Cookbook reviews

Beer-Battered Fish and Chips

Beer-Battered Fish and Chips

Beer-Battered Fish and Chips, Rustic Joyful Food Generations, Photography by Michael Kartes.

Rustic Joyful Food: GenerationsDanielle Kartes grew up poor, though it never felt that way to her. She was privy to much as a child, but it wasn’t until having her own children that she fully understood the effort made by her mother to their family comfortable during times of financial hardship. There was always food on their table and it was always delicious. Whether it was veggies from the family garden or “hamburger soup,” Danielle learned from her mother not just to cook but to feed people.

There is a food Renaissance beginning. People are taking greater care in cooking again, figuring out how to eat better and how to get back to those days of slow-cooked, homegrown food while balancing a career and family. Rustic Joyful Food is about life and Generations is about the past that will always touch our present and continue to shape our future.

The recipes in this book are simple and delicious. They are meant to remind you how special family time is and how important memories made around food truly are. Inside you’ll find: (more…)

Glass Noodle Soup

Glass Noodle Soup

Glass Noodle Soup, Sarah Jansala and Renoo Jansala, Page Street Publishing Co. 2019. Photography by Toni Zernik.

Authentic Thai flavour is made vegan with chef Renoo Jansala’s incredible recipes and her unique “fish” sauce. Thai food has often been off-limits to vegans not only because of the meat but because of one of the primary ingredients-fish sauce. Renoo has perfected a vegan “fish” sauce with a soy sauce base and various salts that imparts that same kick and authentic flavour.

Vegan Thai Kitchen

Even though many of their recipes use soy, it can easily be substituted with tamari if home cooks are trying to avoid soy or gluten. Consumers are eating less and less meat every year and the demand for plant-based alternatives to meat-centric staples is on the rise.

When Sarah and her mother decided to open their restaurant in Portland, Oregon, they realized there was a big demand for vegetarian and vegan Thai food. Sarah’s mother, Renoo, is an immigrant from Thailand and a vegan. Seeing the popularity of veganism inspired her to create the menu for Kati Portland, allowing her to finally share some of her favourite dishes.

This book will include spicy, from-scratch curries, stir-fry with flavorful garlic and pepper tempeh, and east-to-make favourites like Gluten-Free Pad Thai and Tom Yum Veggie soup. It will also include one of the most popular dishes at their restaurant, Tom Kha, a spicy soup with tofu, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and mushrooms.

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Nachos

Nachos

Nachos, Dining at Dusk, Photography by Daniela Haug.

Dining at DuskAt dusk, as afternoon relaxes into evening and the sun sinks towards the horizon, there is a magic moment. The workday is finally done, and it’s time for food and drinks with friends.

Dining at Dusk follows the golden hour around the globe—from Samoa, where the sun sets first, through Australia, Japan, India, Europe, Morocco and Brazil, to the USA and Mexico—celebrating the evening with Italian cicchetti, Spanish tapas, Greek mezzes, with tacos, yakitori, ceviche and more.

Simple-to-prepare recipes with roots in local culinary and cultural traditions, each paired with the ideal drink and a thoughtfully curated playlist – this is the perfect cookbook for elegant, laid-back gatherings with friends.

Dining at Dusk showcases a range of contemporary cuisine from around the world for this beautiful time of the day: relaxed, simple, comforting inspiration for food that is the ideal accompaniment to a modern lifestyle. (more…)

The Incredible Lemon Pie

The Incredible Lemon Pie

The Incredible Lemon Pie, Big Mamma Cucina Popolare

Big Mamma Cucina Popolare puts a clever contemporary spin on tradition featuring more than 120 delicious, easy-to-prepare, imaginative recipes.

Created in collaboration with one of the most exciting and successful Italian restaurant groups in the world, the dishes in this vibrant and accessible book include true classics such as Risotto alla Milanese and Tiramisù, while others reflect the most creative Italian food today, with such intriguingly named dishes as Burrata Flower Power and Double Choco Love

The one thing that unites them all is that everything enjoys a fresh and modern twist—making this the perfect collection of recipes for a new generation of food lovers and Italophiles.

Big Mamma Cucina Popolare: Contemporary Italian Recipes is available at Amazon.com an Indigo.ca. (more…)

Tamago-sando with miso mayonnaise

Tamago-sando with miso mayonnaise (Egg Sandwich)

Tamago-sando with miso mayonnaise (Egg Sandwich), excerpted from The Japanese Table by Sofia Hellsten. (C) 2020 Reproduced by permission of Hardie Grant. Photography by Sofia Hellsten.

The Japanese TableIn The Japanese Table, Sofia Hellsten celebrates her love of Japan with the simple recipes that are the backbone of Japanese home cooking.

Based on the ichijuu-sansai tradition—which literally means ‘one soup, three dishes’—uncomplicated, delicious small plates are served with steamed rice and can be enjoyed at any time of day. Each ingredient is treated like royalty, and recipes include Onigiri, Clear shiitake soup, Soy-pickled eggs and Sweet miso cod.

With suggestions on how to build the perfect meal, as well as easy-to-find ingredients and quick methods, The Japanese Table will inspire you to make Japanese food your everyday staple.

The Japanese Table: Small Plates for Simple Meals is available at Amazon.com an Indigo.ca. (more…)

Spaghetti Lentil Bolognese

Spaghetti Lentil Bolognese

Spaghetti Lentil Bolognese, Plant-Based Meal Prep by Stephanie Tornatore and Adam Bannon, Photography © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

Plant-Based Meal Prep

Eating a plant-based diet—one that embraces veggies and ditches the meat, eggs, and dairy—is one of the easiest ways to improve your health. Whether you’re ready to go entirely vegan or just want to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet, Steph and Adam will show you how to plan and prep ahead, so your meals are ready to go when you’re ready to eat. Flexible meal plans include all your favourite foods and flavours, from mac and cheese to mashed potatoes, all made with plant-based, whole-food ingredients.

•  Over 60 plant-based recipes for breakfasts, mains, snacks, and desserts
•  Get-started guide walks you through the basics of plant-based eating and meal prep
•  Soy-free, grain-free, and paleo-friendly tags make it easy to find recipes that fit your diet
•  Flexible build-a-meal strategies let you choose your favourite flavours
•  Easy-to-follow meal plans take the guesswork out of what to make
•  Nutritional information for every recipe to help manage macros and achieve diet goals

Plant-Based Meal Prep: Simple, Make-ahead Recipes for Vegan, Gluten-free, Comfort Food is available at Amazon.com an Indigo.ca. (more…)

One-Pan Lemon Sage Chicken and Cauliflower

One-Pan Lemon Sage Chicken and Cauliflower

One-Pan Lemon Sage Chicken and Cauliflower, excerpted from Cauliflower Power by Lindsay Grimes Freedman (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2020. Photographs by Lauren Volo.

Cauliflower Power

Low in carbs, fats, and sugars, and naturally packed with vitamin C, cauliflower is the super-est of all superfoods. Why cauliflower? It’s a chameleon and can take on any flavour and texture.

In her first cookbook, food blogger and recipe developer Lindsay Grimes Freedman brings her expertise in creating delicious, healthful, and practical recipes to one of the food world’s most trending topics: cauliflower.

With more than 75 recipes built around the five ways to prep cauliflower (as a whole head, florets, steaks, riced, and meal), Freedman transforms this versatile veggie into smoothies and scones, pizza crusts and pasta sauces, and sides and salads. Super swaps include falafel made with cauliflower and Caesar salad made with a cauliflower-based dressing, even cauliflower nachos, “bacon” bits, tots, and French toast.

The recipes are healthful and easily adaptable for any diet without skimping on flavour or satisfaction. By harnessing the power of this anti-inflammatory veggie, readers will reap all the benefits of a plant-based diet without missing out on any of the good stuff.

Cauliflower Power: 75 Feel-Good, Gluten-Free Recipes Made with the World’s Most Versatile Vegetable is available at Amazon.com an Indigo.ca.

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Vegetable Pot Roast

Vegetable Pot Roast

Vegetable Pot Roast, The Vegetarian Cookbook, Photography by Dave King

Budding young cooks will be excited by the variety of healthy and fun vegetarian meals that are incredibly easy to make. Each recipe is carefully put together by an expert author and there is a nutritionist on board to check there’s a balance of vitamins, minerals, protein, and carbohydrates throughout the book.

Studies have shown that lowering your meat intake can be incredibly beneficial for you and your child’s health as well as helping the environment. Food fact files and helpful tips throughout the book give advice on how to achieve a balanced diet, ensuring every nutritional need is covered for growing young minds and bodies.

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Super Moist Banana Bread 

Super Moist Banana Bread

Super Moist Banana Bread, All the Love by Jennifer Tylee Lee and Anisha Patel, MD, MSPH (Workman). Copyright © 2019. Photographs by Erin Scott.

Half the Sugar, All the Love

Would you feed your child a candy bar for breakfast? Of course not. And yet today our children routinely consume three times the recommended daily allowance of added sugar, which puts them at an unprecedented risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess weight, and even nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Half the Sugar, All the Love is here to help, with 100 doctor-approved recipes that cut the sugar (by half—or more!) without sacrificing the flavours our families love. It’s an eye-opening education, a program of healthy eating, and a cookbook chock-full of easy, delicious recipes all in one. Pass the breakfast bars!

Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low-Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day is available at Amazon.com an Indigo.ca.

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Fresh Fruit Christmas Log

Fresh Fruit Christmas Log

Fresh Fruit Christmas Log, Le Cordon Bleu Chocolate Bible, Photography by Le Cordon Bleu

Discover a world where chocolate is king, where this most versatile of ingredients are transformed into luscious cakes, tarts, mousses iced desserts, drinks, biscuits and sweets. Here is the ultimate collection of tempting classics as well as a selection of new and original creations. (more…)