March Cookbook Previews - Part II

Cookbook Madness continues. My first preview post celebrating March releases shared books with international cuisines, no-waste cooking and healthier options subjects. Today, I highlight Melissa Clark and Deborah Madison's new offerings, a popular blogger's debut title and beautiful books on Sicily and Acquacotta.   
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Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark promises that each of the 200 recipes will deliver one fantastic dish that is so satisfying and flavor-forward it can stand alone - or be paired with a simple salad or fresh bread on the side. The title is organized by main ingredient - chicken, meat, fish and seafood, eggs, pasta and noodles, tofu, vegetable dinners, grains, pizza, soups, and salads. 
Melissa has written a comprehensive yet practical book that reflects the way she cooks at home for her family and on those rare nights when she's alone. (I long for a rare night alone). I will have more on this title soon with a promotion for our members. Melissa's previous titles and her two newspaper columns, A Good Appetite and What's for Dinner are indexed for our members. Two clicks and all the recipes from both columns can be added to your bookshelf.

Add a Pinch: Easier, Faster, Fresher Southern Classics by Robyn Stone puts fresh ingredients center stage in slow cooker meals, casseroles and one-dish suppers, salads, soups, and desserts that have deep, satisfying flavors but are a cinch to make. Smart swaps like Greek yogurt for mayo in pimento cheese and cauliflower "rice" put a modern spin on these dishes. I have made many recipes from Robyn's blog - Add a Pinch - and her vanilla and chocolate cake recipes are my go to. I am looking forward to sharing more details about this title in a promotion soon! 

In My Kitchen: A Collection of New and Favorite Vegetarian Recipes by Deborah Madison 
shares 100 beloved and innovative recipes from her vast repertoire, all pared down to the key ingredients needed to achieve delicious, nuanced flavor, with simplified preparations. This vegetable-forward cookbook is organized alphabetically and features recipes like Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Sunflower Sprouts; Fennel Shaved with Tarragon and Walnuts; and Olive Oil, Almond, and Blood Orange Cake. With dozens of tips for building onto, scaling back, and creating menus around, Deborah's recipes have a modular quality that makes them particularly easy to use and perfect for both weeknight dinners and special occasions. This is another title that will be the subject of a promotion. Deborah Madison is a must have author but I particularly am excited to learn how she cooks at home.

Joy the Baker Over Easy: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Leisurely Days by Joy Wilson delivers 125 recipes to tackle any brunch craving-from juices and coffees, to breads, eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, salads, and definitely bacon. All 1,220 recipes from Joy the Baker, the blog, are indexed and can be added to your shelf. Joy's two previous cookbooks, Joy the Baker Cookbook and Homemade Decadence are indexed and share delicious recipes.

Coastline: The Food of Mediterranean Spain, France and Italy
by Lucio Galletto and David Dale is being released in Australia this month and in the US in May. Despite having different cultures and dialects, Spain's east coast, France's south coast and Italy's west coast all have in common one thing: a love for food. Lucio Galletto and David Dale's book is a collection of stories, debates, beautiful images and delicious Mediterranean recipes covering salads, pasta sauces, pizza and pies, soups and stews, feasts and desserts from the fishing villages, farms and cobbled squares around the golden crescent. Each recipe is inspired by traditional dishes plucked straight from Mediterranean towns and communities. Learn to cook up Pizza al'Andrea which is topped with tomatoes and anchovies; Pisciarada (Potato and parmesan pie); Suquet of shrimp with toasted almond sauce (fish stew from Costa Brava); Red mullet with potatoes and onions (Cassis); and Bunuelos (bunyols/beignets/zeppole) donuts with aniseed.

Sicily: The Cookbook by Melissa Muller gives a tour of Sicily's culinary treasures, from the couscous of Lo Capo and the vines of Mt. Etna to the sea salt of Trapani and the black pigs of Mirto. The book gives foolproof instructions for all the cardinal dishes such as Arancini, Pasta with Sardines, and Swordfish Involtini, but there are also plenty of delicious contemporary recipes, such as Eggplant Parmigiana in a Glass, Butternut Squash Caponata, and Cannoli Millefoglie. I will have more about this promising title in our monthly roundup.

It's Always About the Food by Monday Morning Cooking Club comes to Australia and New Zealand later this month. Fans of the ever popular club's first titles The Food, the Stories, the Sisterhood and The Feast Goes On, of which I am one, can rest easy more delicious recipes are headed our way. This stunning third book is the result of a two year search for recipes from the global Jewish diaspora - those much-loved dishes that have nurtured a community and have been feeding family and friends for years. The club's new book makes it way to the states in June! 

Acquacotta: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany's Secret Silver Coast by Emiko Davies is a celebration of the traditional cuisine of a lesser known part of Tuscany, the Silver Coast, which forms part of the territory of Maremma. Acquacotta, literally meaning "cooked water", is Maremma's most famous dish, a soup made of slowly simmered tomatoes and onions and poached eggs. There are countless variations and every town has its own. This book is absolutely brilliant with Emiko's vivid storytelling throughout, stunning photographs and tempting recipes - it's a winner. Florentine, Emiko's debut title won my heart (I wrote about it previously) and this book cements that win. Acquacotta is being released in Australia and the US.

Project 258: Making Dinner at Fish & Game
 by Zak Pelaccio and Peter Barrett celebrates Fish & Game, a popular Hudson Valley restaurant. The book delivers a beautiful array of seasonal recipes, profiles of key producers who supply the restaurant, and insight into the processes behind Pelaccio's restaurant. The chef and his staff handcraft many staple ingredients, including fish sauce, vinegars, maple syrup, and prosciutto and explains how the methods and techniques practiced at Fish & Game can be applied to the food that grows wherever you live. I was pleasantly surprised by the exciting and varied recipes this book provides along with the gorgeous photographs. Beautiful enough to be a coffee table book but approachable enough to be used in our kitchens everyday. Zak's first title Eat with Your Hands is a keeper and this offering had the assist of talented food writer, Peter Barrett. 
Which titles are you most excited about?

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