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Chocolate Chunk Halvah Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Halvah Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Halvah Cookies, Flavors of the Sun: The Sahadi’s Guide to Understanding, Buying, and Using Middle Eastern Ingredients by Christine Sahadi Whelan. Photography by Kristin Teig.

Flavors of the Sun: The Sahadi’s Guide to Understanding, Buying, and Using Middle Eastern Ingredients

Sumac. Urfa pepper. Halvah. Pomegranate molasses. Preserved lemons. The seasonings, staples, and spice blends used throughout the Middle East offer deliciously simple ways to transform food—once you know how to use them.

In FLAVORS OF THE SUN, the people behind the iconic Brooklyn market Sahadi’s showcase the versatility of these ingredients in over 120 everyday dishes, including starters, salads, soups, family-friendly meals, and desserts.

With sections devoted to recipes boasting Bright, Savory, Spiced, Nutty, and Sweet accents, it offers inspiration, techniques, and intensely flavorful ways to use everything from Aleppo pepper to za’atar with confidence.

Throughout, “no-recipe recipes” help build up your flavor intuition so you can effortlessly incorporate any of the featured spices, condiments, and preserves into your daily repertoire.

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Creamy Vegetable Korma

Creamy Vegetable Korma

Creamy Vegetable Korma, The Curry Guy Bible: Recreate Over 200 Indian Restaurant and Takeaway Classics at Home by Dan Toombs. Photography by Kris Kirkham.

The Curry Guy Bible: Recreate Over 200 Indian Restaurant and Takeaway Classics at Home

The Curry Guy Bible brings together 200 of Dan Toombs’ classic dishes, developed over more than two decades of eating his way around Indian restaurants, takeouts and food stalls.

Fans of The Curry Guy love his recipes because they *really* work. For the first time, Dan offers 150 of his most popular recipes in one place, everything from Chicken Tikka Masala to Lamb Rogan Josh, Saag Paneer to Vegetable Samosas, Tandoori King Prawns to Shawarma Kebabs. Plus there are 50 brand-new, mouthwatering recipes that you won’t find anywhere else.

Here are all the starters, sides, curries, grills, breads, chutneys and rice dishes you will ever need, including some exciting new veggie options. With a guide to essential ingredients and simple cooking tips throughout, The Curry Guy Bible is the only curry cookbook you will ever need.

The Curry Guy Bible: Recreate Over 200 Indian Restaurant and Takeaway Classics at Home is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca (more…)

Giant Meatballs in Marinara

Giant Meatballs in Marinara

Giant Meatballs in Marinara, Trisha’s Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family by Trisha Yearwood. Photography © 2021 by Ben Fink.

Trisha's Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family Trisha Yearwood’s fans know that she can cook up a comforting, delicious meal that will feed a family! Like her earlier bestsellers, Trisha’s Kitchen will include new family favourites and easy-to-make comfort foods, with stories about her family and what’s really important in life.

The 125 recipes include dishes her beloved mother used to make, plus new recipes like Pasta Pizza Snack Mix and Garth’s Teriyaki Bowl. Every recipe tells a story, whether it’s her grandma’s Million Dollar Cupcakes or her Camo Cake that she made for her nephew’s birthday.

As Trisha says: “I love to cook now more than I ever have because, for me, cooking is about love. It’s sharing a meal with family and friends and talking about our lives. It’s working out thoughts in my head about what I need to conquer or accomplish while I’m working on a homemade pastry crust. Sometimes the feel of cold butter in my hands working through the flour just makes me see things more clearly.”

Trisha’s Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca (more…)

Pumpkin and Blue Cheese Galettes

Pumpkin and Blue Cheese Galettes

Pumpkin and Blue Cheese Galettes, All Day Baking: Savoury, Not Sweet by Michael James with Pippa James. Photography by Lisa Cohen.

All Day Baking Savoury, Not Sweet by Michael James with Pippa James

For every two lovers of sweet baked treats, there is at least another who will take the gruyère gougère or the curry pastie every time, thank you. All Day Baking: Savoury, Not Sweet is a baking cookbook—at last—for them.

Its mission is to deliver comforting, inventive and wholegrain-forward ideas for pies, sausage rolls, pasties and myriad other mostly pastry-based recipes, alongside gutsy accompaniments that equip the reader with the tools to transform delicious bakes into nourishing any-time-of-day meals.

Author Michael James is a Michelin-restaurant chef by training who was drawn early to the art, precision, and satisfaction of baking. In All Day Baking, his second book, he turns his attention to the pasties of his UK childhood, the pies he creates today for his young family, and the quiches, sausage rolls, palmiers and galettes that have earned him a cultish following around the world. As well, he delivers a master class in pastry—from puff to rye to vegan and gluten-free—gifting readers a foundation knowledge that sets them on a path to their own freewheeling baking adventures.
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Focaccia integrale

Focaccia integrale

Focaccia integrale, Sourdough: Slow Down, Make Bread by James Morton. Photography by Andy Sewell.

Sourdough: Slow Down, Make Bread

Sourdough: From Scratch features recipes and top tips on everything you need to know to make your own sourdough from scratch. For home bakers, sourdough is the true test of every aspiring bread-maker. Fickle, delicate, every loaf is unique. And there are a LOT of pitfalls to be avoided. It’s much more than simply a food: sourdough is a science. So who better than Dr. James Morton, baking pedant and fermentation fanatic, to explain the basics for both the uninitiated and more experienced bakers?

James talks the home cook through everything from starters, flours and hydration, to kneading, shaping, rising, slashing and baking, explaining how to achieve the perfect crust and crumb. With a foolproof recipe for the perfect loaf, clear step-by-step instructions, troubleshooting tips, and explanations of what works and why, From Scratch: Sourdough is the accessible handbook that bakers everywhere have been waiting for.

Sourdough: Slow Down, Make Bread is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Barbecued Lobster

Barbecued Lobster

Barbecued Lobster, The Seafood Shack: Food & Tales from Ullapool by Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick. Photography by Clair Irwin.

The Seafood Shack: Food & Tales from Ullapool by Kirsty Scobie

Welcome to The Seafood Shack, a tiny catering trailer in Ullapool on the west coast of Scotland. It’s here that Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick take whatever their fishermen friends bring them each day and serve it up for a crowd of locals and tourists. Join them and discover how easy it is to cook mouthwatering seafood with over 80 down-to-earth recipes, plus essential tips on how to prepare, dissect, fillet, and cook white fish, smoked, and shellfish.

Whether it’s their signature haddock wrap for a mid-week dinner or their garlic & thyme langoustines for a weekend part treat, this is food that is simple and quick, but more importantly fresh, delicious to eat, and an absolute joy to cook.

The Seafood Shack: Food & Tales from Ullapool is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.


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Chinese-Style Buffalo Wings

Chinese-Style Buffalo Wings

Chinese-Style Buffalo Wings, Chinese Takeaway in 5: 80 of Your Favourite Dishes Using Only Five Ingredients by Kwoklyn Wan. Photography by Sam Folan.

Chinese-Style Buffalo Wings, Chinese Takeaway in 5: 80 of Your Favourite Dishes Using Only Five Ingredients by Kwoklyn Wan.

Kwoklyn Wan is back with 80 classic Chinese dishes that use only five ingredients. Alongside a basic store cupboard of five essentials—salt, pepper, soy sauce, sugar and oil—you can make a feast of easy dishes using the bare minimum.

All your favourites are here—from Tom Yum Soup to Prawn Toast, Sweet Chilli Salmon and Lemon Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork Balls or Beef in Oyster Sauce, Aubergine Fritters and Chilli Ginger Crispy Tofu—and all use only five key ingredients, all of which are readily available from supermarkets or local stores.

Ditch the takeaway or delivery Chinese food and make your own at home—no fuss, less money, and more healthy.

Chinese Takeaway in 5: 80 of Your Favourite Dishes Using Only Five Ingredients is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca (more…)

Yogurt Cake

Yogurt Cake

Yogurt Cake, Macedonia: The Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from the Balkans by Katerina Nitsou. Photogaphy by Oliver Fitzgerald.

Macedonia: The Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from the Balkans

Macedonian cuisine is a rich mosaic of influences from the Mediterranean and Middle East, and the neighboring countries in the Balkan Peninsula. It is known for its opulent family meals, and the regional dishes play important symbolic roles in local traditions and family celebrations.

Macedonia: The Cookbook is a love letter to Macedonian culture, and a cuisine deeply rooted in its land and traditions. Through over 100 mouthwatering recipes for mezze dishes, salads, soups, fish, poultry, meat, vegetables, and delicious sweets and preserves, chef and food writer Katerina Nitsou shares the authentic flavors and wisdom brought along with her family, recreated and adapted in her North American kitchen.

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Chili-Lime Shrimp

Food by Fire: Grilling and BBQ with Derek Wolf of Over the Fire Cooking by Derek Wolf.

Chili-Lime Shrimp, Food by Fire: Grilling and BBQ by Derek Wolf. Photography by Jack Sorokin.

Food by Fire: Grilling and BBQ by Derek Wolf.

Master the art of starting cooking fires and learn about the best fuel sources. Then tackle a variety of recipes using direct heat and indirect heat, mastering skillets, skewers, and more along the way.

Derek Wolf has been researching global fire-cooking techniques for the better part of a decade, traveling around the world to learn about dishes like lamb al asador and brick-pressed chicken. He shares it all in this book. If you’re looking to try cooking on the coals with herb butter oysters or picanha like a Brazilian steakhouse, you’ve come to the right place. Recipes include:

  • Herb Brush Basted Bone-In Ribeye
  • Leaning Salmon Plank with Lemon Dill Sauce
  • Al Pastor Skewered Tacos
  • Coal Roasted Lobster Tails
  • Dirty Chipotle NY Strips
  • Chili-Lime Shrimp
  • Spicy Rotisserie Beef Ribs
  • Salt-Baked Red Snapper
  • Charred and Glazed Pineapple

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Charred Salmon BLT

Charred Salmon BLT

Charred Salmon BLT, BBQ Revolution: Innovative Barbecue Recipes from an All-Star Pitmaster by Mitch Benjamin. Photography by Isaac Alongi.

BBQ Revolution: Innovative Barbecue Recipes from an All-Star Pitmaster by Mitch Benjamin.

Mitch Benjamin has helped open BBQ restaurants in Paris, served his smoked meat to baseball legends at Yankee Stadium, and taken home some serious hardware from just about every major BBQ competition.

In this book, he throws open the doors to his kitchen (or as he calls it, his “Mitchen”) and takes BBQ on a wild ride! The book starts with his behind the scenes look at competition BBQ and smoking, then winds its way through chapters both classic and creative:

Learn the ins and outs of competition BBQ, including some of Mitch’s award-winning recipes for sauces, rubs, and meats from brisket and burnt ends to short ribs and pork butt.

Take a trip behind the scenes of Kansas City’s Char Bar, with some of their most popular recipes like their burnt heaven and smoked chicken nuggets. Mitch even breaks out the smoking gun for some smoked cocktails!

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