Friday, March 7, 2014

A Handful of Books I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On. . .

This idea of writing up a list of books I’m looking forward to is constantly knocking around in my brain. Thankfully, the list never stops growing, but ultimately the works I anticipate are released and that list ebbs and flows. . . Alas, there are a handful of books that have yet to be released right now that I have been looking forward to for a long while. Perhaps it is just that I am an adult now (am I?) and I understand how the world turns a little better every year, but it does seem that thanks to social media, and the Internet on the whole, we are exposed to the progress of beloved authors’ latest works. Be it a periodic Instagram post or an apologetic/grateful blog post addressing a stressed/excited absence from their virtual space – we are given insights to how things are going, snippets to whet our appetites. 

Here are the titles I cannot wait to hold in my hands on, get cooking from, and finally see in print:

Extra Virgin: Recipes & Love from Our Italian Kitchen by Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos
The chemistry that flows between Debi and Gabriele on the screen and in person is practically tangible – they’re the kind of public couple you can tell are doing what they do because they absolutely love it, and love each other and their daughters. When I need some soothing I can find a clip or full episode of their Cooking Channel show. Their gentle, playful nature calms me and inspires me to get cooking. I’m looking forward to relaxed Tuscan recipes alongside their sweet and entertaining stories. [Photo from:]
Get It: May 6, 2014


Delicious!: A Novel by Ruth Reichl 
Ruth Reichl is one of my favorite writers. Her food memoirs are ones I want to re-read every year, and ones I often refer back to for reliving the moments she’s written (like hiding out in Danny Kaye’s kitchen and eating his luxurious lemon pasta). To have her writing food-related fiction has me over the moon with excitement. As far as I can tell it will be a story of: sisters, magazines, letters, and a rich tapestry of all things food. I devoured her food memoir trilogy in no time and I look forward to carving out time to take in Delicious! as soon as I get it. [Photo:]
Get It: May 6, 2014

MrsWheelbarrows Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry by Cathy Barrow
Many moons ago I had the pleasure of meeting Cathy Barrow at my first Duckathlon. When we met I didn’t know about her blog, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen, or about her work with Charcutepalooza (and the-one-and-only Michael Rhulman), but soon after I began following her across the board online I realized she was my kind of food person. She does an amazing job preserving the bounty of the seasons to enjoy all year long – in every form possible, not just jams and tomato sauces (although we once exchanged treats and she sent me to-die-for strawberry rhubarb preserves!). Her book is already making me want to live out my aspirational kitchen fantasies. To top it all off Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton (Canal House) did the photography for the book. The stunning cover is enough to get me anxious for what is inside.  [Photo:]

The Big Gay Ice Cream Book by Douglas Quint & Bryan Petroff
Have you ever had a Salty Pimp? If so, you need no explanation as to why I am excited for the Big Gay Ice Cream Book! This past summer I finally bought myself a hot pink ice cream maker. Thus far I have only made ice cream in it once – and I think it is because I've been holding out for this book. I’m looking forward to remixes of their sundaes, a killer hot fudge, cranberry sorbet (please, please!) and maybe a photo of myself tucked in somewhere. Overall, it should be a fun, yet very professionally done, ice cream book full of delicious surprises!
Get It: [TBD, 2014]

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat
During the “Water” section of Michael Pollan’s Cooked we get to spend time in the kitchen with Michael and Samin. This was my first introduction to her, so I of course looked her up and discovered her blog, Ciao Samin, and that she has a forthcoming book. Based on her cooking style in Cooked and on her blog I am imagining the book will be an instant favorite of mine. Not to mention the book is being quite gorgeously illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton (see sporadic sneak peeks from the book on her Instagram). See the book’s website for more information. 
Get It: [TBD, 2015]

Yogurt Culture by Cheryl Sternman Rule
Now, I like yogurt, I do, I use it in my smoothies, I eat it when I can find non-greek, non-non-fat cups of it in the store. But I’m not excited about this book because of yogurt – I’m purely excited because I love Cheryl Sternman Rule. Her first cookbook, Ripe, is one of my top cookbooks, ever. So whatever she comes out with next, I will always be looking forward to. Her blog, “5 second rule”, is as thoughtful as it is elegant. Find musings and recipes to feed your stomach, and your soul, there as we wait for her next book to be released.
Get It: [TBD, 2015]

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Hopefully you are as enthused as I am about some of these books, and maybe you have learned about a few new titles to look out for in the coming months/year. I've linked out to IndieBound for my “Get Its” – I encourage you to support your local, independent book stores/gift shops when possible. Especially cookbook focused ones like Kitchen Arts & Letters here in New York, Omnivore Books in San Francisco, and Book Larder in Seattle. Since I've gotten deeper into my stationery obsession I have noticed many of my favorite gift shops will sell a smattering of cookbooks, so keep an eye out in those spots, too. [Such as: Domestica in Des Moines, IA, and Pink Olive in the East Village and Park Slope]. 

Happy Reading, Cooking, & Eating!

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