This is my take on the good ol’ book club. I will feature a cookbook I am working through or just got. I will review it and share my insights. If they interest you pick up a copy of the book and let’s create a dialog about what you love or dislike about each cookbook.
Lemon Debutante Cake April 3, 2017 - I am on a journey to learn more cakes, to learn new techniques, and to end up with at least a dozen different cakes that all taste equally amazing but where do you start? For years I had been doing a white cake that included white chocolate in the batter. I enjoy this cake but … Continue reading Lemon Debutante Cake
Kurdish Fried Chicken with Black Rice and Kerchief Flatbreads from Kurdistan March 30, 2017 - Dinner this week I again turned to Taste of Persia. It was made of three main components chicken, rice and bread. Sounds simple enough but it wasn’t without it’s challenges. There was some scratching of the head and even a bit of harsh language directed at the recipes but in the end it was another … Continue reading Kurdish Fried Chicken with Black Rice and Kerchief Flatbreads from Kurdistan
Miette: Recipes From San Francisco’s Most Charming Pastry Shop March 3, 2017 - Miette is not a huge well known bakery but for those who know it I am sure they love it just as much as I do. It’s a tiny shop with a fun story. It’s based in San Francisco, was created Meg Ray, and is everything you would want in as pastry shop. The store … Continue reading Miette: Recipes From San Francisco’s Most Charming Pastry Shop
Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking March 2, 2017 - When learning a new cuisine I find it important to get different perspectives. It’s pretty much my rule in life. I don’t trust easily. I don’t take things at face value easily. I question. Then I question some more but the reward of being this way is the journey, the discovery, and learning for myself. … Continue reading Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking
The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices February 22, 2017 - Spices. What was the first thing that came to mind? Was it heat? Zing? A jolt? Was it curry or other middle eastern dishes doused in heavy colorful sauces? Maybe it was as simple as the word spicy. Maybe your mind went to chili and South American and Mexican dishes. Don’t feel bad this is … Continue reading The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices
The Farm February 10, 2017 - Do you like uncomplicated, simple, straight forward recipes with fewer ingredients? If so The Farm is a great cookbook. However, if you like fresh, seasonal recipes that showcase the essence of an ingredient this too is your cookbook. The Farm is a non intimidating cookbook that takes you through the life cycle of a true … Continue reading The Farm
The Seasonal Baker February 8, 2017 - There are more cookbooks on baking than I can even imagine. Everyone has some take on it. Trying to navigate through them to find ones that speak to you and how you like to bake or even more importantly what you like to bake can be hard. So when I stumbled across John Barricelli’s The … Continue reading The Seasonal Baker
Tacos: Recipes and Provocations February 1, 2017 - Do you love Mexican food? Do you suffer, as I do, from not having a drop of Mexican heritage to explain your desire and obsession for this delicious food? Have you ever thought of trying to replicate the flavor and authenticity in your own kitchen but then think somewhere in the heavens that the creator … Continue reading Tacos: Recipes and Provocations
Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees January 30, 2017 - Have you ever had really good Chinese food and wondered what the secret is? Have you ever walked the aisles of an Asian food store and wondered what on earth do you do with tangerine peels and tripe? Chef Kian Lam Kho walks you through Asian cooking in a very approachable way in his cookbook, … Continue reading Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees
Antiquarian Cookbooks and Where to Find Them… December 19, 2016 - Christmas and Chanukah are fast approaching and sometimes gift giving can either be stressful and/or expensive. Occasionally we get the idea to do hand-me-downs or re-gifting but we can feel guilty or cheap doing this. The key is knowing the recipient.