Here's the Delicious Dozen Holiday Gifts of Books for the LA Socialite Who Sometimes Cooks at Home because The Delicious Life is lived mostly in LA and because books are forever unless you burn or shred them.
Stalk the Market: In your miserable life, Wednesday is Hump Day. In The Delicious Life, Wednesday is Market Day because my office is just beyond one block from the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. Buy fresh fruits and vegetables on Wednesday. Use the Santa Monica Farmers' Market Cookbook to cook every other day.
Parsons on Peaches: Of all the food writers at The Los Angeles Times, Russ Parsons might be my favorite because his first book is called How to Read a French Fry. How to Pick a Peach is his second.
LA is Full of Fruits and Nuts: Everyone outside LA might think all we eat is brown rice and tofu. Everyone inside LA knows all we eat is brown rice and tofu..along with other organic vegan foods from Real Food Daily.
Top Chelf: You don't need an entire cookbook to grill a steak, but you do need Craft of Cooking if you want Top Chef's, and now Century City Craft's, Tom Colicchio in your house.
Queen of Cui-scene: From La Brea Bakery to Campanile and now to the pair of Mozzas, Nancy Silverton is the Queen of the LA Dining Scene. You probably won't snatch up a reservation at Mozza, so settle for cooking out of jars, cans, bags and boxes with her new book, A Twist of the Wrist.
Mozza Mario: The orange clogs made their way west to open the Mozzas with Nancy Silverton. Mario Batali has a slew of cookbooks, none focused yet on Mozza, but a slew anyway.
Lucques, I am Your Father: First there was Lucques. Then there was AOC. If you count the Hungry Cat by way of marriage, then Suzanne Goin has pulled off a hat trick. Her cookbook is a collection of recipes inspired by Sunday Suppers at her first restaurant. Now I'm waiting for a cookbook with Bacon-wrapped Dates.
Nobu-tiful: Matsuhisa. It's closing. It's remodeling. It's closing. It's moving. It's closing. It's re-opening. We know Nobu is here to stay. His new book is called Nobu West.
Summer Campanile: How can you not love a restaurant that has the same logo as your college? I may never say it correctly -- "campa-kneel" or "campa-nilly" -- so thank Goodness I can just point at the cover of the Campanile cookbook.
Did I miss any? Add them in the comments...