Theo Chocolate: Recipes & Sweet Secrets from Seattle’s Favorite Chocolate Maker:It seems like every artisan chocolate maker is coming out with a cookbook; Theo Chocolate’s book stands out as a solid collection of original and intriguing recipes as well as an absorbing look into the company. The first few chapters chronicle the founding of Theo Chocolate and their bean-to-bar manufacturing process; the rest of the book include recipes for dishes like Honey and Saffron Chicken with Cocoa Nib Couscous and Chocolate Chili Churros hong kong service apartments for rent. I’m really impressed with the range of recipes, savory and sweet – there’s definitely more than just chocolate cake and brownies here. A very worthy addition to your cookbook shelf.

Sarabeth’s Good Morning Cookbook: I love breakfast food – whenever I go out for brunch I can never decide between savory or sweet, eggs Benedict or French toast. Famed chef Sarabeth Levine creates a fabulously enticing set of recipes for breakfast, encompassing everything from fruit to pancakes to scones, from eggs to frittatas to quiches. With over 130 recipes, you’ll have breakfast ideas for a long time. I want to make everything in here first. Definitely one of my favorites of the year.
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Sweet Middle East: I love that several cookbooks exploring pastry tradition of other cultures have also come out this year. Sweet Middle East is an exceedingly tasty, in-depth exploration of Middle Eastern desserts furnished apartment for rent. Anissa Helou is a chef and culinary researcher, and she gives some fascinating background for these recipes and useful information on Middle Eastern ingredients like mastic and mahlah. Some of the recipes look familiar like baklava and fig ice cream, while others like Bread of the Seraglio and Algerian crepes, are totally new. A lovely culinary journey.

Scandinavian Baking: Another cookbook covering international baking traditions, this time Scandinavian baking HKUE amec. This hefty tome is one of the most gorgeous cookbooks I’ve seen this year, with the numerous photographs all capturing that pure, clear Nordic light. This book is billed as a modern reference on Scandinavian baking, and I’m sold: the recipes cover simple cakes and cookies and continue on through Danish pastries and breads, and even savory crisp breads and sandwiches. There is an entire section on Christmas baking, which is perfect as I always think of Scandinavia when I think of old world Christmas traditions. I’m in love with this book and will be exploring it for months to come.

Do you have a favorite cookbook of the year? (By the way, I can’t end this roundup without mentioning my own book Lollipop Love one last time – it’s a great stocking stuffer!) Happy reading and baking!

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