This week, as you might have guessed, I’m sharing some of the cool cookbooks you might consider when you go about purchasing those holiday gifts.
I am particularly fond of the new Serious Eats cookbook. In the interest of full disclosure, yes, I do contribute to Serious Eats — sharing stories from the American South and from right here in Arkansas. Still, I have to tell you — this is a pretty interesting cookbook. Serious Eats: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Eating Delicious Food Wherever You Are covers where to find the best burgers, breakfast, pizza, barbecue and street food in the United States. Compiled by Ed Levine and the Serious Eats staff, it goes coast to coast with stories and experiences in America’s restaurants. It has a lot of Robyn Lee’s cool food photography and there are tons of recipes from J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. It’s a good find for anyone — not just the culinarily inclined but the food lover in general.
If I could fault the book for anything, it’s that there’s no Arkansas representation in the book. Of course, chances are there will be another one coming along in a little while. And the book does cover a lot of the food you’ll find here in our state — including recipes not only for the eponymous Reuben sandwich but for the Russian Dressing and the Corned Beef. Want to share? The recipes are on the jump.