18 January 2020

Weekend Cooking: A Sneak Peek at Upcoming Cookbook Reviews

Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish ReadsI'm not quite sure if my past week passed by quickly or slowly, but I do know that it wasn't an easy week. I spent most of the time with my mother and some of it in the hospital.

There was pretty much no cooking going on, though the hospital restaurants had some decent choices. I know that I haven't yet visited your posts from last week, but I hope to find some time to read them in the week to come--once I catch up with my work, that is. Oh and some sleep would be nice too.

Anyway, today's post is a sneak peak at five cookbooks I have waiting to review. Some I've cooked out of; others I haven't. I'm just a little too brain dead at the moment to write up a thoughtful review, and I don't want to short-change you or the cookbook authors.

Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish ReadsFirst up are two books published by Austin Macauley. I was interested in these cookbooks because they are geared to new cooks. I'm always looking for good books to suggest to friends and relatives (of all ages) who claim they don't know how to cook or that cooking is too difficult. Both cookbooks arrived when I was out of town last week, and I haven't had a chance to study them. However, from a quick flip through, Simply No Weigh by Di Weiss (2018) looks like it will appeal to a range of cooks and tastes. Beginners Cookbook by K. Mortimer (2017), on the other hand, seems perfect for college students or fresh-out-of-the-nest new adults setting up home in their first apartment. I'll let you know what I think in the weeks to come.

Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish ReadsNext is Eat for the Planet Cookbook by Nil Zacharias and Gene Stone, which published this month from Abrams. I have so many pages marked, the book barely closes anymore! The recipes are plant based (the new term for "vegan"), and this omnivore has found a number of recipes to love. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my story showing the enchilada pie. Sooo good. I've made a couple of artichoke dishes from this book and a soup. You'll have a full review of this winner very soon. I took this cookbook to mother's last week because there are a number of vegans and vegetarians in my family, and those of us who eat meat also love to change up with veggies when we can. Alas, I didn't get a chance to make the mushroom barley soup for everyone in Ohio, but I think that's my next recipe from this cookbook.

Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish ReadsThe final two cookbooks are both published by Voracious. Again, if you follow me on Instagram you've already seen a photo. I am a huge Canal House fan, so I was super excited to receive a copy of their Cook Something: Recipes to Rely On by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton (Sept. 2019). The photos, the recipes, the step-by-steps . . . I love it all. Although I rarely use a recipe to make pasta Bolognese, I really wanted to try their version and wanted to cook it for my family. I also thought my mom would enjoy pasta. Sadly she now finds tomatoes to be too acidic, so I wasn't able to make it for her. However, I will be making it for us--really soon. The revised edition of The Milk Street Cookbook by Christopher Kimball (Oct. 2019) includes "every recipe from every episode of the TV show." There is so much information packed into this beautiful cookbook that I don't even know where to begin. The recipes are solid and doable and the photographs are wonderful. Lots of exploring in my future.

I will do my best to visit all of your posts from last week and this, just as soon as possible. In the meantime, I'm taking each day, one at a time.

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rhapsodyinbooks 1/18/20, 6:53 AM  

I've always found it interesting to observe what is available in hospital cafeterias. I wonder how much input people on the staff have on selections. (not, that is, people on the nutritional staff but doctors and nurses...) I hope things improve for your mom and you this next week!

gluten Free A_Z Blog 1/18/20, 7:19 AM  

The plant based cookbook looks right up my ally.. Looks like a book a should check out.

GypsyPlate 1/18/20, 7:39 AM  

Sending positive thoughts to you and your mom...

(Diane) bookchickdi 1/18/20, 7:50 AM  

I'm thinking of you and your mom at this time.

Tina 1/18/20, 7:54 AM  

Family first and come back when you can. I hope you have some good support with you, someone to bring you coffee, food and a hug.
Take time for yourself and your mom now.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 1/18/20, 7:59 AM  

I enjoy looking for new cookbooks, too. I like cookbooks for beginners as the cookbook authors don't tend to assume we know something we don't know. Cook Something sound especially interesting. Thank you for sharing all of these with us.

bermudaonion 1/18/20, 8:14 AM  

I'm glad you made it home and I hope your mom continues to improve.

I'm curious about Simply No Weigh.

Mae Travels 1/18/20, 8:14 AM  

Along with all your followers, I hope your mom makes a speedy recovery and finds more foods that she can enjoy. You are really a good daughter!

best.... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Claudia 1/18/20, 9:42 AM  

I hope you will get some rest, and have a better week, along with your mom. I'm currently holding off the urge to purchase Escapism Cooking, which enthralling cookbook I have on loan from the library.

Jackie McGuinness 1/18/20, 10:07 AM  

Take care of yourself and sending positive vibes for your mom!

I spent some time yesterday browsing the cookbook shelves in a big bookstore but managed not to buy any!

Ilse Berg (SnowshineCottage.com) 1/18/20, 10:42 AM  

Sending healing thoughts across many miles. Thanks for the introduction to these cookbooks - I love to peruse cookbooks and gather new ideas.

Melissa 1/18/20, 11:39 AM  

All good thoughts for your mom. Hope you're able to get some rest soon.

Abigail Pearson 1/18/20, 2:31 PM  

Requesting the Eat for the Planet Cookbook asap!

Marg 1/18/20, 6:20 PM  

It's easy for time to become distorted when in your current situation. Sending you all good thoughts for you and your family.

Melynda@Scratch Made Food! 1/19/20, 3:03 PM  

I can't seem to give up buying the cookbooks I browse through, no matter how small my home grows....take care!

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