Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten

Ina Garten is a Culinary Queen, benevolently directing her subjects from her kitchen to ours.  But before all of that, she was just a girl, standing in front of Jeffrey, trying to get in to a cocktail bar.  So the story goes in Cooking for Jeffrey, Ina’s one millionth (*ahem* 10th) cookbook.  So enjoyable to…

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, by Samin Nosrat, illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton, is listed on Amazon as a Cooking Encyclopedia.  I think of it as a kind of light textbook, definitely more than just your average collection of recipes.  It’s basically a cooking course, but is more about methodology and…

Pastry Love by Joanne Chang

Pastry Love is the fifth cookbook written by Joanne Chang, owner of Flour Bakery and Cafe in Boston.  It was published in 2019, and there has been a lot of buzz about it online ever since.  Deservedly so.  It’s a very impressive set of recipes, made possible by collaboration with the many bakers and pastry…

Ripe by Nigel Slater

This lovely dream of a book has been keeping me company for the last few weeks.  Sitting in my yard in Austin, I imagine old country houses and rolling hills, hedges draped in berries and fruit trees trained to climb walls.  The reader is quickly transported, which is good, because every few minutes I’m called…

Ready for Dessert by David Lebovitz

When did I first learn about David Lebovitz?  Was it reading his blog, davidlebovitz.com, or was it seeing his ice cream book, The Perfect Scoop?  Whichever it was, it was wonderful, and I was instantly a fan.  Even after being a follower for so long, I can still get lost on his website, spending far…