Cookbooks are one of my downfalls. I have so many, from all of Barefoot Contessa's books to several Rachael Ray, and classics like The Silver Palate Cookbook. I had to pare them down to fit on one very long shelf on a cart in my kitchen, but when I went to Book Expo this year, I couldn't resist picking up a few more. (Don't tell my husband.)
Alison Cayne was signing copies of The Haven's Kitchen Cooking School book in the Algonguin booth. Cayne runs the Haven Kitchen Cooking School in Chelsea in New York City. This book is the perfect gift for someone who wants to be a better cook. She starts with the basics, from How To Read Recipes to How to Season With Salt, How To Dice An Onion and more.
From what tools and equipment you'll need, to what to stock your in your pantry and store in your frig, this book covers it all. The nine chapters of recipes such as Grains and Beans, Fritters, through Soups and Desserts, and everything in between. This book has it all. The cover is very New York City too, with a black striped apron over a white background. The one recipe I'd love to try first is Roasted Sweet Potato with Hazelnut Gremolata- yum.
A few years back at Book Expo, I got a copy of a few Fix-It and Forget-It recipes. I love my crockpot (now my Instapot) and when I saw that Phyllis Good was signing copies of her Stock the Crock book at the Time booth, I was there. She told me that this book has 100 of the best must-have slow-cooker recipes, with variations for gluten-free and vegetarian options for most recipes.
With so many people being more conscious of what they eat, this is a welcome addition. The recipes give the size of crockpot needed, options for making the recipe for two (very handy for me), simple swaps to make it gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo-friendly, and even how to make it picky eater-friendly. I'm going to make the Mexican Pot Roast for Sunday dinner.
While standing in line to get another book, I noticed that at the next table was a woman signing copies of her book Cooking With Nonna. Who can resist that one? The cover shot is author Rossella Rago and her adorable Nonna Romana.
Inside are over 100 recipes from 25 Italian nonnas, with your traditional chapters on Appetizers, Pasta and First Courses, Second Courses, Pizza, Breads and Savory Bakes to Desserts and Cookies (oh, those Italian cookies!)
Each Nonna gets an introduction page to share tips and stories, and each one is more fascinating than the last. If you have an Italian Nonna (or just wish you had one), this is a cookbook for you. I will be trying Four-Cheese Tortelli with Swiss Chard In A Butter and Sage Sauce.
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