Cool Beans

Cookbooks: Cool Beans by Joe Yonan

April 1, 2020 News Editor 0

In my book, Cool Beans (Ten Speed Press) wins the contest for best cookbook title. Not only that, it describes the content of this one perfectly. This is 125 exceedingly cool recipes for bean and adjacent materials. And with just about the whole world on lockdown, Cool Beans just could not be more timely: a whole lot of us have a whole lot of beans in their larder, just waiting to be turned into something […]

Cookbooks: Once Upon A Chef: The Cookbook by Jennifer Segal

December 10, 2018 admin 0

Once Upon A Chef (Chronicle Books) is yet another cookbook based on cookery from a successful food blogger. And, in a way, it only makes sense. If a food blogger has thousands or hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers, it follows she’s going to sell some books. And if, as is the case with Once Upon A Chef’s author Jennifer Segal, the blogger in question is also a classically trained chef who also […]

Cookbooks: Pretty Simple Cooking by Sonja and Alex Overhiser

September 11, 2018 admin 0

In a culture where fewer and fewer people are able to cook for themselves, cookbooks that can tackle simple food prep and make it easy are more and more important. In Sonja and Alex Overhiser’s Pretty Simple Cooking (DaCapo Longlife) food is pared down to its essential plant-based basics, mostly with few ingredients and simple preparations. A Creamy Cashew Sauce is a good example. Cashews. Vegetable broth or water. Salt. Soak the cashews. Toss all […]

Cookbooks: Vegan 100 by Gaz Oakley

June 9, 2018 Linda L. Richards 0

There have been a lot of vegan and vegan-adjacent cookbooks published over the last decade as many of us move towards a plant-based diet. Obviously some of these books have been better than others. Some are encyclopedic in nature. Others, for better or for worse, take a single vegan slice. Of the books that try to be all things to all people, I haven’t seen one of the newest generation of vegan cookbooks do it […]

Author and Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain Dead at 61

June 8, 2018 admin 0

Chef, author, television presenter and mystery writer Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in Paris on Friday morning after taking his own life. He would have been 62 later this month. CNN confirmed the loss this morning: It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world […]

Best Books of 2017

December 30, 2017 admin 0

  At best, writing about books is subjective. My favorite book of the year could very well be the one you liked least. And, certainly, vice-versa. So why do we do it? Because people love lists and collections and personal connections. And so here we are. And why not?   [masterslider alias=”ms-159-1-1″]

Cookbooks: Field Roast  by Tommy McDonald

December 16, 2017 Linda L. Richards 0

I first heard about Field Roast about five years ago when a single Vancouver restaurant was bringing it in for their vegan clientele. At the time, the product wasn’t legal in Canada’s the restaurant would basically mule it over the border, taking great risks that resulted in long lines. A growing vegan market couldn’t wait to get their hands (or mouths) on the stuff. Unlike a lot of vegan meat substitutes now on the market, […]

Cookbooks: How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
by Mark Bittman

November 8, 2017 admin 1

When it comes to food, Mark Bittman is a visionary. He’s been writing about food since 1980, and for a bunch of those years, he did it for The New York Times, where his “Minimalist” column changed the way a generation thought about food. Or something very like that. I had the opportunity to sit and chat (and eat!) with him in 2000, when he was promoting The Minimalist Cooks at Home (Broadway) and he […]

Cookbooks: Shake Shack Recipes and Stories
by Randy Garutti, Mark Rosati and Dorothy Kalins

May 17, 2017 admin 0

Is it a comment on Shake Shack (the burger phenomenon) or Clarkson Potter (the publisher) that Shake Shack Recipes and Stories looks and feels so good despite a dodgy pedigree? That is to say that those who love Shake Shack love it completely, but let’s keep it real: it’s a burger place no matter how you apply the pickles. And yet this is a proper cookbook. With the elegance and completeness we have come to […]

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Cookbooks: Healing the Vegan Way  and
The Meals to Heal Cookbook

December 29, 2016 admin 0

Eating to heal rather than just satisfy is an idea that is both brand-new and older than time. Two recent books take a delicious and practical approach to cooking for optimal wellness. Healing the Vegan Way is chef Mark Reinfeld’s delicious attack on a culture gone wrong. From the very beginning of Chapter 1: “Research continues to mount that many of the major health challenges facing society can be prevented and reversed through adopting a […]