The Big Max

The Big Max

The Big Max, Max’s Picnic Book: An ode to the art of picnicking, from the authors of Max’ Sandwich Book by Max Halley & Ben Benton. Photography by Louise Hagger.

Max's Picnic BookIrreverent, eccentric, Max’s Picnic Book is the follow up the Sunday Times Bestseller, Max’s Sandwich Book. Both an ode to the art of eating outdoors, and an entertaining, frivolous reinvention of it, Max and Ben will first redefine what the picnic is, and celebrate its true potential, before creating 16 themed menus.

Including ingenious hacks—think flavored salts for dipping eggs and soft-serve with a shot of espresso—as well as twists on familiar favorites, this book about how and why we should picnic. Interpreting the ways in which we can eat outdoors through the eyes of their picnicking heroes, such as Hunter S. Thompson, Mary Berry, and Snoop Dogg, the reader will be left with a broadened perception of what a picnic truly is.

Max’s Picnic Book: An ode to the art of picnicking, from the authors of Max’ Sandwich Book is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Spicy Cherry Tomato & Cucumber Salad with Basil

Spicy Cherry Tomato & Cucumber Salad with Basil

Spicy Cherry Tomato & Cucumber Salad with Basil, Tables & Spreads: A Go-To Guide for Beautiful Snacks, Intimate Gatherings, and Inviting Feasts by Shelly Westerhausen Worcel.

Tables & Spreads by Shelly Westerhausen WorcelTables & Spreads is a must-have cookbook and resourceful styling guide from bestselling author Shelly Westerhausen.

Here are more than 60 easy-to-prepare recipes plus behind-the-scenes insight into creating a beautiful, inviting table for every occasion, including tips on choosing a theme, styling your food in creative ways, and achieving that “wow factor” with linens, flowers, music, and more.

There are 20 visually striking spreads that range from Ladies Night Lettuce Wraps to a Christmas Morning Dutch Baby Party, Dips for Dinner, and a Boozy Bloody Mary Bar.

Rich with gorgeous and instructive photography, Tables & Spreads is inspiring yet totally accessible, perfect for home cooks who like to host gatherings of all sizes, and those who loved Shelly’s first book, Platters & Boards. Complete with timelines, shopping lists, diagrams, and more, this book includes all the tools you need to make every meal delicious and unforgettable.

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Clafoutis

Clafoutis

Clafoutis, The Forager’s Pantry: Cooking with Wild Edibles by Elen Zachos. Photography by Douglas Merriam.

The Forager's Pantry: Cooking with Wild Edibles by Ellen Zachos

Many home cooks want to experiment with wild foods and explore new flavours, but don’t know where to start? The Forager’s Pantry was written for you.

This comprehensive and accessible book by Ellen Zachos takes readers through spices and herbs, flowers, fruit, greens, nuts and seeds, tubes and roots, and mushrooms, showing how some of the best ingredients come from nature itself.

The Forager’s Pantry is for any home cook, chef, or foodie who wants to incorporate foraged flavors into their everyday cooking.

This guide will start with individual ingredients before going into techniques, preservation, and master recipes, making foraged food both accessible and delicious. This book is for the adventurous home cook just waiting to get started—combine new foods with familiar staples, explore wild ingredients, and bring new life and excitement to your cooking. (more…)

Summer Fruit Cobbler

Summer Fruit Cobbler

Summer Fruit Cobbler, Farmhouse Weekends: Menus for Relaxing Country Meals All Year Long by Melissa Bahen. Photographs © 2021 Melissa Bahen.

Farmhouse Weekends by Melissa Bahen

Farmhouse Weekends is the cookbook for anyone who daydreams of country life.

Prepare meals and experiences to enjoy in the easy companionship of family and friends―everything you need to create the perfect farmhouse weekend, no matter where you live, is found within these pages.

Each chapter provides recipes inspired by author Melissa Bahen’s weekend jaunts in the country: apple cider donuts and white bean chili after a day of picking fresh apples in the fall; buttery cobbler full of ripe, summer berries after a trip to the farmers’ market; hot, flaky biscuits slathered with butter and homemade strawberry freezer jam to start out a spring day.

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Spiced Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese and Butter Icing

Spiced Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese and Butter Icing

Spiced Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese and Butter Icing, Sea & Shore: Recipes and Stories from a cook and her kitchen in Cornwall by Emily Scott. Photography by Kim Lightbody.

Sea & Shore: Recipes and Stories from a cook and her kitchen in Cornwall

Close your eyes and think of a place where the sky meets the sea; where the weather changes from moment to moment; and where the coastline is beautifully rugged and where surf breaks on endless sandy shores. This is Cornwall. In Sea & Shore, Emily Scott brings together the magic of this beautiful part of the world, with over 80 simple and seasonal recipes for the home cook.

Sea & Shore is more than just a cookbook; it shares the connection between food, a sense of place, and storytelling. With stunning photography, it translates experience and memories into ingredients that come together as simple, rustic dishes that anyone can easily recreate at home.

 

Sea & Shore: Recipes and Stories from a cook and her kitchen in Cornwall is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Italian Brioche Croissants

Italian Brioche Croissants

Italian Brioche Croissants, Torta della Nonna: A Collection of the Best Homemade Italian Sweets by Emiko Davies. Photography © Lauren Bamford.

Italian Brioche Croissants, Torta della Nonna: A Collection of the Best Homemade Italian Sweets by Emiko Davies.

Torta della Nonna brings together the best Italian sweets recipes from Emiko Davies’ books, Florentine, Acquacotta, and Tortellini at Midnight, plus five brand new recipes.

Across eight chapters, this stunning collection features classic well-known recipes, as well as family recipes passed from generation to generation.

Recipes include sweet Italian breakfasts (including Lemon and ricotta cake, Italian brioche croissants, and Little custard and quince jam pies); classic treats from nonna’s oven (Hazelnut cake, Chocolate and amaretti flan, Stuffed peaches); snacks (Rosemary and sultana buns, Sweet breadsticks, Strawberries and wine); biscuits (Red crown biscuits, Almond biscotti, Polenta biscuits); recipes for celebrations (Florentine cake; Honey and nut pastries; Chocolate-filled sponge roll); treats to eat with a spoon (Baked rice pudding; Coffee-laced ricotta; Zuppa Inglese); frozen treats (Milk gelato; Plum sorbet; Gianduia semifreddo); and five essentials any Italian cook needs up their sleeve.
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Tamarind Chicken Wings

Tamarind Chicken Wings

Tamarind Chicken Wings, Ciudad de Mexico: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Mexico City. Photography by Robert Billington and Adam Wiseman.

Ciudad de Mexico: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Mexico City

Divided into chapters by time of day, in Ciudad de México, chef Edson Diaz-Fuentes takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of one of the most diverse cuisines in the world, explored through the vibrant and bustling Mexico City.

Inspired by the culinary highlights of his childhood, Ciudad de México features favorites such as Huevos Motuleños, Tacos de Pescado Estilo Baja, Pambazos, and Oxtail Mole de Olla, accompanied by an array of cocktails including Margaritas de Jamaica and Mezcal Sours.

With a dedicated section to marinades, rubs, and salsas, Ciudad de México contains everything you need to bring a touch of Mexican flavour to everyday dishes, such as Edson’s Beetroot and Pasilla Mixe Ketchup.

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Ricotta fritters with coconut and makrut lime chocolate sauce

Ricotta fritters with coconut and makrut lime chocolate sauce

Ricotta fritters with coconut and makrut lime chocolate sauce, Crave: Recipes Arranged by Flavour, to Suit Your Mood and Appetite by Ed Smith. Photography by Sam A Harris.

Crave: Recipes Arranged by Flavour, to Suit Your Mood and Appetite by Ed Smith.

Why do we choose to cook the things we do, when we do? Most of the time, it is simply so we can eat what we really fancy; a subconscious response to a constantly fluctuating state of mind and appetite that’s influenced by mood, season, weather, memory, occasion, outside events and internal feelings.

Ed Smith helps his readers home in on their cravings (whatever the reason for them) by organizing his recipes within six cleverly conceived flavor profiles: fresh and fragrant chili and heat tart and sour curried and spiced rich and savory; and (best of all?) cheesy and creamy. There’s also a directory of alternative cravings at the back, providing additional ways in. All bases are covered, from snacks through sides, to main courses and desserts.

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Cornflake-crusted fried chicken sandwiches

Cornflake-crusted fried chicken sandwiches

Cornflake-crusted fried chicken sandwiches, The No-Fuss Family Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Everyday Life by Ryan Scott. Photography by Chris Andre.

The No-Fuss Family Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Everyday LifeEmmy Award-winning celebrity chef (and dad) Ryan Scott knows well that family life is wonderful, but can be a very hectic business—stressing over mealtime shouldn’t add to the madness!

This heartfelt collection comes straight from his home kitchen’s regular rotation into yours. Reflecting Ryan’s colourful personality and practical approach, the recipes are kid-friendly and packed with clever hacks and pro tips for getting meals on the table (and cleaning up) quickly.

There are no fussy cooking techniques or long ingredient lists; instead, the focus is on family-centred meals for even the busiest of days—irresistible recipes like Turkey Reuben Meatloaf, Broccoli-Cheddar Bow Ties, and Naturally Sweet PB&J Pancakes. Even crowd-pleasing desserts like Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink Cookies and Butterscotch Marshmallow Squares remain delightfully simple, for minimal stress and maximum fun.

The No-Fuss Family Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Everyday Life is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca (more…)

Sheet-Pan Suppers

Sheet-pan suppers

Sheet-pan suppers, Martha Stewart’s Very Good Things: Clever Tips & Genius Ideas for an Easier, More Enjoyable Life. Photogrpahy by Justin Walker.

Martha Stewart's Very Good ThingsInside these pages, Martha shares all her best good things—the original life hacks for the home—to make your life easier, more fun, more delicious, and more efficient.

These practical tricks cover all areas of Martha’s domestic expertise, including decorating, organizing, home-keeping, cooking, entertaining, and celebrating. From clever ways to solve common problems (use file folder dividers to organize cutting boards and sheet pans in your cabinets) to time-saving tricks (keep a pail stocked with cleaning supplies for easy access and portability to stress reducers (colour-code kids’ bathroom gear to make mornings less hectic), every one of these ideas will make you wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

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