Genre: Cookbook
Lightning Review

Instant Loss Cookbook by Brittany Williams

Instant Loss Cookbook

When I recommend Instant Loss Cookbook: Cook Your Way to a Healthy Weight with 125 Recipes for Your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker I do so with the caveat that this book really isn’t about weight loss. If you read the introduction, the author is open about the fact that she struggled with obesity, but the real reason she came up with these recipes is that her child was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and as a … Continue reading Instant Loss Cookbook by Brittany Williams

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One-Pan Wonders Cookbook by Cook’s Country

One-Pan Wonders

I don’t usually review cookbooks here, but this book has been making me so happy, I had to share. I first borrowed this cookbook from the library, because the Cook’s Country/America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks can be costly, especially if I end up liking one or two recipes. I ended up liking this cookbook so much, I bought my own copy and have been adding recipes to our rotation since it arrived in July. Y’all. Y’ALL. I … Continue reading One-Pan Wonders Cookbook by Cook’s Country

Book Review

The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty

The Cooking Gene

I want to sit down with Michael W. Twitty and talk food with him for about a million hours. Twitty is a food historian who specializes in American antebellum slave cookery – what slaves were cooking and eating during the period of American Slavery from 1619 to 1865. He is especially interested in the evolution of slave cookery to “Southern Cooking” and how the introduction of food and techniques from Africa through the forced migration … Continue reading The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty

RITA Reader Challenge Review

Falling for the Rancher by Tanya Michaels

Falling for the Rancher

Falling for the Rancher is someone’s catnip, but it was definitely not a book for me. Overall, I liked the relationship between the hero and heroine well enough. I believed how they came to care for each other and in the things keeping them apart. I have issues with Jarrett, but I liked Sierra enough to believe that she would kick his butt if needed. The sibling dynamic was real and painful and beautiful. I … Continue reading Falling for the Rancher by Tanya Michaels

Book Review

Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton

Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management

In Victorian England, there was one book that was designed as a one-stop-shop for questions about running a household: how to manage a dinner party, how to pay calls, how to cook, how much you should expect to pay servants, and even how to manage a lease. That guide was Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management. Originally, the book was published as a serial, and even though Isabella Beeton died in 1865, the book continued … Continue reading Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton

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The Jemima Code by Toni Tipton-Martin

The Jemima Code

History buffs and foodies rejoice – The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks is an amazing resource. This book is not a cookbook, although it does reprint some recipes. Instead, this is an encyclopedia of about 150 cookbooks by Black authors. They are arranged chronologically, from The House Servant’s Directory (by Robert Roberts, 1827) to Jerk: Barbeque from Jamaica (by Helen Willinsky, 1990). Each cookbook is listed with a lengthy description of its … Continue reading The Jemima Code by Toni Tipton-Martin

Book Review

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

The Food Lab

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science is a nerd’s dream. I find it hopelessly intimidating yet utterly fascinating, like watching a King Cobra go about its business (it’s hard to tell, but that’s a compliment). In order to understand the cookbook, it’s vital to read the introduction. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is a geek in the best and truest sense: he is full of enthusiasm. The man has no chill. He’s also a huge … Continue reading The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Book Review

Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders

Outlander Kitchen

One thing you notice as you read the Outlander series is all the mentions of food. It’s not quite as prolific as all the food in A Song of Ice and Fire, but there’s a lot of book and a lot of food. As we’ve seen, a lot of people like food (I am one) and like playing with food, and Outlander fandom being what it is, we should not be surprised that there is … Continue reading Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders

Book Review

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen – With Giveaway!

Cravings

I love cookbooks. Even if I don’t plan to use them often, they seem like such pieces of art. I remember going through my grandmother’s collection on a weekly basis, just looking at the photos and daydreaming about making such fancy things. After I earned my Master’s degree in publishing, my dream jobs were to either work in publicity for a romance imprint or for a cookbook imprint. Kissing and food are my favorite things … Continue reading Cravings by Chrissy Teigen – With Giveaway!

Book Review

The Book Club Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

The Book Club Cookbook

I picked up The Book Club Cookbook on a whim because I’m fascinated with the intersection of food and literature, and I ended up falling in love with it. It’s not great as a basic cookbook for home because it’s not organized in a typical way: it’s not sorted by type of meals, or types of ingredients, or prep and cooking time. But it is great as an examination of how food and literature intersect. … Continue reading The Book Club Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

Book Review

The Jane Austen Cookbook by Maggie Black and Deirdre Le Faye

The Jane Austen Cookbook

The Jane Austen Cookbook doesn’t look promising (it’s skinny) but it turned out to be a lot of fun. This book talks about cooking in a historical context, and then gives recipes in both their original forms and updated forms. Someone with an interest in history can enjoy the history, and someone who wants to actually cook the stuff can do so in a pretty accessible manner, although I doubt you’ll be whipping up Ragoo of … Continue reading The Jane Austen Cookbook by Maggie Black and Deirdre Le Faye

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The Book Lover’s Cookbook by Shaunda Kennedy Wenger and Janet Kay Jensen

The Book Lover’s Cookbook

The Book Lover’s Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature, and the Passages that Inspire Them, is a pretty basic, well-rounded “how to cook basic food” cookbook, livened up by literary quotes. This cookbook didn’t give me any new insights into how food and literature intersect, but it was well organized with good use of quotes. Some of the quotes are from fiction or non-fiction, and some are quotes by authors about food and … Continue reading The Book Lover’s Cookbook by Shaunda Kennedy Wenger and Janet Kay Jensen

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