Small Bites The Gluten-Free Way – Kristina Stosek (2015 Blue Cap Books, Vancouver)
It doesn’t matter if you’re required to adhere to a gluten-free diet or not, this cookbook has your snacks and appies covered with simple and appealing recipes that (for the most part) don’t require anything other than what you already have on hand in your pantry or fridge. Gorgeous photography and a clean, easy-to-read layout make Small Bites a standout. I can see many revisits of these recipes in my future!
Small Bites I am going to try very soon: Authentic Schnitzel Bites, Baked Lemon Chicken Fingers (on the menu this week!), Skinny Crema Catalana, Rustic Bacon and Cheese Scones (is there a better combination than bacon and cheese?)
From Scratch: An Introduction to French Breads, Cheeses, Preserves, Pickles, Charcuterie, Condiments, Yogurts, Sweets, and More – Laurence and Gilles Laurendon, Catherine Quevremont, and Cathy Ytak (2014, Lark, Sterling Publishing, New York)
This is one of those cookbooks that I knew I must have as soon as I cracked it open. It’s beautiful, for one, but it’s not just the photographs – it’s also in the way the recipes are presented, even right down to the fonts, which are fancy but easy on the eyes. Of course, it’s all about the recipes, however – and these are right up my alley. I’ve wanted to try making my own soft cheeses for some time now, and the mascarpone recipe is first up for me. I can’t believe how easy this looks! And forget how intimidating making brioche seems – it IS possible with the recipes in From Scratch. You want to make beef, vegetable, or chicken bouillon? Can do. What about grow your own sprouts? Yep. Make the perfect lemon curd? Infused butters, compound oils? Fresh pasta? Garlic bread? It’s all here, and more. A must-have compilation for the home cook.