Cookbook reviews

Six-Foot Sub Baguettes

Six-Foot Sub Baguettes

Photography by Linda Pugliese

The Executive Editor of SAVEUR magazine, author Stacy Adimando draws from her Italian heritage and her love of Italy’s traditional abundant antipasti spreads to create 75 recipes for easy, generous plates and platters meant for grazing and sharing.

Organized by season and ranging in size from bites—such as Stuffed Mussels with Bacon and Garlic Breadcrumbs, Baby Root Vegetables with Vinaigrette, and Prosciutto and Pecorino Biscuits—to larger platters, like Baked Squash with Chile Oil and Crispy Seeds, Thinly Sliced Tuscan Pork Loin, and White Clam Pizzas with Scallion and Bacon, these are generous dishes to serve to family and friends for gatherings of any kind. (more…)

Penne alla Caprese

Penne alla Caprese

Photography by Bill Milne (copyright Sterling Publishing, Inc.)

In Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, Lisa Caponigri presented a year’s worth of delicious and authentic Italian menus for the entire family to enjoy. Now she’s back with another 52 dinners, but with a fresh new seasonal approach that reflects the cuisines of Piemonte (winter), Campania (spring), Sicily (summer), and Tuscany (fall).

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Double Lemon Tart

Double Lemon Tart

Photography by DL Acken

Baking is as much about feeding someone’s heart and soul as it is about nourishing their body. It’s also about kindness and generosity: whether it’s a pie or a tray of cookies, baking is always meant to be shared.

The Little Island Bake Shop by Jana Roerick features a collection of 80 easy recipes designed to satisfy almost any craving. Freshly baked muffins are a perfect start to the morning, while grab-and-go cookies make delectable treats throughout the day. Looking to make celebratory occasions even more special? Jana’s signature pies and cakes are as simple to make as they are delicious. The cookbook also includes a savoury dishes designed to nourish: comforting pot pies, satisfying quiches, lamb patties, and even homemade pickles. (more…)

Cheesecake with Cherries

Cheesecake

Excerpted from The 100 Most Jewish Foods by Alana Newhouse (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2019. Photographs by Noah Fecks.

Tablet Magazine’s list of the 100 most Jewish foods is not about the most popular Jewish foods, or the tastiest, or even the most enduring. It’s a list of the most significant foods culturally and historically to the Jewish people, explored deeply with essays, recipes, stories, and context. Some of the dishes are no longer cooked at home, and some are not even dishes in the traditional sense (store-bought cereal and Stella D’oro cookies, for example).

The entire list is up for debate, which is what makes this book so much fun. Many of the foods are delicious (such as babka and shakshuka). Others make us wonder how they’ve survived as long as they have (such as unhatched chicken eggs and jellied calves’ feet). (more…)

Chicken Tinga

Weekday Meals: Chicken Tinga (Tinga de pollo). Photography: Araceli Paz (page 123)

Learn authentic Mexican cooking from the internationally celebrated chef Enrique Olvera (and featured in the Netflix docuseries Chef’s Table), in his first home-cooking book.

Enrique Olvera is a leading talent on the gastronomic stage, reinventing the cuisine of his native Mexico to global acclaim—yet his true passion is Mexican home cooking. Tu Casa Mi Casa is Mexico City/New York-based Olvera’s ode to the kitchens of his homeland. (more…)

Spicy Kofte Kebab

The Turkish Cookbook

Spicy Kofte Kebab. Photography by Toby Glanville (page 207)

Vibrant, bold, and aromatic, Turkish food—from grilled meats, salads, and gloriously sweet pastries to home-cooking family staples such as dips, pilafs, and stews—is beloved around the world.

The Turkish Cookbook is compiled by Musa Dagdeviren, the country’s most renowned culinary figure and the leading authority on Turkey’s unique food traditions, as featured in the Netflix documentary series Chef’s Table. (more…)

Down-Home Meatloaf and Acorn Squash

DInner in a Dash

Photography by Maria Siriano

The DASH Diet, developed at the National Institutes of Health, is a low-salt, low-sugar, low-fat diet that is good for everyone—but especially for people with heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, or excessive weight. That’s a lot of us! Remarkably, nearly one-half of the population has one or more of those health issues. For those who luckily do not, the DASH diet is a terrific way to keep your body in optimum health and to ward off problems down the road. The DASH diet is the diet most often recommended by cardiologists.

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Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

Tarte au Citron (Lemon Tart). Photography by Liz and Max Haarala Hamilton

Simple & Classic is a newly curated collection of the very best of Jane Hornby’s recipes from What to Cook & How to Cook It, Fresh & Easy, and What to Bake & How to Bake It, each previously published by Phaidon. The beauty of Hornby’s recipes is how easy they are to perfect—with detailed step-by-step shots and beautiful images of the finished dishes, this is destined to be the most useful cookbook on the shelf. Great value, it is released with the original price of What to Cook & How to Cook It, but packed full with the most popular recipes from all of Hornby’s books. From Paella to Roast Lamb and Rosemary Potatoes, and Chocolate Mousse with Cherries, this book covers classic and contemporary recipes with an international perspective. (more…)

Mango and Mint Salad

Mango and Mint Salad

Photography by Nassima Rothacker

We all know there is more to Indian food than just curries; it can also be really healthy, fresh and delicious. Chetna’s Healthy Indian contains home cooking at its best—straightforward methods, very few ingredients, crowd-pleasing flavours, nourishment and comfort. It draws upon inspiration from Chetna’s family and friends, creating realistic recipes for midweek, after work, busy weekends or when you simply want to look after yourself with wholesome food.

You’ll find 80 delicious recipes that require minimum time and effort, including Onion & whole spice chicken curry, Tandoori pan-fried sea bream, Paneer & cavalo nero saag and Baked cardamom & pistachio yogurt pots. (more…)

Edamame and Spicy Peanut Noodle Bowls

Edamame and Spicy Peanut Noodle Bowls

Photography by America’s Test Kitchen

We’re all looking for interesting, achievable ways to enjoy vegetables more often. This must-have addition to your cookbook shelf has more than 700 kitchen-tested recipes that hit that mark. Sure, you’ll learn nearly 40 ways to cook potatoes and 30 ways with broccoli. But you’ll also learn how to make a salad with roasted radishes and their peppery leaves; how to char avocados in a skillet to use in Crispy Skillet Turkey Burgers; and how to turn sunchokes into a chowder and kale into a Super Slaw for Salmon Tacos. Every chapter, from Artichokes to Zucchini, includes shopping, storage, seasonality, and prep pointers and techniques, including hundreds of step-by-step photographs and illustrations, gorgeous watercolour illustrations, and full-colour recipe photography.

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