Time to Eat by Nadiya Hussain

Time to Eat by Nadiya Hussain is a great addition to my cookbook collection. I love the premise, that we can find ways to cook smarter and save time. My favorite thing about the food is the creativity and the great balancing of flavors.  Nadiya really stretches sometimes and does unusual things, and she usually…

Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten

Ina Garten is a Culinary Queen, benevolently directing her subjects from her kitchen to ours.  But before all of that, she was just a girl, standing in front of Jeffrey, trying to get in to a cocktail bar.  So the story goes in Cooking for Jeffrey, Ina’s one millionth (*ahem* 10th) cookbook.  So enjoyable to…

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, by Samin Nosrat, illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton, is listed on Amazon as a Cooking Encyclopedia.  I think of it as a kind of light textbook, definitely more than just your average collection of recipes.  It’s basically a cooking course, but is more about methodology and…

Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan

Dorie Greenspan is a marvel.  This is a woman who has won five James Beard awards.  She has written 13 cookbooks.  She has a column for the New York Times, “On Dessert.”  If you want to give her a go without the investment of buying a book, you can find some recipes on her website…

Ripe by Nigel Slater

This lovely dream of a book has been keeping me company for the last few weeks.  Sitting in my yard in Austin, I imagine old country houses and rolling hills, hedges draped in berries and fruit trees trained to climb walls.  The reader is quickly transported, which is good, because every few minutes I’m called…