Looking for a good spring read? Forget the crime drama or latest political bio, opt for a cookbook instead. 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 to the cookbooks peppered around the restaurant, there’s always one in sight. And lucky for us, and cookbook fans far and wide, this spring marks the release of dozens of new cookbooks, here are four that we especially liked.
Writer and chef Samin Nosrat has taught everyone, from middle school kids to professional cooks, how to cook using her philosophy. Now, she’s here to teach you, with Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking. Nosrat explains the whys and hows of good cooking, and with 150 illustrations by Wendy MacNaughton, cooks, no matter what skill level, can easily follow along and cook up something great.
Critics say: "Just reading Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat will make you a better cook, adept at seasoning, balancing, understanding what it really is you’re doing and why... Make room on the bedside table—and the countertop."
Authored by Jeremy Fox of the Napa Valley Michelin-starred restaurant, Ubuntu, On Vegetables raises the bar for vegetarian cooking. Fox’s recipes highlight the flavors and textures of seasonal produce through creative cooking methods and thoughtful ingredient combinations. The cookbook contains 160 approachable recipes for home cooks to enjoy.
Critics say: "Jeremy Fox brings his expert knowledge of vegetables to his first book."
—Food & Wine
All you need is a few pantry staples to elevate your dinner game. Author Colu Henry offers inventive flavor combinations in Back Pocket Pasta and for each and every recipe, a beautiful photo. Back Pocket Pasta also features a guide to easy-drinking wine and cocktails that can be paired with the recipes found in the book.
Critics say: "A beautiful, oversized volume dedicated purely to pasta and its breezy ease."
Our list wouldn’t be complete without a nod to cocktails. Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz has just the drink, no matter the occasion. By using ingredients like beer, wine, vermouth, sherry and a selection of flavorful liqueurs, the drinks are not only easy on the alcohol, they are easy to make, too. Whether you’re brunching or celebrating something special, Day Drinking has the cocktails covered.
Critics say: “This fun and easygoing cocktail book serves up an intriguing mixture of unique and classic low-alcohol cocktails for anyone to enjoy at any time of day.”