Did you see the special section on summer reading this past weekend in The New York Times? As much as we love summer beach thrillers and the newest literary stars in the firmament, we were drawn first (of course) to the cookbooks.
The Times rounded up ten of their favorite new cookbooks — many of them with an emphasis on canning, preserving, and other old-fashioned arts of the kitchen. There is a big emphasis in Christine Muhlke's list on what she calls "homesteader chic," the arts of preserving and making do at home in these lean times. She praises Alice Waters' (& friends') collection of back-to-basics tutorials, In the Green Kitchen, calling it an "interesting entry point" for new cooks and cooks who want to move forward in their cooking skills. (We weren't quite so generous towards this book, which we found oddly unbalanced; read our review here.)
Other picks include Forgotten Skills of Cooking by Ireland's Darina Allen; Molto Gusto, Mario Batali's new book (look for a review here soon!); Fiesta at Rick's, by Rick Bayless; and Good to the Grain, which we also loved.
Check out the whole list; you may find something fun and new to cook out of this summer. Did any of your own new favorites make the list?
• Read The Times' picks: Cookbooks
• See the 20 web extra pick: 20 More Cookbooks
Related: On Community Cookbooks
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