In alphabetical order:
1. "Baking: From My Home to Yours," by Dorie Greenspan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006).
2. "Beard on Bread," by James Beard (originally published 1973; reprinted by Knopf, 1995).
3. "The Book of Great Desserts," by Maida Heatter (Andrews McMeel, 1999).
4. "The Bread Baker's Apprentice," by Peter Reinhart (Ten Speed, 2001).
5. "The Cake Bible," by Rose Levy Beranbaum (William Morrow, 1988).
6. "Classic Home Desserts," by Richard Sax (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000).
7. "Cocolat," by Alice Medrich (Warner Books, 1990).
8. "The Fannie Farmer Baking Book," by Marion Cunningham (Gramercy, 1996).
9. "Great Pies and Tarts," by Carole Walter (Clarkson Potter, 1998).
10. "The Italian Baker," by Carol Field (William Morrow, 1985).
11. "Martha Stewart's Cookies," by Martha Stewart (Clarkson Potter, 2008).
12. "My Bread," by Jim Lahey (W.W. Norton, 2009).
13. "The Simple Art of Perfect Baking," by Flo Braker (Chronicle, 2003).
Most of us probably own the first two, but I loved to see Maida Heatter next as she is my dessert guru and I own ALL her cookbooks! (She was also on their Core Collection: 20 Essential Books to Build Your Culinary Library” released in 2007.) And does anyone make a better cake than Rose Levy Beranbaum? And who makes a better cookie than Martha Stewart?
Just in time for Mother's Day I'm giving away a cookbook to one of my readers. And what a fabulous cookbook it is, too! It may not be on the Beard Foundation's list, but it has won a James Beard award. It's one of my favorites: Savor the Moment from the Junior League of Boca Raton, Florida. And you get a CD-ROM to go with it!
Look at the awards it's received:
2001 James Beard/Kitchen Aid Book Award
2001 ForeWord Magazine -2nd Place
2001 Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist
2001 Writer's Digest "National Self-Published Book" Award Honorable Mention
2001 Independent Publisher Book Award-Finalist
2000 AJLI-Honorable Mention
A lovely hardcover book, Savor the Moment is a treat for the visual senses. The Junior League of Boca Raton, Florida published it in January of 2000. Great photography and design are a big part of its' continued success, but let's face it, the recipes have got to be meticulously researched, tested and rated sublime to rack up sales. The photographs by Dan Forer are breath-taking… with rather enchanting and unique mise-en-scènes. And you don’t need to live in Boca Raton to appreciate them either. The book highlights special menus aboard a yacht, playing croquet, in a garden on the grounds of our Morikami Museum, on a polo field, in local homes and a picnic under a beachside gazebo. The vignettes go on page after delightful page- in color and in exquisite taste.
I seem to be rambling on about the visuals rather than the flavors but let me reassure you: while the photography is first class, so are the recipes within. Everything gels perfectly to form a superb cookbook. And what’s really sweet about this book ( and all other Junior League cookbooks) is it raises funds directly benefiting community projects.
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment at the end of this post. Would you like two chances to win? Then become a follower on my blog! It's open to anyone and entries will be closed at midnight on April 27th.
I'll announce the winner on April 28th at the end of my Derby Day post. The winner will be picked out of my lucky Derby Day hat by my totally unbiased son. (Who doesn't even read my blog, let alone yours!)