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Top Ten 2010 Cookbook And Drink Pairings: The AA Edition

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Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 9:00 AM

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Still pretending you are sticking to your New Year's resolutions? Fine, just please don't tell us you gave up Nutella. To tide you over, we bring you the AA, or in polite company if you will, the "Get Up" Early Show, edition of our Top Ten 2010 Cookbooks And Drink Pairings series. Besides, you've got to find something to do with all that Amazon and Barnes and Noble gift card money from the holidays, like buy the mini MoonPies to go with our first pick.

10. The Great MoonPie Handbook and RC Cola

An obvious pairing? Sure. But we thought The Great MoonPie Handbook would be a better idea than an actual RC at this year's 17th annual RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival 10k run.

9. Culinary Tea + JANM's Generation Teas

Think of Culinary Tea as cookbook entertainment for those long, drawn-out conversations with some family member -- over a cup of JANM's bitter generation tea, of course -- about why you really do need to spend more time appreciating your cultural heritage.

8. The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2011 + Your Beverage of Choice

When Chris Kimball speaks, you listen. Or so he hopes. The 2011 edition of America's Test Kitchen "Best Of" series (with 2010 recipes) is as good as it should be by a publishing behemoth with more than 100 test kitchen staffers. That French apple tart recipe from the book (photo above) is great with a cup of anything, really, so we leave it up to you.

7. The Big Green Egg book + Iced Tea, Sweetened Or Not

Someone you know has got to be one of the 1 million (really?) Americans who do crazy things like buy ridiculously expensive "Japanese-style" grills filled with ceramic tiles ($700 + accessories), and then declare them the best value ever. Must be all that iced tea. After giving a family member's egg a whirl, we think buying a $30 ceramic pizza stone to toss in your old Weber and the 50 $31 book is sounding like an even better deal.

6. The Italian Slow Cooker Cookbook + San Pellegrino Sparkling Water

You're going to need something to fill those long, sober hours. Like Italian sparkling water and this excellent slow cooker cookbook, a book you actually will want to cook from. Promise.

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