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  • Madina Papadopoulos 1:00 pm on 2017/10/20 Permalink
    Tags: cookbooks, hand-crafted candy bars, mother estelle's easy home made candy cookbook, , the liddabit sweets candy cookbook, the ultimate candy book, truffles candies and confections   

    5 Candy Cookbooks to Make Halloween a Real Treat 

    The scariest but sweetest holiday of the year is upon us. Before long Halloween will arrive, with its fun-sized bars stuffed into orange buckets by gleeful children. But candies don’t need to be store-bought. In fact, making them at home makes them that much sweeter. Get some helping hands together, and flip through these 5 candy-themed cookbooks.

    The Ultimate Candy Book: More Than 700 Quick and Easy, Soft and Chewy, Hard and Crunchy Sweets and Treats, by Bruce Weinstein
    Dessert-connoisseur and QVC personality Bruce Weinstein knows a thing or a thousand about sweets. This book is a ‘sequel’ to The Ultimate Ice Cream Cookbook, wherein he guided readers on how to make mouthwatering cold treats. The similarly titled, Ultimate Candy Book boasts over 700 recipes. The recipes are easy to follow, and the opening chapter gives an in-depth guide to candy-making for newbies.

    Truffles, Candies, and Confections: Techniques and Recipes for Candymaking, by Carole Bloom
    Author Carole Bloom has quite a few sweet cookbooks under her belt (including two dessert cookbooks for the Dummies series). In this tome, Bloom spoils the cooking reader with directions on how to make truffles, caramel candies, and fruit candies. While most kids don’t want to get fruit in their Halloween tin, candied fruit might just make the cut! This book is for the more seasoned confectioner.

    The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook: How to Make Truly Scrumptious Candy in Your Own Kitchen!, by Liz Gutman
    Even when it’s not Halloween, many venture out to Brooklyn to taste treats from Liddabit Sweets. The boutique’s candymakers, Liz Gutman and Jen King, are known for many delights—The Twist Bar, Chai Latte Lollipops, Chocolate Mint Meltaways. Most cooks don’t give away their secrets, but Liddabit Sweets believes sharing is caring. The The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook means bringing a liddabit of New York into your hometown.

    Hand-Crafted Candy Bars: From-Scratch, All-Natural, Gloriously Grown-Up Confections, by Susan Heeger, Susie Norris, Joseph De Leo
    When kids grow up into adults, they have to give up childish things like trick-or-treating. It’s so unfair, but as teachers keep repeating, life isn’t fair. But those who are handy in the kitchen can make their own mature treats, and very immaturely choose not to share them with kids who come knocking at the door. Take the drugstore candybar to the next level, with elegant recipes like Candied Mint Citrus Zest Bark and Dark Chocolate Dipped Almond Coconut Bar (even the titles are a mouthful!).

    Mother Estelle’s Easy Homemade Candy Cookbook, by Hilda Cooper
    For those who are into vintage sweets, Mother Estelle’s Easy Homemade Candy Cookbook is a must. It will have cooks dejavu-ing, as their taste buds soak up the nostalgic flavors of a time gone by with scents of butterscotch, gummy gels, divinity, and so much fudge.

    What candy cookbooks do you love? 

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  • Madina Papadopoulos 3:00 pm on 2017/10/13 Permalink
    Tags: alexandra zissu, armin a. brott, beyond pickles and ice cream, cookbooks, cooking for two, dana angelo white, deirdre dolan, hope ricciotti, jennifer ash, jennifer lang, jessica alba, pregnancy cookbook: revised and expanded edition, reed mangels, the complete organic pregnancy, the everything vegan pregnancy book, the expectant father: the ultimate guide for dads-to-be, the whole 9 months, vincent connelly   

    5 Perfect Cookbooks for Expectant Parents 

    Creating a baby might mean nine months of bizarre cravings and eating for two (sometimes more). It’s hard enough to know what to cook when not pregnant, so when pregnant, cookbooks dedicated to meals that are both scrumptious and healthy are a great go-to. Here are 5 that have enough recipes to cover the entire 40 weeks and then some.

    The Whole 9 Months: A Week-By-Week Pregnancy Nutrition Guide with Recipes for a Healthy Start, by Jennifer Lang MD, Dana Angelo White MS, RD, and Jessica Alba
    Thinking of a weekly meal-prep plan can be overwhelming, to say the least. Fortunately, this week-by-week book has the menu covered. Written by OB-GYN Jennifer Lang, and dietitian, Dana Angelo White, The Whole 9 Months: A Week-By-Week Pregnancy Nutrition Guide with Recipes for a Healthy Start makes dinner easy. Some of these dishes, like Quinoa-Chicken Stuffed Peppers and Spaghetti Squash Parmesan, are so scrumptious, it’ll be tempting to cook them once your nine months are up.

    Pregnancy Cookbook, Revised and Expanded Edition, by Vincent Connelly and Hope Ricciotti
    This book is written by husband and wife duo Chef Vincent Connelly and obstetrician Dr. Hope Ricciotti. With a chef and an OB-GYN at the helm of the kitchen, the recipes are both delicious and nutritious. The first section, “Iron-Rich Dishes,” includes delights like Portobellos Stuffed with Spinach, Leeks, & Tofu, Calamari & Spinach Casalinga, and Pot Roast Pomodoro, to name a few. The following chapters continue with similar titles, like Folic Acid-Rich Dishes, Calcium Rich-Dishes, Fiber-Rich Dishes, and so on, making sure that supplements are savored.

    The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book: All You Need to Know for a Healthy Pregnancy That Fits Your Lifestyle, by Reed Mangels
    Getting pregnant doesn’t mean having to give up your food lifestyle, as nutrition expert Reed Mangels shares in her book, The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book. Along with being a registered dietitian, she teaches nutrition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The book is broken up by subject—like protein, iron, zinc, vitamins, nervous system, and the like. More than just a food guide, it’s also a vegan’s map to navigating pregnancy.

    The Complete Organic Pregnancy, by Deirdre Dolan and Alexandra Zissu
    Written by eco lifestyle expert Alexandra Zissu and journalist Deirdre Dolan, this book is a plethora of knowledge on organic choices to make before, during, and after gestation. The Complete Organic Pregnancy is a pregnancy book more than a cookbook, but it has some really great organic recipes shared by chefs.

    The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be, by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash
    For the spouse of someone who is having a baby, The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be is a fun yet informative book full of tips on how to be a great partner. And one of the best ways to make sure an expecting mother is happy? Cook dinner. With simple recipes for everything from a Power Shake to Zucchini Soup, this book has great menu ideas even for those who are not master chefs.

    What pregnancy cookbooks do you love?

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  • Madina Papadopoulos 2:00 pm on 2017/10/06 Permalink
    Tags: allison day, averie sunshine, cookbooks, cooking with pumpkin: recipes that go beyond the pie, deedee stovel, great little pumpkin cookbook, michael krondl, purely pumpkin: more than 100 seasonal recipes to share savor and warm your kitchen, stephanie pederson, the great pumpkin, the pumpkin cookbook 2nd edition: 139 recipes celebrating the versatility of pumpkin and other winter squash, the pumpkin pie spice cookbook: delicious recipes for sweets treats and other autumnal delights   

    5 Pumpkin-Themed Cookbooks to Get You Pumped For Fall 

    The browns, reds, and yellows cover the leaves and the wind feels crisp and cool. The smell of pumpkin fills the air, indicating that autumn has set in, with all its rituals, visuals, and victuals. Pumpkin is both a significant decoration and ingredient in autumnal celebrations, so it should come as no surprise that there are several fantastic cookbooks dedicated to pumpkin-based recipes. Because let’s be honest– there is never enough pumpkin.

    The Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for Sweets, Treats, and Other Autumnal Delights, by Stephanie Pedersen
    There’s the saying, “pumpkin plus spice makes everything nice,” or at least that’s how the saying should go. For those who can’t get enough of the sweet and savory combo, make sure to grab a copy of The Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for Sweets, Treats, and Other Autumnal Delights. This book takes that divine duo to flavor all kinds of dishes—from Spicytini Cocktail to Pumpkin Crostini, and Savory Pumpkin Dip to Healthy Pumpkin Pudding.

    The Great Little Pumpkin Cookbook, by Michael Krondl
    The title of this book alone conjures childhood stories of folkloric characters, and the added quality of the fun shape (carved into the profile of a pumpkin) only adds to that whimsical quality. While one isn’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, luckily the interior of the book matches the charm of the exterior. Written by food writer Michael Krondl, the book highlights pumpkin dishes from across the world, from New England Pumpkin Pancakes, to Mexican recipes, Italian recipes, and beyond!

    Purely Pumpkin: More Than 100 Seasonal Recipes to Share, Savor, and Warm Your Kitchen, by Allison Day
    Written by Yummy Beet food blogger Allison Day, this pumpkin-centric book features exquisite recipes that will make any kitchen smell like a New England fall. The dishes come alive in the stunning photographs taken by Day herself. With recipes like Vegan Pumpkin Lasagna and Cookies of Plenty (made with pumpkin, chocolate, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds), this will be a favorite for those who follow a vegan diet.

    Cooking with Pumpkin: Recipes That Go Beyond the Pie, by Averie Sunshine
    Pumpkin can be served light, but this book is having (almost) none of that, as it has gluttonous recipes galore. Savory bites include Cheesy Baked Pumpkin Mac’ n Cheese or Parmesan n’ Cream Cheese Pumpkin Puffs, as well as sweet indulgences like Soft Ginger Molasses Pumpkin Cookies and Baked Cinnamon-Sugar Pumpkin-Spice Mini Doughnuts. The cookbook not only goes beyond pie, but beyond the Pumpkin Spice Latte, throwing Coconut Cream Pumpkin-Pie Shooters and Creamy Pumpkin-Spice Almond milk into the mix.

    The Pumpkin Cookbook, 2nd Edition: 139 Recipes Celebrating the Versatility of Pumpkin and Other Winter Squash, by DeeDee Stovel
    With 139 pumpkin recipes, even the pickiest eater will find something to whet their appetite. These scrumptious recipes feature fare from appetizers to dessert, and everything in between. Start with a Pumpkin Chutney, then dive into a Creamy Kale Pumpkin Soup. Impress guests with main courses of Pumpkin-Filled Ravioli, garnished with Fried Sage. Finish off the meal with one of the many dessert options, like Orange-Walnut Pumpkin Bars or Jack-o’-Lantern Cookies. And if pumpkin isn’t your jam, well then try one of the many winter squash recipes, you monster.

    What are you putting pumpkin in this fall?

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  • Madina Papadopoulos 3:00 pm on 2017/09/27 Permalink
    Tags: allie ogg, anne e. briated, cheese & beer, cookbooks, goodnight brew: a parody for beer people, , janet fletcher, jeff alworth, joshua m. bernstein, patrick dawson, the american craft beer cookbook: 155 recipes from your favorite brewpubs and breweries, the beer bible, the complete beer course: boot camp for beer geeks, vintage beer: a taster's guide to brews that improve over tiime   

    Celebrate Oktoberfest by Drinking Up Beer Books 

    The second half of September through the beginning of October rings in the fun folk festival of Oktoberfest. The tradition originates from Germany, and the beer-drinking party is so popular that it has spread through many cities around the world. For those who caught the beer bug at the festival, or for those who can’t make it out, celebrate Oktoberfest in the comfort of your own home with a generous serving of books and beer.

    The Beer Bible,by Jeff Alworth
    Just beginning your beer adventures? bee The Beer Bible is a great place to start. Beer expert and author Jeff Alworth artfully pens the big book of beers and explains all beers—breaking the book up into four sections (ales, lagers, wheat beers, tart & wild ales) and then delving into the taste, process, and history of each brew. Though the book discusses complex subjects, Alworth’s tone is inviting—just like a satisfying pint.

    The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes, by Joshua M. Bernstein
    Swishing, sniffing, and sipping are usually reserved for wine tastings. But tasting beer can also be quite profound (and much less intimidating). As the title of this book promises, The Complete Beer Course will take readers from newbie to connoisseur in 12 tasting classes. The book is available in hardcover—the beers are sold separately.

    Cheese & Beer, by Janet Fletcher
    With The Beer Bible and The Complete Beer Course under your belt, it’s now time to take enjoyment of beer to the next level: pairing. Pairing a certain drink with a certain food creates a mix in the mouth that draws particular characteristics out of each. And honestly, which food is better to pair than cheese? After explaining the tenets of pairing, this appetizing book takes on the beautiful task of telling readers exactly which beers to pair with which cheeses.

    The American Craft Beer Cookbook: 155 Recipes from Your Favorite Brewpubs and Breweries, by John Holl
    Beyond pairing beer with food, cooking with beer can also be a delicious adventure. Prolific food and beer writer John Holl serves up 155 dishes that have been shared by beloved brewpubs and breweries. With recipes like American Wheat Beer Steamed Clams and Chocolate Jefferson Stout Cupcakes, this book is ideal for the beer aficionado and experimental chef alike.

    Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews That Improve Over Time, by Patrick Dawson
    This book makes a great addition to a veteran beer drinker’s collection. Taking on the cryptic world of aged beer, it discusses what brews make great vintages, how to find them, and what to look for when tasting them. The author even gives a guide to creating a home beer cellar, complete with which beers to buy and the process of how to age beer.

    Goodnight Brew: A Parody for Beer People, by Ann E. Briated and Allie Ogg
    While this book is a play on the classic children’s story, Goodnight Moon, this parody is intended for a slightly older readers (ideally those 21 and over). It includes clever lines like, “goodnight, wildebeest and yeast”, and playful illustrations like pictures on the wall of ‘chocolate stout’. While it won’t put beer lovers to sleep, it will put them in a good mood. Best when read aloud to a group of beer-loving friends over a pint.

    What books are you raising this Oktoberfest?

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  • Madina Papadopoulos 7:00 pm on 2017/08/10 Permalink
    Tags: cookbooks, lunchtime heroes   

    5 Cookbooks That’ll Take Your Work Lunch to the Next Level 

    It’s hard to keep it interesting in the kitchen when you’re working 9 to 5, but the same old ham and cheese sandwich or a Tupperware of last night’s leftovers gets dreary and dull. Popping out to buy lunch is a quick fix, but time-consuming and expensive if done on the daily. But there are ways to spice up lunchtime, and they don’t require a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu. Bag the brown bag with these inspiring, lunch-centric cookbooks.

    Beating the Lunch Box Blues, by J. M. Hirsch
    So this book is technically written for those packing children’s lunches, but some of the recipes are so good, parents will be stealing them like they steal mini-Snickers from their kids’ Halloween stash. Hirschi is the author of several cookbooks, and this one includes a foreword by chef Rachel Ray. Try 1-Minute Pasta Carbonara or 1-Minute Cold Sesame Noodle Salad to take your (or your child’s) brown bag lunch to the next level!

    Deliciously Ella Every Day, by Ella Woodward
    More often than not, desk lunches end up being a sandwich or leftover pasta—in other words, they’re chock full of gluten. But for those trying to limit or eliminate wheat, those go-tos are not an option. Fret not, gluten-free friends, health-conscious food blogger Ella Woodward has you covered. Her 100 simple recipes include mouthwatering dishes like Sesame Marinated Kale and Miso and Sesame Brown Rice.

    Cooking with Trader Joe’s Cookbook, by Kelly Lester, Marla Meridith (Photographer)
    Lunch dilemma? Trader Joe’s to the rescue! TJ’s has made life more convenient for many home cooks, and their series of cookbooks streamline the process even more. Written by the lunch specialist of Easy Lunch Boxes, Kelly Lester, the book includes desk-side recipes like Five-Minute Mac & Cheese, elegant dishes like European Picnic Breakfast, and scrumptious bites such as Spinach & Red Pepper Frittata. Your lunch will never be the same.

    The Just Bento Cookbook, by Makiko Itoh, Makiko Doi (Photographer)
    With their compartmentalized sections for food, Japanese bento boxes make for Instagram-worthy lunches. Besides being aesthetically appealing, bento box lunches are incredibly appetizing. And Makiko Itoh’s The Just Bento Cookbook provides just the recipes to fill it. With dishes like Chicken & Three-Color Pepper Stir Fry, Tofu Nugget, and Summer Vegetable Casserole Bentos, you’ll be making your colleagues green with envy at lunchtime.

    Mason Jar Salads and More, by Julia Mirabella
    Salads are a delicious and healthy option for lunch, but can be tricky to transport without midday wilt. Enter the salad in a mason jar! On first sight, seeing a salad in a mason jar might leave someone scratching their head and thinking, “huh?” But layering salad in a jar is actually a great way to keep ingredients fresh, and provides a perfect vessel for a lunchtime shake up. Highlights include the Pomegranate & Pear Salad and Curried Chicken Salad. Is your belly rumbling yet?

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