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Summer Recipes

June 24, 2015
Celia Sin-Tien Cheng

For recipes, click on the author links at the top of each cookbook review, or the links to the right.

The New Classics Cookbook A. Saveur

As we head into summer, I’m actively looking through new cookbooks for hot weather and picnic food ideas. Saveur’s “The New Classics Cookbook” is a great reference with more than 1,000 recipes. “The New Classics” reflects today’s global palate, incorporating not just American and Continental recipes but also... full article

The Food of Taiwan B. Cathy Erway

For a good introduction to the history, culture, people and food of my native country, check out Cathy Erway’s cookbook, “The Food of Taiwan.” While most people seem to know that Taiwan has great food, I’m not sure they know exactly what constitutes Taiwanese cuisine. Erway’s introductory inclusion of the history of the... full article

Istanbul C. Rebecca Seal

My love for Turkish cuisine only intensified after my second visit to Istanbul this spring. When I first visited 10 years ago, I never thought I’d be able to make at home the foods I had loved so much, but now that I’m a little older and a much better home chef, I was up for the challenge and requested a review copy of “Istanbul” by... full article

Peru D. Gaston Acurio

Gastón Acurio, author of “Peru: The Cookbook,” realized his dream as not only a chef but as an ambassador of Peruvian food with over 40 restaurants worldwide. His book takes readers on a gastronomical journey through Peru, highlighting the colorful cuisine with more than 500 recipes that reflect the influences of Japanese, Chinese, African,... full article

The Larousse Book of Bread E. Eric Kayser

Eric Kayser, my favorite French master baker, was just in town for a book signing of the English translation of “The Larousse Book of Bread.” I bumped into him at Union Square Greenmarket on my way to Maison Kayser that day. He saved me a trip by offering me some bread on the spot. I buy breads weekly from Maison Kayser,... full article

The Essential Bar Book F. Jennifer Fiedler

“The Essential Bar Book” by Jennifer Fiedler covers 115 cocktail recipes. Though there are no photos for reference, I appreciate her no-nonsense approach, which comprises both a comprehensive overview of classic cocktails and historical references where appropriate. Each entry is short and sweet, making the book perfect to use as a... full article