Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Clinton St. Baking Company / Review

Author: DeDe Lahman & Neil Kleinberg
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
(November 8, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0316083372


The Clinton St. Baking Company is one of the hottest brunch spots in a city obsessed with brunch. A tiny thirty-two-seat eatery on Manhattan's trendy Lower East Side, the restaurant draws long lines of customers who come from far and wide to sample fresh-baked goods, hearty omelets, sugar-cured bacon, and light-as-air pancakes with maple butter.

In the Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook, owners DeDe Lahman and Neil Kleinberg share more than 100 treasured recipes that have made their restaurant a sensation. Learn the secret to their house-made buttermilk biscuits and tomato jam, irresistible muffins and scones, delicious soups and sandwiches, and their decadent, eye-catching desserts. Helpful techniques, like Neil's patented omelet "flip and tuck," and gorgeous color photographs throughout will have readers cooking like pros in no time, and sharing the delicious results.

My Review:

This cookbook is fabulous! It has all the foods you would expect from your local bakery/coffee shop. The recipes are not complicated and look delicious in the colorful full-page photos.
I can't wait to try Smoked Salmon Scramble and the Scones!

This is one of those cookbooks we take off the shelf and use often for a simple and delicious breakfast or lunch meal. It is also perfect for gift giving.

(Thank you to Hachette Book Group for my review copy.)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Pantry-Friendly Mexican Cooking

Author: LeAnn Bird
Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (November 23, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1432740164

Book Description:
Mouthwatering Mexican Right from Your Pantry!
Even if you don’t think you know how to boil water, you can create mouthwatering, authentic Mexican dishes — in less time than it takes to order out! Pantry-Friendly Mexican Cooking collects nearly 100 delicious recipes, each with its own unique story. And it shows you how to save money by buying exactly the ingredients you need and storing them correctly to easily make dozens of dishes. There are no exotic ingredients to buy, no special stores to visit. Just authentic, delicious and quick meals perfect anytime! You’ll discover:- Delectable starters: Throw together LeAnn’s Shrimp Shooters with Gazpacho or Black Bean Cakes for a crowd-pleasing appetizer.- Unforgettable basics: From Cheese Enchiladas to Chicken Chimichangas and Spanish Rice, these are the recipes that you will make again and again.- Authentic cuisine: Impress your friends with Carnitas, Meat-Stuffed Chile Relenos, and White Chile Bean Soup, like they’re straight from a Mexican cocina.- Do the salsa: Make your own fresh-peach salsa, mango salsa, pico de gallo and more!

(Thank you to the author for my review copy.)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Skinny Italian

Author: Teresa Guidice
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1401310354

Book Description:
Eat Spaghetti and Still Fit Into Your Skinny Jeans

To many of us, "diet" is a four-letter word. And rightfully so. Starving yourself thin or keeping track of each bite like pennies in your checkbook is no way to live. So what's a girl with skinny jean dreams supposed to do?

Teresa Giudice has the answer. In fact, she was born with it. The first-generation Italian-American mom of four and svelte star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey credits her knockout figure to her Old World upbringing. And now, in her fun, encouraging, and budget-friendly cookbook, she skewers the myth that looking fabulous has to be a chore.
In Skinny Italian, she reveals how to:
substitute tedious meal plans with simple, flavorful recipes
choose fresh, flavorful ingredients instead of counting calories
slow down and enjoy a faster metabolism
replace starvation with celebration by adopting an Italian attitude to cooking, eating, and entertaining
love food, love eating, and still love your body afterward.

Teresa shows how anyone can master the cornerstones of Italian cuisine. Learn how to make six different tomato sauces from scratch, how to choose and use the right olive oil, and how to prepare over sixty Giudice family recipes straight from Salerno. From Gorgeous Garlic Shrimp to Beautiful Biscotti, you'll want to make these sumptuous recipes again and again. Discover how easy and economical wholesome, homemade cooking can be.
Skinny Italian is not a diet book.
It's an "eat it and enjoy it" book. Join Teresa and discover how gorgeous can be a sumptuous side effect to living la bella vita.
(Thank you to the author for my review copy.)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Secrets of a Skinny Chef

Author: Jennifer Iserloh
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Rodale Books;
Original edition (March 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605295884

Book Description:

With recipes that deliver great taste without adding inches to the hips, Secrets of a Skinny Chef shows you how to indulge your comfort-food cravings without the guilt. In this collection of 100 recipes, America’s favorites get the "Skinny" treatment with scrumptious offerings such as Maple Apple Waffles for breakfast and 7-Minute Salmon and Scalloped Sweet Potatoes for dinner. Even for those who are dieting, desserts such as Tiramisu Parfait and Crustless Apple Pie stay on the menu.Iserloh understands that life’s demands mean one can’t always cook dinner, so to help readers fend for themselves in the real world, she provides simple swap-outs and cheat sheets.

My Review:
Now we can eat our comfort foods without quilt and Jennifer Iserloh shows us how. This cookbook offers practical, yet yummy foods from snacks to desserts and gives ways to enjoy life again without diets. Great cookbook!

(Thank you to the author for my review copy.)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Stress Free Cooking / Review

Author: Barbara Seelig Brown
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Wimmer Cookbooks (August 24, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0971977607

Book Description:
Simple, colorful, and tasty healthy recipes. Inspired by author's students and readers of her food column, the recipes can make a novice a better cook. You will find a pantry list, equipment listed for each recipe, variations, and helpful cook's tip to guide you thru a successful, stress free cooking experience. You can learn to love cooking!

My Review:
I just received my copy of this cookbook and found so many recipes that I'm sure my family and friends will love. Each recipe is followed by Cook's Tips. It also offers suggestions for buying the right cookware. I can't wait to try the Apple Crunch Cake!

(Thank you to the author for my review copy.)