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Cookbook Review: The Curry Guy

Dan Toombs has perfected the art of Indian restaurant cooking after travelling around sampling dishes, learning kitchen secrets and refining recipes at home. In other words, The Curry Guy makes homemade curries that taste like the ones at your local curry house—only better.

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Cookbook Review: Tuscany

At the heart of every Tuscan there is a pride for their region and an incredible sense of responsibility and love for their surroundings. From the minute they look out of their windows in the morning to the last nightcap at the bar, Tuscans, like most Italians, are immersed in food.

In Tuscany, Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi take readers on a culinary journey through a Tuscan day. The rhythm of life pace that Tuscans cook is slow and calm. Breakfasts are considered, lunch often eaten at home with family, and weekend dinners a feast.

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Cookbook Review: Dinner’s in the Oven

The concept is simple. Fresh ingredients, a few minutes prep, pop the pan in the oven, and dinner is ready. (more…)

Cookbook Review: Food for Life

Passionate health advocate, cook, television personality, and four-time undefeated boxing world champion Laila Ali’s first cookbook is an idea-rich guide for happy dinners (and breakfasts and lunches) at home. Ali believes that food can be good for you and taste terrific. You’ll love her hearty, simple, satisfying real-life recipes, including:

  • Oven-“Fried” Chicken
  • Spaghetti for Breakfast
  • The Greatest of All Time Burger (her father Muhammad’s favourite)
  • Cheesy Cauliflower Pizza
  • Sweet-and-Salty Sweet Potato Salad
  • Heavenly Lemon Yogurt Cake
  • Not Your Mama’s Sweet Potato Pie

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Cookbook Review: Simply Citrus

Citrus fruits add beauty and bite to food and drink from the depths of winter through the height of summer.

This sunny, beautifully photographed book contains 60 recipes using a variety of fresh citrus fruits, including lemons, pomelos, oranges, limes, mandarins, kumquats, grapefruit, and citrus products such as yuzu juice, orange blossom honey, and preserved lemons in a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, desserts, and drinks.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…)