Best of 2013: Cookbooks

It’s that purportedly “most wonderful time of the year,” when holiday sales pitches and year-end retrospectives abound. There’s still time to finish your Xmas shopping, so consider giving some of the best cookbooks of the past year. For suggestions, check out the lists from

Several books appear on more than one of these lists.

For example, vegetarians (and omnivores) might appreciate receiving the much-lauded Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison. Lisa Campbell writes that it “combines the poetic gardening savvy of Nigel Slater’s Tender and Ripe with the history and botany of James Peterson’s Vegetables, Revised. This ambitious reference, beautifully photographed by Hamilton and Hirscheimer of Canal House, can help readers deepen their vegetable knowledge.”

For carnivores (and omnivores), consider Duck, Duck, Goose by Hank Shaw, which Carey Polis summarizes this way: “Shaw, the popular blogger behind Hunter Angler Gardener Cook is an avid hunter and cook. His second cookbook provides recipes for the expert waterfowl chef (duck sausages), and the beginner (duck fried rice). If anything, Shaw proves that dinner can be way more than boneless, skinless chicken breasts.”

Happy gifting and cooking!

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