Cookbook reviews

Strawberries and Cream Warm Oats

Strawberries and Cream Warm Oats

Photograph by Jennifer Rose Rossano

Life is crazy busy these days, and it’s tough to squeeze in a few minutes between soccer practice and dance class to teach kids about healthy eating, much less healthy cooking. ‘Neurotic Mommy‘ Jennifer Rose Rossano saves the day with easy, fun plant-based recipes that the whole family can enjoy preparing and eating together, like Carrots in a Blanket, Nacho Mac and Cheese, Vegan Alfredo Bow Ties, One Skillet Vegan Helper, Almond Butter Banana Bread Blondies, and so much more!

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Spaghettone al Pomodoro

Spaghetti with tomato sauce

Photograph by Elizabeth Minchilli

After a lifetime of living and eating in Rome, Elizabeth Minchilli is an expert on the city’s cuisine. While she’s proud to share everything she knows about Rome, she now wants to show her devoted readers that the rest of Italy is a culinary treasure trove just waiting to be explored.

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Tomato-Ginger Green Beans

Tomato Ginger Green Beans

Photograph by Angie Mosier

From the rolling hills and hollows in Appalachia to the flat salt marshes of South Carolina to an urban farm in metro-Atlanta, the South has a strong tradition of good food and generous hospitality. The region is well known for fried chicken, grits, and biscuits, but there are some Southern food-ways that many may find surprising: There have been Chinese Americans living in the Mississippi Delta since the 1800s; at one time more Italians lived in New Orleans than New York City, and an Atlanta suburb is known as the “Seoul of the South.” The South is rich in cultural diversity and the food of the modern global South reflects this.

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Cookbook Review: Eggs

Eggs, Michel RouxThe egg is the simplest and most complete food—versatile enough for the quickest of meals to the smartest of dinner parties and the favourite of patissiers and dessert chefs. With more than 30 years experience as a chef at the top of his profession, Michel Roux has garnered a vast wealth of culinary knowledge and expertise. Trained in the classic French style, but a global traveller with a passion for different cuisines, Michel uses all of his skill and experience to take a new look at one of the oldest foods of all.

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Cookbook Review: Fresh India

Fresh India, Meera Sodha

Following her bestselling Made in India, Meera Sodha reveals a whole new side of Indian food that is fresh, delicious, and quick to make at home. These vegetable-based recipes are feel-good food and full of flavour.

Indian cuisine is one of the most vibrant vegetable cuisines in the entire world, and in Fresh India Meera leads home cooks on a culinary journey through its many flavourful dishes that will delight vegetarians and those simply looking to add to their recipe repertoire alike.

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Cookbook Review: How to Grill Everything

How to Grill Everything, Mark Bittman

Here’s how to grill absolutely everything—from the perfect steak to cedar-plank salmon to pizza—explained in Mark Bittman’s trademark simple, straightforward style. Featuring 1,000 recipes and variations, plus Bittman’s practical advice on all the grilling basics, this book is an exploration of the grill’s nearly endless possibilities.

Simple, streamlined recipes cover every part of the meal, including appetizers and snacks, fish and shellfish, all kinds of meat and poultry, vegetable sides and mains, and even desserts. Plenty of quick, high-heat recipes will get dinner on the table in short order (Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp, Green Chile Cheeseburgers); low and slow project” recipes (Texas-Style Smoked Brisket, Pulled Pork with Lexington BBQ Sauce) are ideal for leisurely weekend cookouts. (more…)

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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