Get out your elastic-waist pants. These just-released foodie manuals are gonna make you hungry.
SWF Seeks Dinner
Just because you live by yourself (le sigh) doesn’t mean you have to cook for six. In The Pleasures of Cooking for One, famed editor Judith Jones unveils dainty little meals (cheese souffle, lobster bisque, even a small cassoulet) she developed after her husband died.
Eat Yourself Happy
Whether you were left at the altar, caught your ’rents in the act, or farted in an elevator, comedian Heather Whaley has a dish for you in Eat Your Feelings: Recipes for Self-Loathing. Though we’re not gonna exactly recommend the recipes, it’s a hilarious read when you’re feelin’ down and hungry.
Chew the Fat
When chef Heston Blumenthal (of Michelin-starred fame) first released The Fat Duck Cookbook, it was one of the heaviest and priciest cookbooks ever published. The new version’s much cheaper, but the ambitious/scientific recipes (red cabbage gazpacho with mustard ice cream, edible rose bush) are exactly the same.
Sow Your Wild Oats
Farm-to-table isn’t just a passing fad. For proof, check out Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann’s Earth to Table, a delicious compilation of farm-grown recipes, all organized by season.
Tal Ronnen’s The Conscious Cook promises to make giving up dairy and meat a breeze (even bacon, agh!). His recipes for vegan-friendly paella, corn chowder, and twice-baked fingerling potatoes are TDF. And the pretty pics will make you drool, even if you’re a sworn carnivore.
In Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich (a.k.a. your sweet Italian mamma) reveals 175 recipes from all over the boot, from Lombardy’s risotto con Gorgonzola to Calabria’s stuffed figs.
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