April 2015 cookbook roundup

Every month Jane and Fiona wade through hundreds of cookbooks, selecting and reviewing all the best new releases for the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand cookbooks. The only thing left for you to do is to add them to your Bookshelf. 


cookbook collageFood52 Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore: Every week, Kristen features one recipe that will change the way you think about food–what she calles “genius recipes” in her James Beard Award-nominated column on Food52. She has compiled 100 of these essential recipes–nearly half of which have never been featured in the column. Kristen also discusses the book in our Q&A and you can catch on tour by viewing our World Calendar of Cookbook Events. Also, don’t forget to enter our contest for your chance to win a copy of Genius Recipes!

Classic Recipes for Modern People by Max & Eli Sussman: The hipster chef brothers look to rework the classics in this, their fourth cookbook. Those classics can be French, childhood favorites, TV dinners – any kind of traditional recipe that needs to be modernized to be relevant to the way people eat today. Look out for an upcoming promotion for this book.

Rose Water and Orange Blossoms by Maureen Abood: Maureen has a gorgeous blog with the same name as this, her first cookbook. She weaves the story of her Lebanese-American upbringing amongst the recipes of her extended family. Look for an upcoming promotion for this book.

Baking With Less Sugar by Joanne Chang: Acclaimed baker and author of two previous baking books – Flour and Flour, Too – Joanne Chang now creates baking recipes for those trying to cut down on processed sugar. She incorporates natural sweeteners like maple syrup in reworked recipes from her previous books plus all-new recipes too. Read about the challenges she faced in this task in the EYB author interview, and enter our contest for your chance to win a copy of the book. Check out the calendar of events to see if Joanne’s book tour is headed in your direction.

cookbook collageA Bird in the Hand by Diana Henry: Diana Henry’s collection of recipes from around the globe will make sure you never have a boring chicken dish again. Her collection of international recipes will give you new ideas for quick meals, weekend grilling and entertaining. The UK edition was published in March. You can read about Diana’s inspiration for A Bird in the Hand, see where she’s going on her book tour, and enter our contest for your chance to win one of five copies of the book.

Simply Ancient Grains by Maria Speck: Maria’s first book, Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, introduced many cooks to grains such as farro, spelt and teff.  Now this new collection of recipes, shows how cooking with grains every day can be quick and easy.  Read an excerpt from the book to learn more about Maria’s cooking ethos, and discover where her book tour is headed. Plus, you can enter our contest for your chance to win a copy.

Cookie Love by Mindy Segal: A self-professd “cookie nerd,” Mindy takes cookie baking seriously. Her edgy recipes elevate the cookie to new heights by using unusual ingredients like goat butter, bacon fat, and Bourbon Barrel Aged smoked sugar, among other tricks. Mindy is a James Beard Award-winning chef and the owner of the popular Chicago restaurant, HotChocolate. Mindy shared a recipe from the book in addition to answering our questions in our author interview. Find out where she is headed to promote the book and enter our contest for your chance to win a copy!

Yogurt Culture by Cheryl Sternman Rule: The second book from the popular blogger (5 Second Rule is indexed on EYB) is all about yogurt – how it is made commercially, how to make it yourself and how to cook with it and drink it, with recipes from all around the world.  Cheryl has also started a website called Team Yogurt, featured in an EYB blog post. This cookbook is yet another giveaway to a lucky EYB Member, so watch for contest details soon!

cookbook collageNonna’s House: Cooking and Reminiscing with the Italian Grandmothers of Enoteca Maria by Jody Scaravella: Enoteca Maria is a unique restaurant on Staten Island where all the cooking is done by ten nonnas – Italian grandmothers.  Here they share their family recipes, handed down for generations, which reflect their regional traditions.

Stylish Cakes by Charlotte Neuville: What would you imagine cakes would look like if they were made by a top fashion executive turned pastry chef? Probably like the cakes in this book. Take a look at her blog The Fashion Chef for more flights of fancy.

More Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless: Rick Bayless transformed America’s understanding of Mexican cuisine with his Mexican Everyday, which Epicurious ranks in its top 10 cookbooks of all time. Now, ten years later, Rick returns with an all-new collection of uniquely flavorful recipes, each one the product of his evolution as a chef and champion of local, seasonal ingredients. Watch for an upcoming promotion for this book, and in the meantime check out the EYB World Calendar of Cookbook Events to find tour dates for the book.

A Girl and Her Greens by April Bloomfield: Having previously focused on meat in her popular first cookbook, A Girl and Her Pig, April Bloomfield now turns her considerable talents to vegetables.  The book will be published in the UK in May. See where April is headed on her book tour.

cookbook collageEmpanadas: The Hand-Held Pies of Latin America by Sandra A. Gutierrez: Found from New York to Los Angeles, from Mexico to Brazil and into the Latin Caribbean, empanadas are the most widely eaten hand-held pies in the world. Empanadas offers a collection of the most delicious recipes and essential tips on creating the perfect mini pie for any occasion. A promotion for this book will be posted very soon – also check out Sandra’s book tour dates.

Home: Recipes to Cook for Family and Friends by Bryan Voltaggio: Top Chef Masters finalist and restaurant chef Bryan Voltaggio’s tribute to the American comfort food he enjoyed growing up. Voltaggio loves to cook for a crowd and a special occasion, and he has included his menus for the gatherings with family and friends that mean the most to him. Read more about the book on the EYB blog.

Milk Bar Life by Christine Tosi: The chef at Momofuku Milk Bar and author of the popular cookbook with the same name, now covers savory recipes. Like the first book, the recipes contain many supermarket foods and have whacky titles.

Steeped: Recipes Infused With Tea by Annelies Zijderveld: Tea isn’t just for drinking.  From morning eats to evening sweets, Steeped infuses your day with the flavors and fragrances of tea. Romance your oat porridge with rooibos, jazz up your Brussels sprouts with jasmine, charge your horchata with masala chai! Read our Q&A with Annelies and enter our contest for your chance to win a copy of the book. Don’t forget to check the calendar of events for tour dates, too.

cookbook collageTruly Madly Pizza by Suzanne Lenzer: Beginning with the “Mother Crust” recipe, Lenzer argues that pizza dough is a tabula rasa for whatever healthy fresh ingredients you have on hand. Her dough is prepared ahead and frozen so home-made pizza for dinner can be a quick and healthy option.

BBQ Bistro by Judith Fertig and Karen Adler: France isn’t the first country that comes to mind when you think of BBQ, but the BBQ Queens have come up with plenty of grilled bistro recipes with a French accent.

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay: Whereas this BBQ book is firmly planted in the American South, where the smoked meat served at the Austin, Texas restaurant inspires devotees to wait in line for hours. Now Franklin shares his secrets so those of us not in the south (or prepared to wait in line) can try to recreate what many fans say is the best barbecue in the world.

Three Many Cooks by Pam Anderson, Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio: Acclaimed cookbook author Pam has been writing a blog (indexed on EYB) for many years with her two daughters, Maggy and Sharon.  Now they compile their favorite recipes plus stories about their lives and insights into the relationships of mothers and daughters. Look for an upcoming promotion for this cookbook.

cookbook collageCharlie Palmer’s American Fare by Charlie Palmer: Charlie Palmer has been one of America’s top chefs since the 80s and here he shares his favorite recipes from both the restaurants and his home cooking.

The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket by Marnie Hanel, Andrea Slonecker, and Jen Stevenson: With the dreadful winter finally receding in the US northeast, it’s fun to imagine we may one day soon be eating outside – it’s close, so close! This book will help you plan, equip and cook for your excursions.

Made in America by Colby & Megan Garrelts: An American collection of heirloom recipes from a chef’s point of view designed for home cooking. Award-winning chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts present 50 handcrafted recipes passed down through generations and celebrated around American tables.

Benu by Corey Lee: Benu is one of San Francisco’s most celebrated restaurants and is headed up by Korean born, American raised chef, Corey Lee.  Using a classic Benu tasting menu as its narrative spine, Lee takes the reader through over 50 recipes using each one to share anecdotes on food, cooking and his inspiration.

cookbook collageLow & Slow 2 by Gary Wiviott and Colleen Rush: And another sign that winter is over in the northern hemisphere is the slew of new BBQ books hitting the shelves.  This second book from the co-founder of the Windy City Barbecue Classic, and is the pitmaster at a Chicago barbecue restaurant focuses on slow smoking and curing at low temperatures to achieve barbecue perfection.

Big Gay Ice Cream by Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff: Throughout their years living in New York City, Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff had always focused on their respective careers – until they got themselves a Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. That led to four ice cream stores and now they share the recipes that have made them so popular. Check out their book tour dates.

Twenty Dinners by Ithai Schori and Christ Taylor: A photographer (who happens to be an ex-restaurant cook) and an indie rock star (who happens to be an avid home cook) show you how to slow down your life by cooking beautiful, straightforward, but sophisticated, food for – and with – friends.

The Sweetapolita Bake Book by Rosie Alyea: The first cookbook from the popular blogger covers baking and decorating of all kinds of sweet things, for adults and kids. The 75 recipes stand out with interactive designs that let everyone in on the fun of decorating. 

cookbook collageA Taste of Cowboy by Kent Rollins: TV chef and cowboy Kent Rollins introduces us to the cowboy way of life and eating – stories, photos and recipes.

Salsas and Moles by Deborah Schneider: The right salsa or mole can lift an ordinary dinner into something extraordinary. Here some of Mexico’s best sauces and sides are adapted for American cooks.

Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break: An illustrated lifestyle cookbook on the Swedish tradition of fika–a twice-daily coffee break–including recipes for traditional baked goods, information and anecdotes about Swedish coffee culture, and the roots and modern incarnations of this cherishedcustom.

The Great Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook by Eric Akis: Recipes for getting a speedy dinner on the table, using either a store-bought roasted chicken or one made at home. As well as recipes for the bird itself, there are sides, salads and breads to serve alongside plus recipes for using up leftovers.


Well Fed Flat BrokeWell Fed Flat Broke by Emily White: Emily Wight has been writing a popular blog for the last 6 years and this is her first cookbook.  She offers recipes and advice on how to prepare imaginative and nutritious meals without breaking the bank.  Seven SpoonsPerfect for students, families, and anyone on a budget.

Seven Spoons by Tara O’Brady: Another popular Canadian blogger publishes her first cookbook, named for the blog.  Tara’s writing and photography has appeared in many publications and been nominated for numerous awards.  The book is also published in the USA. Check out the calendar of events for book tour information.



cookbook collageChina Town Kitchen: From Noodles to Nuoc Cham by Lizzie Mabbott: If you have ever stood in an Asian grocery store and been completely overwhelmed by the indecipherable ingredients on offer, then this is the book for you.  Food blogger Lizzie (of the popular blog Hollow Legs) not only tells you what the ingredients are but has recipes for using them. This book will also be published in the USA in July.

Hog: Proper Pork Recipes from the Snout to the Squeak by Richard H. Turner: Richard H. Turner knows his meat. He’s a chef and owner at Pitt Cue (famed London barbecue restaurant) and also one half of the independent butcher and supplier of the best-quality British rare breed meat money can buy, Turner & George, plus he’s the man who established NYC’s Meatopia festival in the UK, Spain and beyond.  So who better to write this love letter to all things pig?

My Simple Italian by Theo Randall: Theo is one of the top chefs in London but here he shares dishes that are easy to make at home, the recipes he makes and eats when he isn’t working.  He includes recipes for when you have a bit more time such as making your own pizza and bread.

Vegetarian Cooking of India by Mridula Baljekar:  Vegetarian cooking is enjoyed all over the country of India and Mridula takes to every region with recipes for local specialties.  Curries, pilaus, dhals, snacks, breads and more.

cookbook collageThe River Cottage Australia Cookbook by Paul West: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has sowed the seed for a brand new River Cottage – in Australia! A beautiful old dairy farm is now the home of River Cottage Australia, and ‘new Hugh’ Paul West. Featuring recipes from the first three series of River Cottage Australia, this is the cookbook that will reveal the delicious dishes which Paul has been creating on the farm.

Nature’s Larder by Daniel de la Falaise: A book that focuses on seasonal, freshly picked vegetables though is not vegetarian. Daniel de la Falaise wants the innate qualities of the vegetables to shine through so his recipes interfere as little as possible. Check out his book tour dates.

Anatolia: Adventures in Turkish Cooking by Somer Sivrioglu and David Dale: Anatolia is a richly illustrated, entertaining and informative exploration of the regional cooking culture of Turkey. Turkish-born chef Somer Sivrioglu and co-author David Dale re-imagine the traditions of Turkish cooking, presenting recipes ranging from the grand banquets of the Ottoman empire to the spicy snacks of Istanbul’s street stalls. This book was published in Australia in February. Look out for an upcoming promotion for this book.

A Lot on Her Plate by Rosie Birkett: The first cookbook from established food writer, stylist and blogger Rosie Birkett.  She uses seasonal, fresh produce and simple, store-cupboard ingredients in innovative ways to encourage home cooks to widen their repertoires.

cookbook collageGino’s Veg Italia! by Gino d’Acampo: The 10th cookbook from restaurateur, TV chef and personality Gino D’Acampo focuses on Italian vegetarian recipes.  This is his first meat-free book and like his more recent cookbooks, focuses on Italian recipes that don’t pile on the pounds.

The Larousse Book of Bread by Éric Keyser: More than 80 home baking recipes for breads and pastries from one of France’s most trusted authorities. The recipes cover the basic techniques through to more complex pastries. This book is also published in Australia and the USA.

Scoock: The Complete Cookery Guide by Anne-Sophie Pic: Renowned French chef Anne-Sophie Pic (the only woman in France with three Michelin stars) brings out a collection of over 100 recipes allowing us to discover the wonders of extraordinary French cooking in the comfort of our own homes. 


IRELANDIrish Bread Baking for Today

Irish Bread Baking for Today by Valerie O’Connor: Discover how to make classic Irish loaves such as soda bread, boxty, potato breads, Guinness bread and much more.Delicious Recipes

Delicious: Recipes From My Gluten-free Bakery by Denise O’Callaghan: When Denise’s father was diagnosed with coeliac disease, she and mother rolled up their sleeves and recreated all his favorite food in gluten-free versions.  Having done all the research, Denise realised that there was a market for gluten-free products and in 2007 the Delicious Gluten Free Bakery was established in Cork. She now shares all the recipes and lessons she learned about baking gluten-free.



cookbook collageGood Food, Good Life : 130 Simple Recipes You’ll Love to Make and Eat by Curtis Stone: Internationally known Aussie chef shares 130 of his favourite dishes. Released in the US last month, the Australian version is now available.

Margaret and Me Recipes for Life from My Grandma’s Kitchen by Kate Gibbs: When your grandmother is Margaret Fulton and taught you how to cook, it’s not surprising Kate Gibbs choose the food world as her career. She chronicles her own journey as well as revealing some of the highs and lows from the life of her grandmother. Includes 50 recipes including classics as well as Kate’s modern take on family favourites.

Margaret Fulton’s Baking Classics by Margaret Fulton: And from the lady herself a collection of her baking classics. Each recipe includes an introduction from Margaret, recalling the people, events and travel that have influenced her cooking.

Lucy’s Bakes: Cakes, Breads, Cookies and More from the Queen of Shortcuts by Lucy Cufflin: When you just want something quick – such as two-minute blueberry muffins, the “queen of kitchen shortcuts” shares her many secrets on how to whip up at a treat.

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Family Favourites: Delicious Classics from the Family Table by Sally Wise: With six children to cook for and a cookbook author, Sally is the master of rustling up nutritious and fuss-free food. This latest book focuses on the recipes she uses every day – which even the fussiest of children will love!

Delicious Bake by Valli Little, Delicious Sizzle by Valli Little, Delicious Simple by Valli Little: These small-format books have been curated from Valli’s cookbooks by the team at ABC delicious. Each book contains 60 essential recipes with stunning photographs to accompany the recipes. Bake features sweet and savoury treats; Simple provides recipes for easy everyday cooking; and Sizzle features recipes suited for the barbecue, grill and frying pan. These little books are like potato chips – you can’t have just one.



Cooking With Kale by Rena Patten: cookbook collageWith a successful book on quinoa, Rena’s latest book gives us 70 new recipes using kale, the latest nutritional powerhouse. The easy recipes show you how, by cooking it properly, you’ll get to enjoy the maximum nutrition and flavour

My Italian Kitchen by Laura Cassai: At 19 Laura was the youngest finalist in Masterchef Aus. Her first cookbook is the culmination of her culinary experience so far. The 75 recipes, which reflect her Italian heritage are classic and modern Italian dishes

Sharing Puglia: Delicious, Simple Food from Undiscovered Italy by Luca Lorusso and Vivienne Polak: If you’ve dreamed of going to this region of Italy, Sharing Puglia will help transport you there. Featuring 80 authentic Pugliese recipes with stunning photography of the sun-kissed Puglia region.

The latest from Australian Women’s Weekly:
Shared Plates: Sharing good times and good food with friends and family 
What Can I Cook Tonight? 
Love to Bake



cookbook collageLa Boca Loca: Collected Recipes from the Taqueria by Lucas Putnam and Marianne Elliot: The owners of this popular Wellington restaurant have put together a collection of the most popular dishes from their menu, along with some less well-known favourites of their own and popular cocktails. With a detailed pantry guide and an introduction to the basic techniques of Mexican cooking.

My Underground Kitchen: More Than 80 Mouthwatering Recipes for Home Cooks by Jess Daniell: With a thriving business, Jess’ Underground Kitchen, preparing home-cooked meals for Aucklanders. Jess is now sharing her most loved recipes in her first cookbook. With Paleo and gluten free variations, and all easily achievable, Jess’s food is fresh, healthy, flavour-packed and easy to prepare.

For the Love of…: Cooked in New Zealand by Karena Bird and Kasey Bird: Latest Masterchef winners, the delightful Bird sisters, chose to publish their own book rather than take up the winner’s prize of a publishing deal with one of the majors. They share their family favourites, and recipes they’ve created themselves as well as stories about their lives.

Cook:30: Create Delicious Wholefood Plant-Based Meals from Scratch in Just 30 Minutes by Jeremy Dixon: Based on Jeremy’s Cook:30 TV show, the book is divided into 26 chapters – or episodes. Each has 4-5 recipes, with timing charts, multi-tasking tips and over 500 photos. If you want to cook quick, healthy meals – a great place to start.

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  • ellabee  on  April 27, 2015

    And I thought the fall-to-holidays cookbook releases were overwhelming…

  • TrishaCP  on  April 28, 2015

    Sooo many of these sound appealing….gulp.

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