Reviews and Blog Posts: cookbooks

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!

3 Cookbooks

I've recently read three amazing books about cooking that have revolutionized the way I think about food and its preparation. Some are sweet, some are saucy but all are delectable!

The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken

Cute little cake "pop" seeks baker wanting new adventures

Move over cupcake, there's a new treat in town. Just when we thought cupcakes were the be all, end all in cute along comes Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats by Bakerella.

Angie Dudley has popped to fame with her popular baking blog bakerella.com, not to mention appearing on The Martha Stewart Show. Cake Pops chronicles the creation of this tasty morsel with fabulous step by step photos. It is also refreshing that she encourages you throughout the book to try your own combinations of flavors and ingredients.

More Books on Mini Sweet Treats:

Chew and Review: Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz from Cook's Illustrated

Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz

I finally had a chance to whip up a batch of Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz from Cook's Illustrated. The farmer's market veggies were begging to get into this cold, creamy and zesty soup. Watch the video to see how easy this dish was to make.

Since moving into our new (old) house recently, we've missed our chance to start up a vegetable garden in our backyard. I'm really struggling through the end of summer without my fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes, last minute addition of chile peppers, and warm roasted beets. So lots of my recipes right now are including fresh farmer's market veggies as well as gifts from friends' gardens (Thanks friends!).

Chew and Review: Culinary Magazine Collection

Bon Appetit cover

Have you ever noticed the fantastic collection of cooking magazines at your local library? I'm kind of addicted to them. This week's recipe review will be picked from your favorite of three: Bon Appetit, Cook's Illustrated or Cooking Light. Take the poll and help me choose!

Right after I gave birth to my son, I found it difficult to complete an entire novel so I started checking out the library's magazines. Reading in short spurts; I could do that! And what a great variety. I especially appreciate the culinary magazines:

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