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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Weekend Cooking- Cookbooks at BEA

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This week was the annual Book Expo of America (BEA), a conference that brings together publishers, booksellers, librarians, and bloggers to discuss all things bookish. This was my seventh visit to the show and I saw some wonderful friends and made some new ones.

As usual, my first post about the BEA is a roundup of food books that I link to Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking meme. This year, I got some terrific complete cookbooks, two of them giveaways at the Penguin Canada booth.
Foodie books from BEA

When I make my monthly trip to Costco, I always pick up at least one of their $4.99 rotisserie chickens, so I was excited to grab a copy of Eric Akis' The Great Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook.  There's over 100 recipes for storebought and homecooked chicken and I know I will using this one frequently.

Michael Smith's Family Meals is the other book I got at Penguin Canada. I have one other of his cookbooks, and my family loves the Buffalo Chicken Salad recipe that I make from that one, so I'm looking forward to finding some more recipes from him here.

Katie Lee was signing her newest Endless Summer Cookbook at the Abrams booth. My husband and I enjoy her Logan County Hamburger recipes, and this book looks like a perfect one to break out for summer gatherings.

Reader's Digest was once again giving away the latest edition of The Taste of Home Cookbook, a favorite among home cooks because it is filled with the best recipes from people just like us.

For those who love their cocktails, Food & Wine Cocktails 2015 has 150 recipes for classic and new drinks from the best bartenders around the country. Cheers!

I also picked up three foodie books-a memoir titled The Raging Skillet by Rossi, an NYC chef who tells her story of growing up in a Jersey Shore Orthodox Jewish family and her climb to working in some of New York's grittiest kitchens before opening up her own restaurant.

I also got two fiction books about food- Jessica Tom's Food Whore, a novel about a woman who ghostwrites reviews for a New York food critic and J. Ryan Stradal's Kitchens of the Great Midwest, a much buzzed about debut novel that I cannot wait to read.

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing other books I got, authors I met and panel discussions I attended from BEA. Did you find any good cookbooks at BEA this year?


  1. I was not able to go to BEA, BUT I did find a lot of good book suggestions at Armchair BEA. LOL
    I love a good cookbook!

  2. Lucky you. What a great haul! Can't wait to hear more about your time at BEA.

  3. You scored big! I would love to go to a book expo, sounds like great fun.

  4. All the cookbooks look wonderful and I'm looking forward to reading Kitchens of the Great Midwest, too! Wish I could have gone to BEA this year.

  5. Those sound great! Look forward to hearing about them further in upcoming weeks.

  6. Oh nice haul! Enjoy

    Happy cooking
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  7. Wow!!! You got some awesome books. I looked for but missed Kitchens of the Great Midwest, but I did get Food Whore. How did I miss the others? Can't wait to hear about them.

  8. I should have followed you around - I think Food Whore is the only one of those I got.

  9. Thanks so much for including me in this list Beth! It was a pleasure meeting you last week!