Sara Moulton’s Favorite Cookbooks of 2011

Dec 28, 2011 8:12am
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Sara Moulton selects her favorite cookbooks of 2011. ABC.

Sara Moulton picked her favorite cookbooks of 2011 this morning on “Good Morning America.”  For the busy cook to the men in the kitchen, Moulton selected the best:  “The ones I picked were the ones I thought would be the most useful….the ones that would really get you cooking.  The inspirational.”  Pick up one of the cookbooks below, and start cooking!

For the busy cook

 Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes

“He’s for the home cook because he starts out saying the reason people don’t cook is  ‘I’m too busy, it’s too expensive, I don’t know how’  and he disproves all of that.  The hardest thing when people cook is the timing.  He tells you when to cook what. He takes the timing out of your hand.”

 

The Food52 Cookbook

“That’s by the home cook…a result of a year’s worth of recipes from home cooks who sent them into the website Food52.  It’s always great to see what home cooks are doing.  You think of restaurant chefs being the masters but a home cook is used to cooking a dish for four, on a number of occasions, and gets a more practical setting in which to fine tune it. The home cooks can really perfect their recipes in a way that restaurant chefs can’t.”

 

For the man in the kitchen

Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast

“A lot of men do hunt and do fish, but they don’t know what the heck to do with what they catch. This book tells them.  It also adds the foraging element. So this is a green book because it’s about getting your food directly from nature.”

 

For beginners

Essential Pepin

“If you only have one cookbook, this should be it.   I’ve known Jacques [Pepin] for years, he’s the ultimate technician.  He’s also one of the most prolific chefs out there–I would give this  book to newlyweds or beginners. It doesn’t mean there aren’t sophisticated recipes in here–there are 700 in all! Also there’s a DVD that comes with it that shows you various techniques.”

 

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

This is for vegetarians and carnivores who’d like to eat more veggies.  It’s organized by ingredients from roots to fruits….with mains sides and apps.

 

For the adventurous cook

The Mozza Cookbook

“You may have some Italian cookbooks at home, but this is really Italian home cooking from scratch, from the mistress of the genre. It involves technique, and it’s for someone who wants to make really artisanal Italian food.”

 

New Moroccan by Mourad Lahlou

“This will give you a whole new bunch of toys to play with in the kitchen.  It’s a different cuisine with different flavors.  The book starts off with just spice mixes….the cuisine is a Moroccan and Northern California hybrid.  So it’s new spices, new flavors, new palate.”

 

For the sweet tooth

 Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home

“I never thought I’d make ice cream and this book made me want to start.  It’s a simple formula–her ice cream base is not a custard, which is what tends to scare people off, and she adds fun toppings and mix-ins.”

 

Sara’s Honorable Mentions:

The Apple Lover’s Cookbook

“Finally a book that tells which apple will work in which recipe! Traverso not only guides us with apple choices but also with history, science and 100 delicious recipes. There are so many more apples out there beside red delicious.”

The Food of Spain

“A definitive tome from a consummate food writer. Roden writes about food with a special interest in the social and historical background of cooking There are 200 recipes which include both the classic and the little known dishes from all of the Spanish regions.”

Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook

“A beautiful coffee table book with seasonal recipes and spectacular photographs from one of the best, most elegant and cutting edge restaurants in New York City.”

All About Roasting

“This is the perfect book for cold weather cooking. Stevens gives you over 200 recipes covering everything – beef, lamb, pork, poultry, seafood, vegetables and even fruits. She tells you when to roast at low, medium and high heat, what tools to use, how to carve the roasts and what sauces would go nicely with them.”

The Brisket Book

“A fun little book, very entertaining with terrific recipes from friends, family and chefs. It is indeed as intended, ‘A Love Story with Recipes.’”

Momofuku Milk Bar

“I absolutely love this book! I don’t bake and yet this book makes me want to run into the kitchen and start baking. There are 10 mother recipes and variations (from the Momofuku restaurants) which all hark from ingredients reminiscent of our childhood. Favorites include “the compost cookie,” a chunky chocolate chip cookie studded with salted pretzels and coffee grounds and “cinnamon bun pie,” with liquid cheesecake filling and cinnamon streusel topping.”

Serve Yourself

“The award winning food editor of the Washington Post has written a very creative, empowering cookbook for the most important person in your life – you (if you live alone and many people do). There is nothing ho hum about the recipes yet all of the ingredients can be found in most supermarkets. Yonan includes shopping and storage tips and good suggestions about what to do with leftovers.”

From the Ground Up

“If you are one of those people who tend to make the same ten boring dishes (and I am unfortunately in that club), then this book is for you. It is described as a “World Tour of Glorious Ground Meat,” including beef, chicken, pork, seafood and more. The variety is amazing with dishes like ‘Shanghai Fried Pork and Scallion Cakes,’ ‘Peruvian Chicken Chile with Peanuts,’ and ‘Southern Hamburger Soup.’ It will liven up your weekly menus.”

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