Cookbooks
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Mollie Katzen’s 5 Essentials for Becoming a Great Home Cook
Mollie Katzen is on a personal mission to get as many people cooking at home as possible. “Chefs and restaurateurs are going to be mad at me if I succeed, but I really feel anyone can become a home cook.” As she is the author of 12 cookbooks, with over six million books in print, we believe that Mollie has a thing or two to say on what it takes to be a great and happy home cook.
May 24, 2019
Kim Kushner’s Thanksgivukkah Menu: And Her Recipe for Turkey with Pumpkin, Figs & Honey
As you’ve probably heard, this holiday season includes the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, an occasion more popularly known as Thanksgivukkah. Cooks all over the country are embracing the opportunity to mix the traditional foods of two holidays on one table, and this week we are sharing Thanksgivukkah recipes and ideas from our favorite chefs and cookbook authors.
May 24, 2019
Sunday Suppers at Lucques by Suzanne Goin
Sunday Suppers at Lucques is not the oldest cookbook on my shelf, nor is it the most used. It is, however, one of my most beloved for its tone, for its palate, and for what it has taught me about cooking over the years. Oh, and for that slow-roasted salmon recipe that will never leave my dinner party and brunch rotation. Ever. The first thing to know and understand about Sunday Suppers at Lucques is that while it is a chef’s cookbook, it’s still quite accessible.
May 24, 2019
Deborah Madison Talks About Revising Her Beloved Cookbook: Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, What’s Changed & What Hasn’t
Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is one of the most popular and respected cookbooks of our time. Since 1997 it has sold hundreds of thousands of copies, won many awards, and has consistently remained on many cooks’ lists of most favorite cookbooks. It makes sense, then, to give it a bit of an update.
May 24, 2019
Bryant Terry on the Delicious, Satisfying (and Yes, Vegan) Food of the African Diaspora
Bryant Terry is making a big splash with his wonderful new cookbook Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean and Southern Flavors Remixed and rightly so, for this is more than a simple cookbook. After years of researching the foods of the African Diaspora, Terry has created a beautiful collection of vegan recipes based on his research, pairing each one with African and African American music and book recommendations.
May 24, 2019
Ina Garten Says, Yes, You Can Make It Ahead
Cookbook: Make It Ahead by Ina Garten Overall Impression: Make It Ahead is a great cookbook for sophisticated entertaining. Ina Garten fans everywhere should be celebrating because another book is out! And when it comes to entertaining, no one does it better than Ina.
May 24, 2019
10 Celebrity Cookbooks You Probably Didn’t Know Existed
There are cookbook authors who become celebrities, like Ina Garten, and then there are celebrities who write cookbooks. Today we’re looking at the latter category. While we all know Gwyneth Paltrow is the patron saint of celeb-turned-cook (Oh hi, Goop!), there are a bunch of other celebrities who have also dabbled in this space. From Sheryl Crow’s aptly titled cookbook, to Boy George’s other masterpiece, here are 10 celebrity cookbook authors you might have missed.
May 24, 2019
Help Paula Wolfert Tackle Alzheimer’s with Her New Crowd-Funded Cookbook
Paula Wolfert is an extraordinary cook and cookbook writer whose influence on my kitchen and my cooking has been significant. I can’t remember when I first picked up Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco (long, long before I’d heard the name Ottolenghi, that’s for sure!), but my dinner table hasn’t been the same since. Equally influential are her books on Mediterranean cooking and, my favorite, cooking in clay pots and vessels.
May 24, 2019
Ina Garten’s Newest Cookbook: Is the Contessa Going Casual?
Ina Garten isn’t slowing down just because she knocked it out of the park with her 2016 cookbook, Cooking for Jeffrey. She is currently testing recipes for her new cookbook and posted a butternut squash gratin on her Instagram, hinting at what may be lurking in the pages. From the looks of things, she isn’t straying too far from her classic roots. This isn’t as precious as some of her offerings, however.
May 24, 2019
In the Kitchen with Laura Wright of The First Mess
Laura Wright’s The First Mess Cookbook weaves together approachable plant-based recipes, relatable real food stories, and sumptuous imagery. Recipes run the gamut from nourishing weeknight dinners to beautiful statement desserts, but through it all, Laura brings readers along – explaining ingredients and techniques, and sharing inspiration with the same thoughtful yet laid-back style evident on The First Mess blog. Like many home cooks, I learned to cook from cookbooks.
May 24, 2019
How Cookbook Author Laura Lea Goldberg Starts Her Morning
Picture this: It’s 2007 in Charlottesville, Virginia. My alarm wakes me with its angry red flashing at 8 a.m., which is the early bird special for me. My first lecture starts at 8:30, and I need at least 15 minutes to walk there. I hadn’t planned on going out the night before, but all my friends were celebrating a home sports victory at the Mellow Mushroom (yes, real name).
May 24, 2019
Why Target Is the Only Place You Should Buy Joanna Gaines’ New Book
The answer is Target. And here's why.
May 24, 2019
Jerrelle Guy on Charcoal Banana Bread and #BlackGirlMagic
Welcome to Kitchn’s series Kitchn Crush, where we highlight some of the coolest, most inspiring people in food you need to know about right now. Jerrelle Guy is doing some of the coolest stuff in baking right now. The blogger behind Chocolate for Basil recently released her first cookbook, Black Girl Baking, which includes a recipe for charcoal banana bread. You guys, charcoal banana bread! How exciting is that?
May 24, 2019
8 Recipes to Make from Joanna Gaines’ Cookbook
We are huge Fixer Upper fans here at Kitchn, so we were thrilled when Joanna Gaines released her debut cookbook, Magnolia Table, in April. Filled with recipes for everything from lemon pie to beef bulgogi, this cookbook is probably the closest thing we’ll ever get to actually eating at Joanna’s (perfectly chic farmhouse) table. If you’re looking for a taste of Magnolia Table, here are eight recipes to try.
May 24, 2019
Julia Turshen Did the Impossible and Made Me Love My Leftovers
One of our favorite cookbook authors is back with approachable, inspiring recipes — and how to turn the leftovers into something even tastier.
May 24, 2019
The One Recipe You Should Buy Chrissy Teigen’s Book For
It is after 11 p.m. on a Saturday night and I’m quietly munching on a salty, crispy rice and hazelnut crackle and mumbling “damn, Chrissy!” to myself as I pack up what will be the topping for tomorrow’s dinner party dessert. The Chrissy I’m referring to, of course, is none other than former model, now TV host, cookbook author, and mom, Chrissy Teigen.
May 24, 2019
7 Reasons Why Ottolenghi’s New Cookbook Is the Best Thing to Happen to Weeknight Dinner
Never did I think I’d be pulling an Ottolenghi cookbook from my bookshelf to make a weeknight dinner. And the fact that I’ve done just that many times in the past month still surprises me. It’s nothing against Yotam Ottolenghi — it’s just that I keep a rather strict set of parameters for weeknight cooking.
May 24, 2019
The Marvelous Dorie Greenspan on Why French Cooking Is Still Misunderstood
If you traveled back in time to tell 12-year-old Dorie Greenspan that she’d one day grow up to be a revered baking expert, a five-time James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, a New York Times Magazine dessert columnist, and one of the most prolific home cooking authorities of our time, she’d probably find that really hard to believe — with good reason.
May 24, 2019
The Glorious Generosity of Carla Hall
After The Chew came to an end, Carla Hall decided not to press pause on her life.
May 24, 2019
This Is the Only Cookbook My Mom Ever Used
Giving my mom a cookbook for Mother's Day always seemed like a good idea. Until I realized it wasn't.
May 24, 2019
Why Fannie Farmer Is the Best Cookbook for Weeknight Bakers
Last year I wrote about my mom’s favorite resource for finding simple, easy-to-follow recipes: The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. After going through her well-worn copy for the umpteenth time, I started thinking about how perfect so many of the recipes are for easy, weeknight baking. Whether you need a quick dessert for unexpected guests, or just want to satisfy 7 p.
May 24, 2019
The New Cookbooks We’re Most Excited About This Fall
Fall cookbook season is the home cook’s Super Bowl. In autumn many publishers release the best cookbooks of the year in preparation for the holiday season, and 2017 is no exception. This fall we can look forward to gems like Smitten Kitchen’s cookbook centered around unfussy but delicious dinner recipes, New York Times food editor Melissa Clark’s recipes for the Instant Pot, and many more. Here’s a look into the cookbooks we’re most excited about this fall.
May 24, 2019
Do Cookbooks Get Boycotts Too?
Last week when Gabrielle Hamilton and Ashley Merriman, of celebrated NYC restaurant Prune, announced that they were going to swoop in to “save” Ken Friedman’s The Spotted Pig, people recoiled. It has been only seven months since Friedman’s toxic culture of sexual abuse at the Spotted Pig was revealed publicly, and just as people boycotted the Pig, now there are calls to boycott Prune over disappointment in Hamilton’s betrayal.
May 24, 2019
10 New Cookbooks We Can’t Wait to Get Our Hands on This Fall
We are on the brink of fall cookbook release season which, for us at Kitchn, is more exciting than Starbucks’ annual “The Pumpkin Spice Latte Is BACK” announcement. Just like fall fashion magazines, which are typically the biggest issues of the year (TBT to when I’d wait by the door to see who was on the cover of my September issue of Seventeen), fall cookbooks feature the best of the best. Speaking of the best, these are the cookbook titles we are patiently awaiting.
May 24, 2019
Here Are the New Cookbooks You Should Buy Based on Your Favorite Subject in School
The words “back to school” are honestly a trigger for the tumultuous time in life when I was required to spend literally all of my money on textbooks. Can you imagine dropping $88 for a USED 8-pound copy of General Chemistry, doing the same for every other class, and then dealing with the ensuing guilt of never opening any of them once? Yes, because you probably did too!
May 24, 2019
Ina’s New Cookbook Is Out Today! Here’s Why You Need It.
After teasing the cookbook out for months now on her Instagram and blog, Ina Garten’s Cook Like a Pro is finally out in the world today. If you’re not sure if you need to buy another cookbook — you have lots, right? — let me try and convince you that you do. Cook Like a Pro might be the most Ina-y of all of Ina’s cookbooks. Ina makes delicious recipes, sure, but what sets her apart is her approach.
May 24, 2019
Our 10 Favorite Tips from Ina Garten’s New Cookbook
The whole premise of Ina Garten’s latest cookbook, Cook Like a Pro, is to help home cooks gain confidence in the kitchen with the help of Ina’s no-fail recipes and ingenious tips and tricks. There’s a “pro tip” on almost every page, designed to help recipe followers avoid any hiccups and pitfalls that may arise along the way. Here are some of our favorites. (To get the rest, you’ll have to get the book!
May 24, 2019
Recipe Review: Vietnamese Rice Noodle Pho
We’ve had this recipe from The Splendid Table’s How To Eat Supper earmarked for a while. Given the dreary weather we’ve been getting all along the East Coast, we thought a bowl of noodles and tender beef in a fragrant broth sounded like just what we needed!The recipe is fairly straight forward: cooked noodles and thinly sliced raw beef go into a bowl, and then the boiling broth gets spooned over top.
May 3, 2019
How Many Cookbooks is Too Many?
I’m a busy working college student so this is what happens. I have made the best of my “kitchenette” but it is definitely in need the cure. (aubreylane in Santa Cruz, CA)One thing that keeps popping up in the Kitchen Cure submissions is concerns over cookbook storage and the question of how many is too many. First, let’s get a sense of how many cookbooks you have lurking on your shelves.
May 2, 2019
Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce Book Review 2010
This is the book we’ve been waiting for. A cookbook that takes all those incredible flours with names like amaranth and kamut that have started appearing in stores, and tells us what to do with them. A cookbook that goes beyond just substituting whole grains for all-purpose flour and actually explores what each kind of grain has to offer. No matter what kind of baking you do, you’ll want to check out this cookbook!
May 2, 2019
Baking with Whole Grains: Muscovado Sugar Cake Cookbook Recipe
This rich, moist cake from Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce was one of the very first recipes to catch our eye. It calls for a flour we’ve never worked with before – amaranth flour – and combines it with dark muscovado sugar (our new love) and thick apple butter (an old love). This combination just sounds too good to pass up!The head notes for the chapter on amaranth flour describe it as having a strong grassy flavor.
May 2, 2019
Old School Cooler: Barley Water from Canal House Cooking, Volume No 4
Sometimes I want a cooling drink that’s not too sweet, so I was intrigued to discover a recipe for Barley Water in the new summer issue of Canal House Cooking (Vol 4). I’ll admit that it sounds a little odd. I mean, who would think that sipping on water that was used to boil barley would be a good thing, even with the addition of lemon and orange and a touch of sugar? But I cannot recommend this simple drink highly enough. It is indeed far greater than the sum of its parts.
May 2, 2019
The Canape: A Classic Cocktail Party Nibble
The other day I thifted the amazing canapé cookbook pictured above (circa 1934) for just a few dollars. At first the book’s design drew me, with its deco cover and amusing black drawings. But then I started reading the fascinating recipes with names like Devil’s Knapsack, Diamond Cut Diamond and Rainbow’s End. Intrigued, I set out discover more about the canapé, a retro cocktail mainstay.
May 2, 2019
Sweet Potato Cakelets from Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce
With Harvest Colors being the theme for this month here at The Kitchn, my mind immediately leaped into a bowl of whipped sweet potatoes. Is there anything more fragrant, brightly colored, happy and inherently Fall than a baked treat with a base of the delightful tuber? I made some sweet potato muffins from Kim Boyce’s Good to the Grain, and while I deviated a little from the recipe I wound up with fantastic results.
May 2, 2019
Biscotti al Cioccolata e Arancia (Chocolate Orange Cookies)
This book hails from Rome, and it’s full of cookies baked in the kitchens of the American Academy in Rome. The food there is overseen by the Rome Sustainable Food Project, which is guided by Alice Waters and helmed by chef Mona Talbott. Talbott and the resident pastry chef cowrote this book, which features dozens of small yet perfect cookie recipes.
May 2, 2019
Molly O’Neill’s (and Aunt Kajal’s!) Baaghlava Cookbook Review & Recipe from One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking
One Big TableThere are a lot of books and cookbooks focused on capturing and preserving what American cooking used to be. What we love about this book is that it captures what it means to be a home cook in America right this very instant.Molly O’Neill introduces this cookbook with the image of one big American table, a vision that grew with each new person she spoke to and each new recipe she collected.
May 2, 2019
5 Cookie Cookbooks Worth Owning
When I’m browsing through the cookbook section of the local bookstore, it’s very rare that I’m looking for a book that encompasses all the different courses and dishes one could eat. Instead, I’m usually very specific and looking for a book about meat or slow cookers, but in this case it’s cookies.Although it sounds silly to want to own 5 cookbooks worth of cookie recipes, if you’re truly digesting what’s in each book, it’s not difficult to do.
May 2, 2019
Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipe: Apple-Cinnamon Toastie
Erin McKenna, the founder, released a cookbook in 2009 with many of her signature recipes, and she has a new book coming out this spring. So we thought we’d take a look at the original, and give you a yummy breakfast recipe.The original Babycakes book has a tight, edited selection of favorites from the bakery, including a handful each of muffins, scones, biscuits, teacakes, cookies, cupcakes, and pies. Most, but not all, are gluten-free.
May 2, 2019
Skye Gyngell’s Pan-Fried Scallops with Winter Greens Cookbook Review & Recipe from A year in my kitchen
Some cookbooks have us leaping directly into the kitchen without another moment’s thought. Others make us want to curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a long stretch of time to read every single page. This new cookbook from Skye Gyngell does both.Her dreamy descriptions of cooking with the seasons read like letters from your best friend’s travels abroad, while the recipes themselves are just begging for us to throw a dinner party.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Vij’s Tilapia in Yogurt and Ginger Curry
Vikram Vij and his wife, Meeru Dhalwala, own maybe the most splendid Indian restaurant I’ve ever eaten at: Vij’s, in Vancouver, BC. It has many unique facets: A women-only kitchen, run by Meeru; a warm, welcoming environment dim and flickering with candles, presided over by Vikram; an incredibly fragrant, fresh interpretation of Indian dishes that each take your breath away.
May 2, 2019
Spring Recipe: ‘Fresh’ Pea Soup
The new issue (volume no. 6) of Canal House Cooking has just arrived at my door, its bright green cover immediately putting me in a spring mood. Also on the cover is a picture of a heavily loaded grocery cart, hinting at this edition’s delightful theme: The Grocery Store. Read on for a review and a tasty, perfect-for-spring recipe from the book!
May 2, 2019
Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins from Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season by Hannah Kaminsky
After a lot of internal debate on which recipe I should try first from Hannah Kaminsky’s Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season, I’m very pleased to have settled on these Springtime muffins. Chunks of strawberry and flecks of rhubarb turn one of my favorite pie fruit-pairings into a delightful treat for the morning. Read on for more about the recipe and new cookbook.
May 2, 2019
How to Roast Your Own Coffee Beans Cookbook Review + Recipe from Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It by Karen Solomon
Homemade cornflakes, DIY coffee beans, real hot dogs, slow-fermented miso, crystallized ginger. All made at home without any fancy equipment. And these are just a handful of the projects in the book!Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It is Karen Solomon’s follow-up book to her widely popular Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It, and it doesn’t disappoint.Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It takes our DIY home-cooking projects to the next level.
May 2, 2019
Linguine with Walnut Pesto
“Glorious” is truly the proper word to describe Domenica Marchetti’s new collection of Italian pasta recipes, The Glorious Pasta of Italy. As Exhibit A, I present to you a fast vegetarian dish with all the luxury you would find in the best restaurant in town. It’s a dish for any time of the year: linguine with a garlicky pesto of walnuts, Parmesan, and ricotta.This pasta is one of the nicest things I’ve eaten in ages.
May 2, 2019
Slow-Roasted Pork with Glazed Orange Slices
How to Eat SupperIn this follow-up book, Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift tackle the other end of the cooking spectrum. They say, Slow down! It’s the weekend! Let’s cook something really delicious. And here’s how to do it.I really can’t say enough good things about this cookbook. In the same way that listening to an episode of The Splendid Table feels like sitting down to a cup of tea with Lynne Rossetto Kasper, so does this book.
May 2, 2019
Garlic, Cheddar, and Stone Ruination IPA Soup Cookbook Review & Recipe from The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.
Randy ClemensIt’s part history lesson, part beer guide, and part cookbook (with recipes of both the edible and the liquid variety). The title pretty much says it all: The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance.The Craft of Stone Brewing Co. starts at the beginning. No, not with the origins of the brewery, but with beer. If your understanding of ales vs. lagers is a little rusty, no problem.
May 2, 2019
Ham Bone, Greens, and Bean Soup
The story of stone soup is a great story of cooperation: it teaches us that just a handful of shared ingredients can be transformed into a feast. But it also teaches us that nearly anything can be turned into soup — even a stone, a nail, a discarded bone. Soup can begin anywhere; we’ve shown you how to make soup from literally any vegetable, for instance (once you know that method, you’ll never need a vegetable soup recipe again).
May 2, 2019
Homebrew Recipe: Brooklyn BrewShop’s Bourbon Dubbel Cookbook Review & Recipe from Brooklyn BrewShop’s Beer Making Book
Two words: bourbon dubbel. That is the Belgian-style ale that I have fermenting in my kitchen as we speak. And it’s all thanks to this new cookbook (brewbook?) from Erica Shea and Stephen Valand, the creative geniuses behind Brooklyn BrewShop.
May 2, 2019
Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza & No-Knead Cornmeal Crust Cookbook Review & Recipe from Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François
How do you make no-knead bread even easier? Make no-knead pizzas instead. As Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François say in the introduction to their newest cookbook, “If you have a batch of our stored dough in the fridge, and you’ve pre-heated your oven, you can be as little as ten minutes away from piping hot pizzas…For busy people, there’s no quicker dinner.
May 2, 2019
Jennifer Reese’s Corn Bread Recipe Cookbook Review & Recipe from Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese
Here is a lady after my own heart. And, I’m thinking, yours. Jennifer Reese set out confidently and ambitiously, with grand intentions of crafting her own cheese and making pasta with eggs from her own chickens. She wanted to answer once and for all the question, “Where is that sweet spot between making and buying?” What she found, among other things, is that raising chickens isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
May 2, 2019
Emily’s 5 Essential Cookbooks
I live in a small apartment and thus have a one in, one out policy for cookbooks. Those that remain in my collection must be good reference materials or books that really inspire me to cook and create beyond specific recipes. As a denizen of farmers’ markets, spice shops, and ethnic grocery stores, I also like learning as much as I can about all the vibrant ingredients I encounter on my shopping trips.
May 2, 2019
Classic Cocktail Book: Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide
Over the past couple years, I’ve slowly been building up a home bar, stocking all the liquor, mixers and tools I need to make my favorite cocktails. But the bar didn’t feel complete until I got a trustworthy reference book, one that includes both classic drinks and modern interpretations — a book I could grow old with. The Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide is that book.
May 2, 2019
White and Dark Chocolate Strawberries
RipeThe fruits and vegetables practically jump off of the pages in 3D, and my brain understands their curves, colors, and yes, ripeness in a way that description alone could not accomplish. It’s enough to make a gal hungry.Faith covered the main points of awesomeness with this book in her cookbook spotlight a few weeks ago. Briefly, Ripe is first a visual tour of fruits and vegetables, and second a cookbook for what to make with them. The intention is not so much to teach but to inspire.
May 2, 2019
The Champagne Cocktail
After many years waiting tables and working in restaurants my only brush with bitters was as the staff cure all for hangovers. After a late night we’d all belly up to bar for our daily drink of bitters and soda. It cured everything from a headache to indigestion. Then it was only Angostura but now with the cocktail craze comes the bitters boom, and yes a book dedicated solely to this aromatic flavoring agent.
May 2, 2019
Pike Place Market Recipes by Jess Thomson
Even after visiting Seattle for years, Pike Place Market is still one of my first stops when I get into town. I’m convinced that you can find anything there if you look hard enough: dried mushrooms for risotto tonight, that weird spice no one else has heard of, a cookie to revive your weary soul. It’s a magical place. In this new book of recipes, tips, and stories, Jess Thomson has perfectly captured both this magic and the very spirit of Pike Place Market.
May 2, 2019
Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard by Nigel Slater
Be warned: this book will induce in the reader an immediate and barely contained desire for a backyard orchard of one’s own along with a deep craving for fruit that cannot be ignored. Neither of these is necessarily a negative prospect, but you should know going in that you will be facing some serious fruit-based temptation.
May 2, 2019
Simply Grilling by Jennifer Chandler
I’m making a resolution this summer. I love a good juicy burger and I’ll never turn down a grilled steak, but it’s time to branch out. I resolve to expand my repertoire this grilling season, and Simply Grilling is the cookbook that will help me do it! Who’s with me?
May 2, 2019
Vegetables by James Peterson
When other recipes refer offhandedly to cleaning leeks or shelling favas, assuming we already know what we’re doing, Vegetables by James Peterson steps in to fill the gap. This is a comprehensive guide to all the vegetables coming into our kitchens: how to choose the best ones, store them away, and make them into dinner. From artichokes to rutabagas, Peterson has us covered.
May 2, 2019
Salad of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year by Georgeanne Brennan
It’s a truism in the cookbook publishing industry that salad books don’t sell well. I have always found this hard to believe, especially when you come across such a lavish, gorgeous, and inspiring book as Georgeanne Brennan’s Salad of the Day, which makes me want to not only toss a salad together every day, but buy the book for all my friends so they can too.The premise of this book is simple and well-executed: A seasonal salad recipe for every day of the year.
May 2, 2019
The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz
I have fallen deep down the rabbit hole into the world of fermentation. First sourdough bread. Then beerkombuchasauerkrautkimchi• Who wrote it: Sandor Ellix Katz, who also wrote that original bible of fermentation that we’ve all been using for years, Wild Fermentation• Who published it: Chelsea Green• Number of recipes: Too many to count!
May 2, 2019
Pure Beef by Lynne Curry
Are you intimidated by grass-fed beef? Along with being told that grass-feeding is better for the steers, better for the environment, and better for us to eat, we’re also told that we need to be careful how we cook grass-fed beef. Which, when you take into account its significantly higher cost, can be downright intimidating. No one wants to mess up a $25 steak.
May 2, 2019
Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson
Within minutes of paging through the collection of recipes in Vintage Cakes, you will be desperately scanning your calendar for the next birthday, holiday, baby shower, or company potluck. Any excuse to bake a cake. With cakes like the Honey Bee and Coffee Crunch Spiral, how can you resist?
May 2, 2019
Ludo Lefebvre’s Squid Pad Thai
Leaf through Ludo Lefebvre’s new cookbook, LudoBites: Recipes And Stories From The Pop-Up Restaurants of Ludo Lefebvre, and you’ll understand why the reservations for the entire run of the last incarnation of LudoBites, his pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles, sold out in under a minute: his delight in the sensual pleasure of food is evident in the description of every dish. (Remember his charming kitchen tour, too?
May 2, 2019
The Foolproof Freezer Cookbook by Ghillie James
I daydream about having a giant deep freezer to fill with harvest-time bounty and made-ahead meals for babysitter nights. The reality is that my freezer is the size of an accordion and is carefully jammed full with a menagerie of odds and ends: just enough frozen fruit for smoothies, a couple of random meats (goat cubes! a rabbit!), no more than one container of homemade ice cream at a time, and two mini ice cube trays.
May 2, 2019
The Sprouted Kitchen by Sara Forte
A book like this feels like an invitation to sit at someone’s table. It feels intimate and cozy from page one, and the dishes that follow are infused with their creator’s personality: that extra squeeze of Meyer lemon, an unexpected addition of spicy jalapeño, the warmth of cinnamon. The Sprouted Kitchen is all of these things.
May 2, 2019
Roots by Diane Morgan
Surely root vegetables are among the most intimidating and mysterious. They come out of the ground hairy with roots and dirty with mud, looking more like something to adorn a haunted house than to eat. But lovers of potatoes to parsnips to jicama know there’s something good inside, and Diane Morgan wants to help you discover the deliciousness in these and other, less familiar, root vegetables in her new book: Roots: The Definitive Compendium.We love Diane around here!
May 2, 2019
Ten Dollar Dinners by Melissa d’Arabian
Who doesn’t want to save a few bucks on dinner, right? Add to this the promise of simple and family-friendly meals for both weeknights and weekends, and this new cookbook from Food Network star Melissa d’Arabian might just find a permanent spot on the kitchen shelf.
May 2, 2019
Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish
There’s nothing like seeing a picture of a perfectly crusty, gorgeously browned, flour-speckled artisan loaf to make you crave the real thing. In Flour Water Salt Yeast, Portland baker Ken Forkish takes the by-now-familiar template of no-knead breads baked in a Dutch oven and runs away with it. He delves into sourdoughs, encourages whole grains, and then has us end a long day of baking with a quick pizza or three. Need any more encouragement to roll up your sleeves and pull out the yeast?
May 2, 2019
Real Snacks by Lara Ferroni
My love for The Snack runs deep—crunchy, salty, sweet, chewy, or otherwise. I would live on snacks if I could, and in college, I think I did. This is why I quite literally squealed with glee when I saw this new book by Lara Ferroni. She covers everything from how to make our own Thin Mint Cookies and yogurt-covered raisins to homemade Cheetos and tater tots. (Along with gluten-free and vegan versions of every single recipe. Hello!
May 2, 2019
Baked Elements by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
When a craving hits, it hits hard. You need chocolate now. Or caramel. Or maybe just a really big spoonful of peanut butter. Paging through Baked Elements felt like a whirlwind tour of every craving I’ve ever had. Since the book is organized around ten of the most crave-inducing ingredients in a baker’s pantry, I’m thinking that’s the whole point.
May 2, 2019
The Lebanese Kitchen by Salma Hage
If you have room on your bookshelf for only one Lebanese cookbook, this is a strong contender. Aiming to be the definitive guide to Lebanese cooking, The Lebanese Kitchen includes hundreds of fresh, flavorful recipes from across the Middle Eastern country. Throughout, you’ll find hallmarks of Lebanese cuisine like fresh produce and herbs, savory spices, whole grains, olive oil, nuts and seeds, pomegranate, orange, and rose.
May 2, 2019
Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
The city of Jerusalem may be “an intricate, convoluted mosaic of peoples,” as Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi describe in the introduction to their new cookbook. But they are also quick, and very insistent, to state that this doesn’t mean that there isn’t a sense of cohesive local cuisine.
May 2, 2019