Giada’s Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita

Whether you are looking for quick weeknight meals, snacks, or something more substantial to impress the weekend guests, Giada’s Italy has you covered. It’s not only full of mouth-watering recipes, it also has a cozy, intimate family feel to it. The beautiful photographs of food and the author with her daughter made me think that this book was put together with a sense of love and joy, which shines through every page.

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The Photographer’s Cookbook

Back in the late 70’s, someone had an idea to compile a cookbook from current artists’ photos and favorite recipes, but the project was left unfinished. Rediscovered decades later, we get to see opened a time capsule of the era, revealing a curious assemblage that reveals the artists and the period, in a highly intimate and personal way. You can certainly use this cookbook in the standard sense – sections include “Breakfast,” “Appetizers,” etc.

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Gather & Graze: 120 Favorite Recipes for Tasty Good Times

Readers may be aware that Stephanie Izard has won several coveted awards such as Top Chef and Iron Chef. She also owns three acclaimed restaurants, and now she has written a beautifully designed cookbook, which I found both enjoyable and practical. I love the idea of casual dining, and many of the recipes in this book are great for that purpose. But what I first noticed is the exciting and inventive dishes. While I wouldn’t think of having Grilled Pork Belly with Sauce Green, Peaches, and Blackberries, it does sound new and different. In fact, after going through the selection of dishes in the book, I was inspired to think of ways that I could add more fruit to savory dishes.

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The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids: 60 Easy Plant-Based Recipes Kids Can Make to Stay Healthy and Save the Earth

What better way to get kids interested in healthy eating than to get them into the kitchen? Ruby Roth, who has written and illustrated a number of other books for kids, has created an amazing children’s cookbook with The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids. Unlike so many other cookbooks that seem to rely on processed ingredients and an abundance of sweet treats, this cookbook seeks to get kids interested in real food; these recipes are packed full of fresh fruits and veggies, “superfoods,” whole grains, and nuts. Kids can make five-minute tomato sauce to use on pasta or pizza, Broc-O-Tree Bisque (a delicious — and green — broccoli soup), a variety of salads, and yes, even desserts like No-Bake Chocoballs or No-Bake Coconut Grass Shacks.

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The Endurance Training Diet & Cookbook: The How, When, and What for Fueling Runners and Triathletes to Improve Performance

Jesse Kropelnicki has been a coach for athletes for a long time, but, in addition to coaching their physical aspects, he extended his training into feeding the athletes the correct foods to increase their performances. And thus we have The Endurance Training Diet and Cookbook. The book is in two parts with equal lengths: in the first part, he discusses athletes’ diets and nutrition in detail. This is a very good and useful section for any athlete, yet it may apply to anyone physically active. Kropelnicki developed a specific diet for athletes he calls a Core Diet, a nutritionally balanced diet relying mostly on core foods of fish, lean meats, lean dairy, fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes. He includes many useful and informative sidebars and nice photo illustrations of performing athletes. Excellent tables (Fueling Windows, Carb-Loading Examples) are scattered throughout.

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Twisted: The Cookbook

Here we have a collection of thirty highly unusual, original recipes in a small hardcover cookbook, Twisted, selected from the online food channel of the same name. Although supposedly easy recipes, they are not. The Team Twisted uses three designations of difficulty: “Eyes Closed,” “Painless,” and “Sweating a Bit.” Even recipes of the easiest designation will take you an hour or longer kitchen time, and if you are successful, the results are spectacular.

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The No Meat Athlete Cookbook: Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Fuel Your Workouts–and the Rest of Your Life

Here is a very good vegan cookbook by vegan super-athlete Matt Frazier and journalist/recipe developer Stepfanie Romine: The No Meat Athlete Cookbook. It’s aimed at athletes who prefer no meat in their diets yet want to keep their competitive edge at the highest level. The authors write extensively in the introduction about a plant-based diet and a plant-based kitchen to prepare the non-vegan reader for the change from a traditional kitchen.

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The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook

Salma Hage, the culinary mind behind The Lebanese Kitchen, is back with The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook. Her new cookbook contains about 150 recipes using spices and flavors from the Middle East. While all recipes are vegetarian, Hage also includes some gluten-free and vegan options for those that are interested. I thought the complexity of flavors found in Middle Eastern dishes would be a daunting task to achieve, but Hage simplifies the recipes for even the most ill-fated home cooks.

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The New Bundt Pan Cookbook: 150 Fresh Recipes for America’s Heirloom Baking Pan

This cookbook is incredibly beautiful with its gorgeous, matte photos of a dizzying variety of cakes and breads made in Bundt pans. Bundt pans are made in a dazzling range of styles, from plain to intricately fancy, and these photos showcase how beautiful your recipes can be when made in one of these iconic pans. There are many recipes included for molded desserts — both cooked and uncooked — such as flan or various gelatin molds; however, most of the recipes in this book are for breads, quick breads, and cakes.

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Amish Cooking Class Cookbook: Over 200 Practical Recipes for Use in Any Kitchen

The term Amish conjures images of a lifestyle that is “traditional” and devoid of most modern conveniences. As a result, I was expecting “from scratch” recipes that may call for other ingredients that are “basic staples” (for example, in Middle Eastern cookbooks a recipe for hummus is provided if called for in other recipes). When the book arrived, it was spiral bound (to make it easier to lay flat) with glossy pages, making it ideal to use in the kitchen.

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