I love reviewing cookbooks, and I'm so excited to tell you all about the newest one! Zingerman's Bakehouse Celebrate Every Day is a brand-new cookbook with recipes useful all year long for holidays and other special days, and for making every day special. Thank you to Chronicle Books for sending me a copy to review.
Zingerman's is an icon in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1982, Zingerman's Deli opened just a few blocks from the University of Michigan campus and it was a delight. The Jewish deli took off, and the brand has expanded in the last 40 years to now include Zingerman's Bakehouse, Roadhouse, Creamery, Coffee, and more. They now employ more than 600 people year round and about 1000 during the holiday season in their various delicious businesses!
And in this new cookbook, the Zingerman's team shares some of their favorite recipes for treats that are perfect for celebrations large and small throughout the year. The book is arranged into four chapters, one for each season.
- Spring includes recipes for Passover, April Fool's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, and smaller holidays like National Grilled Cheese Day and 4/20 (it's legal in Michigan and the brownie recipe can be made with or without certain ingredients.)
- Summer includes recipes for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Father's Day, Juneteenth, and the First Day of School
- Fall includes recipes for Rosh Hashanah, Halloween, Oktoberfest, and Thanksgiving
- Winter includes recipes for Hannukah, Christmas, New Year's, the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, and St. Patrick's Day
Zingerman's Celebrate Every Day features photos by E.E. Berger and was written by several members of the Zingerman's team, including:
- Amy Emberling, the Zingerman's Bakehouse Manager
- Lindsay-Jean Hard, author of Cooking with Scraps (both the cookbook and the Food52 column by the same name
- Lee Vedder, art historian and artisan baker
- Corynn Coscia, Bakehouse photographer and marketing manager
Each brought their talents to the projects and together produced a really fun cookbook. As a home cook, I appreciate that many of the recipes seem like something I can easily whip up even on a school night, while an equally large number will be more of a stretch for my culinary skills, but still doable under their guidance. I also appreciate their helpful technique section.
And the seasonal recipes in Zingerman Bakehouse Bake Every Day Cookbook pretty much all sound delicious! In addition to the sorts of deliciously sweet fare you'd expect in a bakehouse cookbook like cakes, cookies, and pies, the book also includes savory fare like several delicious soup recipes, a pizza recipe, a pimento cheese dip, and even a paella.
I was excited to check out some of the recipes, so I started with the Michigan Double Chocolate Cookies from the fall chapter (recommended for tailgating on Saturdays, which is practically a holiday in the Midwest) and they turned out so good!
I also made the Father's Day Amazing Burger Buns (For Amazing Dads) from the summer chapter, and they were a nice compliment to some pulled pork for dinner. Don't sesame seeds make everything seem fancier?
I found the recipes that I tried easy to follow and my family loved the dishes I baked from it. I will definitely be making more food from this cookbook soon. I think it's a great cookbook to have for use throughout the year, and I also think this cookbook would make a great Christmas present or a good gift for other holidays in winter and beyond.