The Good Cuisine by Françoise Bernard and Alain Ducasse. Pitting the luxe leanings of French master Ducasse against the budget-savvy approach of Bernard, The Good Cuisine presents recipes for 52 ingredients with lively essays throughout.
Is There A Nutmeg In The House? by Elizabeth David. From a 14-step recipe for handmade mayonnaise to a chapter descriptively titled "Garlic Presses Are Utterly Useless," this collection of essays (many previously unpublished) by the late influential food writer offers new examples of her witty, spirited prose.
The Raw And The Cooked: Adventures Of A Roving Gourmand by Jim Harrison. Move over, Anthony Bourdain. With these essays on Harrison's culinary exploits, the novelist seems to be angling for the macho chef's market share.