As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis De Voto edited by Joan Reardon - i think collections of letters are fascinating and find written correspondence inspiring
One Big Table: 600 Recipes from the Nation's Best Cooks, Farmers, Fishermen, Pit-Masters and Chefs by Molly O'Neill - this is my pick for big reference/preservation of regional recipes book
Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunch melt in your mouth cookies by Alice Medrich - i'm attracted to this to liven up my cookie baking repetoire...how can you resist such a great title?
From Seed to Skillet: A Guide to Growing, Tending, Harvesting, and Cooking Up Fresh Healthy Food to Share with People you Love by Jimmy Williams and Susan Heeger - this appeals to me ever since we began investing in a farmer's market bag that is delivered biweekly to our door. There is always a mystery root vegetable lately and I'd love to have a reference for preparing some of the more unique offerings.
Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen by Amy Pennington and Della Chen - after the cookie book, this is next highest on the list. I am drawn to helpful tips, particularly where cooking is concerned.
New England Soup Factory Cookbook: More than 100 Recipes from the Nation's Best Purveyor of Fine Soup by Marjorie Druker and Clara Silverstein - since receiving my immersion blender a few years ago, i am becoming increasingly fearless when it comes to making soup. I'd love to serve soup out of my bookmobile. :)
The New Brooklyn Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from 31 Restaurants that Put Brooklyn on the Culinary Map by Melissa Vaughn - I don't know anyone in Brooklyn, I"ve never been to Brooklyn, but I think this looks cool. And it would be neat to have more regional cookbooks like it.
The Dirty Life: On Farming Food and Love by Kristen Kimball - this is my pick for foodie memoir. Are you sensing a farm theme in my picks this year? Moo to you.
In the Kitchen with an Appetite : 150 Recipes and Stories about the food you love by Melissa Clark - this one just looks good and comforting.And really when you put some kind of oozy cheese on the cover, I'm going to want to read.
now onto the crockery.. some i admire from afar, some i think look fun, and some i'll be waiting for the after christmas sale
Rice Bowls $3.95 ea. from Crate and Barrel i like the size of these for kid portions of ice cream, cereal, pasta etc. or if you want to be adult about it you can combine with a rice cooker & some chopsticks
the Darth Vader Spatula from Williams Sonoma - I admit I got sucked in and bought the Star Wars shaped pancake molds (they require a certain amount of finesse - i know i need the pancake pen - darn those gadgets) but this is way more useful and the boys would be fighting over it.
Coffee mugs from Crate and Barrel $4.95-5.95 - you know how i love a new mug and these are mix & matchy.
Besides gravitating towards plaid, i also have a thing for melamine trays. They are affordable and I don't worry about breaking them...although they are surprisingly sturdy. And awfully cute to hang, set up a tablescape or just stick behind things on your counter. guess where mine are.
MoMA spoons - set of 5 $24.00 - lil china spoons perfect for girly or coffee or tea...
Speaking of tea, I've had my eye on this & now it's on sale :)
Spots of Teapot from Anthropologie $29.95 - patterned polka dot on fine china, a sweet mix of fancy and not.
It doesn't take much to make me happy:
plus a pretty dishtowel would make a nice hostess gift. Method holiday handsoap $3.99
I'm a big fan of these upcycled pedestals from Burlap and Blue on etsy.
Practically speaking, this covered 12 cup muffin pan would make transporting muffins/cupcakes much easier. i'm still using my grocery store 6 cup muffin pans and they work great...i won't give them up mind you, but this would be a welcome addition to the baking cupboard. from Williams Sonoma $19.00
And filed under new cake
pans i have no need for but look awesome, voila the new Gingerbread Bundt Pan $34.00 WSonoma