Local chefs share the cookbooks they’re poring through this holiday season.
Recommended by Darren Weiss of Darren’s Restaurant in Manhattan Beach
Beyond Baconby Stacy Toth and Matthew McCurry
“Since pork belly and bacon became so popular in America after both had been already very popular in Southeast Asia, these recipes don’t just teach you how to cook the belly but offer more recipes and different options, such as larding, smoking, desserts, braised tongues, etc.”
Recommended by Kara Mickelson, Creative Culinary Group
Jerusalem: a Cookbookby Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
“This one meets my cook-book criteria: beautiful photos, mouthwatering recipes and great gift books for those that love food and travel. This is a book I would want to find under the tree.”
Recommended by Laura Mandracchia, CAKE Bake Shop in Manhattan Beach
The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbookby Brent Ridge, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Sandy Gluck
“I’m in love with this book right now. It is a fantastic, seasonal baking book that’s philosophy on cooking and baking is very similar to mine … it must be delicious, simple, and the ingredients need to be in season and locally sourced if possible.”Do you have a favorite holiday recipe you'd like to share? Send us a message on our Facebook page at facebook.com/oursouthbay.