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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: The Joy of Food

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Joy of Food

New Cookbooks for the Holidays and Every Day!

Baked: New Frontiers in Baking by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito - Hip. Cool. Fashion-forward. These aren't adjectives you'd ordinarily think of applying to baked goods. But they definitely apply to Lewis and Poliafito who quit their advertising jobs and opened Baked in Brooklyn with things like a Malt Ball Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting, spicy Chipotle Cheddar Biscuits, Sweet and Salty Cake, Chocolate (Ovaltine) Pie, and many other original combinations. A culinary road trip for the baker and eater in search of zesty taste combinations.

Bon Appetit: Fast Easy Fresh by Barbara Fairchild - "Culled from the magazine's Fast, Fresh, Easy column, this recipe compendium is one of the largest available for those who love to cook and eat well but lack time on weeknights to make dishes that require hours to prepare. Ingredient lists are short, seldom running over 10 items and rely on the use of the freshest, finest foods available; a helpful shopping guide at the beginning is a welcome aid to those not yet versed in the ingredients' seasonality or optimal appearance. Similarly, a wealth of boxed hints and tips offer an extra level of help to get people cooking confidently." PW. (Oct.)

A Fistful of Lentils: Syrian-Jewish Recipes from Grandma Fritzie's Kitchen by Jennifer Felicia Abadi - When Jennifer Felicia Abadi was a child, her mother often pulled down a well-worn homemade black recipe binder from her kitchen shelf and created memorable Syrian-Jewish meals. As an adult, Abadi embarked on a labor of love with her grandmother to record all of her family's rich, mouthwatering Syrian dishes. She shares with you more than 125 Syrian-Jewish recipes, as well as an intimate look at Syrian-Jewish culture through warm family anecdotes and little-known stories. It all adds up to the best-kept secret in Middle Eastern cuisine, now yours to enjoy!

Healthy Cooking for the Jewish Home: 200 Recipes for Eating Well on Holidays and Every Day by Faye Levy - In this new collection of exciting recipes, acclaimed cooking teacher and author Faye Levy presents a progressive, upbeat approach to nutritious kosher cuisine that highlights the pleasure of preparing and eating mouthwatering dishes that promote well-being. In addition to lightening classics like cholent and kugel, Levy features many Ashkephardic fusion dishes where the healthier (Sephardic) cooking traditions restore flavor when it is lost in the slimming down of east European Jewish (Ashkenazi) recipes. Hearty buckwheat blintzes are filled with goat cheese and ratatouille; turkey schnitzel is served over an Alsatian sweet-sour onion compote. Elsewhere Levy livens things up by adding New World and East Asian ingredients to old standbys, making a staid Israeli salad pop with pepitas and papaya. Variety is not only the spice of life; it's also the spice of nourishing menus.

The Healthy Hedonist Holidays: A Year of Multicultural, Vegetarian-Friendly Holiday Feasts by Myra Kornfeld - Expand your culinary horizons with this fascinating collection of recipes celebrating festivals from around the world. Spice up your Christmas or Kwanzaa feast with an Ethiopian Chicken Stew (Doro We't) combined with an updated version of the traditional Hanukkah potato latke, Celery Root and Apple with Sage. Or, go Italian, Buon Natale!, with a Christmas dinner of Flounder Roll-ups with Pistachio Pesto and Squash-Portobello Lasagna. All menus include cooking plans and easy to follow instructions.

How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman - Ten years have brought many changes to the U.S. culinary landscape, and Bittman's new edition of his contemporary classic reflects that, with hundreds of recipes added from every corner of the world. The opening chapter offers invaluable new tips on basic kitchen equipment and techniques, and in the wake of the recent vegetarian version of the book, produce and legumes are now featured in inspired meatless recipes.

Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Table by José Andrés - More than 100 simple and irresistible recipes beautifully capture the diversity of Spanish cooking today as it is prepared in homes and restaurants from north to south. From Andalucía to Aragón, he shares recipes that reflect not just local traditions but also the heart and soul of Spain's distinctive cooking.

Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages by Anne Mendelson - For the dairy lover, part cookbook, part culinary history, over 120 delightfully wide-ranging recipes include luscious Clotted Cream, magical Lemon Curd, homemade yogurt, sour cream, true buttermilk, and homemade butter. She gives us comfort foods from every culture such as Milk Toast and Cream of Tomato Soup, Paneer and Chenna, Herring with Sour Cream Sauce, a New Englandish Clam Chowder, Paskha, and Latin American Batidos. Illuminating, essential, Mendelson is determined to restore the purity of flavor to our First Food.

Secrets of the Red Lantern: Stories and Vietnamese Recipes from the Heart by Pauline Nguyen - Part Vietnamese cookbook and part family memoir, more than 275 traditional, simple, and sumptuous Vietnamese recipes are presented alongside a visual narrative of food and family photographs that follows the family's escape from war-torn Vietnam to the successful founding of their restaurant in Sydney, Australia. At the heart of each recipe is the power of food to elevate and transform. (Read with Bento Box in the Heartland by Linda Furiya, another memoir where food knits together generations and perserves cultural heritage.)

Semi-Homemade Cooking Made Light by Sandra Lee - Pressed for time or just hate to cook and have to prepare a dish or even an entire meal? This is the book for you. A quick and easy method of food preparation where nothing is made from scratch, but everything tastes homemade. Her cooking approach, savvy short-cuts with food and style ideas, uses healthy ingredients that are great tasting and budget conscious.


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