Usually the featured books in this column are from my own tried and true book collection. Tonight I thought I’d change things around though. See, the list of books I want to get my flour-covered, grease-caked hands on is getting longer and longer by the day. I thought I’d share some of those with you instead. Most of these books are cookbooks from blogs I follow or that have the blogosphere buzzing, but one is just a book I can’t wait to read. Enjoy!
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Jerusalem: A Cookbook and Ottolenghi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi
This pair of books seems to have the cookbook world in a mass hysteria. I see references to these two books more than I think I have any other book. With recipes for mouthwatering things like Roasted Butternut Squash with Burnt Eggplant and Pomegranate Molasses (from Ottolenghi) or Spicy Freekeh Soup with Meatballs (from Jerusalem), this pair of cookbooks sounds like my kind of cooking.
Momofuku Milk Bar by Christina Tosi
You know how I just finished saying that the previous book had the most buzz of any cookbook I could remember? Well, if the Yotam Ottolenghi books are the hottest books, than this one is a very narrow runner up. Almost every baking blog I follow has featured at least one Momofuku Milk Bar cake. While I’m not a huge cake baker, I feel like just owning this book would make me a better baker.
The Little Paris Kitchen: 120 Simple But Classic French Recipes by Rachel Khoo
I have this day dream where I’m sitting at a little cafe table somewhere in Paris that is next to the Effiel Tower, the Seine and Notre Dame all at the same time. I’m sipping a coffee with a perfectly tied and styled scarf around my neck. At my feet is a shopping bag bursting with fresh veggies and a fresh baguette. A small dog naps in my lap. I usually have this day dream when the twins are screaming and pulling at my pants legs for me to pick them up and the dishes are piled high with dried on bits of several meals. It’s a nice place to go; I would like to move there for two hours a day (I choose 4-6 pm. If you’re a mom of young children then you know why!)
This book looks like a little version of that day dream. With recipes like Puy Lentil Salad with Goat’s Cheese, Beets and Dill Vinaigrette and Cauliflower Bake with Hazelnut Crunch Crust, I’m thinking the book might be cheaper than daily light-speed transatlantic flights.
The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation by Molly Katzen
Pretty much anyone that has ever tried to cook vegetarian, has make a Molly Katzen recipe. Her newest book is not even out yet and already looks to be the new handbook for meatless cooking. All Moosewood fans, vegetarians and anyone trying to reduce their intake of animal protein will appreciate this new book. It’s kind of a big deal…
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
Speaking of big deals, this one is it for me. Not a cookbook, but the one I’m looking forward to the most. When the original Bridget Jones came out, I was young and single and living the “Singleton” lifestyle. The book spoke to me in a way that few books in my life have. Before Bridget Jones, there was no Chick-Lit genre; the book created a whole genre. I don’t know that the new book can possibly live up to my expectations, but I plan on including it in my mid-life OMG-I can’t-believe-I’m-really-turning-40-self-pity-wallow-fest this fall.