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  • Diana Biller 8:37 pm on 2015/09/02 Permalink
    Tags: , giada de laurentiis, nigella lawson, rachael ray, , thug kitchen,   

    Cookbooks from Celebrity Chefs Coming This Fall 

    Fall is cooking weather, if only because you can finally turn on the oven without transforming your apartment into a fiery face-melting inferno. This year, cooler temperatures are accompanied by a particularly strong harvest of cookbooks from celebrity chefs like Ree Drummond, Giada De Laurentiis, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, and Yotam Ottolenghi.

    Check out these new and forthcoming cookbooks from the chefs you already know and love.

    The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper!, by Ree Drummond
    Dinnertime, especially weeknight dinnertime, can be an unpleasantly fraught experience: supposedly “quick” recipes turn into hour-long disasters, tempers fray, and a trip to the drive-through seems like the only solution. This is where The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime comes in. The latest from Food Network celebrity Drummond contains over 125 fast, easy-to-prepare-ahead meals, never losing sight of the deliciousness factor with tasty dishes like Beef Stroganoff, Freezer Meatballs, Mexican Tortilla Casserole, and Veggie Chili. A handy cookbook for anyone looking for a large collection of actually quick, truly delicious recipes.
    Publication day: October 20

    Happy Cooking: Make Every Meal Count…Without Stressing Out, by Giada De Laurentiis
    The follow-up to De Laurentiis’s Feel Good FoodHappy Cooking is a highly personal blend of recipes, strategies, and advice. Drawn from her experience as an on-the-go celebrity who’s also a mother and restaurateur, this collection focuses on recipes and advice to support a happy, healthy life. Readers will find instructions for handmade Christmas gifts sitting side-by-side with tips on hosting every kind of party imaginable, and new, healthy recipes that blend wellness with tastiness.
    Publication day: November 3

    Thug Kitchen Party Grub: For Social Motherf*ckers, by Thug Kitchen
    Looking for great vegan party recipes with a side order of hilarious bad attitude? Look no further than Thug Kitchen Party Grub, from the bestselling team behind Thug Kitchen. Crafting a great vegan menu for entertaining can be a challenge, but when you’re helped along by some delightfully over-the-top commentary and a collection of delicious recipes, it becomes a lot easier (and more fun!). Standout dishes include Deviled Chickpea Bites, a Grits and Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole, Mexican Lasagna, and Savory Mini Waffles (sign me up, please). Great for your own cookbook shelf, and a perfect gift for chefs—vegan and omnivore alike.
    Publication day: October 13

    Everyone Is Italian on Sunday, by Rachael Ray
    Food Network megastar Ray has been bringing easy, fast recipes to the American public for over 15 years, publishing more than 20 cookbooks, hosting successful TV shows, and even coining a phrase that ended up in the Oxford American College Dictionary: EVOO, short for Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Now she’s back with a collection of traditional and modernized Italian recipes to enliven your table and inspire you to bring the Italian Sunday dinner tradition to your own family.
    Publication day: October 27

    Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook, by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali
    The only Italian cookbook you’ll ever need, Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cooking covers everything from essential ingredients, to useful tools, to critical techniques. With over 400 recipes, it will take even the most devoted Italian home chef a while to work through, and there’s even a chapter on Italian culture to enrich the entire cooking and reading experience. Recipes range from classics like eggplant parmigiana to lighter, more modern dishes like farro salad.
    Publication day: October 27

    The Oz Family Kitchen: More Than 100 Simple and Delicious Real-Food Recipes from Our Home to Yours, Lisa Oz
    This health-conscious cookbook from Lisa Oz (with contributions from her husband, Dr. Oz himself, throughout) emphasizes whole ingredients, wellness, and delicious family cooking. Oz’s comments about planning around the dietary restrictions of her own family, whose members range from vegetarian to flexitarian, will be especially appreciated by home chefs who must accommodate a range of culinary preferences. The more than 100 recipes include standouts like Almost German Chocolate Cake, Coconut-Crusted Chicken, and Glazed Acorn Squash with Savory Seeds.
    Publication day: October 6

    NOPI: The Cookbook, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
    Ottolenghi, the author of 2012’s widely acclaimed Jerusalem and the owner of the award-winning London restaurant NOPI, has teamed up with NOPI head chef Scully to create a cookbook that brings the restaurant’s most delicious recipes to your bookshelf. The recipes reflect the blend of Middle Eastern and Asian influences that have characterized NOPI’s menus, with beautiful dishes like Burrata with Blood Orange, Coriander Seeds and Lavender Oil, Baked Blue Cheesecake, and Twice-Cooked Baby Chicken, guaranteed to spark the imagination.
    Publication day: October 20

    Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food, by Nigella Lawson
    The goal of Simply Nigella is, as the title suggests, a simple one—but it’s also radical. The idea is that food, both in preparation and eating, should be enjoyable, and that different situations call for different styles of cooking. Lawson’s aim is to provide recipes for the end of a busy workday; or the beginning of one; or for a long, lazy, Sunday; or even those days when all you want to do is curl up on the couch. With dozens of new recipes, from the simple—Thai Noodles with Cinnamon and Shrimp—to the luxurious—Asian-Flavored Short Ribs—Simply Nigella provides a recipe for every occasion.
    Publication day: November 3

  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 2:00 pm on 2015/03/24 Permalink
    Tags: 100 days of real food, , , , nom nom paleo, , smitten kitchen, thug kitchen   

    5 Great Cookbooks that Began as Blogs 

    Even before the days of Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, many an amateur chef and blogger has nurtured dreams of starting a little old cooking blog and having it go viral, become a beloved smash hit, and turn into a nationally renowned cookbook. (Or maybe that’s just me. Anyone interested in my World Famous Oatmeal Cookie recipe, adapted from the recipe on the inside lid of the Quaker Oatmeal canister? The secret ingredient is chocolate chips.) But if the cookbooks below have anything to teach us, it’s that it takes hard work, inspired recipes, and extreme talent in the kitchen, behind the camera, and at the keyboard to turn a food blog into an empire worthy of a cookbook. Here are five talented chef-bloggers who have all that and more.

    The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, by Deb Perelman
    Deb Perelman may not have any professional culinary experience, but when it comes to cooking in her tiny Manhattan kitchen, she’s enthusiastic, meticulous, and dedicated to perfecting recipes that even less experienced cooks will be able to pull off without a hitch. With her award-winning blog, Smitten Kitchen, Perelman made a name for herself as a trusted resource for home cooks who like making tasty food with a dash of panache. Her long awaited book was named one of Cooking Light magazine’s top 100 cookbooks in the last 25 years, among other prestigious recognitions—and, as an added bonus for fans, it contains mostly new recipes, along with the stunning, mouth-watering food photographs fans have come to expect from Perelman. You’ll love her accessible, humorous, and no-nonsense approach to the joys (and tribulations) of cooking.

    The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor, by Gina Homolka
    When Gina Homolka began her Skinnytaste blog, she was a busy parent who was hoping to lose a few pounds while still eating meals that tasted good. Her blog quickly became the go-to recipe site for gourmands looking for a way to cook delicious, indulgent dishes at home, all while helping their pants fit better. From Cheesy Baked Penne with Eggplant to Double Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, Homolka’s recipes are healthy yet flavorful. With 150 recipes, 125 of which are all-new, and beautiful photographs, this cookbook should be part of any health-conscious (yet discriminating) eater’s library.

    Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck, by Thug Kitchen
    With the official Thug Kitchen cookbook in your life, things are about to get REAL…nutritious. Tired of home cooks cutting corners and avoiding actual vegetables (ketchup doesn’t count), the outrageous cooks behind the popular Thug Kitchen blog, with its take-no-prisoners and leave-no-kale-behind approach, have come out with a cookbook featuring 100 brand new recipes (but fortunately, the attitude is the same). If you have been trying to eat healthier (Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos, anyone?) and need a bit of a friendly, motivating kick in the pants, then these are the recipes for you. And don’t worry, the creators of Thug Kitchen are cheap and lazy as the rest of us, so they’ve made sure these recipes won’t break the bank or take too much effort. Simple, healthy, and hilarious: does it get any better than that?

    Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong
    Packed with recipes that leave out the gluten, soy, and added sugar, the folks behind the hit blog Nom Nom Paleo prove not only that the Paleo diet is a smart, health-conscious way to get back to basics and avoid processed foods, but that it can be done in a fun and delicious way—and any way that includes Bacon and Guacamole Wrapped Sammies is just fine by us. Refreshingly unpretentious, written in an engaging and lighthearted style, and filled with recipes that are perfect for busy families, Nom Nom Paleo is the perfect introduction to a healthier lifestyle at home, without stress or judgment.

    100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love, by Lisa Leake
    Many of us read Michael Pollan’s watershed book, In Defense of Food, and were shocked to realize how many processed foods have become part of our diets. Lisa Leake was among the shocked, and she resolved to do something about it: she and her family of four pledged to go 100 days without eating highly processed or refined foods. Fortunately, the rest of us can reap the benefits of those efforts, and the astonishingly positive life changes they brought about for her family, in the book based on her beloved blog. 100 Days of Real Food is filled not only with great recipes that use whole foods, like Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale Pesto Cream Sauce, but also with gentle guidance. From helpful meal plans to tips and advice on choosing healthy ingredients, Leake’s book will encourage you and your family to embark upon a bold new way to eat healthily.

    What’s your favorite blog-based cookbook?

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  • Shaun Byron Fitzpatrick 4:00 pm on 2014/12/15 Permalink
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    10 Bookish Gifts for Your Favorite College Kids 

    Moleskine Voyageur NotebookThe holiday season is here again, and while most of our friends are asking for new gadgets and designer gear, we college-aged book lovers are writing a slightly different Christmas list. Sure, we all love a new iPad, but when it comes down to it all we really want is something reading-related. This can make shopping for us a little bit tricky for our family and friends who aren’t literary fanatics, but never fear! I’m here to help make your book-themed Christmas list simple. Here are some awesome gift ideas for the collegiate book nerd, whether that’s you or someone you know. As someone who spent five years of her undergrad and graduate career pretty much exclusively reading and talking about books, I can say I would have been crazy excited to receive any of these (and still would be, in case anyone is looking for a last-minute present for me).

    Moleskine Voyageur Traveller’s Nutmeg Brown Hardcover Notebook
    The perfect gift for anyone getting ready to study abroad. It has spaces for tickets, maps, and itineraries (aka, the things most important to your trip and the things most likely to get lost), as well as pages for you to write. So if you’re sitting under the Eiffel Tower or looking out a train window at the Tuscan countryside and start to feel inspired, you have a place to jot down your thoughts. Plus, there’s just something about a Moleskine notebook that makes you feel like a real writer.

    Jeff Fisher Lincoln/Erasmus Quotes Tote
    When it comes to expressing your love of books while on the go, let your bag do your talking. This tote is perfect for hauling your stuff to and from class. Plus, it lets the world know exactly what type of person you’re interested in: the kind that will give you more books.

    Pen is Mightier Than the Sword Resin Pen Cup
    It’s no real contest between the two, is it? We know the pen wins every time! So keep your favorite battle gear sheathed in this awesome pen cup. Putting it on your desk sends a pretty clear message: don’t mess with me, because I have a pen and I know how to use it.

    Doctor Who Clip-on TARDIS Book Light with UV Pen
    Raise your hand it you’re not a Doctor Who fan. To the one person who raised their hand: you can show yourself out now. For all us normal people who are are dangerously obsessed with the Doctor, let’s talk about this beautiful marriage of two of the best things in the world: Doctor Who and reading. You’ll never have to worry about keeping your roommate up while you finish “just one last chapter” ever again. Instead, just use this adorable Tardis reading light and read for as long as you want!

    Scholar Composition Book Folio Case for iPad
    Technology is great and helpful and the internet is not just a passing fad, despite my father’s continued insistence. But sometimes you want to kick it old school (or, more specifically, middle school). Combine your bygone school-days method of writing notes in your black-and-white composition book with your new tech-savvy style of taking down information with this awesome iPad case.

    642 Things to Write About Journal
    Every aspiring novelist/poet knows the feeling: you want to write, but you don’t know what to write about. This journal is full of prompts to get your creative juices flowing and provide some much-needed inspiration. Who knows, these fun exercises might just turn into the seeds of the next great American novel!

    Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck
    One of the most important lessons you learn in college happens outside the classroom and inside the kitchen. Unless you’re living exclusively on dining hall meals and takeout (ew), you should probably learn a few go-to recipes. Thug Kitchen gives you easy ways to incorporate veggies into your diet and step up your cooking game. As they say, “Sh*t is about to get real.”

    Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist, by Tim Federle
    This one’s for the college student 21 and over, of course, so all you underage folks will have to wait a bit for this one. But for the legal crowd: are you a fan of cocktails but wish they could be more literary? Learn how to make such classics as the title’s “Tequila Mockingbird” or “The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose.” Because who doesn’t love alcohol and book puns?

    Yes, Please, by Amy Poehler
    Everyone tries to give you life advice when you’re in college, but Amy Poehler is one of the few people you might actually want to listen to. Combine her fabulous new book with copies of books by fellow funny ladies Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling for a real trifecta.

    Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (A Song of Ice and Fire series), by George R.R. Martin
    We know you have a ton of reading to do for school, but sometimes it’s nice to take a break and fit some pleasure reading into your busy schedule. Relax with a boxed set of your favorite new series, like the uber popular Song of Ice and Fire series. Nothing will take your mind off your upcoming paper faster than the saga of the Starks. If you were really good this year, maybe you’ll even get a couple seasons of the hit TV show to go with it.

    What are you giving to the college kid in your life?

  • Heidi Fiedler 7:11 pm on 2014/10/10 Permalink
    Tags: Apps, apps & crafts, , , happy handmade home, , , , thug kitchen, zagat   

    Like This App? Love This Book! 

    stillwaitingSore neck. Eyes glazing over. The spinning wheel of death. Sometimes, it’s good to step away from the screen and pick up a book. But just because you’re putting down the crack that is the latest new app doesn’t mean you have to read Moby Dick. There are lots of ways to indulge your guilty pleasures without burning your eyeballs out staring at cat videos and angry birds. Feel the paper. Turn the pages. Breathe. We’ve got you app fans covered. And if you shout out your favorite app in the comments, we’ll post some custom recs, too!

    Instagram-Inspired Photobooks
    Are you obsessed with Instagram, always oohing and ahh-ing over piglets on Pinterest, or futzing with filters in Hipstamatic? Then pick up some tips from the pros in Portrait Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots. Or study a genre you usually don’t with Humans of New York or the ever-popular Underwater Puppies.

    Healthy Cookbooks
    Tracking calories in and calories out can get tedious, but these new super healthy cookbooks might inspire you to keep up the chore a little longer. Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F— is filled with mouth-watering recipes (who’s turning down Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos?!) and leaves out all the junk that’s making us unhealthy. More yum can be found in the new Skinnytaste cookbook and the kid-friendly 100 Days of Real Food.

    Helping Writers Write
    Scrivener is a favorite of writers who need help organizing their text into masterpiece form. Martha Alderson’s Plot Whisperer can also help you get organized without the pesky distraction of the internet lurking so close by. Just like the app, she helps writers break their story into scenes, track character development, and look for patterns in themes and imagery. And when you get stuck, Dani Shapiro’s Still Writing will remind you why you started and how to finish.

    OmniGraffle, the Ultimate Organizer?
    If you use OmniGraffle to wow your boss or win grants, it might be time to get back to basics with the Granddaddy of Infographics, Edwart Tufte. His Envisioning Information contains all you need to know about creating thoughtful presentations that highlight the most important information, remove the rest, and make you look brilliant.

    Help for Yelpers
    Do you find yourself saying “Let’s Yelp it” every time you visit a new city? Why not go old school and show the world you’re in the know with the prep-school burgundy cover of a Zagat guide? It may not be filled with photos of people’s plates, but sometimes it’s nice to show up to a new place without knowing EXACTLY what to expect. Your dinner just might taste a little fresher.

    Lo-Fi Projects for Craftsy Devotees
    Weekends are for crafting, right? But crafting is way more relaxing AWAY from the screen, not in front of it. So if you’ve taken all the tutorials in Craftsy, and want to deepen your skills—or just try something new—check out these new books from the next generation of Martha Stewart–worthy craft stars. Happy Handmade Home comes from the girls at the Beautiful Mess blog, and Make and Give is filled with ideas for the holidays.

     What book would you substitute for a website or an app?

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