Cookbooks: Cookies & Beer  and Beer Bites

Could a less likely pairing be imagined than cookies and … (wait for it) beer? “Bake, Pair, E51skyGuw28L._SX372_BO1,204,203,200_-1njoy,” advises the subtitle of Cookies & Beer (Andrews McMeel). And while your first thought might be “wait a minute …” once you start skating with the idea, it’s really not bad at all.

“This is fun,” writes author Jonathan Bender in the introduction. “Real, good fun in the kitchen. And at the dining room table. And with friends and a sink full of empty glasses and plates with only crumbs on them.”

As Bender points out, cookies and beer have a lot of stuff in common: grains, spices, fruits. Why shouldn’t they go t51WNN1T60CL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_ogether? Bender is a journalist whose work has appeared in The Washiimagesngton Post, Esquire and other publications. He is also the author of LEGO: A Love Story. His style is smart, funny and to the point. Cookies & Beer benefits from this treatment. Have a beer drinker with a sweet tooth in your life? This would make an awesome gift.

But while we’re touting beer books, also have a look at Beer Bites (Chronicle), a smart and delicious cookbook based around food that would pair well with beer.

imagesThis book’s pedigree is Portland and it shows in the very edgy food choices, sharply presented. Check out the Brussels Sprouts and Taleggio Pizza with Melting Speck (no, really!), Umami Edamame and Bratwurst en Croute. I could go on, but you get the idea. This is food that rocks and satisfies.

Both of these books are terrific choices for the beer lover in your life. ◊

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