The Kitchen Diaries - Nigel Slater

The Kitchen Diaries (Studio, $40) invite us to spend a year in the kitchen of the beloved chef Nigel Slater. Known throughout the UK for his cooking shows and literature, Slater is widely considered to be the best food writer today. For me the reason for this is simple: Slater loves food. He loves it in a way that makes it precious and dear, and his writing makes the reader feel the same way. Reading his words about a particular dish, a favorite meal, or a time when he gathered with friends over beer and snacks will make you regret that you could not be there—regretful that you missed both the food and the pleasure of his friendship. The words are beautiful. The recipes are tried and true. The Kitchen Diaries is a must read for any foodie.

Dearie - Bob Spitz

Julia Child is already so familiar to many cooks and would-be cooks that it’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to spend time wading through a 500-page biography of her. But with Dearie (Knopf, $29.95)— Child’s term for most everyone—Bob Spitz has succeeded in producing an entertaining and intimate portrait that captures the charm, quirkiness, and innate culinary talent that made Child (and her wine-drinking) so popular in her heyday and even today. You don’t have to be a devotee of the old The French Chef television series or have a dog-eared copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking in your kitchen to enjoy this thorough, and highly readable, account of the woman who revolutionized the way Americans think about home cooking.

Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child By Bob Spitz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307473417
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 2013