June 2019 New Cookbook Review

It’s cookbook review time (yes, already). Below you will find a brief summary of titles that I have had the pleasure of reviewing. If I am not in possession of the book, you may click on the book record for more information. For some UK/AU/NZ books, I have added a blurb even if I have not received the book yet.

Before we dig into June, I would like to highlight several titles, I reviewed after their publication month.

  • The Island Kitchen: Recipes from Mauritius and the Indian Ocean by Selina Periampillai will be one of my best books of 2019. I want to make every recipe in this title but have only had time to crank out one – a Garlicky ginger chicken that was out of the world. We will be bringing a full promotion as soon as the index is complete.

  • Mostly Plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family by Tracy, Dana, Lori and Corky Pollan is another gorgeous title from the Pollan bunch filled with insanely tempting plant forward dishes. Udon noodle soup with miso glazed vegetables and chicken, Banana loaded cream pie with chocolate swirls and Bulgogi beef salad are examples of dishes that are vegetable-forward but still bring animal proteins (and dessert) to the table to please everyone.
  • Charcoal: New Ways to Cook with Fire by Josiah Citrin and JoAnn Cianciulli covers the basics of charcoal cooking from sauces to desserts with some new flavor combinations to rock your grill. Hibiscus flower rub, Grilled figs with ricotta, pomegranate molasses, and cacao nibs, and a Smoked crème brûlée are just a few of the dishes that stood out to me.

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Vegetarian 101 Recipes by Alice Hart is an EYBD title released in the US, UK and AU this month. For more information on this book and to enter our giveaway, see our promotion post.

Gloriously Gluten Free by Frederique Jules is an EYBD title released in the US, UK and AU this month. It’s a gorgeous book that any baker would love. For more information and to enter our giveaway, please see our promotion post.

The Peach Truck Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes for All Things Peach by Stephen K. and Jessica N. Rose shares peachy dishes from breakfast to dessert. The authors co-founded The Peach Truck which delivers Georgia peaches around the country. Fried chicken and waffles, Lemon peach pound cake and a Peach basil spritzer are just a few of the recipes that will be headed to my table soon. Now I just need some Georgia peaches! Events

Fish: The Lake-to-Kitchen Cookbook by Jon Wipfli is an EYBD title. For more information and to enter our giveaway, please see our promotion post.

Sushi Master: An Expert Guide to Sourcing, Making and Enjoying Sushi at Home by Nick Sakagami is an EYBD title. For more information and to enter our giveaway, please see our promotion post.

Andalusia: Recipes from Seville and Beyond by José Pizarro is an EYBD title being released in the US this month (released in the UK last month). For more information and to enter our giveaway, please see our promotion post.

Rice. Noodles. Yum.: Everyone’s Favorite Southeast Asian Dishes by Abigail Raines is a title I am obsessed with this month. The recipes here include Fried pork balls wrapped in noodles, Crispy noodles in sweet and sour sauce, and Japanese-style spicy fried rice and I want to make them all!

The Chilango Burrito Bible by Eric Partaker (May UK release; July US) shares an explosion of colorful dishes served at the London eatery. The restaurant is not a stickler for tradition. They are always experimenting with new flavors and combinations. I want to make every recipe in this book from the Chilango fried chicken to the S’murros with chocolate chili sauce. I have a feeling I’ll be doing a load of rolling in the months to come. Absolutely ga-ga over this book!

We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream by Caleb Zigas and Leticia Landa looks like an exciting book. I was able to take a quick peek at the title while out shopping one day. It is on my wish list. Events

Every Day is Saturday: Recipes + Strategies for Easy Cooking, Every Day of the Week by Sarah Copeland is another title I had a quick peek and it looked very interesting. We all can use extra help to get dinner on the table and Sarah provides excellent advice and tips. Events

Incredible Vegan Ice Cream: Decadent, All-Natural Flavors Made with Coconut Milk by Deena Jalal is filled with luscious recipes for summer’s favorite treat – all vegan!

Eat Like You Give a Fork: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive by Mareya Ibrahim delivers crave worthy plant-forward recipes that sprinkle healthy animal proteins in for good measure. Gorgeous photography and the author’s advice on retraining our taste buds and improving the way we eat is shared throughout.

Other titles of interest:


Saffron in the Souks: Vibrant Recipes from the Heart of Lebanon by John Gregory-Smith explores the cuisine of Lebanon from both a home cook aspect and tempting street food. As is typical with Gregory-Smith’s titles, this book is a gift with stunning photographs and inspirational recipes.

Jude’s: A Celebration of Ice Cream in 100 Recipes by Chow Mezger and Alex Mezger shares recipes for classic and more unusual ice-cream flavors as well as sorbets and vegan options. This photo-filled cookbook shares ice-cream desserts and celebration recipes, decadent desserts, sundaes, shakes and cocktails giving inspiration for all-hours entertaining. Toppings are showcased, with sauces, chunky honeycomb, homemade waffle cones, marshmallows and salted pecan brittle to adorn your creations.

Mandalay: Recipes and Tales from a Burmese Kitchen by MiMi Aye is a title I had to order. It is being released in the UK this month and comes to the US in August. I love MiMi’s first book Noodles. The book is filled with stunning photography and dishes that are calling to me: Coconut chicken noodles, BFC – Burmese fried chicken, and Burmese chicken nuggets (I must be craving chicken) along with Creamed corn with onions, Citrus and shallot salad and Braised butter beans are all marked to make.

Sardine: Simple Seasonal Provencal Cooking by Alex Jackson (see also Provençal) is breathtaking. I’ve only had a chance to review the electronic galley but I am super impressed with the photography and recipes. Rhubarb and strawberry mille feuille, Socca with artichokes, Rum baba with roast Reine Claude plums and so many more dishes await you here.

Provence: The Cookbook: Recipes from the French Mediterranean by Caroline Rimbert Craig, a London woman exploring her French heritage, is both a tribute to a disappearing way of life and a practical guide to cooking delicious Provençal recipes wherever you live.

Posh Tarts: Over 70 Recipes, from Gorgeous Galettes to Perfect Pastries by Phillippa Spence offers over 70 amazing recipes covering breakfast tarts, meat and fish tarts, vegetable tarts and, of course, sweet tarts.
One More Croissant for the Road by Felicity Cloake follows ‘the nation’s taster-in-chief’s’ very own Tour de France, cycling 2,300km across France in search of culinary perfection; from Tarte Tatin to Cassoulet via Poule au Pot, and Tartiflette. Each of the 21 ‘stages’ concludes with Felicity putting this new-found knowledge to good use in a fresh and definitive recipe for each dish – the culmination of her rigorous and thorough investigative work on behalf of all of our taste buds.

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Flavours of Australia: Eat Drink and Travel delivers over 500 pages of stunning photography and unique stories about the best places to eat and drink throughout Australia. Read the stories of some of Australia’s most decorated chefs and rediscover some of their oldest family institutions. Recreate your favourite meals at home and relive your most memorable food experiences with the signature recipes of our most coveted restaurants.

Of interest:

South Africa

The Great South African Cookbook: The Food We Love From 67 of Our Finest Cooks, Chefs, Bakers, Farmers, Foragers and Local Food Heroes (The Great Cookbooks) features over 130 recipes, from tried and true classics to contemporary fare, The Great South African Cookbook showcases the diversity and creativity of South Africa’s vibrant, unique food culture. There are easy index listings of dairy free, gluten free, and vegetarian dishes. Includes metric measures.


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  • Foodycat  on  June 27, 2019

    Mandalay is wonderful – the BFC is delicious, as is the Duck Egg Curry (which I have been making for years, the recipe is on MiMi's blog).

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