13 of the Best Blogger Cookbooks of 2013
Steamy Kitchen: Healthy Asian Favorites by Jaden Hair
In an interview with BlogHer, Jaden told Food Editor Jane Tunks Demel:
So many Asian-American restaurants feature the same ol' dishes, kung pao this, sweet and sour that...and everything is deep-fried or drowning in goopy sauces. But, in fact, real Asian cooking is light, healthy, and incredibly flavorful without the fat. These are the recipes I wanted to highlight in my book. Also, the recipes are designed to be flexible, whether or not you eat gluten-free, vegetarian, or a meat-eater who needs to cut back a little. Every recipe has options for substitutions.
I was sold on her cookbook from that quote, and now I make variations on her Chinese-Style Parchment Fish often -- such a smart, quick borrow of a French technique to get a traditional steamed-whole flavor out of a filet.
Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread by Nicole Hunn
All my GF friends complain about baking: So many products, so much extra sugar, so much dang money, so many fails with the finished products. I've already pointed most of them to Gluten Free on a Shoestring, and might just have to buy this totally gluten-free cookbook with recipes for bread, doughnuts, biscuits, and bagels, too.
The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat by Michael Ruhlman
I always love Michael Ruhlman's focus on technique -- I'm actually sitting here with another Ruhlman book (Charcuterie) open right now, about to start making some bacon (or pancetta; haven't decided yet). His latest, a Schmaltz, walks you through the classic Jewish technique of rendering chicken fat and combining it with onions. The deeply flavored result is the star of some traditional dishes (gribenes, kreplach) and new ideas (schmaltzy pâte à choux, oatmeal cookies, and chicken rillettes).
Do you have a 2013 blogger cookbook to recommend? Let us know in the comments!