Every month Susie Chang reviews new cookbook releases and
notes trends in the United States. And she may also occasionally
throw in a review of a "not-quite cookbook." And for our
non-U.S. members, Jane and Fiona provide similar reviews for new
Canada, U.K., Australia, and New Zealand releases.
February is the usual prolific jumble of in-between season
books: diet books, fast books, ethnic books, any books that don't
have an obvious season and don't need a massive media blitz to
launch. One odd new product is popping up in the books - the
"spiralizer," a device which turns vegetables into noodles and has
become a darling of paleo and gluten-free followers. I saw at
least three spiralizer cookbooks this month, and I'm sure that's
not the end of it.
The Cabot Creamery Cookbook: Simple, Wholesome
Dishes from America's Best Dairy Farms, by Cabot Creamery
(Oxmoor House, $22.95) The Vermont-based cooperative releases
a cookbook chock-full of cheddar.
The New Passover Menu by Paula Shoyer:
Shoyer's innovative collection of 65 recipes celebrates culinary
freedom while still honouring the holiday's dietary rules.
The Great Big Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough: The intrepid pair of
cookbook veterans explore a universe of recipes under pressure.
How to Braise by Michael Ruhlman: The
popular author is back with the second volume of his "how to"
Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into
Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals by Ali Maffucci: The
appliance of the month gets some star treatment by a Big Six
Make it Paleo II: Over 175 New Grain-Free
Recipes for the Primal Palate by Hayley Mason and Bill
Staley (Victory Belt Publishing, $34.95) A sequel to the very
popular and successful 2011 book.
Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong: A Culinary
Journey from China to Vietnam by Luke Nguyen: A personal
exploration from a fervent exponent of Southeast Asian foodways.
This is a US release of a previously published Australian book.
Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to
Brewing Delicious Beer by Randy Mosher: A thorough and
well-illustrated handbook for the aspiring brewmeister.
Brown Eggs and Jam Jars: Family Recipes from
the Kitchen of Simple Bites by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque: The
"Simple Bites" blogger and urban homesteader releases a
highly anticipated first book.
Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive
Oil by Nancy Harmon Jenkins: The Mediterranean-cooking
expert focuses in tight on the primary staple of her craft.
Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One
Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family by Alice
Randall and Caroline Randall Williams: A mother and daughter go on
a mission to make a delicious heritage a healthier one.
Against the Grain: Extraordinary Gluten-Free
Recipes Made from Real, All-Natural Ingredients, by Nancy
Cain: Cain does away with the xanthan and guar gums and crafts a
gluten-free world out of natural ingredients.
And just for reading...
The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy
and Its Citrus Fruit by Helena Attlee: A culinary and
cultural history of Italy's relationship with citrus..
February trends include diet books marketed towards men, ethnic
Paleo, smoothies, juicing, raw vegan sweets, and DASH diet
Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook by
Rachel Khoo: A tie-in with Rachel's latest TV series, this
book has Rachel moving back to her native London from Paris.
The book combines recipes, travel notes and her own sketches.
See our excerpt from the book and enter our contest to win one of two copies of
Tea & Cake With Lisa Faulkner by
Lisa Faulkner: Celebrity MasterChef winner Lisa wants you to sit
down and relax with a cup of tea and something yummy to eat.
But first you have to make the something yummy and Lisa provides
The Hummingbird Bakery: Life is Sweet
by Tarek Malouf: The latest book from the popular London bakery,
which specialises in American-style home baking. This book
contains re-worked classics plus old favourites.
Gennaro: Slow Cook Italian by Gennaro
Contaldo: Gennaro shows you how to prepare good Italian food with
minimum effort by letting the oven or hob do the work. Slow cooking
draws out flavours and softens the texture of food to create
delicious, impressive, often inexpensive meals with little
Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites: It
can seem like there is a new Mary Berry book every couple of
months, with reissues and GBBO tie-ins. This one is a new
book, a tie-in to her new 6-part BBC2 TV series. These are
Mary's most favourite recipes - for family meals, entertaining and
of course, baking.
My Busy Kitchen: A Lifetime of Family
Recipes by Alex Hollywood: We have seen cookbooks from
Great British Bake-Off winners, runners-up, judges plus numerous
show-related GBBO books. And now here comes a book from the
wife of a judge, Paul Hollywood. This book isn't about baking
but everyday family cooking - quick & simple for weeknights and
slow & simple for weekends.
Heat: 25 by Marco Pierre White: A new edition to celebrate
the 25th anniversary of the classic cookbook from the brilliant and
fiery chef. Contains new contributions from many other chefs plus
new photos. Read an
interview with the enigmatic White via The
Kew on a Plate with Raymond Blanc: A
tie-in with a new TV series, Blanc explores how British vegetables
arrived in the country, how they are grown and how they are used in
cooking. He uses a new kitchen garden at Kew Gardens as
illustration and draws on his own three deciades of experience in
the kitchen garden at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons.
Sesame & Spice: Baking From the East End to
the Middle East by Anne Shooter: Inspired by her Jewish
family and by Middle-Eastern ingredients such as cinnamon, honey,
dates, almonds, apples and pomegranate, Anne Shooter produces
recipes for modernized classics and her family favourites.
Secrets From my Indian Family Kitchen
by Anjali Pathak: Anjali is from the family who make the well-known
Indian sauces and chutneys so her family kitchen saw a lot of
experimentation and testing. Her recipes cover authentic
Indian dishes and modern creations.
Dim Sum by Helen & Lisa Tse:
Sisters Helen and Lisa are also producers of sauces, their's being
Chinese. In this book they offer everyone a chance to experience
the popular Sweet Mandarin Cookery School dim sum masterclass in
their very own kitchen.
The 5 O'Clock Apron by Claire Thomson:
Claire has become well-known in the UK, through her blog and
Guardian column, for providing solutions to the daily dilemma of
what to feed the kids.
Canadian Living: Sweet & Simple:
The Canadian Living Test Kitchen has rounded up 100 of their
easiest Tested-Till-Perfect desserts, treats and snacks.
Australia & New Zealand
Mexican Feast: A Life and Love of Mexican Food
by Daniella Germain: Following the successful My
Abuela's Table, Daniella's latest book is an illustrated
journey back to Mexico's past, tracing the life of her Abuelo
(grandfather) and his love affair with food. The chapters of based
(chronologically) around the different stages of her Abuelo's life.
From Street Food to traditional Ranch Food to Mexican Sandwiches,
providing an authentic look at the food of Mexico, going beyond
trendy tacos and to the soul of Mexican cooking and family
Cooking by Elshafei Amina: MasterChef favourite
Amina Elshafei is draws on her family ancestry of both Korea and
Egypt to take you on a unique culinary adventure, exploring the
best cuisine from both cultures. You'll find recipes for
traditional Middle Eastern dishes such as Lamb, Prune and Fig
Tagine and Korean staples such as Kimchi, as well as exciting new
recipes, such as Sumac-crusted Trout with Heirloom Tomato Salsa and
Home: Simple Greek Food for Friends & Family
by Helena Moursellas and Vikki Moursellas: My
Kitchen Rules finalists, Identical twins Helena and Vikki take you
home to the simple Greek food they love to eat with their friends
and family. From simple recipes for tzatziki and marinated olives,
through to a slow-roasted pork belly and a twist on a classic Greek
dessert like Sticky Baklava Fingers.
Two Dads: Food
for Family and Friends by Blair Tonkin and
Paul Bullpitt: Another cookbook from My Kitchen Rules contestants
to share simple and healthy recipes, many with an Indonesian
influence, that the whole family will enjoy and without breaking
Dinners: Easy all-in-one meals by Penny Oliver:
Using just one pot, pan, bowl, baking dish or casserole, Penny
shows you that cooking fabulous meals doesn't require complicated
recipes and a multitude of pots and pans. Using aromatic spices and
fresh herbs, she shows you how to prepare a slow-cooked hearty
casserole that can be prepared a day ahead, a simple one-tray bake
or a last-minute tossed-together summer salad, arranged according
to the single cooking vessel you'll prepare them in.