Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Interesting Cookbooks in this morning's email

Amazon sent me an email this morning with some cookbooks I found interesting.

We have a difficult time buying bread here in St. Maarten. The French have very nice baguettes which we LOVE but it is inconvenient for us. It's not like when we lived in Paris and there were two bakeries on every block :)

So, this is a book I'm going to look at today...
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking. Baking bread is one of the best aromas there is. It is so satisfying to eat the bread you made yourself. Five minutes? I can find 5 minutes for something as worthy as home baked bread.

I liked the title of this book: Bon Appetit, Y'All: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking. ''The playful title of this Southern-French cookbook belies its studious attitude to cookery. Willis, a chef who has cooked for the White House and stars like Aretha Franklin and Jane Fonda, grew up in Georgia and Louisiana, absorbing her mother's and grandmother's repertoire of grits, casseroles and gumbos before developing her professional skills at French cooking academies. The result is a hybrid cuisine she calls refined Southern, which applies traditional French technique and lighter ingredients to produce new versions of Southern staples."

I also think this one is worth a look...
Artisanal Cocktails: Drinks Inspired by the Seasons from the Bar at Cyrus. Working with charter yachts, new cocktail recipes are always welcome. The problem with for us personally, is that we don't have a supply of ice on board So It Goes, so having a frozen sundowner is problematic. We do have a hand-cranked blender though!

Here's another one for desserts!
Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
"Think again. Not every baker wants to re-create Grandma’s pound cake or cherry pie. Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito certainly didn’t, when they left their advertising careers behind, pooled their life savings, and opened their dream bakery, Baked, in Brooklyn, New York, a few years back. The visions that danced in their heads were of other, brand-new kinds of confections... Things like a Malt Ball Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting, which captures the flavor of their favorite Whoppers candies (and ups the ante with a malted milk ball garnish). Things like spicy Chipotle Cheddar Biscuits that really wake up your taste buds at breakfast time. Things like a Sweet and Salty Cake created expressly for adults who are as salt-craving as they are sweet-toothed."

I have to deal with our emails and then I'll take a look at these :)

Cookbooks might be a handy thing to have on your Kindle... Check it out!