Here at Twisted Grove you may have noticed that we have a thing for cookbooks. You can thank Chris Collin’s for that. From our take-a-book leave-a-book bookshelf that greets guests in our entryway in Scottsdale to the cookbooks peppered around the restaurant in Phoenix, there’s always one in sight. Cookbooks make wonderful holiday gifts. Here are a few favorites.
Modern Potluck: Beautiful Food to Share
Featuring a vast collection of photo-worthy make-ahead recipes, 100 of them, in fact, Modern Potluck: Beautiful Food to Share not only provides practical information accompanied by beautiful photos, but a speciality diets’ cheat sheet of sorts for home cooks to study while attempting to navigate food preferences and allergies when cooking for a crowd.
Critics say: "Isn't it time to share dishes that represent how people cook today, full of vibrant seasonal vegetables and punchy flavors? If you need to wow your gluten-free, allergy-ridden, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan cousin and make your meat-happy carnivore brother-in-law happy with the same dish, this is the book for you." - Epicurious
Appetites: A Cookbook
In his most recent cookbook, the first in over 10 years, world traveler and chef, Anthony Bourdain boils down his forty-plus years of experience while showcasing his personal favorites from the world across in Appetites: A Cookbook.
Critics say: “In what might be his most accessible book yet, Bourdain reveals his “Ina Garten-like need to feed the people around me” with a terrific collection of recipes for family and friends.” - Publishers Weekly
Meehan’s Bartender Manual
In this book, Jim Meehan’s life behind the stick is chronicled through enlightening yet practical chapters that mix both insight with history. Covering topics like cocktail history, bartending, menu development and drink productions, this book gives cocktail enthusiasts all the tools needed to create a well-stocked bar at home.
Critics say: "Absolutely necessary for any spirits dork.” - Christine Muhlke, Bon Appetit
Bianco: Pizza, Pasta and Other Food I Like
After years of anticipation for Chris Bianco’s cookbook to debut, the wait is finally over. Now, pizza lovers can re-create Arizona’s favorite pizzaiolo’s pies at home. This book makes a great gift for foodie friends or the pizza aficionado in your life.
Critics say: ”Chris Bianco’s First Cookbook Is a Peek Inside the Mind of a Pizza Savant” - Daniela Galarza, Eater
Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes
Alison Roman’s debut cookbook Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes is a easy-to-navigate guide to home cooking. Featuring 125 recipes, the book features quickie techniques and edgy writing full of opinions and humor.
Critics say: “This is not a cookbook. It's a treasure map. Alison Roman joyously leads you to the promised land of extraordinary home cooking. Into every one of her stunningly beautiful recipes she's tucked the clues that will invariably lead you to deliciousness: keep it simple, have fun with your food, pack in the flavor, and, most importantly, share it with the people you love.” - Samin Nosrat, bestselling author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
100 Years, 100 Chefs, 100 Recipes
The bold flavors of the southwest are present in Arizona’s iconic centennial cookbook, 100 Years, 100 Chefs, 100 Recipes. With recipes from varying region, Tucson to Sedona and places in between, this book showcases a little bit of history and the unique cooking styles and recipes of Arizona’s most talented chefs.
Critics say: “Featuring recipes from James Beard award winning culinary maestros to regular-folk home chefs, this cookbook celebrates 100 years of Arizona's unique melting pot of Southwestern culinary culture.” - Local First Arizona