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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.

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.

 

 

 

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.

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)

Drinks a la YOU!

Do you care about the quality of foods that you eat?   Do you use the freshest ingredients or grow your own?  Experiment with flavors and take pride in the creations you share with friends?  So why not do the same with your drinks?

How to Make Your Own Drinks by Susy Atkins (Mitchell Beazley/Octopus, September 2011, $18.99 CAN) serves up delicious drinks using fresh, local ingredients—just as you would with food.  It is a treasure trove of recipes and information on everything from sourcing to bottling and garniture to gift packaging.  If you're into DIY, and love food, this book is for you.  Not to mention homemade drinks in lovely packaging make wonderful, welcomed, and economical gifts...  CHEERS!

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!