New Cooking books in November

This collection of cookbooks will inspire you to create wholesome, healthy meals easily and without stress.

Syndetics book coverThe Edible Atlas : around the world in thirty-nine cuisines / Mina Holland.
“‘A fascinating project, telling some fantastic stories about a broad range of cuisines. Mina’s style is engaging and illuminating and the food cries to be cooked.’ – Yotam Ottolenghi” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSalads in a Jar / Courtney Roulston.
“In our busy lives, we are always looking for nutritious, delicious, satisfying meals that are fast and simple to prepare. Salads in a Jar will show you how you can take it to another level, layering jars with salads to create lunches or breakfasts on the go….the salads are portable, the packaging is environmentally friendly and the recipes are delicious. Because the salads can last for several days in the fridge, you can always have yummy breakfasts and lunches ready to go.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFrom Venice to Istanbul / Rick Stein.
“From the mythical heart of Greece to the fruits of the Black Sea coast; from Croatian and Albanian flavors to the spices and aromas of Turkey and beyond–the cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean is a vibrant melting pot brimming with character. This book includes more than 100 spectacular recipes discovered by Rick during his travels. this collection of inspiring recipes evokes the magic of the Eastern Mediterranean at home.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJanella’s Super Natural Foods / Janella Purcell.
“With more than 150 fantastic recipes for healthy and delicious meals, desserts, snacks, drinks, and dressings,…Janella’s philosophy of using “food as medicine” is simple and easy to follow. Many of the recipes have been influenced by Janella’s travels to Italy, Japan, India, the Middle East, and South East Asia. Clearly marked with relevant codes–gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, raw, soy free, nut free, or grain free–each recipe also contains a few alternative ingredient suggestions to please all of the friends and family seated around your table. ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Salad Bowl : vibrant & healthy recipes for light meals, lunches, simple sides & dressings / Nicola Graimes ; photography by Matt Russell.
“Fresh, healthy, wholesome, and delicious–there can be so much more to salads than just a few leaves on a plate. These tasty recipes will inspire you to nourish your body from the inside out with every delicious forkful. This delightful book showcases beautifully balanced salads, with chapters covering Meat and Poultry, Fish and Shellfish, Dairy, Grains, Beans and Pulses, and Simply Fruits and Vegetables…. With more and more people aspiring to eat healthier diets, and with such a large variety of fresh and interesting ingredients now readily available, there has never been a better time to experiment and discover some new favorites.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBrew it Yourself / Nick Moyle & Richard Hood.
“Combining two of their passions–alcohol and gardening–authors Richard Hood and Nick Moyle take special care to explain the importance of the ingredients in each of their recipes–whether grown in the garden, foraged in the wild or bought from their local supermarket. With drinks ranging from a classic elderflower sparkle to homemade absinthe, Richard and Nick bring the art of brewing back to earth. Brew it Yourself also debunks myths, celebrates experimentation and takes the fear out of the science of fermentation. It proves that creating your own tasty alcoholic drinks doesn’t need to be complicated, doesn’t need to be costly and, most importantly, can be a whole lot of fun.” –Amazon.

Syndetics book coverClean Green Eats : 100+ clean-eating recipes to improve your whole life / Candice Kumai.
In Clean Green Eats, chef, health journalist, and healthy-living expert Candice Kumai offers more than 100 recipes that make clean eating easy, inspiring, and delicious. Her food philosophy is simple: Eat more plants, fewer animals, less dairy, low-sugar, low-gluten, and zero processed food. Candice shows you how to create meals you can feel great about eating and sharing with your family and friends.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBake and Destroy : good food for bad vegans / Natalie Slater ; foreword by CM Punk.
“Natalie Slater has been described as “Martha Stewart meets Iron Maiden,” taking vegan cooking to places it has never been before. Influenced by slasher films, pro-wrestling, punk rock and heavy metal, her quirky-yet-delicious comfort foods are a refreshing take on vegan eating with award-winning flavors. Along the way, her off-color humor, irreverent rants and density of pop-culture references will make you laugh out loud…Bake and Destroy was named one of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year by VegNews.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCitrus : Sweet & Savory Sun-Kissed Recipes / Valerie Aikman-Smith & Victoria Pearson.
“A visually stunning collection of 75 inventive, fool-proof recipes that highlight the use of citrus. This sunny, citrus-infused collection showcases lemons, oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, and limes as well as out-of-the-ordinary kumquats, pomelos, Buddha’s hand, and yuzu in everything from breakfast to dinner, drinks to dessert…The photography captures the essence of citrus on the plate…the zesty, tangy flavors of Citrus will brighten up both your kitchen and your cooking.” (Syndetics summary)

電子菜譜:廣式燒臘點心 – New Cooking eBooks in Cantonese

資深大廚教你製作美味燒臘,精緻點心,經典糖水.在線閲讀或下載

Overdrive cover 在家做燒味, 陳偉 (eBook)
“香港的燒味舉世馳名,許多香港人都愛吃這種食物,資深燒臘名師陳偉把繁複的專業技藝,簡化成在家也能做到的燒烤食物,書中有香料和一般常用味醬介紹,並附有許多個人製作心得,與讀者分享。全書介紹了50多款美味食物,還運用那些滷燻食物再配搭其他食材,變化成許多家常菜餚,天天有加餸。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 美味滋补煲汤, 刘振鹏 (eBook)
“冬春季,餐桌上有碗热气腾腾的鲜汤,常使人垂涎欲滴,既能取暖,又能开胃,夏秋季节,餐桌上有碗凉的差不多的清肺汤,既能排毒,又能养颜,想想就觉得胃口大开。《美味滋补煲汤》主要内容包括:煲汤全攻略、滋补蔬菜汤、滋补肉菜汤、滋补水产汤和滋补甜汤。内容丰富、信息量大、实用性强。助您喝出健康好身体。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 糖水, Unknown (eBook)
“香港潮流糖水和經典糖水共冶一爐,簡單易做,撘配新穎,顏色吸引,除了自家烹煮外,還可作糖水店的參考建議。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 蔡潔儀百味料理–香港糕點, 蔡潔儀 (eBook)
“蔡潔儀百味料理的叢書之一,挑選香港常見50款糕點甜品編集成書,尤其是節慶食品、坊間小吃等。每款食譜會突出烹調成品特色與技法,以及每菜一食材的介紹。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 天天吃海魚, 陳紀臨 (eBook)
“每菜一魚,標有其特徵、別名和烹調方法,還兼附魚相片,方便確認。作者是飲食世家出身,博學多聞,游走四方,全書挑選40多道魚菜,深入考究每種魚的資料,運用不同的烹調技巧,突顯菜式。篇末還附加海魚概說,增加閱讀興趣和常識。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 一盅兩件, 黃健欽 (eBook)
“資深點心師黃健欽擁有40多年入廚經驗,其點心作品創意不凡。點心離不開飲茶,本書既講點亦講茶。55款創新口味或造型的點心中,有「飲茶」必食的多款美點外,還以茶入饌,煎炒焗炸蒸煮等法炮製的美點,均有圖解詳細解說製作方法,是點心製作愛好者必備的參考書。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 食療食物大全, 鍾庸 (eBook)
“‧利用食物防治疾病,在中國已有數千年歷史。食物藥源,到處可見,不論瓜果蔬菜,還是糧食肉蛋,既可食用,又能入藥,具有安全可靠,簡單易行的特色。 ‧本書用數百張彩圖和簡明扼要的文字,深入淺出的紹了達三百種「食用的藥物」,取這些飲食物料作為輔助治療劑或食療品,都能收到恢復健康,促進病體痊癒的效果。 ‧本書原作者是譽滿港澳的已故著名中醫鍾庸先生,有豐富的臨床經驗。原書出版多年,現今再經本草學及食療專家關培生先生對全書作修訂,在考核名實,評述氣味功能,解說食療功效和闡釋實際應用方面都作了嚴謹的校勘,使全書更具科學性,並充份反映了目前食療研究的成果。 ‧本書附錄了常用食療方及百餘種常見食物的詳細營養成份分析表,具有相當高的參考價值。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 家有靚湯, 伊曼 (eBook)
“喝湯是飲食文化一種,香港湯種可說是五花八門,有養生湯、滾煮湯和西式湯羹等。這本書集合了四十多種湯,中西合璧,還附加了選煲心得,食譜還兼備了中、英、印尼文,適合不同讀者的需要,自用或送禮皆宜。書末還附設了常用湯料的認字咭以供外傭使用。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 真味香港菜, 陳紀臨 (eBook)
“作者夫婦是著名食家「特級校對」陳夢因先生的子媳,繼承其父對飲食的品鑒,強調廚藝,捨棄盲目追求名貴食物,堅持「做菜是要用心來做,不是用手來做」的理念。本書以實例發揚「特級校對」的飲食哲學,除了提供具體的份量和烹調的步驟方法,還講述做菜的道理,使讀者能利用今天的食材和廚房設備,容易地做出可口的家常菜。陳家廚房從來沒有秘密,有的是特級校對留下的做菜智慧和思考方法,悟道者受益不盡。 本書借著懷舊菜式喚起集體回憶,提倡「在家吃飯」,讓讀者們一起感受家庭溫馨。” (Overdrive description)

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New Cooking books in August

This selection includes something for everyone.

Syndetics book coverSolo : Inspirational Cooking for One / Linda Tubby ; photography by Ali Allen.
“Linda’s imaginative and inspiring recipes are divided into 5 chapters, Almost Instant, A Little Ahead, Give It Time, Make It An Event and Those Little Extras, making it simple to find the perfect meal for any occasion.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSecrets From My Indian Family Kitchen : contains 120 recipes / Anjali Pathak.
“Inventive, engaging and soulful. Anjali’s adoration of Indian cuisine and proud love for her Indian heritage combined with her cooking, writing and teaching skills, has made this book quite special. Anjali draws upon her family secrets in a beautiful collection of authentic Indian dishes and modern creations that are perfect for all cooks. Delve into heartfelt stories that bring Indian food to life, learn top tips for foolproof results, master classics and learn how a touch of spice can add a contemporary twist.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhat Can I Cook Tonight? / editiorial & food director, Pamela Clark.
“Meals for weeknights are challenging as time is short and everyone is busy, but there still needs to be a healthy, tasty meal ready for the family. Home cooks will be inspired with these quick and easy family-friendly meals – perfect for busy weeknights…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCourtyard Kitchen : recipes and growing tips for herbs and potted fruits / Natalie Boog.
“Courtyard Kitchen is prefaced with simple tips and hints on selecting the best herbs for your space and setting up and maintaining them; it includes essential information on seasons, cropping times and basic plant care. Following this are more than 80 simple fresh food recipes with clever flavour-matching ideas based around a specific herb or potted fruit theme-basil, mint, coriander, lemon, parsley, strawberry, thyme, rosemary, chilli. There are risottos, roasts, pizzas, salsas, salads, soups, recipes for pasta, polenta, couscous; there are sorbets, cakes, biscuits and treats – delicious, easy recipes that celebrate the sheer pleasure of home cooking with herbs you’ve grown yourself.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Dumpling Sisters Cookbook : over 100 favourite recipes from a Chinese family kitchen / Amy and Julie Zhang.
“Dedicated to and destined to be adored by every Chinese food lover, this book is full of Chinese-food favourites, impressive sharing dishes and even sweet treats that have been little acknowledged in a western understanding of Chinese food – until now. This is Chinese home cooking at its best.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverV is for Vegan / Kerstin Rodgers aka MsMarmiteLover ; photography by Jan Baldwin.
“A bright and creative vegan cookbook that will change your perception of veganism forever. This is the perfect book for vegans, the vegan-curious and those just looking to cut down on their meat intake.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCurious Barista’s Guide to Coffee / Tristan Stephenson ; with photography by Addie Chinn.
“The definitive guide to the extraordinary world of coffee from growing and roasting to brewing and serving the perfect cup. The ultimate guide to the history, science and community behind coffee…..Coffee offers 25 recipes for coffee-based drinks and baked treats to serve them with. From iced to Irish, espresso martinis to coffee beer, this is an essential anthology for the coffee enthusiast.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMagic Soup : food for health and happiness / Nicole Pisani and Kate Adams.
“There is something about soup that has both the ability to revitalise and to soothe. They are packed with nutrition and offer variety, deliciousness and comfort as well as being a fantastic aid for weight-loss. Soup’s versatility and health benefits are captured in MAGIC SOUP.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGo Clean & Lean with Carie.
“Simplicity around eating clean and wholesome foods that are naturally wheat and gluten free with minimal to no added sugars! This is a resource tool and recipe book rolled into one. It offers a down to earth and easy to understand approach to eating healthy.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet : more than 200 healthy homemade snacks you and your kids will love / Laura Fuentes, founder of MOMables.com.
If you’re a parent or a caregiver, you know that kids are hungry all the time. And while you want to give them the best, snack time can be a true test. How do you avoid the convenient-but-unhealthy storebought treats and instead provide something that not only tastes good, but is good for them them too? With The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet, you’ll find more than 200+ great ideas for solving the snack conundrum.” (Syndtics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Beetlebung Farm Cookbook : a year of cooking on Martha’s Vineyard / Chris Fischer with Catherine Young ; photographs by Gabriela Herman ; design & letterpress by Emma Young.
“Chris Fischer is a chef, farmer, and writer whose roots on the island run twelve generations deep. His cooking combines practical, rural ingenuity with skill acquired in the world’s leading kitchens. Beetlebung Farm, his grandparents’ five-acre parcel in the town of Chilmark, is both Fischer’s inspiration and the source for the fine raw materials he showcases…..In this beautifully illustrated homage to the family and community that raised him, Fischer weaves seasonal menus through stories of growing up on the island……The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook is a clear and essential record of contemporary New England cuisine.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHog : proper pork recipes from the snout to the squeak / Richard H. Turner.
Hog is a celebration of all things pig from the king of meat himself, Richard H. Turner – from breeds and rearing, to butchering and preparing, with techniques, features and more than 150 recipes for nose to tail eating. The comprehensive range of dishes includes hams, bacon, sausages, charcuterie, pates, confits, roasts, grills, hotpots, ragouts, pies, casseroles, scratchings, crackling, trotters and much more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Geeky Chef Cookbook : unofficial recipes from Doctor Who, Game of thrones, Harry Potter, and more : real-life recipes for your favorite fantasy foods / Cassandra Reeder, the Geeky Chef.
“Geek out with recipes inspired by books, movies, television, and video games! You’ve conquered comic con. You binge watch Star Wars regularly. Now, it’s time to get your geek on in the kitchen! Cassandra Reeder loves to cook, and she’s a bona-fide mega-geek. Comic-lover, avid gamer, and sci-fi and fantasy lover, she started The Geeky Chef in 2008. She creates real-life recipes for all the delicious foods you’ve seen in your favorite sci-fi and fantasy movies, TV shows, and video games.”(Syndetics summary)

Seasonal foods – New Cooking picks in July

This month’s selection of cookbooks feature seasonal foods with emphasis on local produce and growing your own food. Other books include ‘how to’ books like Dudefood, The First Foods Book and Cooking for Geeks.

Syndetics book coverDudeFood. Volume # 1 / [by Daniel Churchill].
“Are you a guy who has wanted to cook but doesn’t know where to start? The Dude Food book is here to educate, motivate and inspire men of all ages. With its colloquial dude language and easy to read recipes, dudes no longer have an excuse to avoid the kitchen bench. Dude Food incorporates the many scenarios guys find themselves in each day – what to have around the gym, how to impress a girl, what to feed your mates. This book will turn a standard TV dinner guy into an appealing kitchen master.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe First Foods Book : 130 yummy recipes from weaning to the big table.
“Covering every step of the weaning journey, from six months to a year, The First Foods Book includes more than 130 recipes – from single-veg purees to exciting combinations and full meals. Every one has been rigorously tested to ensure it meets with Ella’s Kitchen nutritional standards. There is also lots of practical advice to give every parent confidence at this key stage of their baby’s development…making weaning easy and stress-free – introducing solids becomes as much of an adventure for parents as it is for the little one whose taste exploration has only just begun.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCooking for Geeks : Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food / Jeff Potter.
“More than just a cookbook, Cooking for Geeks inspires you to be inventive in the kitchen and piques your curiosity about food. Presents recipes ranging in difficulty with the science and technology-minded cook in mind, providing the science behind cooking, the physiology of taste, and the techniques of molecular gastronomy.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverKew on a Plate with Raymond Blanc : recipes, horticulture and heritage / text by Sheila Keating.
“The best dish on Raymond’s menu, according to Raymond, is the ‘one that’s in season’. In this unique collaboration, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Raymond Blanc OBE have come together to explore the provenance of our heritage fruit and vegetables and grow them once again in Kew’s historic gardens.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe One-Pot Gourmet Gardener : delicious container recipes to grow together and cook together / Cinead McTernan ; photography by Jason Ingram.
“How clever would it be to grow all the ingredients for an entire tasty dish in one garden pot? Well now you can, with The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener , which takes 25 contemporary and classic recipes and shows how to grow their ingredients in one chic container. Grow each recipe in one pot and serve them in another! The container recipes are arranged by eating event from picnics to snacks to main courses and puddings, with drinks and dressings to accompany.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFrom Earth to Plate : cooking with root vegetables / Denise McGuigan.
From Earth to Plate guides you through the simple process of utilising fresh, amazing and exotic natural produce whether from your own garden, the local supermarket or fresh produce markets into some of the most amazing, wholesome, pleasurable and definitely scrumptious healthy dishes. You’ll relish the fabulous illustrations throughout featuring the wide array of how the humble vegetable can and will incorporate (or become the main fare) with some of the most enjoyable meals you’ll ever have the pleasure savouring. So whether you’re an experienced or a novice cook looking for a simple salad or side dish, a vibrant main course, or creamy mashed potatoes, you are certain to find it in this essential cookbook.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMaggie Beer’s Winter Harvest : recipes / Maggie Beer ; with photography by Mark Chew.
Maggie’s Winter Harvest brings together all of Maggie Beer’s signature recipes from her winter chapter of Maggie’s Harvest, including detailed descriptions of seasonal ingredients and inspiring accounts of memorable meals with family and friends….This book from one of Australia’s best-loved cooks is essential for anyone with an appreciation of the pleasures of sourcing, cooking and sharing seasonal food.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSummer Berries & Autumn Fruits : 120 sensational sweet & savoury recipes / Annie Rigg ; photography by Tara Fisher.
“In this inspiring collection of seasonal recipes, Annie Rigg offers 120 original, exciting and tempting ways to enjoy the orchard’s bounty.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNut Butters : 30 nut butter recipes and creative ways to use them / Mary Loudermilk.
“Sure, they’re great on toast, but there’s no limit to what nut butters can do! Not only will this book give you the basics for several easy-to-make varieties, but it also introduces fresh and unusual flavor combinations–like chocolate bourbon hazelnut, bacon pistachio, and spicy macadamia. Each butter comes with delicious recipes, from chicken and shrimp to cookies, pancakes, and truffles. Nut Butters will spark your imagination and inspire you to create your own variations!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA Table in the Orchard : my delicious life / Michelle Crawford.
“I dreamed of a rambling old farmhouse where I could grow my own food, learn how to bake cakes and make jam. I wanted to wear gumboots. Every day.” Organizing cocktail parties at the Sydney Opera House sounds perfectly glamorous, and for a while it was for Michelle Crawford. But once she became a mother, the yearning to find her own little slice of heaven in the country could no longer be ignored….A Table in the Orchard is breathtaking proof of how seductive a taste of slow living in one of the most beautiful valleys in Tasmania might be. Like Michelle, you might be tempted to make your own crumpets or run away to the Apple Isle.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGet the Glow : 100 delicious and easy recipes that will nourish you from the inside out / Madeleine Shaw.
“In GET THE GLOW nutritional health coach to the stars Madeleine Shaw shows you that eating well can easily become a way of life, resulting in the hottest, healthiest and happiest you… Madeleine’s philosophy is simple: ditch the junk and eat foods that heal your gut so you can shine from head to toe and really get the glow.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEat Local for Less : the ultimate guide to opting out of our broken industrial food system / Julie Castillo.
“Featuring down-to-earth advice on finding, buying, growing, and preparing great food from local sources, this important resource shows readers how to bring what’s on their plates in line with what’s in their hearts. For anyone concerned about animal welfare, economic fair play, family cohesion, community wellbeing, or the impact of human activity on the environment, the book is a compendium of practical know-how, showcasing another whole food system that has been quietly producing delicious foods in ways that don’t wreck any ecosystems but actually improve some of them.” (Syndetics summary)

An international flavour in this month’s new cookbooks

This month’s selection takes a tour through a world of glorious cuisines. Although this selection of cookbooks features international and exotic cuisines, the everyday cook should not be deterred from trying these recipes as nearly all the ingredients are available in local supermarkets.

Syndetics book coverThe New Persian Kitchen / Louisa Shafia ; photography by Sara Remington.
“In The New Persian Kitchen , acclaimed chef Louisa Shafia explores her Iranian heritage by reimagining classic Persian recipes from a fresh, vegetable-focused perspective. These vibrant recipes demystify Persian ingredients like rose petals, dried limes, tamarind, and sumac, while offering surprising preparations for familiar foods such as beets, carrots, mint, and yogurt for the busy, health-conscious cook…. A luscious, contemporary take on a time-honored cuisine, The New Persian Kitchen makes the exotic and beautiful tradition of seasonal Persian cooking both accessible and inspiring.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Food of Taiwan : recipes from the beautiful island / Cathy Erway ; photography by Pete Lee.
“Acclaimed author Cathy Erway offers an insider’s look at Taiwanese cooking–from home-style dishes to authentic street food. While certain dishes from Taiwan are immensely popular, like steamed buns and bubble tea, the cuisine still remains relatively unknown in America. In The Food of Taiwan , Taiwanese-American Cathy Erway, the acclaimed blogger and author of The Art of Eating In , gives readers an insider’s look at Taiwanese cooking with almost 100 recipes for both home-style dishes and street food…. Tantalizing food photographs intersperse with beautiful shots of Taiwan’s coasts, mountains, and farms and gritty photos of bustling city scenes, making this book just as enticing to flip through as it is to cook from.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRecipes from My French Kitchen / Allyson Gofton.
“Allyson Gofton offers a glimpse into French village life as she spends a year with her family in a remote farmhouse in the Hautes-Pyrénées. Peppered with recipes and stories from this little-known area of France, Recipes from My French Kitchen shares more than 50 seasonal dishes adapted for New Zealand home cooks, as well as stories of the people, places and culinary traditions Allyson encountered during her remarkable adventure.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Kimchi Cookbook : 60 traditional and modern ways to make and eat kimchi / Lauryn Chun with Olga Massov ; photography by Sara Remington.
“Based on Korea’s legendary condiment, Mother-in-Law’s kimchi is taking America by storm with its vibrant, versatile balance of flavor and just the right amount of spice. Making kimchi is the next frontier for anyone who enjoys DIY food projects, and homemade kimchi is a must-have for connoisseurs of the beloved Korean pickle. Following traditional kimchi-making seasons and focusing on produce at its peak, this bold, colorful cookbook walks you step by step through how to make both robust and lighter kimchi…..With sixty recipes and beautiful photographs that will have you hooked on kimchi’s unique crunch and heat, The Kimchi Cookbook takes the champagne of pickles to new heights.”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverPuglia / narrative text by Tara Stevens ; photographs by Matt Russell ; illustrations by Beppe Giacobbe ; translated by Mary Consonni.
A culinary journey through the Italian regions of Puglia and Basilicata, featuring more than 50 simple and authentic recipes from the Silver Spoon kitchen.

Syndetics book coverAnatolia : Adventures in Turkish Cooking / Somer Sivrioğlu & David Dale.
Anatolia is a richly illustrated, entertaining and informative exploration of the regional cooking culture of Turkey. Turkish-born chef Somer Sivrioglu and co-author David Dale re-imagine the traditions of Turkish cooking, presenting recipes ranging from the grand banquets of the Ottoman empire to the spicy snacks of Istanbul’s street stalls. In doing so they explain their take on the classics and reveal the surrounding rituals, myths, jokes and folk wisdom of both the old and new Turkey. More than 150 dishes are featured, and images of the recipes are complemented by specially commissioned photographs shot on location in Turkey. Feature spreads on local Turkish chefs and producers and their specialities add a fascinating layer of interest and flavour.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe River Cottage Australia Cookbook / Paul West ; foreword by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall ; photography by Mark Chew ; illustrations by Kate Chadwick.
“Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has sowed the seed for a brand new River Cottage – in Australia Somewhere between Melbourne and Sydney, and nestled between the pristine Sapphire Coast and the imposing Mount Gulaga, lies the beautiful old dairy farm which is now the home of River Cottage Australia, and ‘new Hugh’ Paul West…. Featuring recipes from the first three series of River Cottage Australia, this is the cookbook that will reveal the delicious dishes which Paul has been creating on the farm… With a preface by Hugh (and a sprinkling of his recipes throughout), plus atmospheric, beautiful photography by Mark Chew, this is one of the best cookery books of the year.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverMomofuku Milk Bar / Christina Tosi, with Courtney McBroom ; photographs by Gabriele Stabile and Mark Ibold.
“Just as Momofuku was much more than a cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar, too, will have a compelling narrative story, also written with Peter Meehan, that shares the unlikely beginnings of this quirky bakery’s success. A runaway success in fall 2009, Momofuku suffered from just one criticism among reviewers: where were Christina Tosi’s fantastic desserts? The compost cookie, a chunky chocolate-chip cookie studded with crunchy salty pretzels and coffee grounds; the crack pie, a sugary-buttery confection as craveable as the name implies; the cereal milk ice cream, made from everyone’s favorite part of a nutritious breakfast–the milk at the bottom of a bowl of cereal; the easy layer cakes that forgo fancy frosting in favor of unfinished edges that hint at the yumminess inside. Momofuku Milk Bar will have all the recipes for their most addictive desserts, along with ones for savory baked goods that take a page from Dave’s Asian-flavored cuisine, such as Kimchi Croissant with Blue Cheese”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book cover7000 islands : a food portrait of the Philippines / by Yasmin Newman.
7000 Islands is a beautifully illustrated, comprehensive guide to Filipino food and an insight into the culture and history of the Philippines, which will appeal to foodies and travellers alike. The book is divided into 13 chapters: Dipping Sauces (shallot and olive pickle); Breakfast (eggplant omelette); Soups (Chicken Binakol); Everyday Food (braised pork with black beans); Seafood (crab and young coconut ginataan); Party Food (stuffed beef roll with rich tomato sauce); Barbeque Food (chargrilled stuffed squid); Rice and Noodles (native paella); Vegetables and Salads (cucumber salad); Bar and Finger Food (sweet potato and prawn fritters); Snacks (sweet Filipino shortbread); Desserts (young coconut pie); Drinks (ginger tea). Filipino food can be seen through the prism of its colourful and unique history – with influences from Malaysia, Spain, China, Mexico and the US adding to the cuisine’s rich texture.” (Sydetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpain : A Culinary Road Trip / Mario Batali with Gwyneth Paltrow ; art direction and design by Douglas Riccardi and Lisa Eaton ; written with Julia Turshen ; photography by Moises Saman ; additional photography by Quentin Bacon.
“From Mario Batali, superstar chef and author of Molto Italiano and Italian Grill, comes an eating tour throughout Spain with his friend Gwyneth Paltrow. Spain…A Culinary Road Trip is the companion book to the prime-time public television series Spain…On The Road Again. The premise is simple: Mario Batali and Mark Bittman are single-minded, food-obsessed friends who are constantly on the lookout for the food, wine, and cooking that is unique to Spain–and in this series they will find it. Gwyneth Paltrow and the Spanish actress Claudia Bassols are eager to enjoy all the pleasures the country has to offer, and each pair will be lured into the worlds of the other. The foursome take the ultimate road trip adventure, showcasing the pleasures of Spain, the country’s regional cuisine, art, history, and culture, as they’ve never been seen before. Hundreds of gorgeous and candid photos, anecdotes, and more than seventy recipes from Mario appear in this scrapbook of the dream vacation through Spain.” (Syndetics summary)

New Cooking books in April

Enjoy our eclectic selection for this month.

Syndetics book coverA Bird in the Hand : chicken recipes for every day and every mood / Diana Henry.
“In A Bird in the Hand , Diana Henry o­ffers a host of new, easy and not-so-very-well-known dishes, starring the bird we all love.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKenkō Kitchen / Kate Bradley ; photography by Elisa Watson.
“In Kenko Kitchen, Kate Bradley shares a range of healthy and delicious foods that are easy to prepare, with ingredients available from the local store. Featuring a host of vegan recipes that are also gluten- and sugar-free for those with fructose and gluten intolerances, and delicious raw food, detoxifying, and macrobiotic recipes, Kenko Kitchen is perfect for everyone from whole foods newcomers to long time whole-foods devotees, health-conscious food lovers, vegans, and those with dietary intolerances.”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNote-by-Note Cooking : The Future of Food / Hervé This ; translated by M.B. DeBevoise.
Note-by-Note Cooking is a landmark in the annals of gastronomy, liberating cooks from the constraints of traditional ingredients and methods through the use of pure molecular compounds. 1-Octen-3-ol, which has a scent of wild mushrooms; limonene, a colorless liquid hydrocarbon that has the smell of citrus; sotolon, whose fragrance at high concentrations resembles curry and at low concentrations, maple syrup or sugar; tyrosine, an odorless but flavorful amino acid present in cheese–these and many other substances, some occurring in nature, some synthesized in the laboratory, make it possible to create novel tastes and flavors in the same way that elementary sound waves can be combined to create new sounds. Note-by-note cooking promises to add unadulterated nutritional value to dishes of all kinds, actually improving upon the health benefits of so-called natural foods….” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverClean Slate : A Cookbook and Guide : reset your health, detox your body, and feel your best / from the editors of Martha Stewart living.
“This book emphasizes eating clean, whole, unprocessed foods as part of a primarily plant-based diet, with delicious and healthy recipes that make it easy to do just that…You’ll find guidelines for re-stocking your pantry with whole grains, beans and legumes, lean proteins, and healthy fats; glossaries of the best sources of detoxifiers, antioxidants, and other health-boosting nutrients; and menus for a simple 3-day cleanse and a 21-day whole-body detox, with easy-to-follow tips and strategies for staying on track.”–Publisher.

Syndetics book coverDigestion : Eat Your Way to Better Health / Dale Pinnock.
“Tackle digestion complaints and eat your way to better health with TV’s Medicinal Chef and nutrition expert Dale Pinnock. Around 40% of people have at least one digestive symptom at any one time and this book explains how changing your diet can help you to alleviate symptoms.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHealthy Eating to Reduce the Risk of Dementia : 100 fantastic recipes based on extensive, in-depth research / Margaret Rayman, Katie Sharpe, Vanessa Ridland & Patsy Westcott ; photography by Will Heap.
“Dementia affects nearly 36 million people worldwide, with 7.7 million new cases every year, and has a dramatic impact on sufferers and their families. There is evidence, however, that a healthy lifestyle and diet, especially in mid-life, can help to reduce the risk of developing dementia. In this much-needed book, Margaret Rayman and her team of nutritional experts give clear and effective guidelines on how to adapt your diet and lifestyle to help protect you against this condition.”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe 52 new foods challenge : a family cooking adventure for each week of the year / Jennifer Tyler Lee.
“In this book, and the Crunch a Color game that complements it, we meet a mom, advocate, and inspiration who helps families move from bland to bountiful plates from the freezer section to the farmers market. Through an ingenious and simple game, The 52 New Foods Challenge inspires kids, their parents, friends, and families to get into the kitchen to cook, taste, and eat healthy, unprocessed foods together.This book may actually help families save the health of our children, our nation, and perhaps our planet as well!” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverFood, Fashion, Love / Fleur Wood ; creative direction by Kristina Ammitzboll ; photography, Rob Palmer.
“Tumble down the rabbit hole and into the wild and whimsical world of Fleur Wood, one of Australia’s leading fashion designers and an enthusiastic home cook. Discover what inspires, motivates and sustains her, from flower-scented baths and tisanes to old-fashioned portraits, love-heart lockets and food with soul. Fleur shares her knowledge and passion for all things vintage and offers a window into the creative processes that drive her covetable collections. Indulge your senses with fabulous fashion, cutting-edge style and plenty of mouth-watering recipes in this visual feast from the immensely creative and talented Fleur Wood.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAmy’s Baking Year : Seasonal Recipes from Britain’s Youngest Baker / Amy-Beth Ellice.
“Let Britain’s youngest baker take you on a mouth-watering journey through the seasons in her first collection of inspiring recipes. From cute cupcakes, macaroons, cookies, tarts, and classic sponges, to sticky puddings, jams, and gingerbread, there is an indulgent treat to suit every occasion.” (Book Jacket)

The Greengrocer's DietThe Greengrocer’s Diet : what starts as a diet becomes a way of life / Judy Davie.
“Judy Davie The Food Coach believes that, in an era of expensive health food ‘products’ and complex but highly restrictive diets, the best approach to weight loss and better health is relatively simple and based on readily available ingredients with an emphasis of fresh produce. Vegetables and fruit are the lowest calorie and highest nutrient options around. If eaten seasonally and prepared well, they are also cheap and delicious.The Greengrocer’s Diet is a complete seasonal-based eating program that promotes long-term weight loss and good health….The book includes over 220 delicious recipes all beautifully photographed, seasonal lists, meal plans, nutritional guidelines for every dish and clear, safe advice on occasional fasting. Other benefits of the diet include lowered blood pressure, improved digestion, better sleep, improved skin and hair quality and big increases in energy levels….” (Books in Print)

New Cooking books in February

Here are some cookbooks which may help keep you on track with your new year’s resolution to stay healthy.

Syndetics book cover100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks : Easy recipes for natural energy and weight control the healthy way / Emily von Euw.
“Juices and smoothies are packed with the vitamins and nutrients you need to nourish your body. And Emily von Euw, creator of thisrawsomeveganlife.com has recipes that are so delicious you’ll be drinking to your health every day.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverGluten-free & Easy : Over 80 Simple Recipes for the Gluten Intolerant / Sara Lewis.
Gluten-free & Easy can make adapting to a gluten-free diet easy. There are 100 recipes and step-by-step guides to making gluten-free pastries, breads, cakes and more, and a glossary of gluten-free ingredients such as flour mixes and xanthan gum, it is the only book you need to change your diet for ever. A wide range of dishes is included. There are bakes, such as cakes, breads, tarts and pies, as well as other treats that are conventionally gluten-based, such as dumplings, pancakes, pasta and Chinese sauces.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverThe Wild Wisdom of Weeds : 13 essential plants for human survival / Katrina Blair ; foreword by Sandor Ellix Katz.
“When you encounter a weed, do you pull it, spray it-or consume it? Blair, a holistic health and sustainable living educator, recommends the latter. In the first few chapters of this title, she emphasizes the importance of wild plants as food and medicine. The remaining chapters profile 13 edible weeds commonly found worldwide near human habitations: amaranth, chickweed, clover, dandelion, dock, grass, knotweed, lambsquarter, mallow, mustard, plantain, purslane, and thistle. Many are frequently classified as noxious or invasive, but Blair encourages us to see them not as enemies to be eradicated but as allies to nourish body and spirit.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverThe Healthy Cook / Dan Churchill ; art director, Jay Beaumont ; photography, Michael Marchment ; styling, Madi Coppock.
The Healthy Cook is set to revolutionise the way you look at healthy cooking, being one of the first cookbooks to provide the macronutrient (Protein, Fats and Carbohydrates ) information for each meal, all in a simple table. Readers will learn about what they are actually digesting just from a quick glance. An efficient and easy way to understand how balanced your days really are. Wanting to know what to cook for dinner but are sick of reading whole recipes? Using the innovative Slider Bar The Healthy Cook will help you find the perfect dish for the occasion as it assesses time, skill set and how healthy the meal is.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGreens + Grains : Recipes for deliciously healthful meals / Molly Watson ; photographs by Joseph De Leo.
“People are eating more greens and grains and feeling virtuous about the abundant vitamins and minerals and invaluable protein and fibre. Best of all, these foods are utterly delicious! The 45 creative recipes in this book combine greens and grains in dishes for all meal occasions that burst with flavour, colour and lusciousness. These flexible recipes not only make weeknight dinners, many requiring only one pot, but also provide a comprehensive reference of cooking methods for dozens of grains, from quinoa to rye berries….This is an indispensable book for the health-conscious home cook.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSuper Seeds : Cooking with power-packed chia, quinoa, flax, hemp & amaranth / Kim Lutz.
“Chia, hemp, flax, quinoa, and amaranth are tiny powerhouses that are considered some of nature’s perfect foods. Hemp, for example, delivers a whopping 5 grams of protein in a two-tablespoon serving–a true super food that provides a perfect balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids in each serving, making hemp a superb addition to vegan and vegetarian diets. All five of the super seeds featured in this hardworking book take a star turn in 75 delicious recipes, both savory and sweet…. These super seeds are gluten-free, too!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Grain-free Family Table : 125 delicious recipes for fresh, healthy eating every day / Carrie Vitt.
“Offers organic, family-friendly, and grain-free recipes that satisfy a paleo lifestyle, including blackberry apple crisp, zucchini fritters, creamy chicken, vegetable, and tomato soup, and pecan pie.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNatural Food that Makes You Happy / Pascale Naessens.
“Pascale Naessens is a bestselling culinary author. With her books, she created a new vibe where people can enjoy food and lose weight at the same time. Her recipes are recommended by doctors and osteopaths and are the proof that tasty food can also be healthy. This book presents delightful dishes that are easy to make and packed full of flavour; food that makes you happy, beautiful and energetic. This book is not a diet book, it is a way of living and thinking.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverThe Happy Pear : Recipes and stories from the first ten years / David & Stephen Flynn ; photography by Alistair Richardson.
“After ten glorious years in which David and Stephen Flynn of the Happy Pear Cafe’ have made healthy eating exciting, they now share their formula – make the cooking easy and fun and pack the dishes with mind-blowing flavour, texture and colour. Simple!” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverClean Eats : Over 200 delicious recipes to reset your body’s natural balance and discover what it means to be truly healthy / Alejandro Junger, M.D.
“A cardiologist presents gluten- and dairy-free recipes in this companion cookbook to the Clean diet programs. Many recipes are appropriate for cleansing, gut health, and vegan diets.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverHonestly Healthy Cleanse / Natasha Corrett.
Honestly Healthy Cleanse is a cookbook for food-lovers who want to look and feel fabulous. In a world full of processed and sugar-dense food, gourmet vegetarian Natasha Correett has created 4 cleansing recipe plans suitable for every occasion to help get you back on track. From a nurturing weekend of juices, smoothies and soups to a 6-day slimdown, and from a high protein cleanse if you’re exercising hard to a 28-day plan to permanently change the way you eat, the book is packed full of deliciously healthy food.” (Book Jacket)

Health focused eating – Cooking recent picks

‘More vegetables, less meat, eat smart, live long’ is the new approach to healthy eating without sacrificing on flavour or versatility. This month’s selection of cookbooks is full of recipes that are healthy, nourishing, truly tasty and satisfying, and simple to make.

Syndetics book coverThrough the Seasons : The Free Range Cook / Annabel Langbein.
“Annabel Langbein is back with her most exciting book yet, inspired by a year of fresh seasonal harvests, many of which just happen to be gluten-free or vegetarian, with menus for every occasion, plus hundreds of Annabel’s trademark clever tips and tricks, this is more than just a cookbook – it’s a toolkit for a good life.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverSuperfoods : 7 Essential Ingredients for Living Well / Rena Patten.
“A superfood is a food that is packed with highly powerful and lots of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and other nutrients that are not only supposed to keep you healthy from the inside out but may also help to ward off diseases…The 7 essential ingredients for living well are, Broccoli, Kale, Amaranth, Chia, Seaweed, Quinoa, Raw Cacao….Each chapter has recipes that are easy to follow and cook with details of the health benefits on why this ingredient is good for you. Beautiful photographs with recipes for all occasions.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA Modern Way to Eat : Over 200 Satisfying, Everyday Vegetarian Recipes (that will make you feel amazing) / Anna Jones.
“A modern, stylish vegetarian cookbook packed with quick, healthy and fresh recipes – endorsed by Jamie Oliver!.. Anna Jones is a brilliant young cook and food writer, who worked with Jamie Oliver for many years. Her first cookbook is a totally modern take on vegetarian eating – recipes that are healthy, nourishing, truly tasty and satisfying, and simple to make.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Fat Radish Kitchen Diaries / Ben Towill, Phil Winser, Nick Wilber with Julia Turshen ; photographed by Nicole Franzen.
“A vegetable-focused cookbook from the stylish and delicious New York restaurant….Its menu of uncomplicated, slightly British, vegetable-focused cooking was a hit, with its perfect combinations of fresh, seasonal, good-for-you ingredients and unfussy, crowd-pleasing dishes. Illustrated with artful photographs, this book is at once accessible and inspiring–the best everyday cookbook out there.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Forks Over Knives Plan : How to Transition to the Life-saving, Whole-food, Plant-based Diet / Alona Pulde, M.D. and Matt Lederman, M.D. ; with Marah Stets and Brian Wendel ; recipes by Darshana Thacker and Del Sroufe.
The Forks Over Knives Plan is easy. Easy to understand, easy to follow, and easy to cure yourself of common health problems. – John McDougall, author of The Starch Solution
“Plant-based nutrition is now the most powerful medication I prescribe for my patients. The Forks Over Knives Plan is a much needed resource that will help them transition to a whole-food, plant-based diet and truly retake control of their health.” – James f. Loomis, MD, director of Prevention and Wellness, St. Luke’s Hospital. (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverLet’s Eat Raw : Recipes for Improved Health, Energy and Vitality / Scott Mathias.
“Scott Mathias has sought and found a better way to live consciously by choosing to eat food that will benefit him with 100% of their nutrients. He became a raw food chef and educator after suffering from his own chronic digestive illness. He was inspirationally guided to create the most beautiful and tasty food he could, that just happens to be plant nutrient-rich food, such as fruit and vegetables that is 100 per cent raw….” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRowan Bishop’s Vital : The Almost Vegetarian Cookbook / photography by Carolyn Robertson.
“New cookery book featuring numerous enticing, exotic and downright tasty dishes from well-known food writer and commentator, Rowan Bishop…..Enjoy increased energy levels and a greater sense of well-being by eating more vegetables and less meat with these incredibly versatile recipes….This accessible family/café-style cookbook has plenty to satisfy and excite the tastebuds and is sure to become a standard in your kitchen.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGreen Kitchen Travels / David Frenkiel & Luise Vindahl.
“After the enormous international success of their first book The Green Kitchen, authors David and Luise are back with another stunning collection of health conscious and delicious recipes – with inspiration taken from all over the world. The leaders of the current health and vegetarian food trend sweeping the world, David and Luise are the real deal… With stunning photography and food styling, as well as personal anecdotes and images from the authors’ travels, Green Kitchen Travels shares modern and inspiring vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free recipes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKeep it Vegan : Over 100 Simple, Healthy & Delicious Dishes / Aine Carlin ; photography by Ali Allen.
“The vegan lifestyle has never been more popular, but people are sometimes put off by the idea of lengthy lists of expensive, hard-to-find ingredients and uninspiring, complicated recipes. Aine Carlin’s Keep it Vegan demystifies veganism, with 100 delicious yet simple recipes that can be made with standard supermarket ingredients.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPlenty More / Yotam Ottolenghi.
“Vegetables have moved from the side dish to the main plate….It’s a revolution that is bold, inspiring and ever-expanding. Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty changed the way people cook and eat. It’s focus on vegetable dishes, with the emphasis on flavour, original spicing and freshness of ingredients, caused a revolution not just in this country, but the world over. Plenty More picks up where Plenty left off, with 150 more dazzling vegetable-based dishes, this time organised by cooking method. Grilled, baked, simmered, cracked, braised or raw, the range of recipe ideas is stunning…. this is the cookbook that everyone has been waiting for.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSimple Recipes for Joy :/ Sharon Gannon ; foreword by Kris Carr.
“More than 200 delicious vegan recipes from the world-renowned founder of the Jivamukti yoga method and the New York City Jivamuktea Café. In 2006, Sharon Gannon and David Life opened the Jivamuktea Café to complement their yoga school as a living expression of how compassionate spiritual activism can be put to practical use. The peaceful ambiance, the camaraderie, and, most of all, the delicious, hearty fare struck a chord with patrons who were thrilled to eliminate meat and dairy from their diet without sacrificing taste….Now, for the first time, Gannon presents the secrets behind the café’s acclaimed menu.” (Syndetics summary)

Drink up – New Cooking picks for September

This month’s new cooking books provide a focus on beverages – cider, wine and coffee, beer and tea all feature. There is even a guide to harvesting and blending your own teas!

Syndetics book coverCider : Enthusiasts’ Manual : A Practical Guide to Growing Apples and Cidermaking / Bill Bradshaw.
“In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in cider around the world, with businesses investing millions to meet the growing demand. At the same time many people now want to try to make their own cider, and the Cider Manual is here to help.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverVineyard Virgins / Kim Goldwater.
“When Kim and Jeanette Goldwater planted their first tiny vineyard on a couple of hillside acres on the magical little island of Waiheke in 1978, just 15 miles East of Auckland City, all the leading experts warned them that grapes would not grow in that salt laden island environment. The Goldwaters, both 4th generation New Zealanders, had no experience of winemaking but doggedly persisted with their island experiment eventually proving the sceptics wrong by winning numerous international awards for their wines. This success encouraged them to expand their enterprise, first into Marlborough and then into the Hawkes Bay, to eventually become one New Zealand’s largest and most prestigious winegrowers.” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverTequila Mockingbird : Cocktails with a Literary Twist / Tim Federle ; illustrated by Lauren Mortimer.
“A fun gift for barflies and a terrific treat for book clubs, Tequila Mockingbird is the ultimate book for the literary obsessed. Featuring 65 delicious drink recipes – paired with wry commentary on history’s most beloved novels – the book also includes bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverCoffee Obsession / Anette Moldvaer.
“A global guide to the world’s greatest coffee beans sorts the Arabicas from the Robustas and the Typicas from the Bourbons. With all this and more, Coffee Obsession gives you everything you’ll need to create that perfect cup of coffee.” (Book JAcket)

Syndetics book coverThe River Cottage Booze Handbook / by John Wright ; with an introduction by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
“What could possibly beat a cool pint of beer down the pub or a lazy glass of wine at your favourite bar? The answer is: home-brewed beer or your very own brand of wine. With this, the twelfth in the River Cottage Handbook series, the inimitable John Wright shows exactly how easy it is to get started. You don’t need masses of space to make alcohol at home, and if you follow the simple instructions, you won’t be faced with exploding bottles in the cellar. But don’t forget, it’s all about experimentation and finding out what works for you….” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAdventures on the Wine Route : A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France / Kermit Lynch ; photographs by Gail Skoff.
““Wine is, above all, pleasure. Those who would make it ponderous make it dull,” declares wine importer Lynch in this robustly irreverent account of his quest through France in search of wine. Lynch’s winefoolery is serious; drollery never compromises his knowledge of his subject or his high standards. Even when mocking the misdeeds of viniculturalists, he remains an arbiter who merely wishes “wine could be a constitutionally protected form of expression.”…. Effortlessly eloquent, Lynch is a master of the brief barb: “Loving Chablis is like falling in love with a frigid floozy.” The author prefers a wine that offers “a subtle seduction; it keeps you coming back for more.” So too with this unusual guide: it makes you thirst for a sequel.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverHomegrown Tea : An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes / Cassie Liversidge.
Homegrown Tea is a beautiful gardening book for tea lovers everywhere……Homegrown Tea is full of information about how best to grow the plants, the medicinal benefits of tea, advice on great pairings of plants and on how to store plants for later use….After reading Homegrown Tea, you will be able to make your own delicious homegrown tea in just a few steps, and will find a new appreciation for the bounty nature has to provide.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverNatural Wine : An Introduction to Organic and Biodynamic Wines Made Naturally / Isabelle Legeron.
“There is no official description of natural wine, but a rough definition is that it is made from grapes that are farmed organically or biodynamically and harvested manually, and that the wine should ideally be made without adding or removing anything during the vinification process. It is basically good old-fashioned grape juice fermented into wine, just as nature intended. This guide is aimed at the non-specialist reader and will tell you everything you need to know about natural wine.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverUltimate Beer Guide : Australia & New Zealand / [edited by Beer & Brewer magazine].
“Beer & Brewer Magazine’s Utimate Beer Guide covers 33 destinations and lists 1800+ beers and ciders across Australia and New Zealand. All known breweries that are open to the public are featured, plus cider producers, distilleries, good beer venues, such as bars, restaurants and bottle shops, even homebrew shops, plus beer events and things to see and do for the family along the way!” (Book Jacket)

Cooking around the world – September recent picks

This month’s cooking recent picks feature recipes from all over the world with a strong focus on Asian cuisine. Also featured are Greek, French and Italian recipes. You could eat from a different country every night of the week!

Syndetics book coverMade in India : Cooked in Britain : Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen / Meera Sodha ; photography by David Loftus.
The best Indian food is cooked (and eaten) at home.Real Indian food is fresh, simple and packed with flavour and in this book, Meera Sodha introduces Britain to the food she grew up eating here every day. Unlike the stuff you get at your local curry house, her food is fresh, vibrant and surprisingly quick and easy to make. In this collection, Meera serves up a feast of over 130 delicious recipes collected from three generations of her family.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPersiana : Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond / Sabrina Ghayour.
“Sabrina cooks the kind of food I love to eat: lots of flavours distilled out of love and generosity. In this book Sabrina demystifies the use of spices. The Eastern promise is definitely delivered in her book and it will have a place on the shelves in my kitchen.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverA Cook’s Tour of France : Regional French Recipes / Gabriel Gaté.
“….this beautiful illustrated book, by chef and television presenter Gabriel Gate, gathers together the best classic recipes from the many regions of France, one of the world’s best destinations for food lovers.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSweet Greek : Simple Food & Sumptuous Feasts / Kathy Tsaples.
Renowned for her ‘Sweet Greek’ produce shop, Kathy Tsaples now shares her favourite recipes learned in her mothers kitchen… The book is themed around the traditional Greek holidays such as Lent, Easter, Name Day, and so on, each with accompanying recipes for a feast. But as Kathy points out, each recipe can be used at any time and every time family and friends get together is an occasion for a feast. The recipes are about celebrating life: taking traditional food, cooking it today and passing it on to new generations.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLevant : Recipes and Stories from the Middle East / Anissa Helou.
“Anissa Helou’s Levant is a collection of mouth-watering recipes inspired by Anissa’s family and childhood in Beirut and Syria, and her travels around the exciting regions of the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBill’s Italian Food / Bill Granger.
“With more than 100 original recipes, BILL’S ITALIAN takes inspiration from the diversity of Italian regional food to make the most of fresh seasonal produce. Concentrating on simple, flavoursome dishes with short ingredient lists and uncomplicated methods, the recipes in this book are divided by solution-driven chapters that embody Bill’s casual cooking and his spirit of generosity and sharing-approaches that perfectly reflect the Italian lifestyle.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverThe Land of the Five Flavors : A Cultural History of Chinese Cuisine / Thomas O. Höllmann ; translated by Karen Margolis.
“Anyone interested in China or in food history needs this book, an insightful introduction to China’s food tradition that is anchored in an understanding and appreciation of centuries of Chinese history and culinary culture, from the earliest empires to the present day.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverVietnamese Home Cooking / Charles Phan, chef-owner, The Slanted Door with Jessica Battilana ; photography by Eric Wolfinger.
“In his eagerly awaited first cookbook, award-winning chef Charles Phan from San Francisco’s Slanted Door restaurant introduces traditional Vietnamese cooking to home cooks by focusing on fundamental techniques and ingredients. When Charles Phan opened his now- legendary restaurant, The Slanted Door, in 1995, he introduced American diners to a new world of Vietnamese food… Infused with the author’s stories and experiences, from his early days as a refugee to his current culinary success– Vietnamese Home Cooking is a personal and accessible guide to real Vietnamese cuisine from one of its leading voices.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverSachie’s Kitchen / Sachie Nomura.
“Inspired by tradition, informed by modern fusion trends, fun and full of taste – Sachie’s Kitchen celebrates Japanese cooking with authentic yet simple to prepare recipes. Based on Sachie’s successful cooking school and TV series, this is the perfect guide to contemporary Japanese cuisine. ‘My style is about passing on cooking skills and Asian recipes that are easy for you to take home, so you can have the experience of real Asian food culture.'” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverYallateef! : A Spirited Celebration of Modern Middle Eastern Food / Marwa Makool ; photography & styling, Dean Cambray ; foreword, Bob Hart.
“After 14 years of sharing her innovative and delicious recipes with you at Oasis Bakery, Marwa Makool, head chef and owner, has finally launched her first cookbook Yallateef! A beautiful collection of 85 delicious recipes with mouthwateringly vibrant photographs throughout accompanying every recipe. Marwa’s cooking inspiration comes from her Lebanese background and her unapologetic love of ingredients.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAsian After Work : Simple Food for Every Day / Adam Liaw.
“With simple recipes and using easy-to-find ingredients, Adam Liaw explains how anyone can create authentic Asian dishes that are perfectly suited to a busy lifestyle. Asian After Work is your guide to fast, fresh, and delicious Asian food.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverParis to Provence : Childhood Memories of Food & France / Ethel Brennan & Sara Remington ; photography by Sara Remington ; foreword by Georgeanne Brennan.
“To read Paris to Provence is to take a beautiful and wonderfully nostalgic journey to the France of my childhood, the France of sweet dreams. If you’ve ever had your soul captured by the magic that exists in the lighter side of a la France profonde, and if you have a sensitivity toward joyful moments created around food, family, and friends, then Paris to Provence is for you.” William Widmaier (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe Beauty of Korean Food, with 100 best-loved recipes : the research and development project for the standardization of Korean cuisine / text by Institute of Traditional Korean Food ; translated by Kiyung Ham, Richard Harris.
“Korean food has been praised as a hearty, slow-cooked, healthy cuisine due to its integration with the different seasons, regional specialties, harmony of food ingredients and combination of food groups. Despite the high interest in Korean food by people around the world, this is the first book to introduce Korean food with internationally accessible recipes.” (Adapted from amazon.com)