If you’re like us, there is no such thing as too many cookbooks in your collection. So, we’re sharing another batch of holiday cookbook gift recommendations.
Ciderhouse Cookbook: 127 Recipes That Celebrate Sweet, Tart, Tangy Flavors of Apple Cider (Storey Publishing, 2018)
Jonathan Carr and Nicole Blum
Although not as popular as it was in colonial America — when as many as one in 10 New England families owned cider presses — hard cider has experienced a resurgence of late. But it’s not just for drinking anymore. As cider apple orchard owners Jonathan Carr and Nicole Blum show us in their cookbook, it’s a versatile product perfect in the garlic-forward vinaigrette blanketing roasted asparagus, scallops brilliant with a cider syrup (above) or the main player in a mimosa.
The Western Kitchen: Seasonal Recipes From Montana’s Chico Hot Springs Resort (TwoDot, 2018)
It’s not just the natural hot springs that draw folks to the Chico Hot Springs Resort. It’s also the gourmet grub emphasizing local and seasonal ingredients. But if you can’t soak it in onsite, you can fire it up creamiscle-evocative dishes like longtime favorite dessert, the flaming orange (above).
The Fat Kitchen: How to Render, Cure & Cook With Lard, Tallow & Poultry Fat (Storey Publishing, 2018)
Recipes like duck fat-caramel popcorn, frisée and potato salad with chicken gizzard confit, batter-dipped and crumbled deep-fried cauliflower, and chocolate-pear galette alongside entertaining infographics and approachable sidebars, will have you correctly convinced fat is your friend. Repeat after us: Fat is your friend.
Cured Meat, Smoked Fish & Pickled Eggs: Recipes & Techniques for Preserving Protein-Packed Foods (Storey Publishing, 2018)
Food preservation can often seem an out of reach technique for the home cook, but one bite of frozen walnut-yogurt pops or Thanksgiving turkey jerky will have you eager to rustle up a dish or two for the family.
Photography: Excerpted from Ciderhouse Cookbook by © Jonathan Carr and Nicole Blum. Photography © Colin Price. Used with permission of Storey Publishing; Excepted from The Fat Kitchen by © Andrea Chesman. Photography © Keller + Keller. Used with permission of Storey Publishing.
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