Cookbook reviews

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie, Tasting Table Cooking with Friends, Photography by Todd Coleman.

Tasting Table’s Cooking with Friends updates the classic menu cookbook for a new generation of heroic hosts and dinner party emcees.

No need to wake up at dawn and martyr yourself in the kitchen all day: These menus are designed to be made with a few gracious friends who arrive early enough to be your sous chefs. Sure, you still have to manage the invitations, order groceries, and hide that hamper in a closet, but crowdsourced cooking (and clean up, if you’re lucky) makes entertaining easier so you can do it more often. (more…)

Sweet Cardamom Yogurt

Sweet Cardamom Yogurt (Shrikhand)

Sweet Cardamom Yogurt (Shrikhand), Indian-ish, Priya Krishna, Photography by Mackenzie Kelley

Indian food is everyday food! This colourful, lively book is food writer Priya Krishna’s loving tribute to her mom’s “Indian-ish” cooking—a trove of one-of-a-kind Indian-American hybrids that are easy to make, clever, practical, and packed with flavour. Think Roti Pizza, Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Green Pea Chutney, and Malaysian Ramen.

Priya’s mom, Ritu, taught herself to cook after moving to the U.S. while also working as a software programmer—her unique creations merging the Indian flavours of her childhood with her global travels and inspiration from cooking shows as well as her kids’ requests for American favourites like spaghetti and PB&Js. The results are approachable and unfailingly delightful, like spiced, yogurt-filled sandwiches crusted with curry leaves, or “Indian Gatorade” (a thirst-quenching salty-sweet limeade) and sweet cardamom yogurt. Indian-ish includes plenty of simple dinners you can whip up in minutes at the end of a long workday.

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Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken, Coconut Lagoon restaurant, Chef Joe Thottungal | Photography by Christian Lalonde

With its tranquil beaches, lush mountains, and incredibly delicious cuisine, Kerala, located in southwestern India, is often called paradise on earth. It’s a place where traditional dishes are born of
a unique geography and enhanced with spices such as mustard seeds, curry leaves, and coconut milk. In fact, it’s one of India’s most exciting culinary regions.

Coconut Lagoon by Joe Thottungal, a collection of 80 easy-to-make recipes designed for home cooks. The cookbook features authentic regional dishes such as mango pickle, dosa, Malabar parathas, biryani, Thrissur-style fish, and banana fritters, as well as more widely known Indian recipes that are loved around the world, such as chai, butter chicken, and poori. You’ll even find traditional vegetarian dishes that are served at the Onam sadya, the annual harvest festival. (more…)

Double-Decker Drive-Thru Burgers

Double-Decker Drive-Thru Burgers

Double-Decker Drive-Thru Burgers, Photography by America’s Test Kitchen

Achieve burger greatness, with updated classics, regional favourites, homemade everything (from meat blends to pretzel buns), and craft-burger creations, plus fries and other sides, and frosty drinks.

What is the “ultimate” burger? Ask that question and you will ignite an enthusiastic debate about meats, cooking methods, degree of doneness, bun types, condiments, toppings, and accompaniments. The Ultimate Burger has the best answer to all of these questions: The ultimate burger is what you want it to be. And America’s Test Kitchen shows you how to get there.

Craving an all-American beef burger? We’ve got ’em: steak burgers, double-decker burgers, and easy beef sliders. Travel beyond beef, with options for turkey, pork, lamb, bison, salmon, tuna, and shrimp burgers before exploring the world of meat-free burgers, both vegetarian and vegan. Then it’s go for broke, featuring out-of-this-world creations like a Surf and Turf Burger, Loaded Nacho Burger, Grilled Crispy Onion-Ranch Burger, and Reuben Burger. (more…)

José Andrés’ Gazpacho

José Andrés’ Gazpacho from The Recipe by Josh Emett, copyright © Kieran E. Scott.

Josh Emett, holder of three Michelin stars and best known for opening Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at the London Hotel in New York, has collected the most important classic recipes from the world’s most acclaimed chefs to create a kind of Larousse Gastronomique of the 21st century.

The Recipe offers over three hundred time-honoured and modern classic recipes from one hundred and fifty of the world’s finest chefs and cooks—Elena and Juan Mari Arzak, David Chang, Al Brown, Jacques Pépin, Guy Savoy, Gordon Ramsay, Ruth Rogers, Rick Stein, Nancy Silverton, Daniel Humm, Marco Pierre White, Nobu Matsuhisa, Michael Caines, Skye Gyngell, Angela Hartnett, Jason Atherton, Bo Songvisava and Dylan Jones, Ben Shewry, Alla Wolf-Tasker,Anne-Sophie Pic, Peter Gordon, Peter Gilmore, Colin Fassnidge, and many more—all painstakingly recreated by Emett and beautifully photographed by award-winning photographer, Kieran E. Scott. (more…)

Birthday Cake Macarons 

Birthday Cake Macarons, Sugar Rebels

Birthday Cake Macarons, Sugar Rebels | Photography by Nick Makrides, Armelle Habib

Sugar Rebels is the book that fans of The Scran Line and its host and creator Nick Makrides have been waiting for! It includes Nick’s signature delicious and sometimes outrageous cupcakes, macarons, and cakes—some favourites, some new recipes—presented alongside the story of The Scran Line and Nick’s path to success as a YouTube star and role model for the LGBTQI community. It reflects his distinct approach to baking, colour, design—and life.

Nick Makrides is a YouTuber who dedicated himself full-time to his channel The Scran Line four years ago. He has a design background but also spent time in the navy—hence the name, a reference to standing in line for food (scran). Before going full-time with his channel, he worked for two years in a commercial kitchen as a pastry chef. His inspirations are Beyoncé, his grandmother, and his mother, and he considers himself an ambassador for the LGBTQI community. (more…)

Johnny Cakes with Rhubarb and Sour Cherries

Johnny Cakes

Johnny Cakes with Rhubarb and Sour Cherries, Every Day is Saturday | Photographs copyright © 2019 by Gentl + Hyers

From beloved cookbook author and recipe developer Sarah Copeland, Every Day Is Saturday brims with inspiration. More than 100 beautiful recipes that make weeknight cooking a breeze, gorgeous food and lifestyle photography. Easy-to-follow tips for cooking delicious, healthful, sustaining food provide a joyous Saturday mentality of taking pleasure in food and occasion, whatever the day of the week. (more…)

Blueberry Naked Cake

Blueberry Naked Cake

Blueberry Naked Cake, Photography by Carolin Strothe/Sebastian Keitel

The healthy recipes for these beautiful baked goods cut down on sugar or cut it out altogether, thanks to the imaginative use of natural ingredients. As a bonus, many of the recipes are also gluten-free and dairy-free.

Discover how to bake more than 70 delicious low-sugar and sugar-free recipes, including healthier versions of favourites such as carrot cake, muffins, gingerbread, and hot cross buns. Every recipe tempts with a stunning photo of the finished cake or baked good.

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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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