Category Archives: Magazines & Cookbooks

The Art and Soul of Baking

The Art and Soul of Baking is a new book from Sur La Table’s relatively young cookbook line. Things Cooks Love was published earlier this year and another book, Knives Cooks Love, is due out at the end of this month. The store is known for its top quality kitchenware, so it’s no surprise to see them putting it to good use in a book ... Read More »

Field Guide to Cookies

Field Guide to Cookies

Field Guide to Cookies is a little book that promises to deliver instructions on “How to Identify and Bake Virtually Every Cookie Imaginable” in its subtitle. That is a tall order for a pocket-sized volume to fill. The book is part of a series of “field guides” by Quirk Publishing. All the books are set up in a style similar to that of a “real” ... Read More »

Sweet!

Sugar is not the only option when it comes to sweeteners for baking. Other sweeteners, natural sweeteners, have spread from the shelves of specialty stores to more mainstream ones, where they are more accessible than ever before. Agave syrup, for instance, is just one of many.  The only drawback to having all these items available is that it can be difficult to figure out how ... Read More »

Dessert Express

Dessert is an easily overloked element of dinner – at least, making a real dessert is. It’s a great way to end a meal, but at a time when many cooks are pressed for time when it comes to preparing main meals, dessert is often put on the back burner and filled by scooping a dish of ice cream or taking a cookie out of ... Read More »

Flatbreads & Flavors: A Baker’s Atlas

Flatbreads & Flavors: A Baker's Atlas

The book Flatbreads & Flavors: A Baker’s Atlas is not a new cookbook, but it is new in paperback and its republication is bound to bring it back into the spotlight. It was first published back in 1995, and won a James Beard Foundation Award for Cookbook of the year in 1996. The book explores global cuisine through recipes for flatbreads. With or without yeast, ... Read More »

The Modern Baker

The Modern Baker

One of the realities of living in this day and age is that there aren’t always enough hours in the day. We have new technologies and tools – compared to, for instance, our grandmothers – to make our lives easier. And this includes making our lives easier in the kitchen. Baking from scratch at home is one of the most rewarding things you can do, ... Read More »

Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run

Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run

If you watch the Food Network, you’ve probably caught at least an episode or two of Alton Brown’s Feasting on Asphalt. The show has been on for two seasons and followed AB road tripping around parts of the US looking for good road food. The show focused on diner-type restaurants and the people in them, and always felt a lot less contrived (and a lot ... Read More »

The Best International Recipe

The 2008 Olympics have come to an end, but in honor of the events of the past couple of weeks, I couldn’t resist getting in a little tribute by highlighting a cookbook with a bit of global flair. The Best International Recipe is one of the newest cookbooks put out by the Cook’s Illustrated team that, instead of concentrating on recipes that are already close ... Read More »

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