Oh, these look so good! I am very excited about all four of my new books.
The first one, How to Pick a Peach was recommended by a good friend. It is the kind of knowledgeable book that you might just want to keep around for future reference. It is divided up seasonally and covers just about anything you would want to know about fruits and vegetables. Focusing on growing seasons, farming techniques and nutrition information, and then finishing up with how to determine ripeness (hence the title), how to store, and how to prepare. I think it’s a great read for these cold and snowy days.
The next book has been a great tool to have in the house. Complete Book of Knife Skills is something I should have read a long time ago. Apparently, it’s a miracle that I still have ten complete fingers at this point! This book uses some very helpful pictures to teach you how to properly hold a knife, where to put your fingers so as to keep them attached, and in what direction to cut which vegetables. It is a very, very helpful primer indeed. A good 3/4 of this book covers meat cutting, and so it makes for a very quick vegetarian read.
Superfoods: the Healthiest Foods on the Planet is a beautiful book, full of gorgeous pictures that might just inspire you to eat a few new things. Every page lists a new featured food and there are helpful sidebars that list the nutrition information of one serving. Each page also has a “healthy evidence” citing the most recent study touting that particular food item. While this book might seem a little faddish at times, it does encourage a healthy varied diet and makes some new foods look particularly appetizing.
The last book on the list is the smallest, and it’s not really a food book at all. Edible Stories is collection of short stories that interweave relationships and food. It is written by Mark Kulansky, author of the books Cod and Salt. I haven’t started this one yet, but it looks perfect for a nice evening read.