Of course I would be so flattered if you included my new cookbook, Bake It in a Cupcake: 50 Treats With a Surprise Inside on your shopping list, but why stop at picking up just one book, when there are so many great new releases to choose from? Here are a few more favorites that will surely please you or the other food-loving friends.
1. Tiny Food Party! by Jenny Park and Teri Lyn Fisher
Look at how cute it is! Petite pop tarts! Teensy tacos! Everything in this book, written by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park, the women who run spoonforkbacon.com, is itsy bitsy teeny tiny. From savory hors d’oeuvres like miniature deviled eggs (made of quail eggs) to one-bite desserts like white chocolate cheesecakes, Tiny Food Party! will please the sweet tooth, the salt fiend, the meat-lover, and the vegetarian. (And since all the creations are so small, it’d definitely be fun to experiment and try baking some of the recipes into cupcakes, right?)
2. Smitten Kitchen by Deb Perelman
One of my favorite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen, has finally released a cookbook! And it is stunning. Deb Perelman (both the book’s writer and photographer) has put together a mouth-watering list of recipes that look impressive while being absolutely doable, even for novice bakers—peach and sour cream pancakes, corn risotto-stuffed pablanos, tomato scallion shortcakes with whipped goat cheese… I’m hungry. Bonus (for me at least, since I don’t eat meat): Well over half of the recipes are vegetarian friendly.
3. Sweet Tooth by Lily Vanilli
Lily Vanilli takes baking and sweets-making to an inspiring new level, making her seafoam green and hot pink cookbook a must for anyone on your list who loves to experiment with flavors and textures. Her desserts involve bright candy colors, edible flowers, and a variety of innovative decorating techniques. If you can’t afford to buy your cake-loving friend a ticket to London to visit Vanilli’s bakery, this is the next best thing.