I bought this cookbook for my mother since our family has developed a scone addiction. The introduction is helpful for a basic overview of the essenti...moreI bought this cookbook for my mother since our family has developed a scone addiction. The introduction is helpful for a basic overview of the essential components of getting a good scone texture. The recipes are divided into savory and sweet scones. So far, I've only made from the sweet list -- though I'm very anxious to try the Dill and Creme Fraiche Scones. Knights explains that the recipes are all basic templates that you can easily tweak to suit your own palette or availability of ingredients. I now feel like I can whip up a basic scone at any time! Well, if my house had an oven. The stove-top Drop Scones are tasty but, being buttermilk-based, are essentialy tiny pancakes.
My only caution about this book is for American chefs who aren't familiar with metric cooking measurements. I spent a good bit of time looking up grams to cup conversions, etc. But, I just noted the more familiar unit in the book and had everything ready when coming back to the recipe a second time. Yummy stuff!(less)
Face Food is a picture book of some fabulous examples of "charaben" -- character-themed bento lunches. While brief interviews accompany some images, t...moreFace Food is a picture book of some fabulous examples of "charaben" -- character-themed bento lunches. While brief interviews accompany some images, this book does not serve as a sociological analysis of why parents would choice or refrain from making such elaborate lunches or explore what effect this lavish preparation has on children's development. This book is also not a how-to book on making your own bento, though two short examples are provided at the end. However, the book is entertaining and inspiring and down-right cute! (less)
While I'm not a straight guy (nor a gay guy, for that matter), I did read this book cover to cover and kind of loved it. It made me want to re-stock m...moreWhile I'm not a straight guy (nor a gay guy, for that matter), I did read this book cover to cover and kind of loved it. It made me want to re-stock my bar, buy a few good suits, and make sure to anchor each room in my dwelling. I love books that teach people to be gracious and polite! I wish my husband was fluent enough in English to read it. Alas! (less)
I recently read Ms. Knisley's French Milk and, though I appreciated the visual illustrations of her observations and m...moreWow! What a lovely little book!
I recently read Ms. Knisley's French Milk and, though I appreciated the visual illustrations of her observations and meals in France, I found her post-BFA angst overbearing and off-putting (likely because it hits too close to home). However, Relish displays a thoughtfully mature and organized exploration of her culinary experiences growing up as the child of a caterer and foodie. It seems unlikely that someone still in her 20s could already have collected enough interesting moments of eating to compile a memoir, and yet Lucy was raised under exceptional circumstances. Her memories of assisting in the kitchen trace back to toddler days, and she helped out at countless catering events, farmers' markets, farms, cheese shops, and restaurant kitchens. All of these memories serve to show how important her mother has been in shaping her worldview and her palette. Additionally, she includes adorably illustrated recipes between each chapter (most of which are veggie-friendly!).
This graphic novel should appeal to readers who enjoy culinary traditions, farm to table culture, and cooking with aesthetically pleasing visual aides. (less)
At first, I wasn't sure I was on-board with Jen Lin-Liu's On the Noodle Road, but I finished feeling as though I had quite enjoyed it overall.
Lin-Liu...moreAt first, I wasn't sure I was on-board with Jen Lin-Liu's On the Noodle Road, but I finished feeling as though I had quite enjoyed it overall.
Lin-Liu recounts her attempt to trace the origin of noodles/dumplings and to ascertain to what extent traders along the silk road transferred noodle knowledge as they journeyed between China and Italy. This is not an academic work, and readers really wishing to learn more about the history of noodles would be better served by checking out Lin-Liu's references. The book is more of a travel journal in which the author recounts dishes she eats in different countries, comparing them with each other, and at the same time contemplating her new marriage and how it will shape her future career.
I found myself enjoying the countries she enjoyed and feeling frustrated with the chapters recounting those places that she didn't like. Consequently, I feel the need to go to Turkey now. I also noted several of the recipes she explained, though I don't feel up to making my own noodles yet. I would, however, like to check out her cooking school if it's still taking students when I end up in Beijing. (less)
I wish I'd had The Smart Girl's Guide to Going Vegetarian when I was in high school! (Just a side note on the subtitle of the book, there's nothing in...moreI wish I'd had The Smart Girl's Guide to Going Vegetarian when I was in high school! (Just a side note on the subtitle of the book, there's nothing in it that addresses looking great. It's all about food and the reasons we should select certain foods when constructing meals.) While I borrowed this from the teen annex in my local library, I've since ordered a copy for myself since I know I will want to share it with others.
Rather than preaching a strict vegetarian dogma, Rachel Meltzer Warren provides encouragement for teens seeking to eat a more plant-based diet whether they are interested in living vegan or just reducing the red meat they eat. She emphasizes how going "veg-head" is a personal choice and -- while teens should be able to articulate why they choose to eat some things and not others -- the decision is theirs to make. She encourages support systems for veggies in carnivorous households but also suggests ways to share veg goodness with the whole family and includes a chapter of recipes for a spectrum of meals. One chapter includes examples of daily meals that ensure teens get all the necessary nutrients while another chapter highlights vegetarian friendly meals at chain restaurants across the USA.
Though I've been a vegetarian (or pescetarian)for over a decade, I still found the book helpful in reminding me to balance my foods in order to be well-rounded nutritionally. The book also reminded me of my love for grains and beans! I'm now trying some of her recipes to bring them back into my household meals. My only minor complaint is that she did not address nut allergies. While veghead teens may have any number of food allergies, those who can't eat nuts will likely balk at all the meals that include nuts or peanut butter as the main source of protein. In the same way "vegetarian dishes" at restaurants are often a meat meal with the meat removed, a vegetarian main dish can lose its protein if the nuts are removed. A simply encouraging shout-out as to fast nut replacements would be so helpful! (less)