Baking recipes

One bowl chocolate chip banana bread

One bowl chocolate chip banana bread

One bowl chocolate chip banana bread excerpted from How to make anything gluten-free by Becky Excell. Photography by Hannah Hughes.

How to make anything gluten freeAre you avoiding gluten but yearn for fresh bread, all your favourite takeaways or naan bread with your curry? And for your sweet tooth do you crave jam doughnuts, bakery-style cookies and classic cakes?

How to Make Anything Gluten-Free is the first cookbook that shows you how to unlock all the food you truly miss eating—but nothing tastes or looks “gluten-free”.

Becky Excell has spent years developing delicious dishes and sharing them with her followers on Instagram. She is here to show you that a gluten-free life can be exciting and easy, without having to miss out on your favourite foods ever again.

Why restrict yourself to the obvious soups, salads and fruit? What you really want are the recipes that you think you can’t eat! From proper chicken chow mein to pad thai, doughnuts to lemon drizzle cake, cheesecake to profiteroles, French baguettes to pizza, plus dairy-free, vegan, veggie and low FODMAP options, Becky gives you all the recipes you’ll ever need with tips and advice on how to make absolutely anything gluten-free.

How to Make Anything Gluten-Free: Over 100 recipes for everything from home comforts to fakeaways, cakes to dessert, brunch to bread! is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca (more…)

Garlic and Paprika Chicken Curry

Garlic and Paprika Chicken Curry

Garlic and Paprika Chicken Curry, The Curry Guy Light by Dan Toombs. Photography by Kris Kirkham.

The Curry Light by Dan Toombs

In Curry Guy Light, Dan Toombs, aka the Curry Guy, showcases over 100 recipes that are:

Lower in carbs and calories than most other Indian recipes
Lower in fat and salt without lacking flavour
Delicious and fresh-tasting

Dan has spent many years researching the food of Kerala and Goa, as well as learning the secrets of Indian restaurants. In Curry Guy Light he shows that you can make your favourite curry house meals but at the same time know that it”s really good for you—you’d never know it when the food works its magic!

He’s developed a new, lighter version of his classic base sauce, and created lower-cal versions of curry house classics, including starters like onion bhajis and spicy hot chicken wings, indulgent Goan shrimp curry, chicken tikka masala and saag paneer, your favourite sides such as tarka dhal and coconut rice, plus chutneys and snacks. All the recipes have clear, step-by-step instructions, and are guaranteed 100% delectable. It”s the curry cookbook you’ve been waiting for!

The Curry Guy Light: Over 100 lighter, fresher Indian curry classics is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca (more…)

Striped Citrus Pie

Striped Citrus Pie

Striped Citrus Pie, The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies by Erin Jeanne McDowell. Photography by Mark Weinberg.

Look no further than The Book on Pie for the only book on pie you’ll ever want or need.

Erin Jeanne McDowell, New York Times contributing baker extraordinaire and top food stylist, wrote the book on pie, a comprehensive handbook that distills all you’ll ever need to know for making perfect pies.

The Book on Pie starts with the basics, including ways to mix pie dough for extra flaky crusts, storage and freezing, recipe size conversions, and expert tips for decorating and styling, before diving into the recipes for all the different kinds of pies: fruit, custard, cream, chiffon, cold set, savoury, and mini. Find everything from classics like Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie to more inspired recipes like Birthday-Cake Pie and Caramel Pork Pie with Chile and Scallions.

Erin also suggests recommended pie doughs and toppings with each recipe for infinitely customizable pies: Mix and match Pumpkin Spice Pie Dough and Dark Chocolate Drippy Glaze with the Pumpkin Pie, or sub in the Chive Compound-Butter Crust for the Croque Madame Pielets . . . the possibilities are endless. With helpful tips, photographic guides, and inspirations—pie-deas—it’s almost like having Erin in the kitchen baking pies with you. (more…)

Victoria Sponge

Victoria Sponge

Victoria Sponge, excerpted from The French Laundry, Per Se by Thomas Keller (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2020. Photographs by Deborah Jones.

The French Laundry, Per Se by Thomas Keller Bound by a common philosophy, linked by live video, staffed by a cadre of inventive and skilled chefs, the kitchens of Thomas Keller’s celebrated restaurants—The French Laundry in Yountville, California, and Per Se, in New York City—are in a relationship unique in the world of fine dining.

Ideas bounce back and forth in a dance of creativity, knowledge, innovation, and excellence. It’s a relationship that’s the very embodiment of collaboration, and of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. And all of it is captured in The French Laundry, Per Se, with meticulously detailed recipes for 70 beloved dishes, including Smoked Sturgeon Rillettes on an Everything Bagel, “The Whole Bird,” Tomato Consommé, Celery Root Pastrami, Steak and Potatoes, Peaches ’n’ Cream and Victoria Sponge Cake.

Just reading these recipes is a master class in the state of the art of cooking today. We learn to use a dehydrator to intensify the flavour and texture of fruits and vegetables. To make the crunchiest coating with a cornstarch–egg white paste and potato flakes. To limit waste in the kitchen by fermenting vegetable trimmings for sauces with an unexpected depth of flavour. And that essential Keller trait, to take a classic and reinvent it: like the French onion soup, with a mushroom essence stock and garnish of braised beef cheeks and Comté mousse, or a classic crème brûlée reimagined as rich, creamy ice cream with a crispy sugar tuile to mimic the caramelized coating.

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Flourless Almond & Orange Cake

Flourless Almond & Orange Cake

Flourless Almond & Orange Cake, Rustica: Delicious Recipes for Village-style Mediterranean food by Theo A. Michaels. Photography by Mowie Kay.

Rustica: Delicious Recipes for Village-style Mediterranean food by Theo A. Michaels

The Mediterranean diet has long been famed for the proven lifetime benefits of eating simply prepared, seasonal foods. There are pockets of people in the Mediterranean countries (and further afield) who are living longer than most; these communities are most often found in rural villages where they grow their own produce and keep livestock.

Chef Theo Michaels explores this concept of “eating like a villager” and this new collection of recipes was born from conversations he has had with his family about life in Cyprus 60 years ago when growing produce and keeping a few animals was the norm.

He celebrates a way of eating based on these principles through his delicious yet simple food. It’s a modern, mindful, and relaxed way to eat well with no need to adhere to a prescribed diet—no strict regimes, just sensible portion sizes, no processed foods, and a few treats—simple, frugal and honest. In practice, it means cooking with what is in season, enjoying a good intake of vegetables, fruit, grains and legumes; eating fish and seafood in moderation and reducing meat consumption.

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Reindeer Bakewell Tarts

Reindeer Bakewell Tarts

Reindeer Bakewell Tarts, Christmas with Kim-Joy: A Festive Collection of Edible Cuteness. Photography by Ellis Parrinder.

Christmas with Kim-Joy

Kim-Joy’s baked creations have charmed fans since she was in the final of the Great British Bake Off 2018. Following on from her bestselling debut book, Baking with Kim-Joy, she’s turning to everyone’s favourite time of year —Christmas!

Sharing her simple decorating techniques and her delicious flavour combinations, Kim-Joy will delight novice and seasoned bakers with— amongst many others—her melted snowman cake pops, white chocolate igloos with marshmallow seals, penguin bao buns and incredible inspiration for designing your own magical gingerbread village.

Whether you’re after ideas for edible Christmas gifts or bigger bakes to feed friends and family, you’ll find a treasure trove of adorable recipes here that will melt everyone’s heart.

Christmas 2020 is officially set to be the sweetest Christmas on record! (more…)

Snowmen Faces Cookies

Snowmen Faces Cookies

Snowmen Faces Cookies, excerpted from Christmas Cookies: More than 60 recipes for adorable festive bakes by Hannah Miles (Ryland Peters & Small). Photography by Steve Painter.

Christmas Cookies

There is nothing as cozy as a day spent baking in the holiday season—filling the house with the scent of warm, sweet dough and producing delicious treats that raise a smile even before a single bite is taken out of them!

The book features tips on how to host your Christmas “cookie exchange” from clever ways to display bakes to sending out fun invitations, plus packaging ideas for gifting home-baked treats.

Decorating hints and tips and basic recipes follow, providing information on all the tools you need to bake more than 60 different cookies, from Jolly Santas, Snowmen Faces, Coconut Snowballs, Frosted Fir Cones, and Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups to Reindeer Pretzel Cookies and Meringue Snowmen.

A joyous collection of seasonal baking recipes for all the family to enjoy.

Christmas Cookies: More than 60 recipes for adorable festive bakes is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Louisiana Browned Butter–Pecan Pie

Louisiana Browned Butter–Pecan Pie

Louisiana Browned Butter–Pecan Pie, excerpted from Pie Academy © by Ken Haedrich, photography © by Emulsion Studio.

Excerpted from Pie Academy © by Ken Haedrich, photography © by Emulsion Studio.

Trusted cookbook author and pie expert Ken Haedrich delivers the only pie cookbook you’ll ever need: Pie Academy. Novice and experienced bakers will discover the secrets to baking a pie from scratch, with recipes, crust savvy, tips and tutorials, advice about tools and ingredients, and more.

Foolproof step-by-step photos give you the confidence you need to choose and prepare the best crust for different types of fillings. Learn how to make pie dough using butter, lard, or both; how to work with all-purpose, whole-wheat, or gluten-free flour; how to roll out dough; which pie pan to use; and how to add flawless finishing details like fluting and lattice tops.

Next are 255 recipes for every kind and style of pie, from classic apple pie and pumpkin pie to summer berryfruit, nut, custard, chiffon, and cream pies, freezer pies, slab pies, hand pies, turnovers, and much more.

This beast of a collection, with gorgeous colour photos throughout, weighs in at nearly four pounds and serves up forty years of pie wisdom in a single, satisfying package.

Pie Academy: Master the Perfect Crust and 255 Amazing Fillings, with Fruits, Nuts, Creams, Custards, Ice Cream, and More; Expert Techniques for Making Fabulous Pies from Scratch is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Pineapple and ginger upside-down cake

Pineapple and ginger upside-down cake

Pineapple and ginger upside-down cake, excerpted from Always Add Lemon: Recipes You Want to Cook–Food You Want to Eat by Danielle Alvarez © 2020 Reproduced by permission of Hardie Grant Books. All rights reserved. Photography by Benito Martin.

Always Add Lemon: Recipes You Want to Cook—Food You Want to Eat by Danielle Alvarez © 2020

Nourishing recipes and inspiring kitchen projects destined for the aspirational home cook’s repertoire.

Always Add Lemon is the highly anticipated first book from American-born Danielle Alvarez—one of the most exciting young chefs cooking in Australia today. Taking the lessons, skills and tastes acquired working alongside some of the best chefs in America, Danielle translates formidable kitchen smarts into an inspiring collection of recipes and projects for nourishing, vegetable-forward, seasonal food.

With more than 100 recipes across six chapters (salads; fruits and vegetables; pasta, grains, and legumes; seafood; poultry and meat; and dessert) paired with creative projects for the more adventurous (pastry from scratch, bread, dairy, meat and pickles), Always Add Lemon will inspire anyone with a smidgen of kitchen ambition and a free afternoon.

Always Add Lemon: Recipes You Want to Cook – Food You Want to Eat is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca


Pineapple and ginger upside-down cake

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Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie, excerpted from Pies Glorious Pies by Maxine Clark (Ryland Peters and Small). Copyright © 2020. Photographs by Steve Painter.

Pies Glorious Pies by Maxine Clark (Ryland Peters and Small). Copyright © 2020. Photographs by Steve Painter.

Nothing beats a proper pie. Whether savoury or sweet, for a crowd or just for one, there’s something irresistible about breaking through that golden pastry crust and tucking into the succulent filling inside.

First, you’ll learn about basic equipment, pastry-making techniques, and tips on latticework for a show-stopping pie topper—mastering your skills before creating your perfect pie. Then, in Everyday Pies, you’ll find wholesome recipes you can share any day of the week. Next, in Posh Pies, you’ll discover more elegant dishes that are sure to impress your dinner guests, before turning to Portable Pies, perfect for a picnic basket.

Finally, delve into Sweet Pies where you’ll be tempted with all the sticky-sweet fillings fit for a cozy dessert. Guaranteed to eat each dish with a smile on your face, there are over 50 flavoursome pies that will have you coming back for more. Indulge in favourites such as Chicken Pot Pie or Steak & Kidney Pie. Step up your pie game with something more complex such as Fillet of Beef en Croûte or Roast Smoked Salmon Koulibiaca.

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