Holiday Gifts: Books For Cooks

barefoot contessa foolproofBarefoot Contessa: Foolproof by Ina Garten

Ina Garten, Food Network star, takes easy a step further, sharing her secrets for pulling off deeply satisfying meals that will appeal to almost anyone. Recipes include: Dukes Cosmopolitans, hot smoked salmon, lobster & potato salad, elegant slow-roasted filet of beef with basil parmesan mayonnaise and show-stopping seared scallops & potato celery root puree, sticky toffee date cake with bourbon glaze and salted caramel brownies.

Seamus Mullen's Hero FoodSeamus Mullen’s Hero Food: How Cooking With Delicious Things Can Make Us Feel Better with photographs by Colin Clark

A noted chef examines eighteen foods which he considers “heroes” because of their positive effects on health, from olive oil to high quality meat, and shares healthy seasonal recipes–many from Spanish cuisine–and cooking techniques.

Gordon Ramsay's Fast FoodGordon Ramsay’s Fast Food: More Than 100 Delicious, Super-fast and Easy Recipes with Mark Sargeant and Emily Quah ; photographs by Jill Mead

Presents more than one hundred accessible recipes that are organized in accordance with everyday needs and special occasions, in a volume that places an emphasis on fast preparation and features tips on stocking a pantry.

Bouchon BakeryBouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel; with Susie Heller, et al and photographs by Deborah Jones

Collects recipes from the famed Bouchon Bakery, including chocolate eclairs, cherry-whipped cream doughnuts, poached pears, and sourdough boule.

Pioneer Woman CooksThe Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier by Ree Drummond

A mouthwatering collection of the simple-but-scrumptious recipes that rotate through Ree’s kitchen on a regular basis, from perfect pancakes to honey-plum-soy chicken, from cowgirl quiche to blackberry chip ice cream.

Secrets of the Best ChefsSecrets of the Best Chefs: Recipes, Techniques, and Tricks from America’s Greatest Cooks by Adam Roberts

Some people say you can only learn to cook by doing. So Adam Roberts, creator of the award-winning blog The Amateur Gourmet, set out to cook in 50 of America’s best kitchens to figure out how any average Joe or Jane can cook like a seasoned pro.

– posted by Sharon, Reference Services

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