Corby Kummer is a food critic with The Atlantic and a contributing editor for Boston Magazine. In addition to reviewing restaurants and writing books, Kummer also diligently reads and rates cookbooks.
"The great thing about cookbooks is that people still like cooking from them — not from iPads where you get them greasy or wet" Kummer said. "It's one of the few things where people actually want the book."
On Wednesday, Kummer joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on "Boston Public Radio" with his list of the best cookbooks of 2013.
Corby Kummer's list:
- ChopChop: The Kids' Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family. "What it really does is teach every family how to cook — and how to cook together."
- Sauces and Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way. "Scholarly, authentic, and completely usable."
- Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook. "There's a whole subgenre of bearded Brooklyn books." (The Mast brothers are bearded Brooklynites.) Also, "every year needs some chocolate porn."
- Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand. "This is probably the book of the year ... it's Thai food and it's complicated, but it's fantastically interesting."
- The Way We Ate: 100 Chefs Celebrate a Century at the American Table. "The photographs are stunning."
- Flour, Too: Indispensable Recipes for the Cafe's Most Loved Sweets & Savories. "Everything Joanne Chang does pleases crowds, is field-tested ... she uses such fresh ingredients, and there are twists to everything."
- The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat. "I'm completely tickled by this. Schmaltz is rendered chicken fat from skin, and you put it in matza balls ... and cranberry oatmeal cookies."
- Manresa: An Edible Reflection. "A fascinating look into the avante garde of cooking."