Molly Stevens’s cookbook All About Braising won the James Beard Award and was named one of the 10 Best Cookbooks of All Time by The Village Voice. Now she’s back with an equally commanding tome, All About Roasting (W.W. Norton, $35). This is the ideal winter cookbook, and roasting (which Stevens describes as “the aesthetic of seared surfaces, caramelized pan drippings, and crispy end bits”) might be the ultimate wintertime kitchen technique. Meats take center stage here (porchetta, goose, ribs) but seafood and veggies certainly get their due. Turn on the oven and discover what Stevens calls “that special something, that sizzle, that sear, that appeal that comes from roasting.”
Who needs rules? Certainly not the homeowners featured in Undecorate: The No Rules Approach to Decorating (Clarkson Potter, $40). These homes buck conventional design rules to beautiful effect. The author, DwellStudio founder and creative director Christian Lemieux, uses more than 200 color photographs to subvert set conceptions about home décor and take an unconventional look at how to put together a home that makes for fresh and appealing interiors. Highlighting the best ideas from each site, Lemieux communicates the essence of what makes each one warm, unique, fun, and completely livable. Take a hint from these gorgeous homes, undecorate!
Dishes are a necessity of everyday life, but the basic dinner plate can also be a vehicle for outstanding design. From simple to outrageous, Dish (Artisan, $35) highlights the best in table-wear. Breaking the book into six categories, Elegance & Tradition, Color & Form, Art & Craft, Flora & Fauna, People & Places, and Holidays & Celebrations, Shax Riegler takes the reader on a globe-trotting history tour. Featuring the historic, the trendy, and, of course, the classic white china design, Dish gives this often pedestrian item its due. With some 800 dishes, helpful appendices, and a list of further reading, this book belongs on the shelf with china collections of any size.