On Monday, in the 11 perfect food lovers Christmas gift list, the very first item was a nice and efficient foodie book. I promised a list of great foodie books to offer this Christmas. So here are 10 of them I’d thought I’d classify according to every cook’s personality. There you go:
BreadOnButter’s List of 10 foodie books to offer this Christmas:
To: The classic cook who loves to make things from scratch:
Julia Child – Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volumes I & II
To: The modern woman who loves hosting parties:
Des Recettes Pour Recevoir – Hachette Cuisine
To: The one who likes to cook unusual but easy things:
Donna Hay – Seasons
To: The healthy cooks who love adding flavor to their dishes:
Jamie Oliver – Cook With Jamie
To: The oriental fusion fan:
Orient Express – Silvena Rowe
To: The lovely baker with a fun edge:
Lily Vanilli – Sweet Tooth
To: The inspiration-seeker:
Beirut Cooks – Pascale Habis
To: The Entrepreneur:
A Delicious Life – New Food Entrepreneurs
To: The amateur Chef:
Joel Robuchon – The Complete Robuchon
To: The ambitious on-the-way-to-culinary-school Chef:
The Professional Chef – The Culinary Institue of America
I’m actually searching for a new cookbook. Any other recommendation?
Happiness is your main ingredient, always.
Yesterday evening was Beirut Cooks’ first book signing event. It took place at The Food Dealer, a very very cool new deli in Mar Mikhael. Apart from the wonderful interior we noticed when we entered the place – despite the crowd of people – we saw a long table where the author of the book, Pascale Habis, as well as some of the cooks featured in it, were seated and signing the books of eager food lovers.
Beirut Cooks is really something unique as it brings together the recipes of amateur cooks from various backgrounds. They are entrepreneurs, they are artists and business people. They are everyone and everything, and that’s what makes their recipes beautiful. Each recipe is the product of a different realm of life itself. The first thing that hits you when you open the book is the images. They are exceptionally vivid, colorful and clear, it makes you want to read it all right away. And when you do read it, you are far from being disappointed. Get ready to be enchanted by real people!
The book starts with a charming preface written by Nicolas Audi, a gastronomer himself (www.nicolasaudi.com), and goes on to introduce the cooks. To name a few: Bernard Khoury (Architect), Joanna Debbas (Restaurant Owner), Monique Rizkallah Chebli (Artist and Yoga Intructor), Karim Chaya (Industrial Designer), Barbara Massaad (Food Writer and Photographer), Johnny Farah (Artisan Créateur and Restaurant Owner), Karen Chekerdjian Fattal (Product and Furniture Designer), Karine Zablit (Cake Designer), Michael Zammar (Consultant and Businessman), and Carine Bejjani (Event Planner). Recipes from around the world, with a personal twist, can be found in the book. Some of my favorites until now are: Carine’s Lemon Meringue Pie, Bernard’s Pancakes, Joanna’s Three-Melon Salad, and Karim’s Corn on the Cob with Lime Chilli Butter.
Go out and get it, you won’t regret a page of it! You can check their website and facebook page here and here!
I’m a huge book lover, a reader who will never switch to kindle or any other technology that could replace a beautiful book’s smell, the touch of its pages and the happiness of seeing it worn out. Don’t you book lovers just have a weakness for run down books, showing the trepidation in which you read them, drank them with your eyes and turned pages avidly wanting more?
A book I thought I’d suggest for you to read this weekend is a book for all foodies who want to hear luscious stories. Mastering the Art of French Eating is written by Ann Mah, a food and travel writer who is married to a diplomat. In the book, they move to Paris for a diplomatic assignmentÂ and that’s when they learn that her husband must be in Iraq for a while and that she has to live in Paris alone. Once the Julia Child in Ann Mah kicks in, she embarks on this really great culinary adventure through France, telling us all about the differences in specialties through the country, delicious mouthwatering details included. Believe you me, you’ll want toÂ make a major life move after this book. You’ll probably also want to cook a stew andÂ daydream about a nice lip-smacking choucroute.
Enjoy culinary storytelling at its finest.