book review


Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2013

One of our most important and influential people, in my life at least, is my mom. Since Mother’s Day is a bit more than 2 weeks away (if you really don’t remember, it’s Sunday, May 12th) you still have some time to get her something before she’ll bite your head off. Here are some of my gift ideas: Chocolates Coco Délice Chocolates Coco Délice is based out in San Francisco, California, whose mission is to have great flavor and appearance, and utilizing the best possible, local ingredients. Their chocolates are French inspired by technique and dominantly French inspired with touches..

Reginald’s Nut Butters, Baked Elements Cookbook & Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ginger Scones

Reginald’s Nut Butters You might be wondering, how does a (very good) artisanal nut butter company Reginald’s Homemade based in Richmond, Virginia can connect with the upcoming release of the (awesome and beautifully photographed by Tina Rapp) Baked Elements by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito cookbook? Reginald’s Homemade create what I think are one of the best nut butters out in the country. It’s pure nut butter without the sugar. To make the nut butters interesting, they do make blend some of nut butters with booze. (If you are curious, I do highly recommend the Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter, which..

Pierre Hermé Pastries – Book Review

Pierre Hermé Pastries Pierre Hermé Pastries by Pierre Hermé, published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang. Is probably the most talked about dessert cookbook of 2012 after reading through a number of tweets from the food community. Inside the book There is substance behind this hype. This 288-page book is one of my favorite dessert cookbooks I’ve gotten my hands on as of recent. Pierre Hermé fanatics (like me) and home bakers who want to get a taste of Hermé’s genius or want to get a vivid reminder of eating his divine pastries from his boutiques in Paris, London or Tokyo,..

Best Books 2011

This year I’ve been a relative bookworm reading through a number of cookbooks. Not necessarily cooking through them but at least mentally eating the authors’ words and understand their perspective and what makes them different than previously published books. Here’s my top 9 books of 2011. There are other books I’ve read through that I thought were good and are honorable mentions as seen on my slideshow at the end of this post. Anita Lo Cooking Without Borders Cooking Without Borders by Anita Lo of annisa (publisher Stewart, Tabori & Chang) is a thoughtful, introspective book from Chef Lo, and..

The Butch Bakery Cookbook

The Butch Bakery Cookbook by David Arrick with Janice Kollar Cupcakes (or any dessert or confection) appeal mostly to females. Think about it. Cupcakes, macarons, chocolate bonbons and so forth are cute, dainty, pretty, and usually come in bright colors that does not normally appeal to an average man. So, the proprietor of Butch Bakery, David Arrick started a New York City based mail-order bakery (and co-wrote this book) creating cupcakes with a slight masculine twist. How so? Though I have not personally tasted his cupcakes but flipping through his book (and adapting one of his recipes), it’s more about..

Ice Cream Madness: Book Review “The Perfect Scoop”

Please note, this is sort of  a book review done all in one post. If this doesn’t interest you, feel free to peruse around my blog for restaurant reviews or other recipes. For the past week or so, I went into a strange tunnel vision-like obsession for all things sweet and frozen. I’m talking about ice cream (along with granita and sherbet). Thanks to Helen to contribute my madness by lending me her ice cream machine, I got myself David Lebovitz‘s book, Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments, gathered a bunch of ingredients from my local market..