I am a CookBookAholic – my collection is in the neighbourhood of 700 cookbooks and counting. I recently added five new Canadian cookbooks which takes me to 705! Looking for a Christmas gift for a friend, teacher, or a cookbook lover? I’ve got you covered.
Buffalo Girl Cooks Bison (Touchwood 2014) by Jennifer Bain, food editor at the Toronto Star, is in one word – wonderful. There are great stories that connect you to her life as a food editor and part time ranch woman, plus fabulous information on bison. Her recipes are easy to follow and the three that I tried were all fabulously delicious. My favourite was Bison Steaks with Rosemary Oil + Smoked Salt on Buttery Leeks which got three thumbs up from my dinner guests the night I served it.
The Messy Baker (Harper Collins 2014) by Charmain Christie, food blogger and writer, made me want to rush into my kitchen and start baking. She provides an informative chapter on the Basics making this a great gift for the novice baker in your life as well as the expert. The book is gorgeous to look at, enticing you to bake. I made the Chocolate-Orange Gingersnap Drops and had to hide them from the rest of my family so there would be some left for me! It’s a beauty book.
The Everyday Squash Cookbook (Collins 2014) is a stroke of cookbook idea genius by co-authors Rob Firing, Ivy Knight and Kerry Knight. They have created a cookbook that embraces all varieties of squash both summer and winter that not only educates you in squash-lingo but serves up so many different recipes using squash that my inner professional home economist is hoping squash consumption goes way up. Try their “Butternut Bacon” you’ll be sending them a thank you note.
Pucker (Whitecap 2014) by newbie cookbook author and food blogger extrodinaire, Gwendolyn Richards pays tribute to all things citrus. Beautifully shot and styled by Gwendolyn the book covers breakfast to desserts with citrus in absolutely everything. Loved her Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Lemon Dressing and can’t wait to try her recipe for Glazed Lemon-Raspberry Drop Scones.
Gatherings (Whitecap 2014) by Jan Scott & Julie Van Rosendaal is a wonderful collaboration from two amazing and prolific food bloggers & cookbook authors and their salute to get togethers both big and small. The book provides recipes and guidelines on how to throw a party – with themes’ from a fabulous Pie Party to a Book Club Dinner and everything in between. Cocktails Parties, Sleepovers, and a Holiday Open House, Jan and Julie have your back. Written, photographed and styled by these two talented women Gatherings is a great read. My favourite recipe was Braised Beef Short Ribs that was a cinch to make and delicious to eat.
Win a copy of #Gatherings by entering here. Contest closes December 16, 2014.