Some things last forever, like the memory of a great recipe. With cookbooks publication and sales constantly on the rise, cooking shows are more prominent than ever and the classic cookbook has taken a host of twists. Yes, cooking is definitely a hot topic.
One trend we are seeing more and more is the added touch of personality to cookbooks – more intimate recipes, family photos and even personal stories. Just because the format of the cookbook is seeing an update, however, does not mean the main ingredients have not stayed the same – some of the recipes are more timeless than ever.
Since cookbooks are my passion, I devour quite a few daily. Here are some of my new favorite timeless cookbooks from personalities with pizzazz and an energetic flair!
Baking with the Cake Boss: 100 of Buddy's Best Recipes and Decorating Secrets
By Buddy Valastro
Free Press; 352 Pages; Hardcover; $30
In Baking with the Cake Boss: 100 of Buddy’s Best Recipes and Decorating Secrets, the star of TLC’s breakout reality series Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, shares 100 of his greatest recipes and several secrets to his success. Valastro, a fourth generation baker, has appeared often on television and is well known for his unique baking style. Recipes featured include everything from a traditional birthday or holiday cake to a Safari cake, complete edible animals and a chocolate waterfall. The styling of the book makes sure that anyone can make the cakes and has a collection of memorable family photos and stories sprinkled on top.
Cook Like a Rock Star: 125 Recipes, Lessons, and Culinary Secrets
By Anne Burrell
Clarkson Potter; 256 Pages; Hardcover; $28
Cook Like a Rock Star: 125 Recipes, Lessons and Cullinary Secrets is the first publication from Anne Burrell, a renowned chef and host of Food Network shows Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and Worst Cooks in America. Burrell believes that anyone can “cook like a rock star” and lays out how to do so step by step in this easy to read collection of recipes and tips that utilizes all ingredients typically found in your kitchen. Dishes include Appetizers and Starters from Truffled and Deviled Eggs to Pumpkin Soup and Pastas from Gnochi to a “Killer” Mac and Cheese. In the spirit of the timeless, a section on dessert follows and will make you look like a star in the kitchen!
Good Eats 3: The Later Years
By Alton Brown
Stewart, Tabori & Chang; 432 Pages; Hardcover; $38
Good Eats 3: The Later Years is the third and final installment in its series from Alton Brown, host of the Food Network’s recently wrapped series, Good Eats. In addition to hosting the show, Brown appears as a commentator on other cooking programs and has written many multiple cookbooks beyond the Good Eats series. In addition to photographs, drawings and stills from the show, Good Eats 3 includes specific written and visual directions to make everything from your own Dill pickles to homemade marshmallows, pomegranates to pretzels and mincemeat to molasses.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
By Ree Drummond
William Morrow; 256 Pages; Hardcover; $28
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental County Girl is the debut publication of Ree Drummond, a successful blogger and self-proclaimed “girl who once believed a Grand Latte from Starbucks was the key to all happiness” that ultimately finds herself whisked away to the countryside by a mysterious cattle rancher, married, and a mother of four. This visually stunning mirage of full-color photography of her family, ranch and country life and the lively stories that have made her so popular are paired perfectly with recipes for timeless dishes like Steak, Nachos, Macaroni and Cheese and Chocolate Cake, all with country flair. Certain to be a cookbook favorite that will stand the test of time!
About A Legendary Event
Formed in 1997, A Legendary Event has grown into a multi-million dollar full-service event enterprise, handling more than 2,500 events, corporate events, world class galas and weddings a year. Known for his Midas touch, Tony Conway is admired by top CEOs, celebrities and politicians for his attention to detail and penchant for providing fresh, trend-setting and uniquely presented fare, always with the client in mind. A Legendary Event is located in Atlanta and can be reached at (404) 869-8858(404) 869-8858. www.alegendaryevent.com