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My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

Copyright © David Lebovitz

Copyright © David Lebovitz

A collection of stories and 100 sweet and savory French-inspired recipes from popular food blogger David Lebovitz, reflecting the way Parisians eat today and featuring lush photography taken around Paris and in David’s Parisian kitchen.

My Paris Kitchen manages to both make me long for Paris and feel like I am in Paris. David Lebovitz is an American food blogger that moved to Paris ten years ago. He shares his stories and recipes about Paris in this book. The photography is gorgeous and will make you see the beauty in a stick of butter. (more…)

The Can’t Cook Book

I used to work for Chapters Indigo around the time that Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld came out. It had such awesome design, fun recipes and instantly became a bestseller. I was jealous that it was for families with kids- I wanted it!

Now she’s back with a book that I’m pretty sure you or someone you know could use.

howtocook2The Can’t Cook Book is a book that will hold your hand during the terrifying task of cooking. It helpfully guides you though the basics while reassuring you, “Hey. You can do this.”
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Make This: Honey Cake with Caramelized Apples from the Martha Stewart Cake Book

Every so often, Martha Stewart complies these awesome themed recipe books. The last one she released was Cupcakes, a couple of years ago.

 

This year, she’s back with Martha Stewart Cakes. This book is filled with over 150 recipes of every cake you ever dreamed of, thought of, and didn’t even know was real.

The recipes range in difficulty, and there’s something for everyone. Spice cakes, bundt cakes, birthday cakes, cheesecakes, ice cream cakes, pound cakes…they’re all here. Along with the recipes, there are some tried and tested tips and basic recipes for frosting and icing.

I was inspired to bake a cake from this book! I decided to make the Honey Cake with Caramelized Pears because it sounded delicious and had few ingredients. There is no butter in this cake! Of course, I didn’t have pears. So I used apples!

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Honey Cake with Caramelized Apples

You need

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons best-quality honey (I used honey from the Kingsbrae Garden)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

 

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 10-inch springform pan. Dust with flour; tap out excess. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl; set aside. Mix eggs and sugars on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until pale and thick, about 3 minutes.
  2. Whisk together honey, milk, oil, and zest. With mixer on low, add honey mixture to egg mixture; mix until combined, about 1 minute. Add half the flour mixture; mix until smooth. Mix in remaining flour mixture. Pour batter into pan.
  3. Bake until dark golden brown and a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes. Run a thin knife around edge of cake; carefully remove sides of pan.Transfer cake to a platter. Now it’s time to make the topping!
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 pounds of apples, cut into thin wedges
  • 1/4 cup best-quality honey

Caramelized Apples

1. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sugar; cook, stirring, until almost dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Add apples; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and just golden, 12 to 20 minutes. Pour in honey; cook, stirring, until apples are coated and very soft, 3 to 5 minutes. If you leave this on too long, the caramel will become very thick and unruly, so beware! Top the cake with this mixture immediately, and serve.

This cake was so easy and delicious! My family was impressed with my mad caramelizing skill.

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Find out more about the Martha Stewart Cake book or read about the day I met her!

Butter Baked Goods: Nostalgic Recipes From a Little Neighborhood Bakery

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I still regret not being able to visit Butter Baked Goods while I was in Vancouver. Luckily, this book has acted as a delicious, delicious band-aid.

I think that Butter Baked Goods: Nostalgic Recipes From a Little Neighborhood Bakery is my favourite bakery cookbook of the year!

Rosie shares her recipies for her homemade marshmallows, “cinny buns”, loaves, cookies, cakes, frostings and more. Being able to recreate these recipes is the next best thing to hopping a plane to visit her shop.

The book is broken down into handy sections such as  Cakes, Cupcakes and Whoopie Pies, Pastry, Pies and Tarts and more. One of my favourites sections is Confections. Confections and it includes peanut butter balls, Butter’s famous marshmallows, and my favourite- homemade s’mores.

Not only is it gorgeously designed, but the recipes are enticing, simple and easy to make. The photos make you want to get your hands dirty immediately. So I did. The first recipe that I made from this book was the Vanilla Shortbread cookies. They were delicious, and super quick to make. They’ve become my instant bake sale go to cookie.

See for yourself! Try out the Smartie Pants Bar.

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Butter Baked Goods is written by Rosie Daykin and was released on October 15th by Random House.

Meatless by Martha Stewart

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I’ve been trying to find a way to incorporate more veggies in my diet, and Martha Stewart’s newest collection of recipes is helping me do just that.  Meatless is a tasty collection of over 200 recipes that include everything but meat. Perfect for vegetarians, Meatless Monday, or just delicious side dishes.

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Roasted Potatoes with Romesco Sauce

 

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Frittata with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Herbs

These recipes range from quick and easy to prepare to more elaborate. Choose from soups, salads, brunch options, pasta and more!

I also love the little extras that are included in this book. There is a great section on “Versatile Vegetarian Pesto Variations” that I can’t wait to try this summer with veggies from my garden! Smoky Bell Pepper Pesto is clearly something my life needs more of!

Another awesome thing is the appendix that is full of basic recipes (vegetable stock) and basic tips for new cooks (how to blanch and peel tomatoes)

This is the perfect book to round out your cookbook collection! Check it out here.

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Portobello and Zucchini Tacos

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