2013 has been a great year for food. We saw cupcakes take the back seat to doughnuts. Cronuts emerged as a new delicacy. Quinoa grew in popularity and found its way into all of our recipes. New, excellent cookbooks made their way into our bookstores. Kale continued to weave its way into our green side dishes. Kitchen devices continued to grow and evolve in the creation of drool-worthy entrees. And food bloggers created great, new content, including the debut of Flour and Fancy!
As we say goodbye to 2013, I wanted to review some of the great food and baking media that debuted or hit some great notes this year, making my favorites lists:
Favorite New Cookbooks
The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook – I featured a recipe from this cookbook!
The Model Bakery Cookbook
These three cookbooks center on baking and are absolute must-haves for anyone who loves to bake. Each book provides approachable recipes that allow even a baking novice to achieve beautiful and delicious results. The photography in all three cookbooks is exquisite. Some of the recipes I found in these cookbooks will be served in my home for years to come and serve as inspiration for recipes that I develop.
Favorite Foodie Books – Novels and Autobiography
Out To Lunch / Stacey Balls
Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites / Kate Christensen
The Lost Art of Mixing / Erica Bauermeister
The Dinner / Herman Koch
Cinnamon and Gunpowder: A Novel / Eli Brown
Mastering The Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris / Ann Mah
These six books tell a multi-dimensional story in which food serves as an essential character throughout the pages. In Blue Plate Special, Christensen shares stories from her life and the role that food played in each moment. Ann Mah takes us on her French journey of eating with wit and vivid detail. In the four other books – all fiction – food takes on a number of roles. In The Lost Art of Mixing, food is a savior and a connection among many. In Cinnamon and Gunpowder, all that keeps our character alive is his talent for stirring and sautéing as he lives as captive on a pirate ship. Each contains a great plot with food as a central theme, like another character in the story.
Favorite Food Magazines
Sated debuted this year with an issue centered on dark chocolate. It’s the highly visual and content rich brainchild of food bloggers Stephanie Shih and Anita Chu. The Local Palate debuted in 2011, but I feel at their content really hit new highs this year. This publication centers on local food in cities in the south. It features restaurants, recipes, and everything in between. It inspires me to travel more around my region of the country.
Photo from the Terra Mae's Facebook page.
Favorite New Restaurant
Terra Mae Bistro – Chattanooga, Tennessee
This restaurant opened in mid-December 2012. Since it operated only a couple of weeks in 2012, I feel that it’s fair to say that this restaurant trying debuted in 2013. Terra Mae Bistro is a beautiful restaurant nestled in the downtown area of Chattanooga. The food is locally sourced with tastes that are both unique and astonishing. This is a culinary experience unlike any other – with expertly executed traditional dishes combined with new twists, creative and delightfully sinful desserts, and a great wine list. My experience at this restaurant was astonishing. This is one of my top-five favorite restaurant, hands down. For more information and to view their menus, visit the website.