Saturday, October 29, 2016

Weekend Book Reviews: Cookbooks

Slow Dough Real Bread by Chris Young focuses on the art of baking bread without all of the additives found in store bought breads.  The dough is often left to rest for several hours or even overnight making it even more basic than the breads I normally make.  The recipes come from bakers who support the Real Bread Campaign.  The recipes let time do the work rather than rushing it by adding sugars.  Since I am in between kitchens at the moment, I have not been able to actually test any of the recipes myself.  First on my list will be the Cheese-Topped Chilli and Onion Boule.  Ingredients include weight measurements for those who prefer to bake that way.  The book includes piles of pictures and information on ingredients as well as troubleshooting.  While the recipes are more time consuming, I feel the results will be well worth it.

Liana Werner-Gray's latest book is 10-Minute Recipes.  The focus of the book is eating well to improve your health.  This particular book features recipes allowing you to do that with limited time. The author includes a list of super simple solutions for quick snacks, salads, juices as well as upgrades to foods you are already eating.  Recipes are included for vegans and meat eaters.  Readers will even find a chapter on desserts.  Some of the ingredients may be difficult to find at your local stores, but Amazon is a great shopping option for these.  A few of the recipes are a bit too basic to be actually called recipes which is the main drawback.  This is a nice book for people looking to improve their diet on a limited time schedule.

One to Five by Ryan Scott has an interesting idea.  You take one basic recipe and then turn it into one of five dishes.  The recipes are fairly quick to make and use basic ingredients.  I always like to test a recipe if possible.  This book had several options, but I chose to make Bello Ghanoush using the base recipe for Marinated and Roasted Portobellos.  The base recipe and secondary recipe were easy to follow with clear directions.  The end result was delicious.  I would definitely make it again.  I marked several other recipes to try.  It is nice that cooks have several options from one starting recipe.   This is a good cookbook for both beginning and seasoned cooks.

disclosure:  I received these e-books from NetGalley but was not otherwise compensated for these reviews.  All opinions are my own.  

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