I adore Top Ten lists. From movies to music, and news stories to books, I love taking a look back at the best of the year. These lists are subjective of course, which is what makes them so interesting. I'm turning love into action this week with a series of "2010 in Review" posts. I've compiled my top ten cookbooks, food blogs and personal recipes, and will share them here in three individual posts, this week.
First up is cookbooks. If you have some free time on your hands this week, or a few dollars in gift cards waiting to be spent, any of the following would be a great addition to your family cooking library. Honestly, I'm smitten with them all.
Time for Dinner: Put together by the editors of Cookie magazine, this is a wonderful family diner primer packed full of great and interesting ideas.
Gourmet Cookie Book: Showcasing the single best cookie recipe the (now-defunct) magazine published from 1941-2009, there is a cookie for everyone in this book. And the historical notes that accompany each recipe are almost as interesting as the cookies themselves.
Around my French Table: Anyone with an affinity for all things French, or great French cooking, will welcome this book to their library. The photos are stunning and it would make for a lovely coffee table book, as well.
Quinoa 365: I've been wanting to learn more about this superfood, and this book is an excellent resource packed full of nutritional notes and tasty recipes.
Jamie's Food Revolution: Based on one of the most popular TV shows this past year, this cookbook will allow you to start your own food revolution at home.
My Bread: For the bread bakers everywhere, both novice and professional, Jim Lahey's no-knead dough has been a big hit over the internet, and in my kitchen, for the past year.
As Always, Julia: This isn't a cookbook, but rather a series of letters exchanged between Julia Child and Avis DeVoto. I've placed it here though because I challenge you to not learn something from this read. The letters are chock-full of cooking tips and recipe ideas, and the entire book is a joy to read.
Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That? I adore Ina, and all that she cooks, and her latest cookbook is a compilation of easy foods that anyone can put together.
The Family Dinner: Perhaps the most important part of our day, and the thing that influences most of what we do (jobs, extra-curriculars, etc.), is our family dinner. Sadly, this evening meal is going by the wayside for many people. This resource is full of ideas, recipes, games and tools for making dinner a priority for every family again.
Perfect One-Dish Dinners: I love a good one-dish meal and this book is full of ideas for them. An excellent entertaining resource, you'll be able to cook for a crowd with no trouble as long as this book is by your side.
What were some of your favourite cookbooks this past year?