Category Archives: Cookbook Daily

Just looking for a quick, brief idea of what a certain cookbook might be all about? The Cookbook Daily tries to do just that for you. It’s not quite a full cookbook review. But, more of a little peek under the hood.

Cookbook Preview: The Lunch Box

 

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BUY IT - The Lunch Box: Packed with Fun, Healthy Meals that Keep them Smiling

It’s really what’s inside the box that matters most. Am I right?

I guess times have changed a little. Probably more than a little.

When I was in elementary school I had a bag (or boxed) lunch every day. The contents of that bag were not a mystery. It was more like a poorly kept government secret. The odds were pretty great that inside that bag or box would be either:

A) PB & J (on white)
B) Baloney (on white)
C) American cheese (on white)

I don’t really fault my Mom. Most kids lunches had the same basic contents. You could also count on a half filled Baggie of potato chips and possibly a couple of cookies. A napkin was a fifty fifty proposition. If you were living in a health conscience family, substitute the cookie for an apple. (FYI – most kids traded that apple for some cookies).

That’s all history. Kate McMillian and Sarah Putman Clegg’s soon to be released book (January 31, 2012), The Lunch Box: Packed with Fun, Healthy Meals that Keep them Smiling proves that point. “Healthy meals that keep them smiling”.  WOW, that was a foreign concept back in my household. And, from the looks of my friends lunches, theirs too.

Kate and Sarah are really reaching for the lunch box grand prize with their collection of noontime meals. Philly Cheesesteak Rolls, the Italian Meat Lovers Sandwich, Creamy Waldorf Salad (I didn’t even know what a Waldorf Salad was when I was in fourth grade) and lastly, Mini Ham and Cheese Quiches. That reads like a menu board from some popular downtown lunch spot rather than the contents your child’s vintage Beatles lunch box or brown bag.

This book is a fun, delicious and healthy way to keep your kids motor running smoothly. I’m sure that todays lunch table wouldn’t bat an eye if you whipped out a Steak and Salsa Verde Burrito. But, back in my grade school days, something like that would have caused wide eyes and questions that you might not be fully prepared to answer.


 

BUY IT - The Lunch Box: Packed with Fun, Healthy Meals that Keep them Smiling Author: Kate McMillian and Sarah Putman Clegg
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Weldon Owen (January 31, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1616281227

BUY IT - The Lunch Box: Packed with Fun, Healthy Meals that Keep them Smiling

Cookbook Daily: Eleven Madison Park

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Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook

If you have you been lucky enough to dine at Eleven Madison Park then I don’t have to tell you what all the fuss is about. You already know.

For those of you who can’t make the trip to NYC, now you can have the next best thing. Well, maybe the third best thing (then next best thing would be some Eleven Madison Park food FedEx’d to your door for reheating).

If you’re up for the challenge, you can try your hand at replicating some of their fantastic dishes right in the comfort and closeness of your own kitchen. The book, Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook offers up 125 tasty recipes for you to impress your friends and family with. And, trust me, they will be impressed.

Do you have an Eleven Madison Park fan on your holiday gift list? If you do, I think you can go ahead and mark that one done.

BUY IT! - Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook

Author: Daniel Humm and Will Guidara
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
ISBN-10: 0316098515

Cookbook Daily: Momofuku Milk Bar

Cookbook Daily

BUY IT! - Momofuku Milk Bar

Are you a fan of unusual, but, amazingly delicious desserts? That’s not a trick question. Does Pecan Crack Pie sounds absolutely addicting to you? Then you’re reading the right post.

Christina Tosi, one of the most innovative dessert creators out there today is going to share some of her secrets just with you! Now you can scratch that craving for a Compost Cookie and not have to leave the comfort of your own kitchen.

The Momofuku Milk Bar is over 250 pages of Christina’s personality and invention. Not too mention page after page of irresistible sweet treats.

Imagine treating your guests (or yourself for that matter) to a big glass of the Momofuku Milk Bar’s signature Cereal Milk™. That is sure to get the conversation started.

If you’re looking to get a jump on the holiday gift buying season. This would be right at the top of any bakers wish list.

Author: Christina Tosi
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
ISBN-10: 0307720497

BUY IT! - Momofuku Milk Bar

Cookbook Daily: The Food52 Cookbook

Cookbook Daily: The Food52 Cookbook

BUY IT! - The Food52 Cookbook

The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks is out. It has been one of the years most hotly anticipated releases. At least in the online food community. Now it can be yours.

Between cookbook Author and Food52 founder Amanda Hesser and her collaborator, Merrill Stubbs, how could this book be anything but great? It couldn’t be.

Amanda obviously has the right stuff to pull off just about any cooking project she could set her mind to. The James Beard award winning author has created a resource that should help any home cook step up their game a notch or two.

We’ll get around to a big, old, full review of Amanda’s book a little further down the road. Until then, if you have tried any of the 140 recipes, let us know how they turned out.

Author: Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks
ISBN-10: 006188720X

BUY IT! - The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks

Cookbook Daily: The Great American Cookbook

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BUY IT! - The Great American Cookbook: 500 Time-Tested Recipes: Favorite Food from Every State

This is a big bold name for a big bold cookbook. The Great American Cookbook, that just sounds super impressive. It boasts five hundred recipes representing every state. That is an amazing undertaking.

This book has actually been in print before. Released as How America Eats back in 1960, it details some of the country’s best food. Now, some thirty years later, Author Clementine Paddleford’s classic is available again. This version has been enhanced and updated for today’s cooking realities.

As any cook, chef or eater knows, this country is jammed packed with interesting and diverse cuisine from coast to coast. Capturing a good chunk of that in one place makes this book a cooking resource that should stand the test of time.

BUY IT! - The Great American Cookbook: 500 Time-Tested Recipes: Favorite Food from Every State

Author: Clementine Paddleford & Kelly Alexander
Hardcover: 848 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli (October 11, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0847836908

Cookbook Daily: Sunday Roasts

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BUY IT! - Sunday Roasts: A Year's Worth of Mouthwatering Roasts, from Old-Fashioned Pot Roasts to Glorious Turkeys, and Legs of Lamb

Oh boy! What else is there to say. This is the comfort cookbook of comfort cookbooks.

When my copy landed on my kitchen counter I stood with my mouth wide open (and drooling I think), saying WOW for at least a full ten minutes.

OK, that in itself may not be reason enough to pick up this great new book. But, if you like this type of food, Sunday Roasts: A Year’s Worth of Mouthwatering Roasts, from Old-Fashioned Pot Roasts to Glorious Turkeys,
and Legs of Lamb,
is one you can not miss.

I’m not going to get into a whole review thing right now. I’m going to save that for another time in the near future. But, suffice it to say, Betty Rosbottom’s guide to the roast is a must have for those who love a lazy, delicious Sunday meal.

BUY IT! - Sunday Roasts: A Year's Worth of Mouthwatering Roasts, from Old-Fashioned Pot Roasts to Glorious Turkeys,

Author: Betty Rosbottom
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 21, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0811879682

Cookbook Daily: The Whole Hog Cookbook

Cookbook Daily

BUY IT! - The Whole Hog Cookbook: Chops, Loin, Shoulder, Bacon, and All That Good Stuff

If wrestling pigs qualifies you as an expert on all things pork, then Libbie Summers makes the grade. This Missouri girl has written an amazing book on how to cook just about every part of the animal.

Summers book, The Whole Hog Cookbook: Chops, Loin, Shoulder, Bacon, and All That Good Stuff is a roadmap to anything you could possibly want to make from a hog.

We’re talking about everything from how to cure your own bacon to grinding that perfect sausage that your guests will be talking about into next weekend.

Of course, you can also expect information on cooking the usual cuts of pork and some lessons on how to prep it for cooking. If you’re looking for the whole hog, as the name suggests, this is it.

BUY IT! - The Whole Hog Cookbook: Chops, Loin, Shoulder, Bacon, and All That Good Stuff

Author: Libbie Summers
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli (September 13, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0847836827

Cookbook Daily: The Homesick Texan Cookbook

Cookbook Daily

BUY IT! - The Homesick Texan Cookbook

I’m not from Texas. I love the food. It’s fantastic fare, but it’s just not my home cooking. But, it is for Texans and uprooted Texans around the globe.

I can sympathize with people who yearn for cooking that reminds them of wherever it is that they hail from. I’m guilty of that. I think we all are from time to time. Being somewhere else in the world and having that craving for whatever it is that says home can sometimes be a tough itch to scratch.

Lisa Fain is what I consider to be an expert on Texas food and cuisine. She’s even a certified BBQ judge. It doesn’t get much more Texas than that.

In her recently published cookbook, The Homesick Texan Cookbook, she brings us a taste of what true Texas cooking is all about. The book is packed with more than 125 recipes that are guaranteed to bring the flavors of the Lone Star State directly to your table.

Whether you’re a transplant from Austin TX now residing in Austin Indiana or someone relocated from Houston TX to Houston Alaska you can now enjoy a little taste of home anytime your senses call. For the rest of us non-Texans, we get a great opportunity to understand what Lisa has been missing.

You can check out more of Lisa’s photography and writing at her super popular blog.

BUY THIS BOOK

Author: Lisa Fain
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Hyperion (September 13, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1401324266

Cookbook Daily: Smokin’ with Myron Mixon

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BUY IT - Smokin' with Myron Mixon: Recipes Made Simple, from the Winningest Man in Barbecue

If there was ever a guy whose looks alone personified barbeque, it’s Myron Mixson. I mean, come on. Just look at the cover of that book. If that doesn’t make you want to grab a giant hunk of meat and fire up the smoker I don’t know what will.

Myron Mixon is a true legend in the barbeque game. He has won more awards, money and accolades than anybody on the competitive barbeque circuit. I mean anybody.

Now some of his knowhow can be your secret weapon at the next neighborhood cook off. Imagine having some of the best techniques and recipes sitting there in your back pocket ready to impress your friends and family. Now you can!

But seriously, here’s a chance for you to benefit from Myron’s many years of smoking experience. This book is packed with more than seventy five of his proven award winning recipes. If you like showing off your smoking prowess as much as I do, then this is one book you absolutely can’t be without.

Author: Myron Mixon
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 10, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0345528530

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Cookbook Daily: Peas and Thank You

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Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love

Vegan, vegetarian, meatless, call it what you will. The fact of the matter is this type of lifestyle has become mega popular over the past five to seven years. And, with good reason. It’s an incredibly healthy way to live.

If you’re interested in meandering down the meat-free culinary path, there are lots of great guides. Here’s another one, Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love.

The title has two phrases that are sure to make any insanely busy family chef sit up and take note. Simple and Whole Family Will Love. After you say that, does it really matter if you’re cooking bacon or broccoli? I think not.

There are over eighty great recipes here for you and your entire family to enjoy. Why not break out of the traditional meat and potatoes mold and try something a little different. Just the potatoes.

Author: Sarah Matheny
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Harlequin;(July 26, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0373892403

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