Soups and stews

Cold Sour Tomato Soup

Cold Sour Tomato Soup

Cold Sour Tomato Soup excerpted from Fire, Smoke, Green by Martin Nordin.

InFire Smoke Green by Martin Nordin Martin Nordin’s second book, he brings us a host of mouthwatering, modern vegetarian recipes, using the most elemental and ancient method of cooking: fire. Not just a barbecue cookbook, Fire, Smoke, Green is broken up into seven chapters that cover everything you need to know about making great food over the flame: from grilling directly onto fire, to cooking with indirect fire, smoked recipes, and even wood-fired pizza

Atmospheric photography and charming illustrations throughout bring you something other than your average vegetarian cookbook—as lovers of Martin’s first book Green Burgers will attest, his approach to meat-free cooking is anything but boring. Try the Roasted and smoked potatoes with beer-caramelized onions; the Fennel roots with shiitake, green onion, buckwheat and herb oil; or Harissa-marinated sweet potato with grilled cabbage leaves and black dukkah. Or if you still can’t get enough of the burger recipes, why not try the Zucchini and mungbean burgers with sriracha mayonnaise and furikake, washed down with a smoky Mezcal with grilled grapefruit. (more…)

Not Your Ordinary Pot Roast

Not Your Ordinary Pot Roast

Not Your Ordinary Pot Roast, Low & Slow Cooking by Robyn Almodovar, photography by Jennifer Blume.

Savour the experience of preparing a well-marinated, slow-simmered roast with Chef Robyn Almodovar, winner of both Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen. The techniques she’s perfected help you master the art of slow cooking to build depth of flavour in every bold, satisfying dish. Her innovative recipes reimagine tried-and-true classics as new, stunning meals including: Not Your Ordinary Pot Roast; Nothing Baby about These Ribs; Pork Belly This; Beefed Up Bourguignon; Steppin’ Spare Ribs; Dutch Oven Bread, and Cassoulet, My Way.

Robyn has found a way to transform cooking from a chore into a joy with showstopping dishes that only call for simple preparation and hands-off cooking so that every roast, shank and chop turns out mouthwateringly tender. Each dish in this book develops a symphony of flavours sure to satisfy any palate.

Low & Slow Cooking: 60 Hands-Off Recipes That Are Worth the Wait is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. (more…)

Chicken Stew with Dumplings

Chicken Stew with Dumplings

Chicken Stew with Dumplings. Photography and Styling: Anita Murphy and Zania Koppe (page 187)

When the first people migrated to Ireland around 10,000 years ago, they ate out of necessity. Yet, these first peoples ate food that we still encounter today: oysters, seaweed, nuts, berries, and fish; and brought with them knowledge and foods from other lands. Since then, Ireland continued to cement its gastronomic character as nations collided and combined—the Celts, Vikings, Normans, Anglo-Saxons, and later the English all brought with them their own culinary traditions.

In The Irish Cookbook, acclaimed chef Jp McMahon masterfully brings these varied influences together, demonstrating the high quality of the ingredients that have been the backbone of Ireland’s cuisine, celebrating the unique culinary culture of the island, and honouring the historical roots of its hearty flavours.

Several years in the making, The Irish Cookbook contains more than 500 home- cooking recipes. McMahon undertook the mammoth task of bringing together hundreds of authentic Irish recipes into one impressive volume: he sought out and adapted old recipes, drew on the wealth of archival material available in the National Library of Ireland, and trawled through the books of Ireland’s best food writers, pulling together classic dishes, seeking out lost recipes, and learning about the uses of ancient ingredients.

The featured dishes have been organized into 15 chapters by ingredient: eggs and dairy; vegetables; shellfish; freshwater and saltwater fish; poultry; wild game; boar and pork; lamb, mutton, and goat; beef; breads, scones, and crackers; cakes, pastries, biscuits, and desserts; pickling and preservation; stocks, sauces, and condiments; and drinks, shrubs, and syrups. The Irish Cookbook spotlights both authentic traditional recipes such as Colcannon, Bacon and Cabbage, Coddle, Dingle Pies, Soda Bread, Gur Cake, and Barm Brack as well as fresh new takes on classic dishes or native ingredients, such as Oysters with Wild Garlic Butter; Baby Carrots with Buttermilk and Tarragon Oil; Crab Claws with Seaweed and Samphire; and Chicken with Morels and Cider.

The Irish Cookbook also includes an index of the wild Irish herbs, plants, seaweeds, and fungi that McMahon values for their culinary uses. These ingredients have been a common thread in Irish cuisine through the ages, and though some may only be found in a particular part of Ireland, reading about them will add depth to any understanding of the history and development of Irish food, and should inspire readers to look differently at their own food culture and cooking.

With beautifully evocative images of over 120 recipes and landscapes, and exquisitely designed with a rich mossy colour palette, The Irish Cookbook vividly evokes the warmth, hospitality, and culinary spirit of the Emerald Isle.

The Irish Cookbook is available at Amazon.com an Indigo.ca.

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Mama’s Butter Bean Soup

Mama's Butterbean Soup

Mama’s Butterbean Soup, The Healthspan Solution. Photography by Kelley Schuyler.

The Healthspan SolutionAuthors and leading plant-based nutrition experts Julieanna Hever and Ray Cronise have spent over a decade researching diet and nutrition, analyzing longevity studies, and helping their clients achieve sustainable, lasting health benefits by adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet.

In The Healthspan Solution, they share a simple and effective diet that has allowed their clients to lose weight, reverse disease, reduce or eliminate medication use, and achieve optimal health. This accessible and easy-to-follow guide examines the health risks posed by typical Western eating habits and explains how swapping animal products and added sugars for a diet rich in vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds can lead to lower blood pressure, healthy weight management, and longer life.

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Glass Noodle Soup

Glass Noodle Soup

Glass Noodle Soup, Sarah Jansala and Renoo Jansala, Page Street Publishing Co. 2019. Photography by Toni Zernik.

Authentic Thai flavour is made vegan with chef Renoo Jansala’s incredible recipes and her unique “fish” sauce. Thai food has often been off-limits to vegans not only because of the meat but because of one of the primary ingredients-fish sauce. Renoo has perfected a vegan “fish” sauce with a soy sauce base and various salts that imparts that same kick and authentic flavour.

Vegan Thai Kitchen

Even though many of their recipes use soy, it can easily be substituted with tamari if home cooks are trying to avoid soy or gluten. Consumers are eating less and less meat every year and the demand for plant-based alternatives to meat-centric staples is on the rise.

When Sarah and her mother decided to open their restaurant in Portland, Oregon, they realized there was a big demand for vegetarian and vegan Thai food. Sarah’s mother, Renoo, is an immigrant from Thailand and a vegan. Seeing the popularity of veganism inspired her to create the menu for Kati Portland, allowing her to finally share some of her favourite dishes.

This book will include spicy, from-scratch curries, stir-fry with flavorful garlic and pepper tempeh, and east-to-make favourites like Gluten-Free Pad Thai and Tom Yum Veggie soup. It will also include one of the most popular dishes at their restaurant, Tom Kha, a spicy soup with tofu, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and mushrooms.

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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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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…)

White Bean Soup

White Bean Soup, My Big Fat Greek Cookbook, Photography by Christos Sourligas

White Bean Soup, My Big Fat Greek Cookbook, Photography by Christos Sourligas

My Big Fat Greek Cookbook is a comprehensive, contemporary overview of Greek food, recipes, and family culture as documented by the son of a Greek immigrant as his mother neared the end of her life. “This Greek eating tragedy has a beginning (appetizer), a middle (main course), and an end (dessert),” Christos shared. “As my Mama is in her final act, it’s fitting that a quarter of her recipes are desserts. Bon appétit! Kali Orexi! (Insert the sound of breaking plates here . . .)” (more…)

Korean Chicken & Potato Dumplings

Korean Chicken & Potato Dumplings, Korean Cooking Favorites by Hyegyoung K. Ford, Page Street Publishing Co. 2019, Photography Hyegyoung K. Ford

Korean Chicken & Potato Dumplings, Korean Cooking Favorites by Hyegyoung K. Ford, Page Street Publishing Co. 2019, Photography Hyegyoung K. Ford

Irresistible, authentic Korean dishes—from crispy fried chicken to overflowing rice bowls—made simple for quick, crowd-pleasing, delicious meals. The creator of the blog Beyond Kimchee shares the delicious, fail-safe Korean recipes she ate growing up in South Korea, and now cooks for her own busy family.

Readers will find accessible ingredients, quick cook times, and unbeatably delicious, authentic flavours. From hot and spicy, to light and healthy, to warm and comforting, these recipes are sure to please any crowd. Spicy Korean Fried Chicken is perfectly crispy and surprisingly easy to make at home. Spinach Shrimp Pancakes are golden on the outside, soft and tender on the inside, perfect with a tangy, spicy dipping sauce.

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Lemon-Lentil Spinach Soup

Lemon-Lentil Spinach Soup, The Big Book of Instant Pot Recipes, Photography by Stefanie Bundalo

Lemon-Lentil Spinach Soup, The Big Book of Instant Pot Recipes, Photography by Stefanie Bundalo

Four of your favourite authors have banded together to bring you this must-have collection of Instant Pot® recipes that showcases the versatility and ease that a multi-function cooker can bring to your kitchen.

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