February 2021 New Cookbook Review

As I began my review of February cookbooks, I found that many titles were moved to March or April – perhaps in an effort to allow time for books to make it to warehouses due to COVID related slow downs. I keep my 2021 preview post updated to show these monthly releases and I have also prepared a Spring preview post. The Spring preview post shares books I have taken a look at and/or am very excited about! Also, there are some preorder perks for certain Spring titles. Find out more here.

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United States

Taste of Home Breads: 100 Oven-fresh Loaves, Rolls, Biscuits and More: 100 of Taste of Home’s most popular bread recipes of all time. Whether you are an experienced bread maker or a novice one, this book walks you through everything from the basics of bread making to more complex recipes to even using prepared dough and mixes to bring joy to your home in an instant.

Modern Cajun Cooking: 85 Farm-Fresh Recipes with Classic Flavors by Leigh Ann Chatagnier: This is a cookbook that draws inspiration from classic recipes down in the bayou and transforms them into modern-day dishes for all to enjoy. With a touch of nostalgia and using fresh ingredients that can be found anywhere, all are easy enough for anyone to make at home. Whether you’re a beginner in the kitchen or an old pro, you will love whipping up new takes on tradition.

Marvel Comics: Cooking with Deadpool by Insight Editions: Deadpool brings his inimitable style, foul-mouthed humor, and notorious skill with a blade to the kitchen in this hilarious take on a traditional cookbook, featuring classic recipes with a Deadpool spin and a whole lotta chimichangas.

The New Heirloom Garden: Designs, Recipes, and Heirloom Plants for Cooks Who Love to Garden by Ellen Ecker Ogden inspires us with a history of seed saving in this country, then guides gardeners of all levels to create their own heirloom gardens with tangible gardening tips, twelve themed garden designs, and detailed resources. The first half of the book shares specific garden plans, plant keys with descriptions, plant and seed wish lists, interviews with gardening experts, and even tips and tricks to handle your own local weather. The second half of the book contains 55 recipes for delicious entrees, sides, drinks, and desserts that can be made from each vegetable, fruit, and flower grown in your garden.

The Mighty Bean: 100 Easy Recipes That Are Good for Your Health, the World, and Your Budget by Judith Choate provides a never-ending collection of recipes to showcase these plant-based powerhouses. Including vegetarian, vegan, and meat-friendly recipes, this title inspires a new outlook on legumes. Enjoy them as appetizers such as a Spicy bean dip, savor nourishing mains like Ayocote Negro chili, and delight in desserts including White bean-orange cake. No matter the dish or time of day, the flexibility of beans is undeniable and, with vibrant color photography, irresistible.

The Chicken Bible: Say Goodbye to Boring Chicken with 500 Recipes for Easy Dinners, Braises, Wings, Stir-Fries, and So Much More by America’s Test Kitchen: Many cooks fall into a chicken recipe rut and make the same thing over and over again. Stay out of that rut with this new title. The test cooks at America’s Test Kitchen have cooked chicken almost every day for the last 25 years and so have discovered not only the very best way to cook every kind of chicken but they have also developed hundreds of great recipes. Learn the test kitchen’s go-to methods, secrets, and proprietary techniques throughout this expansive resource: when to salt and when to brine; how to add flavor under the skin and over it; cooking in a sealed pot; and high-roasting versus low and slow. Discover the recipe that finally sealed the deal as Julia’s, and the company’s, all-time favorite way to roast chicken.

Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal by Mark Bittman: A century ago, food was industrialized. Since then, new styles of agriculture and food production have written a new chapter of human history, one that’s driving both climate change and global health crises. Best-selling food authority Mark Bittman offers a panoramic view of the story and explains how we can rescue ourselves from the modern wrong turn. We have a complete index of all Mark’s recipes – 31,652 of them!

Vegan Fake-Out: Plant-Based Take-Out Classics for the Ultimate Night In by Katy Beskow (previously published in UK) offers 70 recipes that deliver fast, easy, vegan take-out classics that will make sure that you’re able to indulge, whenever the craving strikes.

The Complete Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: 150 Simple Recipes Perfect for Any Type of Cooker by Kristen Greazel: Discover the fundamentals of electric pressure cooking, including the science behind it, how to use the functions and pressure release methods on your specific appliance, and some basic dos and don’ts. Find time-saving and troubleshooting tips for cooking healthy, wholesome meals faster and easier. Then, whip up a range of comfort food staples, international favorites, and meatless mainstays everyone will love.

Beyond Chopped Liver: 59 Jewish Recipes Get a Vegan Health Makeover by Kenden Alfond: Jewish food’s “greatest hits” receive a makeover in the newest recipe collection from the author of the Feeding Women of the Bible, Feeding Ourselves: A Jewish Food Hero Cookbook. This new title shares new and better ways to enjoy quintessentially Jewish food with delicious, plant-based recipes– from challah to matzo ball soup!

The Vegan Stoner Cookbook 2: Over 100 Easy and Healthy Recipes to Munch by Sarah Conrique and Graham I. Haynes: The authors of the cult favorite The Vegan Stoner Cookbook are back with new vegan recipes so simple even a stoner can make them, now featuring a greater focus on whole foods, plus gluten-free and soy-free options.

The Traeger Grill Bible and Smoker Cookbook: How to Barbecue and Smoke like a Real Pitmaster. Tips and Techniques for Your Wood Pellet Grill with over 200 Easy and Tasty BBQ Recipes by Bobby Trigg will make the process of cooking up feasts on your Traeger grill a lot easier by showing you exactly how to add a phenomenal flavor to everything you cook. Rest assured, once you master the teaching of this book, everyone will come for seconds!

Brotha Vegan: Black Men Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society by Omowale Adewale: Here in this companion volume to Sistah Vegan published in 2010, Black men unpack their lived experience on veganism, fatherhood, politics, sexuality, gender, health, popular culture, spirituality, food, animal advocacy, the environment, and the many ways that veganism is lived and expressed within the Black community in the United States.

United Kingdom

Modern Vegetarian Instant Pot® Cookbook: 101 Veggie and Vegan Recipes for your Multi-cooker by Jenny Tschiesche shares 101 tried-and-tested vegetarian and vegan recipes for your Instant Pot® that will change your life! Expert nutritionist Jenny Tschiesche’s delicious recipes take inspiration from all around the world and provide a wealth of ideas for meat-free meals.

Today’s Special: 20 Leading Chefs Choose 100 Emerging Chefs by Phaidon Editors: The international dining scene is a vast, ever-shifting landscape, and this new volume from Phaidon is perfectly positioned to help readers navigate it. Twenty of the globe’s leading chef-curators – 10 men and 10 women – have each selected five emerging chefs from around the world, showcasing a variety of styles of food, restaurants, and personalities. Each of the 100 selected chefs is profiled, with recipes, photographs, and menus, plus original commissioned essays that shed light on what makes a standout star in today’s culinary realm.

Foolproof One-Pot: 70 Easy Recipes for Hob, Pot, Oven and Tray by Alan Rosenthal: In the first book of the Foolproof series, Foolproof One-Pot celebrates throwing ingredients into a single dish and letting the oven do the work. Alan Rosenthal offers amazing new ways to elevate classics, as well as revealing new sure-to-be favourites. From weekend slow cooks to easy-going tray bakes, this mouth-watering collection of 70 useful, vibrant recipes are all cooked with minimal fuss and maximum flavour!

The Shortcut Cook: 75 Classic Recipes and the Ingenious Hacks that Make them Faster, Simpler and Tastier by Rosie Reynolds shares the chef’s extensive experience to deliver over 60 much-loved classic recipes, such as Eggs Benedict, Spaghetti and meatballs, and Lemon meringue pie. Each recipe applies every smart, time-saving tip, flavour boost and genius twist that she has learned along the way to produce failsafe recipes with no compromises.

How to Make Anything Gluten Free by Becky Excell is a cookbook that shows you how to unlock all the food you truly miss eating – but nothing tastes or looks “gluten-free”. Becky Excell has spent years developing delicious dishes and sharing them with her followers on Instagram. She is here to show you that a gluten-free life can be exciting and easy, without having to miss out on your favourite foods ever again. Why restrict yourself to the obvious soups, salads and fruit? What you really want are the recipes that you think you can’t eat! From proper chicken chow mein to pad thai, doughnuts to lemon drizzle cake, cheesecake to profiteroles, French baguettes to pizza, plus dairy-free, vegan, veggie and low FODMAP options, Becky gives you all the recipes you’ll ever need with tips and advice on how to make absolutely anything gluten-free.

How to be Sugar-Free and Keep Your Friends by Megan Davies helps you to go about your life without compromises, excuses or apologies. Instead, you’ll be armed with over 50 fresh, exciting and globally-inspired recipes, free from any refined sugar, and discover a whole new world of natural sweeteners. Happily cook for yourself, your friends and your family (without hearing any complaints!), and dip into tips, tricks and hacks to learn how to be a better, more easygoing sugar-avoider.


The New Classics: A Definitive Collection of Classics for Every Modern Cook from Donna Hay Magazine by Donna Hay is a reprint paperback edition – that contains all our old family favourites as well as new delights.

How Wild Things Are: Cooking, Fishing and Hunting at the Bottom of the World by Analiese Gregory is an adventure packed into a beautiful cookbook. Find out more about this title and enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win a copy.

Chasing Harvest by Kevin O’Connor charts O’Connor’s remarkable journey from a Californian hometown teen prodigy to globe-trotting Chef-at-Large for international olive oil producer Cobram Estate. Part memoir and journal and part cookbook, it is a captivating and visually sumptuous meditation on oil and flame as well as an unrefined account of a chef’s search for meaning, one plate of food at a time.

Road Trip Cooking: The Best Recipes for Your Campfire, Stove or Barbecue by The Holy Kauw Company: Here, Arno and Mireille of the Holy Kauw Company in the Netherlands take you along in their campervan where their motto is simple: cooking and eating well is possible anytime, anywhere. All recipes in this book are simple to prepare, and don’t require a well-equipped kitchen or well-stocked supermarket nearby.

Simple Italian: The Essentials of Italian Home Cooking by Silvia Colloca shares the essential dishes and techniques that are at the heart of the world’s most popular cuisine. With 100 recipes and countless tips and tricks, you’ll be cooking like a nonna in no time. Create silky smooth pasta, find out which shapes go with which sauce and learn the secrets to achieving perfectly creamy risotto and soft gnocchi every time.

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