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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

Spectacular Wineries of Ontario | Independent Publishers Group

Between the Lines Winery

Toronto Star "Spectacular Wineries of Ontario is a fabulous visual voyage through Ontario's wineries."

Stratus Vineyards

One of our favourite activities during the summer is to spend leisurely days touring wineries.  Typically, we wake up early to devour a big breakfast of wild blackberry pancakes, scrambled eggs and black coffee and then jump into our cars (the designated driver pulls the short straw) and cruise down mostly abandoned county roads to vineyards tucked away into the landscape.   It’s hard to beat a day of sipping wine, while strolling through vineyards and soaking in the warm summer rays.

Spectacular Wineries of Ontario

This year we’ll be exploring Ontario wineries and IPG’s, Spectacular Wineries of Ontario, is the perfect companion book to bring on our weekend trips to Lake Erie North Shore, Niagara Peninsula, Pelee Island, and Prince Edward County. A guided visual tour through some of Canada’s best vineyards, this book is filled with beautiful, colour photographs and detailed commentary on more than 60 fabulous wineries and vineyards.

Flat Rock Cellars

Written by Panache Partners, LLC,  which is a publishing company that specializes in lustrous coffee-table books, and Toronto author John Szabo, who is the first Canadian qualified at the Master level by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Spectacular Wineries of Ontario is a beautiful, informative guide book for locals, tourists, wine lovers, and wine newcomers.

Spectacular Wineries of 9780983239864Ontario: A Captivating Tour of Established, Estate and Boutique Wineries

 

 

 

 

Hot Pink Apron Features Sterling Author Terry Walters

Earlier this week, contributor Michelle Shipley of the new and sassy online food mag Hot Pink Apron sat down with Clean Eating guru and notable Sterling author, Terry Walters to talk “chop." * Walters' excellent additions to Sterling's impressive culinary roster, Clean Food (9781454900108) and Clean Start (9781402779053), are among our favourite cookbooks here in the Manda offices,  so we’re excited to share this story with you.

As summer now officially grips us in its unrelenting hot and sticky bear hug, this article couldn’t have come at a better time since the movement focuses on fresh and and locally-grown and as-unprocessed-as-possible ingredients, and how Clean Eating can be tailored to what is reasonable and practical to each reader.

If you've heard about Clean Eating and are interested in learning more, summer presents a perfect opportunity to experiment since gardens and farmers markets are abundant with delicious options.  If you haven’t, this piece is a great introduction on what clean eating is all about.

As a bonus, two mouth-watering recipes are included. Check it out here!

Um, when's lunch?

*Sorry, I can't resist food puns.

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.

 

 

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!

We Scream for Ice Cream!

ISBN: 9781903221983 Publisher: Jacqui Small - distributed by IPG CAD $16.95

You know it, you love it, and you all have your favorites. Ice cream is one of the most delicious concoctions ever created. So it should come as no surprise to you that ice cream by the Tanner Brothers is one of the most appealing books you'll ever get your hands on. There are some great DIY ice cream recipes inside with a little something for everyone. They have a wide ranging variety of flavours and recipes including a traditional vanilla ice cream, a delectable looking strawberry semi-freddo, and for all of you chocolate lovers, they have a recipe for chocolate brownie ice cream with toasted marshmellows. Yum! Not only do they have great recipes, but, they also have some stunning photographs provided by Peter Cassidy.

This book has delicious written all over it. Don't wait around, grab yourselves a copy of ice cream by the Tanner Brothers and make your own ice cream today!

The Perfect Cake for Book Lovers!

SprinkleBakes (ISBN 9781402786365) is an amazing new book coming in May from Sterling Publishing.The book arose from author Heather Baird's blog of the same name, in which she shares recipes with easy to follow instructions for desserts that aren't just tasty, but come out looking like pieces of art! For example, check out these spring flower lollipops!

Now that your mouth is watering and you're ready to do some creative cooking, feast your eyes on this incredible cake that any book lover would die for: This cake is just one of many amazing recipes found in the pages of SprinkeBakes, but it's one that caught my eye and I couldn't resist sharing. With step-by-step instructions provided, you'll be feasting on this delicious work of art in no time!

 

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

 

Scissors, Glue & Pine Cones

There's something heartwarming about receiving a handmade holiday card.  Knowing someone went through the effort to find the scissors, draw some nostalgic mistletoe and craft a personal note gets me every time.  Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that I'm a sucker for handmade decorations too.  On any given tree, my eyes seem to gravitate towards the papier mache angel hung with a piece of frayed red yarn, or the paper snowflakes heavy and wilted with copious amounts of white glue and glitter.  Images such as these send me back to grade school during that last week before Christmas break when all children are expected to do is decorate ginger bread, sing carols and go on nature walks seeking out the perfect pine cones and tree branches for endless craft projects.  The stuff great memories are made of.

 

Enter now the fabulous new book from Stewart Tabori and Chang, Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas: Crafts, Decorating Tips, and Recipes, 1920s - 1960s (9781584799238, CAN $22.95)

Author Susan Waggoner recaptures the magic of holidays past with vintage crafts projects that, if you’re anything like me, you’ve been craving. Inspired by treasures from the 1920s through the 1960s, she includes simple instructions for a variety of decorations that allow crafters of all ages, naughty or nice, to deck their halls with cellophane wreaths, glittered glass ornament balls, beaded bell garlands, and whimsical, tinsel-bedecked miniature trees.

To keep spirits merry and energy flowing, the book includes a sampler of easy-to-make candy recipes. Yum.

Merry, merry everyone!

Books for September

Need some distraction from the back-to-school bustle and the cooling weather? Cuddle up with these beautiful books in September:

Harper’s Bazaar: Greatest Hits by Glenda Bailey For those looking for a new coffee-table book, look no further! This book contains over 300 photographs from America’s longest-running fashion magazine and was created by the magazine’s editor-in-chief.  Available from Abrams September 1 2011 (ISBN 9781419700705)

The New Sonoma Cookbook by Connie Guttersen RD, PhD This California-inspired cookbook is an updated edition, which includes new family meals, weight loss menus, food and wine pairings, “Cook Once, Eat Twice” recipes, and much more! Available from Sterling Publishingon September 6 2011 (ISBN 9781402781193)

The Orchard by Therea Weir This is a mesmerising read which you won’t want to put down. This book covers many subjects; love, family, abandonment, farm life, environmentalism, the list goes on. Knowing that it is a memoir makes it even more captivating. Available from Grand Central Publishing on September 21 2011 (ISBN 9780446584692)

MANDAtory Reading 04.05.11

The always insightful and ever charming Dan Abrams was interviewed by Robert Cribb for his column in the Toronto Star. The article teaches you all kinds of interesting things about men and women and how women are better than men at pretty much everything. For example did you know that women are better competitive eaters and have better muscular endurance? Yessiree Bob.

The EXCELLENT Windsor Peak Press titles Baby 411 and Expecting 411 were excerpted by two stand-out Canadian parenting outlets. Today’s Parent explains the fascinatingly complex method of swaddling a baby, while Edmonton’s Child  sets you straight on some old wives tales.

For example: True or False? Avoiding peanuts during pregnancy will keep a child from developing a food allergy. The answer is....false. A recent definitive study in the New England Journal of Medicine put this myth to rest once and for all. It's okay to eat known allergens while you're pregnant. PB&J for everyone!

Dr. Ari Brown, co-author of the series was also interviewed in an article that ran in the Toronto Sun recently, check it out here.

Canadian House and Home featured Bunny Williams’ Scrapbook for Living and At Home with Town and Country in their roundup of what to read in April. Check out the gorgeous spread. I’ll take one of each please.

Culinary superstar Sanjeev Kapoor filmed a cooking segment on the national morning show Canada AM on Monday, April 4th. An excerpt of the butter chicken recipe he prepared has been posted on the CTV website should you decide to have a go. He also gave several interviews, including the Toronto Star, and signed books for a crowd of fans at the COSTCO East location in Markham. Much more to come for this drool-worthy book I assure you. We’re big, big fans.

Portraits of the Mind will be featured in the May issue of Chatelaine magazine along with an interview with the author, Carl Schoonover. It was also mentioned in the National Post which covered the Brainwave event celebrating Canada’s very first National Brain Awareness month at which Schoonover was a keynote speaker.

Never Mind the Bollards was briefly reviewed by Alan Cross on his website exploremusic.com.

“Yeah, he talks about the crosswalk the Beatles used for Abbey Road, but he also describes where the Verve shot the video for “Bittersweet Symphony” in London’s East End, the private boys school where everyone in Radiohead met and the town were Muse grew up. It’s pretty comprehensive.”

ISBN: 9780810984653; $25.95 CAN; Available Now

Kraken by Wendy Williams is scheduled to be reviewed on the popular blog Deep Sea News later this month.

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Manda Digital Exclusives: Abrams Gift Book Ideas

This is a stunning Manda Digital Exclusive video featuring holiday gift ideas for sophisticated book lovers. Featured are four beautifully illustrated titles, well-suited to gift-giving! Be sure to turn on your computer speakers...

Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented, by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito; photographs by Tina Rupp. (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, ISBN 9781584798507)

Dogs, by Tim Flach. (Abrams, ISBN 9780810996533)

Mary McCartney: From Where I Stand, by Mary McCartney, Foreword by Chrissie Hynde, Introduction by Peter Blake. (Abrams, ISBN 9780810996540)

The World of Gloria Vanderbilt: by Wendy Goodman; Foreword by Anderson Cooper. (Abrams, ISBN 9780810995925)

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MANDAtory Reading List 12.06.2010

The Globe and Mail published their selection of the year's most spectacular coffee-table books last Saturday - click on Gwenyth below to view the web version.   

 On another note, is it just me, or does the Globe Style section just keep getting better and better? 

Moving along, the Vancouver Sun also published a booklist on Saturday, but focused on the top 10 lifestyle tomes of the season.  It included Bunny Williams Scrapbook for Living, Miller's Costume Jewelry, and The World Atlas of Whisky.  I found the list spot on!

Trying to nail down clever drink ideas for an upcoming holiday shin-dig?  Impress your guests with these creative cocktail recipes put together by the folks at the Calgary Herald. My particular favourite is the Tequila Mockingbird adapted from Drinkology by James Waller.

Letty Halloran Flatt, author of Chocolate Snowball, was recently profiled on the CBC's Cookbook Club.  For those of you seeking that gem of a cookie for your holiday bake swap - look no further.  The Linzer Heart Cookie recipe was reproduced along with the interview.  These cookies are SO adorable.

The Canadian Living Craft Blog gave away a copy of The Farm Chicks Christmas last week!  If you're a crafter do yourself a favour and keep this site on your blog roll.  They give stuff away a lot.

And finally, for gift ideas for the food fanatic on your list, I suggest taking a  look at this list of the best cookbooks of the year compiled by The Montreal Gazette.  Our favourites from the list?  Plenty by Diana Henry and Rose Elliot's New Complete Vegetarian, your foodie friends will not be dissapointed.

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FoodLit Book Giveaway Extended to December 10

We’ve extended the deadline for the FoodLit book giveaway contest to Friday, December 10, 2010. Simply sign up for any or all of the FoodLit email newsletter, the FoodLit Facebook Page (go to the page and “Like” us), and the FoodLit Twitter feed. Each connection counts as one entry, so you can enter three times! And if you get a friend to enter, post that person’s name in the comments on the FoodLit.ca site, and you’ll get another entry.

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Mississippi Mud Pie, My Oh My

Monkey Bubble Bread...Boston Cream Pie...Heartland Turtle Bars...Buttermilk Doughnuts...  I don't know about you, but these desserts take me back to a time when I was young, life was slow and desserts were oh so fun!  If you're in the mood for a trip down memory lane, you and your taste buds should check out Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito (Stewart Tabori & Chang, $35.95).  The authors take liberties on some classics - but without making them too precious which seems to be the unfortunate trend these days.  As far as I'm concerned, this gorgeous new tome on all things baked (ahem) truly takes the cake.  If you don't believe me, check out this review in the Globe and Mail, together we should have you convinced.

Can you think of one special dessert that with a forkful, can flood you with memories from your childhood?  Tell us about it for a chance to win your very own copy of Baked Explorations!