The Mezze Cookbook

Salma Hage, a Lebanese housewife from Mazarat Tiffah (Apple Hamlet) in the mountains of the Kadisha Valley in North Lebanon, has over fifty years' experience cooking. Learning to cook from her mother, mother-in-law and sisters-in-law, and, helping to bring up her nine brothers and two sisters, taught her well how to cook for the whole family. She has also spent many years working professionally as a cook and is the author of The Lebanese Kitchen (to be reissued in June as The Lebanese Cookbook), The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook and most recently The Mezze Cookbook: Sharing Plates from the Middle East.

 

This title may be Salma's most approachable to date with 140 recipes that are simply prepared and meant to be shared. Mezze is similar to tapas where dishes are prepared and presented in a manner which triggers those gathered around the table to slow down and start conversations all while experimenting with different flavors from the many offerings.

Kale and chile rolls, Cod goujons with garlic dip, and Fried potatoes with preserved lemon and mint are a few examples of the recipes you will find here. The pastries and breads chapter offer Sweet blessed buns, Halloumi-stuffed loaf, and Spinach and walnut tartlets. Salma finishes up with sweets and drinks which highlight all the flavors of the Middle East with recipes for Tahini brownies, Arabic coffee mousse, and Rose and cardamom shortbread. There is something for everyone in this stunningly photographed book.

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Special thanks to the publisher for providing the materials for our EYBD Preview above as well as offering two copies of this book in our giveaway below. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided.

The publisher is offering  two copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, CA and AU. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option - the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries.

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Gnocchi, Solo Gnocchi by Christine Y. Hickman

Cookbook lovers are a discerning group with high expectations that must be met for a title to enter our coveted collection. Some of us shy away from restaurant books and others only collect those high-end tomes. The criteria for the type of books we enjoy varies as much as our individual personalities.

Single-subject books can be a hard sell but seem to be experiencing a resurgence of late. A well-done single-subject title researches, works through the intricacies of a recipe and provides us with the technique and knowledge we need to master that particular dish. Such a title is Christine Y. Hickman's Gnocchi, Solo Gnocchi: A Comprehensive Tribute to Italy's Other Favorite First Course.



Christine is the voice behind the Gnocchi Sonomarcella website and is an experienced teacher, caterer, and writer who divides her time between New Mexico and Italy. Her cookbook is the book on gnocchi - sharing the history and basics of this seemingly simple but complicated dumpling that requires skill, a light hand and dedication to master. 

The detailed instructions and selection of recipes here are outstanding (Christine's tutorial video is recommended watching.) From basic gnocchi to filled varieties, the author has laid it all out for us. The sauces, gratins and even sweet dessert gnocchi are impressive and one can spend hours in the kitchen with this creative collection of recipes for this versatile Italian classic.

At this time, you may order Gnocchi, Solo Gnocchi directly from the author's site which our BUY BOOK button links to. The photographs are old school but plentiful and clearly reflect the finished dishes. This does not distract from the brilliance of this title. The two plus pages of process photographs for the basic gnocchi recipe are immensely helpful. Ingredient amounts are given in pounds and ounces for certain ingredients (potatoes, cheese, sausage) and volume for others (cup, tablespoons, etc), there are no metric measurements. If you wish to master gnocchi, you must order this book. 

I have made a few of the sauce recipes and they are spot on. I plan to have a gnocchi weekend soon that will involve a number of Italian dishes. Who wants to come over?

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To celebrate Christine's book, we are offering a gnocchi prize package to one worldwide winner (see details below). The author has autographed a copy of her book which I have in my possession. Our friends at OXO are providing a ricer OXO Good Grips ricer and a fine mesh strainer and I am providing a Gnocchi board and stripper - all these items will be shipped from my home to yours.

The author is providing one autographed copy of her book, OXO is providing one adjustable ricer and fine mesh strainer, and I am adding a gnocchi board to this giveaway open to EYB Members worldwide. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option - the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries.

Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on March 29th, 2019.

Kricket by Will Bowlby

During his relatively young career, London Chef Will Bowlby has accumulated a wealth of experience in Indian cuisine. After culinary school and training in the UK, he served as head chef at Cheval in Mumbai, before travelling around India on a food tour for six months. After this, he returned to the UK and worked under Vivek Singh at The Cinnamon Kitchen. 

In April 2015, he brought his vision to his own 20 seat pop-up restaurant that just happened to be housed in a shipping container. Two years later, he opened Kricket Soho which has grown now to three locations. Bowlby serves up seasonal, modern Indian plates and drinks that combine British ingredients with the flavours, aromas and spices of India. 

Kricket: An Indian-inspired Cookbook is the debut cookbook from the talented chef that shares recipes that prove that Indian cuisine needn't be daunting. He promises if we learn the basics, the possibilities are endless.
 

The majority of the recipes are ideal for weekend meals and entertaining. Ingredients shouldn't be difficult to procure, and the dishes are overall very approachable. These are Indian-inspired recipes and not for a purist looking for strictly "authentic" Indian classics. This is the type of book I love - exciting takes on a cuisine that paints a picture more of the chef's personality than reinventing classics. We have Madhur for the classics, we can look to Bowlby for inspired dishes that pay homage to Indian flavours.  

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Many thanks to Hardie Grant for providing the materials for our EYBD Preview above as well as offering three copies of this exciting book in our giveaway below.

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, AU and NZ. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option - the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries.

Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on March 24th, 2019.

The Jewelled Table by Bethany Kehdy

Any book on Middle Eastern cooking draws me in. I fall victim to the vibrant colors of this cuisine, tables overflowing with large platters of fragrant offerings and the community feel of a gathering. Bethany Kehdy's debut title The Jewelled Kitchen (or the US edition Pomegranates & Pine Nuts) is a beautiful cookbook. Now the author is back with The Jewelled Table: Cooking, Eating and Entertaining the Middle Eastern Way which explores the way Middle Easterners cook, eat, and entertain, and the rituals of doing so at home.

As the title would suggest, this book is a feast for the eyes with stunning illustrations, spectacular photography and a feeling of humble richness. The mezze style of hospitality encourages your guests to linger, to talk and share. Many platters of simple, flavorful dishes give the air of abundance. When you examine how Middle Easterners entertain, you learn what really is important - the feeling of care. The host is nurturing us with food, time and togetherness - "what's mine is ours". 

Bethany begins with the basics, follows with refreshments and cocktails, and then food that decorates the table. She continues with small plates, principal dishes and ends with desserts. Drink in the author's narrative, soak in the photographs of the landscape and people. Then be inspired by the dishes that shine with thoughtfulness and care. This is a feel good book and reading through it again today was refreshing. 

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Special thanks to Hardie Grant for providing us with the materials for our EYBD Preview above and offering three copies of The Jewelled Table in our giveaway below. I am grateful that publishers such as Hardie Grant continue to release these titles that inspire me to greatness by bringing the world's cultures, customs and cuisines to my kitchen. 

 

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, AU and NZ. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option - the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries.

Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on March 23rd, 2019.

Eat at the Bar Promotion

We all would love to travel the world, right? But financial constraints, work obligations, and personal situations make that difficult. This morning after watching an episode of Uprooted in which Sarah Sharratt traveled from her rural home in France for a few glorious days in Paris, I almost emptied the bank accounts and ran away from home. Instead, to placate my urge to wander, I escaped to my cookbooks. My latest journey is via Eat at the Bar: Recipes Inspired by Travels in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Beyond by Matt McConnell and Jo Gamvros. 

The book is part travelogue and shares anecdotes, narrative and stunning photography from the authors' adventures in Spain, Portugal and Europe over many years. These experiences inspired the idea and philosophy of their now decade-old Bar Lourinha  which they have created in their hometown of Melbourne.

 

Eat at the Bar delivers 55 recipes inspired by local farmers, providores, fishmongers and suppliers. The line-up is a best of the best from more than 10 years of McConnell's respected repertoire of tapas and raciones that highlight garlic, pimento, salt and the best olive oil. You will feel at home and comfortable as you page through this book but you will also feel transported to these cities that have influenced McConnell's food, drink and atmosphere of his Melbourne bar.

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Take a seat at the bar, prepare these approachable and flavor-filled dishes and escape from the everyday troubles that plague us all. Special thanks to the publisher Hardie Grant who provided the materials for our preview above as well as offered three copies of this beautiful book in our giveaway below. 

 

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, AU and NZ . One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option - the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries.

Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on March 16th, 2019.

The German Cookbook

Germany is made up of a series of distinct regional culinary cultures which varies according to the geography (mountains, farmland and waterways). From Hamburg on the north coast to Munich in the Alpine south, and from Frankfurt in the west to Berlin in the east, Germany's cities and farmland yield a remarkable variety of ingredients and influences. 

The German Cookbook by Alfons Schuhbeck showcases this vast diversity with 500 recipes including both traditional and contemporary dishes representing the new direction of German cooking - from snacks to desserts, meat, poultry, and fish, to potatoes, dumplings, and noodles. An introduction showcasing the culinary cultural history of the country introduces the origins of the classic recipes. German cuisine has a reputation as fatty or plain but with influences from Italy and France both in spice and techniques, the culinary scene is expanding.

The recipes here have been tested in home kitchens, making them fully accessible to a wide range of cooking abilities. Icons indicate everything from vegetarian, gluten-, and dairy-free options to recipes with five ingredients or fewer and simple one-pot dishes.

 

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What I appreciate most about The German Cookbook is the aforementioned range of recipes from very approachable to more elaborate dishes. I love learning about international cuisines and especially with regard to their baking and dessert offerings which are brilliantly covered here. 

Our thanks to Phaidon for providing us with the materials for the EYBD Preview above as well as offering two copies of this tome in our giveaway below. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided.

 

The publisher is offering two copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, CA, UK and AU. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option - the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries.

Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on March 15th, 2019.

The Beer Kitchen

Confession time. I do not like beer or wine. I know I am in the minority here, but they just aren't my beverages of choice. I've tried. My husband always tells me "you can work to acquire a taste for it" to which I reply, "I could work to acquire a taste for cauliflower, but I don't think beer and wine are a priority for me." That being said, I love to cook with both. Sounds crazy right? I love the flavor of beer in soups, roasts and even bread so I was super excited to dive into Melissa Cole's The Beer Kitchen: The Art and Science of Cooking, & Pairing, with Beer.

Melissa is a beer goddess. She has authored two previous titles The Little Book of Craft Beer and Let Me Tell You About Beer. She is an award-winning writer and is considered the UK's foremost expert on beer and food. The Beer Kitchen shares over 70 recipes from fondue to fried chicken. Right now, I am in a huge vinegar phase (that has lasted for years) and I am going to make the Beer vinegar soon to be followed by the Fabulous fried chicken. The Beer cheese soup is begging to be made for Super Bowl this weekend. That's it fried chicken and beer cheese soup, menu planned.

The photography throughout this book is spectacular and Melissa's knowledge from choosing the right beer for the job to dos and don'ts while cooking with the beverage is immensely valuable.  I love everything about this title - the range of recipes, the beer education and the photography - it is an incredible book!

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Special thanks to Hardie Grant for providing us with the materials for our EYBD preview as well as offering three books in our giveaway below. 

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, AU and NZ. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option - the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries.

Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on March 15th, 2019.

Page Street Publishing Titles - Win a Library of Titles

Cookbook publishers are knocking it out of the park by releasing titles that are not only beautiful but fresh and exciting. Everything from ethnic cuisines, challenging pastry recipes to involved techniques utilizing a world of electronic appliances that a home cook might never think of touching (think sous vide) are available. Cookbooks (and the infamous Instant Pot®) have made pressure cooking cool again, bread baking approachable and artisanal pizza - no problem. 

Page Street Publishing publishes dozens of cookbooks a year covering myraid subjects. Today, I want to bring you a roundup of certain of their 2018 releases along with a giveaway for a dozen of those books below!

For the purposes of this post, I will share a small blurb about each title unless I link to a previous review. Books that have an EYBD Preview are indicated and we will be working on previews for the remaining titles. So many great books!

 

I'll finish off with a few titles from this month: 

  • Amazing Mexican Favorites with Your Instant Pot: 80 Tacos, Burritos, Fajitas and Other Flavor-Packed Recipes by Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri and Rudy Vidaurri brings us the flavors of Mexico at home with minimal effort and time by harnessing the power of your Instant Pot®. Simply toss meat, spices and veggies into the pot, and in a matter of minutes, you'll be sitting down to mouthwatering tacos, burritos, fajitas, tamales and more, packed with hearty fillings and your favorite toppings.
  • 3-Step Slow Cooker Cookbook: Delicious, Hassle-Free Homemade Meals by Drew Maresco, the editor in chief of BestRecipes magazine, shares custom-designed dishes that condense meal prep time, so all you have to do is toss the ingredients into your slow cooker and get back to your busy routine!
  • Keto Cooking with Your Instant Pot: Recipes for Fast and Flavorful Ketogenic Meals by Dr. Karen S. Lee is a versatile collection of recipes to  help you enjoy all the benefits of the Keto diet, without time-consuming meal prep and planning. Whether your goal is to lose weight, boost your energy or adopt an allaround healthier lifestyle, make your life easier with low-carb, high-fat, sugar-free dishes that the whole family will love. Plus, all of the recipes are made with common, affordable ingredients found in any well-stocked pantry.

 

 


The dozen Page Street Publishing titles in the photograph above are available in this giveaway to one winner. This contest is open worldwide. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which Page Street title would you most like to cook from?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option - the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries.

Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on March 1st, 2019.

Wholefood Baking

Now with EYBDigital, if you buy a print book within the promotional period, for the first time you will have access to the full EYBD cookbook wherever you can access EYB - on vacation, at work, in the grocery store, etc. In addition to the digital book, all the features of EYB will be included in the access, at no cost to the book purchaser. For more information see our EYBD Page.

• Recipe search
• Bookmarks
• Recipe ratings and reviews
• Photo upload (personal photos of dishes cooked)
• Shopping lists

We are pleased to share a promotion for our next EYBD Book, Wholefood Baking: Wholesome Ingredients for Delicious Results by Jude Blereau.

Jude Blereau has led a wholefood lifestyle for over 25 years, long before 'wholefood' was a buzzword for healthy living. She has authored a number of titles on wholefood cooking as well as served on committees on sustainable ethical farming, does her part to promote artisanal skills and more to promote her beliefs. 

Her latest book, Wholefood Baking, includes more than 120 tried and true recipes for cakes, scones, biscuits and pastries as well as delectable creams, icings and jams, many of which are gluten, nut and dairy-free and use whole and semi-refined flours and sugars.

Included with these recipes is advice on how to convert your favourite recipes using whole ingredients. As I page through this title, it would not occur to me that this is a health related baking title. The recipes sound, and the photographs appear, as tempting as those in other baking books. Jude proves that wholefood baking is decadent and tasty with the bonus of being good for us as well.  

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If you order this title before our promotional period ends, register here (be sure you have a photo of your receipt or screenshot from your online order ready to upload). Once your purchase has been verified, this button will appear on the book on your Bookshelf next to the title and will take you to the digital access for this gorgeous book.

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Special thanks to the publisher, for working with us to bring this exclusive incentive to our members as well as for providing three copies of in our giveaway below.

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, CA, UK and AU. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on March 1st, 2019.

Milkwood - EYBD Promotion

Now with EYBDigital, if you buy a print book within the promotional period, for the first time you will have access to the full EYBD cookbook wherever you can access EYB - on vacation, at work, in the grocery store, etc. In addition to the digital book, all the features of EYB will be included in the access, at no cost to the book purchaser. For more information see our EYBD Page which has been updated recently with new titles for 2019.

• Recipe search
• Bookmarks
• Recipe ratings and reviews
• Photo upload (personal photos of dishes cooked)
• Shopping lists

We are pleased to share a promotion for our next EYBD Book, Milkwood: Real Skills for Down-to-Earth Living by Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar.

 

Kirsten and Nick live at Melliodora in southern Australia - a beautiful permaculture smallholding designed by David Holmgren, co-originator of permaculture. What is permaculture, you ask? Permaculture is an agricultural ecosystem intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Remember Matt Damon in Martian? Well this is same but different and far less life threatening. 

With their team the authors teach everything from permaculture design to market gardening, natural building and mushroom cultivation, to help create resilient and abundant households and communities. More information on their courses can be found on their website and in their debut book, Milkwood

This vibrant book is a valuable resource filled with the skills and facts to get you inspired and started on living a handmade, home-grown life. From growing your own vegetables to cultivating mushrooms, it is all here packed along with recipes and photographs that will guide you along the way.

I am looking forward to spring this year, armed with this book to start my garden in our new home. The last two years have been hectic with our move and other issues, that I missed out on planting a garden. This year I hope to do even more besides my usual tomatoes and herb selections and Milkwood will be there by my side.

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If you order this title before our promotional period ends, register here (be sure you have a photo of your receipt or screenshot from your online order ready to upload). Once your purchase has been verified, this button will appear on the book on your Bookshelf next to the title and will take you to the digital access for this book.

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Special thanks to the publisher, for working with us to bring this exclusive incentive to our members as well as for providing three copies of in our giveaway below.

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, CA and AU. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Do you have a garden or dreams of creating one?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on February 27th, 2019.

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