Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2013? If one of your resolutions is to learn new ways to cook, then you’re in luck. There are two new cookbooks that came out last December that seems worth checking out. And it’s not just cookbooks we’re talking about here, there’s also this new food app that French kitchen master Alain Ducasse released late last year as well. This application is the first of its kind (that I know of) and I’m really excited to take a look at it.
The first of the two new cookbooks is titled Cooking with Elli. Written by Elli Samuels, a former lawyer with a passion for healthy eating, the book promises to be a useful tome even for the most inexperienced of home cooks. To quote from its page on the Sarah Publishing site:
“Elli Samuels’ passion for food and sharing shines through this volume like light through glass. Her guided approach is aimed at food enthusiasts with varied culinary abilities, from complete beginners on up. If you care about healthy eating, but wouldn’t think of sacrificing deliciousness, this book is in the right hands! Many recipes are written as if Elli is in the kitchen with you. However, for even more direction, the Helping Hand section is your second guide. It’s there to anticipate and answer questions you might have as you plan to make one of the dishes. With basic techniques and useful tips such as how to boil an egg, how to make strawberries last, and how to select and prepare kale, you’re covered!”
If you’re interested in modernist cooking and molecular gastronomy – essentially, a geek meets foodie type of cooking – you may want to check out the second cookbook I found, which is Jason Logsdon’s Modernist Cooking Made Easy. Cookbooks of this type serve as an introduction to modernist style and how you can do it at home. According to the press release, Jason “takes the almost mystical technology of molecular gastronomy and presents it in a manner that makes it easy for the home cook to understand and execute. The book doesn’t attempt to explain the science of modernist cooking, but instead focuses on how these new techniques and ingredients can be employed to create dishes with completely new flavors, aromas, textures and visual appeal.”
Lastly, we have Alain Ducasse’s My Culinary Encyclopedia. There are now a lot of cookbooks available for the iPad and this is fortunately one of them. If you don’t know who Alain Ducasse is, you definitely should. He’s only one of two chefs who received a record 21 Michelin stars in their culinary careers. Seriously, this app looks delicious. Here’s why:
“Discover 250 recipes created by Alain Ducasse, divided into five types of cuisine (Gastronomic, Around the World, Mediterranean, Bistroy-style, Desserts) and four major food groups (Vegetables, Grains & Cereals, Sea, Land). You can also add your own personal notes, send yourself a shopping list by email or iMessage and add your favorite recipes to pass, your own personal space, at any time!
“Increase your knowledge with more than 180 detailed ingredient profiles, including 360-degree views, learning everything there is to know about the ingredient (origin, varieties, seasons, how to select and store, nutrition and preparations).
“Discover 40 culinary utensils with images and explanations.
“Watch more than 100 technique videos of the chefs from Alain Ducasse Education.
“Personalize your ‘chef’s office’ space by adding your own recipes and photos. You can add and customize to create a real working tool for you.”
Really, this app is delicious. If you don’t believe me, just watch this video below:
So, two new cookbooks and an app. I won’t wait for next Christmas to get these. Would you?