Pretty Monday: Cookbooks

The Food of Spain...is delicioso!
Ahem...yes, darlings, I realize we are but a few mere hours away from Tuesday, but my Monday was not especially pretty.  Be it late, here are some pretties for your Monday (or Tuesday or Wednesday)...
One of Miss Dahl's Delights
On a lazy afternoon, one of my favorite pastimes is slowly meandering through a lavishly illustrated cookbook.  Sure, the old Larousse Gastronomique or Mastering the Art of French Cooking are invaluable to cooks for their methods and steps and advice...in other words: words.  But, the cookbooks I like best are those with glorious photos.  As an inherently visual being and an always-hungry one, books brimming with beautiful photographs transport me.  We eat with our eyes first, right? 

Here are a few of my favorite visually-stunning cookbooks:
The Bouchon Cookbook provides the recipes from Thomas Keller's bistro-style restaurant Bouchon and enticing images of his French fare
Mrs. Dahl's Voluptuous Delights overflows with decadent images and sumptuous treats
Recipes and treats from Miette, one of my favorite patisseries in San Francisco

1 comment:

  1. The lemon on the cover of the Roden cookbook reminded me of Zurburan's still life with the white porcelain cup and lemon.

    As an Art History instructor, it might be interesting to see what fruits appear in still lifes of different cultures? What scents and tastes do these painters pay homage to?


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