Category Archives: Magazines & Cookbooks

Starbucks recipes at home

starbucks recipe card

This fall, you might notice that Starbucks is doing something a little bit different. They have always offered food-pairing suggestions as a way to push pastry sales alongside drink sales, but the coffee chain is passing out recipes so that you can try your hand at making some coffee shop treats at home to pair with your coffee. Starbucks is doing this as part of a collaboration ... Read More »

All American Desserts

All American Desserts cookbook

For some reason, especially around holidays during the summer, I get a craving to make lots of really classic American desserts. Strawberry shortcake, apple pie, star-spangled cupcakes. Since they’re all delicious desserts, I rarely make an attempt to fight this desire, and instead turn to a cookbook like All American Desserts to find the perfect dish. This cookbook is very comprehensive, with over 400 dessert ... Read More »

Southern Cakes, Sweet and Irrestible Recipes for Everyday Occasions

Southern Cakes

There is a lot to like about Southern Cakes, Sweet and Irrestible Recipes for Everyday Occasions – especially, of course, if you enjoy baking cakes. Two of the first chapters immediately jumped out at me and pretty much won me over. The first is entirely devoted to pound cakes, a Southern staple and a type of cake that just doesn’t get made as often as ... Read More »

The Essential Baker

the essential baker

While I like single-subject baking books – cupcakes, cookies, breads – for the amount of detail and the number of variations on a theme they inevitably offer, comprehensive/compilation cookbooks are often far more interesting. These cookbooks give you a chance to step out of your comfort zone and try something new, tempting you with a picture or a description of a dish you might not ... Read More »

Eating Cuban

Eating Cuban

Good recipes are a crucial ingredient for a cookbook and everything else – photography, background information, stories, tips – is just icing on the cake. But that icing is what takes a cookbook from being good, to being great, and Eating Cuban: 120 Recipes from the Streets of Havana to American Shores fits neatly into that category. Reading the book is like traveling to Cuba. It ... Read More »

Adventures of an Italian Food Lover

Food Lover book

Italy is a country that tops the “places to visit” list of many a food lover. Food writers and chefs have been known to make pilgrimages there to study the finer points of prosciutto, bread and gelato. And while it would be lovely to take a multi-month journey to Italy to take in both the food and the countryside, it’s not the kind of thing ... Read More »

Roadfood Sandwiches for summer reading

roadfood sandwiches

If you like to pile into the car with your family/friends/neighbors/etc. for the occasional long distance road trip in the summer, you will be missing out if you aren’t already familiar with the concept of Roadfood. The term describes the exceptional, unique local eats found along the highways of America, as opposed to the ubiquitous fast food joints littering the countryside. Jane and Michael Stern are ... Read More »

Where to find old cookbooks

A few weeks ago, when we all discussed our favorite first cookbooks, I was tempted to track down some of the favorites that you all suggested. The thing that put me off for the moment is the fact that it can be difficult to find copies of old, out-of-print cookbooks, especially if you’re looking for a specific book. In the past, I’ve had great luck ... Read More »

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