Lady Lima Succotash Salad with Fresh Mint

Meals, Music and muses. Recipes from my African American Kitchen by Alexander Smalls.

Iconic chef and world-renowned opera singer Alexander Smalls marries two of his greatest passions―food and music―in Meals, Music, and Muses. More than just a cookbook, Smalls takes readers on a delicious journey through the South to examine the food that has shaped the region. Each chapter is named for a type of music to help readers understand the spirit that animates these recipes.

Filled with classic Southern recipes and twists on old favourites, this cookbook includes starters such as Hoppin’ John Cakes with Sweet Pepper Remoulade and Carolina Bourbon Barbecue Shrimp and Okra Skewers, and main dishes like Roast Quail in Bourbon Cream Sauce and Prime Rib Roast with Crawfish Onion Gravy.

Complete with anecdotes of Smalls’s childhood in the Low Country and examinations of Southern musical tradition, Meals, Music, and Muses is a heritage cookbook in the tradition of Edna Lewis’s A Taste of Country Cooking.

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Tender Lettuces, Haricot Verts with Green Goddess-ish Dressing

Salad Party by Kristy Mucci. Illustrated by Ophelia Pang.  Salad Party by Kristy Mucci. Illustrated by Ophelia Pang.

Greens, grains, veggies, dressings, and toppings—Salad Party is full of mix-and-match recipes for delicious, fresh, and flavorful salads. With a unique board book format, this playful cookbook makes healthy eating easy. The pages are split into thirds, featuring toppings, dressings, and salad bases.

The recipes in this book can be combined into thousands of different salads, with 30 recipes for each component. All you have to do is flip and pick, or open it at random for a unique and delicious dish.

  • Features everything from leafy greens and hearty grains to roasted vegetables, crunchy toppings, and creamy dressings
  • The board pages and flip format make this a one-of-a-kind cookbook
  • Playful illustrations accompany each ingredient and recipe

Salad Party is a fun board book for grown-ups filled with endless ideas to make delicious salads. (more…)

Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Pasta

Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Pasta

Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Pasta, Laura Santini’s Pasta Perfect. Photography by Christopher Scholey.

Laura Santini's Pasta PerfectA plate of pasta is one of the most satisfying things in the world—whether coated in a rich tomato-based ragù, doused in a fragrant herb pesto, or smothered in creamy carbonara sauce.

Pasta has many merits: it is inexpensive, quick to make, and works both as an everyday staple or a dinner party showstopper. Laura’s approach is that the heart and soul of each dish is down to the sauce.

The dishes are divided into Quick and Easy with simple stunners such as Pepper and Parmesan and Lemon Artichoke Pesto. Vegetables and Fungi comes next with an umami-rich Wild Mushroom Ragu.

Following this is Fish and Seafood with a simple Salmon Carbonara as well as luxurious affairs like Asparagus and Scallop. In Meat and Poultry are Best-ever Meatballs, Spicy ‘Nduja Sausage. Flip to the Creamy and Cheesy chapter to find earthy Gorgonzola and Walnut and zesty Saffron and Zucchini. (more…)

Baked Rosemary & Nutmeg Nectarines

Baked Rosemary & Nutmeg Nectarines

Baked Rosemary & Nutmeg Nectarines, At the Kitchen Table by Megan Davies. Photography by Clare Winfield.

At the Kitchen Table by Megan Davies

Influenced by nostalgic meals and cooking for loved ones, Megan Davies has written this book for the eco-minded home cook.

She includes invaluable tips on how to make ingredients stretch; from potato peel chips to pickled cucumber and beets. Megan also features ways to turn leftovers into a new meal, such as a Roasted Fennel, Chive, and Dill Pasta Bake or Frittata, both from a leftover Raw Fennel, Chive, and Dill Salad. Multi-tasking recipes include brunch and late-night dishes such as Bircher Pancakes and Sweet Potato Baked Eggs.

Suppers for Sharing that can be scaled up to feed a crowd or down for a more intimate occasion range from Roasted Squash with Almonds and Tarragon to the best Roast Chicken recipe with Pan Pastry Croutons (plus, of course, ways to use up any uneaten chicken!)

From On the Side accompaniments and stunning Sweet Things such as Pot Luck Tarte Tatin this collection of ingenious recipes will give you all the inspiration you need to help run a more sustainable home kitchen, reduce your carbon footprint, and make the sort of small changes at home that can make a big difference to our world. (more…)

Warm Cranberry Scones with Orange Glaze

Warm Cranberry Scones with Orange Glaze

Warm Cranberry Scones with Orange Glaze, The Secret Garden Cookbook by Amy Cotler. Photography by Alison Bickel.

The Secret Garden Cookbook

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s wonderful tale The Secret Garden celebrates its young heroine, Mary Lennox, as she brings an abandoned garden back to life. It also delights in good food, robust appetites, and the health and strength they can bring.

 

It describes a world where water, light, and loving care bring soil and plants back to life—and also one in which fresh milk, homemade currant buns, and hearty, simple fare renew and bring pleasure to the novel’s complex and fascinating characters.

 

Amy Cotler serves up in these pages 50 recipes, all updated for the modern kitchen, that are at once true to Mary’s world and completely appealing for today’s tastes.

You will find a bounty of baked things, including English Crumpets, Cozy Currant Buns, Warm Cranberry Scones, Jam Roly Poly, Dough Cakes with Cinnamon and Sugar, and The Best Sticky Gingerbread Parkin. (A parkin is a cake rich in molasses, honey, and sugar that often is served on Guy Fawkes Day.) There is the more-substantial and savoury fare for teatime and dinnertime, too, and for breakfast and brunch, along with drinks and snacks for the daily whirl—all guaranteed to keep the magic of this beloved tale alive for years to come. (more…)

Black Rice Pudding with Plums & Orange

Black Rice Pudding with Plums & Orange

Black Rice Pudding with Plums & Orange, Simple Spice Vegetarian by Cyrus Todiwala. Photography by Matt Russell.

Simple Spice Vegetarian: Easy Indian Vegetarian Recipes From Just 10 Spices

Cyrus Todiwala shows you how to master vegetarian and vegan Indian recipes using just 10 spices—chilli, cumin, cilantro, turmeric, cardamom, cloves, saffron, cinnamon, mace and mustard seeds. All of the recipes in the book draw only on these core spices, making Indian cookery achievable for everyone, without impossibly long ingredient lists.

Cyrus shares his trademark combinations of Indian techniques with more familiar western ingredients, and vice versa, with imaginative new takes on vegetarian and vegan recipes such as Zucchini Koftas in Tomato Sauce, Black Rice Pudding with Plums & Orange, Masala Scrambled Eggs with Paneer, Quinoa and Mushroom Tadka and Baked Tandoori-style Caulifower.

Simple Spice Vegetarian: Easy Indian Vegetarian Recipes From Just 10 Spices is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.

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Crispy Sweet Chili and Sesame Shrimp

Crispy Sweet Chili and Sesame Shrimp with Ginger Peanut Noodles

Crispy Sweet Chili and Sesame Shrimp with Ginger Peanut Noodles, Rustic Joyful Food: Meant to Share by Danielle Kartes. Photography by Michael Kartes.

Rustic Joyful Food: Meant to Share by Danielle Kartes

If your idea of love is home-baked goodies set on a rustic table, welcome home. This is eating made simple with real food and real ingredients. It is a connection made simple through wonderful recipes and rustic cooking. Make something good today… make memories with the people you love.

Rustic Joyful Food: Meant To Share is one of the best family cookbooks, developed by self-taught home chef Danielle Kartes and kid-tested and approved by her family in Washington state in the Pacific Northwest. Kartes serves up heartfelt stories along with simple, delicious recipes like:

-Creamy Tomato Baked Ziti
-Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Cutlets
-Chimichurri Chicken Meatballs
-Flaky Cream Biscuits
-Tender Gingerbread Cake
-Cherry Pie Bars
-Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart
Crispy Sweet Chili and Sesame Shrimp

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Grilled Sausage Subs with Bell Peppers and Onions

Grilled Sausage Subs with Bell Peppers and Onions, Cook’s Country Big Flavors from Italian America.

Cook's Country Big Flavors from Italian America

Travel with Cook’s Country and savour the homey comforts of Little Italy, an array of neighbourhoods throughout the nation where Italian immigrants set down roots, and from those roots produced some of the best eating you’ll find anywhere. To fill our Italian-American table, we tested, tasted, and adapted our way through countless takes on beloved fare to discover what makes each a knockout, from meaty lasagna to eggplant Parmesan.

Along the way, we scoured the country to uncover less common (but no less delicious) dishes like Chicago’s Chicken Scarpariello and Brooklyn’s Prosciutto Bread, even coaxing some heirloom recipes from the families behind their landmark restaurants.

Italian-American cooking sparks fierce passions. Cooks may never agree on whether the best style of pizza comes from New York, Detroit, or St. Louis (you’ll find recipes for all three kinds in these pages). But we hope you’ll all find a place on your table for our drop meatballs, which stay tender without falling apart, our ricotta gnocchi (finally, a foolproof method), and a make-ahead tiramisu that rivals any restaurant’s.

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Mushroom and Cashew Curry

Mushroom and Cashew Curry

Mushroom and Cashew Curry, Chetna’s Healthy Indian Vegetarian. Photography by Nassima Rothacker.

Chetna's Healthy Indian Vegetarian

Chetna Makan‘s bestselling cookbooks combine her creative flavour twists with a love of simple Indian home cooking. Taking inspiration from the eclectic mix of vegetarian and vegan dishes found in Indian cuisine, these tempting recipes celebrate plant-based food at its best – delicious, vibrant, varied and nutritious. Nothing complicated; just beautiful food for everyone – and so healthy that you can enjoy it every day.

With over 80 delicious recipes that vegetarians and even the most dedicated of meat-eaters can enjoy. Chetna shows just how creative you can be with even the most humble of vegetables. This book is packed with flavour and innovative ideas whilst being easy and accessible for home cooks.

Recipes include Garlic and tamarind soup, Gram flour stuffed chillies, Cheese and potato chapatti sandwich, Mushroom and Cashew Curry, Courgette kofta curry, Beetroot and sweet potato korma, and Masala paneer.

Chetna’s Healthy Indian: Vegetarian: Everyday Veg and Vegan Feasts Effortlessly Good for You is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Warm Chicken Teriyaki Salad

Warm Chicken Teriyaki Salad

Warm Chicken Teriyaki Salad, Wagamama Ways With Noodles by Hugo Arnold. Photography © 2006 wagamama limited.

Wagamama Ways With Noodles by Hugo Arnold

Hugo Arnold turns his attention to wagamama’s core expertise—noodles: how to cook, serve and eat them. The distinctive wagamama flavour originates from traditional Japanese ramen stalls that guaranteed nourishment with ingredients to cleanse and nurture the mind and body. Hugely versatile, noodles can be used in side dishes and dressed for salads, poached in a heady broth for soups, form a nest for meat, fish and vegetable stir-fries or used as a bed for curry. They are healthy too: high in complex carbohydrates, low in fat, and mostly served with fresh vegetables, lean meat or fish and aromatic herbs and spices.
Brush up on your noodle knowledge and get to know your soba from your somen. Try mouthwatering recipes including wide-noodle hot-pot with seven vegetables, warm chicken teriyaki salad, chargrilled chicken, soba and miso soup, and marinated salmon ramen. Look no further for delicious noodle recipes for every occasion; minimum fuss and maximum enjoyment are what wagamama noodles are all about.

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