Dessert

Poached pears with chocolate sauce

Poached pears with chocolate sauce

Poached pears with chocolate sauce excerpted from Saka Saka: South of the Sahara – Adventures in African Cooking by Anto Cocagne & Aline Princet.

Saka Saka: South of the Sahara – Adventures in African Cooking by Anto Cocagne

Chef Anto Cocagne and Photographer Aline Princet take us on a unique food journey and introduce us to the best recipes from Gabon, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Congo, and Ethiopia.

We will discover the main characteristics of these cuisines, the specialties of each region, the produce, the ideal pantry, the basics, as well as mouthwatering recipes for appetizers, main courses, side dishes, street food, desserts, and drinks.

And since no one evokes a cuisine better than its daughters and sons, we meet African musicians, writers, artists, and creatives who tell stories about their favourite dishes, their family cooking memories, and what these recipes represent for them today.

With stunning food and landscape photography, complemented by beautiful and colourful design, this book is an ode to conviviality, generosity, and positivity. It is a love letter to Africa. (more…)

Spicy Desert Lime and Watermelon Salad

Spicy Desert Lime and Watermelon Salad excerpted from Mabu Mabu: An Australian Kitchen Cookbook by Nornie Bero. Photography © Armelle Habib 2022.

Mabu Mabu: An Australian Kitchen Cookbook by Nornie Bero

In Mabu Mabu, charismatic First Nations chef Nornie Bero champions the tastes of native flavours in everyday cooking by unlocking the secrets of Australian herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits.

Nornie grew up on the island of Mer in the Torres Strait and while her wanderlust would take her to Italian and Japanese kitchens in Melbourne and London via Townsville, her home now is Mabu Mabu, a restaurant renowned in Melbourne and beyond for its innovative and delicious Australian Indigenous food.

This book, also called Mabu Mabu—which means help yourself—reflects Nornie’s approach to cooking: simple, accessible, delicious, and colourful! Her native pantry (explored in a comprehensive glossary of native ingredients) includes seeds, succulents, nuts, plants and herbs, and her recipes range from Pumpkin and Wattleseed dampers (for which she is known) to Kangaroo Tail Bourguignon to Saltbush Butter, Quandong Relish, Pickled Karkalla and Pulled Wild Boar.

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Hot Balsamic Strawberries

Hot Balsamic Strawberries

Hot Balsamic Strawberries excerpted from Vegan BBQ: 70 delicious plant-based recipes to cook outdoors by Katy Beskow. Photography by Luke Albert.

Vegan BBQ: 70 delicious plant-based recipes to cook outdoors

Vegan BBQ showcases 70 simple, summery recipes to cook on your barbecue, as well as delicious sides, dips and snacks to brighten up any alfresco event.

From Katsu burgers with wasabi mayo, Buttered Hassleback squash, and Sizzling fajitas, to Brown sugar baked beans, BBQ patatas bravas or Kiwi and avocado salsa, the recipes are easy to follow, using seasonal and readily available ingredients—proving that you don’t have to grill meat to enjoy a barbecue!

Plus, you’ll learn how to get the most out of your ingredients, how to host the perfect plant-based barbecue with friends and what essential kit you’ll need (including advice on small barbecue set-ups for balconies or bijou gardens).

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Whole Roasted Pineapple with Blueberries

Whole Roasted Pineapple with Blueberries

Whole Roasted Pineapple with Blueberries, excerpted from Green Fire by Francis Mallmann. Copyright © 2022 Francis Mallmann. Photography © 2022 William Herefold.

Green Fire: Extraordinary Ways to Grill Fruits and Vegetables, from the Master of Live-Fire Cooking

Green Fire is an extraordinary vegetarian cookbook, as Mallmann brings his techniques, creativity, instinct for bold flavours, and decades of experience to the idea of cooking vegetables and fruits over live fire.

Blistered tomatoes reinvigorate a classic Caprese salad. Eggplants are buried whole in the coals—a technique called rescoldo—then dance that fine line between burned and incinerated until they yield an ineffable creaminess made irresistible with a slather of parsley, chile, and aioli. Brussels sprout leaves are scorched and served with walnuts; whole cabbages are sliced thick, grilled like steaks, and rubbed with spice for a mustard-fennel crust. Corn, fennel, artichokes, beets, squash, even beans—this is the vegetable kingdom, on fire.

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Raspberry pancake cake

Raspberry pancake cake

Raspberry pancake cake, excerpted from The Nordic Baker: Plant-Based Bakes and Seasonal Stories from a Kitchen in the Heart of Sweden by Sofia Nordgren.

The Nordic Baker: Plant-Based Bakes and Seasonal Stories from a Kitchen in the Heart of Sweden

In The Nordic Baker, Sofia Nordgren guides you through a year of plant-based Nordic cakes, buns, breads, cookies and crackers and invites readers to keep things simple, go back to basics and cook with nature in mind.

From Thumbprint cookies, Kladdkaka and Rhubarb galette in springtime, Raspberry and cardamom cupcakes when the weather begins to warm up, and a Midsommar cake for summer celebrations, through to Lingonberry roll cake, pear tart and cardamom rolls for cozy fall nights and Gingerbread bundt cake, Saffron buns and Semlor for snowy winter days.

Set to the backdrop of stunning location photography and interspersed with advice on embracing the Nordic lifestyle, bringing the outdoors into your home and tips on seasonal slow living, this is a charming celebration of a magical corner of the world and the wonderful food it has to offer. (more…)

Roasted Rhubarb Ice Cream

Roasted Rhubarb Ice Cream

Roasted Rhubarb Ice Cream, Great Scoops: Recipes from a Neighborhood Ice Cream Shop by Marlene Haley and Amelai Ryan. Photography by Christian Lalonde.

GREAT SCOOPS: RECIPES FROM A NEIGHBORHOOD ICE CREAM SHOP by Marlene Haley, Amelia Ryan

Ice cream really does make everything better. Compiled with love by the team at The Merry Dairy, Great Scoops features a cheerful collection of 80 easy, custard-style and vegan ice creams and delectable desserts.

From hibiscus & passion fruit and bourbon black cherry to triple chocolate and caramel popcorn, this exciting new cookbook also includes recipes for signature sauces, toppings, and baked goods (say hello to chocolate chip cookies and meringue kisses). Best of all, the ice creams are nut-free, sesame-free, (and some even gluten-free). What can we say? This is good mood food at its best.

And for those who are new to ice cream making, have no fear: the book includes a chapter covering everything there is to know about making both dairy and vegan ice creams and frozen desserts at home. Great Scoops is a captivating cookbook about artisanal ice cream, the people who craft it and the community that loves them for it.

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Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding, Horn Barbecue: Recipes and Techniques from a Master of the Art of BBQ by Matt Horn. Photography © 2022 Andrew Thomas Lee.

Horn Barbecue: Recipes and Techniques from a Master of the Art of BBQ by Matt Horn.

Matt Horn, one of Food & Wine’s ten “Best New Chefs” for 2021, is the most exciting new talent in American barbecue in years. His Horn Barbecue restaurant in Oakland, California, recently awarded a rare “Michelin Guide Restaurant” designation, has lines outside that run for blocks and hundreds of rave reviews in local and national media. The draw? Cooked-to-perfection meats rubbed, mopped, basted, and sauced the way good BBQ should be, plus comforting sides and fixins’ and inspired desserts and drinks. Now the restaurant’s secret recipes, and many more from Matt’s own personal repertoire, are revealed in the pages of this exciting, user-friendly, and beautifully photographed book.

Matt’s barbecue style, which he calls West Coast Barbecue, is original. Other barbecue cookbooks focus on one regional tradition, such as Texas or the Carolinas. Matt draws on both of those traditions—and recipes from them appear liberally in this book—but he draws on other traditions as well and adds his own California-style spin to the mix, by working in lots of veggies and fruits and by featuring things like poultry and seafood, which are non-traditional BBQ proteins.

Rookies who just bought their first backyard smoker (or who want to smoke on a standard grill) as well as seasoned BBQ veterans will find a whole world of new ideas in this authoritative guide to cooking low and slow over smoky, smoldering woods. It includes: (more…)

Mocha Walnut Crunch Muffins

Mocha Walnut Crunch Muffins

Mocha Walnut Crunch Muffins, excerpted from Cake & Loaf by Nickey Miller and Josie Rudderham © 2022 Nickey Miller and Josie Rudderham. Photography by Nickey Miller.

Cake & Loaf: Satisfy Your Cravings with Over 85 Recipes for Everyday Baking and Sweet Treats

Cake & Loaf, a cozy from-scratch neighbourhood bakery, started with a dream shared over coffee between college friends and business partners, Nickey Miller and Josie Rudderham. Genuinely passionate about food, sustainability, and community, they wanted to create a bakery with a dynamic atmosphere that fosters creativity and equality. Today, a living-wage employer, Cake & Loaf is beloved for its stand-out baked goods.

Full of flavour and homespun comfort, the recipes range from classics like Maple Syrup Butter Tarts and Vanilla Bean Nanaimo Bars, to local favourites like Pumpkin Spice Baked Doughnuts and Lemonlicious Cake.

The book features over 85 recipes and variations to create your own sweets and treats at home, including everyday morning baking—muffins, scones, doughnuts, and granolas—cookies, decadent sandwich cookies, bars, layer cakes, tarts, and pies.

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Cherry Almond Cake

Cherry Almond Cake

Cherry Almond Cake, Happy Vegan Food: Fast, fresh, simple vegan by Bettina Campolucci Bordi. Photography by Nassima Rothacker.

Happy Vegan Food: Fast, fresh, simple vegan

In Happy Vegan Food, Bettina Campolucci Bordi shares a collection of easy and delicious plant-based recipes that anyone can incorporate into their busy life.

With recipes including Hearty Buckwheat Waffles, a tasty Korean Pancake, a delicious yet quick One Pot Curry in a Hurry, and the decadent Hazelnut Bites, Bettina proves that nutritious food doesn’t have to be restrictive. Happy Vegan Food is designed to take you through your busy day by including ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, meals for one, desserts, and snacks, and will easily meet the needs of any modern household.

Whether you’re looking to eat more veggies or have decided to turn vegan but don’t want to compromise on taste, Happy Vegan Food is the perfect book for you. (more…)

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies, Crazy for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars: Super-Fast, Made-from-Scratch Sweets, Treats, and Desserts by Dorothy Kern.

Crazy for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars: Super-Fast, Made-from-Scratch Sweets, Treats, and DessertsYou can be a world-class cookie baker, making perfect-every-time cookies that everyone loves. It’s not a crazy idea at all, with Crazy for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars as your guide.

Author Dorothy Kern is one of the most trusted and widely read baking bloggers on Earth—and with good reason. Her tested-to-perfection recipes are easy to make, scrumptiously delicious, and full of creative new flavour ideas. In these pages, she serves up more than 85 recipes, each with its own colour photo.

Dorothy shows you how to make cookies in batches big or small and offers expert tips on how to store them so they stay fresh for a long time. What’s more, she guides you in taking your cookie skills in new directions, into the delectable world of brownies (lots of different kinds of brownies!), blondies, shortbreads, shortcakes, cookie cakes, and more. Her book includes cookies that range from traditional favourites to all-new concepts:

  • Seriously the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies
  • Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies
  • Nana’s Drop Sugar Cookies
  • Fruity Pebble Cookies
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Potato Chip Cookies

Beyond the cookies, you’ll love the recipes for:

  • Brown Butter Pecan Blondies
  • Cookies ’n’ Cream Mud Bars
  • Caramel Crunch Bars
  • Bacon and Caramel Brownies
  • Vanilla Lovers’ White Chocolate Brownies
  • Fruit Tart Cookie Cups
  • Birthday Cookie Cake

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