Canal House Cooking

by Maggie Battista on November 25, 2009

in Authors, Featured


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 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!)

Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. You may pre-order now.

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