Update: Here’s a great article on this fabulous duo.
I have a dream. I have a dream that someday I’ll be experienced and eloquent enough to write a cookbook as subtle and inspiring as Canal House Cooking. These books are so good. I devoured volume no. 1 in the course of a weekend. I’m treasuring volume no. 2, only letting myself truly dig into a few pages each night. It’s that good, I want to make it last.
Christopher Hirsheimer is one of the founders of Saveur. Melissa Hamilton worked at several food magazines and is executive chef at the highly regarded Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville, New Jersey (I spot I plan to visit in 2010, it’s about an hour from my hometown). Together, Christopher and Melissa have written, photographed and even drawn pictures of food for these amazing little books that resemble something between a personal diary and a fancy hand-bound scrapbook. (The book was applauded by most in the prized Piglet competition on Food52.com and made it to the final round. It would have won if *I* had something to say about it…)
This is the best little present to offer to the serious cook in your life. You can buy 1 book, or do as I did, sign-up for a subscription to the next 3 books. They’re released by season; volume no. 2 celebrates Fall and the holidays (and has a very sparkly cover!)