarkson Potter, $35). The mother of the delicious revolution reiterates her central belief that buying local from farmers markets yields better-tasting food, with chapters that teach you how to put that farm egg or organic beet to its best effect. The recipes are surprisingly easy.
The Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey from Beijing to San Francisco by Cecilia Chiang with Lisa Weiss (Ten Speed Press, $35). Chiang, who introduced San Francisco to Mandarin (rather than Cantonese) cuisine when she opened The Mandarin restaurant in 1961, shares memories of her childhood in China along with 75 mouthwatering recipes.
A Great American Cook by Jonathan Waxman, with Tom Steele (Houghton Mifflin, $35). Former Chez Panisse chef and influential New York restaurateur Waxman offers scores of recipes for seafood, pastas, salads, pizzas, soups, and more in his first cookbook.
In Defense of Food: an eater’s manifesto by Michael Pollan (Penguin, $22). Start 2008 with another meditation on what we eat from the UC Berkeley professor who wrote The Omnivore’s Dilemma. This book is scheduled for release on New Year’s Day.
My Bombay Kitchen by Niloufer Ichaporia King (University of California Press, $28). King shares the story of the Parsi people, who emigrated from Persia (now Iran) to India hundreds of years ago. Readers learn about the unique cooking of the San Francisco–based author’s childhood and find more than 165 recipes.