15 Cookbooks That Will Inspire You In 2015

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15 Cookbooks That Will Inspire You in 2015

I am not a person who likes to look back on the past and summarize the top items for a particular year. Life does not happen in 12 month segments, it flows like a river from year to year.

When it comes to cookbooks I believe that they are a source of great inspiration that has no time limit. That is why I chose to write about 15 cookbooks that will inspire you throughout 2015 and beyond. Treat yourself to some special time to sit down and read a good cookbook. You will be inspired.

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A Kitchen in France
I write this as I am watching the movie The 100 Foot Journey. Seeing the glorious scenery of France’s rich countryside makes you understand why Mimi Thorisson wrote this beautiful book about her life in Medoc. Her photos and her style remind me of time that I have spent in Provence.

Mimi’s stories and recipes will take you to the French Countryside in your mind and in your palate. The book is filled with French farmhouse recipes organized by season and accompanied by glorious photos of life in the region. Mimi is also known for her award-winning blog Manger.

 

 

 

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Prune
The minute I started leafing through Prune at my local bookstore I was taken by the hand written comments throughout the book. Pages show signs of food spillage and wear that would don a beloved family cookbook. The style of the book is warm and comforting.
The book is from Prune Bistro in the East Village of New York City by Chef Gabrielle Hamilton. Hamilton presents the recipes in a straight forward fashion that assumes that you know your way around a kitchen. I look forward to trying this one for its unusual flavour combinations and unique dishes.

 

 

 

 

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The Vibrant Table
The Vibrant Table: Recipes from My Always Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan & Sometimes Raw Kitchen is one of those beautiful cookbooks that inspire healthy eating and local cooking. The book is written by Anya Kassoff who also writes the blog Golubka about whole food eating. The beautiful photos and healthy recipes provide healthy inspiration for the Vegetarian cook.

 

 

 

 

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Baking Chez Moi
Dorie Greenspan`s latest book on French baking has once again confirmed her place as one of the best delicious works of art.

I met Dorie Greenspan at a food blogger`s convention in 2012 and was delighted by her sweet and generous personality. If you are already a fan, you must add this book to your collection. If you have not yet discovered this charming baker`s work and wish to add her to your collection, this book would be a good place to start.

 

 

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Flour + Water Pasta
Named after the San Francisco restaurant of the same name Flour + Water offers a wealth of knowledge on pasta making. Chef Thomas McNaughton shares his passion for making the perfect pasta through recipes like Black Pepper Tagliatelle with Mussels, Lardo and Corn or Corzetti with Sausage, Clams and Fennel. This book makes heavenly recipes for the pasta lover in everyone.

 

 

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Ripe
Nobody can talk about great food writers without including Nigel Slater on the list. He is an imaginative cook, prolific writer and avid gardener who shares his passion for good food through his books, TV series and newspaper column in The Observer.
Ripe: A cook in the orchard is the companion book to Nigel’s other book Tender: A cook and his vegetable patch. He uses his inspiring prose to bring you into his garden and woo you into savouring the fruits of his labour. The book is divided into chapters, each about a specific fruit. His books are always good reads and truly inspirational.

 

 

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In my constant quest for the perfect pastry crust, I came across this book at my local bookstore. The book promises: “A Master Class for Everyone in 150 photos and 50 Recipes”. French trained Richard Bertinet has authored notable books like Dough, Cook and now Pastry. The book offers a compilation of simplified sweet and savoury pastry recipes that are written to teach the reader to prepare crusts worthy of a pastry chef.

 

 

 

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French Comfort Food
This book is written by journalist, Hilary Davis, who has lived in France for the past thirteen years. Davis shares her love of French food with dishes that are part of daily life in France. I get hungry just thinking about recipes like Grandmother’s Chicken , Chilled Lyonaisse Potato and Sausage Salad and Perfect Crème Caramel.

 

 

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Bountiful
If you have ever had the pleasure of reading the blog White on Rice Couple you will already know about this wonderful cookbook. Todd Porter and Diane Cru are professional food photographers and stylists in California who love to share their love of cooking and growing delicious food. This is a lovely book for a cook who loves to enjoy the fruits of a garden.

 

 

The Last 5 of my choices come from Canadian Chefs, Restaurants, and Authors. We have a wonderfully eclectic food industry in Canada with many great chefs and wonderful restaurants. This is a small sampling that will give you a taste of what wonderful food you can find in Canada.

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The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook
Jamie Kennedy has long been an important chef in Toronto`s food scene owning and running kitchens in some of our finest restaurants. This book is a compilation of excellent recipes for any food lover sorted into seasons and featuring fresh ingredients from local growers.

 

 

 

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Bunner’s
This cookbook offers delightful baked goods that are gluten-free and vegan. I first purchased it to make treats for my grandchildren who have serious food allergies. I was very surprised to find that everything not only tasted like traditional baked goods, but often, they tasted better.

The bake shop owners Ashley Wittig and Kevin MacAllister have taken time to find the perfect mix of ingredients to create wonderful baked goods.

I have featured a recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes here: https://savouryimage.com/2014/07/27/celebrating-a-2-year-old-milestone-with-gluten-free-vegan-vanilla-cupcakes/

 

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The Sobo Cookbook
The highly acclaimed Sobo Restaurant is located in Tofino, British Columbia that sits at the most westerly end of Canada on Vancouver Island. This relaxed, natural area is famous for surfing and storm watching and interesting cuisine. The book features some of the best west coast cuisine by Chef Lisa Ahier accompanied by fabulous photos of the area by Jeremy Koreski.

A recipe for Grilled Watermelon and Shrimp Salad from this book is featured here: https://savouryimage.com/2014/08/11/grilled-watermelon-and-shrimp-salad-tofino-style/

 

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Toronto Cooks
This beautiful book by Amy Rosen features 100 recipes from Toronto`s best restaurants. From Maple Bacon doughnuts to Beef Bourguignon this diverse collection of signature dishes will inspire and delight.

Local fans of fine dining have used it as a passport to local establishments by taking it to their favourite places and asking the chefs to autograph their contributions.

 

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The Dirty Apron Cookbook
The Dirty Apron Cookbook features recipes from the Dirty Apron Cooking School and Delicatessen in Vancouver, British Columbia. The founder of the school and author David Robertson shares his passion for cooking and teaching through this beautiful book. The book offers a collection of wonderful recipes that have been prepared in the school, the delicatessen and for catering. Beautifully photographed and well written, this book offers inspiration for those wanting to broaden their repertoire.

 

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The Oh She Glows Cookbook
Self-trained chef and food photographer, Angela Liddon, writes a popular blog called Oh She Glows that teaches healthy vegan cooking to millions of followers. Her first cookbook has readers learning to live a healthy lifestyle with recipes from healthy smoothies to grilled Portobello burgers to cookies and desserts.

 

 

Recipes featured from this book can be found here:
https://savouryimage.com/2014/05/17/cherry-blossoms-and-green-smoothies-it-must-be-spring/
and
https://savouryimage.com/2014/05/06/grilled-portobello-mushroom-burgers-with-sun-dried-tomato-pesto/

 

I hope that I have inspired you to try something new this year.

Happy Cooking in 2015!

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Grilled Watermelon and Shrimp Salad Tofino Style

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As many of you will remember I spent some time on Vancouver Island in the summer of 2013. One of the places that we experienced, while on the island, was Tofino, British Columbia. This place is often referred to as the very west end of Canada.

Tofino had long been on my dream list of places to see. It is known for its rugged beaches, often filled with surfers catching waves. You can wander out on the sandy beaches feeling the energy of the ocean as it crashes against the shore. Travelers make their way to this rugged seaside town to watch the storms come in from the Pacific. There is a wild and remote feeling about Tofino, possibly because the road is long and winding and mountainous to get there, also because the coastline is relatively unspoiled.

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Once you are there you can see a few well placed luxury inns on the beach but that is not the heart of Tofino. The heart of Tofino, to me, is the local food culture which is anything but fine dining. It is all about the Pacific style of using fresh and local ingredients to create amazing flavours. Food trucks are found in unusual spots and a few have made a name for themselves as the best places to east in this part of Vancouver Island.

One restaurant called the SoBo started as a food truck and has now become a restaurant in downtown Tofino. It has earned some very high praise from critics and travelers alike. The best news is that the owners have published a cookbook with a sampling of some wonderful recipes from their menus. The book is full of mouth-watering dishes with chapters featuring ideas for you next meal of breakfast, salad, sandwiches, burgers, tacos, appetizers and snacks, mains, sides, and desserts.

The book is nothing short of beautiful. Not only does it include vibrant shots of the food, it also includes some fabulous landscape and seascape photographs by Jeremy Koreski, a local photographer. It also features a foreword written by Sarah McLachlan, the wonderfully talented Canadian recording artist who has spent a fair bit of time experiencing the mysteries of Tofino.

I chose to feature this recipe from the book because grilling watermelon intrigued me. I was not sure if it would like the taste of warm grilled watermelon with grilled shrimp but I am pleased to tell you that it was a taste experience that I hope to repeat again and again. It was a perfect flavour combination and the result was a light and sumptuous salad.

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Grilled Watermelon and Shrimp Salad

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

1 small watermelon cut into 1 inch thick wheels, skin removed
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp. olive oil for grilling
1 cucumber, sliced to 1/4 inch rounds and refrigerate to keep cold
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tsp. salt
12-20 large shrimp or prawns, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds toasted

Directions:

Preheat BBQ or grill pan to high.

Brush the watermelon lightly with olive oil to prevent sticking. Lay the slices directly on the grill racks and grill for 2 to 3 minutes. The slices should be easily lifted from the grill. Turn them over and grill on the other side for 2 to 3 minutes. Lightly salt then remove them from the grill and cut into 1 inch sized chunks.

In a large bowl gently toss the warm watermelon with the cold cucumber, mint, lime juice and salt and the 1/4 cup olive oil.
Lightly brush the shrimp with olive oil and grill for 30 seconds per side or until they turn pink or red. Divide the salad between 4 serving plates, top with the shrimp and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.

Recipe from the Sobo Cookbook by Lisa Ahier with Andrew Morrison

I bought mine here:

http://www.amazon.ca/Lisa-Ahier-Cookbook-Restaurant-Canadian/dp/B00IBP7PCM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1407805714&sr=8-2&keywords=the+sobo+cookbook