Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog
By Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry
(Victory Belt Publishing, 2013)
Paean to Pork
Many people try to divorce the food they eat from the animals that provide the sustenance. Beyond Bacon is not for them. In this self-described “love letter to pork,” pictures of lively little piggies prancing through fields are followed by whole page, full-color photos of butchers attending to lumps of fat and muscle. With diagrams of cuts, nutritional analyses of brains, hearts and bone broth and a how-to guide for rendering your own lard, not much is left to the imagination here.
The Cocktail Lab: Unraveling the Mysteries of Flavor and Aroma in Drink, with Recipes
By Tony Conigliaro
(Ten Speed Press, 2013)
The Chemistry of Cocktails
When it comes to instructional books, we often hear the word “art” thrown around — the art of filleting a fish, the art of screenwriting, the art of whittling — but not many are quite as literal as molecular mixology master Tony Conigliaro’s The Cocktail Lab. Not only is the book’s presentation an aesthetic delight, from the retro cover with metallic accents to the clean layout of text and illustration, but each photo is a still-life portrait of the featured cocktail, making it almost as delicious to consume visually.
If a tropical retreat is not in your near future, you can still pretend you’re in paradise with help from the new cocktail book “Liquid Vacation: 77 Refreshing Tropical Drinks from Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas.”
Kale juice, crunch kale chips, kale Caesar salad on restaurant menus … kale is the new black! We got the last confirmation that people are indeed crazy for this cruciferous veggie when our local Latino grocer started selling the Tuscan variety alongside queso de Oaxaca and homemade tortillas.
Fifty Shades of Kale takes kale to lofty new heights via recipes that sneak it into anything from pizza and fajitas to chocolate dessert and Campari cocktails. Whether you are already one of its devotees or still need to embrace this shade of green, you will love the practical recipes including huevos rancheros; black bean soup with fresh lime; and mushroom and kale risotto; and might even be tempted by the kale Pisco Sour and The Lacchiato — yes, it’s a kale macchiato!
Naturally Gluten-Free Foods approaches going gluten-free with enthusiasm. People who have to avoid this wheat protein for health reasons, not because it’s a trendy weight-loss approach, will be happy to find simple recipes for familiar foods which are, as the title promises, naturally sans gluten. So you won’t need obscure health food store ingredients or expensive, hard-to-find substitutions.
The book begins with the story of author Olivia Dupin’s own struggle with gluten intolerance and an explanation of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Several chapters offer practical information, including descriptions of symptoms, lists of foods to avoid and lists of naturally gluten-free foods, as well as suggestions for handling various tricky situations – from cravings to social awkwardness – and clarifications about terminology that kitchen beginners may not recognize.