Staff book picks 2013

Once a year, we revisit the year's interviews and commit to picking three books apiece -- the ones that will remain on our personal bookshelves. Let me warn you: We are a diverse group, with interests as varied as hemp seed, the farm bill, Modernist Cuisine and home-brewed kombucha. But even in this crowd, the standouts are obvious every single year.

Here's this year's short list, in no particular order.


Salt, Sugar, Fat

"'The bliss point' ... is the perfect amount of sugar in any food that will appeal to us the most."
-Michael Moss


Eating on the Wild Side

"Unwittingly, we started choosing plants that were higher in sugar, higher in starch and lower in these phytonutrients."
- Jo Robinson


Pati's Mexican Table

"What I find funny is that my American friends now get more excited about the Cinco de Mayo celebrations than even we do."
-Pati Jinich


Pok Pok

"When you're steaming, you can cook a whole meal on one stove at one time."
- Andy Ricker


Cooked

"I think of cooking as a political act. We have fallen into this place where we are so dependent on others to do everything for us."
- Michael Pollan


One Good Dish

"Things begin to unravel when people don't cook at home. I don't know why"
- David Tanis


Vegetable Literacy

"I grew it, it's my baby, I love it no matter what. And you just eat the ugliest stuff and you're so happy."
-Deborah Madison


Indian Cooking Unfolded

"First of all, curry powder ain't Indian food."
-Raghavan Iyer


The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook

"Sadly in our days of mass production of dairy foods, [real buttermilk] has been lost."
- Diane St. Clair


Anything That Moves

Dana Goodyear


Notes from the Larder

Nigel Slater


A Work in Progress

Rene Redzepi

Special Mention: Cherry Bombe – a new biannual food magazine founded by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu. It's a new voice that celebrates women in the culinary world.

Polling for this year's book picks included the input of Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host; Sally Swift, managing producer; Jennifer Russell, producer; Jenny Luebke, editor and technical director; Jennifer Larson, production assistant; and Laura Kaliebe, assistant web producer.

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