Category Archives: Magazines & Cookbooks

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 »

Brittles, Barks, and Bonbons

Brittles, Barks, and Bonbons

Chocolate bark is not difficult to make. It is a type of candy, but it’s also a good example of the fact that candy doesn’t necessarily have to be incredibly difficult to make in order to be good because the basic recipe consists only of melted chocolate. It’s a great jumping off point to making your own candies at home. Brittles, Barks and Bonbons is ... Read More »

The Gingerbread Architect

The Gingerbread Architect

Gingerbread houses are fun to decorate, especially if you have a couple of kids or grandkids handy to help make some of the big design decisions, such as “should this gumdrop be red or green?” They’re primarily used for display purposes, so it’s often easiest to buy a kit for a gingerbread house and work from that, rather than making the house components from scratch. ... Read More »

Baking Bites Holiday Gift Guide for Bakers 2008

¬†This is the Baking Bites 2008 Holiday Gift Guide for Bakers – about time, too, since there are only a few weeks of shopping left before Christmas and Hanukkah begin! If you like to bake or spend time in the kitchen, you might use these as inspiration for your wish list. And if you have a baker in the family and simply like to munch ... Read More »

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