Cookbook reviews

Sunday Roast Chicken

Sunday Roast Chicken

Sunday Roast Chicken, A Parisian Bistro: La Fontaine de Mars in 50 Recipes by Cécile Maslakian. Photography by Delphine Constantini.

A Parisian BistroWelcome to the lively atmosphere of La Fontaine de Mars, a Parisian bistro founded in 1908, nestled in the heart of the French capital. As soon as guests pass through the heavy red curtain, they are captivated by the spirit of a place that has lovingly preserved the traces of its past.

Checkered tablecloths, vintage objects, earthenware tiles, and delicious dishes in generous portions await. Here, you can discover glorious recipes, such as Cassoulet, Porcini Mushroom Pâté., and Strawberry-Pistachio Sabayon, and see the colourful history of La Fontaine de Mars unfold before your eyes.

Neighbourhood regulars, savvy tourists, celebrities (including Robert De Niro, who contributes a foreword, and Mick Jagger), American expatriates, and figures from the world of fashion all frequent this legendary address.

A Parisian Bistro: La Fontaine de Mars in 50 Recipes is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Raspberry Charlotte

Raspberry Charlotte

Raspberry Charlotte, French Pastry at the Ritz Paris by François Perret. Photography by Bernhard Winkelmann.

French Pastry at the Ritz Paris

Welcome to the universe of François Perret, pastry chef at the Ritz Paris. Savour sumptuous pastries and cakes: the famous honey madeleine, or the Poire BelleHélène en cage, and explore too this legendary hotel on the Place Vendome.

Perret writes about his inspiration for his top ten creations, and then five haute pâtisserie desserts are each interpreted in three different variations: as an appetizer (la touche), as a main dessert, and as a light, sweet finishing flourish (la sucrerie).

The book concludes with Perret’s favourite: marble cake nestled in its pretty box stamped with the name of the famous hotel; the dessert unveils itself like a precious gem.

French Pastry at the Ritz Paris is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.

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Skillet-Fried Chicken

Skillet Fried Chicken

Skillet Fried Chicken, The Hot Chicken Project by Aaron Turner. Photography by Julian Kingma.

The Hot Chicken Project is more than the sum of its parts. Yes, it’s a cookbook, but it’s also a narrative, a photographic celebration and most importantly, it’s Aaron Turner’s love letter to his obsession. This book is about immersing yourself into the world of hot chicken. So, to plunge you into this journey along with Aaron, we have a fun offer.

For acclaimed Australian chef Aaron Turner, hot chicken isn’t just food—it’s salvation in crispy, fried and devilishly spicy form. In The Hot Chicken Project, he travels back to Nashville, the place of its birth, to pay his respects to the makers, to chart the love and obsession that has shaped his world, and to make sure that what he does back home is doing it justice. Part cookbook, part pilgrimage, The Hot Chicken Project is both an epic love letter to the fiery bird and a celebration of a way of life that is in danger of vanishing forever.

The Hot Chicken Project is part recipe book (40 recipes covering the best mains, sandwiches, sides, salads and sauces), part narrative, part pictorial celebration of the history and power hot chicken holds over the city of Nashville—and now beyond (including Melbourne!). (more…)

The Route 66 Fried Chicken Burger

The Route 66 Fried Chicken Burger

The Route 66 Fried Chicken Burger, Wings and Things by David Turofsky and Ben Ford. Photography by Dan Jones.

Wings and Things

From the award-winning and fried-chicken obsessed duo behind Wingmans, chef Ben Ford and David Turofsky, comes Wings and Things, a book that celebrates the glorious bird with some of the most mouth-watering, saucy, internationally-inspired variations on classic wings.

Recipes to savour include moreish favourites such as their multi-award-winning Buffalo Hot Sauce, Sweet and Smokey BBQ Wings, Korean Hot Sauce Wings with Fermented Black Bean, Pineapple and Black Sesame, Jamaican-Me-CrazyWings made firey with Scotch bonnet chillies, and Salt and Pepper Wings coated in five-spice and Szechuan salt.

Other chapters offer ways to make use of the other parts of a chicken so as to avoid waste—you’ll find 24-hour tea-brined whole chicken, Route 66 Fried Chicken Burger, and other recipes using the thighs and breast fillets.

Ben and David also show how easy it is to use wingtips and other bones to make the best possible chicken stock, and chicken skin to make unbelievably moreish ‘Crack Crumb’—a salty, irresistible topping made from crisped-up skin.

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Sheet Pan Barbecue

Sheet Pan Barbecue

Sheet Pan Barbecue, Health One-Pan Dinners by Dana Angelo White. Photography by Kelley Schuyler.

Healthy One Pan Dinners

Weeknight dinners can be a chore, especially when they require multiple pots and pans. Simplify dinner with 100 easy recipes that come together quickly and require only one sheet pan, skillet, Dutch oven, or slow cooker.

Healthy recipes feature fresh, whole food ingredients and lightened up versions of family favourites. Short on prep but big on flavour, these homemade meals are easy, flexible, and quick to prepare–exactly what you need to get dinner on the table with minimal fuss.

Healthy One Pan Dinners makes weeknight cooking attainable with:

* 100 recipes for satisfying, one-pan dinners that will please the whole family including Herbed Drumsticks and Sweet Potatoes, Sesame Ginger Shrimp, Chili Roasted Tofu and Broccoli, and Sizzling Sausage and Vegetable Skillet.
* Helpful tags to identify Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian, Under 30 Minutes, and Freezer-Friendly meals.
* Complete nutritional information for every recipe.
* Tips for repurposing leftovers, meal prep, storage, and reheating.

Healthy One Pan Dinners: 100 Easy Recipes for Your Sheet Pan, Skillet, Multicooker and More is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca (more…)

Sweet Potato Piri Piri Burger

Sweet Potato Piri Piri Burger

Sweet Potato Piri Piri Burger, Plants Only Kitchen by Gaz Oakley. Photography by Simon Smith and Peter O’Sullivan.

Plants only kitchen by Gaz Oakley

Plants-Only Kitchen offers an explosion of flavour, with more than 70 vegan recipes that work around your lifestyle.

With symbols flagging whether recipes are high-protein, take less than 15 minutes, or are suitable for meal prep and batch cooking, Plants-Only Kitchen explains how best to make a vegan diet work for you. No-fuss, no fancy ingredients—just fantastic food using plants, only.

Gaz Oakley (aka Avant-Garde Vegan) has amassed well over a million followers on social media with his exciting vegan dishes, which emphasize that a plant-based diet doesn’t mean missing out on taste. In Plants-Only Kitchen, Gaz’s recipes are easier than ever before—following his step-by-step instructions, tips and advice, anyone can cook great vegan food.

Plants-Only Kitchen: Over 70 Delicious, Super-Simple, Powerful and Protein-Packed Recipes for Busy People is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca

Crazy-Fluffy Buttermilk Sheet Pan Pancakes

Crazy-Fluffy Buttermilk Sheet Pan Pancakes

Crazy-Fluffy Buttermilk Sheet Pan Pancakes, Southern Vegan by Lauren Hartmann. Photography by Julie Grace and Lauren Hartmann.

Southern Vegan

Eating vegan doesn’t mean sacrificing satisfying homestyle flavours with this impressive array of southern-inspired plant-based dishes. This is southern cooking for a new generation. Rediscover the region’s most beloved dishes and unearth new favourites with this collection of 60 plant-based recipes by vegan blogger Lauren Hartmann.

Whether you’re from the South or just long for its flavours, you’ll be reaching for seconds of dishes like:

· Blackened Tofu Coleslaw Sandwiches
· Nashville Hot Cauliflower
· Cajun Brussels Sprouts with Cheesy Grits
· Jalapeno Hushpuppies with Sweet Butter
· Mississippi Mud Cheesecake

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Mexican Rice Burrito Bowl

Mexican Rice Burrito Bowl

Mexican Rice Burrito Bowl, The Healthspan Solution by Julieanna Hever and Ray Cronise. Photography by Kelley Schuyler.

Authors and leading plant-based nutrition experts Julieanna Hever and Ray Cronise have spent over a decade researching diet and nutrition, analyzing longevity studies, and helping their clients achieve sustainable, lasting health benefits by adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet.

In The Healthspan Solution, they share a simple and effective diet that has allowed their clients to lose weight, reverse disease, reduce or eliminate medication use, and achieve optimal health. This accessible and easy-to-follow guide examines the health risks posed by typical Western eating habits and explains how a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, mushrooms, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices can lead to lower blood pressure, healthy weight management, and longer life.

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Classic cheesecake with homemade strawberry sauce

Classic cheesecake with homemade strawberry sauce

Back to the Fure Dessert: McFly Cheesecake – Classic cheesecake with homemade strawberry sauce, reprinted with permission from GASTRONOGEEK © 2020 by Thibaud Villanova and Maxime Léonard, Running Press.

Presenting pop culture delicacies for both casual and devoted fans, this cookbook includes forty-two recipes to conjure up unbelievable three-course menus influenced by fifteen fandoms from science fiction, fantasy, manga, horror, and comics. Become a gourmet geek with this mouthwatering menu:

-A delicate “Impossible Soufflé” from Doctor Who
-“Sanji’s Special Pork Steaks” from One Piece
-The aptly named “Transylvanian Beef” from Dracula with roast beef, onions, and saffron potatoes
-A hearty “Vegetables of Yesteryear Pie” from The Lord of the Rings
-Specialty sweets and desserts: “Martha Kent’s Apricot and Almond Tart,” “McFly Cheesecake,” or the “Eye of Sauron Sabayon”, and more!

From comfort food to culinary classics, pop culture chef Thibaud Villanova’s imaginative recipes are sure to amaze and delight everyone gathered around the table.

 

Gastronogeek: 42 Recipes from Your Favorite Imaginary Worlds is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.

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Chamomile Panna Cotta Tart 

Chamomile Panna Cotta Tart

Chamomile Panna Cotta Tart, The Pastry School by Julie Jones. Photography by Peter Cassidy.

The Pastry School

Julie Jones is renowned for her highly decorative bakes packed with bold layers of flavour and texture. She is leading the pastry revival, believing that with a bit of patience and a love for food, anyone can create delicious, beautiful bakes.

 

A comprehensive Pastry Recipes & Methods section guides you through 10 different types of pastry with step-by-step instructions. These include loved classics such as Shortcrust and Hot Water, as well as a versatile Vegan and Gluten-free, that can be swapped in or out of recipes with a helpful Alternative Pastry Key.

 

Chapters include Fruit, Cream & Cheese, Nuts, Vegetables, Meat & Fish and Crunch & Crumb, featuring more than 50 sweet and savoury recipes ranging from a crowd-pleasing Vegetable Patch(work) Tart to stunning Vanilla Slices.

 

Dive in and be inspired by Julie’s delicate decorations and full-on flavours—these bakes are fun and achievable, with swaps and creativity encouraged.

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