Monday, November 22, 2010
So many of my friends and colleagues have fantastic books out this year I thought it would be timely to do a round up for those of you looking for holiday gifts. Most likely you’ve already heard of a lot of these, since they seem to be popping up on all the Best of 2010 lists. (I have very talented friends)
And yes, I’ve decided to do a giveaway! I’ve never done one of these before, so wish me luck (and good luck to you too!). I’ve got three gorgeous books up for grabs, all signed by the author.
Biscotti, by Mona Talbott
My Mother’s Clothes, by Jeanette Montgomery Barron
Italian Rustic, by Elizabeth Helman Minchilli
Here are the rules:
To enter for a chance to win, just leave a comment on this post. (Don’t do it anonymously or I won't know who you are ) The deadline for comments is 11:59 December 10, 2010. The winners will be chosen randomly. And while you’re busy just commenting for the sake of winning, let me know your favorite books this year.
Here is the list. It’s much longer than I thought it was going to be. Even though everyone has been moaning and groaning about the state of publishing these days, my friends sure seem to be keeping the industry afloat. I’ve tried to keep the list to 2010. And since it’s so long, only a few lines on each. Most are cookbooks, but not all. Most are really my friends (with only a couple of fb colleagues thrown in, since their books are so great.)
Great Books by my Friends: 2010
Biscotti, Mona Talbott
I’ve already written about this fabulous new book of delicious cookie recipes from the Mona Talbott, who runs the Rome Sustainable Food Program at the American Academy in Rome. A small book, but chock full of delciousness.
My Mother’s Clothes, Jeanette Montgomery Barron
The book is exactly what the title says: photographs of Jeanette's mother's clothes. As her mother was slowly succumbing to Alzheimer's, Jeanette began to photograph her cherished wardrobe. She used these images as a way to reconnect with her mother and with her quickly fading past.
The images are hauntingly beautiful.
In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite, Melissa Clark
The way Melissa thinks and writes about food has profoundly influenced my own approach. Her newest book (the girl has written 30!) comes out of her NYTimes column and is full of yummy, easy and inspired recipes.
Ready for Dessert, David Lebovitz
I’ve always been a huge fan of David’s and was happy and proud to throw a book party for him this past summer in Rome. I’ve been cooking from his book much to the happiness of my family (and the unhappiness of my jeans).
Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan
I’ve never met Dorie in person, but we’ve chatted on fb, and she has got to be one of the most upbeat and talented people I know. I can’t wait to start cooking with Around My French Table so I can pretend I’m actually at her table.
The Essential New York Times Cookbook, Amanda Hesser
Amanda certainly doesn’t need my help in the PR department. And you’ve probably already bought this anyway. But just in case, it’s the new definitive book to have - and give.
Keeping the Feast, Paula Butturini
Paula and her husband John Tagliabue spent years in Rome working as journalists. This is Paula’s moving memoir about the healing power of food and family in the face of hardship.
Food, Wine, Burgundy, David Downie
This is David’s latest installment for the Little Book Room series. His Food, Wine Rome is one of my favorites, and I hope to be able to travel to France and use this new one soon.
The Italian Slowcooker, Michele Sciocolone
I love Michele’s books! This time she turns her attention to the slow cooker, so if you know someone who has one, this is the book for them.
Hip Hop Dog, Vladimir Radunsky
Not only is this award-winning children’s book illustrator a good friend, our daughters are friends and our dogs can’t get enough of each other.
The Pasta Book, Julia della Croce
Italian Home Cooking, Julia della Croce
Julia has TWO books out this year! As always, she is 24/7 Italian, and these two add to her long list of cookbooks.
Nuts in the Kitchen, Susan Herman Loomis
I’ve known Susan for years and her Italian Farmhouse Cooking and French Farmhouse Cooking are two of my favorites. Susan now turns her attention to nuts, which we all need to eat more of.
Female Nomad and Friends, Rita Golden Gelman
Rita is not a friend, but her daughter Jan is our unofficial ‘sister’ (she’s best friends with my sister Robin). So that makes Rita our unofficial ‘mother.’ This is Rita’s follow up to her first book, Female Nomad, and explores breaking bread around the world.
Committed, Elizabeth Gilbert
If you don’t know Liz’s Eat, Pray, Love then you must have been in a cave the last few years. This her most recent book, that explores the outcome of EPL: marriage.
Time for Dinner, Jenny Rosenstrach,
Jenny is not my friend, but is a friend of my sister Robin. I LOVE her blog, Dinner A Love Story. She wrote Time for Dinner with her pals from Cookie magazine and the book (and her blog) is all about cooking for your family (which is my favorite thing to do).
Born Round, Frank Bruni
Ok, I know Frank’s book came out last year, but the paperback release makes it the perfect gift for this year. An extremely well written and compelling tale of the former NYTimes restaurant critic’s relationship with food.
Italian Rustic: How to Bring Tuscan Charm into Your Home, Elizabeth Helman Minchilli
This one is really from last year. But it’s by me, so I get to include it in this list if I want to.