Spring is always my favorite time of the year to indulge in new cookbooks and recipe trials. It's probably because of the heady scent of local fresh fruits and vegetables that start making their way into the stores about that time. So it was with great gusto that I opened up Chef Jon Bonnell's new cookbook Waters Fine Coastal Cuisine who owns a restaurant right down the highway from us in Ft. Worth, TX; Waters - Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine.
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I just had the chance to read an advanced copy of beloved food writer Leah Eskin's forthcoming book SLICES OF LIFE: A Food Writer Cooks Through Many a Conundrum (Running Press, April 2014).
For a decade now Leah has contributed her everyday chronicles with accompanying recipes to her syndicated column, “Home on the Range” in the Chicago Tribune, and now readers can enjoy a collection of those columns covering everything from her early married days to parenting adolescents—and all the challenges and surprises in between.
If you're a fan of Treme on HBO then you probably caught the New Orleans critically-acclaimed drama for its fourth and final season premiere on December 1st. To commemorate Treme's closing chapter, HBO Global Licensing launched a cookbook based on the vibrant series - Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans, created by Treme story editor, award-winning food writer and New Orleans native Lolis Eric Elie.
Yvonne Ruperti, recipe developer extraordinaire, is tempting you into the kitchen with a uniquely simplified approach to baking. ONE BOWL BAKING: Simple, from Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts, shows how to create beautiful, delicious, and wholesome desserts from scratch using just one bowl. Perfect for people who love the convenience and ease of a mix but want to do it with 100% homemade quality and gourmet results.
A couple of weeks ago, I received some GOYA products and a collection of recipes to try out some healthy, tasty and affordable Latin cooking. The Best of la Cocina GOYA cookbook is a resource for building a better plate, that plate specifically being the MyPlate nutrition guide by the USDA. Printed in both English and Spanish, this little cookbook is packed full of balanced meal ideas from around Latin America - including Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Spain and beyond!
I think if you've followed my blog for awhile, or at least have searched through my recipes on occassion, you'll realize I'm not a "from scratch" type of gal. I'm open to learning new things though, and so when I had the chance to review Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie's Kitchen, I was eager to see if I could make anything in it without creating an epic fail of a dish.
Surprisingly enough to me, not only were a lot of the recipes not difficult - they were also things my family would eat - and so I hunkered down to mix, whisk and boil from scratch food in my own kitchen.
Well here it is a month into the new year, and I can honestly say that I've been doing really well watching what I've been eating. I didn't set out to lose any weight per say, but just to eat a bit healthier and be more active. It's obviously been working, and I have been using different books over the past few weeks to get into a routine. I have actually lost nearly 4 pounds, plus I have more energy and have been sleeping better!
One of the books that I received was Reader's Digest "The Digest Diet Cookbook."
From bestselling author Jerry Eicher (more than 350,000 books sold) and his wife, Tina, comes this warm and inviting peek into an Amish kitchen, complete with recipes, Amish proverbs, and a dash of Amish humor. Readers will laugh, pray, and eat robustly with The Amish Family Cookbook at their side.
I grew up in a heavily populated Mennonite community, and while I am not Mennonite myself, I spent many, many hours around the table and in Mennonite kitchens. My best friend from third grade on was Mennonite, and one of my favorite foods to this day is Paska (Easter Bread) that her mom would make for me every year. I was just mentioning it to her this year that those loaves are some of my favorite memories of my tween/teen years.
When we lived in the same city as my in-laws we spent almost every Sunday together eating lunch after church. Sunday dinner was one of those meals where you didn't count calories. It also meant making memories, because after the food was eaten and the dishes were moved back to the kitchen, it was game playing time…this was important, because it's what lead to dessert .