July 2019 New Cookbook Review

It’s cookbook review time. Below you will find a brief summary of titles that I have had the pleasure of reviewing. If I am not in possession of the book, you may click on the book record for more information. For some UK/AU/NZ books, I have added a blurb even if I have not received the book yet.

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Milk & Cardamom: Spectacular Cakes, Custards and More, Inspired by the Flavors of India by Hetal Vasavada is a delicious collection of desserts. With recipes for Bourbon biscuits, Kopra Pak macaroons, and Pomegranate curd brownies, bakers will rejoice in the selection of offerings. Look for a promotion soon! 

The Chilango Burrito Bible by Eric Partaker (May UK release; July US) shares an explosion of colorful dishes served at the London eatery. The restaurant is not a stickler for tradition. They are always experimenting with new flavors and combinations. I want to make every recipe in this book from the Chilango fried chicken to the S’murros with chocolate chili sauce. I have a feeling I’ll be doing a load of rolling in the months to come. Absolutely ga-ga over this book!

Dappled: Baking Recipes for Fruit Lovers by Nicole Rucker is a stunner, filled with dessert recipes that bakers will flip over. Recipes include Tomato pudding, Sour lemon cakes (I’m making those for a special friend this week) to Honey glazed strawberry pie. Nicole is the chef and owner of Los Angeles’ Fiona restaurant and has an impressive resume. I am impressed and gobsmacked by this gorgeous book. Find out more about this title and enter our giveaway.

Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World by Jeff Gordinier shares the story of four years of globe-trotting culinary adventure. Hungry is a memoir, a travelogue, a portrait of a chef, and a chronicle of the moment when daredevil cooking became the most exciting and groundbreaking form of artistry.

Let’s Make Ramen!: A Comic Book Cookbook by Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan shares accessible ramen recipes for the home cook, from simple weeknight broths to weekend project stocks and homemade noodles, with recipe contributions and tips from notable ramen chefs.

The Freezer to Instant Pot Cookbook: How to Cook No-Prep Meals in Your Instant Pot Straight from Your Freezer by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough upgrades the way you use your Instant Pot to make it even more convenient with 75 recipes and a host of strategies for cooking meals straight from your freezer, with absolutely no thaw time or pre-preparation required.

Vegan Comfort Cooking: 75 Plant-Based Recipes to Satisfy Cravings and Warm Your Soul by Melanie McDonald was written because the author wanted flavorful, vibrant vegan recipes that would satisfy herself and others. Here you will find Black Forest breakfast crepes, Rustic skillet potato and greens hash and Bangin’ BBQ cauliflower wings.

Seriously Good Salads: Creative Flavor Combinations for Nutritious, Satisfying Meals by Nicky Corbishley delivers 75 salads, all packed with fresh flavor, loaded with exciting toppings and covered with delectable dressings. Say farewell to iceberg lettuce and radishes and hello to Prosciutto and peach salad with figs, Coconut shrimp salad with Asian slaw and Chimichurri steak salad. 

Kawaii Sweet World Cookbook: 75 Yummy Recipes for Baking That’s (Almost) Too Cute to Eat by You Tube star, Rachel Fong, is the definitive guide to baking in the vibrant, Kawaii-style (“cute” in Japanese), featuring 75 brand new, easy-to-follow recipes for totally original and delicious cakes, candies, cookies, cupcakes, and more.

BISH BASH BOSH!: Your Favorites, All Plants by Ian Theasby and Henry David Firth was released in the UK in April and comes to the US this month. The authors have made a splash in the cookbook world in the last two years with two best-selling titles to their name and a new book coming this September.  

Honey & Co.: At Home: Middle Eastern Recipes from Our Kitchen by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich came to the US this month. Sarit and Itamar are two of my favorite authors and their cookbooks are must-haves. Their latest shares recipes that they make at home for family and friends.

The Blueberry Cookbook: Year-Round Recipes from Field to Table by Sally Pasley Vargas is a celebration of the flavor and versatility of the blueberry. The fifty recipes are traditional, but also reflect today’s vibrant and imaginative cooking style. Recipes range from muffins to tasty entrees to desserts, cocktails, and preserves.

Epic Vegan: Wild and Over-the-Top Plant-Based Recipes by Dustin Harder offers a step-by-step guide to creating timeless comfort foods that are over-the-top delicious, and always plant based. Think classic and nostalgic, yet messy, juicy, and Instagram-worthy at the same time. 

Vegan: Recipes for a More Delicious Life by Kyra De Vreeze shares 40 recipes that promise to be mouth-watering and nutritious. Most are simple, some are indulgent, and all are made with natural, preferably seasonal ingredients. This title was previously released in Australia and is now being published in the US.  

30-Minute Frugal Vegan Recipes: Fast, Flavorful Plant-Based Meals on a Budget by Melissa Copeland, the self-proclaimed Stingy Vegan, is on a mission to prove that cooking vibrant plant-based meals doesn’t have to break the bank. Main dishes like Veggie-packed Mexican rice, Coconut-lentil curry and Smoky mushroom fajitas are the perfect balance of quick, flavorful and economical. 

Hummus: On the Hummus Route: A Journey Between Cities, People, and Dreams by Ariel Rosenthal, Orly Peli-Bronshtein and Dan Alexander is a one-of-a-kind collection of recipes, stories, essays, street photography, and other imagery. Both art book and cookbook, it runs across the streets and alleyways of nine Middle Eastern hummus hubs, from Cairo all the way to Damascus via Gaza, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Acre, and Beirut. There are 400 plus gorgeous pages here that will take you away on an adventure like no other. This title was released in Israel but can be purchased through Kitchen Arts & Letters.

Taste of Home 5 Ingredient Recipes: Incredible Meals Made Quick & Easy (2nd edition) shares hundreds of satisfying main dishes, quick-fix sandwiches, comforting soups and family-favorite desserts all of which come together with a handful of kitchen staples! You’ll even find 5-ingredient side dishes, salads and breads that round out meals in a flash. Includes meatless, appetizer and breakfast chapters.

Taste of Home Kitchen Hacks: And Recipes That Go with Them provides 100 hints, tips and hacks plus 100 recipes that put those hacks in action. Here we’ll learn how to chop six hardboiled eggs at once, cool pans of cookies quicker than ever before, hull strawberries without sticky fingers, slice a dozen cherry tomatoes instantly and more.

The World Sauces Cookbook: 60 Regional Recipes and 30 Perfect Pairings by Mark C. Stevens shares 60 sumptuous sauces from all four corners of the globe including satay, adobo, and pesto della zia. In addition to helpful prep tips and storage instructions, each sauce recipe comes complete with a flavor profile, spiciness index, and basic serving suggestions.



Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen: Delicious, Feelgood Cooking From the Sunshine Islands by Ainsley Harriott is the official tie-in to his major ITV1 show and includes all the recipes from the series. Join one of the UK’s favourite TV cooks on his food adventures as he goes back to his roots to uncover the best-kept secrets and simple dishes of Caribbean home cooking in this ultimate feel-good cookbook.

Spoonfuls of Honey: Recipes From Around the World by Hattie Ellis is being re-released this month. This book is filled with beautiful photography and recipes that feature one of my favorite ingredients.

MOB Veggie: Feed 4 or More for Under £10 by Ben Lebus, the author of the No.1 Bestseller MOB Kitchen: Feed 4 or More for Under £10 delivers a book perfect for the vegetarian cook on a budget, and stuffed with delicious, easy and accessible dishes that absolutely anyone can cook with the aim of feeding four people for under £10. Featuring delicious recipes such as Miso-glazed sticky aubergine with sesame rice, Sweet potato gnocchi and jackfruit curry, this book contains all the inspiration you need to make budget meals to impress your friends and family, any time.

Time to Eat by Nadiya Hussain may be my favorite book from the Great British Bake-off Winner, turned celebrity chef. I just received my order and have spent some time relishing the contents. Sticky coconut rice with tempered pineapple, Pizza paratha, Olive and rosemary crown and Apple palm pies are just a few that intrigue me. 

Atsuko’s Japanese Kitchen: Home-Cooked Comfort Food Made Simple by Atsuko Ikeda teaches us how to make the enigmatic and umami-rich comfort food of Japan, with over 60 recipes straight from the author’s authentic yet modern Japanese Kitchen.

Modern Mediterranean: Sun-drenched Recipes from Mallorca and Beyond by Marc Fosh features over 100 delicious recipes from rustic classics such as Iberian meatballs with spiced pumpkin and chickpea stew to luxurious, special occasion dishes like Pappardelle with lobster, truffle and chives. The author explores the food of the Mediterranean through 18 key ingredients, from almonds, garlic and rice to saffron, lemon and truffles. 

Cucina Siciliana: Fresh and Vibrant Recipes from a Unique Mediterranean Island by Ursula Ferrigno is a reissue of The Flavours of Sicily. 

Pam the Jam by Pam Corbin is the culmination of the author’s years of experience, distilled into more than 100 tried-and-tested recipes. Her jams, marmalades and fruit spreads contain far less sugar than traditional recipes, which means that they taste astonishingly fruity and delicious. Likewise, her chutneys and pickles are lighter and sprightlier than the old-fashioned kind. Pam is Diana Henry’s go-to in the preserving department and that is enough for me. I just ordered!

The 7-Day Basket: 1 basket. 1 week. 7 meals. 70 Delicious Recipes to Simplify Your Life by Ian Haste is designed to streamline grocery shopping and meal prep so you can spend your time on other matters. Each chapter starts with a shopping list, followed by seven varied dinners to see you through the week. No more wandering aimlessly round the supermarket wondering what to cook for dinner, this book plans your week ahead, and will have you doing your food shopping in no time.



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  • MarciK  on  July 24, 2019

    I have another cookbook from Honey & Co, and I'm really interested in getting a copy of Honey & Co.: At Home: Middle Eastern Recipes from Our Kitchen.

  • Thrasymachus  on  July 26, 2019

    I can recommend all three of the Honey & Co. books.

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