Book Review – A Year in Lucy’s Kitchen

A Year in Lucy’s Kitchen,
Seasonal Recipes and Memorable Meals
Written by: Lucy Waverman
Published by: Random House Canada
Date: October 13, 2009
Pages: 304
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 978-0679314585

A Year in Lucy’s Kitchen is a lovely cookbook with easy to follow recipes, carefully organized by the months of the year. You can pick any month and find mouth-watering recipes — from appetizers and main course dishes to delicious desserts! Lucy incorporates seasonal ingredients into her traditional recipes and also includes them in a bunch of fresh, newly inspired dishes. Flavourful and unique, you’ll be the toast of the evening when you prepare these dishes for your guests.

A sample of the recipes inside:

Leek and Chicken Soup
Spiced Fruit Salad
Aromatic Mediterranean Shortribs
Apple Caramel Tarts
Chive Potato Cakes
White Chocolate Raspberry Tart
Asian Pear and Cabbage Slaw
Pumpkin Squares
Apple Strudel
Chicken Burger Stuffed with Portobello Mushrooms
Traditional Fried Fish
Triple Chocolate Attack
…and a whole lot more!

Lucy Waverman is a Cordon Bleu–trained food columnist with the Globe and Mail and Food Editor of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s Food & Drink. She is the author of eight cookbooks, including the James Beard–nominated and Cuisine Canada Gold Medal–winner A Matter of Taste (with James Chatto).

This softcover cookbook is well-bound and sure to put up with a lot of usage in the kitchen. There are some beautiful, full colour photographs that accompany some of the recipes. I would like to have seen more recipes that had pictures to accent them; as a visual learner, images help me to decide upon a particular dish. There is a table of contents at the beginning of the book and a detailed index at the back of the cookbook — both very helpful. All in all, a really great cookbook for someone who is looking to expand upon their basic cooking repertoire; you’ll find many distinctive, unique dishes from this cookbook! Many of the recipes remind me of some very tasteful, expensive restaurants and their signature creations!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (8 out of 10 Diamonds) – Thoroughly enjoyed it

Read more about A Year in Lucy’s Kitchen.
Find out where to buy this book.

Author’s Website
Publisher’s Website

A special thanks to Random House Canada for sending me a copy of this book to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy

Book Review – Earth to Table

Earth to Table,Earth to Table
Seasonal Recipes from an Organic Farm
Written by: Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann
Published by: Random House Canada
Date: September 15th, 2009
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0307356840

Earth to Table is much more than a cookbook; it covers a wide range of organic, “slow food” topics, delicious and unique recipes that use all-organic ingredients and features several Chief profiles.

A sample of the recipes inside:

Scrambled Eggs with Chives and Caviar
Pesto
Saffron Rice
Rhubarb Fool
Maple Shoofly Pie
New Potatoes Salad with Green Beans and Shallots
Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chilies and Cheese
French Vanilla Ice Cream
Shortcakes with Chantilly Cream and Macerated Strawberries
Plum Tarts
French Onion Soup
Pizza Dough
Roasted Pork Loin with Fennel
Braised Short Ribs
Apple Tarts
Double Crispy Onion Rings
Herbed Dumplings
Sticky Toffee Pudding
…and a whole lot more!

Jeff Crump is an Excutive Canadian Chef who has worked in a number of the world’s top restruants; Lumiere in Vancouver B.C., The Fat Duck, Bray, England and at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. Jeff is a Canadian Slow Food pioneer and he promotes the use of seasonal food that is grown locally.

Bettina Schormann is a Pastry Chief who began her career in culinary arts after receiving a degree at the University of Windsor. She has worked in every section of the restaurant, including service. Pastry has since become her passion. Bettina has won numerous awards including the Lindt Chocolate Competition and the OHI Professional Pastry Chef Award. She has studied the pastry arts in Paris, New York and Toronto. Bettina has been pivotal in the unique relationship between the Ancaster Old Mill Restaurant and ManoRun Organic Farm.

This securely bound, hardcover cookbook is just the thing for cooks who are very selective and prefer to use organic foods; it is also a very functional cookbook for those of us who are non-organic cooks and food consumers. Each of the seasonal recipe sections is prefaced with an introduction that talks about the foods available during that particular season; the flavorful and imaginative recipes are easy to understand and easy to follow with a clear layout that makes this a great cookbook for beginners, right on up to experienced cooks. There are several enlightening profiles that feature Chiefs from around the world; they add some of their feelings and explain some of their personal ideas about food and the restaurant business. There are lots of gorgeous, full-colour photographs that enhance an already enjoyable cookbook. There is a concluding section at the back of the cookbook that includes 18 extra, basic recipes that every cook needs to know, followed by an appendix and an index. Some of the recipes are a little too trendy and modern for my tastes, but I’m really old fashioned when it comes to food so don’t let it stop YOU from picking up a copy of Earth to Table.

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (8 out of 10 Diamonds) – Thoroughly enjoyed it
 

Read more about Earth to Table.
Find out where to buy this book.

Author’s Website
Publisher’s Website

A special thanks to Random House Canada for sending me a copy of this book to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy

Book Review – Katie Brown Celebrates

Katie Brown Celebrates,katie-brown-celebrates
Simple and Spectacular Parties All Year Round
Written By: Katie Brown
Published By: Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group USA, Inc., 2008, First Edition, 192 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-0316118187
Top Pick

Katie Brown Celebrates is a beautiful cookbook and party planning guide for year-round entertainment.”

Katie Brown Celebrates has over 100 tasty recipes that make your mouth water with anticipation. With an introduction from the author, this wonderful book has month-by-month recipes, though they could be used any time of the year. With an innovative and delightful 6 page picture index at the back, I have to tell you, this book has tempted my taste buds and inspired my own creative party-hosting abilities.  There are countless, vibrant and beautiful photographs, with each recipe photo showing you exactly what you’re version should look like.

Some recipe titles include:
♦ Parmesan Soup with Swiss Chard-Stuffed Dumplings
♦ Gorgonzola-Stuffed Potatoes
♦ White Bean-Lamb Stew
♦ Herbed Feta Puffs
♦ Pizza Stick Roll-Ups
♦ Green Garden Soup
♦ Lemon-Rhubarb Trifle
♦ Moroccan Braised Chicken
♦ Apple Brownies
♦ Pear Salad With Jicama Radish, and Celery
…..And MUCH, MUCH MORE!

With unique and creative party planning and menu ideas, many of which I have never seen before, you are sure to find everything you will need to delight even the most discerning of guests.
I very highly recommend this book!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (10 out of 10 Diamonds) – Absolutely LOVED it!!
 

Link to the Author’s website:
http://www.katiebrown.com/
Link to the Publisher’s Website:
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/

A special thanks to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy

Hachette Holiday Entertaining Book Giveaway (IS CLOSED!)

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*** CONGRATULATIONS to Angel(#44), Dawn Horns(#130), Julie Terry(#317), Michele Molesky(#17) and Donna Whitmire(#208) ***

*** There will be Five(5) winners, of all 5 Books ***

A Special Thanks to Valerie at Hachette Book Group.

Hachette Holiday Entertaining Book Giveaway:

1. The Flavor Bible By Karen Page , Andrew Dornenburg,
2. Katie Brown Celebrates By Katie Brown,
3. I Like You by Amy Sedaris,
4. Festivus By Allen Salkin,
5. Holidays on Ice By David Sedaris,To Enter: Please make sure to leave a reply in the comment section of this post.

 

♦The giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents only.
♦You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
♦The winner’s mailing address: NO P.O. Boxes.
♦Only one entry per household/IP address.
♦The contest ends at midnight on November 29th 2008.
♦Five(5) winners will be picked in a random draw to win all 5 books and each winner will be notified by 5pm (MDT) by e-mail on Sunday, November 30th 2008.

Good Luck Everyone and Have Fun!!

A 2-Book Giveaway of ‘I Like You’ and ‘Katie Brown Celebrates’ (IS CLOSED!)

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***  CONGRATULATIONS TO Shirley(#111) who has won both of these great books!!  ***

*** A Giveaway of I Like You by Amy Sedaris and Katie Brown Celebrates by Katie Brown ***

A Special Thanks to Anna at Hachette Book Group.

In KATIE BROWN CELEBRATES, Katie gives readers a reason to host a party every month of the year. From a festive New Year’s Eve dinner to a lavish Christmas brunch, from the perfect child’s birthday party to a down-home family reunion, readers will delight in Katie’s signature approach to making any celebration simply wonderful. With delicious recipes, straightforward craft projects, and tips for casual entertaining, Katie shows how any host can make a delicious meal and create gorgeous ambiance without the hassle. KATIE BROWN CELEBRATES is a must-have for anyone who ever gives–or has ever thought of giving–a party.

In I LIKE YOU, there are “Colorful pictures and fun illustrations decorate every page. They’re the perfect accompaniment to the information Sedaris shares, as many are photographs of Sedaris herself in various poses and costumes. If you’re looking for a coffee-table book that also serves as a fantastic conversation starter, look no further than I Like You. And if you follow the tips so skillfully outlined within the book’s pages, your guests will like you, too.”
-Bookloons.com

To Enter: Please make sure to leave a reply in the comment section of this post.

♦The giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents only.
♦You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
♦The winner’s mailing address: NO P.O. Boxes.
♦One entry per person. Only one entry per household/IP address.
♦The contest ends at midnight on November 21st 2008.
♦One(1) winner will be picked in a random draw to win both books and will be notified by 5pm (MDT) by e-mail on Saturday, November 22nd 2008.

Good Luck Everyone and Have Fun!!