Cookbook reviews

Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger, Food You Love But Different by Danielle Oron, Page Street Publishing Co., 2019, Photography by Danielle Oron.

Cheeseburger, Food You Love But Different by Danielle Oron, Page Street Publishing Co., 2019, Photography by Danielle Oron.

From Danielle Oron, the creator of the hugely popular, New York Times-featured, Food52 Genius Recipes status Salted Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies, comes her second cookbook, Food You Love But Different.

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Chile-Maple Roasted Chicken 

Chile-Maple Roasted Chicken, Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski, Photography by Paula Brissman.

Chile-Maple Roasted Chicken, Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski, Photography by Paula Brissman.

Antoni Porowski, the food and wine guru on Netflix’s sensation Queer Eye, meets people where they live—literally. With appealing vulnerability, he shows cooks of all levels how to become more confident and casual in the kitchen. The verve and naturalness of his approach earned raves from Food & Wine and Bon Appétit to GQ and the New York Times, which noted his dishes prove that “sometimes simple is anything but simplistic.”

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Strawberry & Blueberry Cobbler

Strawberry & Blueberry Cobbler, Leon Happy Baking by Claire Ptak and Henry Dimbleby, Photography by Steven Joyce

Strawberry & Blueberry Cobbler, Leon Happy Baking by Claire Ptak and Henry Dimbleby, Photography by Steven Joyce

Leon Happy Baking contains sweet and savoury recipes for everyone, from the novice cook to the baking expert. Following the Leon principle that what tastes good can also do you good, many of the recipes are sugar, dairy, wheat or gluten-free—so there’s plenty to indulge in even if you have a food allergy, an intolerance or an eye on your waistline.

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Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce, Gregg's Italian Family Cookbook, Gregg and Anna Wallace, Photography by James Murphy

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce, Gregg’s Italian Family Cookbook, Gregg and Anna Wallace, Photography by James Murphy

Gregg Wallace has fallen in love with Italian cuisine. Along with his wife Anna, and a little help from her Italian parents, he has created a simple Italian cookbook so we can all enjoy traditional Italian cuisine at home.

For Italians, food is not just about recipes, it’s a way of life. It’s about making time for each other, forgetting work and worries, and enjoying tasty, satisfying meals. Gregg and Anna share the dishes they have explored, laughed and argued about with their family, from vitello tonnato to orecchiette and crespelle to veal chops, bagna cauda and bowls of vongole. Brought to life through stunning photography in the Tuscan countryside and buzzing food markets, you’ll discover traditional recipes, cooked the authentic Italian way.

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Pear and Ginger Galette

Pear and Ginger Galette

Pear and Ginger Galette, David Wood, Cooking for Friends, Photography by Gillean Proctor.

In the 30 years since David Wood first published his classic David Wood Food Book, he has continued his reputation as one of Canada’s great culinary artisans. Former owner of the prestigious David Wood Food Shop in Toronto, David has spent over two decades on the West Coast cultivating acclaim for his cheese-making as well as for his unique understanding of the elemental role food plays in daily life.

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Grilled Burgers with Bacon-Onion Relish and Smoky Aïoli

Grilled Burgers with Bacon

Grilled Burgers with Bacon-Onion Relish and Smoky Aïoli, Beer at my Table by Tonia Wilson, Photography by Leonardo Frusteri

Beer has long been a beloved beverage and Beer At My Table celebrates its greatness and versatility as a brilliant partner for food. Tonia Wilson combines her extensive knowledge as a chef and beer sommelier to simplify the facts behind the fun of beer and food pairing. Whether you are just beginning to learn or are an avid enthusiast this book offers all the information needed to fully understand beer. You’ll learn the steps to properly evaluate what is in your glass, as well as how to identify the characteristics in food that will ultimately affect the pairing.

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Brisket Cheeseburger

The Brisket Chronicles by Steven Raichlen, Photography by Matthew Benson

The Brisket Chronicles by Steven Raichlen, Photography by Matthew Benson

Take brisket to the next level: ’Cue it, grill it, smoke it, braise it, cure it, boil it—even bake it into chocolate chip cookies. Texas barbecued brisket is just the beginning: There’s also Jamaican Jerk Brisket and Korean Grilled Brisket to savour. Old School Pastrami and Kung Pao Pastrami, a perfect Passover Brisket with Dried Fruits and Sweet Wine, even ground brisket—Jakes Double Brisket Cheeseburgers.
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Lobster Rolls

Cru Oyster Bar Nantucket cookbook by Erin Zircher, Photography by Wayne Chinnock

Cru Oyster Bar Nantucket cookbook by Erin Zircher, Photography by Wayne Chinnock

CRU Oyster Bar’s casually stylish cuisine is an ode to the ocean, local farms, and the seasons, served in a beautiful setting on Nantucket Harbor.

Zircher takes her inspiration from her classical French training, her love of Mediterranean flavors, and family recipes in these 75 never-before-published recipes. With full-sized four-color images of the food and the island, the CRU Oyster Bar Nantucket Cookbook brings the vibrancy of Nantucket’s spectacular beauty to its pages.

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Strawberries-and-Cream Ice Pops

Strawberries-and-Cream Ice Pops (Paletas de Fresas con Crema), by Marcela Valladolid, Photography by Isabella Martinez-Funcke

Strawberries-and-Cream Ice Pops (Paletas de Fresas con Crema), by Marcela Valladolid, Photography by Isabella Martinez-Funcke

Marcela Valladolid loves to entertain guests at her beautiful home in San Diego, and just as she did in Casa Marcela, this book captures the spirit of her hybrid Mexican-American upbringing in vibrant and mouthwatering recipes.

Picadillo Lettuce Cups are topped with avocado and lime and make for perfect finger food; Spicy Chimichurri and Jalapeño-Cilantro Aioli are the perfect addition to a crudité platter; the classic panzanella salad is updated with tomatillos, panela cheese, and pork rinds; and vegetarian options include Chickpea Ceviche Tostadas and Sweet Potato Chipotle Hummus.

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Amira’s Peach Cobbler 

Peach Cobbler, The Last OG cookbook, Recipes written with Nicole A. Taylor, Photography by Noah Fecks

Peach Cobbler, The Last OG cookbook, Recipes written with Nicole A. Taylor, Photography by Noah Fecks

With The Last O.G. Cookbook, you can keep the party going at home with recipes inspired by the hit TBS comedy starring Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish. Morgan plays Tray Barker, a recently released ex-convict who, upon returning to his hometown of Brooklyn to find his girlfriend married to another man and his neighbourhood gentrified, relies on his cooking skills to find his place in a city he often doesn’t recognize. (more…)