Posts tagged with "Cookbooks"

Posted by Katie M on 02/12/18
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The cookie of the moment is the Salted Butter and Chocolate Chunk Shortbread, a recipe featured all over Instagram and various food sites, created by Alison Roman, author of Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes. The shortbread recipe is as spectacular as the online hype and you can find it in her book, which also contains many other excellent recipes and loads of inspiration. Roman’s book is well-written and straightforward, with relatable writing and down-to-earth recipes and instructions.
 
With a focus on fresh ingredients, there are many great-looking recipes, for everything from Shrimp in the Shells with Lots of Garlic and Probably Too Much Butter to Paprika-Rubbed Sheet-Pan Chicken with Lemon, desserts like a classic Lemon Shaker Tart and Brown-Butter Buttermilk Cake, and a whole section on Savory Breakfasts, all with quick and easy instructions. Roman’s book is a fun read, filled with beautiful pictures, and will probably make you want to spend loads of time in the kitchen, or at the least, spend time reading her gorgeous cookbook!

Posted by Katie M on 03/19/18
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Dorie’s Cookies, by Dorie Greenspan, was the 2017 James Beard Foundation Award-winner for Baking and Dessert, and for good reason. The book is full of Greenspan’s delicious, well-tested recipes, with loads of pictures, detailed instructions, and preparation tips, to turnout the best cookies, even if you’re a novice baker. The book contains both standard classics and some very special recipes, like a variety of savory cookies and cookies like the Puffed Grain and Miso Cookies.
 
I have tried the cover’s World Peace Cookies, a memorable cookie that is both sandy and chewy, and that lives up to its name; as Dorie has said, “If everyone had it, peace would reign o’er the planet.”  I have made it on multiple occasions, and it always turns out perfectly, despite the inconsistent dough, just as she says it will. Another cookie I tried are the Goat Cheese and Chive Cookies, a savory shortbread, perfect for an appetizer tray or cocktail party.
 
There are so many recipes in this huge book to try, like the Lemon Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars, Hamantaschen with homemade jam, French Snacklettes in a pyramid shape, Blueberry Buttermilk Pie Bars, and Coffee Cardamom Cookies, to name a few. Whether you are looking for an everyday treat, or like to test and plan in advance for your annual cookie swap, this book has a little something for any cookie maker.

Posted by BARB W on 10/18/13
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Imagine succulent short ribs, braised in broth with the fragrant flavorings of garlic and onions. The tender beef, bathing in warm broth, is then topped with toasted sour dough bread and golden melted Gruyere cheese. Sound good?
 
Imagine no longer, instead pick up a copy of Food Network Chef Alex Guarnaschelli's cookbook, Old-School Comfort Food. To further delight your taste buds, pair this with some beer-braised carrots, small tender morsels in a sweet beer glaze with exotic spices. Finish off your meal with a sour cream pumpkin pie, the sweetness of pumpkin perfectly paired with the tangy richness of sour cream, all embraced in a delectable crust.
 
Acclaimed Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, one of the Food Network's Iron Chefs, shares her personal food journey with us in this wonderful collection of "comfort food" recipes. There are inspirational stories of sharing the kitchen with her mom, and practical advice about must-have kitchen equipment and stock food items. The cold weather is approaching fast; start cooking these gratifying and satisfying meals now!

Posted by Katie M on 11/20/17
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If you love reading cookbooks and have an interest in Southern cooking, there are 2 excellent additions to our collection:
 
First up is Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook by Pamela Strobel, which was out of print until the Lee Brothers discovered a copy of the book and had it reprinted. Starting with a detailed introduction that tells you about Princess Pamela and her beloved recipes and restaurants, it also provides notable information about the history of soul food cookbooks. The Lee Brothers have tested many of the recipes and the result is a series of helpful instructions, and while there are no pictures, there is a poem by Princess Pamela for nearly every recipe, full of self-deprecating humor and witty observation. Overall, I found it to be a fun and informative read. I made the Sauce Beautiful and Hot Slaw, which were both tasty, and plan to try more recipes, like the Brown Coconut Pie that calls for freshly grated coconut and the Molasses Pie with pecans.
 
Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner by Ashley Christensen is a picture-filled tribute to her Raleigh, N.C. modern diner, Poole’s. This beautiful book is full of Southern-influenced recipes and ingredients, with many professional tips and tricks, and a focus on fresh ingredients. I made the Chow-Chow, a Southern pickled staple, and the Marinated Avocados with Apples, Blue Cheese and Almonds, which uses sorghum in its dressing; both were wonderful. The book has what looks like a definitive recipe for a savory tomato pie, Homegrown Tomato Pie, and a recipe for Chilled Corn Soup with Cherry Tomatoes that recommends a professional cream whipper for best results, as well as a host of other drink and food recipes. I think these recipes span both home-style Southern staples and aspirational reinterpretations, and I found the instructions, notes and pictures useful.

Posted by SherriT on 10/29/16
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A very easy and delicious cookbook for the busy individual!
 
This is a great slow cooker book. There are 3 'at-a-glance' icons that certainly help meal planning, especially for busy moms! 1. Ready in 4 hours’ meals 2. Five ingredient meals (not including water, salt, pepper and oils) - and lastly 3. Express prep - only take 10 minutes of prep time meals!

There are recipes from effortless appetizers and beverages, to swift sweets. Also, there are directions for no fuss salads and sides, along with a section of quick breads.

Gazing through this cookbook I can see our family grazing on some of their delicious recipes throughout the year – Pepperoni Pizza Soup, Cranberry Mustard Pork Loin, Spicy Hash Brown Supper, Eye-Opening Burritos, Cheesy Tater Tot Dinner, Elvis’ pudding cake, and even Chimichurri Monkey Bread.

Unfortunately, not every recipe has a pictures but most do so that is reassuring when looking at what you created. If you can overlook some typos and you are not a gourmet chef, this cookbook is perfect for meal planning. This ready reference would mostly be appreciated by the busy mom or dad for a quick, tasty meal. Bon Appétit!
 

Posted by Katie M on 12/19/17
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Paula Wolfert is “the most influential cookbook author you’ve probably never heard of,” according to Emily Kaiser Thelin, the author of the biography and cookbook, Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert’s Renegade Life. She never had a TV show or a restaurant, but over four decades published eight ground-breaking cookbooks, with multiple reissues and numerous articles. Her work helped popularize foods we now take for granted, including couscous and cassoulet, and her influence has long been felt in the elite circles of well-known chefs, and their books and restaurants.
 
Known for her acute memory, Wolfert was diagnosed with dementia in 2013, but she suspected something was wrong long before. Family and friends dismissed her symptoms early on, citing her aging and “senior moments.” Since her diagnosis, she is determined to do as much as she can for the prevention, treatment and cure of Alzheimer’s disease, advocating for early intervention.
 

I enjoyed this book that provides a detailed biography about someone whose influence is felt, but whose name we may not know; for the well-tested recipes that celebrate her life and ideas; and for the direct way she is addressing her Alzheimer’s diagnosis, sharing her diagnosis and advocacy openly.

 

 
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