Cookbook reviews

Cookbook Review: The Flavor Matrix

As a two-time winner of Chopped and an instructor at one of the world’s top culinary school, James Briscione thought he knew how to mix and match ingredients. Then he met IBM Watson. Working with the supercomputer to turn big data into delicious recipes, Briscione realized that he (like most chefs) knew next to nothing about why different foods taste good together. That epiphany launched him on a quest to understand the molecular basis of flavour—and it led, in time, to The Flavor Matrix.
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Cookbook Review: Kevin Belton’s New Orleans Kitchen

Kevin Belton's New Orleans Kitchen Pecan Stuffed French Toast

Kevin Belton’s is at it again with a second cookbook showcasing even more of his delicious Creole and Cajun recipes. Try his delicious and sumptuous Pecan-Stuffed French Toast Recipe (My personal favourite!) The book contains recipes for tasty New Orleans classics like Crawfish Pie, Fried Oyster Po-Boy with Blue Cheese and Buffalo Sauce, and Duck and Andouille Gumbo with Potato Salad, as well as foreign favourites with a little New Orleans twist, like Cuban Paella, Vietnamese Wonton Soup with Shrimp Dumplings, and Greek Souvlaki with Tzatziki.

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Cookbook Review: Food for Life

Laila Ali's 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

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

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: Lagom

Lagom Steffi Knowles Dellner

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: How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

Ten years ago, this breakthrough cookbook made vegetarian cooking accessible to everyone. Today, the issues surrounding a plant-based diet—health, sustainability, and ethics—continue to resonate with more and more people, whether or not they’re fully vegetarian.

This new edition has been completely reviewed and revised to stay relevant to today’s cooks. New recipes include more vegan options and a brand-new chapter on smoothies, teas, and more. Charts, variations, and other key information have been updated.

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Cookbook Review: Todd English’s Rustic Pizza

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: Open Faced

Open Faced

Open-faced sandwiches in all of their chef-driven, cutting edge interpretations are the ne plus ultra of casual-chic comfort food. They are having a moment, and that moment is not going to be over any time soon, if ever.

Open Faced crosses international borders to bring fresh, creative flavours to your toasted breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.

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