June 19, 2006

Cookbook Awards (Adam's Non-Meme) Part IV

The Finale!

The O.G.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Best for a Specific Purpose Award

1. The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Yes, it is fantastically over-analyzed and totally and completely obsessive (the percentages at the end of each recipe kill me) but with good reason. Everything in this book is delicious, no really, everything. When I first got it, I went on a bread baking frenzy and while it took up amazing amounts of time, it was worth it. Even when I stayed up til 2 am on a school day to make the raisin-cinnamon swirl bread and was bloody exhausted the next day. I think that I have a tragic raisin-cinnamon swirl bread deficiency in my diet come to think of it...

2. Vegetarian Suppers by Deborah Madison

Want something to wow your skeptical canivorous family? Something that will make them forget that believe-it-or-not this meal actually contains no meat whatsoever? Or do you want something quick that you can whip up when you get home that has vegetables in it? This book is your friend. If you don't have her other books though, it can be frustrating because she calls for recipes that are in her previous books as complements or desserts, which what a sleazy way to get people to buy your other books. Yuck. Anyway, it has pretty pictures and tasty recipes.

3. Desserts by Martha Stewart

(Blogger is also lying to me and saying that the picture of the cover is in this post, but it's not! Picture to come as soon as Blogger obeys. UPDATE: Blogger is still not obeying.)

My one and only of hers. She is a dirty, dirty liar and none of her recipes (except one, the cranberry upside-down cake) ever turn out the way that they ought to, even if you follow the recipes exactly. Her minions make a pretty book though. One that you insist on continuing to make things out of because they're look so damn good though by the end you will be cursing her name and calling yourself a fool. Ahem.

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