Holding one of these Short Stack mini-cookbooks feels like being handed something special — a secret note passed in class, a mix tape made just for you, a slim diary found in the back of a garage sale book. Each edition focuses on just one ingredient, from sweet potatoes to buttermilk, whatever ingredient is nearest-and-dearest to the author's heart. Then, in the span of 48 pages, we get all the reasons (and recipes) why we should love that ingredient, too.
• Who wrote it: Short Stack Editions (various authors)
• Editions To Date: Eggs by Ian Knauer, Tomatoes by Soa Davies, Strawberries by Susan Spungen, Buttermilk by Angie Mosier, Grits by Virginia Willis, Sweet Potatoes by Scott Hocker, and Broccoli by Tyler Kord
• Other highlights: I love the whole concept of these Short Stack Editions for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that a whole cookbook can sometimes feel overwhelming. Forty-eight pages feels manageable. Bite-sized. Like I might actually make more than one recipe before moving on to the next shiny, glossy cookbook!
These mini-cookbooks also feel more low-key and relaxed, which in turn make me, as the cook, also feel more low-key and relaxed. You get the feeling that these are the dishes that these food writers actually make at home when there's no editor looking over their shoulder or audience of readers to impress. It's like a glimpse behind the curtain.
These Short Stack Editions are released regularly throughout the year, like a literary magazine. There are 7 volumes out currently, and the 8th (all about honey, from former Kitchn contributor Rebekah Peppler!) is due out soon. Subscriptions for 2014 are closed, but you can still buy individual issues as they come out, as well as back issues. Back issues are also sold in bundles if you need to get your Short Stack fix all in one go.
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