I often say my favorite gifts are the edible kind. But next on my list:
books about food. In the spirit of supporting some fabulously talented
local authors, here are some picks for perfectly giftable food books
(some oldies but goodies) from writers and chefs rooted in the DC area:
Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated In Spirits
Washington Post spirits columnist Jason Wilson (who calls the Philly area home) takes readers on a boozy trip around the world's spirits market in his new book.
Quiches, Kugels and Cous Cous: My Search for Jewish Cooking In France
The latest from cookbook maven Joan Nathan takes readers into kitchens in Paris, Alsace and the Loire Valley to find the soul of Jewish cooking in France.
Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen
Monica Bhide's fabulous Indian cookbook updates the cuisine for modern tastes.
The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine
Washingtonian food and wine editor Todd Kliman explores the history of Virginia's native Norton grape.
Big Night In: More Than 100 Wonderful Recipes for Feeding Family and Friends Italian Style
Local writer Domenica Marchetti offers Italian recipes that would make anyone happy to stay in.
And the local chef cookbooks :
Cucina of Le Marche
by Fabio Trabocchi
DamGoodSweet: Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth, New Orleans Style
by David Guas
The Good Stuff Cookbook
by Spike Mendelsohn
Made In Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen
by José Andrés
Sweet Magic: Easy Recipes for Delectable Desserts
and Happy in the Kitchen
by Michel Richard
And stay tuned for Washington Post food editor Joe Yonan's forthcoming cookbook, Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One.Sweet Magic is Michel Richard's newest cookbook.