This one...is a little overwhelming. It's huge, there's tons of stuff in it, and a lot of things aren't pictured, so it's hard to get an idea of whatThis one...is a little overwhelming. It's huge, there's tons of stuff in it, and a lot of things aren't pictured, so it's hard to get an idea of what they actually are. But a number of the recipes sound really good. I think this is just a little more intense than I'm looking for. Also, at some point somebody clearly made the Tomato Rice because on that page (and the ones surrounding it) there's a bunch of oil, a big ole piece of tomato skin, and several colonies of mildew--ew! The perils of checking out cookbooks from the library.........more
I apparently put this one on hold at the library at some point and then forgot all about it. Not sure where I came across it, but...it's just not to mI apparently put this one on hold at the library at some point and then forgot all about it. Not sure where I came across it, but...it's just not to my taste. I do like the way Hill will pick a certain base recipe and then include three to five variations on it--I wish more cookbooks did this. And the pictures are fine. And most of the recipes seem pretty simple. Even so, very few of the recipes jumped out at me at all (although I am definitely intrigued by the chocolate-cinnamon-walnut chili). I have no doubt the food in here's great, it's just not my style is all. ...more
I absolutely loved Moreno-Garcia's Signal to Noise, so I was super excited to read more of her stuff. Only...I wasn't super excited about the descriptI absolutely loved Moreno-Garcia's Signal to Noise, so I was super excited to read more of her stuff. Only...I wasn't super excited about the description for this one. Vampires just...I'm bored with them, you know? And yes, there are all sorts of rave reviews about this book and how it's a very different take on vampires, and that's all true, but plot-wise? Eh. The plot is kind of ridiculously simple. Like, I can sum it up in one sentence. So while I thought the world pretty interesting, and I liked the main characters, I got to the end and was like, "um, that's it?" And I just don't care enough about vampires for it to tip me over the edge into ignoring that. So I enjoyed it, but wouldn't read it again. And I probably won't remember much about it in a week or two.
But I'm still super looking forward to Moreno-Garcia's NEXT book, ha! ...more
Saw this on the new non-fiction table at work and was like, "Whaaaaat? A book about Korean food in graphic novel format? Clearly this was made for ME!Saw this on the new non-fiction table at work and was like, "Whaaaaat? A book about Korean food in graphic novel format? Clearly this was made for ME!" About 80% of this book is actually useless to me recipe-wise, as most things have meat or seafood in them in some form or another, but I love the concept and I really enjoyed reading this. There's tons of cultural information about the foods featured here--their history, when they're traditionally eaten, how they're traditionally made, different ways that Koreans like to eat or serve them...super interesting! And the art is bright and fun. I wondered if the recipes might be difficult to manage in comic form, but they seem very clear and easy to follow to me, and I like that Ha offers lots of suggestions for substitutions, or where to find certain items in a Korean grocery store and during what time of year. I really want to try a bunch of the porridge recipes and making different kinds of kimchi now!...more
This one really surprised me! There aren't pictures of everything, maybe only every 1 in 5 recipes is photographed, but I actually didn't even care beThis one really surprised me! There aren't pictures of everything, maybe only every 1 in 5 recipes is photographed, but I actually didn't even care because the food all sounded so good (except for the section about the U.S.--what is up with those guys, ha! Although there is a recipe for mac and cheese in that section, so I'll forgive the fake chicken nugget things)!
It's organized by part of the world, and sometimes by individual countries, and includes so much that isn't super familiar here but which are typical dishes in those parts. I was super excited about the Japan and Korea sections because while I'm fairly familiar with all the dishes listed in those sections I'd given up on having them because they're traditionally so meat/seafood-heavy. I like that Robertson will include a meat substitute of some sort in many of her recipes, but will almost always offer up multiple other options, like tofu, seitan, beans, or just leaving it out entirely. She'll also say how to make the recipe gluten-free for folks who need that.
And the index section is great--there's a section that lists possible menus based on different countries or regions, as well as by type (like "Street Food Without Borders" which includes street foods from multiple parts of the world, or "International Soup and Bread Supper"), a glossary, and the index itself, as well as the typical weights and conversions chart.
Anyway, I will probably purchase a copy of this one at some point because I want to eat like 95% of the things!...more
Saw this at work and figured I'd take a look and compare it to Isa Chandra Moskowitz's The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook, which I love. It hasSaw this at work and figured I'd take a look and compare it to Isa Chandra Moskowitz's The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook, which I love. It has a very similar set-up, organized by holiday with a number of different recipes for each, but other than that they don't seem much alike at all.
Most of the stuff in this book is super traditional, especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas, which is great if that's what you're looking for. I never actually liked turkey even when I wasn't vegetarian, and find the usual Thanksgiving/Christmas menu really boring, so Moskowitz's book worked way better for me, especially since my family has moved more into having things like tamales for holidays. There are a few more interesting recipes with a Mediterranean feel towards the back, some good menus for Jewish holidays (kugel!), and some fruit desserts and things, but for the most part the recipes just don't appeal to me. And there are relatively few photographs, and the ones that are there are fine, I guess, but don't really make me any more interested in eating the food pictured. The index also kinda sucks.
So yeah. Maybe okay if you want to basically just veganize your typical American holiday meal and can put up with the lack of pictures and difficult index, but this one is just not to my taste....more
I checked this one out because I'm trying to get better about bringing my lunch to work every day instead of just going to Jimmy John's all the time (I checked this one out because I'm trying to get better about bringing my lunch to work every day instead of just going to Jimmy John's all the time (ahem), and it says on the cover that adults will love these lunches too. But this is just not what I was looking for. Tons of fake meats and cheeses, and lots of ideas for lunches that are basically just like the one on the cover. I don't need a cookbook to tell me how to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, thanks! I will look for lunch inspiration elsewhere....more