Just before Christmas we had a very nice dinner at eve and (along with an Eve sighting) it reminded me that I still don't have a copy of her new cookbook (greedy cookbook monkey that I am). That gave my categorizing brain a reason to corral a list of other nearby chefs who have cookbooks that have come out recently. I'm sure there are others too - you could almost count the re-released Silver Palate Cookbook since one of the authors runs a Bed and Breakfast in Saugatuck. As the new year rolls around, I'm thinking of - food of course and how I'm going to cook it.
Although I haven't tried to cook from it, I do have a reproduction copy of the cookbook in this article in the NY Times about Jan Longone's discovery of the first extant cookbook written by a black woman. Malinda Russell (who lived in Paw Paw, Michigan during the last years of her life) wrote a cookbook called “Domestic Cook Book: Containing a Careful Selection of Useful Receipts for the Kitchen.” It's been described by Toni Tipton Marsh as "an emancipation Proclamation for black cooks." First New Year's resolution: join the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.