Tag Archives | Cookbooks

Asian Dumplings by Andrea Nguyen


Flavorista Scott turned me onto this book.  WOW, what a find! Andrea Nguyen regularly contributes to Saveur.  Her articles are engaging and informed.  Typically, I want to run out to the market to try at least one of her featured recipes. If dumplings happen to be your thing, this book is certainly for you.  Flavorista […]

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Salted Butter Caramel Sauce


OK Flavoristas, if French Salt Caramels are your thing, this exquisite dessert sauce will make you swoon.  A few weeks back, I stumbled upon David Lebovitz’s, The Perfect Scoop, a glorious book about all things ice cream at my local bookstore, Nonesuch Books. Lebovitz is a masterful food writer and pastry chef (by way of […]

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Tartine – San Francisco


  Tartine is an amazing place. I am stunned at the number of truly high quality products they produce. The morning bun, while the size of a newborn baby’s head, is a heavenly treat with just the right amount of orange zest and cinnamon sugar. The Niman Ranch ham and Gruyere cheese croissant is unbelievable and I don’t ever […]

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Puff Perfected


In Boulder we finish school earlier than most kids in the U.S. Tomorrow is our final PTA meeting and I decided to host it with tipples and nibbles. A perfect opportunity to try a recipe from Martha Holmberg’s new book Puff – 50 Flaky, Crunchy, Delicious Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts made with Puff Pastry.  Holmberg is […]

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A World of Dumplings


Brian Yarvin set out on a quest to compile 100 dumpling recipes from around the globe. I wish I had this book during Chinese New Year. From reading his book and making the Turkish manti, I have discovered that it really pays off to make the dough fresh. You can use the wrappers from the store, […]

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Umami – The 5th Taste


 The Fifth Taste is a cookbook but most importantly it describes the alluring fact that there is a another taste beyond sweet, salty, sour and bitter. Hard to discern and elusive to many American palettes,umami is the undescribable element of a things like oysters, shitake mushrooms, tamari, worchestershire sauce, fish sauce and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Umami taste comes […]

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The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages


This was one of those books that I bought for myself during the holidays. I have really enjoyed perusing it and look foward to trying many of the recipes. In case you are wondering, it is really more of a cookbook than a history book and the recipes are from around the world. Anne Mendelson does […]

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What does a Flavorista give a Remodelista for her birthday?


My friend Julie over at Remodelista just had a birthday and I am lamenting that I didn’t get her a gift certificate to the new Tyler Florence store in her hometown of Mill Valley, CA. I love this Emile Henry tart plate that would be perfect for making a puff pastry tart and then layering with […]

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Patricia Quintana – Mexican Cooking Icon


     The Taste of Mexico by Patricia Quintana was given to me many years ago and it quickly became dog earred. I used it in my catering business and the results were always fantastic. Patricia Quintana is an amzing researcher and this book teaches the origins of each Mexican dish. Organized by regions, this book […]

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Instant Chocolate Mousse from Nigella Express


I had heard a review of this book when it came out (November 2007) and had to buy it not only because I think the world of Nigella Lawson, but also because she featured a recipe for "instant" chocolate mousse made with mini marshmallows! I had to try it and it was incredibly easy, if not […]

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