Whether you’ve resolved to eat healthier in 2013 or you want some comfort food to get you through the winter, CADL has all kinds of cookbooks to satisfy your cravings. CADL staff are always on the lookout for great new cookbooks; check out some of our favorites from the past year:
Nigel Slater’s Tender (my review) is a vegetable cookbook at heart, but it’s unexpectedly decadent. Between the excellent writing, the incredible photography and the hearty, soul-satisfying recipes themselves, you’ll want to spend all day reading this book from cover to cover. If you like it, you may also want to check out Ripe, Slater’s companion volume of fruit recipes.
If you’re trying to improve your diet for health or medical reasons, you’ll be thrilled by Sam Talbot’s The Sweet Life: Diabetes without Boundaries. It’s filled with beautiful photographs and delicious recipes created specifically for people eating on a restricted diet because of diabetes. In her staff review, Jolee calls it “lush,” and says “diabetes, shmiabetes. Like to cook, maybe even a little on the healthy side? You’ll like this book.”
Bryant Terry’s Vegan Soul Kitchen (my review) isn’t actually an oxymoron; it’s a vibrant, fresh take on delicious comfort food. Terry’s healthy cooking doesn’t skimp on flavor, relying on fresh produce and abundant spices. Terry’s writing in the introduction to each recipe is as playful as his cooking style.
If you’re more interested in decadent treats, Catherine Atkinson’s 300 Chocolate & Coffee Recipes has gotten rave reviews from CADL staff (read reviews by Susan and Regina). It’s exactly what the title claims, and for those who like to drool over their cookbooks, it’s photo-heavy as well.
For more sweet treats, Susan also recommends America’s Best Pies by the American Pie Council and Linda Hoskins. It features recipes from winners of the National Pie Championship, including Linda Hundt, owner of DeWitt’s Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe.
-Sara D., Public Services Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing