Another year, another slew of food books, food memoirs, cookbooks and drink books (that’s a thing, right?) to hit the shelves. If you’re like us, you see a few too many “paleo,” “grain brain,” and “gluten-free” titles before your eyes start rolling in the back of your head, but fortunately, 2014 was a great year for people who like reading, cooking, and drinking. (And evidently for
cooking “thugs” as well.)
The hottest cookbooks of 2014 were ones we’d actually be happy to receive from our loved ones — or ones that we’ll buy with every intention of giving to our loved ones, but end up keeping for ourselves. Selfish holiday presents for the win! Nevertheless, you’ll win major brownie points when you wrap these bad boys up for your mom/ aunt/ boyfriend’s mom/ foodie boss/ whatever.
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Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, with More than 500 Recipes
by David Kaplan
Oh, you like pretty cocktails too? So do we. We especially like drinking them at
Death & Co., and that's why we're just so pumped that the geniuses behind the bar have finally shown us the light. Cocktail nerds and cocktail novices will appreciate the dedication to the spirit and craft, which will forever be the cheesiest sentence we shall ever write. Nonetheless, it's the new Cocktail Bible and we will take it. on Amazon
Food: A Love Story
by Jim Gaffigan
our love for and his ways of thinking about food haven't been proclaimed enough? Let us say it again: best food memoir of the year. We too want to be "foodists" now. Jim Gaffigan on Amazon
by Sean Brock
Was this not the most talked-about cookbook release of the year? Just about -- but for good reason.
Sean Brock has somehow found a way to make Southern cooking feel fresh and vibrant again, while keeping true to his roots and history. We can appreciate an authentic book when we see one. on Amazon
How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food
by Mark Bittman
Recipes that save us time? Oh
Mark Bittman, it's like you're reading our minds without us even knowing it. on Amazon
MEAT: Everything You Need to Know
by Pat LaFrieda
So we may not be paleo or gluten-free freaks, but we sure are meat freaks. Thanks to
Pat LaFrieda, our meat curiosities have been satiated. Rarely does such a meaty (get it?) cookbook leave us feeling so satisfied. on Amazon
My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut
by Hannah Hart
There. Is. No. Better. Book. Tipsy cooking will never be the same, and our girlfriends will have us to thank for it. Thanks for reading our minds too,
by Gabrielle Hamilton
Because we will quite possibly never be in awe of someone quite like we are of
Gabrielle Hamilton, we can't recommend Prune enough. It's smart, it's rich in detail and voice, and it's a testament to a lady chef who's built a name for herself by the skin of her teeth. You get it, Hamilton -- this is the #ladychefapproved pick of the year. on Amazon
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