1. Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food by Nigella Lawson
I adore Nigella cooking style and her food language- I show her cooking shows to my clients with eating disorders as an example of a healthy way of eating! Nigella’s relationship to food is refreshing, hungry and her famous scenes of taking food to bed are absolutely sumptuous.
2. Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook
He is Chef of the Year with the breakout cuisine of these year! The book is beautifully shot and exotic in an easy and accessible way while still making you want to visit his restaurants!
3. The NoMad Cook Book by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara
Francesco Tonelli photography says it all. This book also graced the windows of the the gorgeous new Rizzoli bookstore on Broadway (they do such a great job creating there carefully curated windows). So glad that not all bookstores are falling to amazon and kindle. It is an ode to a NYC neighborhood that is growing more and more interesting every day.
4. Comfort Me with Offal: Ruth Bourdain’s Guide to Gastronomy by Ruth Bourdain
This books laughs at as all- the foodies, the health nuts and the "douchebaguettes" for all your foodie friends who take themselves too seriously.
5. Whiskey Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life by Heather Greene
New York City’s first female whiskey sommelier teaches us about the hottest spirit and all it has to offer. Whiskey is making a huge comeback and people are often confused by it. This is a perfect book for a foodie friend to read as Greene effortlessly demystifies the hottest spirit.
6. The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual: Secret Recipes and Barroom Tales from Two Belfast Boys Who Conquered the Cocktail World by Sean Muldoon, Jack McGarry and Ben Schaffer
The bar boasts 72 historically accurate cocktails through tons of research which I love- too bad they are so far on Water St- but their cocktails are authentic and if you can master one it can be a hot at your next cocktail party!
7. The Old Fashioned: The Story of the World’s First Classic Cocktail, with Recipes and Lore by Robert Simonson
Not many people know that the “old fashioned” is in fact the first definition of a cocktail. This book written by one of the leading authorities on spirits and cocktails, Robert Simonson is a must for any foodie friend. “The Old Fashioned” dives into the rich history of the essential drink and features over 40 cocktail recipes.