Indian-Style Vegetable Curry with Potatoes and Cauliflower

Photography by America's Test Kitchen

Photography by America’s Test Kitchen

Truth be told, I’m an America’s Test Kitchen super fan. Books, magazines, websites and podcasts are consumed in mass quantity. I’m drawn to them because of their peerless range. My judgement, however, is not distorted and I am willing to give any product a bad grade if warranted. But, it won’t be the case with their recent release, How to Braise Everything. The book is a modern master on braising and earns high marks from me.

The elemental methods of the book are simple: Combine your main ingredient with a flavourful liquid, cook (usually) at a low temperature, and you’re left with superbly tender meat or vegetables and a flavourful sauce or broth, both parts benefitting from an exchange of flavours.

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Eating my way through L.A.

Howlin' Ray's

Howlin’ Ray’s – 727 N Broadway Ste 128, Los Angeles, California

Howlin' Ray's

Howlin’ Ray’s – The Sando: Boneless breast, slaw, comeback sauce, pickles, butter bun

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Baked Mascarpone French Toast with Cherries

Baked Mascarpone French Toast with Cherries

Photography by Aya Brackett

Mark Bittman is revered for his simple, straightforward, and flexible approach to everyday cooking. In Dinner for Everyone, he shares 100 essential main dishes, each with easy, vegan, and all-out recipes as the mood or occasion requires.

These 300 all-new recipes, accompanied by more than 100 full-colour photographs, form a diverse collection that includes quick meals for busy weeknights (hearty soups, tacos, and one-pot pastas), creative plant-based fare that will please both vegans and non-vegans alike (lemon polenta with mushroom ragu, pomegranate-glazed eggplant, or cauliflower tinga tacos), and impressive dishes perfect for entertaining (handmade noodles and even your Thanksgiving centerpiece). (more…)

Chestnut Layer Cake with Hazelnut Nougat

Chestnut Layer Cake with hazelnut nougat

Photography by Brigitte Sporrer

Want tasty vegan, vegetarian, eggless, or dairy-free bakes? This book is packed with vegan baking recipes that are quick, simple, and delicious.

Authors Daniela Lais and Jérôme Eckmeier are longtime vegans with a passion for cooking, teaching you to bake irresistibly good treats such as gooey vegan brownies, light and fluffy vegan pancakes and eggless cakes, or a smooth and creamy vegan “cheesecake.”

Use their clever tips to avoid disappointing, dry, or unrisen results, and follow their instructions to make your own everyday vegan substitutions for mainstream baking ingredients such as cream cheese and buttermilk. Even if you’re a beginning baker, Easy Vegan Baking will help you triumph in the kitchen.

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Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burger

Photography by Ditte Isager

Gwyneth Paltrow gets the power of simple, quality food. Her recipes focus on delicious flavours and clean ingredients—pillars that have launched her cookbooks to bestseller status. Now she’s back with her most ambitious cookbook to date: a collection of 100-plus recipes and customizable meal plans that offer taste, simplicity, and targeted health benefits. 

The Clean Plate brings everything to the table—from smoothies and soups to bowls, entrées, snacks, and desserts—with the ease and flavour that we have come to expect from Paltrow and her team at GOOP. Highlights include instant staples like Turkey Burger, Sheet Pan Chicken Broccolini, and Butternut Squash Tacos, and sweet treats like Cashew Turmeric Iced Lattes and Chocolate Chia Pudding. 

Beyond the appealing recipes, The Clean Plate has meal plans, detoxes, and cleanses to address the reader’s specific needs and desired results. Supported by Paltrow’s team of nutrition experts and doctors, the book offers specific eating plans focused on: 

  • Adrenal Support (with Dr. Alejandro Junger)
  • Heart Health (with Dr. Steven Gundry)
  • Candida (with Dr. Amy Myers)
  • Heavy Metal Detox (with Dr. James Novak)
  • Fat Flush (with Dr. Taz Bhatia)
  • Veg-Friendly Ayurveda (with Dr. Aruna Viswanathan)

 

Full of go-to recipes and revitalizing health tips, The Clean Plate is exactly the standout cookbook we have been waiting for, from the biggest name in clean eating. 

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Noma’s Grilled Asparagus and Tender Spruce

René Redzepi's Grilled Asparagus and Tender Spruce

Photograph by Ditte Isager

A Work in Progress: A Journal is a highly personal document of the creative processes at noma and the challenges faced by its chefs over a twelve-month period in an unspecified year of the restaurant’s history. After a month of vacation, world-famous chef René Redzepi made a resolution to keep a journal and to dedicate a year to the creativity and well-being at noma. The result is an unusually candid, and often humorous, insight into the inner workings of one of the food world’s most creative minds.  (more…)

Crisp-fried pork belly with sticky tomato shrimp paste sauce

Crisp-fried pork belly (Binagoongan)

Photography by Jana Liebenstein

In this collection of more than one hundred recipes, Yasmin Newman takes a culinary journey through the Philippines and uncovers an intriguing notion of 7,107 islands where the people’s love of eating is as big as their hearts.

Despite the Philippines’ location right in the middle of Southeast Asia, most people know very little about the country and even less about the cuisine. For Filipinos, food is more than a pleasurable pursuit; it is the cultural language. It can be seen through the prism of its unique and colourful history, with influences from Malaysia, Spain, China, Mexico, and the US adding to the cuisine’s rich texture. (more…)

Mostly Raw Lasagna

Vegan Lasagna

Photography by Megan Sadd

With 30-Minute Vegan Dinners, Megan Sadd, of the popular plant-based blog Carrots & Flowers, shows how anyone can enjoy incredible plant-based meals every night of the week.

This inventive cookbook reveals the secrets to cooking dinners that you crave―the kind that comfort, nourish and inspire you, without a ton of work. With every recipe clocking in under 30 minutes (prep included!), anyone can enjoy incredible plant-based meals every night of the week. 

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Greek Island Salad

Greek Island Salad

Photography © 2018 by Henry Hargreaves

New York City’s buzzy all-avocado bar, Avocaderia, became an overnight success when it opened in early 2017 to a flurry of media attention and lines out the door. Avo-lovers come to sample the restaurant’s healthy and unique eats that are as beautiful as they are tasty.

For restaurateurs Alessandro Biggi, Francesco Brachetti, and Alberto Gramigni, the avocado isn’t just a superfood packed with nutrients and heart-healthy fat-it’s a versatile ingredient that gets people excited about eating well.

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Black-eyed peas with hot bacon dressing

Black-eye pea salad

Photography by Gill Autrey

Pies are perennial, but no one ever claimed they’re easy to make. Amanda Dalton Wilbanks, owner of The Southern Baked Pie Company in Georgia, wants to change that. With only one pastry recipe, pies of every size can be made for any meal: full-size, mini, tassies, and handheld pies both savoury and sweet.
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