July 2018 New Cookbooks Review

Every month when I start the cookbook roundup, I feel like it can’t possibly have been 30 days already since the last but here we are in hump month – more than half-way through 2018!

The remainder of this year has many good things in store and my Cookbooktober post contains a breakdown of the must have titles while the more extensive 2018 Preview Post shares titles by month for the year.

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Now let’s talk about this month. Check the blog frequently as promotions are planned for most of these titles and be sure to follow us on social media (buttons on right lower side bar on the home page – photo right) and don’t forget about Google+ too. If you would like to order any of these titles, using our affiliate links (right beneath the social media buttons) or the button on the book details page, you will help to support EYB and our indexing efforts (as well as help us to include worldwide options in some promotions). Each author that has events scheduled has a link at the end of the book blurb. Most of our titles are released in multiple regions and worldwide sellers such as Book Depository make more of these titles available to more members.

July’s offerings include new titles from Rachel Khoo, Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich and Yasmin Khan. I’ve updated our calendar with some Fall book tours including Ottolenghi’s UK tour, Dorie Greenspan‘s save the date outline and Rose Levy Beranbaum‘s – when final details are set, we will update.

Let’s get started.

In the French Kitchen with Kids: Easy, Everyday Dishes for the Whole Family to Make and Enjoy by Mardi Michels is an elegant yet approachable cookbook that shares definitively French recipes, tailored for young chefs and their families. You do not need to have a youngster in your family to enjoy this title – I’m excited to get into this book and make some deliciousness. This title is being released in Canada and the US.

The Sweet Life: Italian Style Home Baking by Liliana Battle showcases the beautiful and diverse range of Italian baking and sweet treats. From biscuits and everyday cakes, to rustic tarts, decadent chocolate, cupcakes, fruity treats and amazing pastries, to incredible show stopping celebratory cakes there is a recipe here for every occasion. Some are traditional, others are modern day twists on the classics, but all are delicious and easy to make. I’ve ordered this title and look forward to receiving it.

Living Crazy Healthy: Plant-Based Recipes from the Neurotic Mommy by Jennifer Rossano shares a collection of creative plant-based recipes that the entire family can enjoy making and eating together! “Neurotic Mommy” blogger, Jennifer, saves the day with easy, fun plant-based recipes that the whole family can enjoy preparing and eating together. The ingredients are simple and easily found in local grocery stores, so it’s a breeze to throw together a last-minute meal. Plant-based eating has never been easier, or more fun.

The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen: 80 Authentic, Healthy Recipes Made Quick and Easy for Everyday Cooking by Samantha Ferraro expertly puts a modern spin on traditions, making the dishes come to life and feel new. The recipes cover a wide range of options from fast and easy weeknight staples to incredibly flavorful entrees that will impress your family or dinner guests. For anyone intrigued by the buzz over the Mediterranean diet, this cookbook delivers an approach that while still healthful is less focused on the “diet” aspect.  

Cured Meat, Smoked Fish & Pickled Eggs: Recipes & Techniques for Preserving Protein-Packed Foods by Karen Solomon teaches you how to smoke, pickle, salt-cure, oil-cure, and dehydrate a variety of meats, dairy, fish, eggs, and other proteins economically and at home. Fifty creative recipes highlight the range of specialty foods that you can make yourself with these techniques, including smoked salmon, pickled beans, cured sardines, brined cheese, duck breast prosciutto, and, of course, beef jerky (eight varieties!).   

The Simply Vegetarian Cookbook: Fuss-Free Recipes Everyone Will Love by Susan Pridmore stocks your kitchen with the easiest, everyday recipes that anyone can pull off, any day of the week. This vegetarian cookbook features recipes grouped by type of cooking ease. From 5-Ingredient to 30-Minutes or Less to One Pot recipes, Susan’s book allows you to decide what to cook not only by what looks good but also by what’s the easiest for you.

My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now by Peter Mayle, the champion of all things Provence, delivers his final volume of all new writing, offering vivid recollections from his twenty-five years in the South of France – lessons learned, culinary delights enjoyed, and changes observed.

Buddha Bowls: 100 Calming and Nourishing One-Bowl Meals by Kelli Foster shares recipes for the ultimate one-dish meals. You start with a base of whole grains, rice, noodles, or legumes. Then you layer on a generous assortment of cooked or raw vegetables. Finally, you top the veggies with a boost of protein and then a dressing, sauce, or broth. Buddha bowls are an easy, healthy meal that can be ready in minutes and that you can have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – or, if you like, all three!  

Homemade Bread by Linda Andersson, one of Sweden’s most popular baking bloggers, is a cookbook containing the secrets of making scrumptious baked breads right in your own home. Through her instruction, learn to make fresh breads, rye tea cakes, cranberry loaf, lingonberry bread, crumpets, oat squares, and carrot rolls all with natural ingredients.

Short Stack Vol 34: Oats by Rebecca Flint Marx gives the humble oat a makeover, finding success across the sweet savory spectrum. You won’t think twice about pulling out oats for dinner (oat crusted trout, or savory mushroom porridge) and your dessert game will only stand to benefit with this edition in hand, thanks to recipes like oatmeal cream pies and oatmeal-brown sugar ice cream.

Feed Your People: Big-Batch, Big-Hearted Cooking and Recipes to Gather Around by Leslie Jonath and 18 Reasons shares recipes for generous family-style, big-batch cooking by chefs, cooks, and big-hearted people.  Each recipe includes specific and helpful strategies, including make-ahead plans, freezing, equipment, and scaling and serving instructions as well as how to “make it to take it” (i.e., make a second batch of soup, cookies, Bolognese, etcetera for takeaway)! This book feeds our souls and our bodies. 

The Little Book of Jewish Feasts by Leah Koenig offers the perfect dishes to feature at the center of the table. Twenty-five globally inspired Jewish holiday main dishes are shared that will satisfy and delight.  With its charming package and delicious takes on the classics, as well as helpful tips for wine pairing and a primer on what to serve for each holiday in the Jewish calendar, this book is sure to bring joy to any celebration. 

Other titles that may be of interest to our members:


In the French Kitchen with Kids: Easy, Everyday Dishes for the Whole Family to Make and Enjoy by Mardi Michels see first entry under the US.


Honey & Co: At Home: Middle Eastern Recipes from our Kitchen by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich delivers simple and delicious Middle Eastern dishes that are easy to make and a pleasure to serve. From breads to bakes, salads to sweets, there is something for everyone in this celebration of Middle Eastern cooking. I adore these authors and their titles and their latest does not disappoint.

Rachel Khoo left her Paris kitchen for Sweden and in her new title, The Little Swedish Kitchen: Over 100 Recipes to Celebrate Every Season, she shares over 100 delicious and seasonal Swedish recipes from her new little Scandi kitchen ­- celebrating traditional fare, embracing local ingredients, exploring what the Swedes eat at home and offering her own fresh and stylish takes.

Chicken and Charcoal by Matt Abergel is the first cookbook from the cult yakitori restaurant of the same name. Yakitori is one of the simplest, healthiest ways to cook chicken. At Yardbird in Hong Kong, Canadian chef Matt Abergel has put yakitori on the global culinary map. Here, in vivid style, with strong visual references to Abergel’s passion for skateboarding, he reveals the magic behind the restaurant’s signature recipes, together with detailed explanations of how they source, butcher, skewer, and cook the birds with no need for special equipment. The first comprehensive book about yakitori to be published in English, this book will appeal to home cooks and professional chefs alike. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided. This title is being released in the UK this month and later this year in the US (I can’t wait!).

Cheeky Treats: 70 Brilliant Bakes and Cakes by Liam Charles, the breakout star from Great British Bake Off 2017, brings us treats like no other. Who else could bring you a Caramel Peanut Millionaires Shortbread, an Oreo Chocolate Brownie Freakshake or a Christmas Dinner Pie? I’ve ordered this book and look forward to receiving it. Check out the other GBBO contestants’ cookbooks in my post from earlier this month.

Salad Feasts: How to Assemble the Perfect Meal by Jess Dennison transforms salads into masterpiece meals. I just received the book today and it is headed for my kitchen for a workout. This title released in the UK and US this month contains a gorgeous selection of recipes that marry flavors and textures to make salad meals crave-worthy. A perfect title for any season but particularly when fresh produce is abundant. This book that will keep the hum-drum out of salad making.

Eat Korean: Our Home Cooking and Street Food by Da-Hae West and Gareth West shares more than 100 recipes geared to making Korean cooking easy for any cook. From Korean store-cupboard essentials and classics, this book is packed with inventive, delicious recipes that will open your eyes to how great modern Korean food is from the authors of K-Food.

Rosa’s Thai Café: The Vegetarian Cookbook by Saiphin Moore is the follow-up to Rosa’s Thai Cafe: The Cookbook. Here the author shares over 100 delicious and simple recipes for Thai-loving vegans and vegetarians. Featuring authentic dishes such as Tom yum noodle soup, Congee with shiitake mushrooms, Stir-fried aubergine with roasted chilli paste and Butternut red curry, this brilliant sequel adds an exciting new strand to Rosa’s repetoire.

Zaitoun: Recipes and Stories from the Palestinian Kitchen by Yasmin Khan shares recipes and stories from the author’s travels. On her journey she harvests black olives from the groves of Burquin in the West Bank, hand-rolls maftool – the plump Palestinian couscous – in home kitchens in Jenin and even finds time to enjoy a pint with workers at the Taybeh brewery who are producing the first Palestinian craft beer. As she feasts and cooks with Palestinians of all ages and backgrounds, she learns about the realities of their everyday lives. The Saffron Tales her first title taught us all that Yasmin is a gifted storyteller who shares tales of delicious food and beautiful places.

The Hairy Dieters Make it Easy: Lose Weight and Keep it Off the Easy Way by The Hairy Bikers is a fantastic collection of low cal recipes that make it easier than ever to stick to and enjoy a healthier diet. With the Hairy Dieters’ trademark of knock-out flavours and hearty ingredients, these recipes will become your kitchen regulars. They are all easy on time, washing up, shopping and your waistline.

Jack Stein’s World On a Plate by Jack Stein shares 100 dishes to enchant and entice home cooks. From dishes such as chilli crab (using the very finest Cornish crab) and Szechuan-style pigeon to hot and sour Sumatran soup and XO clams, the recipes featured are all easy to follow and simple to make, bringing the taste of exotic holidays to our own kitchen tables. Stunning photography complements these delightful recipes, ensuring this is a book you will cook from time and time again.

Other titles that may be of interest to our members:


Family: New Vegetable Classics to Comfort and Nourish by Hetty McKinnon is being released in Australia this month. Hetty’s titles are favorites in my collection. This title will be released in the US/UK in April of 2019. 

Food Hacker: Clever Cooking for Busy People by Rosie Mansfield shares simplified recipes to make cooking, quick, easy and stress-free. These kitchen tricks and shortcuts will inspire you to whip up homemade snacks and meals that will nourish a long and happy life. Every recipe is nutritionally balanced and delicious, and designed to be as straightforward as possible to fit into busy lifestyles.

Cauliflower is King: 70 Recipes to Prove It by Leanne Kitchen shares recipes both naughty and nice for the world’s most versatile and best-loved Super Vegetable.

My Asian Kitchen: Bao * Salad * Noodle * Curry * Sushi * Dumpling by Jennifer Joyce demonstrates how easy it is to create zingy, fresh, healthy flavours at home. From grilled sticky skewers and steak tacos, salads, rice bowls and dumplings, to prawn katsu bao and miso-glazed ribs, this is an adventure in the dazzling diversity of modern Asian cooking.

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