the cook(book)ing school: learning how to cook more than gumbo

Beyond Gumbo: Creole Fusion Food from the Atlantic RimBeyond Gumbo: Creole Fusion Food from the Atlantic Rim by Jessica B. Harris

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found another great pick from the library. I am absolutely infatuated with the state of Louisiana, the mystic of the Cajun and Creole culture, and of course the food. We all know about gumbo and jambalaya, but this cookbook, Beyond Gumbo, teaches us about all of the facets of this culture, beyond what we usually hear and learn about on the surface. I do plan to add this to my collection.

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the cook(book)ing school: summer is coming! let’s try some caribbean cuisine!

Modern Caribbean CuisineModern Caribbean Cuisine by Wendy Rahamut

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m all about learning about different cultures through ethnic cooking. I absolutely love this cookbook, Modern Caribbean Cuisine. It’s colorful with lots of great recipes. I will definitely be adding this book to my collection.

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the cook(book)ing school: celebrate all year round

Seasons & Celebrations: A Market-Fresh Cookbook for All Occasions by Jill Melton

Seasons & Celebrations: A Market-Fresh Cookbook for All Occasions by Jill Melton

This is such a great and colorful book. What I like the most is that it provides an eclectic collection  of culturally relevant recipes that reflect the ethnicity of a particular holiday or celebration. I jotted some recipes down and hope to make them in the coming year. I would definitely add this to my cookbook collection.

 

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the cook(book)ing school: eat right for your body type

Ayurveda Inspiring Cooking for Your Individual Well Being by Anne Buhring and Petra Rather

Ayurveda Inspiring Cooking for Your Individual Well Being by Anne Buhring and Petra Rather

Because I’m very interesting the area of Ayurveda as it pertains to skincare, makeup, and hair care, I thought this looked like a great book to also apply the same principles of Ayurveda to cooking.  I was right! This book is a great resource for determining what type of “food type” you are and then choosing recipes based on that.  And it’s absolutely great for vegetarians. I highly recommend it for anyone’s cookbook collection.

 

 

 

 

 

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the cook(book)ing school: Looking for an alternative for processed foods?

Anti-Inflammatory Foods For Health by Barbara Rowe and Lisa Davis

Anti-Inflammatory Foods For Health by Barbara Rowe and Lisa Davis

I was recently on a search for foods with an anti-inflammatory nature and I ran across this book at my local library.  It’s a great resource for anyone trying to move to a more veggie friendly lifestyle and move away from processed foods.  One of my favorite recipes is for the Spaghetti Squash, I’ve made it twice already, and the fresh spaghetti sauce can stretch and be used to go on top of other dishes. I would definitely add this to my cookbook collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the cook(book)ing school: One World, One Pot

One Pot by Weight Watchers

When it comes to Weight Watchers cookbooks, One Pot is probably the best so far. It’s colorful and chock full of multicultural recipes that will satisfy various taste buds. And the thing I love the most about this book is that the chapters are divided by the type of cooking device: bowl, skillet, wok, saucepan, dutch oven, roasting pan, casserole dish, slow cooker, grill, baking pan, and more. Now, while I only have a few of these cooking tools, this cookbook makes me want to run out and get one of each so that I can try all of the recipes, I’m especially itching to get me a dutch oven. One Pot is an excellent choice to add to your cookbook collection.

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the cook(book)ing school: no more taco bell!

300 best taco recipes by Kelley Cleary Coffeen

You can official cease and desist with all trips to Taco Bell. This cookbook is a taco lovers dream and probably much healthier.  One of my favorite recipes is a fish tacos recipe with a delicious jalepeno, mayonnaise, sour cream sauce that can be used with other foods besides the tacos. These recipes are also great for moms looking for healthy taco variations for your kids. A great addition to the cookbook shelf.

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the cook(book)ing school: the good cook, greatest book club EVER!

So recently,  I’ve become a cookbook nerd (as evidenced from my creation of a whole blog devoted to cookbook reviews) and I joined The Good Cook (www.thegoodcook.com) book club! OMG! You would have thought I had died and gone to heaven! Nothing but cookbooks, cookbooks, and more cookbooks (all to help feed my latest obsession – I probably really need to talk to someone about this, LOL).  The Good Cook is a “book-of-the-month” club that sends monthly catalogs for you to peruse and choose from cookbooks by your favorite celebrity chefs to your favorite regional faire and ethnic cuisine.  Here is a list of my first books from The Good Cook (I will review them all later):

 

One Pot by Weight Watchers 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Big Book of Slow Cooker, Casseroles, and More by Betty Crocker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

300 Best Taco Recipes by Kelly Cleary Coffeen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Meat Free Monday Cookbook by Annie Rigg with forward by Paul and Stella McCartney

 

the cook(book)ing school: lowfat ethnic cuisine

Indian Lowfat Cooking by Roshi Razzaq

I love Indian Food, and after reading several other cookbooks focusing on Indian Cuisine, I had not realized how fattening some Indian food could be until I read this Indian Lowfat Cooking. And although this book is a little dated, I still appreciate it and will definitely add it to my cookbook shelf as another guide on my path to healthy cooking.

the cook(book)ing school: take me to chinatown

 

Martin Yan‘s Chinatown Cooking by Martin Yan

I love this cookbook because it’s not just a cookbook, it’s a travel guide through all of the different Chinatown’s and great Chinese restaurants around the world. What I also like about this book is that Martin Yan provides with a primer on Chinese cooking, the primary ingredients, and a history lesson all at once.  I would definitely add this to my cookbook shelf or to my travel log.