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  • Madina Papadopoulos 5:00 pm on 2018/03/29 Permalink
    Tags: alison miksch, anna olson, carla snyder, citrus: sweet and savory sun-kissed recipes, cookbooks, gwendolyn richards, i love lemon!, ilva beretta, jamie schler, lori longbotham, luscious lemon desserts, nicole franzen, orange appeal: savory and sweet, pucker: a cookbook for citrus lovers, sweet and tart: 70 irresistible recipes with citrus, valerie aidman-smith, victoria pearson   

    Show your Zest for Spring with 5 Citrus Cookbooks 

    One of the most vibrant and colorful foods to cook with is citrus. Be they green, orange, pink, yellow, or red, these fruits are beautiful inside and out, making any dish pretty as well as delicious.As the seasons change, the weather moves from stark winter to colorful spring. Celebrate this cheerful change in your kitchen with five cookbooks dedicated to cooking with citrus.

    Citrus: Sweet and Savory Sun-Kissed Recipes, by Valerie Aikman-Smith and Victoria Pearson
    Valerie Aikman-Smith’s resume includes impressive food feats like working at Alice Waters’s renowned restaurant, Chez Panisse, styling food for blockbusters like Titanic, contributing to Bon Appetit, and writing this delectable cookbook on all things citrus. Aikman-Smith’s elevated aesthetic comes alive with images by fellow author and photographer, Victoria Pearson—both the cover and the pages are a feast for the eyes. With six chapters partitioned by type of fruit—lemon, lime, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and the rest—this book boasts citrus-based recipes that complete a full-course meal. Start with  Crudités with Pomelo Aioli, followed by Yuzu-Glazed Salmon as a main course, and complete the dinner with Orange Blossom Macarons.

    Pucker: A Cookbook for Citrus Lovers, by Gwendolyn Richards, foreword by Anna Olson
    Journalist Gwendolyn Richards used to report on police in Calgary, Alberta, but has since refocused her talents to cover a more relaxing aspect of life: food. As well as covering cuisine for the Calgary Herald, she has her own blog, Patent and the Pantry, and has written this lovely cookbook! Recipes include appetizing treats like Scallops with Meyer Lemon Beurre Blanc, Citrus-Braised Pork Shoulder Tacos, and a smattering of citrus cocktails.

    Sweet and Tart: 70 Irresistible Recipes with Citrus, by Carla Snyder and Nicole Franzen 
    With both simple and unique recipes, Sweet and Tart: 70 Irresistible Recipes with Citrus is a great book for newbie cooks and kitchen pros alike. The author, Carla Snyder, begins with easy-to-follow cooking methods and a list of utensils needed to make anyone’s citrus dreams come to fruition. The book’s chapters are broken up into categories, starting with Bars and Cookies, leading into Cakes, continuing with Chilled & Frozen Desserts, and finishing with Savories. The dishes skew more sweet than tart, with like Greek Baklava with Cinnamon & Orange, Lemon-Almond Cake with Basil Honeyed Berries, but there are also some yummy savories, like Flat Bread with Lemony Pesto and Ricotta.

    Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet, by Jamie Schler and Ilva Beretta 
    If oranges are your favorite citrus, or if you live in a region with an abundance of oranges, then Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet is for you. This beautiful book was written by prolific food writer and hotelier, Jamie Schler, and the recipes stunningly captured by photographer, Ilva Beretta. While Schler has lived in France for decades, she was raised in the orange state, Florida, and shares her knowledge of the minutest details of the fruit: from the many varieties to surprising uses. The enticing pages impart a bounty of mouthwatering recipes, like Orange Fig Sauce, Savory Orange, Onion and Olive Focaccia, and Orange Rosemary Wedding Day Chicken.  If the book whets your appetite for more slices, try the recipes from the cook herself at Schler’s hotel, Hôtel Diderot, in Chinon, France.

    Luscious Lemon Desserts, by Lori Longbotham and Alison Miksch 
    Lemon tart, lemon custard, lemon meringue, lemon pound cake, lemon popsicle, lemon crêpes… this versatile, tart, citrus makes an abundance of scrumptious sweets. Cookbook author and magazine recipe developer Lori Longbotham has written numerous dessert and fruit cookbooks, and lucky for us she added a spoonful of sugar to zesty lemons for more than 70 recipes. Treats include, but are not limited to: Lemon Mascarpone, Lemon Crême Brulée, Chilled Lemon Soufflé, Lemon Chocolate Sorbet…it’s like lemon heaven.

    What are your favorite citrus-showcasing recipes?

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  • Melissa Albert 2:30 pm on 2018/03/28 Permalink
    Tags: , cookbooks,   

    8 Cookbooks to Gift Mom this Mother’s Day 

    While moms should be celebrated year round, Mother’s Day is a great excuse to give the maternal figures in our lives an extra bit of love. For the moms who love cooking, these recently published books make great gifts. They’re penned by veteran cookbook authors, home improvement specialists, athletes, and fiction writers, proving that everyone has a story—and a recipe—to share.

    Giada’s Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita, by Giada De Laurentiis
    “La dolce vita,” or “the sweet life,” is an Italian saying that signifies indulgent existence; for many, that means enjoying good meals in great company. Celebrity chef and Italian food specialist Giada De Laurentiis is also known for her family-centric life. In this book, she invites guests not just into her home, but into her motherland of Rome, where she shares traditional family recipes like Grilled Swordfish with Candied Lemon Salad, Bruschetta with Burrata and Kale Salsa Verde, and, to truly bring some sweetness to your life, Fennel Upside-Down Cake.

    Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering, by Joanna Gaines and Marah Stets
    Together with her business partner and spouse, Chip—also her cohost on HGTV’s popular Fixer Upper—Joanna Gaines is famous for knowing her way around any house, whether it’s designing it, remodeling it, or, of course, fixing it up. Gaines also knows her way around the kitchen, and the couple opened their first restaurant, Magnolia Table, this past February. Her cookbook by the same name hits shelves in April, and is full of recipes centered around Gaines family favorites, from classic Mac and Cheese to Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon, Toasted Pecans, and Balsamic Reduction.

    True Roots: A Mindful Kitchen with More Than 100 Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar, by Kristin Cavallari
    No gluten? No dairy? No refined sugar? No salt? What could possibly be left to cook with? In truth, an abundance of yummy ingredients. Former reality star turned writer Kristin Cavallari shares what she cooks for her family in her first cookbook, True Roots. Cavallari developed the recipes with chef Michael Kubiesa, whom she met through her husband, Jay Cutler, while Kubiesa was working as the chef of the Chicago Bears. Dishes focus on fresh and organic ingredients, ranging from simple but flavorful breakfasts like Warm Coconut Oats, to savory main courses like BBQ Chicken Salad with Pineapple Chipotle Ranch Dressing.

    Debbie Macomber’s Table: Sharing the Joy of Cooking with Family and Friends, by Debbie Macomber
    Award-winning romance author Debbie Macomber is known better for her steamy love scenes than for steaming vegetables, but she’s taking a turn from the library and to the kitchen to write about her love of cooking. Fans of her series will have fun spotting how her fiction inspired her food. Fall in love all over again…with Macomber’s tantalizing Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Sauce, Honey-Chipotle Oven-Roasted Ribs, and—a natural for an author known as the queen of winter romance—Eggnog Cookies.

    Food for Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food from My Table to Yours!, by Laila Ali and Leda Scheintaub
    Distinguished boxer Laila Ali not only knows how to pack a knockout punch, but can serve a knockout dinner. She has competed on hit TV Show Chopped, twice taking home the championship, and health and wellness are among her top priorities. She starts readers off with a go-to pantry shopping list, then gets into the recipes. They’re good for you, but nutritious doesn’t equal flavorless, as Ali demonstrates in Stovetop Ratatouille, West Coast Southern Greens, and Heavenly Lemon Yogurt Cake. This delicious book is dedicated to her father, Muhammad Ali.

    Chloe Flavor: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy, Vegan, by Chloe Coscarelli
    Fans of celebrity vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli will be happy to flip through the pages of her fourth cookbook, a beautiful complements to earlier books focusing on vegan basics, Italian food, and desserts. Start the morning right with Chloe’s Avocado Pesto Toast or an Almond Butter Berry Bowl, and end it with Caesar Brussel Sprouts or Hawaiian Teriyaki Sliders. Let Chloe show you vegan can be synonymous with delicious!

    Cake, by Maira Kalman and Barbara Scott-Goodman
    This enchanting cookbook book is already eye candy, and that’s before you even get to the deliciously sweet recipes between the pages. Author and illustrator Kalman’s unique illustrations have appeared in publications including the New York Times and the New Yorker, and here she teams up with food writer and cookbook designer Scott-Goodman to bring her colorful cookbook to life. Enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes of Flourless Chocolate Cake, Pavlova with Fresh Berries, and Pistachio and Almond Pound Cake.

    My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food, by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
    Behind every impressive meal is an impressive person. Lidia Bastianich has written numerous cookbooks sharing her delicious recipes, but for those looking to set cooking aside and peek behind the curtain into a successful chef’s life, this new memoir is a must-read. Bastianich is a famous chef, cookbook author, TV personality, restaurateur, and mother to fellow food personalities Joe and Tanya Bastianich, but before fame she was a child growing up in the political turmoil of a war-torn region, forced to flee her home and find a new one. After living in a refugee camp, her family moved to the U.S., where she began her career in the kitchen. This memoir beautifully recounts her life story, and how food brought her home.

     

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  • Madina Papadopoulos 4:00 pm on 2018/03/22 Permalink
    Tags: , cookbooks, david wondrich, drink and be merry, , jaime joyce, , , moonshine: a cultural history of america's infamous liquor, , ,   

    Drinking and Thinking: 5 Books About the History of Booze 

    When swiveling a craft cocktail in one’s hand, it’s easy to appreciate the mixologist who just made it. What can make the appreciation for the drink all the more pleasant is understanding the history, agriculture, and society behind a particular drink or liquor. These five books dip back in time to the history of drinks, both how they are made and when they were mixed. Cheers! 

    Imbibe! Updated and Revised Edition: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar, by David Wondrich
    When one thinks cocktails and history, the name ‘David Wondrich’ quickly comes to mind. Both a mixologist and a historian, Wondrich is a leader in the field of cocktail history. No booze-shelf is complete without his James Beard Award winning book, Imbibe! Through a snifter glass, the book peers back in time, beginning with “The Archaic Age” of mixology in the United States of the late 1700s, then following developments of punches, juleps, cocktails, and other delights. Wondrich knows how to mix a drink as masterfully as he turns a phrase, which makes the book not only an informative but also a gratifying read.

    The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks, by Amy Stewart
    For those who drink and wonder about the where, when, how, and why a particular liquor was made, The Drunken Botanist has the answers. The bewitching green book looks almost like a spell book, with secrets and lore to share for the curious of mind. Horticulturalist, author, bookstore owner, and blogger for Garden Rant, Amy Stewart dives deep into the plants behind alcohol. (Note: while a lot of plants and herbs that go into booze, they don’t count toward your daily servings of veggies.) The book is part history, part biology, and part chemistry, but even if you don’t know much about those subjects, Stewart presents the information in an easy-to-digest manner.

    Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie 100 Rediscovered Recipes and the Stories Behind Them, by Ted Haigh
    Looking to travel to the past through a cocktail glass? (Who isn’t?!) This lovely book by cocktail expert and historian Ted Haigh (AKA Dr. Cocktail), dips into drink history by resurfacing long lost beverages. Learn how to make a Knickerbocker à la Monsieur, The Mother-in-Law Cocktail, and many more delicious cocktails with (almost) equally delicious sounding names. Like the title of this book, the content is tons of fun, with engaging fonts, whimsical illustrations, and a charismatic voice that speaks directly to the reader like a friend enjoying a beer—er, cocktail.

    Moonshine: A Cultural History of America’s Infamous Liquor, by Jaime Joyce
    Moonshine is perhaps one of the more elusive liquors with possibly the best name, and a slew of great nicknames as well (white lightning, choop, mountain dew, etc.). The lore of Moonshine is braided into American history, and this book takes the reader through colonial times, the American Revolution, prohibition, and onto moonshine in the modern era. Writer Jaime Joyce tells an intoxicating tale that mixes anecdotes, folklore, history, and even a few cocktails, like the Moonshine-based take on the Margarita, aptly called the ‘Moon-a-Rita.

    Jerry Thomas Bartenders Guide 1862 Reprint: How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon Vivant’s Companion, by Jerry Thomas with an introduction by Ross Bolton 
    This book isn’t an alcohol history book, but an historical cocktail recipe book. This collection of recipes was originally published in 1862, and is purported to be the first of its kind. It is written by bartender/professor, Jerry Thomas, whom David Wondrich pays homage to in the title of his book, Imbibe! With vintage recipes like Nectar for the Czar and D’Orsay Punch, this book is a nice addition for the booze book collector.

     

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  • Madina Papadopoulos 4:00 pm on 2018/03/22 Permalink
    Tags: , cookbooks, david wondrich, , jaime joyce, , , moonshine: a cultural history of america's infamous liquor, ross bolton, , ,   

    Drinking and Thinking: 5 Books About the History of Booze 

    When swiveling a craft cocktail in one’s hand, it’s easy to appreciate the mixologist who just made it. What can make the appreciation for the drink all the more pleasant is understanding the history, agriculture, and society behind a particular drink or liquor. These five books dip back in time to the history of drinks, both how they are made and when they were mixed. Cheers! 

    Imbibe! Updated and Revised Edition: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar, by David Wondrich
    When one thinks cocktails and history, the name ‘David Wondrich’ quickly comes to mind. Both a mixologist and a historian, Wondrich is a leader in the field of cocktail history. No booze-shelf is complete without his James Beard Award winning book, Imbibe! Through a snifter glass, the book peers back in time, beginning with “The Archaic Age” of mixology in the United States of the late 1700s, then following developments of punches, juleps, cocktails, and other delights. Wondrich knows how to mix a drink as masterfully as he turns a phrase, which makes the book not only an informative but also a gratifying read.

    The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks, by Amy Stewart
    For those who drink and wonder about the where, when, how, and why a particular liquor was made, The Drunken Botanist has the answers. The bewitching green book looks almost like a spell book, with secrets and lore to share for the curious of mind. Horticulturalist, author, bookstore owner, and blogger for Garden Rant, Amy Stewart dives deep into the plants behind alcohol. (Note: while a lot of plants and herbs that go into booze, they don’t count toward your daily servings of veggies.) The book is part history, part biology, and part chemistry, but even if you don’t know much about those subjects, Stewart presents the information in an easy-to-digest manner.

    Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie 100 Rediscovered Recipes and the Stories Behind Them, by Ted Haigh
    Looking to travel to the past through a cocktail glass? (Who isn’t?!) This lovely book by cocktail expert and historian Ted Haigh (AKA Dr. Cocktail), dips into drink history by resurfacing long lost beverages. Learn how to make a Knickerbocker à la Monsieur, The Mother-in-Law Cocktail, and many more delicious cocktails with (almost) equally delicious sounding names. Like the title of this book, the content is tons of fun, with engaging fonts, whimsical illustrations, and a charismatic voice that speaks directly to the reader like a friend enjoying a beer—er, cocktail.

    Moonshine: A Cultural History of America’s Infamous Liquor, by Jaime Joyce
    Moonshine is perhaps one of the more elusive liquors with possibly the best name, and a slew of great nicknames as well (white lightning, choop, mountain dew, etc.). The lore of Moonshine is braided into American history, and this book takes the reader through colonial times, the American Revolution, prohibition, and onto moonshine in the modern era. Writer Jaime Joyce tells an intoxicating tale that mixes anecdotes, folklore, history, and even a few cocktails, like the Moonshine-based take on the Margarita, aptly called the ‘Moon-a-Rita.

    Jerry Thomas Bartenders Guide 1862 Reprint: How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon Vivant’s Companion, by Jerry Thomas with an introduction by Ross Bolton 
    This book isn’t an alcohol history book, but an historical cocktail recipe book. This collection of recipes was originally published in 1862, and is purported to be the first of its kind. It is written by bartender/professor, Jerry Thomas, whom David Wondrich pays homage to in the title of his book, Imbibe! With vintage recipes like Nectar for the Czar and D’Orsay Punch, this book is a nice addition for the booze book collector.

     

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