Best Cookbooks of 2013


This was the year of the cookbooks!  There were so many great cookbooks, it was hard to pick just a few.  Below are just some of the best of the year.


Pok Pok by Andy Ricker and JJ Goode – Thai

The Tuscan Sun Cookbook by Frances Mayes and Edward Mayes

Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America by Maricel E. Presilla

Pati’s Mexican Table by Pati Jinich

Banh Mi: Authentic Vietnamese Sandwiches by Jacqueline Pham

The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo


100 Grilling Recipes You Can’t Live Withoutby Cheryl and Bill Jamison

Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans by Lolis Eric Elie

Gramercy Tavern by Michael Anthony and Dorothy Kalins

Gluten-Free Girl Every Day by Shaunan James Ahern

The Baby & Toddler Cookbook by Karen Ansel

Stealth Health Lunches Kids Love by Tracy Griffith


Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book by Emily & Melissa Elsen

The Sweet Book of Candy Making by Elizabeth LaBau

Bake It Like You Mean It by Gesine Bullock-Prado

Pierre Herme’s Pastries by Pierre Herme

Cupcakes & Parties by Jennifer Shea

Paleo Desserts by Jane Barthelemy

The Unusual:

The Craft Beer Cookbookby Jacquelyn Dodd

Meals In A Jar by Julie Canquille

Beyond Bacon by Stacy Toth & Matthew McCarry

Smoke:  New Firewood Cookingby Tim Byres

Hooch: Simplified Brewing, Winemaking & Infusion At Home by Scott Meyer

Sauces & Shapes by Oretta Zanini De Vita and Maureen B. Fant

BOOK REVIEW: The Trouble With Love by Beth Ciotta

This is book two of the trilogy Cupcake Lovers.  Rocky Monroe is the owner of a bed and breakfast in Sugar Creek, Vermont.  She’s also president of the Cupcake Lover’s club, a group of women (and one hunky man) that bakes cupcakes to raise money for charities.  Ten years ago, when she was only 17, she lost her virginity to her brothers’ best friend and family friend, Jayce Bello.  He was 22 at the time and overwhelmed with the love he felt for Rocky and the fear of being found out by her brothers.  He felt at the time that the best thing he could do was leave town, so he begins a new life in New York City.  Rocky was hurt and confused and claims to hate Jayce, but in reality, she can’t get him out of her head.  It would be helpful to read book one first – Fool For Love – as it sets up the background story of Rocky and Jayce.  But if you don’t get to read it, you can still understand the dynamics between them.

Rocky needs to go to New York City to help negotiate a publishing deal for the Cupcake Lover’s Club’s first cookbook.  Of course the very first day she is there, she gets mugged and hit by a car.  Having no money and reluctantly needing help, she calls Jayce, who is more than happy to help.  He’s been doing a lot of thinking and has just made the decision to move back to Sugar Creek and try to come to terms with his demons about his family and to try to reconcile with Rocky.  The timing of Rocky’s call couldn’t have come at a better time.  He begins his plan to woo her while she’s in New York and continues it when they return to Sugar Creek.

There are many twists and turns in Rocky and Jayce’s journey.  With true love, you have to fight hard for that someone special and that’s what this story is about.   The whole Town is behind them and the cast of characters provides comic relief as well as emotional support. It was also nice to see the continuation of Dev and Chloe’s story from book one, and Luke’s story is nicely set up for book three – Anything But Love coming out in September.