The Roasted Vegetable

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I’ve recently been rediscovering the joys of roasted vegetables thanks to recipes such as this Roasted Cauliflower With Cumin Seeds and would like to continue expanding my repertoire and experimenting with the most successful ways to get vegetables into my daughter’s tummy. This book not only focuses on roasted vegetables, it also gets great reviews.

Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Mastery, with Authentic Recipes and Stories

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I have a go-to stir-fry recipe taught to me by my father that works well and is a family favorite, but I’d like to expand my skills and this cookbook has come highly recommended from many sources.

Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking

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I’ve heard many wonderful things about Fuchsia Dunlop’s Chinese cookbooks (which also include Land of Plenty: A Treasury of Authentic Sichuan Cooking and Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook: Recipes from Hunan Province) but have never prepared any of the recipes. This one seems like it might be the best choice of the three for beginners (I enjoy Chinese cuisine, but have had mixed success cooking it myself) thanks to the “home cooking” aspect – I don’t need to re-create a Chinese wedding feast, just feed my family with simple, delicious, and healthful food.

The Redwall Cookbook

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I blame Brian Jacques for my fondness for books with great food descriptions. Though the fictional feasts of Redwall don’t have quite as much variety as those of Westeros, they always made my mouth water and I’m quite curious to see how some of them actually taste.

The Yummy Mummy Kitchen: 100 Effortless and Irresistible Recipes to Nourish Your Family with Style and Grace Cookbook Review

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I checked this out from the library during one of my periodic attempts to add some new dishes to my repertoire. I liked the emphasis on fresh, whole foods and (mostly) meatless meals. Plus, the book is simply gorgeous to look at. Attractive food photography makes a big difference in how likely I am to actually try any recipes, and this book’s food photography is top-notch, so I ended up trying several and photo-copying a bunch more for my “To Try” folder.

The recipes I’ve tried so far were all relatively simple and easy to make, and very tasty. The Crispy Baked Fish and Chips recipe was a family favorite that’s now entered our regular rotation, and we liked the Cauliflower Mac and Cheese, too, though we preferred our old Moosewood standby, Pasta al Cavolfiore. However, some of the other recipes contained unusual ingredients or things that I don’t think I could realistically get my 7 year old to eat. (By kid standards, she’s only moderately picky, but that’s still plenty picky enough.) I would recommend this book more for families with kids who have somewhat more mature and/or naturally adventurous palates.

My rating:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook

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We’re big fans of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and the HBO show Game of Thrones that is based on it. GRRM is well known for his mouthwatering descriptions of food, and quite a few fans have attempted to re-create some of the dishes he describes. The best and most comprehensive of these efforts was at The Inn at the Crossroads, which used both medieval and modern recipes as inspiration to recreate the dishes described by GRRM. The bloggers were eventually asked to write the official companion cookbook for the show.

Having tried and enjoyed several recipes from the blog, including the recipes for Sister’s Stew and the rack of lamb in garlic-herb crust, which both appear in the book as well, the cookbook has been on my wishlist for some time.