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Persian Aubergine Stew

Persian Aubergine Stew

Persian Aubergine Stew, Vegan Slow Cooker: Over 70 delicious recipes for stress-free meals by Saskia Sidey. Photography by William Shaw.

Vegan Slow CookerPerfect for busy lifestyles, these recipes will revolutionize your meal planning, meaning you can indulge in nutritious, comforting vegan dishes every night of the week with little to no effort. With dishes for breakfast, snacks, mains and sweet treats, this is simple food that the whole family can share and enjoy together.

Recipes include: Seedy banana breakfast loaf, Tofu shakshuka, Satay cauliflower, Pulled jackfruit burgers, Mac-n-no-cheese, Sweet potato shepherd’s pie, Chocolate lava slab and Lemon blueberry drizzle.

Vegan Slow Cooker: Over 70 delicious recipes for stress-free meals is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.  

 

 


Persian Aubergine Stew

This sweet and ever so slightly sour stew is rich and hearty. You could leave out whichever toppings you want to serve with it for your guests to help themselves. (more…)

Chilli Con Veggie

Chilli Con Veggie

Chilli Con Veggie, Broke Vegan: Over 100 plant-based recipes that don’t cost the earth by Saskia Sidey. Photography by Jo Sidey.

er 100 plant-based recipes that don't cost the earth by Saskia SideyWe all want to help do our bit to save the planet by moving towards a plant-based diet, but let’s face it: eating vegan can be expensive.

With over 100 plant-based recipes using supermarket staples along with hints and tips for making your food go further, Broke Vegan will have you cooking meals time after time that save money and save the planet. From easy weeknight meals ready in 20 minutes to feeding a crowd on a budget or saving bags of time and money by batch cooking, Broke Vegan has got you covered.

Whether you’re taking part in Veganuary for the first time, making the move from veggie to vegan or just trying to make your money go further, Broke Vegan will bring variety and flavour to your meals without having to spend a fortune.

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One bowl chocolate chip banana bread

One bowl chocolate chip banana bread

One bowl chocolate chip banana bread excerpted from How to make anything gluten-free by Becky Excell. Photography by Hannah Hughes.

How to make anything gluten freeAre you avoiding gluten but yearn for fresh bread, all your favourite takeaways or naan bread with your curry? And for your sweet tooth do you crave jam doughnuts, bakery-style cookies and classic cakes?

How to Make Anything Gluten-Free is the first cookbook that shows you how to unlock all the food you truly miss eating—but nothing tastes or looks “gluten-free”.

Becky Excell has spent years developing delicious dishes and sharing them with her followers on Instagram. She is here to show you that a gluten-free life can be exciting and easy, without having to miss out on your favourite foods ever again.

Why restrict yourself to the obvious soups, salads and fruit? What you really want are the recipes that you think you can’t eat! From proper chicken chow mein to pad thai, doughnuts to lemon drizzle cake, cheesecake to profiteroles, French baguettes to pizza, plus dairy-free, vegan, veggie and low FODMAP options, Becky gives you all the recipes you’ll ever need with tips and advice on how to make absolutely anything gluten-free.

How to Make Anything Gluten-Free: Over 100 recipes for everything from home comforts to fakeaways, cakes to dessert, brunch to bread! is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca (more…)

Roast Chicken with Mustard, Marmalade, Parsnips & Orange

Roast Chicken with Mustard, Marmalade, Parsnips & Orange

Roast Chicken with Mustard, Marmalade, Parsnips & Orange, Foolproof One-pot by Alan Rosenthal. Photography by Rita Platts.

Foolproof One-potOne-pot cooking cuts down on washing up, requires minimal kitchen space and tends not to be overly complicated. What’s not to love about that?

In the first book of the Foolproof series, Foolproof One-Pot celebrates throwing ingredients into a single dish and letting the oven do the work. Alan Rosenthal offers amazing new ways to elevate classics, as well as revealing new sure-to-be favourites.

From weekend slow cooks to easy-going tray bakes, this mouth-watering collection of 70 useful, vibrant recipes are all cooked with minimal fuss and maximum flavour!

Foolproof One-Pot: 60 Simple and Satisfying Recipes is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca

 


Roast Chicken with Mustard, Marmalade, Parsnips & Orange

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Spicy Chilli French Bean Mapo Tofu

Spicy Chilli French Bean Mapo Tofu

Spicy Chilli French Bean Mapo Tofu, Asian Green: Everyday plant-based recipes inspired by the East by Ching-He Huang. Photography by Tamin Jones.

Asian Green
Asian food has always included a variety of meat and dairy-free recipes. Focusing entirely on these plant-based dishes, Ching-He Huang draws inspiration from across Asia to create simple, everyday, healthy home cooking that features protein-rich ingredients such as tofu, seitan, pulses, beans and grains.
The inspiration behind the book is Ching’s husband, Jamie. From birth, he suffered from asthma and eczema but three and a half years ago, three months after adopting a vegan diet, he was cured. Ching has always believed in the age-old Chinese maxim that “food is medicine”, and having experienced first-hand the transformation of her husband’s health, she firmly believes in the healing power of plants to reduce inflammation, to restore, nourish and replenish.
This book is full of inspiring, quick and simple recipes, perfect for vegetarians, vegans and people looking to reduce the amount of meat in their diets.

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Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros, Clodagh’s Weeknight Kitchen: Easy & exciting dishes to liven up your recipe repertoire by Clodagh McKenna. Photography by Dora Kazmierk.

Huevos Rancheros, Clodagh''s Weeknight Kitchen: Easy & exciting dishes to liven up your recipe

Clodagh McKenna‘s 100 interesting, simple recipes from meat-free meals to quick-fix dishes and storecupboard suppers offer the answers to all your weeknight dinner dilemmas. With her trademark twists, Clodagh’s inspirational but achievable dishes elevate the simple to something special. Including ideas for:

Quick Fixes – recipes on the table in less than 30 minutes—perfect for when you’ve been stuck in the office and need a quick fix.
One and Done – a variety of one-dish dinners, including roasting tin meals, one-pot stews and casseroles and one-pan recipes.
Meat-free – vegetarian dishes for meat-free Monday (or any other night of the week).
Storecupboard stand-bys – recipes based on basic storecupboard staples like pasta and tinned tomatoes, which don’t require a long list of ingredients.
Friday Night In – satisfying and substantial dishes that can feed 6-8 people for weeknight gatherings of friends and family. (more…)

Taiwanese Fried Chicken

Taiwanese Fried Chicken

Taiwanese Fried Chicken, The Double Happiness Cookbook by Trevor Lui. Photography by Suech + Beck.

The Double Happiness Cookbook: 88 Feel-Good Recipes and Food Stories

Toronto is a renowned food mecca, born out of a cultural identity defined by the unified culinary tradition of a vibrant multicultural community. It is a city that has shaped and defined one passionate chef who abandoned his corporate job to throw on an apron and to get into the kitchen, behind the bar, and in front of diners.

Almost immediately, his Taiwanese fried chicken was voted best in the city, fans queued for his notorious ramen burger, and his sensational Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich brought in the masses.

The Double Happiness Cookbook is a riveting exploration of Trevor Lui’s tireless culinary journey that began in the kitchen of a family restaurant with sweet and sour chicken balls and chow mein and eventually drew inspiration from the streets of Toronto, LA, New York, and Taiwan.

Featuring feel-good, Asian-inspired recipes with a big-city attitude—think BBQ pork on rice, bulgogi beef tostadas, sweet chili cauliflower wings, and ramen with L.A. Kalbi—this heartening cookbook is an authentic celebration of heritage, community, street culture, and food philosophy. It is eighty-eight recipes, eight compelling stories, and one man’s dream.

The Double Happiness Cookbook: 88 Feel-Good Recipes and Food Stories is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.   (more…)

Cuban Mojo Chicken

Cuban Mojo Chicken

Cuban Mojo Chicken, excerpted from THE “I LOVE LUCY” COOKBOOK: Classic Recipes Inspired by the Iconic TV Show by Jenn Fujikawa. Copyright © 2021. Photography: Shutterstock.

THE “I LOVE LUCY” COOKBOOK: Classic Recipes Inspired by the Iconic TV Show by Jenn Fujikawa.

Learn to feast like Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel and entertain in retro style with this collection of craveable classic recipes inspired by one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Recipes include:

  • Cuban dishes such as Ricky Ricardo’s Arroz con Pollo and Tropicana nightclub favourites
  • Chocolate treats and other sweet delicacies inspired by Kramer’s Kandy Kitchen
  • Mid-century Hollywood’s finest fare, from episodes set in the sunny film capital
  • Classic dishes from season three’s “The Diner”
  • “Pioneer Women” Fresh-Baked Bread (easy on the yeast!)
  • Classic cocktails to toast life’s big events — plus a recipe for Vitameatavegamin, so you can spoon your way to health!

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Striped Citrus Pie

Striped Citrus Pie

Striped Citrus Pie, The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies by Erin Jeanne McDowell. Photography by Mark Weinberg.

Look no further than The Book on Pie for the only book on pie you’ll ever want or need.

Erin Jeanne McDowell, New York Times contributing baker extraordinaire and top food stylist, wrote the book on pie, a comprehensive handbook that distills all you’ll ever need to know for making perfect pies.

The Book on Pie starts with the basics, including ways to mix pie dough for extra flaky crusts, storage and freezing, recipe size conversions, and expert tips for decorating and styling, before diving into the recipes for all the different kinds of pies: fruit, custard, cream, chiffon, cold set, savoury, and mini. Find everything from classics like Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie to more inspired recipes like Birthday-Cake Pie and Caramel Pork Pie with Chile and Scallions.

Erin also suggests recommended pie doughs and toppings with each recipe for infinitely customizable pies: Mix and match Pumpkin Spice Pie Dough and Dark Chocolate Drippy Glaze with the Pumpkin Pie, or sub in the Chive Compound-Butter Crust for the Croque Madame Pielets . . . the possibilities are endless. With helpful tips, photographic guides, and inspirations—pie-deas—it’s almost like having Erin in the kitchen baking pies with you. (more…)

Salmon with Lee’s Sriracha + Lime

Salmon with Lee’s Sriracha + lime

Salmon with Lee’s Sriracha + lime, excerpted from the book IT’S ALL GOOD: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen. Photography by Ditte Isager.

IT’S ALL GOOD: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen .

Last spring, after a particularly grueling schedule and lapse of overindulgence, Gwyneth Paltrow was feeling fatigued and faint. A visit to her doctor revealed that she was anemic, vitamin D deficient, and that her stress levels were sky high. He prescribed an elimination diet to clear out her system and help her body heal. But this meant no coffee, no alcohol, no dairy, no eggs, no sugar, no shellfish, no deep-water fish, no wheat, no meat, no soy, nothing processed at all!

An avid foodie, Paltrow was concerned that so many restrictions would make mealtime boring, so, together with Julia Turshen, she compiled a collection of 185 delicious, easy recipes that followed her doctor’s guidelines. And it worked! After changing her diet, Paltrow healed totally, felt more energetic and looked great. Now, in It’s All Good, she shares the go-to dishes that have become the baseline for the restorative diet she turns to whenever she feels she needs it. Recipes include: Huevos Rancheros, Hummus Tartine with Scallion-Mint Pesto, Salmon Burgers with Pickled Ginger, even Power Brownies, Banana “Ice Cream,” and more!

It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca (more…)