This year’s crop of cookbooks yielded more than a few that would delight any food-loving traveler. Gift one of these nine to transport your favorite jetsetter to fabulous restaurants, hotels and destinations across the country.
The Foothills Cuisine of Blackberry Farm: Recipes and Wisdom from Our Artisans, Chefs, and Smoky Mountain Ancestors
Sam Beall, owner of Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Blackberry Farm, shares hearty recipes and helpful tutorials from the Knoxville farm’s chefs, bakers, cheese makers and other artisans.
The Mansion on Turtle Creek Cookbook: Haute Cuisine, Texas Style
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek dishes out 30 years’ worth of Dallas-inspired recipes — like roasted chicken with tomatillo and ancho-chile sauce — from its Four-Star The Mansion Restaurant.
A Table at Le Cirque: Stories and Recipes from New York’s Most Legendary Restaurant
This debut cookbook from Four-Star Le Cirque New York offers recipes for the restaurant’s most iconic dishes (including Daniel Boulud’s black bass with barolo sauce) alongside juicy stories from four decades as a see-and-be-seen eatery.
For his latest tome, Forbes Travel Guide Tastemaker Thomas Keller teams up with executive pastry chef Sebastien Rouxel and shares secrets to bakery favorites like TKOs (Bouchon’s take on Oreos). For an extra holiday treat, catch Keller’s book tour through early December and have the chef sign a copy.
Simply Ming in Your Kitchen: 80 Recipes to Watch, Learn, Cook & Enjoy
Fans of Tastemaker Ming Tsai and his Blue Ginger restaurant will love this tech-forward book; each recipe features a QR code that lets you watch a video of chef Tsai preparing the dish.
The Southern Foodie: 100 Places to Eat in the South Before You Die (and the Recipes That Made Them Famous)
This book from food writer Chris Chamberlain collects rich, soulful recipes from 100 restaurants across 13 Southern states — including one of our favorite spots, the Four-Star Capitol Grille in Nashville’s Hermitage Hotel.
Pierre Gagnaire: 175 Home Recipes with a Twist
The celebrity chef whose restaurant empire includes Five-Star Twist by Pierre Gagnaire inside Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas offers a host of recipes for casual cooks. Deliver your gift over glasses of his bell-pepper cocktail.
Washington, DC Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Nation’s Capital
The newest addition to the Chef’s Table cookbook series delves into the D.C. food scene. And that includes drinks — the Kentucky Salty Dog Cocktail from Quill at the Four-Star Jefferson, Washington, DC certainly gets our vote.
InterContinental Kitchen Cookbook
The only iPad app (and sole freebie) in the bunch, InterContinental’s virtual cookbook is a tightly curated selection of regional recipes from 40 of its hotels. New this season: recently created dishes from celeb chef Art Smith, who helms Southern Art at Four-Star InterContinental Buckhead in Atlanta.
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