Palatable Pages

Local chefs share the cookbooks they’re poring through this holiday season.

Recommended by Darren Weiss of Darren’s Restaurant in Manhattan Beach

Beyond Bacon

by 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 Cookbook

by 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 Cookbook

by 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.”

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