5/14/12

Dubble dubble toil and trouble (cookbook reviews)




"Cooking From the Farmer's Market - Shop, Cook & Eat" by Jodi Liano and Tasha Deserio, Photographs by Maren Caruso
 5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Do you look forward to the first tender asparagus of spring? Long for summer's juicy peaches? Dream of ways to prepare sweet winter squashes? Enjoying a farmers’ market meal is only three steps away: shop for what’s fresh; cook with inspiration from these pages; and eat the delicious results. This lavishly photographed book, filled with more than 245 inspiring recipes, drives home the notion that when you choose the best-quality ingredients, little effort is needed in the kitchen to help them shine.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS -
Tasha DeSerio is a Northern California–based cooking teacher and food writer, and the co-owner of Olive Green Catering. Her writing has appeared in numerous food-related magazines, and she has contributed to many cookbooks.
Jodi Liano is a cookbook author, recipe developer, food stylist, and food blogger, but her true passion is teaching. A beloved cooking instructor at Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco, Jodi teaches her students the importance of working with the best raw ingredients for nourishing and truly delicious meals. She is the author of Williams-Sonoma "New Flavors For Vegetables".

MY REVIEW -
Beautiful book, Great recipes! There is such a wide variety of recipes in this book  there is bound to be some for everyone. The is organized by Vegetable or fruit (or item that you would purchase at the farmers market). So there is a section ofr everything you can think of. The first section is Beans & Peas. It goes through the different types of beans and peas and gives some recipes for each. This one sounds good to me - "Roasted Chicken Breast with Fresh beans and Sage". There is Sautee'd beans, and bean salad, etc. There is a section on Broccoli and Cauliflower,Leafy Greens, Roots and Tubers, Squashes, and on and on.
The pictures are gorgeous!!!! I want to make the recipe for every picture I see! I hate mushrooms but they even make them look good (not that I am even tempted).
I am a Vegetarian (occasionally eat Chicken or fish - but not often) I shop every week at either the farmer's market or our local Amish farm store so this book is perfect for me! I do plan on trying a lot of these recipes.
















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"Healthy In a Hurry - easy, good-for-you recipes for every meal of the day" by Karen Ansel & Charity Ferreira, Photographs by Maren Caruso
 5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Everyone is looking for ways to fit wholesome, good-for-you meals into their busy lives. Healthy in a Hurry shows you how, by making the most of over 30 superfoods—from avocados to berries to whole grains—in delicious dishes made with fresh ingredients. Organized by course—including breakfast, starters and snacks, lunch, dinner, sides, and dessert—the recipes are packed with nutrients and most are simple enough to prepare in under 30 minutes. Loaded with useful tips and strategies for healthy eating and friendly advice on shopping, prepping in advance, and cooking smarter, this book provides real solutions for creating balanced meals on a busy schedule.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS -
Karen Ansel, MS, RD, CDN, is a journalist, consultant, and author specializing in nutrition, health, and wellness. She is a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and a contributing editor for Woman’s Day magazine. She is the co-author of The Baby & Toddler Cookbook and her work has been published in national magazines including Cooking Light, Eating Well, Prevention, Fitness, Women’s Health, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and two daughters.

Charity Ferreira is a food writer, recipe developer, and senior editor at Yoga Journal. She is the author or co-author of numerous cookbooks, including Williams-Sonoma Eat Well and Essentials of Mediterranean Cooking, and The Baby & Toddler Cookbook. Her writing has appeared in publications including Cooking Light, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Sunset, and San Francisco Magazine. A graduate of the California Culinary Academy and a former pastry chef, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

MY REVIEW -
AWESOME!!!! This book is arranged by meals, so breakfast first. "Blueberry - Pomegranate Smoothie"!!! Yum! "Scrambled egg chilaquiles" (I didn't know what this was, but it sure sounded good). A section for snacks, A section for Lunch, and so on. Again with gorgeous pictures! The pictures alone will leave you drooling! All the recipes look very clear and easy to follow.
Being a Vegetarian and trying to loose weight - this is a great book for me! Everything looks so good, I am very excited to try some of this great looking food!















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"Soup Of The Day - 365 recipes for every day of the year" by Kate McMillen, Photographs by Erin Kunkel

 5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Organized by month, and featuring one recipe for each day on the calendar, this book includes hundreds of delicious soups and stews for any season, occasion, or mood. Whether it’s a hearty beef stew suited for a chilly winter evening or a cool tomato gazpacho perfect for a hot summer day, the wealth of simple and delicious recipes and beautiful full-color photography will satisfy any soup-lover’s craving throughout the year.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Kate McMillan is chef and owner of an eponymous catering company and an instructor at Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco. After nine years of working as an event planner and in advertising sales, Kate decided to seriously pursue her passion for food by attending the California Culinary Academy and Tante Marie's Cooking School in San Francisco, where she honed her culinary skills.

MY REVIEW -
This book I was really excited about!  I love soup and even if I only use half of the recipes in here it is worth it! As it says in the description, it is arranged by month depending on what kinds of food you can easily get during that month. The pictures are gorgeous and delicious looking! You have recipes from "Classic Chicken Noodle soup" to "Citrusy Seafood Soup" There is such a wide variety of soups, you could never get bored cooking soup! And if you are like me - you could have soup for your meal everyday. Soup is such a healthy meal and is great if you are a Vegetarian and trying to eat healthy - like me!














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I received these e-books from Netgalley and Williams Sonoma (Published by Walden Owen) to review and I couldn't be more pleased! All three of these books are so beautiful I will not be satisfied with just having them on my nook, they are definitely the kind of book you will have to buy so you can hold it in you hands and flip the pages. I plan on looking for them next time I am in B&N visiting my daughter.

7 comments:

  1. My mouth is watering! What great reviews! All three books looked amazing especially the Soup of the Day.

    I love soup and that Chickpea & Roasted Tomato soup on the cover looks delicious.

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    1. I know! That pic on the cover sold me too!
      I can't wait to look for these in the book store. They look great on my nook, but want to see them in person. I'm just gonna splurge, it can be my B-day gift to myself!

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  2. Wendy!!! Okay, I'm officially hungry now :D

    I'm sorry I've been away so long. I've been travelling but I hope to jump back into the blogosphere soon. I hope all is well with you :)

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    1. Wow! Sam! You're back. Its so good to hear form you. I hope all is well.
      Don't you wish all this great looking food could just jump off the pages and onto your plate?

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  3. Oh I'm so thankful for these cookbook reviews. I love love cookbooks (few people know that about me) and I buy them just to look through them and get inspired. I'm going to be doing a new thing with cookbook reviews this summer since I won't be doing as much reading with studying for the bar and all.

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    1. "I'm going to be doing a new thing with cookbook reviews this summer" -

      Oh! That's exciting! I will have to watch for them!

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