For better or worse, a lot of cookbooks just magically appear in our household. Some go out just as quickly, but a handful make a more lasting impression. Here’s a few that we fell for this year.
Jerusalem: A Cookbook
I think this is topping most people’s list this year. Yotam Ottolenghi grew up on the Jewish west side of Jerusalem; Sami Tamimi grew up on the Arab east side. Their common language is food, and astonishingly good food it is. Gorgeously photographed and compellingly laid out.
Kokkari: Contemporary Greek Flavors
A local favorite restaurant, Kokkari brings the flavors of Greece to San Francisco, through a Californian lens. Another gorgeously shot book (the photographer convinced the owners and publisher that they simply had to go to Greece to get beauty shots), we’ve cooked out of this a few times and every recipe has been a winner.
The Art of Living According to Joe Beef
The guys at Montreal’s restaurant of the moment include lengthy musings on the philosophy behind their food. Alternately respectful of the classics and infused with irreverent attitude, as with the “Hot Oysters on the Radio,” actually served atop a vintage radio. You can use a plate.