From farm to table, Washington, D.C.’s Founding Farmers leads the country as one of the most exciting, sustainable restaurants today. Join the Founding Farmers and food writer Nevin Martell for The Founding Farmers Cookbook (Andrews McMeel, $40) as they tantalize the senses and explore the vision behind the restaurant. As locally sourced ingredients and seasonally produced goods continue to soar in popularity, the cookbook allows you to try your hand at some of your favorite dishes at home. From the sticky sweetness of the banana fluffer-nutter to the rustic succulence of the Yankee pot roast, the cookbook connects farmer to table in one hundred recipes. Peppered throughout with gorgeous photographs and mouthwatering dishes, this cookbook is sure to be a hit with cooks and foodies alike.
Jim Henson: The Biography (Ballantine, $35) is one of my favorite books of the season. Any educator or entertainment aficionado will treasure this exquisite homage to Henson, with its inspired and reverent walk through the creative impulse that drove his imaginative exploration of the field of television and innovative, masterful contributions to Sesame Street and Muppets Inc. Brian Jay Jones’s exquisitely crafted and descriptive storytelling—which has the support and endorsement of Henson’s family, friends, and collaborators—brings a sense of magic and wonder to the unfolding of Henson’s life, from his local beginnings at the University of Maryland and WRC, behind the scenes descriptions of famous and not-so-familiar sketches, to his international fame.