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Poached pears with chocolate sauce

Poached pears with chocolate sauce

Poached pears with chocolate sauce excerpted from Saka Saka: South of the Sahara – Adventures in African Cooking by Anto Cocagne & Aline Princet.

Saka Saka: South of the Sahara – Adventures in African Cooking by Anto Cocagne

Chef Anto Cocagne and Photographer Aline Princet take us on a unique food journey and introduce us to the best recipes from Gabon, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Congo, and Ethiopia.

We will discover the main characteristics of these cuisines, the specialties of each region, the produce, the ideal pantry, the basics, as well as mouthwatering recipes for appetizers, main courses, side dishes, street food, desserts, and drinks.

And since no one evokes a cuisine better than its daughters and sons, we meet African musicians, writers, artists, and creatives who tell stories about their favourite dishes, their family cooking memories, and what these recipes represent for them today.

With stunning food and landscape photography, complemented by beautiful and colourful design, this book is an ode to conviviality, generosity, and positivity. It is a love letter to Africa. (more…)

Mocha Walnut Crunch Muffins

Mocha Walnut Crunch Muffins

Mocha Walnut Crunch Muffins, excerpted from Cake & Loaf by Nickey Miller and Josie Rudderham © 2022 Nickey Miller and Josie Rudderham. Photography by Nickey Miller.

Cake & Loaf: Satisfy Your Cravings with Over 85 Recipes for Everyday Baking and Sweet Treats

Cake & Loaf, a cozy from-scratch neighbourhood bakery, started with a dream shared over coffee between college friends and business partners, Nickey Miller and Josie Rudderham. Genuinely passionate about food, sustainability, and community, they wanted to create a bakery with a dynamic atmosphere that fosters creativity and equality. Today, a living-wage employer, Cake & Loaf is beloved for its stand-out baked goods.

Full of flavour and homespun comfort, the recipes range from classics like Maple Syrup Butter Tarts and Vanilla Bean Nanaimo Bars, to local favourites like Pumpkin Spice Baked Doughnuts and Lemonlicious Cake.

The book features over 85 recipes and variations to create your own sweets and treats at home, including everyday morning baking—muffins, scones, doughnuts, and granolas—cookies, decadent sandwich cookies, bars, layer cakes, tarts, and pies.

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Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies, Crazy for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars: Super-Fast, Made-from-Scratch Sweets, Treats, and Desserts by Dorothy Kern.

Crazy for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars: Super-Fast, Made-from-Scratch Sweets, Treats, and DessertsYou can be a world-class cookie baker, making perfect-every-time cookies that everyone loves. It’s not a crazy idea at all, with Crazy for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars as your guide.

Author Dorothy Kern is one of the most trusted and widely read baking bloggers on Earth—and with good reason. Her tested-to-perfection recipes are easy to make, scrumptiously delicious, and full of creative new flavour ideas. In these pages, she serves up more than 85 recipes, each with its own colour photo.

Dorothy shows you how to make cookies in batches big or small and offers expert tips on how to store them so they stay fresh for a long time. What’s more, she guides you in taking your cookie skills in new directions, into the delectable world of brownies (lots of different kinds of brownies!), blondies, shortbreads, shortcakes, cookie cakes, and more. Her book includes cookies that range from traditional favourites to all-new concepts:

  • Seriously the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies
  • Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies
  • Nana’s Drop Sugar Cookies
  • Fruity Pebble Cookies
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Potato Chip Cookies

Beyond the cookies, you’ll love the recipes for:

  • Brown Butter Pecan Blondies
  • Cookies ’n’ Cream Mud Bars
  • Caramel Crunch Bars
  • Bacon and Caramel Brownies
  • Vanilla Lovers’ White Chocolate Brownies
  • Fruit Tart Cookie Cups
  • Birthday Cookie Cake

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Chocolate Macarons

Chocolate Macarons

Chocolate Macarons, In Love with Paris: Recipes & Stories From the Most Romantic City in the World by Anne-Katrin Weber. Photography by Julia Hoersch.

In Love with Paris: Recipes & Stories From the Most Romantic City in the WorldIn Love with Paris is an irresistible combination of 50 mouth-watering sweet and savoury recipes and heart-melting love stories.

Take a culinary walk through the city of love and its most romantic spots, and enjoy classic French cuisine, from croque madame and coq au vin to madeleines and lemon tarts.

Immerse yourself in the city that inspired writers and photographers like Victor Hugo, Ernest Hemingway, Francis Scott Fitzgerald and Victor Doisneau, and visit the iconic locations of films like The Lovers on the Bridge and Amélie.

In Love with Paris will make you fall in love with Paris—again and again.

In Love with Paris: Recipes & Stories From the Most Romantic City in the World is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.   (more…)

Double Chocolate Raspberry Brownie

Double Chocolate Raspberry Brownie

Double Chocolate Raspberry Brownie, Green Kitchen: Delicious and Healthy Vegetarian Recipes for Every Day by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl. Photography copyright © David Frenkiel.

Green Kitchen: Delicious and Healthy Vegetarian Recipes for Every Day

In The Green Kitchen, bestselling authors David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl share over 100 vegetarian recipes for the family favourites which feature in their own kitchen every day of the week.

From quick, delicious weekday breakfasts and dinners, to more elaborate meals for weekend celebrations, this is food that will make you look and feel great.

Start with the staples such as Big-batch Tomato Sauce, Rice Crêpe Batter and Lazy Lentils and you’ll have the building blocks for some standout meals throughout the week. The weekend recipes are delightfully uncomplicated: from Lemon Ricotta Lasagne and light yet indulgent Va-va-voom Donuts.

The Green Kitchen sets a new standard in modern and inspiring vegetarian and gluten-free recipes. (more…)

Black Forest Gateau

Black Forest Gateau

Black Forest Gateau, Bread Ahead: The Expert Home Baker: A Masterclass in Classic Baking by Matthew Jones. Photography by Matt Russell.

Bread Ahead: The Expert Home Baker: A Masterclass in Classic Baking by Matthew JonesThis stunning cookbook aims to transform you, no matter your experience, into an expert home baker.

Featuring over 90 fool-proof, classic baking recipes, with both sweet and savoury staples and plenty of seasonal favourites, discover the joy of baking like a professional but from the comfort of your own home kitchen.

From simple classics, such as Victoria Sponge, a Rustic Country Loaf or American Chocolate Chip Cookies, to the more challenging Millefeuille, Babka Loaf or Savory Croissants, you will even find recipes for all the jams and marmalades you need to complement your creations. Perfect your Christmas Pudding, Mince Pies and other festive favourites with the sumptuous Christmas chapter, or recreate Bread Ahead‘s most beloved sweet treat with a chapter dedicated to their infamous filled Donuts.

Whatever your skill level, Bread Ahead: The Expert Home Baker will be your go-to baking bible, with all the information you need to know when it comes to good, classic baking.

Bread Ahead: The Expert Home Baker: A Masterclass in Classic Baking is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.   (more…)

Chocolate-coated walnut marzipan

Chocolate-coated walnut marzipan

Chocolate-coated walnut marzipan, excerpted from Advent: Festive German Bakes to Celebrate the Coming of Christmas by Anja Dunk.

Advent: Festive German Bakes to Celebrate the Coming of Christmas by Anja Dunk

Advent celebrates the magical run-up to Christmas with over 100 classic German baking recipes.

The Advent season is one of the most special times of the year, when candles twinkle, the Christmas tree is decorated, and the smells of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove fill the kitchen.

In her new cookbook Advent, Anja Dunk shares her recipes for the very best of traditional German festive bakes. From lightly spiced Lebkuchen, frosted cinnamon stars, jam-filled ginger hearts, snow-capped coconut macaroons, to marzipan-filled Stollen, edible tree decorations, lucky meringue mushrooms and a gingerbread house dripping with candies and sugar icicles, you will find delectable spiced treats to fill your Bunter Teller and share with friends and family.

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Apple Cannoli

Apple Cannoli

Apple Cannoli, Acorn: Vegetables Re-Imagined: Seasonal Recipes from Root to Stem by Shira Blustein and Brian Luptak. Photography by Gabriel Cabrera.

Acorn: Vegetables Re-Imagined: Seasonal Recipes from Root to Stem

From practical to playful, inspired recipes that reveal the hidden potential of plants

At the award-winning restaurant, The Acorn, plants are celebrated: explored, enhanced, coaxed with creativity, and dressed for a night of being the center of attention and the phenomenal focus of every plate. In their first cookbook, Shira Blustein and Brian Luptak—The Acorn’s owner and chef—share their truly unique recipes, highlighting the endless possibilities that come when cooking with the seasonal and wild-crafted ingredients gifted to us by nature. Defying categorization, with dishes that are anything but predictable, this cookbook will leave even the staunchest of meat-eaters satisfied.

The recipe chapters are structured by season, with an Essentials chapter at the start of the book—full of pickles, vinegars, oils, and plant-based alternatives—and a Cocktails chapter at the back. All the recipes are broken into components, and range from the simple but sublime Spring Radishes with Ashed Spring Onion Almond Sauce, Fried Garlic Scapes or Stinging Nettle Soup, to the intriguing Fried Zucchini Blossoms with Fermented Zucchini Purée and Apricot Chili Sauce, Smoked Caramelized Parsnip and Potato Pâté, or Squash and Chanterelle Gnocchi. And the recipes focus on minimizing waste and maximizing the potential of each plant—as the stems of one recipe become the pickled star of another.

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This Bread Is Bananas

This Bread Is Bananas

This Bread Is Bananas, Cook More, Waste Less: Zero-Waste Recipes to Use Up Groceries, Tackle Food Scraps, and Transform Leftovers by Christine Tizzard. Photography by Reena Newman.

Cook More, Waste Less: Zero-Waste Recipes to Use Up Groceries, Tackle Food Scraps, and Transform Leftovers

Cook More, Waste Less offers accessible solutions to a problem every home cook faces: waste. From grocery shopping tips to pantry storage ideas, this book is packed with strategies to get the most out of your food, whether it’s fresh or frozen, ingredients a little past their prime, or leftovers.

Written by food industry professional Christine Tizzard, who after seeing (and cringing at) the amount of wasted food during filming and photoshoots, and having many friends come to her with their own food waste woes, knew she had to share the everyday low waste hacks she uses in her own kitchen.

Inside there are over 100 adaptable recipes to enjoy, with plenty of flexibility for substitutions. Turn leftover broccoli and Swiss chard stems into a delicious au gratin. Use up your parmesan rinds in a soothing broth. Make a mouthwatering pot roast and turn the leftovers into a savoury pie or beefy black lentil stew. Leftover rice? Rice pudding. Is fruit going soft? Anything can be a marmalade. There are even ideas for face scrubs and dog treats.

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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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