Gift of the Day

These days, cozy dinner parties at home seem more appropriate than $400-a-head tasting menus, making cookbooks an especially welcome gift. These four new titles, all by top restaurant chefs, are sure to delight foodie friends.David...


Cathy and Tony Mantuano’s Italian restaurant Spiaggia, in Chicago, is a favorite of Barack and Michelle Obama. Whip up something from Wine Bar Food (Clarkson Potter), Tony’s easy-to-follow new offering, and taste what keeps the couple coming back. Finally, On the Line, by Eric Ripert (Artisan) is really two books in one. The first half provides a detailed, beautifully illustrated account of how the legendary New York seafood restaurant operates, revealing everything from the 129 “Cardinal Sins” that new servers are warned against (#83 is watching while the guest completes the credit card slip) to how new dishes are developed. The second half offers up a selection of the elaborately-crafted recipes that have made Ripert the culinary equivalent of Bono. Warning to amateurs: These are not 30 minute meals.

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