Category Archives: Magazines & Cookbooks


mocha- the cookbook

Mocha is the grown-up version of hot chocolate, simply hot chocolate enhanced with a shot of coffee to make the flavor darker and to give the drinker a little more of a pick-me-up than chocolate alone can provide. It’s a relatively simple drink and you wouldn’t think that it could sustain an entire cookbook – but it can and does in Michael Turback’s new cookbook, ... Read More »

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Some say that necessity is the mother of invention, and in many cases this is true. But convenience – and laziness, as it could even be put – can certainly be a key part of the process, as in “I need to work less hard to get what I want.” This just might be the kind of thinking that inspired Artisan Bread in Five Minutes ... Read More »

The Best 30-Minute Recipe

The Best 30-Minute Recipe

It’s no wonder that the idea of a 30-minute meal is so popular. No matter how much we like to cook and how much time we’re willing to spend in the kitchen working on a perfect dish, there will always be times when something quick and simple is what sounds the most appealing. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, a quick meal became synonymous with a ... Read More »

Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins & More

Great Coffee Cakes and more!

It’s true that there are a seemingly endless variety of muffin and scone recipes when you include all the varied add-ins that can be mixed into any given batter, but when it comes to coffee cakes and breakfast pastries in general, are there really enough possibilities to fill up a 400 page book? The answer (of course) is yes. Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins ... Read More »

The Pastry Queen Christmas

The Pastry Queen Christmas

The biggest problem with the holidays, according to many, is that there is simply too much good food and there are too many occasions on which to share it with friends and family. No arguments here. In fact, I don’t really think that the holiday season is necessarily the right time to try and cut back. After all, those family and friends are expecting sweets ... Read More »

Let Them Eat Flax


Although the name might lead you to suspect otherwise, Let Them Eat Flaxis not a cookbook about all the different ways to incorporated flax into your diet. The book is a collection of short articles that discuss some of the facts and fiction around nutrition and food science. Dr. Joe Schwarcz seems to specialize in simplifying the often complex details of an issue – how ... Read More »

Junior’s Cheesecake Cookbook

Junior's Cheesecake Cookbook

There are always people out there who are unwilling to share their best recipes. It’s annoying when that person is, for instance, an aunt who won’t tell you the secret to her cinnamon buns, possibly afraid that hers will be less special if others are making them. It’s understandable when it is a restaurant that carefully guards a signature recipe from copycats. But no matter the ... Read More »

Big Fat Cookies

Homebaked cookies generally tend to come in one size, as the average recipe calls for dough to be shaped into rounded tablespoonfuls when dropped on the baking sheet to produce a cookie that is about 2 1/2 inches across. Cookies sold in coffee shops and bakeries tend to be much larger and much more visually impressive, but dropping triple the amount of dough onto your ... Read More »

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