Cookbook Reviews

Cookbook Review: Istanbul & Beyond

Standing at the crossroads between the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Asia, Turkey boasts astonishingly rich and diverse culinary traditions. Journalist Robyn Eckhardt and her husband, photographer David Hagerman, have spent almost twenty years discovering the country’s very best dishes. Now they take readers on an epicurean adventure, beginning in Istanbul, home to one of the world’s great fusion cuisines. From there, they journey to the lesser-known provinces, opening a vivid world of flavours influenced by neighboring Syria, Iran, Iraq, Armenia, and Georgia.

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Cookbook Review: New Feasts

The Middle Eastern diet (with some regional differences) is largely vegetarian: it relies heavily on vegetables and fruit, herbs and spices and complex carbohydrates, such as pulses and grains. There is some dairy and plenty of olive oil. A limited mount of meat, poultry and fish are eaten, but they are rarely added extras to the daily diet.

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Cookbook Review: Wanderlust Find Your True Fork

There is no diet or approach to food that is right for everyone. The premise of this book is to create a guide for healthy and mindful food choices that can help you feel your best—to find your true fork! These approaches to food are expressed through the stories of exceptional chefs who have navigated their own personal journeys and have chosen a life dedicated to food and its incredible power to nourish us from inside out.

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Cookbook Review: Bäco

No chef captures the excitement of L.A.’s incredible food scene like Centeno. This groundbreaking collection of recipes revolves around his unique combinations of ingredients and the inspiration he draws from cuisines of the world.

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Cookbook Review: Portland Cooks

Nobody saw it coming, the national preoccupation with Portland’s food scene. What was newsworthy elsewhere was simply the way of life. Portland, it turns out, was on the cutting edge without ever trying to be, and now the city is synonymous with DIY scrappiness, rule-breaking creativity, and a die-hard collaborative spirit.

Portland Cooks presents 80 recipes from 40 of the city’s most popular restaurants and bars. Through their recipes, these chefs and bartenders offer a glimpse of what goes into your favourite dishes and drinks. And together, their stories paint a portrait of what makes life in Portland so delicious.

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Cookbook​ Review: Posh Kebabs

From the original Turkish doner to Indonesian satay, everyone loves a kebab. Featuring over 70 simple recipes for everything from brochette to shashlik to souvlaki, Posh Kebabs takes you on a global tour of flavours and ingredients. (more…)

Cookbook​ Review: Lure

Eating sustainable seafood is about opening your mind (and fridge) to a vast array of fish and shellfish that you might not have considered before—and the Pacific Coast is blessed with an abundance of wild species.

With Lure, readers embark on a wild Pacific adventure and discover the benefits of healthy oils and rich nutrients that seafood delivers. This cookbook, authored by chef and seafood advocate Ned Bell, features simple techniques and straightforward sustainability guidelines around Pacific species as well as 80 delicious recipes to make at home.

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Cookbook Review: The Ivy Now

After 100 years, The Ivy remains London’s most famous restaurant. There can be few stars, musicians, writers, royals, artists, and raconteurs who have not taken centre stage for a night at this legendary restaurant. (more…)

Cookbook Review: Toronto Eats

The farms, forests, and lakes that surround Toronto are invaluable resources for local and sustainable ingredients (and a good bit of foraging, too). Think wood-nettle spätzle or slow-cooked chicken with fresh corn pudding. Toronto is a city that likes to cheer on its sports teams with one-handed party food, and that’s where homemade pizzas, fried chicken and fish tacos come in handy.

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Cookbook Review: Délicieux: The Recipes of France

Délicieux presents a broad selection of dishes Gabriel Gaté has collected during his time as a chef, cookery teacher and lover of French food and travel. These are recipes that have been written, tested and adapted for the home cook, who can feel confident in preparing them successfully. (more…)