Stewart, Tabori & Chang
CLEAVING: As food trends go, 2009 could be summed up with a single word: Meat. So in this, the year of the bacon explosion, the pig roast, and the butcher-as-rockstar, we feel tugged toward cookbooks that cater to our carnivorous soul – like the kitchen scrapbook “French Feasts: 299 Traditional Recipes for Family Meals and Gatherings” (Stewart, Tabori & Chang). Stéphane Reynaud, the man behind the "Pork & Sons" cookbook, has plenty of vegetables and fish in here, but that’s like saying Fergus Henderson has a nice way with salads. You can namecheck Reynaud recipes like tongue in Madera and tripes à la mode de Caen next time you swing by the Meat Hook for marrow bones. GET IT: $31.95 at Strand Books, 828 Broadway, 212-473-1452.
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