Friday, 11 November 2016

Feast Friday: Read Now, Cook Later

As I look to heal my inside and learning to love who I am, my next step for the new year is to look at my outside.  The past few months I come to appreciate how I look, but I also know I feel uncomfortable at this weight.  Since my grandmother passed away I have looked to food to satisfy things I am unhappy with in my life.  I let myself think it was a short term comfort, but I have struggled with my weight all my life.  I have been underweight and I have been overweight.  At age thirty-six, I worry that this will become a bigger problem later.  I have decided that instead of dieting, I have decided to look more into a healthy lifestyle.  So, you may see more cookbooks on the blog, lol. 

Written by Ryan Scott
October 2016; 256 Pages
Oxmoor House 
Genre: cooking, foodie, nonfiction

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

"One to Five is cooking for real life: master one basic recipe and learn to spin it into five quick, affordable, and crowd-pleasing dishes. Discover how Ryan's killer marinade, a simple rotisserie chicken, or an easy slow-cooker roast can turn into soul-satisfying meals like carnitas, stuffed egg rolls, sliders, a Vietnamese salad, and a hearty stew.

From taco night to breakfast as dinner, this book is all about flexibility as Ryan invites home cooks to think creatively about cooking while using supermarket staples. He offers ingenious strategies, tricks, and guidance on stocking the freezer and pantry so that great-tasting meals are always ready at the drop of a hat." (From Publisher)
 I have not yet used any of these recipes but have been marking down many that I want to try soon!  One of my favourite things about cooking is variety, and when you have to come up with meals, you also want it to be easy. I like how if you learn one recipe you are able to make it into five more.  I love the images of the food, which makes you hungry just skimming through the book. Also, Rachel Ray does the Forward!


Written by Mark Bitterman 
October 2016; 176 Pages
Andrews McMeel Publishing 
Genre: cooking, foodie, nonfiction, salt

 (I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

"From renowned salt expert and best-selling author of Salt Block Cooking and the James Beard Award-winning Salted, Mark Bitterman, comes this unique guide to transforming your favorite foods with natural, healthful, hand-crafted salt. By simply selecting and using the right salt in the right way, you will vastly improve every dish you make.

This is the essential guide to making great salt the centerpiece of your cooking at home.

We demand quality in our meals, and natural, hand-made salts are the most basic and essential way to make those ingredients shine. Mark Bitterman is THE salt expert and award-winning author. In this book he makes this simple truth abundantly clear with over 60 inspiring recipes such as: Colorado Beef Burger with Mesquite Smoked Salt, and Chilies, Truffle Salt Smashed Roasted Potatoes, Salted Latte Ice Cream with Lemon Espresso Drizzle.

The introduction explores why craft salt is different from iodized salt, kosher salt, and even industrially manufactured sea salt in regard to flavor, nutrition, and sustainability. The many varieties of gourmet salts available today are broken into 7 families (fleur de sel, sel gris, flake salt, traditional salt, shio, rock salt, smoked and infused salts), with helpful charts that make finding the right salt for the right food convenient and easy. The modern, but down-to-earth recipes are organized into practical chapters: Meat, Poultry, Seafood, Eggs and Dairy, Vegetables and Fruits, Sweets, and Drinks and Cocktails. Beyond the recipes, the tips, techniques, and suggestions will help you elevate your tried and true favorite dishes by now using the correct type of salt. Craft salts are not a fad, they are the heart and soul of our food culture today." (From Publisher)
 This cookbook is gorgeous!!! I love the pictures as much as I love the recipes.  I love that these recipes are doable and something that you would make - rather than just a nice-to-look at coffee table book.  I do not know much about salt, other than there is more than one type of salt, so it is nice how Bitterman lays out the information.  The first bit of the book is a little history and science of salt. I look forward to cooking with different varieties of salt!

Written by Erin Gleeson
September 2016; 256 Pages
Harry N. Abrams
Genre: cooking, foodie, nonfiction, vegetarian, hosting, parties

 (I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

"When food photographer and stylist Erin Gleeson left New York City to live in a cabin in the woods of northern California, she started the blog The Forest Feast to document her vegetable-centric, seasonal approach to cooking. Her readers are drawn to her healthy recipes that anyone can make—dishes that are easy enough to prepare after a long day at work, yet impressive enough for a party—as well as to her visually stunning photography and watercolors. Erin handwrites each recipe over her photos to create diagram-like, step-by-step instructions that are vibrant, unique, and most important, easy to cook from.

Erin’s recipes have always been ideal for entertaining, but now in The Forest Feast Gatherings she offers detailed guidance on hosting casual, yet thoughtful, get-togethers from start to finish with recipes that serve 6 to 8. The book offers 100 new, innovative vegetarian recipes, along with some fan favorites from the blog, arranged in a series of artfully designed menus that are tailored around specific occasions and seasons—whether a summer dinner party, a laid-back brunch, a vegan and gluten-free gathering, or holiday cocktails" (From Publisher)
 OMG, how gorgeous is this cooking and hosting book?! There are great photographs and watercolors that just make this book amazing.  I like how the book is laid out by season and party type. It seems like you are looking through someone's personal recipe journal.   Nothing is overdone or too hard.  It makes me want to buy a cabin and throw parties!  One of the things I have been thinking about is going semi-vegetarian (still eating fish and chicken).  This book might just entice me to eat more veggies too. Excuse me, while I go follow Erin Gleeson's blog

I promise if I try any of the recipes I will try and feature it on the blog!

k (My Novelesque Life)

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