Cookbook reviews

Vegetable Pot Roast

Vegetable Pot Roast

Vegetable Pot Roast, The Vegetarian Cookbook, Photography by Dave King

Budding young cooks will be excited by the variety of healthy and fun vegetarian meals that are incredibly easy to make. Each recipe is carefully put together by an expert author and there is a nutritionist on board to check there’s a balance of vitamins, minerals, protein, and carbohydrates throughout the book.

Studies have shown that lowering your meat intake can be incredibly beneficial for you and your child’s health as well as helping the environment. Food fact files and helpful tips throughout the book give advice on how to achieve a balanced diet, ensuring every nutritional need is covered for growing young minds and bodies.

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Super Moist Banana Bread 

Super Moist Banana Bread

Super Moist Banana Bread, All the Love by Jennifer Tylee Lee and Anisha Patel, MD, MSPH (Workman). Copyright © 2019. Photographs by Erin Scott.

Half the Sugar, All the Love

Would you feed your child a candy bar for breakfast? Of course not. And yet today our children routinely consume three times the recommended daily allowance of added sugar, which puts them at an unprecedented risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess weight, and even nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Half the Sugar, All the Love is here to help, with 100 doctor-approved recipes that cut the sugar (by half—or more!) without sacrificing the flavours our families love. It’s an eye-opening education, a program of healthy eating, and a cookbook chock-full of easy, delicious recipes all in one. Pass the breakfast bars!

Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low-Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day is available at Amazon.com an Indigo.ca.

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Fresh Fruit Christmas Log

Fresh Fruit Christmas Log

Fresh Fruit Christmas Log, Le Cordon Bleu Chocolate Bible, Photography by Le Cordon Bleu

Discover a world where chocolate is king, where this most versatile of ingredients are transformed into luscious cakes, tarts, mousses iced desserts, drinks, biscuits and sweets. Here is the ultimate collection of tempting classics as well as a selection of new and original creations. (more…)

Raspberry Swirl Meringues

Raspberry Swirl Meringues

Raspberry Swirl Meringues, Pastry Love: A Baker’s Journal of Favorite Recipes by Joanne Chang, Photography by Kristin Teig.

When I received this book, I hugged it. I owe an extraordinary debt of gratitude to Joanne Chang. Her books have guided me through multiple baking exploits.

Joanne Chang Pastry LoveTo uninformed first-timers, she is a James Beard award-winning baker best known for her eight acclaimed Flour bakeries in Boston. Chang has published two books based on the offerings at Flour, such as her famous sticky buns, but Pastry Love is her most personal and comprehensive book yet.

It includes 125 dessert recipes for many things she could never serve in the setting of a bakery—for example, items that are best served warm or with whipped cream on top. Nothing makes Chang happier than baking and sharing treats with others, and that passion comes through in every recipe, such as Strawberry Slab Pie, Mocha Chip Cookies, and Malted Chocolate Cake. The recipes start off easy such as Lemon Sugar Cookies and build up to showstoppers like Passion Fruit Crepe Cake.

Joanne Chang is a gifted raconteuse. She revels in the details. Her books are disciplined and have a necessary efficiency. She is unashamed in her pursuit of baking excellence.

Pastry Love includes master lessons and essential techniques for making pastry cream, lemon curd, puff pastry, and more, all of which make this book a must-have for beginners and expert home bakers alike. (more…)

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Banana Bread, The New Way to Cake by Benjamina Ebuehi, Photography by Holly Wulff Petersen.

Unlock a whole new world of flavour with Benjamina Ebuehi’s signature cakes. Inspired by her journey to The Great British Bake Off and beyond, Benjamina’s groundbreaking recipes put flavour at the forefront by letting the star ingredients—toasted nuts, fragrant spices, bold herbs and ripe fruit—do all the work. Creations like Plum & Black Pepper Cake, Masala-Chai Carrot Cake and Peanut Butter Banana Bread are as impressive as they are simple. Beautiful, minimal finishing touches make a big impact, highlighting the exciting ingredients within.

These irresistible treats will amaze your friends and family as easily as they will spice up your week. Full of beautiful, of-the-moment cakes with unforgettable flavours, The New Way to Cake brings out the best baker in everyone.

The New Way to Cake: Simple Recipes with Exceptional Flavor is available at Amazon.com and Indigo. (more…)

Chipotle-sweet potato chili

Chipotle-sweet potato chili

Chipotle-sweet potato chili, Two Peas & Their Pod Cookbook, Photography by Colin Price.

Two Peas & Their Pod celebrates a family, friends, and community-oriented lifestyle that has huge and growing appeal. Maria the genuine, fun, relaxed mom next door who’s got the secret sauce: that special knack Two Peas & Their Pod effortlessly creating tantalizing and wholesome (and budget-friendly) meals with ease. From a Loaded Nacho Bar bash for 200 guests to quick-and-easy healthy weeknight dinners like never-fail favourites like One-Skillet Sausage Pasta or Chipotle-sweet potato chilli (always followed by a fab dessert!), author Maria Lichty shares her best lifestyle tips and home cook smarts.

An essential resource for parents looking to update their healthy, inexpensive, time-saving, kid-friendly meal roster; aspiring home cooks who want to eat-in delicious food more than they eat out; as well as anyone looking to share their love of food and the giving spirit with their neighbours, Two Peas & Their Pod will help readers bring home that (achievable!) slice of Americana, where families come together to enjoy fresh and nutritious meals and there’s always a batch of still-warm cookies waiting on the counter.

Two Peas & Their Pod Cookbook: Favorite Everyday Recipes from Our Family Kitchen is available at Amazon.com and Indigo. (more…)

Chanterelle Mushroom and Prosciutto Pasta

Pasta alla Boscaiola, 20-Minute Italian by Andrea Soranidis, Photography by Andrea Soranidis

Pasta alla Boscaiola, 20-Minute Italian by Andrea Soranidis, Photography by Andrea Soranidis

With Italian-born cook Andrea Soranidis’ 20-minute (or less!) recipes, you can enjoy classic Italian dishes without spending hours simmering sauce or slaving over a hot stove–and most importantly, without sacrificing the amazing flavours you love.

20-Minute Italian by Andrea SoranidisChoose from 75 speedy recipes, including vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options, such as:

– Easy Pillowy Ricotta Gnocchi
– Spicy Shrimp & Zucchini Linguini
– Classic Italian Polpette (Meatballs)
– Black Pepper Mussels
– Speedy Spaghetti alla Nerano
– Fast Oven-Baked Chicken Cotolette (Breaded Chicken Cutlets)
– Classic Calamarata Pasta
– White Wine Veal Scaloppine
– 7-Ingredient Broccoli Pesto Pasta

No matter how hectic your schedule is, 20-Minute Italian is sure to have a quick and delicious recipe to please your palate.

20-Minute Italian: Your Traditional Favorites, Faster, Easier and with a Modern Twist is available at Amazon.com and Indigo. (more…)

The Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake, Canal Hosue Cook Something, Photography by Christopher Hirsheimer

Canal House’s Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer are home cooks writing about home cooking for other home cooks. From a lifetime of making dinner every single night, they’ve edited their experience down to the essentials: 300 simple recipes that reveal the building blocks of all good cooking guaranteed to make you a better cook. (more…)

Casa Cacao Churros

Casa Cacao Churros

Casa Cacao Churros, Photography by Joan Pujol-Creus

El Celler de Can Roca is the restaurant in Girona, Spain opened in 1986 by the Roca brothers: Joan, Josep and Jordi. It holds three Michelin stars and in 2013, 2015, 2018 it was named the best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine.

Casa CacaoRoca is currently one of the world’s most advanced chocolatiers and was proclaimed the best pastry chef in the world in the 2014, 50 Best Awards.

This book shows Jordi’s search for the origins of cocoa and his journey to discover how to master chocolate for the creation of new, totally revolutionary desserts.

He travels through cocoa fields in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador to meet producers both in the interior of the jungle and in the new areas that produce some of the most prestigious cocoa on the market. He learns about the nature of the so-called creole cacao, native to the Amazon rainforest, the characteristics of the crop and the way in which the cocoa cob ends up being transformed into the fermented and dry bean from which we obtain our chocolate.

With this background, Jordi returns to his chocolate workshop in Girona and gives a new twist to his creative work, undertaking unique creations with the cocoas that he has collected over the course of his travels through the different countries of Latin America. (more…)

Blackened Catfish with Corn Succotash

Blackened Catfish with Corn Succotash

Blackened Catfish with Corn Succotash, Photography by Colleen Eversman.

Written by the author and chef behind Venison and a Minneapolis-based catering services company specializing in wild game, Fish takes readers through Jonathan Wipfli’s techniques for efficiently processing Fishand cleaning game fish, as well as a raft of 50 contemporary recipes for dishes and accompanying sides. Addressing the most popular freshwater game fish pursued by North American outdoors enthusiasts—
including walleye, pike, catfish, trout, salmon, bass, panfish, and more—Fish puts a new foodie-friendly spin on game fish cookery.

All the recipes and accompanying accoutrements and sides are beautifully photographed and presented. The result is a game fish cookbook like no other, whether you’re new to fishing or a veteran enthusiast.

Jon Wipfli is a Midwest native dedicated to cooking with local and sustainable ingredients. As a graduate of the French Culinary Institute of New York, he has travelled the country developing an extensive cooking repertoire. Jon has worked in the kitchens of restaurants such as Marlow and Sons, Cookshop, and as a sous chef at James Beard Award-nominated The Bachelor Farmer. After a decade of cooking in restaurants, he moved on to form The Minnesota Spoon, through which he offers personal chef and catering services as well as technique-based cooking lessons for all ages. Jon is also a regular food writer for The Growler magazine.  (more…)