Cookbook reviews

Sticky Chicken Thighs with Ginger and Garlic

Sticky Chicken Thighs with Ginger and Garlic

Sticky Chicken Thighs with Ginger and Garlic, Excerpted SKILLET LOVE: From Steak to Cake: More Than 150 Recipes in One Cast-Iron Pan. Copyright © 2019 by Anne Byrn. Photography by Danielle Atkins.

Beloved by home cooks and professionals alike, the cast iron skillet is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in your kitchen arsenal. Perfect for every meal of the day, the cast iron pan can be used to cook eggs, sear meat, roast whole dinners, and serve up dessert warm from the oven. 

Unlike artificially nonstick pans that contain harmful chemicals, the cast-iron pan is naturally nonstick. So go ahead and let the pan work its magic to sear, sizzle, roast, fry, and caramelize—introducing big and bold restaurant-quality flavours into your one-pan meals.

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Salted Caramel Walnut Tart

Rustic French Cooking Made Easy: Authentic, Regional Flavors from Provence, Brittany, Alsace and Beyond , Salted Caramel Walnut Tart, Photography by Audrey Le Goff and Karly Schaefer.

Rustic French Cooking Made Easy: Authentic, Regional Flavors from Provence, Brittany, Alsace and Beyond , Salted Caramel Walnut Tart, Photography by Audrey Le Goff and Karly Schaefer.

This collection of 60 unbelievably easy, delicious recipes represents the best of essential French home cooking, with an amazing variety of dishes from traditional regional cuisines.

Leave haute cuisine to fussy French restaurants, and dive into simple, comforting classics. Audrey Le Goff, founder of the blog Pardon Your French, dispels the myth that real French cooking is tricky and complicated. Home cooks interested in the popular French approach to cooking for health and happiness, will delight in these authentic, approachable recipes, while devoted French cooking fans will discover delicious staples rarely tasted outside of the French family kitchen.

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Squash, Mushroom and Amaretti Panzanella 

Squash, Mushroom and Amaretti Panzanella, A Flash in the Pan cookbook, Photography by Nassima Rothacker

Squash, Mushroom and Amaretti Panzanella, A Flash in the Pan cookbook, Photography by Nassima Rothacker

John Whaite celebrates simple, stunning recipes that can be prepared and cooked on the stove in under 45 minutes. Speedy food can’t be complicated—just a flash in the pan—so no trickery, just delicious but achievable recipes. Pans and a stove are all you need to feed you, your friends and family convenience food, with class.

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Pumpkin Crème Brûlée Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Crème Brûlée Cheesecake Bars, Delish Insane Sweets cookbook

The editors of Delish.com know one thing for sure: ANYONE can bake an amazing dessert. Crammed with surprising ideas for treats that are both fun and easy, the wildly popular brand’s second cookbook features 100 recipes: new classics and reader favourites that have been shared hundreds of thousands of times.

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Lemon-Lentil Spinach Soup

Lemon-Lentil Spinach Soup, The Big Book of Instant Pot Recipes, Photography by Stefanie Bundalo

Lemon-Lentil Spinach Soup, The Big Book of Instant Pot Recipes, Photography by Stefanie Bundalo

Four of your favourite authors have banded together to bring you this must-have collection of Instant Pot® recipes that showcases the versatility and ease that a multi-function cooker can bring to your kitchen.

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Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza, The Silver Spoon Classic

Margherita Pizza, The Silver Spoon Classic

Italian culture is defined in part by the art of cooking, blending ancient traditions with contemporary innovation. First published in 2005, The Silver Spoon has helped transform a generation of English speakers into experienced Italian cooks.

The Silver Spoon Classic is a luxurious collection of 170 of the most authentic recipes from the world’s leading Italian cookbook, complete with new photography and a fresh, updated design.

The title of this seminal cookbook derives from the English phrase, “a baby born with a silver spoon in her mouth,” which describes someone who has been born into a rich heritage.

The original Il Cucchio d’Argento was published in 1950. Since then, millions of copies have been sold around the world. Phaidon’s 2005 edition was followed by an updated and revised edition in 2011, which continues to be the most authoritative book on Italian home cooking.

The Silver Spoon Classic is the definitive compilation of the original cookbook’s best and most iconic recipes, featuring newly photographed dishes and written in language that is accessible to gourmands and beginners alike.

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Hazelnut & Strawberry Mousse Cake

Hazelnut & Strawberry Mousse Cake, Excerpted from Brontë at Home: Baking from the ScandiKitchen by Brontë Aurell,Photography by Peter Cassidy © Ryland Peters & Small.

Hazelnut & Strawberry Mousse Cake, Excerpted from Brontë at Home: Baking from the ScandiKitchen by Brontë Aurell, Photography by Peter Cassidy © Ryland Peters & Small.

From a batch of buns to a show-stopping Othello layer cake, Brontë’s recipes inspire the feelings of pure delight that baking at home can bring.

Try Brontë’s Daim Cookies—wonderfully gooey and filled with pieces of chocolate-coated almond toffee. The Trays and Rolls chapter includes super-soft Rye Flat Rolls and Lemon and Blueberry cake. Try one of the Everyday Cakes such as Mamma Lena’s Apple Pie or Tosca cake, a love story between almonds and buttery caramel. (more…)

Pasta with Olives

Pasta with Olives, Simple, Elegant Pasta Dinners, Photography by Nikki Marie

Pasta with Olives, Simple, Elegant Pasta Dinners, Photography by Nikki Marie

Nikki Marie, blogger behind Chasing the Seasons, transforms everyone’s go-to pantry staple by using heirloom Italian methods to create complex flavours at home.

These 75 easy but elevated dishes will show readers how versatile pasta can be, and how simple it is to layer complex flavours for impressive, satisfying meals. Nikki Marie introduces simple techniques and unexpected twists inspired by her Italian family ties. Each dish is a perfectly composed meal, using a wide range of flavourful produce, tender meats and fresh seafood. Nikki’s creative dried pasta recipes quickly transform a pantry staple into a luxurious dinner—perfect for busy weeknights.

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Strichetti with Prosciutto, Arugula and Tomatoes

Strichetti with Prosciutto, Arugula and Tomatoes, American Sfoglino cookbook, Photography by Eric Wolfinger.

Strichetti with Prosciutto, Arugula and Tomatoes, American Sfoglino cookbook, Photography by Eric Wolfinger.

In this debut cookbook from Evan Funke, he shares classic techniques from his Emilia Romagna training and provides accessible instructions for making his award winning sfoglia (sheet pasta) at home. With little more than flour, eggs, and a rolling pin, you too can be a sfoglino (a pasta maker) and create traditional Italian noodles that are perfectly paired with the right sauces.

Beginning with four foundational doughs, American Sfoglino takes readers step by step through recipes for a variety of generous dishes, from essential sauces and broths, like Passata di Pomodoro (Tomato Sauce) and Brodo di Carne (Meat Broth) to luscious Tagliatelle in Bianco con Prosciutto (Tagliatelle with Bacon and Butter) and Lasagna Verde alla Bolognese (Green Bolognese Lasagna).

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Pesto spinach stuffed spaghetti squash

Pesto spinach stuffed spaghetti squash, Whole in One: Complete, Healthy Meals in a Single Pot, Sheet Pan, or Skillet by Ellie Krieger. Photos by Randi Baird.

Pesto spinach stuffed spaghetti squash, Whole in One: Complete, Healthy Meals in a Single Pot, Sheet Pan, or Skillet by Ellie Krieger. Photos by Randi Baird.

We want the food we love and we want to be healthy, but who has the time or energy to figure it all out? James Beard Award winner and bestselling cookbook author Ellie Krieger shows you how to create a meal in a single pot, sheet pan, baking dish, or skillet—no additional gadgets or tools required. Divided by main—ingredients meat, poultry, seafood, vegetarian, dessert—and further separated into sheet pan, baking dish, skillet, and pot-cooked meals, the 125 nutritionally complete dinner recipes (plus healthy desserts) can each be prepared simply. (more…)