Paula Forbes is a food writer and cookbook author in Austin, Texas. Previously an editor at Eater and Epicurious, she has reviewed cookbooks for over a decade. Her first cookbook, The Austin Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from Deep in the Heart of Texas is out now.
This slender volume will revolutionize how you cook vegetables, teach you everything you need to know about Italian-American cooking, give you a new default tomato sauce, and make you wish you lived in Brooklyn.
Need to know your Cuban sofrito from your Puerto Rican sofrito? Looking for some traditional Peruvian sauces? Or the key to a great Argentinian steak? Maricel Presilla's scholarly masterwork of the foods of Latin America has you covered.
Mostly for the cakes and cookies—solid recipes that are just old fashioned enough they seem fresh. But it was also the cookbook my grandmother used, so for that it will always have a place on my shelf.
I grew up in Wisconsin, and I'm always dismayed when people paint Midwestern food as casserole from cans and jello salad. Minnesotan Amy Thielen gets that this food can be so much more: seasonal and—dare I say—sexy.