Last year was a banner year when it comes to great cookbooks. For those who are cookbook collectors, there were a number of quality cookbooks that were highly anticipated.
The Washington Post finds the vegetarian cookbooks to be the most highly desired however, there are some great bakery books that the average sweet-loving baker and cookbook collector will want to have. While real celebrity chefs are not in abundance several alums of Top Chef have books that you may want to add to your book shelf.
If you love a good bakery cookbook, 2012 brings some of the best. Chef and owner, Thomas Keller, along with his co-author and pastry chef Sebastien Rouxel, provides his fans with the recipes they need to produce the wonderful baked goods that his Bouchon Bakery bakes up fresh every day. There are plenty of recipes that even a beginning baker can handle but the book does also cater to the more advanced chef. Whether it is a pecan sandie or an apricot flan, these are delicacies that can be duplicated at home. The whole family can indulge, even the pouch since there is a recipe for chicken-liver dog biscuits.
Canal House Cooks Everyday by Christopher Hershimer and Melissa Hamilton
This is a beautiful cookbook with a bright red cover embossed with gold. It is more than just beautiful however, it is a cookbook that you can and will use every day. The recipes are organized by season and then by month within the season. You will no longer have an excuse for not taking advantage of what is freshest and best every month. This good looking book makes a great gift as well.
The Smitten Kitchen cookbook by Deb Perelman
If you are not familiar with the very popular Smitten Kitchen blog, then you will want to be a fervent reader after you look at and use this cookbook. The cookbook includes 105 recipes with more than 300 photos. The material used in the book is only 15% from the blog, which means 85% is new material. And it isn’t just recipes, there are the stories and the instructions that go along with them. This cookbook is destined to be one of your all-time favorites.
There is another sweet cookbook that is a must have this year, Brown Betty Cookbook by Linda Hinton. If you love stories with your recipes, this is the perfect cookbook for you. Elizabeth Ruth Hinton is the inspiration for the Brown Betty Dessert Boutique in Philadelphia and the cookbook is a collaboration of her daughter Linda and her granddaughter Norrinda. Betty loves to serve her sweets with stories and you will enjoy reading them along with trying the great recipes in this cookbook. Of course when you are in Philadelphia, you will want to stop by one of their locations.
These are just a few of the amazing cookbooks that came out in 2012. No matter what type of cookbook you enjoy adding to your collection you are sure to find one in this year’s crop.