The best of the latest cookbooks

New cookbooks reviewed and rated.

Almond Bar, by Sharon Salloum

April 2, 2014
Sharon Salloum's Almond Bar: 100 Delicious Syrian Recipes

Many cookbooks come from a family’s kitchen, a reflection of the food they cook and eat together. This is good. It shows that food is more than just fuel, that it’s a means of drawing people together, something that knits through the fabric of daily life. Sharon Salloum’s book of Syrian food, Almond Bar, has […]

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Great Homemade Soups: A Cook’s Collection, by Paul Gayler

January 26, 2014
Great Homemade Soups: A Cook's Collection, by Paul Gayler

Before I begin, some confessions: I sometimes have soup from a can for lunch I don’t often make a soup from scratch at home When I do, I sometimes freeze whatever’s left, never label it, and end up chucking unidentifiable blocks of frozen matter away countless months later This is a very poor state of […]

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The Taste of America, by Colman Andrews

January 6, 2014
The Taste of America, by Colman Andrews

I once rode across America on a Greyhound bus, from the laid-back city of Portland, through the deserts of Utah and back up through the Wild West to the industrial heartland of Chicago and Detroit, then onto Toronto and my Uncle’s spare bedroom for a week of recovery. I learnt two things on that trip, […]

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Pie, by Dean Brettschneider

November 30, 2013
Pie, by Dean Brettschneider

A book about pies, perhaps? Absolutely. Quite an easy guess. It’s written by Global Baker Dean Brettschneider. “Global Baker”? I think that just means that Dean’s from New Zealand. He’s got some pedigree, though, and has lived and worked in places as diverse as China and Denmark. That sounds suspiciously like a ‘brand’ … Maybe […]

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A Love For Food, Daylesford

November 17, 2013
Daylesford, A Love For Food

I read a lot of cookbooks. There are a couple of hundred on the shelves over there in the dining room, and I’m starting to get to the point where I don’t think many more will be, shall we say, welcome. I can tell a good cookbook from a bad one almost immediately … that […]

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Levant, by Anissa Helou

September 4, 2013
Levant, by Anissa Helou

The Levant is the part of the world where continents and empires collide, the crossroads where east meets west with a passing wave at Africa. It centres around the Eastern Mediterranean, encompassing countries like the Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey, the crucible of the Mediterranean and an area still very much at the forefront of […]

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