Maggie Hoffman is the author of The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit. Hoffman writes about cocktails, spirits, food, beer, and wine. She founded the drinks section of Serious Eats in 2011, and served as the managing editor for the James Beard award-winning site. In addition to Serious Eats, her work has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Sunset, Wine Enthusiast, San Francisco Magazine, In the Mix Magazine, and the websites of Saveur, Food & Wine, and others. She lives in San Francisco.
Of recently published books, this is a favorite, because it offers easy-prep dinners that don't shy away from bold flavors. Let's get everyone using harissa and fish sauce and tamarind! Your sheet-pan chicken will never be the same.
Ok, I'm not making these fancy, involved dishes on the regular, but it's such a treat to see what goes into the bold-flavored delights of this San Francisco star. Make the beef tartare, complete with caesar aioli.
This tome from my colleague at Serious Eats is a TON to read, but it works wonderfully as a reference, especially if you're curious about common kitchen myths and rules. For science nerds and anyone who has doubted common cooking wisdom.
Even if you don't go in for elaborate baking, this book is a fantastic collection of histories of America's favorite sweets, from chocolate chip cookies to Oreos to red velvet cake. Stella Parks is the queen of baking nerds, and her writing is delightful.