Soups and stews

Simple Sweet Pumpkin Soup

Simple Sweet Pumpkin Soup

Simple Sweet Pumpkin Soup excerpted from The Vegan Chinese Kitchen by Hannah Che. Copyright © 2022 Hannah Che. Photographs by Hannah Che.

The Vegan Chinese Kitchen: Recipes and Modern Stories from a Thousand-Year-Old Tradition: A Cookbook by Hannah Che

When Hannah Che decided to become a vegan, she worried that it would separate her from the traditions and food that her Chinese family celebrated. But that was before she learned about zhai cai, the plant-based Chinese cuisine that emphasizes umami-rich ingredients and can be traced back over centuries to Buddhist temple kitchens.

In The Vegan Chinese Kitchen, through gorgeous photography, stories, and recipes, Hannah Che shows us the magic of this highly developed and creative tradition in which nearly every dish in the Chinese repertoire can be replicated in a meatless way, such as Blistered Dry-Fried String Beans or Sweet and Sour Tofu.

You’ll also find recipes that are naturally plant-based and as irresistible as they are nourishing, such as flaky scallion pancakes, corn stir-fried with peppers and pine nuts, or pea shoots braised in a velvety mushroom broth made with sesame-oil roux. (more…)

Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque

Canada’s Food Island: A Collection of Stories and Recipes from Prince Edward Island. Stories and captions by Stuart Hickox. Photography by Stephen Harris.

Canada's Food Island: A Collection of Stories and Recipes from Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Islanders are famous for hosting family and friends in the kitchen. Canada’s Food Island invites you to celebrate the Island’s farm-to-table cooking and meet the farmers, fishers and artisans who make those delicious dishes possible. From preparing the perfect lobster roll in spring and galettes filled with sweet fresh-picked strawberries in summer to making savoury potato pizza in fall and roast turkey with an oyster, bacon and wild mushroom stuffing in mid-winter, you’re sure to find a favourite recipe to delight guests and satisfy your own cravings.

Canada’s Food Island combines nearly 100 inspired seasonal recipes with homegrown stories and beautiful photographs to capture the island’s unique food culture’s blend of people, place and locally sourced fresh natural ingredients. You’ll learn how mussels and oysters are sustainably raised and harvested, why Island beef is so flavourful and what makes wild blueberries so special. Whether you’ve spent time on Prince Edward Island or not, you’ll want to visit these pages again and again to experience a taste of the Island in the comfort of your own kitchen. (more…)

Chilled pea soup

Chilled pea soup

Chilled pea soup, Your Daily Veg: Innovative, fuss-free vegetarian food by Joe Woodhouse.

Your Daily Veg: Innovative, fuss-free vegetarian food by Joe WoodhouseBold, fuss-free cooking that just happens to be vegetarian, Your Daily Veg celebrates everyday vegetables in a fresh and modern way.

Chapters focus either on one core vegetable or a group of similar vegetables, celebrating seasonality and encouraging you to make swaps if you don’t have the exact ingredients. These recipes can then be used as a base for experimenting.

Starting with the ingredient and working forward from there, Joe Woodhouse blends textures, spices and flavours to create satisfying meals that use minimal ingredients but achieve maximum flavour.

With tips on how best to prep dishes and advice on minimizing stress and time in the kitchen, each recipe is as straightforward as possible.

Your Daily Veg: Innovative, fuss-free vegetarian food is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.     (more…)

Fast White Bean, Chorizo, 
and Hearty Greens Stew

Fast White Bean, Chorizo, 
and Hearty Greens Stew

Fast White Bean, Chorizo, 
and Hearty Greens Stew, Good Enough: A Cookbook: Embracing the Joys of Imperfection and Practicing Self-Care in the Kitchen by Leanne Brown.

Good Enough: A Cookbook: Embracing the Joys of Imperfection and Practicing Self-Care in the Kitchen by Leanne Brown

Good enough is a cookbook, but it’s as much about the healing process of cooking as it is about delicious recipes. It’s about acknowledging the fears and anxieties many of us have when we get in the kitchen, then learning to let them go in the sensory experience of working with food.

It’s about slowing down, honouring the beautiful act of feeding yourself and your loved ones, and releasing the worries about whether what you’ve made is good enough.

It is a generous mix of essays, stories, and nearly 100 dazzling recipes, Good Enough is a deeply personal cookbook. Its subject is more than Smoky Honey Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Fennel Slaw or Sticky Toffee Cookies; ultimately it’s about learning to love and accept yourself, in and out of the kitchen.

Good Enough: A Cookbook: Embracing the Joys of Imperfection and Practicing Self-Care in the Kitchen is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.    (more…)

Sopa Azteca

Sopa Azteca

Sopa Azteca, Unbelievably Vegan: 100+ Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes: A Cookbook by Charity Morgan. Photography by Emily Dorio.

Unbelievably Vegan: 100+ Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes: A Cookbook

Whether you’re new to plant-based eating or already a convert, when you cook vegan with Charity Morgan, private chef to elite athletes and rock stars, you may be leaving out the meat, dairy, and eggs, but you won’t be missing out on the flavour and indulgence of all your favourite comfort foods.

In her highly anticipated first cookbook, Charity lays out a plan for anyone who wants to eat less meat—whether they are looking to go completely vegan or just be a little bit more meat-free. Pulling inspiration from her Puerto Rican and Creole heritage as well as from the American South, where she lives with her family, Charity’s recipes are full of flavour. Think Smoky Jambalaya; hearty Jerk-Spiced Lentils with Coconut Rice & Mango Salsa; Jalapeño-Bae’con Corn Cakes with Chili-Lime Maple Syrup; and a molten, decadent Salted Caramel Apple Crisp.

Unbelievably Vegan offers more than 100 recipes for living a meat-free life without giving up your favourite rite comfort foods. Charity guides readers on how to use oyster mushrooms to stand in for chicken and how to spice walnuts to taste like chorizo! She proves that vegan food can be fun, filling, healthy, and above all else unbelievably delicious. (more…)

Thai Red Curry Squash Soup

Thai Red Curry Squash Soup

Thai Red Curry Squash Soup, Milk Street Vegetables: 250 Bold, Simple Recipes for Every Season by Christopher Kimball. Photography by Connie Miller of CB Creative.

Milk Street Vegetables: 250 Bold, Simple Recipes for Every Season by Christopher Kimball

Move vegetables into the centre of your plate from the realm of sides and salads with this vegetable-cooking bible of more than 250 full-flavour recipes, from James Beard and IACP award winner Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street.

Chili-spiked carrots. Skillet-charred Brussels sprouts.  Mashed potatoes brightened with harissa and pistachios. These are just three ways to put vegetables in the centre of your plate.

To get a vegetable education, we traveled to Athens to learn how winter vegetable stews could taste light and bright, not hearty and heavy. In Cairo, we tasted eggplant and potatoes that punched up flavor with bold pops of texture from whole spices. And in Puglia, Italy, we had a revelatory bite of zucchini enriched by ricotta cheese and lemon.

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Sweet lime and chicken soup

Sweet lime and chicken soup

Sweet lime and chicken soup, Pati Jinich Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets. Photograhy by Angie Mosier.

Pati Jinich Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local SecretsThe “buoyant and brainy Mexican cooking authority” (New York Times) and star of the three-time James Beard Award-winning PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table brings together more than 150 iconic dishes that define the country’s cuisine

Although many of us can rattle off our favourite authentic Mexican dishes, we might be hard-pressed to name more than ten. Which is preposterous, given that Mexico has a rich culinary history stretching back thousands of years. For the last decade, Pati Jinich has sought out the culinary treasures of her home country, from birria to salsa macha, to coyotas, to carne asada.

Many of these dishes are local specialties, heirlooms passed down through generations, unknown outside of their original regions. Others have become national sensations. Each recipe is a classic. Each one comes with a story told in Pati’s warm, relatable style. And each has been tested in Pati’s American kitchen to ensure it is the best of its kind. Together, these essential recipes paint a vivid picture of the richness of Mexico. (more…)

Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs

Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs

Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs, excerpted from Lidia’s a Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali. Copyright © 2021 Tutti a Tavola, LLC. Photography by Armando Rafael. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

Lidia's a Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl: Simple Recipes for Perfect Meals Lidia Bastianich—”doyenne of Italian cooking” (Chicago Times)—makes Italian cooking easy for everyone with this new, beautifully designed, easy-to-use cookbook. Here are more than 100 homey, simple-to-prepare recipes that require fewer steps and fewer ingredients (not to mention fewer dirty pots and pans!), without sacrificing any of their flavour.

These are just a few of the delectable dishes that fill this essential book of recipes:

 Spinach, Bread, and Ricotta Frittata
 One-Pan Chicken and Eggplant Parmigiana
 Roasted Squash and Carrot Salad with Chickpeas and Almonds
 Penne with Cauliflower and Green Olive Pesto
 Balsamic Chicken Stir-Fry
 Skillet Lasagna
 Braised Calamari with Olives and Peppers
 Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs
 Apple Cranberry Crumble

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Hot and Sour Tomato Broth with Shrimp

Hot and Sour Tomato Broth with Shrimp

Hot and Sour Tomato Broth with Shrimp, Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day by Padma Lakshmi. Photography by Ditte Isager.

Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day by Padma Lakshmi

Inspired by her travels to some of the most secluded corners of the planet, Padma Lakshmi shares the origins and secrets of her latest recipes for simple to prepare, international cuisine.

She makes it easy to delight your guests with savoury and sweet dishes such as Keralan Crab Cakes, Fresh Green Beans with Lentils and Coconut, Krispy Fried Chicken, BBQ Korean Short Ribs, and Chocolate Amaretto Ice Cream. By introducing a host of enticing flavours and spices, an everyday kitchen is transformed into a global one.

Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet is both a culinary and personal scrapbook of Padma’s life, highlighted by dazzling photography and evocative personal stories about her lifelong connection to food and cooking. From appetizers to entrées, soups to desserts—Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet is perfect for anyone who wants cooking to be easy, elegant, and unforgettable.

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Roasted Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

Roasted Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

Roasted Chicken Matzo Ball Soup, Jew-ish: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch by Jake Cohen. Photography by Matt Taylor-Gross.

Jew-ish: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch

When you think of Jewish food, a few classics come to mind: chicken soup with matzo balls, challah, maybe a babka if you’re feeling adventurous. But as food writer and nice Jewish boy Jake Cohen demonstrates in this stunning debut cookbook, Jewish food can be so much more.

In Jew-ish, he reinvents the food of his Ashkenazi heritage and draws inspiration from his husband’s Persian-Iraqi traditions to offer recipes that are modern, fresh, and enticing for a whole new generation of readers. Imagine the components of an everything bagel wrapped into a flaky galette latke dyed vibrant yellow with saffron for a Persian spin on the potato pancake, best-ever hybrid desserts like Macaroon Brownies and Pumpkin Spice Babka! Jew-ish features elevated, yet approachable classics along with innovative creations, such as:

  • Jake’s Perfect Challah
  • Roasted Tomato Brisket
  • Short Rib Cholent
  • Iraqi Beet Kubbeh Soup
  • Cacio e Pepe Rugelach
  • Sabich Bagel Sandwiches, and
  • Matzo Tiramisu.

Jew-ish is a brilliant collection of delicious recipes, but it’s much more than that. As Jake reconciles ancient traditions with our modern times, his recipes become a celebration of a rich and vibrant history, a love story of blending cultures, and an invitation to gather around the table and create new memories with family, friends, and loved ones. (more…)