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  • Diana Biller 4:00 pm on 2018/08/20 Permalink
    Tags: all the real girls, , , cookbooks,   

    4 New Books from Women You Want To Be Friends With 

    Imagine this: you’re invited to a party planned by Reese Witherspoon, in immaculate Southern fashion. Chrissy Teigen brings the food. Busy Philipps brings the laughs, and Eva Chen tells you exactly what color lipstick to wear for your complexion and lets you try on her gorgeous designer heels. Are you imagining? Then you’ve got the essence of this fall’s packed slate of releases from the cool girls of pop culture—four books promising to entertain and inspire while also teaching you how to throw an amazing party of your own.

    Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits, by Reese Witherspoon
    Inspired by her childhood in the South and by her grandmother Dorothea, this book is a sort of road map of Witherspoon’s favorite things. From fried chicken recipes to tips on entertaining in a BIG way, Whiskey in a Teacup shares little tips to make life more special. Not the entertaining type? It also includes a “fail-proof” guide to getting the perfect Reese Witherspoon hair.

    Cravings: Hungry for More, by Chrissy Teigen
    I loved Cravings, Teigen’s first cookbook. It’s funny and well designed, and the recipes are both interesting and delicious. I also just don’t understand why she won’t magically appear in my kitchen and gossip with me while we cook together. But it seems the closest I’ll get is her sequel cookbook, Cravings: Hungry for More, and it’s a pretty good substitute: it focuses on the recipes she has been relying on since becoming a mom, with more of the great commentary that made Cravings such a delight.

    This Will Only Hurt a Little, by Busy Philipps
    There are a lot of places Busy Philipps might have made you laugh. To name a few: Freaks and Geeks, Cougartown, or Instagram, where she’s something of a sensation. Her autobiography, This Will Only Hurt a Little, will be another one. Tracing her life from Scottsdale, Arizona, to motherhood and Instagram, Philipps’ bracingly honest book takes the reader on a funny, occasionally painful, and ultimately inspirational journey.

    Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, by Eva Chen, illustrated by Derek Desierto
    Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes has perhaps the most adorable premise of all time. Juno Valentine is a little girl who stumbles into an amazing closet, filled with the shoes of amazing women throughout time—think Cleopatra and Serena Williams—that unlock a series of amazing adventures. Written by Eva Chen, former editor-in-chief of Lucky and very fashionable cool girl, this delightful little book is a great gift for a child in your life…or just for yourself.

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  • Madina Papadopoulos 3:00 pm on 2018/07/12 Permalink
    Tags: amy zavatto, cheers, cookbooks, eat your drink: culinary cocktails, forager's cocktails: botanical mixology with fresh natural ingredients, kathy kordalis, leslie pariseau, maggie hoffman, matthew biancaniello, spritz: italy's most iconic aperitivo cocktail with recipes, talia baiocchi, the one-bottle cocktain: more than 80 recipes with fresh ingredients and a single spirit, the poptail manual: over 90 delicious frozen cocktails   

    5 Fresh Cocktail Books to Enjoy this Summer 

    The warm days are finally settling in, beckoning worker bees outdoors to enjoy the sun. Incorporating summer flavors into recipes is one of the most enjoyable aspects of this popular season, with fruits, herbs, and vegetables growing in abundance. As good meals are even better when accompanied by tasty drinks, these five books prove to be excellent guides on how to incorporate summer zest into delicious cocktails. Cheers.

    Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes, by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau
    Founders of the all-things-cocktails publication, Punch, Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau bring readers and imbibers a little summer sizzle in their book, Spritz. In Italy, the Spritz is a coveted after work pick-me-up, with a cornucopia of colorful variations. Included in these pages are classic recipes, like the Negroni Sbagliato or the White Spritz. Given the international popularity of the cocktail, mixologists contributed their favorite creations, like the Cold in the Shadows by Pamela Wiznitzer, or the Rome with a View by Tunnel Vision by Alex Day. The cover of this book recalls vintage Italian posters, making it not just a wealth of knowledge but an appealing aesthetic addition to any end table or bookshelf.

    The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit, by Maggie Hoffman
    Move over, one-pot recipes, and make space for the one-bottle cocktail! All readers need is a single bottle of booze, a few creative ingredients, and this book—then they are good to go. With a conversational tone that evokes the essence of a delightful soiree with old friends, the author presents recipes that are simple enough for newbies trying to recreate fancy drinks at home, while at the same time creative enough for cocktail aficionados to be able to find something new. Feel refreshed in the dog days of summer with a vodka-based Blackberry Cucumber Mule, a citrus and tequila packed Tamarindo Aguas Frescas, and a peach and rum delight aptly called Stones and Leaves.

    Forager’s Cocktails: Botanical Mixology with Fresh, Natural Ingredients, by Amy Zavatto
    Remember being a kid and scrounging around in nature for inspiration? Now imagine doing that as an adult and finding garden ingredients for your favorite drink. Luckily, New York-based food writer, Amy Zavatto, who covers wine, cocktails, and everything in between, shares recipes for those who don’t have time to play outdoors. In her book, Forager’s Cocktails: Botanical Mixology with Fresh, Natural Ingredients, Zavatto imparts her expertise on how to incorporate fresh herbs and foraged fruit into an inebriating glass. The chapters are broken up by season, and summer beverages include crisp takes on classics, like an Orchard Old Fashioned, a Wild Mint Mojito, or a Wild Strawberry Margarita. Fans of Zavatto’s writing should not miss her newest book, Prosecco Made Me Do It.

    The Poptail Manual: Over 90 Delicious Frozen Cocktails, by Kathy Kordalis
    Hot summer days recall nostalgic memories of running around in the sun, getting overheated, then cooling off when your friend’s mom pulled out an assortment of icy, fruity, popsicles. The cold consistency of the flavored, icy shards were a perfect pairing with the hot weather. Grown ups can enjoy this summer memory in a more elegant, libatious fashion by making their own cocktails into popsicles—adorably called “poptails.” The Poptail Manual: Over 90 Delicious Frozen Cocktails is a beautifully illustrated book by Kathy Kordalis, and includes 90 plus recipes for making fun frozen drinks. Poptails like the Olive Martini or the Kamikaze give an added surprise of hiding garnishes in the middle of the ice!

    Eat Your Drink: Culinary Cocktails, by Matthew Biancaniello
    A leader of the “garden-to-glass” movement, Matthew Biancaniello is known in the cocktail world for creating visually stunning and olfactory titillating drinks. In his book, Eat Your Drink: Culinary Cocktails, the infinitely creative mixologist shares his gift for creating memorable aperitifs. With creations that look like a bouquet of colorful flowers or an impressionist still-life painting, the drinks are intoxicatingly beautiful. Keeping with the theme of keeping drinking edible, the chapters are broken up by coursesa—each one with an array of appetizing drinks: start the feast with a Blood Orange Cheese & Cracker, dive into the first course with a Bubbly Mary, enjoy Shiitake as the main course, and complete the meal with a Candy Cap Mushroom Bourbon Ice Cream.

    What are your favorite summer cocktails?

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  • Jeff Somers 3:00 pm on 2018/06/18 Permalink
    Tags: 125 best indoor grill recipes, 66 square feet: a delicious life, 7x7 cooking: the art of cooking in a small kitchen, alex mitchell, amy pennington, apartment gardening, apartment grilling, cookbooks, fire up the grill!, fresh food from small spaces, george foreman, george foreman's indoor grilling made easy, hope korenstein, ilana simon, indoor! grilling, , julie powell, kathryn kellinger, marie viljoen, r.j. ruppenthal, rachel khoo, small space cooking, steven raichlen, the edible balcony, the little paris kitchen   

    10 Books that Make Small Space Summer Cooking Possible 

    When the weather starts heating up, we think of Summery things, like baseball, beaches—and grilling outdoors. But when most of us imagine grilling our meals, we usually picture an expansive backyard, with a deck and maybe a pool. What do you do if instead of a backyard you’ve got a fire escape, and instead of a pool you’ve got…well, nothin’? In other words, what do you do when you’re craving some fresh summer flavors but you’re living in a 300 square foot studio over a bodega?

    You might think you’ll just have to hit up your friends in the ‛burbs and guilt them into grilling for you, but you’re not the first person who’d like to squeeze a backyard experience into a tiny city space. Here are ten books that will get you all the flavor of summer no matter what kind of space you’re working with.


    Apartment Gardening, by Amy Pennington
    Summer flavors mean lots of fresh vegetables and fruits—but getting really fresh stuff in the city can be a chore. Unless you cut out the middle man and just grow your own. Pennington offers a practical guide to growing your own crops in whatever open space you have at your disposal, from windowboxes in your kitchen to community garden spaces or more creative outdoor space, like growing corn in a parking strip. If you want to have something to work with when you get your indoor grilling station set up, Pennington will get you there in fine style.

    The Edible Balcony, by Alex Mitchell
    People think that to have a functioning garden that can actually put food on your plate you need a ton of open space, but Mitchell shows you otherwise. All you need is some kind of outdoor space—even the smallest balcony can be transformed into a thriving garden providing fresh ingredients for your cooking. Mitchell sets you up with all the knowledge and techniques you need to fill your scrap of fresh air—whether a balcony, terrace, fire escape, or roof garden—with delicious options for creative cooking in a small home.

    Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting, by R.J. Ruppenthal
    What do you do if your small urban space doesn’t offer much outdoor space? Or space at all? Ruppenthal is a self-taught gardener who offers a wealth of knowledge about how to grow food in literally every scrap of space in your home, under any conditions. This sustainable, eco-friendly approach means your entire apartment, no matter how small, can be transformed into a productive gardening space that will give you the raw materials you need for great summer meals—and winter meals, too, for that matter. With serious, easy-to-follow information regarding light, watering, containers, and soil, this book answers all the questions you might have.


    George Foreman’s Indoor Grilling Made Easy, by George Foreman, with Kathryn Kellinger
    Start with the champion of indoor grilling: George Foreman has sold tens of millions of his eponymous indoor grilling appliance, and with this book offers over 100 recipes designed to get the most out of it—grilling up a storm without once going outside. If you want to get grill flavor without setting off the fire alarms, this book is your go-to choice. Not only does it detail plenty of simple meals that can be grilled indoors, but it also offers a ton of great advice on indoor grilling in general, which is also helpful for small-space cooking.

    125 Best Indoor Grill Recipes, by Ilana Simon
    Once you’ve got an indoor grill or a small fire escape grill set up and ready to go, you’ll need ideas. Simon’s collection is specifically designed for indoor grilling, with each recipe tweaked to get the full outdoor grill experience even if you’re working in your small urban cooking space instead of sweating over a gas-powered behemoth in a big backyard. The amazing thing about this recipe book isn’t that it’s designed for indoor grilling, but that the dishes are so diverse and complex, ranging from fried chicken (yes!) to souvlaki with tzaziki sauce—all done indoors.

    Indoor! Grilling, by Steven Raichlen
    Whether you’re working on a Foreman grill, a stovetop, or even a fireplace, cooking writer and host Raichlen offers up a ton of recipes that get the most out of your indoor grilling station. Raichlen offers plenty of outside-the-box ideas, including things like fireplace rotisserie chicken and desserts involving grilled fruits and sauces, all made (and enjoyed, of course) indoors. With nearly 300 recipes, you won’t need to look too hard to find something that you can make right now, today, without ever leaving the house.


    7×7 Cooking: The Art of Cooking in a Small Kitchen, by Hope Korenstein
    Small space living is the standard in many urban areas, and that means your kitchen might seem like an afterthought, with a tiny scrap of countertop, an oven that seems better suited to be extra shoe storage than a usable cooking device, and a distinct lack of a dishwasher. Korenstein offers up a step-by-step guide to making that tiny kitchen into a humming dynamo of culinary greatness. Organized by course and category, Korenstein predicates every recipe on the assumption that you can’t open your fridge and your oven at the same time, and shows you that no matter how small your space, your cooking can be grand.

    Julie and Julia, by Julie Powell
    For inspiration, look no further than Julie Powell, who famously resolved to cook every recipe in Julia Child’s classic cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. 524 recipes in the classic French style is daunting enough, but the fact that she undertook this in a tiny apartment kitchen is all the more amazing. Anyone who looks over their own small urban cooking space and thinks they’re doomed to a summer of pizza and Chinese take out should read this and get inspired.

    66 Square Feet: A Delicious Life, by Marie Viljoen
    Viljoen isn’t just offering recipes and guidelines, she’s offering real-life experience making meals using the ingredients she finds in New York City—but mainly the ones she grows on her 66 square-foot terrace in Brooklyn. If you think cooking fresh and summery is going to see you going back and forth to a million stores hunting down ingredients, think again: Viljoen is plucking food right from her own terrace and whipping it up into amazing meals—and this book proves you can, too.

    The Little Paris Kitchen, by Rachel Khoo
    French cooking was once the standard for fine dining around the world, and remains an intimidating prospect for many people—especially people who don’t have a huge space to work in. Khoo, a cooking celebrity living the cook’s dream, breaks down classic French recipes into simple, straightforward instructions designed to mimic the approach of actual French folks who cooked these dishes not in sparkling restaurant kitchens but their own more humble spaces. If you’ve got a kitchen that looks like it was designed for dolls, this book will show you that cooking complex, amazing French-style food is 100% within your grasp.

    What small space cookbooks have helped you make the most out of apartment living?

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  • Madina Papadopoulos 4:00 pm on 2018/04/30 Permalink
    Tags: , clean soups: simple nourishing recipes for health and vitality, cookbooks, healthy eats, healthy snacks cookbook - the perfect solution for healthy snacks for work: clean eating snacks for everyone and low calories late night snacks, ian k. smith m.d., mat edelson, nourished beginnings baby food: nutrient-dense recipes for infants toddlers and beyond inspired by ancient wisdom and traditional foods, rebecca katz, renee kohley, the clean 20, the clean 20: 20 foods 20 days total transformation   

    5 Cookbooks for Spring Clean Eating 

    “Clean Eating” is somewhat of a fluid term. On one hand, it can refer to a way of eating that focuses on a single raw, fresh, ingredient—on the other hand, it can mean simply incorporating fewer highly processed foods into one’s regimen. To this end, a list of cookbooks detailing how to cook clean is a little redundant, as eating clean can be as simple as chomping down an apple or snacking on some seeds. But while those things are delicious, that can get a touch repetitive. Many of the recipes in these books are raw and fresh, while some require minimal cooking. Enjoy getting back to basics with recipes from these five cookbooks.

    The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation, by Ian K. Smith M.D.
    It is said that it takes twenty-one days to break a habit—some people prefer to ease into a lifestyle change, making one meal a day clean or one a week. But for those who love to go cold-turkey, look no further than The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation. By day twenty-one, new eating habits will be well underway. Dr. Smith explains with delightful simplicity the various philosophies behind clean eating and breaks it down into building meals around twenty basic foods. With shopping lists and menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the book gives the home cook the added break of not having to think of what to plan for three weeks. Recipes include scrumptious dishes like Herb-Encrusted Grilled Tuna Steak, Turkey & Three Amigos Chili, and Lemon Pasta with Chicken.

    Clean Soups: Simple, Nourishing Recipes for Health and Vitality, by Rebecca Katz, Mat Edelson
    Cold and rainy weather has the belly craving comfort foods, often leading to faster and more filling choices. Soups are a great way to not only fill a warm belly, but to make a simple, nourishing, budget-friendly, clean mean. Culinary Translator, Rebecca Katz, uses her scientific expertise to bring healthful meals to every table. In this book, the author focuses on soups, sharing delicious recipes like Greek Cucumber Yogurt Soup, Hot and Sour Shiitake Mushroom Soup, and Caramelized Onion Soup with Pastured Bean Broth.

    Nourished Beginnings Baby Food: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Infants, Toddlers and Beyond Inspired by Ancient Wisdom and Traditional Foods, by Renee Kohley
    Bringing a baby into the world comes with a world of choices—one of the first being, what in the world do you feed the little one? While an infant isn’t expecting Michelin-starred dishes, it’s satisfying to feed them thoughtful recipes. But creating separate lunches for grown ups and kids can be a hassle, which is why Renee Kohley simplifies her meal plan: cook delicious, clean meals for parents that are blender-friendly for babies. This book isn’t a clean eating book per se, but aligns with many of the ideas of clean eating. Little and big humans alike can enjoy Zucchini & Marrow with Bone Broth, Butter Roasted Potatoes with Kale, and Peas with Bone Broth, Butter, and Sea Salt.

    Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat, by Gena Hamshaw
    Gena Hamshaw, nutritionist, author, recipe developer, and the blogger behind the popular vegan food blog, The Full Helping, offers up meal ideas that are plant-based and raw, saving two birds with one bowl. The dishes are tasty and visually appealing, but best of all, the raw focus means less time spent in the kitchen over a hot stove. Hamshaw opens up about her eating disorder, and consequently the book refreshingly steers away from diet and extreme food habits, instead choosing to focus on individualized health choices. Delight the taste buds with Hemp Seed Power Balls, Raw Corn Chowder, and Raw Key Lime Pie.

    The Plantpower Way, by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt
    If you were going to run five Ironman triathlons, like in a row, you would prep by eating an Olympic-pool-sized serving of fettuccine, right? Wrong, if you’re Rich Roll, renowned ultra-distance athlete, vegan, motivational speaker, father of four, and, now cookbook author. Eight years ago, at age 40, Roll had an epiphany. He completely overhauled his nutrition and life, lost 50 pounds, and became one of the world’s “fittest men.” Now, with his wife, chef Julie Piatt, Roll offers a peek into his family’s lifestyle and reveals the nutritional route to rocking middle age: a clean, vegan diet. With a foreword by CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the book is truly an inspiration and a wake-up call. More than 120 recipes served in the Roll-Piatt home are rounded out with personal insights, sustainability considerations, and tips on techniques like sprouting and fermentation.


    What clean eating cookbooks have you enjoyed?

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  • Madina Papadopoulos 4:00 pm on 2018/04/06 Permalink
    Tags: amy riolo, cookbooks, diabetes snacks treats and easy eats for kids, fix-it and forget-it slow cooker diabetic cookbook, italian diabetes cookbok, lily nichols, phyllis good, real food for gestational diabetes, tasty and nutritious, the with or without meat cookbook   

    Cooking with Diabetes: 5 Inspired Cookbooks 

    Cooking can be intimidating. Getting the portions and the ingredients right is both a skill and an art. Cooking with diabetes—well that means being even more attentive when it comes to portions and ingredients. For those who have diabetes, cooking for family with diabetes, or simply want to watch their glycemic index, these five cookbooks have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks, in the bag.

    Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Diabetic Cookbook: 550 Slow Cooker Favorites-to Include Everyone!, by Phyllis Good
    The slow-cooker is the favorite appliance of those living a fast-paced life. Like the slow and steady turtle from the story of the tortoise and the hare, it takes its time percolating, and is ready with a meal at the finish line once the hare is done rushing through its busy day. Author Phyllis Good collaborated with the American Diabetes Association to present the recipes, crisply and clearly explaining how to plan meals, giving detailed daily meal plans, and including thorough nutritional information with each dish. With 550 recipes to choose from, this diabetic recipe guide has a meal for every busy day of the week. Many recipes focus on meat-centric stews and soups, Herbed Lamb Stew or Easy Hamburger Vegetable Stew, but the collection also features plant-based recipes, like Smothered Lentils.

    Italian Diabetes Cookbook: Delicious and Healthful Dishes from Venice to Sicily and Beyond, by Amy Riolo
    When one thinks of Italian food, carb-loaded delights come to mind: risottos, calzones, paninis, and of course, an array of pastas. But fortunately, Mediterranean food expert Amy Riolo has got diabetics covered. Having grown up in an Italian family with a diabetic mother, Riolo puts a personal passion into this book. It’s said that the most important ingredient to cook with is love, and each recipe here has a healthy serving of that. Riolo shares nutritious and delicious recipes that are quintessentially Italian: Chargrilled Asparagus with Balsamic & Parmesan, Swordfish with Olives, Capers, Herbs, & Tomatoes, and Umbrian Frittata Skewers with Chickpea Dipping Sauce.

    Real Food for Gestational Diabetes: An Effective Alternative to the Conventional Nutrition Approach, by Lily Nichols
    Pregnancy can be a roller coaster ride, with ups and downs, thrills and worries. One of the tests pregnant women have to go through in their third trimester is the dreaded the glucose tolerance test. Those diagnosed with gestational diabetes can feel as though their culinary lives have been turned upside down. And let’s face it, it’s not fun to be ravenous and still have to watch everything you eat. But Registered Dietician and Nutritionist Lily Nichols, shares her personal journey through gestational diabetes in an uplifting and inspiring way. The book focuses less on what to cook and more on how to eat, making it more of an empathetic cooking guidebook than a cookbook.

    The With or Without Meat Cookbook: The Flexible Approach to Flavorful Diabetes Cooking, by Jackie Newgent
    One assumption many make when they think of cooking for diabetics is that meals are meat-centric. It’s likewise widely assumed that a vegetarian diet must be filled with carb-centric meals. While the diabetic and vegetarian rules may seem incongruous with one another, their intersection actually yields an original and delicious cuisine. Chef, nutritionist, and cookbook author Jackie Newgent has a couple of diabetes cookbooks under her belt. This one is great because they can be tailored for a household that includes both vegetarians and omnivores. Enjoy the Curry Chicken Salad Platter, Grecian Kebabs on Quinoa, and Roasted Cauliflower Florentine, each with a non-meat substation provided.

    Diabetes Snacks, Treats, and Easy Eats for Kids: 150 Recipes for the Foods Kids Really Like to Eat, by Barbara Grunes, with Linda R. Yoakam
    Getting food ready at the end of the school day is already a challenge. Convincing kids to eat healthy snacks doubles that challenge. Making yummy AND nutritious snacks for kids at risk of diabetes—the challenge is ten-fold. So bravo to those facing it daily. This cookbook, Diabetes Snacks, Treats, and Easy Eats for Kids, helps parents along the way, offering 150 ideas for snacks that children will actually want to eat. With sneaky cooking, kids will be clamoring for Peaches in a Blanket, Ants on a Log, and best of all, Wiggly, Slimy, Wormy, Gelatin.

    What are your favorite diabetic cookbooks?

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