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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Weekend Cooking- Food & Wine Best of the Best Cookbooks

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Food & Wine magazine annually publishes a cookbook titled Best of the Best, which contains recipes from 25 of the best cookbooks of the year. If you are a cookbook lover, and like me have limited kitchen space, buying these books are a great way to get the best recipes of the year from the most respected chefs.

Recently I picked up two of their editions at the Book Cellar, the used book shop where I volunteer. The 2015 edition has several recipes I'm interested in trying, such as the first one in the book for Chicken Saltimbocca from Mario Batali and Jim Webster's America- Farm to Table cookbook.
Here is the link to the Chicken Saltimbocca recipes on the Food Network.

Other recipes I want to try include:

  • Tyler Florence's Herb Roasted Wild Mushrooms with Red Wine and Cream from Inside the Test Kitchen
  • Agatha Kulaga & Erin Patinkin's Banana Nutella Coffee Cake from Ovenly
  • Lone Star Breakfast Taco from Tacolicious

I also bought the 2007 edition (they were each just $1!) and the recipes that interested me the most are:
  • Jamie Oliver's Chicken and Mushroom Pasta Bake from Jamie's Italy
  • The Pizza Maker's Wife's Pan Fried Steaks from Lobel's Meat and Wine
  • Mrs. Carl Winchenbach's Banana Cream Pie from Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters

These cookbooks have gorgeous full color photography of many of the recipes, and they'd be a perfect resource for someone having a dinner party. The book is organized by chef, and there is also a recipe index that organizes by category- starters, salads, poultry, desserts, etc.- to make finding what you are looking for easy.

Have any of you tried Food & Wine Best of the Best cookbooks? Let me know in comments.


  1. I think these books sound like such a great idea. Gives you a preview to a variety of cookbooks and cookbook authors but saves on shelf space and money. I'll have to look for them.

  2. What a great deal, only $1 each! These do sound like nice samplers of recipes. Haven't had banana cream pie in a long time . . . :)

  3. These sound like fantastic cookbooks! I definitely need to find a few as all of the recipes you've mentioned come from books I want to try! I have the Ovenly cookbook and everything in there is absolutely amazing and I've had my eye on the Mario Batali book.

  4. Those books sound really nice. Lucky you to find them at such great prices!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  5. Straight to my TBR! Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  6. I've checked out the magazine but never did but a cookbook. I like the sound of some of the highlighted chefs.

  7. I love Food & Wine and these cookbooks are a great way to see what's new out there. Great find!

  8. I haven't tried any of these particular books but I'm a sucker for "best of the best" type cookbooks/collections. LOVE Chicken Saltimbocca!

  9. I just bought Volume 15 a few weeks ago. I haven't made anything from it yet, but the recipes sure look good.

  10. Such a deal you got there. I do want to try that Chicken Saltimbocca, as I love every Mario recipe I've tried.