Cookbooks of any kind are great gifts around the holiday but they're also fun to gift ourselves as we have some extra time to spend in the kitchen- to experiment and play. My favorite cookbook this year is Hugh Acheson's The Broad Fork, where Hugh delves into the wide world of fruits and vegetables. I personally love all his pickling recipes but I'm excited to try his Roasted Chicken Thighs over Barley and Brussels Sprout Risotto this week. To find a cookbook to inspire you, here are some other standout releases from 2015...
Nashville Eats. Learn to make their famous hot chicken or buttermilk biscuits- plus 100 more southern recipes.
Pure Pork Awesomeness. From my neighborhood chef, Kevin Gillespie comes this book dedicated entirely to the pig. It's all so good, particularly the bacon recipes.
Franklin Barbecue. It's a meat smoking and brisket cooking manifesto from the owner of the wildly popular Austin restaurant.
Root to Leaf. Atlanta chef, Steven Satterfield is one of my favorites and in this book he teaches us how to use the whole plant, from root to leaf. Delicious vegetables with a southern flair.
The Oxford Companion to Wine. The fourth edition of this popular book lives up to the hype. It covers every wine topic on the list with contributions from more than 180 experts. Great gift for the wine lover.
The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual. One of the best cocktail bars in America now has a bar book. Lots of inventive recipes inside plus a peek inside the famed locale.
The Old Fashioned. As a lover of bourbon, I'm a huge fan of The Old Fashioned cocktail. This book shares a history of the iconic drink, plus 50 variations to try.
The Craft Cocktail Party. If you want to throw a party with a special craft cocktail, this book offers a bevy of tasty options.
Hartwood. Tulum is one of my favorite spots in Mexico and I love how this book is about a NY based couple who left their restaurant jobs to build the place of their dreams on the edge of a jungle. Rustic, delicious recipes.
Near & Far. Heidi Swanson shares dishes inspired from her home in Northern California as well as from her travels across the globe- from Tokyo and Paris to New Delhi and New Zealand.
The Nordic Cookbook. I'm dreaming of visiting the Nordic countries, therefore I dream of this cookbook. Includes 700 authentically Nordic recipes collected by acclaimed chef, Magnus Nilsson.
Mexico from the Inside Out. I had the pleasure of eating at the author's restaurant, Pujol, last year in Mexico City. It was easily in my top three dining experiences of all time so this book is on my must buy list.
The Violet Bakery Cookbook. With a book cover this pretty, the recipes have to be delicious. And they are. From the famed London restaurant comes a baking book filled with the tastiest pastries, tarts and sweets.
Theo Chocolate. This cover has me reaching for my credit card. If you love chocolate, you'll love this book of recipes from the famous Seattle chocolatier.
Chocolate Chip Sweets. This book is all about chocolate chip recipes shared by world-renowned chefs and bakers...like Jacques Torres, Daniel Boulud and Lidia Bastianich.
Guittard Chocolate Cookbook. From the famed San Francisco chocolate company comes a book with 60 recipes you'll drool over, like fudgey Mocha cookies or Dark Chocolate, Caramel Pecan Bundt Cake.
Scandinavian Baking. Scandinavia, you're on my to-do list. In the meantime, this baking book will quell my cravings as it's filled with delicious Danish recipes for pastries, cakes, cream buns and more.