Monday, April 25, 2016

Eating in the Middle: A Review

I had been waiting to get my hands on "Eating in the Middle" by Andie Mitchell for quite some time. I read her earlier New York Times bestselling memoir, "It Was Me All Along," and loved her writing, her outlook, and her story. When I heard she was coming out with a cookbook, I got super excited.

I was not disappointed.

Andie's cookbook is chock-full of reasonably simple, visually appetizing, and extra delicious meals that are overall really healthy. These are meals you'd want to make both mid-week for family or on the weekends for company. The instructions are clear, and the photos are beautiful. There are even helpful nutritional stats included as well!

I would highly recommend this cookbook to anyone who's serious about getting healthy but not so strict that entire food groups are off limit. When flavor, quality, and simplicity count, this is the book for you!

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Malibu Farm Cookbook: A Review

If I wanted to cook an extra special dinner that was super fresh, ultra healthy, and drop-dead gorgeous (yet simple at the same time), I would turn to no other cookbook than Malibu Farm Cookbook by the very talented Helene Henderson.

Named for her restaurant at the end of a pier in Southern California with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, this cookbook is everything I'd hoped it would be. Diverse. Clear. Unique. And visually stunning.

I couldn't decide which recipe to try first. Ricotta and Pea Frittata? Butterfly Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish? Seared Fava Beans? Or Grilled Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce? In the end, I chose all three to create a dinner to-die-for.

I would definitely recommend this beautiful book for either yourself or as a wonderful hostess gift. It will be treasured by whoever reads it!

* I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Around the Fire: A Review

As a grilled-food enthusiast, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Around the Fire by the dynamic culinary duo, Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez Denton, both of Ox Restaurant in Portland, Oregon.

Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Not one bit.

With uber clear and detailed instructions, breathtaking photography, and bold recipes that are anything but your dad's outdoor grilled fare, this book thrilled me on every level.

I can't wait to try their Coal-Roasted Oysters on the Half-Shell, Grilled Whey-Brined Quail, and Blistered Snap Peas. I'll probably add a dessert like Grilled Banana with Malted Chocolate Semifreddo and Sunchoke Chips. Any maybe even a cocktail like their signature Ox Blood (made from fresh red beet juice and bourbon).

If you're looking for unique, delicious, showstopper recipes that are undeniably beautiful, too, look no further. This book is for you!

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.