Reviews and Blog Posts: cookbooks

A World Tour of Healthy Eating

Eating well can be as fun and diverse (and delicious) as ever with cookbooks and recipes created to promote health and wellness. 

The great divide for many of us is the chasm between good tasting, satisfying foods and healthy, nutrient-dense fare. But the library shelves are groaning with great cookbooks that will help you bridge the perceived gap between delicious and nutritious. Here are a couple suggestions:

Grilled cheese, please! : 50 scrumptiously cheesy recipes

by Laura Werlin

Reviewer Rating:
4

Nom, nom, nom, Yum this book of fifty different kinds of grilled cheese sammies pleases me, I never thought of putting cheese on the outside of the sandwich even though my favorite part of a grilled cheese is that delish burned cheese that spills out the side! Werlin offers many...

James Beard Foundation Book Awards--The Best in Food Writing

Blood, Bones, and Butter

The 2012 James Beard Foundation Book Awards were recently announced. These awards celebrate books about cooking in various categories. Check out these award winning titles the next time you're looking for a new recipe to try, or you just want to read about the wonderful world of food!

Cookbook of the Year, Cooking from a Professional Point of View: Modernist Cuisine, Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet

Cookbook Hall of Fame: Home Cooking and More Home Cooking, Laurie Colwin

James Beard Book Awards Announced

The 2011 James Beard Book Awards were recently announced. You may know of the James Beard Awards for chefs. While often those award winners are far away (with restaurants hard to get reservations at!), many of the cookbook award winners are available in the library. For a complete list of winners and nominees, click here.

Cookbook Hall of Fame: On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, Harold McGee

Cookbook of the Year: Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy, Diana Kennedy

American Cooking: Pig: King of the Southern Table, James Villas

Chew and Review: Long Live the Cookbook!

Dorie Greenspan, Around My French Table book cover

I read a recent New York Times article, Gadgets You Should Get Rid Of (or Not), that lists the devices that we can do away with (or keep) now that technology has progressed to the point of redundancy. One of the suggestions broke my heart: cookbooks.

“BOOKS Keep them (with one exception)… there is one area where printed matter is going to give way to digital content: cookbooks. Martha Stewart Makes Cookies, a $5 app for the iPad, is the wave of the future. Every recipe has a photo of the dish (something far too expensive for many printed cookbooks).

Need Cooking Inspiration?

Need some motivation to cook?

I recently made soup that turned out tasty. I have to admit that I’m not much of a cook. I want to try making more dishes. If you need some cooking inspiration, try one of the books below.

Not Your Average Bowl: Snacks, Soup and Salads

100 Calorie Snack Cookbook

Set yourself apart from the crowd this Super Bowl Sunday by choosing to snack smarter. The LA Times reports that on average every viewer watching the game will consume 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat. Check out these great cookbooks with healthy recipes for snacks, appetizers, soups and salads. Your Home Team will cheer for leading them to a win with these great recipes.

Hearty Winter Meals

Crazy for Casseroles, by James Villas

On chilly, dark winter nights, we all want to eat something hearty.  We need comfort and simplicity, but without spending an entire evening in the kitchen.  One-pot meals and casseroles are the answer and Denver Public Library has plenty of helpful cookbooks!  Need some titles to satisfy your hunger and keep you warm?

Recent years have given us many new cookbooks that emphasize convenience, with a focus on one-pot meals and spending less than an hour on family dinner.  On the other hand, casseroles may require some assembly, but these new cookbooks have given us fantastic updates to old-fashioned classics.  It's hard to beat the all-in-one combination of vegetables, grains, and protein- especially when the flavors touch on all of our tastes.  The leftovers are nice, too!

How about a recipe that uses up day-old rice and is a snap to prepare?

 

Yet Another End of the Year List

It seems like everyone from the New York Times to NPR is coming out with Best Books of the Year lists right now. As "best" is subjective,  I instead offer you some of my favorites in various categories. Most of these are 2010 books, but are some are older books that I first read or listened to this year.

Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (no zombies): The Passage, Justin Cronin

Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (with zombies): The Reapers are the Angels, Alden Bell, Feed, Mira Grant

NPR's Best Cookbooks of 2010

Whether you are looking for a great cookbook to get started or for a gift for your favorite chef, NPR's list of the 10 Best Cookbooks of 2010 is sure to make anyone's mouth water!

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