Piece of Cake! by Camilla V. Saulsbury
Here’s the scenario: you’ve been invited to a holiday dinner and it was requested you bring some type of dessert. You really would like to make a cake, but every time you think about all those bowls and all that mixing, you sit back down and start thinking about buying something rustic enough to pass off as your own. Then guilt sets in, and it all begins again.
The Tipsy Vegan by John Schlimm
Schlimm’s book is whimsical, sure. But it does offer truly vegan alternatives in a happy, party package. There are surprisingly few drink recipes here: food with booze is what it’s all about.
The Country Cooking of Italy by Colman Andrews
Someone who has a complete collection of Italian cookbooks will obviously require The Country Cooking of Italy in order to make it more complete. A beautiful book meant to be cooked from and shared, coffee table-style, and with a pedigree that will make aficionados demand it.
Sinfully Vegan by Lois Dieterly
At a glance, the words “sinful” and “vegan” have no business showing up together in a sentence, never mind the title of a book. But Sinfully Vegan puts a lie to all of that, filling a whole book with delicious and completely vegan desserts.
My Last Supper: The Next Course by Melanie Dunea
It’s rare that a really good book be followed by an even better sequel, but that just what’s happened here.
Beer Quest West by Jon C. Stott
Though it covers a relatively small region, it does so with amazing depth. If you’re looking for a gift for someone from or in Western Canada who has a passion for beer, Beer Quest West will answer all the questions… and then some.
Everyday Exotic by Roger Mooking and Allan Magee
“One person’s exotic is another person’s everyday.” That’s the basic premise behind Everyday Exotic as well as the television show that spawned this new book.
Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
It’s possible that the reason Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty was such a huge and instant hit when it was published in the UK last year is because, in many ways, it is the sort of book that can define an age. Chef and food writer, Israeli-born Yotam Ottolenghi, seems absolutely of his moment.
Everyday Flexitarian by Nettie Cronish & Pat Crocker
The first time I heard the phrase “flexitarian” I gave a derisive snort. It was not as dramatic a reaction as the one I gave the first time I heard the phrase "pescatarian,” but still: it was in the ballpark.
300 Best Taco Recipes by Kelley Cleary Coffeen
There was a time -- not long ago -- when I thought of a taco as a regional specialty. More than that: something regional to be eaten only at a fast food place.
Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap by Nicole Hunn
If you are celiac or otherwise gluten challenged or limited, the cover alone will sell you on this book. It’s a popover. A simple popover. Nothing in it. No big deal, right? But for the many people who can’t or shouldn’t eat wheat, it’s a promise. One that, ultimately, author Nicole Hunn fulfills.
Fire it Up and Time to Grill
And speaking of barbecue (we were, weren’t we?) every year around this time we’re treated with a new flurry of books to grill by.