The holiday season – chilly weather, giving thanks, cooking, sharing bountiful meals with family and friends – it’s cookbook time of the year at Chevalier’s Books!
Two common themes of many of the new cookbooks are family meals and using seasonal and local foods .
To quote from the wise and charming Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan with illustrations by Maira Kalman:
“To take a moment before a meal to reflect on the work, and the wonder, involved in the process that brings food from the earth to your table is to eat it with both more pleasure and more consciousness. Whether you actually say grace out loud or simply reflect in silence on this everyday miracle, the practice fosters more mindful eating.”
The Mozza Cookbook: Recipes from Los Angeles’ Favorite Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria by Nancy Silverton with Matt Molina and Carolynn Carreňo
We have a newly replenished stock of the Mozza Cookbook, all of which are signed by Nancy Silverton!
Check it out for recipes that would be great additions to your Thanksgiving table – like the rich, scrumptious Cauliflower gratinate, the beautiful Roasted Carrots Siciliana, or her famous Butterscotch Budino dessert!
Simple Family Meals from My Home to Yours by Mario Batali
Accessible, delicious, seasonal recipes such as roasted sunchokes with walnuts and sage, and parsnips with horseradish and chives.
Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi
For your vegetarian guests (and everyone else, once they take a bite) possibly the most beautiful Vegetarian cookbook ever, with recipes for luscious (and beautiful) Middle Eastern food, like the Eggplant with buttermilk sauce and pomegranates pictured on the cover, or the amazing caramelized garlic tart.
My Family Table by John Besh
This is another wonderful cookbook by the author of My New Orleans. Besh shares his family stories, cooking techniques, and the favorite meals he cooks with his family. His writing has a warmth and charm and love of New Orleans that’s contagious.
How about trying his Roast Goose with Potoato Latkes and Braised Red Cabbage with Apples and Onions for the holidays? Ah, yum.
The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adrià by Ferran Adrià and Eugeni de Diego
Surprisingly, a book of basic recipes and family meals, with step-by-step photos, based on the meals made for the staff at the world renowned El Bulli, written by Ferran Adrià, considered one of the best and most innovative chefs in the world.
For Thanksgiving try something new – Adrià’s Saffron Risotto with mushrooms, Catalan-style turkey, and sweet potato with honey and cream.
All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art by Molly Stevens
All you need to know about roasting a perfect turkey, and check out the recipe for Roasted Brussels sprouts with caper and lemony browned butter.
Made in America: Our Best Chefs Reinvent Comfort Food by Lucy Lean
(and Chevalier’s has copies signed by the author)
Try Chef Josiah Citrin’s amazing Mushroom Soup with Mushroom Hash and for dessert, Chef Richard Ruskell’s Not Your Same Old Pumpkin Pie. Start a new tradition.
Just ask us for cookbook recommendations – we love to talk food!Chevalier’s Books 126 North Larchmont Blvd 323-465-1334
You may order a copy of any of the books mentioned above from Chevalier’s by emailing or calling the store.