Best Cookbooks of 2008

The Best 20 Food Books from 2008

Here are the best 20 cookbooks and food books of 2008 as compiled by Leite’s Culinaria.

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No Country for New Turkeys

Although food-crazed bloggers and over-ambitious chefs have turned out every conceivable variation of turkey, on Thanksgiving the familiar is what we want. Food history editor Gary Allen explains.

Cranberries

The Zing Starts Here

Ah, pucker-worthy cranberries, the often maligned stepchild of the Thanksgiving table, get their due here, adding a sweet-tart flavor to autumn menus.

Hot Beef Borscht

Hot Beef Borscht

Food writer and cookbook author Diane Morgan extolls the virtues of cool-weather cooking and offers up her recipe for a soul-heartening beef borscht.

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Blackberries

High School Chemistry Pays Off…in Ice Cream

Food history editor Gary Allen, who has a bent for all things food science, delves into the mystery of a batch of ghastly blue-grey blackberry ice cream.

Cherries in a Circle

Slim Pickin’

Writer Jess Thomson, a cherry-picking virgin, gets her chance but comes ill-equipped, faces tough famers, and returns home with no more than a handful.

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Perfection? Hint: It’s Warm and Has a Secret

For these ultimate chocolate chip cookies, our ever-persistent David researched for three months and ate plenty of cookies in the process. Here he shares his discoveries.

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Crazy for Salt Cod

Our food history editor, and sometime science guy, Gary Allen, helps a reader understand how to keep and care for salt cod.

Bucatini with Nettle-Pecan Pesto Recipe

Bucatini with Nettle-Pecan Pesto

Making nettle-pecan pesto can be tricky, mostly because nettles tend to bite back. But handle it the way we tell you and you’ll have no regrets.

Waiterly Conduct

Waiterly Conduct

Food writer and humorist Jess Thomson recounts her hilarious and daunting visit to the mecca of molecular gastronomy in the States: Grant Achatz’s Alinea.

Pea in a Pod

Mother and Son, Minding Peas and Cues

Food writer Monica Bhide uses cooking and languages to bridge worlds and cultures to answer some of the difficult questions posed by her curious son, Jai.

Crossed Knives

So You Wanna Buy a Knife, Huh?

Writer Chad Ward gives you all the details—gory and not—about what to look for in an excellent kitchen knife, how to buy it, and what to watch out for.

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