Sunday, October 19, 2014

Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi

Vibrant Vegetable Cooking 
from London's Yotam Ottolenghi 
Hardcover, 352 pages

And the KitchenPuppy award for most beautiful cookbook goes to: Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi. I love just saying his name. (Not that I am sure I pronounce it right, but I am in my kitchen most of the time so it's all good.)

This is a stunning book that brings hope and love, beauty, and a sense of aliveness to the plate. Seriously, I could live off the pages alone.

I am not a vegetarian. I guess the term these days is flexitarian. I am just happy to eat for the most part. But in this book you don't even notice or miss the meat. (Not saying you couldn't serve any of these fine dishes with a lamb cutlet, but you certainly don't need to.)

A heady variety of Mediterranean dishes separated by cooking methods, which all sound incredibly sexy to me.

Tossed * Steamed * Blanched * Simmered * Braised * Grilled * Roasted * Fried * Mashed * Cracked * Baked * Sweetened


From the Back Flap:

The hotly anticipated follow-up to London chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s bestselling and award-winning cookbook Plenty, featuring more than 150 vegetarian dishes organized by cooking method.

Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the world’s most beloved culinary talents. In this follow-up to his bestselling Plenty, he continues to explore the diverse realm of vegetarian food with a wholly original approach. Organized by cooking method, more than 150 dazzling recipes emphasize spices, seasonality, and bold flavors. From inspired salads to hearty main dishes and luscious desserts, Plenty More is a must-have for vegetarians and omnivores alike. This visually stunning collection will change the way you cook and eat vegetables
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Yotam Ottolenghi owns an eponymous group of four restaurants, plus the high-end restaurant, NOPI, in London. His previous cookbooks–Plenty, Jerusalem, and Ottolenghi–have all been on the New York Times bestseller list. Yotam writes for The Guardian and appears on BBC. He lives in London. The author lives in London, UK.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Handmade Gifts from the Kitchen

More than 100 Culinary Inspired 
Presents to Make and Bake
By Alison Walker
Hardcover, 176 pages

Countdown to Christmas! I know you were thinking it.

I am at the stage of my life.... (does that make me sound old? I'm not. Much) But I am at that stage where homemade gifts mean so much more to me than store bought. Especially if I can eat said gifts.

Handmade Gifts from the Kitchen gives you over 100 yummy gift giving treats and presentation ideas. Perfect for anyone on your list. I assume I am on your list as well. Please?

Chapters include:

Baked with Love
Candies and Confections
For the Pantry
From the Garden
The Delights of Chocolate
A Savory Treat
Raise a Glass
Small but Perfectly Formed
Gifts for the Cook
Containers and Packaging
Gingerbread House Templates
Resource Section

Beautifully laid out and photographed, you will have no end of sweet and savory ideas to wow your friends and family. And me.


From the Back Flap:

From homemade cookies to marshmallow hearts, flavored oils and spirits to panforte and spice kits, each of the more than 100 gift ideas has an easy-to-follow recipe along with inspirational ideas for presentation. Whether you're baking for a friend's birthday or bringing a thank-you gift, this book is your guide to creating elegant and tasty treats for any celebration.

     Handmade Gifts from the Kitchen is a delightful gift in itself, as well as providing a beautiful collection of culinary gift ideas for you to make and bake at home for friends and family. In a world where mass-produced is the norm, homemade carries a certain potency of care and thought, and indulgent fudge, warming liqueurs, spicy chutneys, sweet and crumbly homemade biscuits are easy to make, affordable, and meaningful gifts. They are perfect for Christmas, Easter, or Thanksgiving, or for everyday giving.

     And it's not just the making, it's the wrapping, too. Decorative jars, tins, baskets, and boxes add a personal touch that ensures these gifts will still be remembered long after the food has been enjoyed. That said, a range of containers isn't essential; Handmade Gifts from the Kitchen offers ideas for wrapping your gifts in a stunning and stylish way, so that every gift is special.


Alison Walker is the Food and Drink Editor of Country Living magazine and loves cooking comfort food using seasonal ingredients. After a career in editorial magazine and publishing, she retrained as a professional chef at Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London and graduated as Student of the Year in 2002. After leaving Leith’s, she worked as a food stylist on various movie sets and television programs, such as the James Bond film Die Another Day and Vanity Fair. Since then, she has worked as food editor on various glossy women’s magazines in London. Immediately before joining Country Living, she was Head of Cookery at Good Housekeeping (UK edition).


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers Cookbook

More than 100 Heart-Warming Seasonal Recipes 
for You to Cook at Home 
Edited by Sharon Hapton
Trade Paperback, 216 pages

Oooh! It's that time again. Nothing says love like a warm bowl of soup after a long day. Hey, I've been known to have noodle soups for breakfast. Especially when I have a scratchy throat. I've been told that many cultures have soup for breakfast. Or noodles. Possibly both. I don't know. I just know I like it.

And combine healing, healthy, warming soups with the spirit of helping and sharing and you have a winning combination. Soup Sisters started in Canada and is bringing its warmth to Los Angeles, California for the first American chapter.

So far the Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers have donated over 350,000 containers of soup to those in need.

Buying this cookbook not only gets you 100 delicious recipes, but helps keep hearts and tummies filled and warm. 

The first book, The Soup Sisters Cookbook, and this new one, The Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers Cookbook are first rate collections of deliciousness from celebrity chefs, restaurant owners and home chefs.

www.soupsisters.org


From the Back Flap:

The follow up to 2012's bestselling The Soup Sisters Cookbook (over 35,000 copies sold), with more than 100 new soup recipes from "souper" volunteers and celebrity chefs.

     The Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers Cookbook showcases delicious recipes from Soup Sisters volunteers and from many top celebrity chefs--including Yotam Ottolenghi, Curtis Stone, Lidia Bastianich, Rob Feenie, Susur Lee, Michael Smith, Anna Olson, and Mark McEwan. With more than 100 recipes arranged by season, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, The Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers Cookbook gives you enough heartwarming soup recipes to prepare and share throughout the year.

     Soup Sisters is a Calgary-based non-profit enterprise founded in 2009. It organizes multiple volunteer soup-making events across the country every month to produce soup for women, children, and youth in need. Soup Sisters believes in the power of soup and the nutrition, comfort, and warmth that the gift of soup can bring. As well as working with women's shelters, Soup Sisters also operates Broth Brothers, which focuses on work with youth crisis centers across the country, providing support to young men who are working to support themselves. The Soup Sisters' growing network of supporters collectively cook up more than 10,000 servings of soup every month.


Sharon Hapton

Sharon Hapton is the founder of Soup Sisters. She was selected as one of Chatelaine and CityTV’s Women of the Year 2011, and as a Woman of Vision 2011 by Global Television and the YWCA.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald

By Ann-Marie MacDonald
Hardcover, 400 pages

I have been waiting so very long (it seems) for this multi-talented lady to come out with a new book. As the Crow Flies and Fall on Your Knees are on my list of  favourite books ever. Okay, it may be a bit of a long list. But hey, all I do is read.

Adult Onset is distinctly personal and at times comes across as self-indulgent until it hits you - that's how it's supposed to me. The inner machinations of the human mind - bored, distressed, anxious, overwhelmed... everything we try to hide from others is right there for us to read.

At times uncomfortable, MacDonald nails it for us. The way the mind can work so clearly and trick us at the same time. Even though everything is right in front of us.

She is a brilliant author, and this is a difficult subject. I'm not sure how much is autobiographical, but I am sure at least fragments are.

Definitely bound to win a few literary awards.


From the Back Flap:

From the acclaimed, bestselling author of 2 beloved classics, Adult Onset is a powerful drama about motherhood, the dark undercurrents that break and hold families together, and the power and pressures of love.
 
          Mary Rose MacKinnon--nicknamed MR or "Mister"--is a successful YA author who has made enough from her writing to semi-retire in her early 40s. She lives in a comfortable Toronto neighbourhood with her partner, Hilary, a busy theatre director, and their 2 young children, Matthew and Maggie, trying valiantly and often hilariously to balance her creative pursuits with domestic demands, and the various challenges that (mostly) solo parenting presents. As a child, Mary Rose suffered from an illness, long since cured and "filed separately" in her mind. But as her frustrations mount, she experiences a flare-up of forgotten symptoms which compel her to rethink her memories of her own childhood and her relationship with her parents. With her world threatening to unravel, the spectre of domestic violence raises its head with dangerous implications for her life and that of her own children.


Ann-Marie MacDonald is an author, actor, playwright and broadcaster. She trained as an actor at the National Theatre School of Canada and has appeared in numerous independent Canadian films. She earned a Genie nomination for her role in I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, and won a Gemini Award for Where the Spirit Lives. She has performed in theatres across Canada, recently appearing in the Mirvish Production of Top Girls.

Her first solo-authored play, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) won the Chalmers Award, the Governor General’s Award, and the Canadian Authors’ Association Award. Her other works for the stage include the libretto for the chamber opera Nigredo Hotel, book and lyrics for the musical Anything that Moves (which garnered several Dora Awards, including Outstanding New Musical), and Belle Moral: A Natural History.

Ann-Marie’s first novel, Fall on Your Knees (1996), was a critically acclaimed international bestseller.  It won the Commonwealth Prize, was short-listed for the Giller Prize, and won the People’s Choice Award and the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year. In 2002 it became an Oprah’s Book Club selection. It has been translated into 19 languages. Her second novel, The Way the Crow Flies (2003), was an international bestseller, a finalist for the Giller Prize, and a Good Morning America Book Club pick. It has been translated into 13 languages.

Ann-Marie is presently host and narrator of CBC’s Doc Zone. She lives in Toronto with her partner and their two children.