Category Archives: Magazines & Cookbooks

Small Batch Baking

Even though I don’t have any problems giving away a few dozen cookies when I have extra, there are times when you simply don’t need (or want) a huge batch of cookies or a full-sized layer cake. This is especially true if you have a small household and it takes you a while to get through all those treats. Enter Small Batch Baking. This cookbook ... Read More »

Baking By Flavor

Sometimes, you get a sudden urge to make (or eat) a cookie – and any kind will do. But most of the time, it seems like the desire for a particular flavor is more likely to strike than the desire for a particular type of baked good. Baking by Flavor is a cookbook that has just the answer to this type of situation. It is ... Read More »

The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook

The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook

Everyone who bakes – bakes from scratch, that is, and maybe some who don’t – has at least one bag of chocolate chips in the pantry. Chocolate chip cookies are one of the most basic and most popular treats out there. There is a lot more to chocolate chips than chocolate chip cookies, however, and The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook sets out to showcase some ... Read More »

The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Fresh

The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Fresh

I generally like the compendiums that food magazines like Bon Appetit and Food and Wine put out. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s nice to have lots of recipes all together in a non-online volume that is easier to navigate than a stack of magazines. It also gives magazines the option of grouping recipes together in themes that span more than a few pages of a ... Read More »

The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook

Some say that a cast iron skillet is the only piece of cookware that they really need in order to cook all of their favorite foods. It works on the stove top, in the oven, outdoors over an open flame and, as long as it is not unusually shallow, can even be used to boil water. While I personally appreciate the fact that I have ... Read More »

Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes

Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating

Mark Bittman’s newest cookbook isn’t just a cookbook. It’s a book that discusses the implications – both to our own health and to the environment around us – of the way we eat. Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes is divided up into two main sections, with “Food Matters” coming first and the recipes coming second.  Bittman leads the ... Read More »

The Making of a Pastry Chef

The Making of a Pastry Chef

To be a pastry chef, you have to know how to bake – and it helps if you know how to cook, as well. But having the ability to turn out an excellent batch of cookies after following a recipe is not all that goes into being a pastry chef, just a good home cook can’t go from their own kitchen to a busy, 5-star ... Read More »

The All-American Christmas Cookbook: Family Favorites from Every State

The All-American Christmas Cookbook: Family Favorites from Every State

Every family has their own set of holiday traditions, but these traditions don’t simply spring up from nothing. They’re influenced heavily by region, and not just by what part of the world your family is from. Influences can come from much closer to home, so regional differences can still be big from state to state and the traditions that are unique from state to state, ... Read More »

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