Dog eared copies of The Flavor Bible can be found in every chef’s kitchen. It is the definitive guide to pairing ingredients for building flavor profiles that work to make memorable dishes. It is easy to use, just look up an ingredient and it will tell you what are the best flavor combinations. Throughout the book are cooking tips from many of the nation’s top chefs. The book makes an excellent Christmas gift and it’s not to late to get one before Christmas from Amazon.
The Food Lovers’ Guide to Virginia: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings is the latest release in the excellent Food Lovers’ Series. This nearly 300 page guide identifies top restaurants, foodie favorites, post-midnight munching, culinary classes, specialty stores and markets in regions across the Commonwealth. Virginia foodies know we are blessed with an abundance of high quality farm to table restaurants, but finding them can be a challenge. This guide will help you find new restaurants and explore new cuisines. The authors, Lorraine Eaton the Staff Epicure and Jim Haag the features editor at the Virginian-Pilot, are perfect for the job. Eaton is an award winning food writer and author. The book will not be released before Christmas but you can pre-order it now on Amazon.com.
City girl turned country girl Ree Drummond has released her latest cookbook just in time for the holidays. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations offers a host of easy to follow holiday recipes. Drummond, a Food Network personality and longtime blogger, includes recipes for 11 holidays and football game day in this 387 page hardcover book. My wife has most of her books and says they are some of the easiest cookbooks to follow because each step of the recipe includes a photo. Drummond is a consummate photographer and includes pictures of her family and ranch life throughout her books. It’s a great deal on Amazon.com for $17.49.
Our friends in San Francisco should be on the lookout for Carolyn Jung’s new cookbook San Francisco Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the City by the Bay. Jung is an award-winning San Francisco food writer and author of the FoodGal blog. For her first book Jung gathered signature recipes from more than 50 bay area restaurants.