The Spanish Spoon
Will Phaidon have as big a hit on its hands this year with 1080 Recipes as it did in 2005 with its English translation of The Silver Spoon, the so-called Italian The Joy of Cooking? First published more than 30 years ago by Simone and Ines Ortega, this enormous, best-selling collection of recipes (900 pages plus) is being billed as the "bible" of Spanish cuisine. I found copies of 1080 Recipes for sale at Anthropologie, but the book is also available for pre-order ($26.37) at amazon.com.
Cuisine from a Can
A Twist of the Wrist, the latest book from master baker and chef Nancy Silverton, gets into Rachael Ray territory, promising 30-minute meals made with jarred, canned, boxed, and bagged ingredients. The book "green-lights prewashed salad, canned peas, jarred mayonnaise, boneless chicken breasts and more," says the New York Times. $17.97 at amazon.com.
Paris by Market
The Markets of Paris, a chunky pocket guide to Paris markets by Dixon and Ruthanne Long, authors of the Markets of Provence, contains details on more than 70 food markets, along with antique, craft, and flea market finds throughout the city. $11.53 at amazon.com.
Forget what we said earlier. Assuming you have savored the hearty menu at Montréal brasserie Au Pied de Cochon (as we have), this is the cookbook release of the season: chef Martin Picard has just published a brand new book entitled Au Pied de Cochon: The Album, a collection of 55 recipes, 50 illustrations, and more than 600 photos, plus a two-hour DVD. We haven't seen the real thing yet (just discovered it on eGullet, in fact), but we're told the cookbook has been printed in French and English versions and is available for $59.95 CAD by phone order at Bon Appetit Cookbooks, 388 Victoria Avenue, Westmount, QC H3Z 2N4 (514.369.2002).
Perfect Your Panini
Jason and Jennifer Denton, the founders of New York's 'ino and 'inoteca, have published what may just be the cookbook release of the year (well, at least for us paninologgers). Simple Italian Sandwiches contains instructions for making the couple's renowned bruschetti, panini, and tramezzini, along with recipes for aperitifs, antipasti, and salads. $14.93 at amazon.com.
If you’re the type of cook who’s overly generous with lending your personal library, consider inserting gastronomically-inspired bookplates into the front covers of your collection. These paper goods are attractive and theme-appropriate, and will give you a little piece of mind. Now your so-called friends won’t be able to easily abscond with your precious Marcella volume. $9.99 for a pack of 20 at Italian Papers & Gifts.
Flipping for Food
Luckily for new parents, the field of board books written for foodies in-progress is becomming more crowded. One standout is Yum! (not to be confused with the also delightful Yummy Yucky). This entry in the Flip-a-Shape series teaches tots to recognize shapes while they build enthusiasm for fruits, veggies, and cheese. $8.95 at Amazon.
Baby Be of Use
Food-inspired books for children abound, but Lisa Brown's "Baby Be of Use" series takes a subversive spin on the feel-good genre, typified by volumes like First Book of Sushi ("Ikura, squishy salmon roe like dabby dots of jelly, salty on my lips and yummy in my belly!"). With bright, bold artwork, Lisa Brown’s Baby, Make Me Breakfast and Baby, Make Me a Drink aren’t just collections of pretty pictures of food and clever rhymes. Instead, these books aspire -- with tongue firmly planted in cheek -- to teach the littlest gastronomes-in-training how to cook mommy breakfast and mix up a tray full of cocktails. Baby, Fix My Car and Baby, Do My Banking round out the series. $9.00 at The McSweeney's Store.
Part cookbook and guidebook, Beth Elon's A Culinary Traveller in Tuscany is a collection of 10 road- and palate-tested itineraries that take the reader on a journey from the Lunigiana to the Maremma, with plenty of stops at markets, restaurants, bakeries, and gourmet shops along the way. Throughout, Elon shares recipes for more than 100 local and regional specialties. $15.72 at Amazon.
Navigating the Modern Market
What to Eat, the latest book from nutritionist Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, attempts to address the increasing confusion among consumers about the myriad food choices presented by today's retail food marketplace. "This book is about how to think abour the food you eat," writes Dr. Nestle. "By the time you finish it, you should be able to walk into a supermarket, a restaurant, a fast-food outlet, or any other place that sells food and know why the foods are there, what they are, and whether they are worth buying."