What I’m Reading: October 2012

The New Way To Cook Light by the Editors of Cooking Light just hit the shelves on 10/16/12.  This new cook book is a going to be an essential cooking tool for any home cook!  It has over 400 recipes, 200 mouth-watering photos, and plenty of “extra” content on the sidebar of most pages.

Cooking Light has been around for over 25 years and their expertise in healthy cooking shines through in this book.  Dishes range from decadent Waldorf Salad with Steel-Cut Oats, crunchy Crab Cakes with Spicy Rémoulade and Easy Coq au Vin to Roasted Vegetable and Ricotta Pizza, Soy-Citrus Scallops with Soba Noodles and many, many more!

The book is beautiful, the recipes are fabulous, the photos are mouth watering and I can’t wait to make my menu plan for next week and add a few to the list.  My only complaint is the cover..it’s bit bland compared to all the wonderful food found on the pages inside.

MSRP $34.95


White Jacket Required: A Culinary Coming-of-Age Story  is the auto-biography of Jenna Weber, the successful food blogger from Eat, Live, Run.  Jenna is a classically trained chef and recipe developer as well.  Her book is a behind the scenes documentary from culinary school and during the year that followed.  It’ an inspiring account of one woman daring to follow her dreams.

Scattered throughout the book are dozens of her delicious recipes, including Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and Old-Fashioned Chocolate Walnut Torte!  Even though the book is about her time at culinary school and her travels, the recipes are easy to find in the book as they are listed in the table of contents.

Check out Eat, Live, Run for an up-to-the-minute look at Jenna’s world of food.

MSRP $19.95



The I Love Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook  is the third vegetarian/vegan book by author Kris Holechek. There are over 150 vegetarian (and vegan) recipes inspired by the wonderful foods at Trader Joe’s.   Recipes include Pineapple Upside-Down Pancakes, Herbed Garlic Polenta Fries, Tuscan Tomato Soup, and more.

One thing that I love in a cookbook are the photos and this one has a photo on almost every page.  I love knowing what the finished product is supposed to look like…it let’s me know I did it right!   Even this meat eater doesn’t miss the meat in these recipes.   I’m really looking forward to hitting my local TJ’s with these recipes in hand!!!

MSRP $17.95



The Art of Beef Cutting: A Meat Professional’s Guide to Butchering and Merchandising by Kari Underly is a beautifully mastered book with over 450 photos.  The Art of Beef Cutting has been nominated for a James Beard award.  Kari is one of the country’s foremost female butchers.

I must admit that I wasn’t sure what I would think when I first picked up this book, but it will make a wonderful birthday or Christmas gift for any man, weekend griller, or frugal homemaker.  It would also make a great addition to a library or coffee table.  The book is a fabulous guide to butchering beef and includes step-by-step cutting instructions and techniques; color photos, descriptions and cooking suggestions for every cut; and expert advice on meat cutting.

After flipping through the book, I’m hooked!  It’s great for anyone wanting to learn more about beef.  There are easy to follow (step-by-step) instructions on how to cut beef for whatever recipe you want including stir fry cuts or how to tie up a roast.  The Art of Beef Cutting is sure to be a great resource for us!

MSRP $50.00



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Disclaimer: I may have received one or more of the above books for review purposes. I was not compensated for my review; all opinions are my own.

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