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Eating in Color 9781617690297
Eating in Color 9781617690297

At the start of the New Year there is a significant amount of pressure and expectation from books, magazines, blog posts, newspapers and, perhaps, even from your most helpful (not HELPFUL) friend to lose ____ amount of weight in ____ amount of days. And, don’t get us wrong, we appreciate the reminder because we have been eating an impressively unhealthy amount of sweet, buttery, fatty foods for two blissful weeks. But, sometimes it's is difficult to get motivated when all you want to do is curl up into your snuggie and watch bad reruns of your favourite 90's television show. Luckily, the beautiful Abrams book EATING IN COLOR has arrived just in time to help ease us back into a healthy and clean lifestyle.  In EATING IN COLOR, registered dietitian and bestselling author Frances Largeman-Roth offers home cooks an easy, fun plan for utilizing the color spectrum to bring more vividly hued food to the table. From deep green kale to vermilion beets, Eating in Color showcases vibrant, delicious foods that have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, some cancers, diabetes, and obesity. Avocados, tomatoes, farro, blueberries, and more shine in stunning photographs of 90 color-coded, family-friendly recipes, ranging from Caramelized Red Onion and Fig Pizza to Cran-Apple Tarte Tatin. Clear preparation instructions and nutritional information make this an essential resource for eating well while eating healthy (read more at abramsbooks.com).

Want to know more? Here's the stunning trailer:

What better way to start the new year than with a gorgeous cookbook that gently encourages healthy eating without the pressure of losing weight. Sounds perfect to us!

Eating in Color Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family

Authors: By Frances Largeman-Roth, photographs by Quentin Bacon Imprint: Stewart, Tabori & Chang EAN: 9781617690297 Publishing Date: 1/7/2014 Trim Size: 8 x 9 Cover: Hardcover Illustrations: 50 color illustrations

LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW: Le Livre Blanc by Anne Sophie Pic

It was only a couple hours ago that you were biting into your lunch wondering if you were ever going to eat a sandwich that tasted as good as it looks on The Food Network; in Bon Appetit Magazine; on Saveur.com; or in one of the many cookbooks currently occupying your kitchen. Wonder on, because your sandwich is never going to taste as good as it looks on TV, in a magazine, in cookbook or even on a 20-something’s blog. Tough love, we know, but sometimes you need to hear the truth so that you can stop worrying and start celebrating the people who CAN and DO create meals that look like a Picasso painting on your plate and taste like fireworks just had a Canada Day party in your mouth.

One of these people we speak of is the incredibly talented, three Michelin star chef ANNE SOPHIE PIC, who recently released her cookbook LE LIVRE BLANC with Quayside Publishing Group.

There are dishes in her cookbook you will never be able to make, let alone eat (unless you're traveling to France and then we should talk, and, by talk, we mean let's be best friends), but you can ogle, drool and swoon over the beautiful spreads. That's half the fun! LE LIVRE BLAC is a cookbook that transforms everyday dishes into extraordinary works of art that both inspire and amaze.

Don’t believe us? Well, believe Library Journal, because they have explained her allure quite succinctly: "Let’s face it—when most of us think about cooking, we don’t imagine filling a bowl of frothy green tea broth with artfully arranged boiled leeks, marinated anchovies, and wafer-thin coins of caviar-topped melba toast. Most readers will never cook from this title, but browsing its visually breathtaking contents, they will understand why Pic, the fourth female chef ever to win three Michelin stars, deserves her reputation. Some haute cuisine cookbooks have explicit instructions; this one does not. The recipes at the back of the book assume considerable knowledge and skill. VERDICT highly recommended for professional collections and aspirational cooks interested in elegant plating and presentation."

Do you need us to break it down some more? No. Good. Now go buy the book.

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Cover Reveal for LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED | Abrams Books

Let'sGetThisPartyStarted

Let'sGetThisPartyStarted - Cake PopsEarlier this week Abrams Books revealed the cover for Soleil Moon Frye's new fall book, LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED (9781617690341 | $25.50). This gorgeous book is jam packed with colourful photos and features more than 15 parties you can throw for kids that are inexpensive, wildly inventive, and, most important, mind-blowing fun! Each party includes two crafts, one game, and one recipe—all of which can be assembled with the help of a mini. A few of our favourites from the book included the movie-on-the-lawn party, the ’80s party, and the rainbow party.

Soleil Moon Frye is widely known for playing the fun, enthusiastic and loveable "Punky" character on the ’80s TV show Punky Brewster. Nowadays, she is a regular contributor on NBC’s TODAY show, and a momtrepreneur who parlayed her successful kids’ clothing line into a partnership with Target. All in all, a pret-ty phenomenal lady.Outdoor Party

LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED will be available in bookstores October 15th, 2013!

Let's Get This Party Started DIY Celebrations for You and Your Kids to Create Together

Lets Get This Party StartedAuthors: By Soleil Moon Frye, photographs by Meeno Imprint:Stewart, Tabori & Chang ISBN: 1-61769-034-1 EAN:9781617690341 Availability:Prepublication Publishing Date: 10/15/2013 Trim Size: 7 3/4 x 9 3/4 Page Count:176 Cover: Paperback with flaps Illustrations: 250 color illustrations

HBG News: Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking

gGordon Ramsay is a household name thanks to his fouled mouth, explosive personality on shows like Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef and Hell’s Kitchen. He is the black sheep of the culinary reality TV world, but off the small screen he is also a highly regarded chef.  In 2006, he was awarded an OBE for services to the industry, and is one of only four chefs in the UK to maintain three Michelin stars. Now, having mastered both the realms of the London restaurant scene and American television, Ramsay, is releasing another cookbook to further prove that he is one of the masters of his craft. His cookbook, "Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking: Everything You Need to Know to Make Fabulous Food," will be available this April and will provide simple, straightforward cooking lessons for beginners to experienced cooks.

Each chapter will focus on a different area of cooking—from classics to how to cook with spice, through baking, and roasting, and will include helpful sections on how to prep, clean and pan fry like a pro! Readers will learn how to create scrumptious, vibrant and drool-worthy dishes like miso braised salmon fillet with Asian vegetables, Pork and Bacon slider with homemade BBQ sauce, Wild Mushroom Risotto Arrancini, and Baked Lemon Cheesecake with Raspberries. Nom Nom Nom!

Crammed with delicious recipes, and invaluable tips, Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking is the perfect guide to creating amazing meals at home. We cannot wait for its release!

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GORDON RAMSAY’S HOME COOKING Everything You Need to Know to Make Fabulous Food by Gordon Ramsay 978-1-4555-2525-6 $32.99 Can APRIL HARDCOVER 320 pgs • 120 halftone and color photos 8 1/4 x 10 • Cooking

 

Exciting New Publisher!

page street logoIt isn't every day you get to be on board for the launch of a publisher's very first season, especially not one made up of people brimming with such enthusiasm, experience, and vision. To say that we are excited about Page Street Publishing here at Manda would be an understatement, and when you see the books on offer this upcoming season you'll immediately understand why. The logo for Page Street Publishing is an old printing press block belonging to the publisher Will Kiester's father, and it is the perfect symbol for a company that is devoted to the fading tradition of bookmaking as an art form. The books are exceptional; the aesthetic is clean, crisp, and vibrant - crafted with attention to detail that is characteristic of true quality.  The lifestyle authors are incredible at what they do whether it's cooking, baking, or taking care of chickens.

Will Kiester is keeping it current, making books that are inspirational, affordable, beautiful, and useful.  And this is just the first list for their very first season! I can't wait to see what they have for us next. Here are a few examples of this season's upcoming titles to keep you satiated.

baking-by-hand-make-the-best-artisanal-breads-and-pastries-better-without-a-mixerSimply delicious! Baking by Hand by Andy and Jackie King contains baking techniques and 100 recipes on how to make everything from sourdough to Rhubarb Ginger treats. It's also from world class professional bakers who own their own artisan bakery.

the truly healthy family cookbook Tina Ruggiero knows what it's like to be sick of the next diet craze and to crave a nutritional guide to healthy family-friendly food. The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook has more than 150 recipes from the Gourmet Nutritionist who is the health correspondent for NBC, Daytime and Fox!

bake and destroyYou will LOVE Natalie Slater and her quirky, rockabilly-inspired recipes from the kid friendly Crouching Cornbread, Hidden Broccoli to the delicious Burger Time Whoopie Pie. Hilarious, one-of-a-kind, and so yummy describes Bake and Destroy perfectly.

 

 

Stocking Stuffer Guide!

It's that time of year again: making merry at holiday parties, trimming the tree, wearing the ugly Christmas sweater, listening to the dulcet crooning of Nat King Cole or the upbeat melodies of the Boney M Christmas album. Whether your an uber organizer with all the presents bought and wrapped, sitting snugly under the tree (give the rest of us a break, will you?), still scrambling to buy everyone presents (that's more like it), or the person who hasn't even started shopping yet (eeeek), chances are stocking stuffers are the last thing on the list and the last thing on your mind. So, to keep you a) stress free and b) from re-gifting last years sundry trinkets and hotel soaps, we here at Manda have created a rockin' Christmas guide to soothe your stocking stuffer blues. We have something for everyone!

The Hipster

Too cool for traditional stuffers? For even the TRENDIEST hipster: the Great Moustache Magnet Set (The Unemployed Philosophers Guild) is for anyone missing the funny facial hair that was rampant in 'Movember.'

The adorable Little Book of Vintage series carries horror, crime, combat, romance, love, sci-fi, and sauciness titles (Ilex). These authentic vintage comics and old print advertisements are hilarious, awesome, and come in miniature with a rockin' retro fridge magnet in the back!

And for good measure, why not throw in the small format book by Ryan Mecum, Dawn of Zombie Haiku (How Books, 1440312869). It's a short fiction narrative haiku that is ugly-cry in public funny. "Shall I compare thee to a luscious frontal lobe? If so, thou shall LOSE." Good to know zombie. Inspiring. Really.

The Sweet Grandma (Or Gran, Nonna, Oma, etc)

I don't know about your grandma, but mine really likes to knit. I'm planning on rolling up some of D&C's Simple Knits pattern booklets to put in the stocking opening. Cushions & Pillows has some really nice patterns.

Christmas Joy by Susan Branch (Little Brown, 0316106828) is a small book brimming with holiday spirit. It is everything Christmas, and a perfect reminder of what makes the season so special (there might also be a few delicious cookies that my Grandma is sure to want to add to her repertoire.)

A beautiful deck of cards always comes in handy, especially if your grandmother likes to invite friends over for bridge and Bellini nights! Pomegranate makes some beautiful decks, and these ones, modeled after Charley Harpers Under the Sweetgum Tree (9780764960277) are particularly delectable.

Throw in a beautiful art cube puzzle by Made in Museum and you are good to go. The Splendors of Portuguese Ceramics puzzle is really beautiful.

The Adorkable Darling

(aka nerd, gamer, pop-culture fanatic, perpetual child, 0r actual child)

Oh Doctor Who mug. What else can I say?

Oh wait... The tardis will dissappear and transport into deep space when this ingenious Unemployed Philosophers Guild mug has hot liquid in it? NO WAY. All it takes is a cup of coffee for you to become the next time traveling Doctor Who. Now the question is are you a Matt Smith or a David Tennant kind of Doctor?

If your stocking owner hasn't quite reached THAT level of nerd yet, then a great alternative is the Game of Thrones coffee mug that Dark Horse produces. Whether the dork in your family is a fan of the television show, the George R.R. Martin books it is adapted from, or both, the mug will be a big hit.

 MiniMates are another fail proof option. Little kids, big kids, and kids at heart all love to play with these Lego-like figurines. Cult favourites include Spider man, Iron man, Thor, Captain America, the X-men, and even some feature characters from the video game Halo. Diamonds got both comic book aficionados and gamers covered.

 And an adorkable stocking would not be complete without the Marvel Star Wars Millennium Falcon bottle opener produced by Diamond Select Toys.

The Alcohol Enthusiast

Start the stocking off right with Jiggle Shots, a little book by Abrams Image that helps get the party started with delicious and hazardous recipes.

And for the connoisseur?

A 2013 Wine Calendar in extra small by Andrews McMeel Publishing that has a years worth of tips and facts about wine. 

 If you want to top your drinks off with the perfect garnish, try DC's Darth Vader, Batman, or Superman shaped ice cubes. Nothing says your drinking a Darth Vader cocktail like his ice cube likeness floating in your glass.

Last but not least, the hilarious pocket book 50 ways to Cure a Hangover (Octopus Publishing Group, 9781846014055) is the perfect stocking stuffer for the morning after the party is over. Written by Cara Frost-Sharatt and illustrated by Jason Ford this cute little book proves that a little laughter is always the best cure.

 

Move over grandma : Cooking a la mode gets MODERN!

Pan, measuring cup, oven, test-tube, ultrasonic bath (aka jewellery cleaner), blow torch... all the cooking equipment required to make a feast. Yes. You heard me right. I said blowtorch ... and ultrasonic bath ... and I inferred that they belong in your kitchen! You just can't make the perfect meringue or the ideal crispy french fry without them these days. But if you're curious, I suggest you pick up a copy of the revolutionary Modern Cuisine at Home (The Cooking Lab, 9780982761014) or go to Global TV's website for their new current affairs show 16X9 to see the authors Dr. Nathan Myhrvold and Maxime Bilet in action. They leave you with a true appreciation for the art and science of cooking, and a hunger for the future when food will only get more delicious. You can watch a clip of the show online here.  The full episode aired on television November 9th.

 

 

 

The Best New Fall Titles from GLOBE PEQUOT PRESS

From heartfelt stories of rescued dogs who became superstars to simple designs for your home to an epic story of murder, vengeance and family feuds, this fall Globe Pequot Press is releasing seven new titles that you’ll definitely want to get your hands on. Check them out and then let us know what you’re planning to read this fall. Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars (9781599213538) by Bill Berloni and Jim Hanrahan; foreword by Bernadette Peters

In Broadway Tails, Theatrical Animals trainer Bill Berloni tells the backstage stories of the shelter dogs who have become superstars in television, film, and theater, including the 35th-anniversary Broadway production of Annie.

Carter's Way: A No-Nonsense Method for Designing Your Own Super Stylish Home (9780762778980) by Carter Oosterhouse with Chris Peterson

Carter Oosterhouse, the popular host of HGTV's Carter Can, Million Dollar Rooms, and Red, Hot & Green, now offers homeowners a book featuring his simple, straightforward and super successful home-design process. He knows that home design can be intimidating, but his reassuring "you can do it" attitude encourages readers to use their imaginations and convinces them that they too can use his method to easily create beautiful living rooms, bedroom, kitchens, baths, and more!

Bond On Bond: Reflections on 50 years of James Bond Movies (9780762782819) by Sir Roger Moore

The Bond movies remain the longest continually running film series in movie history, and 2012 marks its fiftieth anniversary. While there have been other actors that have taken on the coveted role of James Bond, one of the most renowned and beloved 007s, is the charming and charismatic Sir Roger Moore, KBE. To celebrate these films and their cultural heritage, Roger Moore has written a book that features all the Bond movies, along with a wonderfully witty account of his own involvement in them. From the girls to the villains, the cars to the cocktails, the gadgets, locations and everything else, this beautiful book is illustrated with hundreds of iconic images from all the films plus many previously unseen photos from the Bond archive. This is the ultimate James Bond book, written by the ultimate insider, with all the affection and good humor he brought to the role. It is the perfect gift for all fans of these much loved films.

How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs (9780762780556) by Kevin Pollak with Alan Goldsher, forewords by Penn Jillette and Billy Bob Thornton

Kevin Pollak is one of a kind. One of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, he’s a killer impressionist, a character actor with one of the longest, most respected filmographies around, as well as an Internet pioneer. Like no one else, Pollak straddles the fence between Hollywood and new media—and without injuring himself in the process. Hilarious, raw, and revealing, How I Slept My Way to the Middle winningly combines never-before-heard stories featuring A-list entertainers, fan favorites, and Kevin’s own thoughts about how he made it. Pollak is laughing proof that if you follow your gut and believe in yourself, you can do anything you want—except have a rational conversation with Rip Torn, who’s an evil, paranoid $#!%.

The Fresh Energy Cookbook: Detox Recipes to Supercharge Your Life (9780762780860) by Natalia Rose and Doris Choi

A leading light in the alternative health community, Natalia Rose is widely recognized for her "detox diet" program. Her popular book, The Raw Food Detox Diet, is by now considered a classic of its genre. The Fresh Energy Cookbook is the essential companion guide for anyone who wants to bring those dietary principles to life in the comfort of their own kitchen. The emphasis is on living foods in digestible combinations, ideal for optimal cellular health, nutrition, energy, weight loss, and satisfaction.

The Quick & Clean Diet: Lose the Weight, Feel Great, and Stay Lean for Life (9780762781720) by Dari Alexander; Foreword by Dr. Mehmet Oz

By applying the principles of clean eating to a realistic lifestyle, top journalist and working mom, Dari Alexander shows how you can achieve your best body and keep that promise to yourself: to finally look like that gorgeous person you know exists. Changing your mindset and consuming foods closest to their natural state change the way you feel everyday—this back-to-basics, no-nonsense, weight loss and maintenance program will not only make you thinner, it will also increase your energy. Most importantly, it promotes life-long good health.

Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance (9780762779185 by Lisa Alther

America's most notorious family feud began in 1865 with the murder of a Harmon McCoy, a Union soldier, by a Confederate Hatfield relative. But Southern grudges run long and deep. More than a decade later tempers flared over stolen hogs. This accusation triggered years of bloody violence and retribution that led to a tragic Romeo-and-Juliet interlude, a Supreme Court ruling, and Kentucky’s last public hanging. The final feud trial took place in 1898, but the rivalry didn’t end there. Its legend continues to have an enormous impact on the popular imagination and the people of the region. Here is a fascinating new look at the infamous story of the Hatfields and the McCoys.

Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients | ABRAMS

The lovely folks at Abrams have been baking delicious treats all week in celebration of the release of Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito’s third drool worthy cookbook BAKED ELEMENTS: Our 10 Favourite Ingredients (ISBN 9781584799856)When you have a moment (and a full belly) check out the Abrams blog featuring BAKED ELEMENTS recipes Lemon and Lime and Crunchy Peanut Butter Banana Bread. Yums!

Photos from the Abrams blog!

Leon: Naturally Fast Food | OCTOPUS BOOKS

LEON: Naturally Fast Food by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent ISBN: 978 1 84091 612 6 Imprint: Conran Pub Date: September 2012 Price: CAN$32.99

 

 

 

Leon Naturally Fast Food is a book of two halves. The first half is ‘Fast Food’, which contains recipes that take a maximum of 20 minutes to prepare, ranging from a work-day breakfast and children’s meals to simple dinners and party food. The second half is ‘Slow Fast Food’, which contains things that can be made in advance when you have time, to enjoy when you don’t have time. Containing more than 200 recipes, there is plenty in both halves of this collection for both the experienced cook and the culinary adventurer in search of inspiration.

Only six months after the first branch opened, Leon was voted “Best New Restaurant” by such judges as Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal in the 2005 Observer Food Awards and there are now 11 Leon restaurants in London and the southeast of England.

The restaurant group, leon was founded on the twin principles that food can both taste good and do you good. In July 2004, when Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy opened their first outlet, on London’s Carnaby Street, their aim was to change the face of fast food. Only six months after the first branch opened, Leon was voted “Best New Restaurant” by such judges as Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal in the 2005 Observer Food Awards and there are now 11 Leon restaurants in London and the southeast of England.

Also available: LEON: Baking and Desserts 9781840916119 CAN$32.99

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Game of Thrones

With the thrilling conclusion to Game of Thrones season 2 now passed, fans everywhere are left in suspense with a long wait ahead for season 3. Want to keep the Game of Thrones vibe alive? Here's how! Publisher: Adams Media ISBN: 9781440538728 CAD $20.99

Eat like a Lannister! Brew spirits to warm you in the coming winter. Treat guests to exotic sweets and alchemy-inspired cocktails. With this collection of hearty meals inspired by George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, it's all possible! Every dish finds its roots in the pages that brought Westeros to life, including:

* Pentoshi Mushrooms in Butter and Garlic - a seductive and aromatic side dish, perfect for any exotic feast.

* Arya's Lemon Cakes - served warm off the griddle, these sweets are what daydreams are made of.

* Tyrian's Leg of Lamb - garlic, goat cheese, and basil make this a roast worth living for.

And so much more!

Keep Game of Thrones alive with The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook! You don't want to miss it.

So You Like to Grill You Say?

It's almost time to light up the grills! In a few weeks' time, the smell of barbecue will be in in the air, tempting your taste buds and making your mouth water. Wouldn't you like that entincing smell to be coming from your own backyard? ISBN: 9780376020673 Publisher: Oxmoor House CAD $23.95

SMOKE: A Guide to Smoke Cooking for Everyone and Any Grill is your how-to-guide to smoke cooking. If you've never attempted smoke cooking that's OK! Jamie Purviance includes a range of cooking methods from basic starter tips, to some more advanced cooking techniques.

Of course a book about grilling wouldn't be complete without some hunger-inducing food pictures!

First off, The Mesquite Grilled Cheeseburger:

Psych! You only get one. Consider it a teaser until you go and buy the book!

CAKE ON A STICK

When these bite sized desserts on a stick first made their way into Starbucks last fall, I must admit I was skeptical of the trend. I assumed the idea would generate a little buzz along with some decent initial sales and then the cute little display in the glass dessert case would promptly fade away – another brief but well-meaning fad gone bad.  I mean, the goal these days is to eat clean, buy local, and put kale in EVERYTHING.  How was the cake on a stick idea going to survive?  Well, I need not have feared.  It seems even the healthiest and greenest, amongst us need a treat to go with their soy late once in a while and hey, it's not like ordering an entire piece of cake - it's but a guiltless bite! Why the heck not?

 These little drops of heaven are perfect for a shower, wedding, birthday or tea. Feeling inspired? Bake your own! Cake Pops (April 2012, Spruce, $14.99) by Helen Attridge and Abby Foy is an adorable, colourful little volume with easy to follow, easy to make recipes for creating fun, fanciful cake pops at home.  The book opens with simple recipes for making a basic vanilla cake and frosting that are easily adapted to other flavor variations, such as chocolate and lemon.  Easy-to -follow instructions and visual guides teach you how to make the balls, dip them, decorate and shape them.  Useful tips cover everything from masking cracks to make ahead suggestions, adjusting colors, personalizing, and presentation.

28 great designs include everything from the simplest pretty pink pops with sprinkles to chocolate dipped strawberries and teddy bear and piggy pops.  The designs vary in degree of difficulty, but there is something for everyone at every level, including children.

CAKE POPS by Helen Attridge and Abby Foy, Photographs by Lis Parsons | Spruce/Octopus, April 2012, CAN $14.99, Hardcover | ISBN:  978-1-84601-402-4

SWEETIE PIE!

I spy with my little eye, something that is golden brown, bubbling with blue, and popped in the oven just for you.  If you guessed blueberry pie, you're right!  Wednesday, March 14th has been named Pie It Forward Day by the folks over at ABRAMS and Stewart Tabori & Chang!  For those of you wishing to participate in this very special day, simply download the WILD BLUEBERRY PIE recipe from Gesine Bullock-Prado’s new book PIE IT FORWARD.  Next, watch the DEMO VIDEO where Gesine, cute as a button in the cleanest, whitest apron you’ve ever seen, takes you through the baking process step by step while you get your hands (and hair) full of flour!  Finally, deliver your finished pie to a friend, pass along the recipe and witness the sheer delight only a handmade, baked creation can bring. Pie it forward baby!

Pie it Forward By Gesine Bullock-Prado, $32.95 CAN; ISBN: 9781584799634, April 2012

SWEET AS PIE

MY BAKING JOURNAL is a gem of a little book! A beautifully designed package that helps organize treasured recipes from friends and family, favourite cookbooks, magazines and celebrity chefs, as well as great restaurant desserts you want to recreate.

Divided into chapters for different types of baking, there is dedicated space to reference the source of favourite recipes, plus space to write your own, jot tasting notes, and document anything else that comes to mind.  There's also an accordion file at the back for clippings and an elastic closure to secure loose recipes.

This is a sweet little gift for bakers and will make a wonderful Mother’s Day present! For a little extra flair, pair it with a sweet ingredient or baking accessory, or simply tie it with a ribbon and wooden spoon.  Easy, peasy!

MY BAKING JOURNAL | Spruce/Octopus, March 2012 | $16.99 CAN

 

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Cuckoo 4 Cookbooks!

I am admittedly not a great cook, yet ironically I am cuckoo for cookbooks! I love looking at the mouthwatering images, reading the step by step instructions that make every recipe seem so simple. . . so manageable! Below are a few of the beautiful Stewart Tabori and Chang cookbooks I'm looking forward to cracking open this spring.  The folks at STC make stunning books with quality and content that is always fresh and interesting. . . In CakeLove in the Morning, Warren covers everything: pancakes and French toast, frittatas and omelets, quick breads and cereals, bacon and biscuits. He adds his own trademark twists on classic recipes so you’ll soon be making Coconut Waffles with Bananas Foster topping, Breakfast Lasagna, or Multigrain Rum Raisin Scones. CAKELOVE: In The Morning By Warren Brown | $27.95; 9781584798941 | May 2012

As a child in America, Giuliano Hazan’s mother, Marcella, packed him meatballs with potatoes and peas, veal stew with mushrooms, and other homemade dishes for lunch—dishes that in no way resembled the peanut butter sandwiches his classmates enjoyed. And so began his appreciation of great food. Hazan Family Favorites celebrates delicious recipes from the Hazan family, prepared just as Giuliano prepares them for his own family today.  Hazan Family Favorites By Hazan Giuliano | $32.95; 9781584799047 | May 2012

Expect lattice and cutouts with an entirely modern twist. Homemade puff pastry made easy. Individual pie pops to replace tired cupcakes. Surprising and wildly successful explorations with beer (Chocolate Stout Pudding Pie), exotic fruits (Yuzu-Ginger Rice Pudding Meringue Pie), and candy making (Earl Grey Truffle Tart). Pie It Forward by Gesine Bullock Prado | $32.95; 9781584799634 | April 2012

 I'd love to hear about your favourite cookbooks - leave a comment below, send us a tweet or message us on Facebook.  We love hearing from you!!

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