Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Pages

Categories

  • No categories

Archives

Cocktails: Fancy & Delicious Recipes for all Tastes

By Eliq Maranik

(H.F. Ullmann, 2013)

Cocktails: Fancy and Delicious Recipes for all Tastes

Cocktails: Fancy and Delicious Recipes for all Tastes


What’s summer without cocktails? Well, any time of the year is a good time for a stiff mixed drink, but rising mercury really puts us in the mood for Mojitos and Mai Tais.


If you’re a cocktail aficionado, it’s likely you already know how to mix a stand-up dry Martini. But why not ramp up your bartender repertoire with the creative concoctions in Cocktails – Fancy and Delicious Recipes for all Tastes? From a girly Pink Summer to a manly Hemingway Special or seductive Blackberry Bellini, simple recipes in this new book cover long drinks, short drinks, frozen ones, shooters and more.

Continue reading “Cocktails: Fancy & Delicious Recipes for all Tastes – Book Review” »



Eat Well and Stay Slim: The Essential Cuisine Minceur

By Michel Guérard

(Francis Lincoln Limited, 2014)


 

 

 

 

 

Inventor of Cuisine Minceur and author of the bestselling book of the same name, Michel Guérard has released his second manifesto of diet-friendly recipes in Eat Well and Stay Slim: The Essential Cuisine Minceur, a cookbook as intricate and elegant as the food it seeks to craft.

Continue reading “Eat Well and Stay Slim – Review” »



The Big-Flavor Grill: No-Marinade, No-Hassle Recipes 

By Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby

(Ten Speed Press, 2014)


 

 

 

 

 

Readers will be relieved to learn upon opening The Big-Flavor Grill, the ninth and newest collaborative cookbook by food connoisseurs Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby, that grilling is easy.

Continue reading “The Big-Flavor Grill: No-Marinade, No-Hassle Recipes – Review” »



The Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookbook

(Hearst Books, 2013)

 

 

 

Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookbook

 


The Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookbook is all you need to make the most wonderful time of the year a roaring success. The gorgeously illustrated tome is loaded with recipes for foods that you really want to make and eat, from “Showstopping Roasts” to “Sideshows” like whole-grain apple-fennel stuffing, and Brussels sprouts with pancetta and rosemary. Cocktail recipes are fantastic like Holiday Spritzers, Ruby Bellinis and Holiday Champagne Punch.

Continue reading “The Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookbook – Review” »



31

Jul

Fifty Shades of Kale

By Drew Ramsey, M.D. and Jennifer Iserloh

(HarperWave, 2013)

 

 

 

Fifty Shades of Kale


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!

 

Continue reading “Fifty Shades of Kale – Review” »



The Complete Guide to Naturally Gluten-Free Foods

By Olivia Dupin

(Fair Winds Press, 2013)

The Complete Guide to Naturally Gluten-Free Foods by Olivia Dupin

The Complete Guide to Naturally Gluten-Free Foods by Olivia Dupin


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.

Continue reading “The Complete Guide to Naturally Gluten-Free Foods – Cookbook Review” »