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  • Diana Biller 2:00 pm on 2019/03/25 Permalink
    Tags: alexandra caspero, alice waters, chez panisse cooking, colleen patrick-goudreau, cookbooks, deborah madison, fresh italian cooking for the new generation: 100 full-flavored vegetarian dishes that prove you can stay slim while eating pasta and bread, healthy and tasty, moosewood collective, moosewood restaurant new classics: 350 recipes for homestyle favorites and everyday feasts, paul bertolli, plenty: vibrant vegetable recipes from london's ottolenghi, the joy of vegan baking: the compassionate cooks' traditional treats and sinful sweets, the new vegetarian cooking for everyone,   

    Spring Clean Your Diet with These Healthy Yet Decadent Cookbooks 

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    Whose idea was it to start all those New Year’s Resolutions in January and February? It’s all very well to decide to turn over a healthier leaf for the new year, but do you know what happens to leaves in winter? They die. Have you looked outside? The weather is sad enough without turning your kitchen into a pathetic, empty shell of its former self. But short of moving the New Year to May, is there anything to be done? Can we, in fact, have our cake and eat it too?

    Enter the healthy-decadents, those rare cookbooks promising healthy ingredients without stealing your will to live. These six cookbooks will bring color back to your kitchen and flavor back to your table–and hopefully will see you through to spring.

    Chez Panisse Cooking, by Paul Bertolli, with Alice Waters
    Chez Panisse Cooking is a classic for a reason. Since its publication in the 1980’s, it’s influenced an entire generation of healthy cooking and continues to demonstrate that health and luxury are not mutually exclusive. Drawn from the kitchens of Chez Panisse, the famous restaurant in Berkeley, California, the recipes here will give you that fine dining feeling. Sign me up for the Seckel Pears Poached in Red Wine with Burnt Caramel.

    Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi, by Yotam Ottolenghi
    This is the cookbook that turned Yotam Ottolenghi into a culinary mega-sensation. Built on innovative vegetarian recipes with a French/Mediterranean twist, Plenty is a beautifully photographed extravaganza of vegetable recipes you’ll actually want to eat. The emphasis here is on the vegetables themselves, so it’s perfect for anyone looking for an excuse to wander picturesquely through their local farmer’s market.

    The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, by Deborah Madison
    The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone was my first introduction to vegetarian cooking, and I must admit my hopes were not high. That all changed with the first recipe—I believe it was a gratin—when I realized vegetables had never tasted so good. Madison is the queen of vegetables for a reason: her approach is thorough, flavor comes before everything, and she’s not afraid of experimentation. A must-have for anyone who insists their health food must also taste good.

    Moosewood Restaurant New Classics: 350 Recipes for Homestyle Favorites and Everyday Feasts, by the Moosewood Collective
    The Moosewood Restaurant is a charming vegetarian restaurant in Ithaca New York, famed for its cooking and its cookbooks. New Classics is an ideal cookbook for someone just getting into the healthy cooking thing—it’s filled with easy, low-key recipes that are high on taste and comfort. My personal favorite is the Instant Tamale Pie, otherwise known as Moosewood’s answer to the Super Bowl Half-Time problem. This is pure deliciousness in a baking dish and you need it in your life immediately.

    Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation: 100 Full-Flavored Vegetarian Dishes That Prove You Can Stay Slim While Eating Pasta and Bread, by Alexandra Caspero
    Obviously this list would not complete without some Italian food. Fresh Italian Cooking is a vegetarian take on some of your favorite comfort dishes, but instead of cutting out all the tasty parts (like the pasta), Caspero focuses on adding more vegetables and making them sing. Standout recipes include Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Bow Ties and Zucchini Pasta with Bolognese Sauce.

    The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks’ Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets, by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
    At last, it’s time for dessert! And The Joy of Vegan Baking is here to make sure that being healthy doesn’t mean sacrificing the best part of your meal. Popular with vegans and omnivores alike, this cookbook is more than just a collection of recipes—it’s also an excellent introduction to the concepts behind vegan baking. Now it you’ll excuse me, I’m pretty sure the Strawberry Pie with Chocolate Chunks has my name on it.

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  • Diana Biller 3:00 pm on 2019/02/18 Permalink
    Tags: bowl you over, bowl: vegetarian recipes for ramen pho bibimbap dumplings and other one-dish meals, bowls of plenty: recipes for healthy and delicious whole-grain meals, carolynn carreno, cookbooks, laura mclively, lindsay cotter, lukas volger, nourishing superfood bowls: 75 healthy and delicious gluten-free meals to fuel your day, sara forte, the berkeley bowl cookbook: recipes inspired by the extraordinay produce of california's most iconic market, the sprouted kitchen bowl and spoon: simple and inspired whole foods recipes to savor and share   

    5 Bowl Cookbooks to Start the New Year Right 

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    Most of the United States is under a thick layer of snow (even this author, in supposedly sunny Southern California, has had to suffer through interminable weeks of rain), which means two things: (1) if we want to get our springtime freshness, we’ll need to get it in food form because it’s not coming from the weather; and (2) we’re desperately in need of some comfort food. Combine freshness and comfort and you’ll find one of this year’s hottest wellness trends: the bowl. Whether it’s superfoods, vegetarian, or whole-grain, one of these five cookbooks stands ready to inject health, comfort, and a little bit of springtime into your new year.

    Nourishing Superfood Bowls: 75 Healthy and Delicious Gluten-Free Meals to Fuel Your Day, by Lindsay Cotter
    This gluten-free cookbook is packed with healthy, easy, comfort-food type recipes. I’m personally most intrigued by the Nacho Salad Bowl because hello, obviously, but there are recipes to suit every taste, ranging from breakfast to dinner and from paleo to vegan. Nourishing Superfood Bowls is a great all-in-one resource, with 75 recipes that will help you clean up your diet without putting in hours in the kitchen or ignoring your tastebuds.

    The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by the Extraordinary Produce of California’s Most Iconic Market, by Laura McLively
    This is a cutie: a bowl cookbook focusing on ingredients drawn from the famous Berkeley Bowl Market. With beautiful photographs and innovative recipes, The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook is will enliven your cookbook shelf and your kitchen with recipes like Green Garlic Soup with Lemon Cardamom Yogurt and Stuffed Indian Eggplant. An adventure in wellness trend form, this is the kind of book to help shake off the winter blues.

    Bowl: Vegetarian Recipes for Ramen, Pho, Bibimbap, Dumplings, and Other One-Dish Meals, by Lukas Volger
    Bowl sets itself an ambitious task—vegetarian ramen—and it pays off in this collection of recipes bowl-lovers and vegetarian cooks alike should consider adding to their collections. From ramen, author Lukas Volger moves to pho, dumplings, laksas, burrito bowls, and bibimbap, creating an array of fresh, innovative recipes like Vegetarian Curry Laksa, Spicy Carrot Dumplings, and even a Ratatouille Polenta. A nourishing, comforting way to stave off the cold and feel healthy in the process.

    The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon: Simple and Inspired Whole Foods Recipes to Savor and Share, by Sara Forte
    This is the second cookbook from Sara Forte of Sprouted Kitchen, again featuring Forte’s imaginative approach to healthy cooking. Focusing on whole foods, comfort, and simplicity, The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon is a cookbook that loves food in all its glory—from the sweetness of roasted pears to the color of a beautiful eggplant. With delicious recipes ranging from breakfast (the Baked Eggs with Barely Creamed Greens and Mustardy Bread Crumbs sounds particularly heavenly) to dessert, there’s more than enough here to keep you inspired through the year.

    Bowls of Plenty: Recipes for Healthy and Delicious Whole-Grain Meals, by Carolynn Carreno
    Carolynn Carreno comes by her bowl credentials honestly: she grew up with a “pseudo-hippie mother” in California and has been cooking whole-grain bowls for fifteen years, as a way to counter-balance the rich foods she ate as a food writer. Bowls of Plenty contains over 75 recipes combining the deliciousness of that gourmet life with the healthiness of the whole-grain bowl, with an emphasis on creative ingredients and an aim to inspire further experimentation at home. Perfect for those looking to hone their healthy cooking skills.

    Have you tried your hand at cooking a healthy bowl at home? 

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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 

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    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 

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    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 

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    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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