Category Archives: Cookbook Previews

A look at cookbooks that are coming to a bookseller near you.

Cookbook Preview: Emeril’s Kitchen

A recent classic goes digital.

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BUY IT! - Emeril's Kitchens

It’s 2012. If you haven’t heard of Emeril Lagasse, there’s a better than average chance that you’ve been living in some kind of alternate reality or are from another planet. Emeril is everywhere. I think it’s fair to say that he probably doesn’t need me plugging his latest cookbook release to put him over the hump. So why the post?

On February 28th, William Morrow is releasing in digital form, what I consider to be one of his best cookbook efforts. From Emeril’s Kitchens: Favorite Recipes from Emeril’s Restaurants, highlights, as you would expect, some of the best-loved recipes from his namesake places. It’s hard to imagine that the hardcover version is almost ten years old. But it is.

My first experience at an Emeril restaurant was at his place in Orlando. It was a family outing, which is fitting for Orlando. My son was in middle school at the time and was just starting to get into food. He ordered a duck dish stuff with Andouille sausage. It was over the top delicious. He talked about it for weeks afterward. It didn’t end change his career path, if one even has one in the 6th grade. But, his love of great food was ignited and continues to this day.

A digital edition of this book should be great addition to the huge, hulking pile of Emeril offerings. I’m beginning to really warm up to my iPad in the kitchen. Having a digital version of Emeril’s Kitchens right at my fingertips may inspire me to break out my cast iron a little more often. Did I hear someone say gumbo?

BUY IT! - Emeril's KitchensAuthor: Emeril Lagasse
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 5 KB
Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; 1 edition (February 28, 2012)
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

BUY IT! - Emeril's Kitchens

Cookbook Preview: Pure Steak


A mild winter presents delicious opportunities.


BUY IT! - Pure Steak

It’s the dead of winter. At least it should be. But, this year winter has been an elusive concept in a large part of the country. Not that it’s a bad thing. Unless you’re and avid skier, snowboarder or earn your living behind a snowplow.

Right about now, we usually start thinking of the summertime to come or recall ones just past. February is about the time a good case of Cabin Fever starts to set in.  But, not this year. The mostly tolerable weather has helped keep that to a minimum. That presents an opportunity.

That’s right, outdoor cooking without freezing your fanny off. This year you no longer have to fantasize about that nice juicy steak sizzling away on the grill. You can actually do something about it and not suffer the potentially painful effects of frostbite or a frozen beer.

If you’re looking for a little summer cooking warm up we’ve got a suggestion for you. Pure Steak, by Steffen Eichhorn, Stefan Marquard and Stephan Otto. This book will help spark some great new ideas for preparing that perfect piece of meat. It’s like a tryout for the summer, food wise.

The book contains thirty-nine fantastic and unique recipes for cooking a delicious steak.

Cooking is only part of the meat game. You also have to select the right cut. Pure Steak, has you covered. It contains useful tips on how to buy a great steak along with a handy dandy illustrated guide to the different cuts.

This book is out February 28, 2012. You can reserve your copy now and get some great ideas to impress the guests at next summer’s barbeque.

If you happen to live in a place where a real winter is actually in full swing, fear not. This book has recipes for inside steak cooking too.

BUY IT! - Pure Steak Authors: Steffen Eichhorn, Stefan Marquard, Stephan Otto
Hardcover: 136 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN-10: 0764339273


BUY IT! - Pure Steak

Cookbook Preview: Fish

This fish story has a delicious ending.

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BUY THIS BOOK - Fish: Recipes from the Sea (Silver Spoon Book)

Walking in to a seafood market or strolling up to the seafood counter at your local supermarket isn’t what it used to be. The outing can be more than a little daunting. The days of an easy decision, like which piece of salmon or cod to choose, are long gone. Can you say whole Branzini?

The choices that face the consumer have grown to the point where making a halfway decent decision nearly requires a doctorate in fishology. The options will, pardon the pun, make your head swim.

It’s one thing to listen wide eyed to your trusted fishmonger as he opines on the sustainability of the Patagonian toothfish. But, just try and remember what to do with your catch once you’ve brought it home.

Luckily, help is on the way. Fish: Recipes from the Sea, is a fantastic collection of Italian seafood recipes that will help you make a little sense out of all things from the watery deep.

The book, due out February 27th, contains not only 200 great recipes, but, a wealth of information on cooking techniques and special preparations. There’s also a handy dandy illustrated seafood selection guide. The books publisher, Phaidon, has a reputation for putting out some great, high quality cookbooks. This one will be no exception.

If you’re looking to incorporate some healthy seafood into your daily diet, but, are just a little intimidated, this book is sure to help ease the seafood anxiety.

BUY THIS BOOK - Fish: Recipes from the Sea (Silver Spoon Book)
Author: Editors of Phaidon Press and Carol-Jane Jackson
Hardcover: 312 pages
Publisher: Phaidon Press (February 27, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0714863874

BUY THIS BOOK - Fish: Recipes from the Sea (Silver Spoon Book)

Cookbook Preview: The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook


Heirloom or cookware? You decide.

Cookbook Preview: The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook

BUY IT- The Lodge Cast Iron CookbookIn a lot of families it’s passed down from generation to generation like a precious piece of household history. It’s usually stored in a place that’s easy to get to, but also out of the way. It’s not something that most home cooks use everyday, but, they could. Especially if they had a reason.

Of course I’m talking about the cast iron skillet. Not much of a surprise considering the title to this post and the large cookbook cover image to the left.

I count three of these versatile vessels among my cooking arsenal. Two skillets and one Dutch oven, all of them made by Lodge. Interestingly enough, I purchased none of them for myself. Two were gifts. The other one had been “pre-seasoned” for years by my mother in law. All three have their special uses in my kitchen and all three get their time in the cooking spotlight.

Cast Iron Dutch Oven

I don’t know about you, but, sometimes I go out of my way to look for excuses to use my cast iron. Now, thanks to the manufacturers of this timeless cookware, the search for uses has been dramatically altered. All you have to do is flip to any one of the 288 pages for inspiration. The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook: A Treasury of Timeless, Delicious Recipes (February 7, 2012) makes it that simple.

This great new guide to getting the most from your grandmothers favorite stovetop pan contains over 200 recipes. It covers the entire cooking spectrum from breakfast through baking and everything in between.

Yearning to do a little outdoor cooking? Hey, your pan can do that too. The book contains some interesting ideas for using cast iron on the grill. Now you’re getting the picture. You can do WAY more with that hunk of metal than fry up some chicken or sizzle a slab of bacon.

An uncountable number of possibilities await. The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook is not only a good recipe resource, but it gets you thinking “outside the pan”. So to speak.

Author: The Lodge Company
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Oxmoor House (February 7, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0848734343

BUY IT- The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook

Cookbook Preview: Cucina Povera: Tuscan Peasant Cooking

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RESERVE IT - Cucina Povera: Tuscan Peasant Cooking

There are a lot of books on the market today that try and take simple food and fancy it up. This is not one of those books. Quite the contrary.

Cucina Povera: Tuscan Peasant Cooking by Pamela Sheldon Johns, highlights the simplicity of traditional Tuscan cuisine. And, it does it in a way that every home chef/cook will love.

Pamela shares more than sixty dishes right from the heart of Tuscany. Great recipes and fantastic photography make this a cookbook that you will want to reach for again and again.

RESERVE IT - Cucina Povera: Tuscan Peasant Cooking

Author: Pamela Sheldon Johns
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (September 13, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1449402380

We will be posting a full review of this soon to be classic when it is released.

Have We Got a Calendar For You!

Who has time to keep up with all of the new cookbook releases? We do!

Cookbook Man's Cookbook Calendar

Let’s face the hard reality. Keeping up life’s schedule can be a tall order. Business meetings, kids activities and your own personal to do list. It’s hard enough to manage all of the important things, let alone the frivolous. We’re here to help you with the latter, so, you can concentrate on the former.

As a service to you, the cookbook fanatic, we are introducing a brand new site resource. A calendar of upcoming cookbook releases. You don’t have to hunt them down yourself, we did all of the hunting for you and put the results in one easy to get to place.

Updated regularly, our calendar is a quick way to see if there is anything new on the horizon that will get your mouth watering. We’ve even included a handy button for you to pre-order a copy of any book on our list. So, on release day, your shiny, new copy will be delivered right to your front door. Isn’t that handy?

How can you check out this great new feature? You can click this link:

The Cookbook Man’s Cookbook Calendar


You can click the Cookbook Calendar link located in the navigation bar of all the pages on the site. It couldn’t possibly be any easier.

Cookbook Preview: The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria

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The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria

How would you like to put a meal on your families table that comes directly from one of the world’s greatest chefs? If you’re reading this post then I think that may be of some interest.

Famed Chef Ferran Adrià has penned a cookbook that will allow you to do just that. The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria is a collection of recipes from staff meals at his iconic restaurant elBulli. Just imagine being able to enjoy the same meals that the servers, chefs and other restaurant staff ate on a daily basis at the famed eatery.

There are almost one hundred recipes that can be prepared by just about anyone. These elegant dishes are organized into three course meals and can be made for 2, 6, 20 or 75 people. If you want to enjoy a simple, but, delicious meal for two or if you’re looking to deliver a knockout experience for a special get together you’ll have some amazing guidance.

The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria hits booksellers on October 3, 2011.

Author: Ferran Adrià
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Phaidon Press (October 3, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0714862533

Reserve MY Copy will have a full review of this title closer to the release date.