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New in Cookbooks

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:40 pm

Martha Stewart has recently had her Vegetables cookbook published. It's her 87th book and showcases ways to make vegetables shine
at your next meal. Some recipes will suit vegetarians too.

Here's the review by the Toronto Star food columnist, Karon Liu, who is a fan of Martha's:
Chapters are divided by type of vegetable with an introduction on how to buy, store, prep, and serve them. In some recipes, vegetables act as the accompaniment to meat dishes (braised chicken and Brussels sprouts, pad Thai, pork roast with rhubarb chutney), other times they’re a sauce or salsa and in other recipes they are the main star, propped up with vehicles like pasta, pizza and bread. So while the most of the recipes are vegetarian, this isn’t one of those raw, vegan, gluten free books.

https://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2016/09/15/make-stewarts-potatoes-anna-from-her-vegetables-book.html

Another cookbook, titled Toyko Cult Recipes covers Tokyo's food ranges:
This is not just a cookbook about nigiri sushi, gyoza, tonkatsu and curry udon, although all those classic dishes are between the pages. There’s also the less obvious, more homey stuff — macaroni salad, beef hot pot, rolled omelettes, salted salmon and even oden, the humble stew of winter vegetables in broth that you can even find at 7-Elevens in Tokyo. One drawback to the book is the recipe index, which is confusing and unwieldy. I’m also still not sure why these are described as “cult” recipes; maybe “everyday” or “home” sounded too pedestrian, which is true enough. Although matcha ice cream and spaghetti Napolitan (see: Japan’s Italian food fetish) are certainly deserving of their own cults. And ramen, of course, already has one.

https://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2016/09/14/cookbook-brings-home-tokyos-massive-food-scene.html
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Re: New in Cookbooks

Postby southernfry on Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:43 pm

And here I thought she melted into the background after getting out of jail.

I grew up with The Bridge books of recipes. Seems they updated them every few years and have the Best Of Bridge series of books.

http://www.bestofbridge.com/books/
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Re: New in Cookbooks

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:14 pm

Anthony Bourdain, he of Kitchen Confidential book fame and host of television shows such as No Reservations
and Parts Unknown, is doing book tour appearances between tv show filming dates. This book relates
to his culinary efforts for his daughter and her friends. His daughter has begun her own culinary tutelage
under Bourdain's supervision-she learned how to use a knife at 6 years of age.

Appetites: A Cookbook is available bookstores now. In the US, some stores may have the books in plain paper wrappers-some concern
over the front cover's art was expressed.

https://www.thestar.com/life/2016/10/28/anthony-bourdain-on-cooking-for-kids-and-his-dysfunctional-family-cookbook.html
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Re: New in Cookbooks

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:06 pm

Slow cookers have been popular for making pulled pork dishes but they seem to be "in" again as a way to make meals over hours without someone being
around a stovetop during cooking. Given that in many places hydro costs may factor into when one plugs in a slow cooker, overnight or weekend cooking could be preferred (but like anything know your slow cooker-any doubts about its safety means replace it or monitor during use).

Ricardo Larrivee has a second cookbook dedicated to meals to make in a slow cooker! Slower is Better: From a Taco Fiesta to Chocolate Pudding Cake is the book's title and the author tried to think of definitive dishes from different cuisines to present the slow cooker's range in preparing food. I

I must admit that there is a slow cooker at home that has not had any recent use. I'd like to make a chili, pulled pork and something like a stew. Sure, I'd like a taco fiesta or that chocolate cake. Even better would be new ways to cook squashes or pulses with a slow cooker and some spices.
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Re: New in Cookbooks

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:50 pm

Had a chance to read the e-book version of Appetites: A Cookbook and it really is the author in print: there are some scary photos of food, a really good photo of a stocked freezer with labelled plastic containers of various stocks and sauces, swearing (author has opinions) and some insights on food for parties.
It's his New York take on cooking some classic dishes and some international ones. You won't be bored with this cookbook.

Currently have a copy of Martha Stewart's Vegetables cookbook to look through. Vegetables are going to get more attention from me in meals given recent news that Canadians are expected to spend $420 more on groceries and eating out next year. Don't think I'll be eating out much-food prices in some categories keep going up.

For fans of Martha's show with rapper Snoop Dogg on US cable network VH1, there is good news: their Potluck Dinner Party show has been reviewed for a second season.
Despite rumors she was to attend with her partner-in-crime Snoop Dogg, with whom she has a show on VH1 called Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, Stewart arrived with a group of friends, saying that Snoop was in Los Angeles.

She also revealed the show, which became a surprise hit when it debuted last month, has just been renewed for a second season.

'We're very excited. It's going great. We have a lot of fun,' she said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4014480/It-s-surprise-Snoop-Dogg-Martha-Stewart-reveals-hit-dinner-party-rapper-renewed-second-season.html
*Update:reading a food columnist's tweets let me know that a Canadian cable network is showing the Potluck Dinner Party here as well. Gusto airs the show on weekdays from 7-8am. http://www.gustotv.com/shows/
Writeup about the show: http://www.torontosun.com/2016/11/08/the-diva-and-the-dogg-do-dinner
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