Thursday, April 28, 2016

Variations on a Theme: Cookbooks

This is the 68th time I done a Variations on a Theme post and, somehow, I have never dedicated one to cookbooks. How is that possible? I shall be remedying that right away. With this post. That is all about cookbooks.

All of these titles are ones I either own or have read. Prepare to be hungry!


Budget Bytes: Over 100 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Slash Your Grocery Bill in Half
Beth Moncel

As a college grad during the recent great recession, Beth Moncel found herself, like so many others, broke. Unwilling to sacrifice eating healthy and well—and armed with a degree in nutritional science—Beth began tracking her costs with obsessive precision, and soon cut her grocery bill in half. Eager to share her tips and recipes, she launched her blog, Budget Bytes. Soon the blog received millions of readers clamoring for more. [My review. And I should note that this is one of my favorite cookbooks and blogs.]

The Newlywed Cookbook: Fresh Ideas and Modern Recipes for Cooking With and For Each Other
Sarah Copeland

This cookbook is an indispensable reference for modern couples looking to spend quality time together in the kitchen. Inside are more than 130 recipes for both classic and contemporary cooking that are perfect for day-to-day deux and special occasions with family and friends. More than a collection of recipes, The Newlywed Cookbook is also a guide to domestic bliss. Author Sarah Copeland, a newlywed herself, knows that sourcing, cooking as well as sharing food together at the table makes for a happy couple! This beautiful and sophisticated contemporary cookbook is the new go-to for brides and grooms. [My review.]

Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy: Exceptionally Delicious and Nutritous Freezer-Friendly Meals You Can Prepare in Advance and Enjoy
Michele Borboa

Cook the best, most nutritious food for your family and save time and money with this mega-delicious guide to preparing meals you can fix-and-freeze now and enjoy any night of your crazy-busy week! Unlike the sodium-laced, preservative-filled meals you might find in your grocer’s freezer aisle, the recipes in this book feature wholesome ingredients full of flavors that harmoniously come to life the instant you reheat them—so your meals don’t just taste as good as the day you stored them away, but better! From comforting casserole and lasagna recipes made new again with fresh veggies and whole grains, to show-stopping breakfast baked goods and sweet treats, you’ll discover so many “must-make” recipes inside that you may need to consider a larger freezer! [My review.]

The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life
Ellie Krieger

Do you think that healthy food couldn't possibly taste good? Does the idea of "eating healthy" conjure up images of roughage and steamed vegetables? Author Ellie Krieger, host of Food Network's Healthy Appetite, will change all that. A registered dietitian, Ellie is also a lover and proponent of good, fresh food, simply but deliciously prepared. And she's not about denial—no nonfat foods here, because when you take the fat out of natural foods, in go the chemicals. Don't deny yourself butter—use a pat of it, but put it front and center on those mashed potatoes, so you can revel in it with all your senses. The Food You Crave is all you'll need to change the way you eat and change the way you feel. It contains 200 recipes that cover every meal of the day and every craving you might have. Every recipe contains a complete nutritional breakdown, as well as tips on ingredients and techniques that will keep you eating smart and eating well. [My review.]

Simply Scones
Leslie Weiner and Barbara Albright

Scones make delectable treats for afternoon tea, breakfast, lunch, even midnight snacks. Simply Scones features more than seventy luscious recipes for scones and spreads certain to delight both traditional and adverturesome palates. Sweet Scones: Oat Current, Triple Chocolate Chunk, Jam-Filled Walnut, Pistachio Fig Scones Savory Scones: Cheese, Hearty Grain, Pesto, Tex-Mex Scones Spreads: Apple Butter, Clotted Cream, Yogurt Cheese, Chocolate Nut Butter, Raspberry Cream Cheese Spread. Plus dozens more. Special sections tell how to make perfect scones, and how to serve a scrumptious afternoon tea. If you've never indulged in a batch of fresh-baked scones, there's no reason to miss out now! [My review.]

Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat
Chrissy Teigen

Maybe she's on a photo shoot in Zanzibar. Maybe she's making people laugh on TV. But all Chrissy Teigen really wants to do is talk about dinner. Or breakfast. Lunch gets some love, too. For years, she's been collecting, cooking, and Instagramming her favorite recipes, and here they are: from breakfast all day to John's famous fried chicken with spicy honey butter to her mom's Thai classics. Salty, spicy, saucy, and fun as sin (that's the food, but that's Chrissy, too), these dishes are for family, for date night at home, for party time, and for a few life-sucks moments (salads). You'll learn the importance of chili peppers, the secret to cheesy-cheeseless eggs, and life tips like how to use bacon as a home fragrance, the single best way to wake up in the morning, and how not to overthink men or Brussels sprouts. Because for Chrissy Teigen, cooking, eating, life, and love are one and the same.


Other Cookbooks
Bake It, Don't Fake It - Heather Bertinetti
Comfort Food Fix - Ellie Krieger
Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes - Dominique Ansel
Everybody Eats Well in Belgium - Maria Robbins
Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day - Leanne Brown
McGuire's Irish Pub Cook Book - Jessie Tirsch
Slow Cooker Revolution - America's Test Kitchen
So Easy - Ellie Krieger
Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books - Cara Nicoletti

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