Here Are Other Books Worth Noting That May Round Out Your Holiday Gift List:
Red Rooster The Cookbook
by Marcus Samuelsson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 384 pp.
Marcus Samuelsson, Winner of Top Chef Masters Seasons Two and owner of the Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem, has come out with a cookbook filled with riveting tales of how he lives and works in Harlem. Samuelsson’s passion for soul food with original recipes, such as Bird Funk and Chicken Liver Butter and Corn-Oyster Soup, is an exciting element of the book. The cookbook even includes a playlist to set the scene for each menu and has superb, evocative photographs by Bobby Fisher. What’s not to like?
Shake. Stir. Sip. More Than 50 Effortless Cocktails Made in Equal Parts
by Kara Newman
Chronicle Books. 128 pp.
Books about wine and cocktails can involve a lot of study, but this one doesn’t. Kara Newman, spirits editor at the Wine Enthusiast simplifies making cocktails by giving you over 50 recipes of which none involve more than five main ingredients – most of them in the three to four range – and all composed of equal parts. Plus there is a photograph opposite each cocktail so you know what it looks like. This little book would make the perfect stocking stuffer!
32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line
by Eric Ripert with Veronica Chambers
Random House. 250 pp.
The dreamy Eric Ripert, owner of Le Bernardin, a three star Michelin restaurant in Manhattan, has written a memoir that takes place in the South of France. From an early age, Ripert loved “an extraordinary meal.” We soon learn how his passion for food translated into practical training that has made him one of the world’s top chefs. My only disappointment with this memoir is that it ends when Ripert comes to the US at age 24.
This cliffhanger would suggest there might be a sequel in the offing.
Julia Child’s Second Act
by by Alex Prud’homme
Knopf, 324 pp.
This memoir could be called, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Julia Child.” Alex Prud’homme, Julia Child’s grandnephew, who has already written a book about his aunt, regales us with intimate accounts of Julia and Paul Child in America, her important relationships, the introduction and success of her television show, as well as conversations he had with her towards the end of her life.