With all the cooking and food sites in the Internet these days, cookbooks are becoming passé. Why buy a cookbook when you can just go search the net for any recipe? A cookbook has to warrant something special these days to make you want to fork over money for a hardcover book. These "cook" books are more than just recipes. These books are full of inspired creativity, cultural tales and family food lessons. Each of these books is a perfect addition to your bookshelf or kitchen.
Beating the Lunch Box Blues by J.M. Hirsch
For anyone who has to eat packed lunch everyday this book is a necessity. Hirsch's book is a list of simple lunch ideas and recipes that will make you look forward to lunch. The book gives tips on keeping cold food cold and hot food hot - including magic tricks you can use with a thermos to have hot lunch anywhere. This visual cookbook has quantity recipes that will provide a dinner and several lunches. It also gives you tips for putting together food combinations using fruit, vegetables and grains you wouldn't normally consider for lunch. $18, available September 3.
Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits: Innovative Flavor Combinations, Plus Homemade Versions of Kahlúa, Cointreau, and Other Popular Liqueurs by Andrew Schloss
Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits will show you the basic fundamentals of liquor and spirits and then teach you how to make your own at home. At first, it may not sound that appealing, but then neither do the artificially concocted vodkas and drink mixes on the store shelves. This book is chock full of recipes for making your own liqueurs like Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Drop or Ruby Slippers, a hibiscus and rose liqueur. The book also has recipes for the simple syrups used in the infusing process as well as drink recipes for the finished products. $18.95, available November 5.
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya Von Bremzen
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking is a food memoir. The book journals author Anya Von Bremzen daily life with food growing up in U.S.S.R.. Food is centric to any culture and Von Bremzen’s book shows us what daily life was like for people in communist Russia. Food shortages, state produced food and black market Juicy Fruit are just a few of the stories you’ll be absorbed in. Anyone with a russian connection will appreciate this glimpse into Soviet life. Classic Soviet recipes like Borsch and Kulebiaka are also in the book. Available September 17, $26.