Several articles recently have pointed out that it isn't uncommon at all for Canadians, and Calgarians in particular, to consider online shopping for their Christmas presents. It is a very convenient thing to do for the holiday season, and the very hard-working gentlemen that put up the Christmas lights on Stephen's Avenue reminded me that it's never too soon to ponder what to put under the tree.
America's Test Kitchen's The New Family Cookbook
This is the kind of thorough cookbook that brings to mind The Joy of Cooking , a book my mother used to rely on. This is a revised edition of The America's Test Kitchen cookbook that not only contains 1100 new recipes for every possible occasion, it also starts with a discussion about all of your kitchen implements and how to use them. Each recipe begins with a paragraph on "Why This Recipe Works," guaranteed to provide novice and practiced chefs alike information on why that recipe made the cut for this hefty and enticing book. This is a book that will become a valuable tool for any home library, including lots of valuable advice on finicky things, such as preparing a rack of lamb, buttercream, and shaping challah.
National Geographic's Kids Cookbook
It's hard to believe that National Geographic hasn't ever produced a cookbook for children before, but it's true -- this is their first.. This cookbook is intended to entice kid's to the fun and wonders of the kitchen, and it does all that and more. It is organized seasonally, has lots of pictures of the calibre you'd expect from National Geographic, an introduction that includes cooking tools, techniques, and safety, and throws in activities that your budding chef can do, or that you can do together, courtesy of chef/National Geographic Explorer Barton Seaver.
Sally Butcher's Salmagundi: a Celebration of Salads from Around the World
One-pot meals have always had a certain appeal, as they offer the potential for a somewhat limited clean-up, even if the reality doesn't live up to the dream. Salads have the same kind of mystique. You know you should eat them, but do you really want to? This book offers the best of all possible worlds, especially when contemplating New Year's resolutions. The word Salmagundi itself is derived from a 17th century English expression used to describe a salad with more than 19 ingredients. Here, salad fans (and anyone adventurous enough to try something new) will find 150 different takes on salads that cover things as varied as meats, cheeses, and salads for puddings. Recipes are helpfully provided tags such as "super healthy," "skinny-minny," and "main course" to help with meal-planning.
Don't forget that many of these are available in our catalogue or in Overdrive and 3M as an e-book, if you'd like to add them to your own reading lists. Next week I'll tackle book ideas for younger kids!