I am admittedly not a great cook, yet ironically I am cuckoo for cookbooks! I love looking at the mouthwatering images, reading the step by step instructions that make every recipe seem so simple. . . so manageable! Below are a few of the beautiful Stewart Tabori and Chang cookbooks I'm looking forward to cracking open this spring. The folks at STC make stunning books with quality and content that is always fresh and interesting. . . In CakeLove in the Morning, Warren covers everything: pancakes and French toast, frittatas and omelets, quick breads and cereals, bacon and biscuits. He adds his own trademark twists on classic recipes so you’ll soon be making Coconut Waffles with Bananas Foster topping, Breakfast Lasagna, or Multigrain Rum Raisin Scones. CAKELOVE: In The Morning By Warren Brown | $27.95; 9781584798941 | May 2012
As a child in America, Giuliano Hazan’s mother, Marcella, packed him meatballs with potatoes and peas, veal stew with mushrooms, and other homemade dishes for lunch—dishes that in no way resembled the peanut butter sandwiches his classmates enjoyed. And so began his appreciation of great food. Hazan Family Favorites celebrates delicious recipes from the Hazan family, prepared just as Giuliano prepares them for his own family today. Hazan Family Favorites By Hazan Giuliano | $32.95; 9781584799047 | May 2012
Expect lattice and cutouts with an entirely modern twist. Homemade puff pastry made easy. Individual pie pops to replace tired cupcakes. Surprising and wildly successful explorations with beer (Chocolate Stout Pudding Pie), exotic fruits (Yuzu-Ginger Rice Pudding Meringue Pie), and candy making (Earl Grey Truffle Tart). Pie It Forward by Gesine Bullock Prado | $32.95; 9781584799634 | April 2012
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