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Cookbook Reviews

Whether you're making a meal for yourself or planning a dinner party for friends, GAYOT's selection of cookbook reviews are sure to inspire you to get cookin'!

Prepare simple, clean and pure foods with Tess Ward's The Naked Cookbook

An: To Eat by Helene An and Jacqueline An
Written by executive chef Helene An and her daughter Jacqueline An, An: To Eat follows the trajectory of Helene's life journey in relation to eating and cooking. From her aristocratic upbringing in a French-colonial Vietnam to the rebuilding of her war-torn adulthood by way of an Italian deli in San Francisco, Helene's entrenchment in the world of food is portrayed through the cookbook's Vietnamese, French and Californian-infused recipes. Through their dual narration, Helene and Jacqueline present the rich and colorful history of Vietnamese cuisine and its significance in preserving the An family's heritage.

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Prepare simple, clean and pure dishes with Tess Ward's The Naked Cookbook

The Naked Cookbook by Tess Ward
In the wake of the recent movement towards wellness and holistic living, Tess Ward brings forth an emphasis on dieting as a sustained method for happiness and health, rather than a temporary decrease in clothing size. Ward introduces a variety of soup, salad, meat, dip and dessert recipes that focus on simplicity, flavor and the importance of using ingredients in their purest form. In addition, she delves into ways to detox, juice and stock your pantry correctly, to ensure the continuation of a balanced lifestyle. After all, naked (eating) is the new normal.

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Prepare gluten- and dairy-free meals with help from Nathalie Fraise's The Whole Coconut Cookbook

The Whole Coconut Cookbook by Nathalie Fraise
Behind the mouth-watering cover of The Whole Coconut Cookbook are gluten- and dairy-free recipes that will help kick-start your healthy diet or spice up the one you have now. Nathalie Fraise's cookbook offers everything from wholesome breakfast dishes including Coconut Yogurt and Cinnamon Bread to Almond Vanilla Chia Pudding for dessert. In each recipe, Fraise incorporates the superfood in all its nourishing forms: from coconut water to milk, flour, cream, even nectar. She also starts things off with a quick guide to using the familiar ingredient in new and beneficial ways. As a certified holistic health coach and nutrition educator, Fraise transfers a wealth of knowledge on healthy eating through a fun, colorful, vibrant collection of recipes that celebrate the wonders of this ancient fruit.

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Sausal's pastry chef Natasha MacAller chronicles the best ways to use vanilla in her new cookbook

Vanilla Table by Natasha MacAller
Vanilla isn't just for dessert. This unique, aromatic spice can be used to make delicious starter plates, entrees, brunch items, cakes, cookies, brevvies and more. But to better master its use in savory dishes — Vanilla Table, written by Sausal restaurant's pastry chef Natasha MacAller — might come in handy. Find recipes from 33 world-renowned contributing chefs that pair with MacAller's own expertise to broaden the way you see and use vanilla. Heirloom Tomato Bisque with green pea pesto will never taste the same, and the Pure Vanilla Layer Cake with golden syrup buttercream is guaranteed to become a new favorite.

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The Food of Oman is Felicia Campbell's latest cookbook highlighting Middle Eastern recipes

The Food of Oman: Recipes and Stories from the Gateway to Arabia
When 19-year-old Felicia Campbell was deployed to Iraq as an American soldier, she fell in love with the food and culture of the city of Nineveh. Nearly a decade later — armed with a master's degree in food culture from New York University and an IACP award nomination for her magazine writing — Campbell published her ode to Oman in a book of recipes and experiences that celebrate her time in the Middle East. In addition to 100 recipes that include Lahm Kalia (slow-cooked caramelized beef) and Khubz Lahooh (crisp-fried dhofari crêpes), 175 vibrant photographs transport you to the most intimate corners of the ancient region.

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Joanne Weir's latest cookbook highlights recipes from her childhood and beyond

Kitchen Gypsy: Recipes and Stories from a Lifelong Romance with Food
James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and TV host, Joanne Weir, chronicles a life of food and travel in her recent work, Kitchen Gypsy. Spanning from her early childhood to her most recent culinary adventures, Weir reveals the recipes that are near and dear to her heart. They include Grandpa's Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Homemade Baking Powder Biscuits that she has held onto from youth and Salmon Tagine with Preserved Lemons and Walnut Chermoula that celebrates the recent food revolution in California.

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Fan-turned-chef Cole Bowden creates a cookbook based off the animated TV series "Bob's Burgers"

The Bob's Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers
Inspired by the cult hit animated TV series "Bob's Burgers," fan-turned-home chef Cole Bowden creates renditions of the satirically named burgers from the show — think the "Sound & The Curry Burger" or "Blondes Have More Fun Burger." With the help of the show's creator, Loren Bouchard, the recipes compiled into this cookbook will be sure to satisfy your hunger and sense of humor.

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The New Sugar and Spice features dessert recipes centered around spices and herbs

The New Sugar & Spice: A Recipe for Bolder Baking
Sugar and spice make everything nice, especially the 80 recipes from baker and author Samantha Seneviratne's new cookbook. Upgrade your baking skills with her unique, spice-centric twists on classic dessert recipes — think Salt and Pepper Caramel Brownies — or discover global ones, such as the Sri Lankan Love Cake. Just choose among the seven flavor categories and bake away.

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Deborah Schneider's new cookbook, Salsas and Moles: Fresh and Authentic Recipes showcases sauces from all over Mexico

Salsas and Moles: Fresh and Authentic Recipes
In her new book, "Salsas and Moles: Fresh and Authentic Recipes," chef Deborah Schneider brings her culinary expertise to what she considers the heart of Mexican cuisine. Salsa is a more popular condiment than ketchup in Mexico and is eaten with every meal. Made differently in each region, these sauces can be raw or cooked, mild or spicy, using ingredients as varied as red cactus pears and almonds, and the classic chiles and tomatoes. In Schneider's compact, easy-to-use book, you'll discover recipes for a variety of taco and table salsas, classic Mexican snacks, and mole and enchilada sauces.

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Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain offers step-by-step butchering and curing process and traditional Spanish recipes

Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain
Step-by-step butchering and curing process and authentic, traditional Spanish recipes showcased in this cookbook by Jeffrey Weiss.  

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The groundbreaking The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Cookbooks

Top 10 Cookbooks
From classic instructional manuals to brand new volumes showcasing modern cuisine, our Top 10 Cookbooks feature great recipes and advice for every type of home chef.

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The Seduction Cookbook: Culinary Creations for Lovers by Diane Brown

Top 10 Romantic and Sexy Cookbooks
From stories about romance and food to aphrodisiac guides, these steamy cookbooks will add some spice to your love life.

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