Category Archives: Cookbook

Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes

Author: Peter Meehan and the editors of Lucky Peach

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Cookbook

Purchased by Reviewer

 

Blurb:  Beholden to bold flavors and not strict authenticity, the editors of Lucky Peach present a compendium of recipes that hit the sweet spot between craveworthy and stupid simple and are destined to become favorites.

Your friends and lovers will marvel as you show off your culinary worldliness, whipping up meals with fish-sauce-splattered panache and all the soy-soaked, ginger-scalliony goodness you could ever want—all for dinner tonight.

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Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats: Going All the Way with Ice Cream

Author: Bryan Petroff, Doug Quint, & Anthony Bourdain

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links:  Amazon

Type: Cookbook

Purchased by Reviewer

 

Blurb: Welcome to Big Gay Ice Cream’s debut cookbook, a yearbook of ice cream accomplishments—all the recipes you need to create delicious frozen treats

• New to making ice cream at home? Never fear—freshman year starts off simple with store-bought toppings and shopping lists for the home ice cream parlor.
• Sophomore year kicks it up a notch with tasty sauces and crunchy toppings.
• Junior year puts your new skills to work with shakes, floats, and sundaes inspired by some of Big Gay Ice Cream’s top-selling treats, including, of course, the Salty Pimp.
• In Senior year, get serious with outrageously delicious sorbets and ice cream recipes.

Along the way, you can enjoy Bryan and Doug’s stranger-than-fiction stories, cheeky humor, vibrant photography and illustrations, and plenty of culinary and celebrity cameos (including an introduction by Headmaster Anthony Bourdain).

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Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories

Author: Christina Tosi

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Cookbook

Purchased by Reviewer

 

Blurb: Go off the clock with Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar as she bakes one-bowl treats, grills with skills, and embraces simple, nostalgic—and often savory—recipes made from supermarket ingredients.

For anyone addicted to crack pie®, compost cookies®, and cake truffles, here are their savory counterparts—such as Kimcheezits with Blue Cheese Dip, Burnt Honey–Butter Kale with Sesame Seeds, and Choose Your Own Adventure Chorizo Burgers—along with enough make-at-home sweets to satisfy a cookie-a-day habit. Join Christina and friends as they cook their way through “weaknights,” sleepovers, and late-night snack attacks to make mind-blowingly delicious meals with whatever is in the pantry.

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The Pie and Pastry Bible

Pie Friday

 

    

      Author: Rose Levy Beranbaum

     Publisher: Scribner

     Rating: 5 stars

     Buy Links: Amazon

     Type: Cookbook

     Purchased by Reviewer

 

 

Blurb:  The Pie and Pastry Bible is your magic wand for baking the pies, tarts, and pastries of your dreams — the definitive work by the country’s top baker.
More than 300 recipes, 200 drawings of techniques and equipment, and 70 color pictures of finished pies, tarts, and pastries
Easy-to-follow recipes for fruit pies, chiffon pies, custard pies, ice-cream pies, meringue pies, chocolate pies, tarts and tartlets, turnovers, dumplings, biscuits, scones, crostadas, galettes, strudel, fillo, puff pastry, croissants (chocolate, too), Danish, brioche, sticky buns, cream puffs, and profiteroles
All kinds of fillings, glazes, toppings, and sauces, including pastry cream, frangipane, Chiboust, fruit curds, ice creams, fondant, fruit preserves, streusel, meringues, ganache, caramel, and hot fudge
A separate chapter featuring foolproof flaky, tender, and original crusts of every kind imaginable. Here are a few: Flaky Cream Cheese Pie Crust, Flaky Cheddar Cheese Pie Crust, Miracle Flaky Lard Pie Crust, and Flaky Goose Fat Pie Crust; Bittersweet Chocolate, Coconut, Ginger, and Sweet Nut Cookie Crusts; and Vanilla, Gingersnap, Chocolate, and Graham Cracker Crumb Crusts
Countless tips that solve any problem, including the secrets to making a juicy fruit pie with a crisp bottom crust and a lemon meringue pie that doesn’t weep
How to make a tender and flaky pie crust in under three minutes
How to make the best brownie ever into a crustless tart with puddles of ganache
Exciting savory recipes, including meat loaf wrapped in a flaky Cheddar cheese crust and a roasted poblano quiche
Extensive decorating techniques for the beginning baker and professional alike that show you how to make chocolate curls, pipe rosettes, crystallize flowers and leaves, and more
Detailed information on ingredients and equipment, previously available only to professionals
The wedding cake reconceived as a Seven-Tier Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Tart
Pointers for Success follow the recipes, guaranteeing perfect results every time

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Betty Crocker The Big Book of Pies and Tarts

 

Pie Friday

 

    

      Author: Betty Crocker

     Publisher: Betty            Crocker

     Rating: 4 stars

     Buy Links: Amazon

     Type: Cookbook

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Blurb:  The complete compendium of pies, both sweet and savory If you love pies, you’ll love Betty Crocker The Big Book of Pies with its collection of delicious recipes. This book is overflowing with pies of every type including fruit pies, creamy and chilled pies, mini pies and tarts, and savory pies. You’ll find plenty of inventive new ideas and flavor combinations, like Apple-Pomegranate Slab Pie, Bourbon-Chocolate-Pecan Mini Pies, and savory Muffin Tin Taco Pies.

You’ll find everything you want right here. For a hearty dinner, you’ll love Mini Bacon Chicken Pot Pies or Potato-Onion-Bacon Slab Pie Satisfy a sweet tooth with Caramel Cream Pie or Chocolate-Chip Cookie-Stuffed Pie. Whatever your fancy, you’ll find the pie here.

Features more than 200 pie recipes using both frozen or from-scratch crusts Illustrated with more than 100 full-color photographs of prepared dishes Includes an introductory section on pie-baking basics with advice on creating perfect pastry crusts, freezing and storing pies, and decorating crusts
If you love pie—for dinner, dessert, or any other time of day—Betty Crocker The Big Book of Pies is the ultimate pie lover’s cookbook.

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The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop

Pie Friday

Some people are aware I have what my friend Vivian ever so politely calls a Cookbook Collection. Being a book reviewer and having hundreds of cookbooks it’s natural I’d drift toward writing cookbook reviews. As we rapidly head toward Thanksgiving and I descend into pie planning, I thought it would be a great time to review some pie and pastry books. So now, for the month of November, we’ll be having Pie Fridays.

   

     Author: Emily Elsen                                             Melissa Elsen

     Publisher: Grand Central

     Rating: 4 stars

     Buy Links: Amazon

     Type: Cookbook

     Purchased by Reviewer

 

Blurb: From the proprietors of the renowned Brooklyn shop and cafe comes the ultimate pie-baking book for a new generation of bakers.

Melissa and Emily Elsen, the twenty-something sisters who are proprietors of the wildly popular Brooklyn pie shop and cafe Four & Twenty Blackbirds, have put together a pie-baking book that’s anything but humble. This stunning collection features more than 60 delectable pie recipes organized by season, with unique and mouthwatering creations such as Salted Caramel Apple, Green Chili Chocolate, Black Currant Lemon Chiffon, and Salty Honey. There is also a detailed and informative techniques section. Lavishly designed, FOUR & TWENTY BLACKBIRDS PIE BOOK contains 90 full-color photographs by Gentl & Hyers, two of the most sought-after food photographers working today.

With its new and creative recipes, this may not be you mother’s cookbook, but it’s sure to be one that every baker from novice to pro will turn to again and again.

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