Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Books, Books and more Books...


On my desk I have a stack of books to review. Some I will review here and others over at Bay Area Bites. They include:

Gordon Ramsay Makes It Easy, which appears to be similar in concept to Jacques Pepin's Fast Food My Way. It's the first cookbook I've seen with an attached dvd. I have high hopes for this one as I'm already a fan of his earlier book, A Chef For All Seasons.

Terrance Brennan's Artisanal Cooking, which I thumbed through and landed on Cold Caesar Salad Soup, Stilton and Port Fondue and Shrimp with Smoked Paprika. I think I may be in love...

Paula Wolfert's The Cooking of Southwest France. This a revised version of a real classic, as is just about everything written by Wolfert.

Mangoes & Curry Leaves: Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent, is a book that covers India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. There are recipes for street food and home-style dishes that you are unlikely to find anywhere else along with loads of gorgeous photography and personal travel tales.

Speaking of books, my interview with author Jennie Schacht is up over at Bay Area Bites. Her book, The Wine Lovers' Dessert Cookbook is filled with yummy desserts and suggestions on how to pair them with wines. The wide range of desserts in categories such as Berries, Citrus, Apples & Pears, Caramel, Honey & Spice, Nuts and Chocolate will please wine-lovers and tea-totalers alike. Personally I can't wait to try the Triple Chocolate Buttermilk Loaf Cake...