Cyber Monday has the world spending like mad online. To make things easier, not only today, but over the holiday season, we’ll deliver a few, shall we say, “guides” to our favorite goods from 2011. While not all of them may be as accessible as a click online, they all will make for proper smiles on those gifted.
We start it off with our favorite coffee table books from 2011. We cover it all from art, photography, fashion, architecture, design, and even some surprises.
Click in for a look at our favorite coffee table books for the holiday season.“The Family Meal: Home Cooking” Book by El Bulli’s Ferran Adria
Bring El Bulli home, or at least the food the master chefs in Adria’s kitchen were eating before daily service. As Adria’s first cookbook, The Family Meal offers easy to prepare dishes for home dining – using affordable ingredients available in almost any supermarket. An absolute treat of a book that shows us all that great food can be had inside your own home.The Nutella Cook Book
Everything you can make with that Italian creamy hazelnut spread-thing. Is it chocolate? No idea, but damn, it’s good.“The Recipe Project” – A Food and Music Book
The Recipe Projectcookbook not only features recipes and essays on food and your favorite chef’s music playlists, it features much of this information performed and verbalized word for word by the band, One Ring Zero, on CD. That’s an interesting twist on it all.The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat
Meats, meats and more meats. The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat, written by Joshua and Jessica Applestone and Alexandra Zissu of Fleisher’s Grass-Fed & Organic Meats, delivers with mouthwatering detail tips for even the most novice butcher. Important skills like tying a roast and preparing basic cuts are imparted, and for those with more advanced skill sets there is even a section on how to saw a full pig carcass. Awesome on each and every level.“Scanwiches” Book
Subject says it all on this one. The product of a two year love affair with sandwiches, Scanwiches, Chonko’s ode to the delicious versatility of all-things-between-bread runs the gamut from tea sandwiches to the mighty muffaleta. Hitting cafes, delis, and markets, Chonko’s journey delivers the sandwiches in full frontal actual size cross sections. Just awesome.Modernist Cuisine” Six Volume Book Set
The cookbook set to end it all! Modernist Cuisine is a massive six-volume, 2,438-page book set that looks to “reinvent cooking.” Heavily illustrated using thousands of original images, this one is about as serious as it gets. It is also back in print. Will cost you around $460 for the set. A big gift indeed.Lucky Peach Magazine #1
While not technically a “cookbook, Lucky Peach, the quarterly publication from David Chang, is an exceptionally fresh take not only on cooking/gourmet periodicals but in informational magazines in general. It’s $8 and well worth every penny for the guide on cooking eggs alone. Get this.Esquire’s “Eat Like a Man” Book
Chomp away at Eat Like a Man, Esquire’s guide to all things man food. Learn to cook everything from steaks to the perfect Texas-style toast. This one will make you heavy.
Did this one ever make it to the United States? The IKEA Coobook may be one of the more difficult books to find on this list (we bottomed it for that reason), but if you do lay your hands on it, you’ll enjoy beautiful photography and images breaking down the essentials for varioys dishes.