Author: CoolFoodDude

Cookbook Review: Platters and Boards

Platers and Boards is the guide to entertaining with effortless style. Celebrated author and food blogger Shelly Westerhausen shares the secrets to creating casually chic spreads anyone can make and everyone will enjoy (and envy). Organized by time of day, 40 contemporary arrangements are presented with gorgeous photography, easy-to-prepare recipes, suggested meat and drink pairings, and notes on preparation and presentation.


Cookbook Review: Feasting

Many Jewish families continue the tradition of gathering to share a meal on Friday nights and holidays, but a new generation is changing the approach to traditional food. At the same time, the rest of the world is discovering the joys of Jewish cooking.

In Feasting, Amanda Ruben brings together her fresh takes on classic recipes, along with popular favourites from her contemporary café and deli, and her own busy family home.


Cookbook Review: Lagom

Lagom: [n.] not too much, not too little; just enough.

This debut cookbook by Swedish food stylist and writer Steffi Knowles-Dellner offers genuine insight into how Swedes eat and cook—with recipes that fit around the seasons, occasions, times of day, and appetite. Eating and cooking in tune with “lagom” means embracing food that is good for body and soul, unfussy, delicious and sustaining, and all in harmony.


Cookbook Review: The How Not to Die Cookbook

From Michael Greger, M.D. the physician behind the trusted and wildly popular website, and author of the New York Times bestselling book How Not to Die, comes a beautifully-designed, comprehensive cookbook complete with more than 120 recipes for delicious, life-saving, plant-based meals, snacks, and beverages.


Cookbook Review: How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

Ten years ago, this breakthrough cookbook made vegetarian cooking accessible to everyone. Today, the issues surrounding a plant-based diet—health, sustainability, and ethics—continue to resonate with more and more people, whether or not they’re fully vegetarian.

This new edition has been completely reviewed and revised to stay relevant to today’s cooks. New recipes include more vegan options and a brand-new chapter on smoothies, teas, and more. Charts, variations, and other key information have been updated.


Cookbook Review: Todd English’s Rustic Pizza

Todd English is a world-renowned, celebrated chef with a long history of great pizza making. The free-form, thin-crusted pies at his Figs restaurants in Boston arguably changed pizza-making in the city, and now he brings his pizza-making secrets to home cooks!

With more than 150 easy recipes to make pizza from scratch—from making your own dough, to stirring up spectacular sauces for your pizza base, to arranging the best combination for fresh toppings—you can make the perfect pizza crisp up in your very own oven. (more…)

Cookbook Review: Indian Festival Feasts

India’s festivals are as diverse as the country’s landscapes and as lively as its people, bringing together a blend of cultures, religions and understanding for people to celebrate.

In this gastronomic celebration of India’s festival cuisine, head chef of London’s acclaimed Cinnamon Club, Vivek Singh brings his unique touch to traditional festival recipes and gives his insight into the significance of food from a country with a history of such diverse religions and cultures. (more…)

Cookbook Review: The Moosewood Restaurant Table

The Moosewood Restaurant Table is the newest cookbook from Americas most beloved natural food restaurant. Now in its fifth decade in Ithaca, New York, Moosewood remains faithful to the farm-to-table philosophy that has governed the restaurant since its founding, and their new cookbook is filled with more than 250 never-before-published recipes, including a healthy number that are vegan and gluten free.


Cookbook Review: Open Faced

Open-faced sandwiches in all of their chef-driven, cutting edge interpretations are the ne plus ultra of casual-chic comfort food. They are having a moment, and that moment is not going to be over any time soon, if ever.

Open Faced crosses international borders to bring fresh, creative flavours to your toasted breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.


Cookbook Review: For the Love of Pie

Why Pie? It’s the essence of hand-made. It’s not like cake, there’s no mix for it. Once you learn the basics, you’re there. Anything locally available to you is potentially pie. What could be better than that?

Cheryl Perry and Felipa Lopez, owners of Brooklyn’s Pie Corps, share their pie-making expertise and delicious recipes in their first cookbook. For the Love of Pie boasts sophisticated and contemporary flavours in pies made using traditional techniques. Perry and Lopez explain the science and art behind baking a perfect pie crust while offering a variety of crust recipes, from all butter to chocolate crumb.