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.
Oddly enough, the outdoorsy, spontaneous month of July brings a
surprising lack of grill books - could that market finally be
tapped out? Instead, there's lots of street food, DIY
backyard and healthy books, and family-friendly books. And by
far the most exciting street-food title - as far as I'm concerned -
is the Banh Mi Handbook, by veteran author
Andrea Nguyen, who promises to make the daunting Queen of
Sandwiches accessible to all.
Perfect Preserves: 100 Delicious Ways to
Preserve Fruit and Vegetables by Thane Prince: This
summer's canning & preserving books seem to have been taken
over by pickles, but here's one in the traditional popular
Juice: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and
Living Well by Carly de Castro, Heidi Gores and Hayden
Slater: The trend has moved over from juicer books to juice
The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy-Delicious Vietnamese
Sandwiches by Andrea Nguyen: From my perspective at least,
July's most anticipated publication. Nguyen's recipes are
generally scrupulously tested and her instructions clear, so
sandwich nirvana may be just around the corner for home cooks.
Learn about the history of banh mi from author Andrea
Nguyen and enter our contest for a chance to win one of
three copies of the cookbook.
The Ice Creamery Cookbook: Modern Frozen Treats
& Sweet Embellishments by Shelly Kaldunski: Ice
cream books are an embarrassment of riches these days. This
one got recipes for all the go-withs, too - cones, edible bowls,
Wrapped Crepes, Wraps, and Rolls from Around
the World by Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra and Keiko
Oikawa: It's definitely hard to resist something wrapped in
something else - recipes for the portable and the exotic.
Meat and Potatoes: Simple Recipes that Sizzle and Sear by
Rahm Fama and Beth Dooley: Stepping up to the great void where the
July grill books should be, Fama cooks up a whole lot of protein in
nothing more complicated than a cast-iron skillet.
Making Soda at Home: Mastering the Craft of Carbonation
by Jeremy Butler: There's an abundance of good soda books out
there, but this is the first one I've seen that doesn't involve an
outlay for equipment.
Everyday Kitchen for Kids by Jennifer Low: Very
much focused on safety - no knives, electrics, or stovetop
cooking. It'll be interesting to see what that leaves.
Gluten-Free Family Favorites: The 75 Go-To Recipes You Need to
Feed Kids and Adults All Day, Every Day by Peter Bronski
and Kelli Bronski: One-stop shopping for the special-diet
Better From Scratch
(Williams-Sonoma) by Ivy Manning: A primer on making
condiments and other everyday food products that most of us
purchase instead of making. Read our interview with author Ivy
Manning and enter our contest for your chance to win one of
three copies of the book!
The Green City Market Cookbook: The first
collection of recipes from the celebrity chefs, local farmers,
loyal customers, and longtime vendors that make up Chicago's Green
City Market community.
The Vibrant Table by Anya Kassof: Over 100
recipes from the author's "always vegetarian, mostly vegan,
gluten-free, and sometimes raw" kitchen.
Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero: The
author of several vegan cookbooks turns to entreé salads,
with ideas for meatless, dairy-less seasonal main dish
salads based on whole-food ingredients.
And...just for reading:
Brunch: A History by Farha Ternikar:
Brunch joins Breakfast, Lunch, Barbecue, and
The Picnic in this charming food history series. I
bet you can guess what's next.
150 Essential Salads by Canadian Living
Magazine: Salads for every occasion from
Canada's top women's magazine.
Burgers by Paul Gayler: Paul Gayler,
Executive Chef at The Lanesborough Hotel in London believes that a
well-made burger can transcend the sum of its parts to become truly
sublime. In this small book he presents his favourite 25 burger
recipes and covers all bases - meat, poultry, fish and seafood and
Hummus Bros. Levantine Kitchen: Delicious, Healthy
Recipes Inspired by the Ancient Mediterranean: Hummus is
such a versatile food and a true staple of the eastern
Mediterranean, where every restaurant wants to be known as makers
of the best hummus in town. The Hummus Bros claims to offer the
best hummus in London town and now bring it to the world via their
first book. They include recipes that go well with hummus.
Rachel Khoo's Sweet and Savoury Pâtés:
Rachel and her tiny kitchen became famous through her TV series and
cookbook, The Little Paris Kitchen She now shows you
how to make a variety of spreads to serve as a snack or a main
course. From a nutty pate, fruit curd and lots of clever ideas for
chocolate and caramel, this unique collection of recipes provide
the homemade, healthy alternative to all of your favourite
Suggestions for wartime dishes: A selection of dishes
from Daily Telegraph readers trying to cope with meagre rations
during wartime. The facsimile edition includes recipes for the
perfect omelette made with dried egg, mock cream, mock fish pie
(made with Jerusalem artichokes!) and seven ways to stuff
Baking by Jo Wheatley: Jo Wheatley, winner of the Great
British Bake Off 2011, shares a new collection of the hearty food
she brought her three hungry boys up on, the fool proof recipes
handed down to her by her Nan, and the treats she delights her
extended family and friends with.
Great British Bake Off: Big Book of Baking
by Linda Collister: And another book from the GBBO factory.
Recipes are contributed by Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry and there
are the best recipes from the Series 5 contestants.
Simple Cakes by Mary Berry: The
British queen of baking demonstrates that cake-making need not be
complicated (unless you are a contestant on the Great British Bake
Off). Step-by-step illustrations and simple instructions ensure
impressive results every time.
The Scottish Food Bible by Claire
Macdonald: A celebration of the best ingredients from Scotland
- from oatmeal, dairy produce, meat and fish, fruit and vegetables
and even whisky.
Spice: Layers of Flavour by Dhruv
Baker: Dhruv Baker is the winner of the BBC's MASTERCHEF 2010
and has a rich cultural background which has helped shape how he
cooks and the spices he uses in his dishes.
Salad Love: How to Create a Lunchtime
Salad Every Weekday, in 20 Minutes or
Less: David Bez, a designer by profession, made
his workmates jealous with the well balanced, carefully crafted
salad he prepared for his lunch in no time every day. Now he shares
his winning formula for creating salads by layering a base,
vegetables or fruit, fresh herbs, protein toppings and dressings,
which creates a perfect salad every time.
Australia and New Zealand
Baker by Dean Brettschneider: With 25 years
as a professional baker, Dean shares his expert knowledge of how to
make exceptional breads with step by step instructions on artisan
breadmaking techniques. From the basics through to more complex
creations, plus information on essential ingredients and equipment,
make this a wonderfully usable book. Bagels, baguettes, sourdough
and stollen are all included as well as a fascinating history of
Favourites: Over 100 Recipes to Cook at Home by Gary
Mehigan: Masterchef Australia co-judge Gary Mehigan lives
and breathes food. This book is the result of Gary's ongoing food
obsession: a collection of his favourite recipes garnered from
thirty years in the industry. Gary also gives mini-masterclasses
covering some of his favourite foods, such as bread, chillies and
Tapas by Miguel Maestre: Television
personality Miguel's energy and passion for his native cuisine,
brings together the best traditional Spanish recipes as well as
contemporary creations that can be made quickly to feed a gathering
for authentic tapas for all times of the day.
Modern & Traditional Cuisine by Hideo
Dekura: In his latest book, part of the Silk Series, Hideo
takes us through the seasons of Japan and the history of Japanese
cuisine. He shares the basic tools and ingredients you will need as
well as introducing tableware and knives. With over 60 recipes
including a large vegetable section this book covers all the basic
recipes for cooking Japanese food at home.
The Best of
Stonesoup: 25 Favourite Recipes: Healthy Meals Made Easy
by Jules Clancy: Jules' weekly blog, Stonesoup, about
fresh, healthy and delicious food is indexed on Eat Your Books.
This free ebook compiles 25 recipes from
Stonesoup, including soups, salads, veggie meals, carnivore meals,
and sweet treats. You can download it by clicking on the Buy Book link on
Latest from Australian
Best-Ever Collection by Australian Women's
Weekly: Over the last 80 years, The Australian
Women's Weekly has published countless recipes in the magazine.
This latest collection is a selection of their favourite dishes
that have been collected and cherished by three generations from
all over the world.