Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Best cookbooks: Don't miss these lists!

What you're looking at on the left is a plate of Very Chocolate Cookies, with cacao chips inside that lend a wonderful slightly bitter chocotaste to a buttery bite-sized nibble. You want to eat these cookies. There's even a variant that includes piment d'Espelette, a Basque hot pepper that is A.O.C., meaning in part that it is hard to find and expensive.
You will find this recipe -- the one you want so very much -- in Chocolate and Zucchini, a cookbook by a French blogger, Clotilde Dusoulier, who didn't wake up to her culinary heritage until she lived in San Francisco for two years. It's a great cookbook and a great blog, (and all you Francophiles and Francophones can read the version francaise) and was #1 on my list of Best Cookbooks of 2007.

Read the whole article and find the links here, on LAist.
A few weeks later, I posted a list of five rediscoveries, cookbooks from the past that I really adore. This list includes homey, fun books like the late Laurie Colwin's Home Cooking, as well as Sophie-daughter-of-Jane Grigson's Sophie's Table. (If you don't have it, you ought to get Jane Grigson's Good Things, right now.) Sophie's cookbook has all manner of recipes, including -- since we're talking about cookies -- an oatmeal chocolate chip that includes no flour and is buttery and delicious.

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