Saturday, July 11, 2015

Cookbook Reviews Part Two

Part two of my cookbook reviews includes 6 more cookbooks. Like part one just click on the title and it will take you to Amazon to check out each book and more reviews.  I am giving away an extra copy of The New Southern Table by Brys Stephens.  All you have to do is leave a comment. One comment per person please. I will pick a winner on July 18th.  Feel free to share this giveaway with your friends.

The Modern Kosher Kitchen by Ronnie Fein

Years ago when I had my first real job I worked with a young woman my age. Her mother was in town and she asked me to come to dinner. I had my first experience with a Kosher meal and I enjoyed it very much. But for me it seemed a bit too complicated to fix again.  Then I received  Ronnie Fein's cookbook to review.

This is not what I had those many years ago.  This is hip kosher food that anyone can make. The BLTS with Arugula and Basil-Mayo are to die for and yes you heard me right BLTS made with beef bacon, yum.

I am looking forward to making the Blueberry Soup, Kale and Potato Gratin, Seared Cod with Pan Salsa, Roasted Salmon with Dukkah, Garlic, Orange and Mint, Grilled Cheese, Egg, and Avocado Panini with Sriracha Mayo, Cajun Fried Fish Sandwich with Lime-Pickle Mayo and Beef Bacon, Tomato and Mushroom Pasta just to name a few of the fantastic recipes in this book. Who am I kidding I want to make every recipe in Ronnie's book.

This is a beautifully written cookbook, filled with fantastic photos, recipes that anyone can whip together.

The New Southern Table by Brys Stephens

Wonderfully written with beautiful photographs. This is a new twist on Southern Dishes. I love southern cooking and Brys Stephens puts a wonderful spin on these recipes.  My favorites include Squash Tempura with Soy Dipping Sauce (my families favorite), Chicken, Collard and Country Ham Saltimbocca, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Country Ham, Pecans and Avocado and Pecan and Herb-Crusted Pork Chops.  For Thanksgiving I'm looking forward to making the Sweet Potato Gratin instead of the same old candied yams.

It is rare that I find a cookbook that I want to make every recipe and The New Southern Table did not let me down.

Global Meatballs by Adeline Myers

Growing up I knew of two different meatballs Italian and Swedish. It wasn't until I received Adeline Myers Global Meatballs that I found out there were so many different ways to make meatballs. Of course other countries are going to have their version of meatballs, but I never thought about it. I am in Meatball Heaven!

I am going to be busy making meatballs....Chorizo and White Wine Tapas Meatballs from Spain, Lion's Head Meatballs from China, Lemongrass Pork Meatballs from Cambodia, Poached Meatballs in Caper Cream Sauce from Germany, Orange Duck Meatballs from Australia and to Quick Potato, Corn and Tuna Fish Balls from Australia. With over 100 meatball recipes it will be hard to decide which one you are going to make first. For me it will be the Crunchy Wild Shrimp Balls from China.

Whole Grain Baking Made Easy by Tabitha Alderman

Whole Grain Baking Made Easy takes baking to a whole new level. I mainly use white and wheat flour and occasionally the almond flour. I'm looking forward to trying other grains in my baking. I found this cookbook very helpful, loved the photographs and recipes.  Some of the recipes that caught my eye are Cornmeal pancakes with Cinnamon Honey Butter, Cheese, Chive and Black Pepper Scones, Spelt Sourdough, Almond Butter Cookies, Mediterranean Olive Oil Bundt Cake and Jupiter Cake.

This cookbook is full of useful information perfect for the beginner home baker.

Surprise Cakes by Marsha Phipps

Well written, a lot of tips and techniques along with beautiful photographs.  Eye popping cakes to wow your family and friends. Some of my favorites are Striped Swiss Roll, The Zebra Cake would delight any teen, The Neapolitan and Ombre Cakes are elegant and perfect for a bridal shower, and The Berry Explosion is simply stunning no wonder that was the cake used for the cover. I am in awe of Marsha's talent and look forward to trying my hand at Surprise Cakes.

Artisan Cake Company's Visual Guide to Cake Decorating by Elizabeth Marek

Great book for information and inspiration. Beautiful photographs of cakes that are a work of art.  Basic cake recipes to get you started on your own creation. Information on troubleshooting your cakes and variations of flavor. There is a section dedicated to frostings and fillings. This book has it all baking, stacking, texture, color, many step by step techniques.  I took a series of cake decorating classes over 25 years ago and I find this to be the perfect guide and reference book that I will go to time after time.

Note: I was given a copy of the above books by the publisher to review, all comments are my own.

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