Cookbook reviews

Indian-Style Vegetable Curry with Potatoes and Cauliflower

Photography by America's Test Kitchen

Photography by America’s Test Kitchen

Truth be told, I’m an America’s Test Kitchen super fan. Books, magazines, websites and podcasts are consumed in mass quantity. I’m drawn to them because of their peerless range. My judgement, however, is not distorted and I am willing to give any product a bad grade if warranted. But, it won’t be the case with their recent release, How to Braise Everything. The book is a modern master on braising and earns high marks from me.

The elemental methods of the book are simple: Combine your main ingredient with a flavourful liquid, cook (usually) at a low temperature, and you’re left with superbly tender meat or vegetables and a flavourful sauce or broth, both parts benefitting from an exchange of flavours.

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Baked Mascarpone French Toast with Cherries

Baked Mascarpone French Toast with Cherries

Photography by Aya Brackett

Mark Bittman is revered for his simple, straightforward, and flexible approach to everyday cooking. In Dinner for Everyone, he shares 100 essential main dishes, each with easy, vegan, and all-out recipes as the mood or occasion requires.

These 300 all-new recipes, accompanied by more than 100 full-colour photographs, form a diverse collection that includes quick meals for busy weeknights (hearty soups, tacos, and one-pot pastas), creative plant-based fare that will please both vegans and non-vegans alike (lemon polenta with mushroom ragu, pomegranate-glazed eggplant, or cauliflower tinga tacos), and impressive dishes perfect for entertaining (handmade noodles and even your Thanksgiving centerpiece). (more…)

Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burger

Photography by Ditte Isager

Gwyneth Paltrow gets the power of simple, quality food. Her recipes focus on delicious flavours and clean ingredients—pillars that have launched her cookbooks to bestseller status. Now she’s back with her most ambitious cookbook to date: a collection of 100-plus recipes and customizable meal plans that offer taste, simplicity, and targeted health benefits. 

The Clean Plate brings everything to the table—from smoothies and soups to bowls, entrées, snacks, and desserts—with the ease and flavour that we have come to expect from Paltrow and her team at GOOP. Highlights include instant staples like Turkey Burger, Sheet Pan Chicken Broccolini, and Butternut Squash Tacos, and sweet treats like Cashew Turmeric Iced Lattes and Chocolate Chia Pudding. 

Beyond the appealing recipes, The Clean Plate has meal plans, detoxes, and cleanses to address the reader’s specific needs and desired results. Supported by Paltrow’s team of nutrition experts and doctors, the book offers specific eating plans focused on: 

  • Adrenal Support (with Dr. Alejandro Junger)
  • Heart Health (with Dr. Steven Gundry)
  • Candida (with Dr. Amy Myers)
  • Heavy Metal Detox (with Dr. James Novak)
  • Fat Flush (with Dr. Taz Bhatia)
  • Veg-Friendly Ayurveda (with Dr. Aruna Viswanathan)

 

Full of go-to recipes and revitalizing health tips, The Clean Plate is exactly the standout cookbook we have been waiting for, from the biggest name in clean eating. 

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Noma’s Grilled Asparagus and Tender Spruce

René Redzepi's Grilled Asparagus and Tender Spruce

Photograph by Ditte Isager

A Work in Progress: A Journal is a highly personal document of the creative processes at noma and the challenges faced by its chefs over a twelve-month period in an unspecified year of the restaurant’s history. After a month of vacation, world-famous chef René Redzepi made a resolution to keep a journal and to dedicate a year to the creativity and well-being at noma. The result is an unusually candid, and often humorous, insight into the inner workings of one of the food world’s most creative minds.  (more…)

Margherita Naan Pizza 

Margherita Naan Pizza 

Photography by Nik Sharma

It is a rare cookbook that comes to represent the way we eat now, translating the world of food and restaurants for the home kitchen and capturing moderns diversity so beautifully. Season is this book.

It was named one of the best and most anticipated cookbooks by The New York Times, Food & Wine, Epicurious, Eater, Grub Street, The New Yorker, TheKitchn, The Forward, and Delish and a Book Club Pick for Bon Appetit.

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Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Photography by Simon Smith and Peter O’Sullivan

Vegans and vegetarians everywhere will have the best holiday period ever with Gaz Oakley’s fantastic alternatives to the traditional turkey and trimmings. Gaz is an expert in bold flavours and textures, so everyone can enjoy a spectacular centrepiece and amazing food throughout the festive season.

Gaz talks you through the menus and the planning, from Christmas morning breakfast like Sweet Potato Waffles and Tofu Benedict, through to a show-stopping lunch with the likes of Ultimate Christmas Wellington, “Turkey” Roast and Festive Nut Roast Wreath served with all the trimmings: “No Pigs” in Blankets, Hasselback Potatoes and Fluffy Yorkshire Puddings—all rounded off with spectacular dairy-free desserts including Boozy Tiramisu and “Brioche” Bread and Butter Pudding. There are vegan versions of mince pies, Pavlova, and even a “cheese” board for after! (more…)

Yeasted Rugelach

Rugelach

Photography by Michael Persico

For their first major book since the trailblazing Zahav, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook go straight to the food of the people—the great dishes that are the soul of Israeli cuisine. Usually served from tiny eateries, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, or market stalls, these specialties have passed from father to son or mother to daughter for generations. To find the best versions, the authors scoured bustling cities like Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, and sleepy towns on mountaintops. They visited bakeries, juice carts, beaches, even weddings. (more…)

PASTA WITH CABBAGE, WINTER SQUASH AND WALNUTS

Pasta with Cabbage, Winter Squash and Walnuts, Dorie Greenspan

Photography © 2018 by Ellen Silverman

To the hundreds of thousands who follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, Dorie Greenspan’s food is powerfully cookable—her recipes instant classics. In Everyday Dorie, she invites readers into her kitchen to savour the dishes that she makes all the time, from Miso-Glazed Salmon to Lemon Goop.

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French Onion Soup

Chicken Soup

Photograph by Dan Jones

French Guy Cooking is a YouTube sensation. A Frenchman living in Paris, Alexis loves to demystify cooking by experimenting with food and cooking methods to take the fear factor out of cooking, make it fun and accessible, and charm everyone with his geeky approach to food.

In this, his debut cookbook, he shares 100 of his absolute favourite recipes—from amazingly tasty toast ideas all the way to some classic but super-simple French dishes. Along the way, he shares ingenious kitchen hacks—six ways with a can of sardines, a cheat’s guide to wine, three knives you need in your kitchen—so that anyone can throw together great food without any fuss.

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Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Photography by Ethan Calabrese

You don’t have to know how to cook, you just have to love to eat.

Delish.com speaks to food lovers who don’t fancy themselves chefs—and they do it through helpful, shareable recipes that are as fun to watch as they are to make. Now, they’ve crammed all of that insanity and entertainment into their first-ever cookbook. (more…)