We’re going to put some meat (and vegetables) on your bones.
For some of the best food NYC has to offer, foodies know to head east. That is, to Brooklyn. In The New Brooklyn Cookbook, the borough’s shining stars (Buttermilk Channel, Prime Meats, and Vinegar Hill House) share their stories and secrets.
Tammy Algood’s The Complete Southern Cookbook is an old-timey, no-nonsense primer for taking your kitchen below the Mason-Dixon. It’s got everything you could hope for, including Carolina baby back ribs, Coca-Cola cake, and an amazing grits souffle.
In a world of meatless Mondays, how does a sanctimonious foodie keep a leg up? Tokyo-based chef Elizabeth Andoh’s Kansha is a good place to start. Her recipes for creamy leek soup, sour soy-pickled ramps, and brown sugar ice are authentically Japanese and tasty enough for carnivores.
Dushan Zaric and Jason Kosmas, the handsome mixologists behind NYC’s famed Employees Only bar/resto, keep it classy in their new book of cocktails, Speakeasy. Their recipes for a perfect dry martini, mai tai, and/or Pimm’s Cup make it a party must-have.
New and Improved
Genius chef James Beard poured his heart, soul, and vast knowledge into one big book before he died in 1985. In this comprehensive reissue, you get the same great recipes (all 1,500) and pictures, plus a forward by Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio.
La Dulce Vida
Never go hungry for churros again. Fany Gerson’s My Sweet Mexico has easy recipes for all your fave south-of-the-border treats (tres leches, flan), as well as more creative dishes (spicy mango popsicles, coconut caramel candy).
In Salted, Mark Bitterman (sommelier at The Meadow in Portland, Oregon) profiles 80 artisan varieties of the magical ingredient. When you’re done geeking out, the recipes — popcorn salted six ways, mango salsa with Hawaiian black lava salt — satisfy cravings.
What Harold McGee doesn’t share about culinary alchemy in his Keys to Good Cooking isn’t worth knowing. Though there aren’t any recipes, he dishes on everything from how to know if meat is done to what to do if you burn yourself.
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