Friday, January 22, 2016

The Whole Coconut Cookbook

The Whole Coconut Cookbook is a wonderful cookbook with any delicious and inspiring recipes.  I really enjoyed learning about making coconut milk and yogurt at home.  We like using coconut milk in general so it was nice to add so many recipes to our cooking arsenal besides curry and granola.  The almond vanilla chia pudding, amarath porridge, and strawberry basil ice cream all turned out delicious.  Can't wait to try more recipes from this book!

*I received this book to review complementary of the publisher    

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Banh Mi Handbook

Love love love this book!  I grew up eating banh mi from a banh mi bakery near our house and street vendors and can tell you that this is the best banh mi book out there.  The chapters are broken into banh mi 101, bread, mayonnaise, sauces and pickles, cold cuts, chicken, seafood, pork and beef, vegetarian, and alternative banh mi with many beautiful pictures and delicious recipes  The recipes are authentic and has everything for meat-eaters as well as vegetarians.  What’s great about this book is you can use many of the recipes to eat with noodles or rice, and not just banh mi.  This book will definitely be stained and loved with a permanent place on my kitchen shelf.

*I received this book to review complementary of the publisher

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Asian Dumplings

Asian Dumplings by Andrea Nguyen is my favorite dumpling book.  After hundreds of hours of research on dumplings and testing her recipes, Andrea presents us with an amazing collection of Asian dumplings.  Being Vietnamese, I’m familiar with only a few of the dumplings and was excited to learn about the unfamiliar ones from China, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Tibet, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. She goes into great detail about the ingredients, where to buy them, and using substitutions.  I love the the drawing of assembly process which helps a lot as I’m a visual learner.  Her writing and instructions are clear and recipes easy to follow.  We can’t wait to try some of these recipes for our next dumpling party.     

*I received this book to review complementary of the publisher

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Slow Fires

Slow Fires by Justin Smillie is my new favorite book on braising, roasting, and grilling.  Chef Smillie teaches you the fundamentals of these techniques and new trick to create the most flavorful dishes. All the recipes look delicious and I'm looking forward to making the pappardelle with year round sugo, stovetop cassoulet, zuppa di pesce, flash seared salmon, pan roasted pork chops, grilled skirt steak, and veal meatballs.  My only criticism is the recipe is meant to feed a large family.  If you're cooking for three or less people, you would have to scale down the ingredients or invite a lot of friends over.  Some recipes take two days to make so advanced prep is required.  Other than those minor issues, this book is one of my favorite books published this year.

*I received this book to review complementary of the publisher

Monday, November 2, 2015

Olympia Provisions

I got this book mainly to get a thorough understanding of charcuterie since I love eating cured meats.  This is the most comprehensive book I have ever read on cured meats with wonderful recipes, helpful techniques and tips, and beautiful photography.  I rarely read a book from cover to cover and I couldn’t put it down.  This is definitely one of my favorite books published this year.   

*I received this book to review complementary of the publisher

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Donabe Classic and Modern Japanese Clay Pot Cooking

I was so excited to discover a whole new way of cooking after perusing Donabe.  Loaded with a lot of helpful information and wonderful recipes, this book will show you everything you need to know about Japanese clay pot cooking.  I can’t wait to try like the miso hotpot, Japanese style bibimbap, smoked duck breast, and steamed yellowtail shabu shabu. I love the idea of one-pot meals and how easy these recipes are.  Now I need to find the perfect donabe so I can start cooking and inviting friends over for dinner.

*I received this book to review complementary of the publisher  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees

Phoenix Claws and Jade Tree is one of the most comprehensive book on Chinese cooking techniques that I have seen.  I love the step by step photographs for techniques like how to de-bone a fish to recipe of how to prepare a Peking duck.  The recipes are well written and seem straight forward with ingredients that you can find at your local Asian supermarkets.  I can’t wait to cook from this book.

*I received this book to review complementary of the publisher