I started my hunt for the best lobster rolls and seafood chowders in Nova Scotia. And my love affair with both continues. How could I resist the offer to review and write about "a selection of the best recipes from Taste of Nova Scotia's Chowder Trail"? The Chowder Trail is a collection of recipes from some awesome restaurants around the province, many of which I've eaten at and wondered if I could recreate these gems at home. Now I don't have to even think about it! If you are a fan of chowder, here are just some reasons to pick up the book ...
Friday, August 1, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
DK Publishing Cookbooks for a long time. I've written about quite a few of my favorites. And each time I think it's the definitive one in their collection. But take into account that my favorite cuisines all border the Mediterranean Sea, I knew this one would be a particular favorite. It goes without saying that the recipes are easy to follow, lovely to look at and well organized by theme - that's the DK magic formula, after all.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Everyday Indian and Bal's Quick & Healthy Indian. So it wasn't really hard to imagine how excited I was when I was sent a copy of Bal's Spice Kitchen from Whitecap Books (which publish some of my favorite cookbooks).
Thursday, January 30, 2014
You can read about it in detail here) Usually we have to share each other with kids and husbands - fun, don't get me wrong, but rarely do we have the opportunity to do something just for the two of us.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Then her second book came out A Passion for Baking, and I did an interview with her, I loved that book even more! It was followed by another awesome book - The New best of BetterBaking.com: 200 Classic Recipes from the Beloved Baker's Website with more delicious baking recipes and my first batch of Montreal bagels. Needless to say, my love affair continued.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being in Montreal, visiting my daughter and I called Marcy to see if we could meet for a coffee and talk about.. life...family...and her newest book What Bakers Cook, which isn't quite ready for us, but I know it will be amazing when it launches. You can be sure I will keep you posted.
During our time together over cappuccino for me and tea for her followed by meandering through the Jean Talon Market, she told me that there was a 10th Anniversary edition of A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking by Marcy Goldman with not only the tried and true wonders, but a chapter filled with Jewish holiday cooking recipes to accompany all the baked goodies. And since I never did share why the original book was a favorite of mine, I thought I'd so so now.
I know the old adage of "never judge a book by its cover" is wise... I have been sucked in and disappointed in the past, but not this time around. The mouth-watering image of a Mock Chestnut Torte (page 278 in the Passover section) had me hooked instantly. The stunning photos peppered..or should I say sugared, throughout the book are by Ryan Szulc and really inspire those of us who aren't "natural" or artistic bakers.
I still love the way Marcy organizes her books...first chapter - detailed notes about ingredients and equipment, and tips. One of my favorites (in more detail in the book, but gives you an idea of why I love her style of writing and mentoring as she shares her tips and recipes)
"Three Ingredients to Better BakingThere are three essentials to better baking: The first two are simple. They are your own hands and your refrigerator. The third is less obvious but equally attainable.The recipe portion of the book begins with a detailed chapter on bread baking,and moves from Jewish holiday to holiday throughout the year, but you really don't have to be Jewish to enjoy any of the recipes. Pecan Cinnamon Sticky Buns, a Shredded Dough Plum Tart or any of the many biscotti recipes are universal favorites.
Hands. Your hands are the original mortar and pestle....Respect them and take care of them...
The Refrigerator. When I was in pastry school, I soon learned that nothing was unsalvageable as long as there was a refrigerator nearby....
Patience. ...Patience is that wonderful trait that is behind every careful, caring baker...."
Everybody's Jewish Apple Cake, but everyone I serve it to, wants seconds!
Since I really am a cook, more than a baker...always have a craving for savory before sweet - (late night snack? I'm the one standing at the fridge hoping for a last piece of cold chicken)... I am super excited about the last chapter - the one called "A Baker Becomes a Cook". Here's a list of just some of the recipes I've earmarked: Old Fashioned Mushroom, Bean & Barley Soup, Spice & Lemon Roast Chicken, Roast Potatoes with Olive Oil, Garlic & Lemon, Onion-Kissed Old Fashioned Potato Knishes, Sweet & Sour Meatballs, Deli Cheese Blintzes and at least three brisket options.
So... for my Jewish friends, remember that Hanukkah is fast approaching and this book makes a perfect gift. As for the rest .. it still is almost holiday season, whatever your culture and time for baking.