“Roots: the Definitive Compendium with More than 225 Recipes (Chronicle, $40), by Diane Morgan. Roots, rhizomes, tubers, corms. Lotus root, salsify, malanga, crosne. Diane Morgan is a Portland writer who truly belonged in our local writers cookbook blog post. (What a major oversight on our part!!) The introduction alone is a celebration of the world of gnarly underground food. There are 225 recipes arranged by root, with beautiful colored photographs that will change your mind forever about what grows down there under the dirt. Lotus root is a delicate, flower-shaped root that nestles among snow-peas in a stir-fry. Crosne is a member of the mint family that can go into curried fritters or get pickled to dress up a martini. There is history, lore, and storage tips, as well as availability. (How else would you find a good source of galangal?)”—Broadway Books, Portland.
Read more and buy Roots: the Definitive Compendium with More than 225 Recipes; The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook; Jerusalem: A Cookbook; Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust; Bouchon Bakery; and Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America from Broadway Books.
Each day until Christmas, the tireless booksellers at Broadway Books will post a recommendation for a great gift book (or seven!) on the store’s blog, Bookbroads. 24 Days of Books posts are written by Sally McPherson, Roberta Dyer and Kate Bennison.