Book Review: Caramel, Caramel and More Caramel! by Michal Moses and Ivana Nitzan

Book Review: Caramel, Caramel and More Caramel! by Michal Moses and Ivana Nitzan Review by Dawn Thomas 128 Pages Publisher: Imagine by Charlesbridge Cooking, Food & Wine, Sauces & Toppings, Confectionery I love cookbooks. Every time I open one, I am immediately drawn into a world of wonderful pictures and endless possibilities. This book did not let me down. The authors are founders of Petit Gateau, a catering company that creates pastries, graphic design and food styling. They also co-wrote Cupcake Nibbles and Organic Sweets & Treats. I knew I was in for treat when I opened the book. There are over 50 recipes in the book. They range from sweet and savory so there is something for everyone.  The opening line is “Who Doesn’t Love Caramel?!” and I have to agree. The photography in the book is wonderful. The food jumps off the page at you. The recipes are easy to follow and most have simple ingredients. There are many sweet dishes but also savory dishes with chicken, onions and salmon. I never expected to find those items in a caramel book but the recipes sound intriguing. It was hard to pick out just one favorite from this book….

Book Review: Cast Iron Cooking by Rachael Narins

Book Review: Cast Iron Cooking by Rachael Narins Review by Dawn Thomas 96 Pages Publisher: Storey Publications Cooking, Food & Wine I have a cast iron frying pan and use it almost daily for almost 20 years. I like the fact it heats evenly and retains heat. Another important aspect of cast iron is that once it is seasoned, the foods will not stick to the pan. This cookbook begins with why and how to buy cast iron. There are several different shapes and sizes to consider and Ms. Narins covers them all. The author follows it up with how to season and care for you cast iron. The second section of the book is devoted to recipes. As expected the first set of recipes are for breakfast dishes. The recipes range from a type of German popover and full English breakfast to a dish that resembles breakfast nachos and the traditional breakfast potatoes. The next set of recipes includes lunch and dinner options. She includes not only grilled cheese sandwich but also a twist on tomato soup. I was surprised to see a pizza and spanakopita cooked in a cast iron frying pan. Ms. Narins also includes cultural dishes…

Book Review: The Apple Cookbook by Olwen Woodier

Book Review: The Apple Cookbook by Olwen Woodier Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC 240 Pages Cooking, Food & Wine I was very excited to read this book. I love everything apple and knew I would find tasty new dishes to try and was not disappointment at all. There are eight chapters with over 125 recipes. Chapter one is an introduction to apples. The author gives the history of how apples began in central Asia and the genetics behind today’s apple. I learned a new term while reading this book – pomologists (apple breeders). The author provides advice on how to determine the correct number of apples for a recipe. The second chapter covers apples in breakfasts and breads. Several of the egg and apple recipes surprised me in this chapter. I never considered combining apples and eggs together. My favorites in this chapter are the baked apple-craisin oatmeal, and apple fritters and doughnuts. I added powdered sugar to the fritters and doughnuts for the granddaughters. I liked the list of apples for breakfast and snacks the author provided. I thought the coffee can bread was ingenuous. The directions for the apple coffee cake were so easy and…

Book Review: Ikaria by Diane Kochilas

Book Review: Ikaria by Diane Kochilas Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Rodale Books 320 Pages Cooking, Food & Wine Published October 2014 This was a very interesting book. It was part cookbook and part travel guide. I have been waiting to read this book for a while but something always got in the way. When I was 16 I traveled to Greece and visited a few islands. I would like to go back and visit with an adult perspective. The author grew up not far from where I lived as a young child in Queens, New York. In Florida, we live less than an hour from Tarpon Springs, a city infused with Greek culture. I was intrigued to learn Ikaria was home to some of the longest-living people on earth. This could be why so many people, me included, are turning to a Mediterranean diet. The author describes the average Ikarian breakfast as being liquid. Big breakfast are the norm for us and reports say it should be the biggest meal of the day. That isn’t the case here. A few of the people interviewed for the book talk about the herbal teas their mothers made for them especially when…

Book Review: Made In America – A Modern Collection of Classic Recipes by Megan Garrelts and Colby Garrelts

Book Review: Made In America – A Modern Collection of Classic Recipes by Megan Garrelts and Colby Garrelts Review by Dawn Thomas Andrews McMeel Publishing Pages 168 Isn’t is funny how good comfort food can be? When I saw the cover of this book with the fried chicken on the plate I think I began to drool. The theme of the book is family and traditions. The book is divided into meal categories and ends with metric conversions and equivalents. Daybreak includes a variety of recipes for breakfast. Several use white gravy as a base. Just looking at the pictures made me hungry. If I had to pick a favorite it would be a toss-up between the blueberry oat cake and the twist on chipped beef on toast. Adding spinach sounds amazing. The chapter “From the Cupboard and Garden” includes recipes for different sauces: hot, BBQ and steak. The BBQ dry rub is similar to the one we use regularly with the exception of the added peppers. It adds a little bit more of a bite. And who doesn’t love apple butter? The one included here has bourbon added for a buttery caramel flavor. There are also recipes for jams…

A Perfect Day for Soup
Cooking , Soup , Uncategorized / December 26, 2012

This morning started with a bang when the front rolled through this morning. The sky opened up and the thunder was rolling. By afternoon though the sun was peeking out. Unfortunately, the wind has not died down. The wind chime is certainly getting a workout today. The first pot of soup is finished. The recipe is from a friend of mine–chickpea and kale soup. It smells wonderful.