Thursday, December 31, 2015

Food in books: boeuf en daube from To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Take time out of your festive schedule to make a beef stew that will reward you with enough flavour to inspire a masterpiece of modernism

Boeuf en daube
Mildred’s masterpiece ... boeuf en daube. Photograph: Kate Young

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf


Watermelon and Prawn Salad

31 December 2015
Pineapple, Passionfruit and Coconut Cake
New recipe book Goodbye Gluten is full of simple, delicious recipes – like this summery cake – everyone will love.
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Watermelon and Prawn Salad
Fresh, juicy watermelon loves the tartness of feta and the crisp aniseed flavour of fennel.
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Hello Graham
With the new year comes our new issue and we're so excited for you to see it! Filled with summer garden party and barbecue inspiration, mouth-watering seafood and grown-up ice cream recipes, it's sure to make for a delicious summer. You can find it in stores from Monday.

We hope you all enjoy a wonderful and safe New Year!

Online Editor,
India Signature
LATEST RECIPES | Our favourites from this week
Chickpea Flour Pancakes with Fennel Roasted Summer Vegetables

Zaatar Spiced Beetroot Dip with Pomegranate Molasses
Baked Almond Toasts with Grilled Apricots

Chicken Shawarma with Whipped Feta, Lemon and Avocado

The Subversively Comical Adult Coloring Books Of The Early 1960s


“‘This is my suit. Color it gray or I will lose my job,’ reads a caption next to a picture of a man getting dressed for work” in 1961’s Executive Coloring Book. “
The coloring books that followed managed to cover, between them, a selection of the decade’s neuroses: national security, the red scare, technology, sex, mental illness. … There were coloring books that made fun of communists and coloring books that made fun of people who were scared of communists.”

I Rediscovered Reading This Year And Read A LOT Of Books. Here’s What I Learned


“Finishing every book you start is not just annoying — it’s counter-productive. There will never ever be enough time to read every worthwhile book. Even spending almost every spare second reading, there were titles I returned to the library, spines woefully uncracked.”

Books of the year

Publishers Lunch

USA Today named Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins as their "author of the year." They write: "Before 2015, no one had heard of Hawkins, 43, who previously wrote chick lit under the pseudonym Amy Silver. Then Train hurtled into bookstores on Jan. 13 and immediately clicked with readers desperate for the next Gone Girl." Riverhead has sold over 4 million units in the US.

But it wasn't one of their reviewers top books; On Wednesday, USA Today added their top 10 books of the year. It only results in minor positional changes on our aggregated and now completely final and updated list of the Absolutely Best of the Best Books of 2015.

Meanwhile, the listmakers have moved on to previews of 2016, which are mostly aggregations of forthcoming titles from well-known fiction writers. Among the latest are pieces from the NYT, the Washington Post, and EW.

On Queen Elizabeth's annual New Year's honors list, literary agent Ed Victor was named a CBE (Commander of the British Empire), for "services to literature."

The Costco Pennie's Pick for January is Ruth Wariner's memoir, The Sound of Gravel (already an Indie Next selection as well). And the Target Book Club pick for the month is Island Of A Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera.

Eat Your Books

Dear BookmanBeattie,

Did you know adding online recipes to your EYB Bookshelf is a really great way to build your personal recipe collection? You can now do this even if you have a free membership!

Try it out now and see how easy it is. Browse the recipes below, choose one that appeals, click on the link, and add it to your Bookshelf. (Make sure that you are signed in first.)

All the recipes we feature in these weekly round-ups have online links so you can add any of them to your Bookshelf. Happy cooking & baking everyone!

From blogs & websites:

92 recipes for the New Year

From AUS/NZ books:

9 recipes from Slow Food: A Passion for Produce by Jared Ingersoll,
indexed by an EYB member

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Mint Pesto


Mint Pesto
David, 26 Dec 04:23 AM

Mint pesto recipe
Holidays always feel like a sprint to me. Perhaps because I spent a lot of time working in restaurant kitchens, holidays don’t feel so much as celebratory, as they do an extra dose of work. I’m used to it and know that the key is advanced planning. I don’t cook much in advance, nor do I freeze things (except ice cream), but I make sure I’ve done all the shopping and preparation of any components as far ahead as possible, without flipping myself out too much.Mint pesto recipe
In Paris, that means making sure you have shallots to make mignonette sauce for oysters and a few days before, have a leg of lamb resting in the refrigerator studded with garlic and perhaps rosemary or thyme, waiting to be roasted off. But it also means fielding desperate S.O.S. messages from friends and visitors to Paris, trying to find a restaurant that’s open.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Just two sleeps to go...

Just two sleeps to go...If it's your job to carve the ham you might like to try my easy method. It will save you from hacking it to pieces in frustration, and ensure you serve up nice looking slices for the majority of diners. The best knife to use is one with a long very thin blade. Ham slicing knives have a rounded end. These knives are generally inexpensive and last a lifetime as they only get used once a year, but a good thin bladed meat carving knife will do the job just as well. 

Crunchy roast potatoes can be hard to achieve on Christmas day as the oven is being used for other dishes. I love this quick method here. It only takes 30 minutes in the oven to turn the crushed potatoes nice and golden. Finally, one last important point, the whole country will be having their ovens blasting on high from about 10.00am until 5.00pm. Do not expect your oven to operate on full grunt. It'll take a little longer than normal to cook everything as power is reduced a little. Open the oven door only when you need to, and close it immediately you have finished to conserve heat. Calm down, chill out, all of that (or pour another glass of bubbly) 'cos you will get there in the end!).

The Best of the Best Cookbooks of 2015

The Best of the Best Cookbooks of 2015 are now listed on Eat Your Books.  More than 250 lists of the best food and drink books were combined into one mega list. 
The most popular cookbook around the globe was Nopi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully. This is the 4th time Ottolenghi has had the most popular cookbook in the world.

Check out the list to see if your own favorites made the top 10.  We also have country lists from the UK/Ireland, Canada and Australia/New Zealand as well as subject charts for vegetarian & vegan, gluten-free & paleo, food writing and drinks. In addition to the lists we assembled from newspapers, magazines, websites and blogs, we also collected lists from specialist cookbook stores around the world – interesting to see the differences. We included your list in 2013 but I didn’t see a list from you this year. If you have done one, please send me the link and I will add it in.

If you haven’t yet checked out Eat Your Books, why not do a test run with a few of your cookbooks?  Once you have a search engine for the recipes in your cookbooks, you’ll be amazed how much more you use them.  Use the code 15TRIAL60 for a free 60 day trial.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2016

Jane Kelly, Co-founder of Eat Your Books

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Best-ever roast pork crackling and more!

Best-ever roast pork crackling and more!
With just a few days left to plan, shop and cook for Christmas I thought I had better get this newsletter out early if it is to be of any help. I've included fantastic tips for getting perfect crunchy crackling on roast pork. Start with the butcher! DO NOT buy pork with the skin slashed through to the meat. Read why! Also, a recipe for my decadent chocolate cherry mince pies. Man, they're so good! And a great side dish of buttery new potatoes and asparagus which goes with everything.
I'll flick out another newsletter tomorrow with great tips for carving ham, another side dish and some gorgeous little nibbles to serve with bubbles.

A Visit to Jacques Genin Chocolate Shop in Paris


A Visit to Jacques Genin Chocolate Shop in Paris (Video)
David, 21 Dec 

Not long after I’d arrived in Paris, I met Jacques Genin. At the time, he was working out of a small workshop deep in the 15th arrondissement. Inside, he and his team of five or so worked in a very tight space: A large table where they worked sat in the center of the room, taking up probably 90% of the space, enrobing machines churned shiny melted chocolate off to the sides, steaming cauldrons of butter and sugar bubbled madly together, and the workers slid around the narrow passage between the two, pouring, cutting, dipping, and packing up chocolates and caramels.
The chocolates and caramels were only available wholesale to hotels and restaurants that knew the unique quality of Monsieur Genin’s work. The door of the workshop was made of battered wood, fitted with one-way glass so if you were standing on the sidewalk, you couldn’t see in, but he could see out. If he was in the mood, he’d let you in to buy chocolates. But you had to buy a kilo (2.2 pounds) and you couldn’t stand there and decide “I want two of those, one of those, six of these…” You were lucky if he opened the door at all, and even luckier if you had a kilo of his coveted chocolates in your possession. You took whatever he gave you, gladly.


Friday, December 18, 2015

Pretzel Bites


Pretzel Bites
David, 17 Dec 11:31 PM

Pretzel Bites RecipeBakers and pastry chefs crave two things: Salt and vinegar. When I worked in the restaurant business and got home way after midnight, too-often I’d park myself in front of the television, put my dogs up, and dig into a bag of tortilla chips along with a big jar of spicy salsa. Of course, I was half the age I am now and a bag of chips is no longer something I can, or should, polish off by myself – or call a meal. Someone I knew worked for one of those national diet centers and on day #1, he would put a bag of potato chips into a food processor, run it for a few minutes, then show everyone the oily sludge.

Even so, I still eat potato chips on occasion and run into trouble stopping myself from picking my way through a basket of tortilla chips, especially when there’s guacamole alongside. And I will buy those slender pretzel sticks, called sticks d’Alsace in France, to go along with other apéritif hour snacks in Paris.
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

In the countdown to Christmas dishes, drinks and desserts

17 December 2015

Sarah Tuck's Festive Mille-Feuille
A beautiful Christmas Day dessert option from Sarah Tuck. They may look tricky but Sarah promises they're much simpler than you'd think.
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Pasta & Cuore
An Auckland restaurant with treasured family recipes on the menu and the walls. They make their own pasta and, with a little guidance, so can you.
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Hello Graham
With the countdown to Christmas well and truly upon us, we've got dishes, drinks and desserts to share, and still more ideas for last-minute gifts to make. Above you'll find Sarah Tuck's gorgeous recipe for Mille-Fueille as well as a new restaurant perfect for heading along to for a simple meal if you feel like a break from cooking before the festive rush. We also have some Christmas inspiration in the form of a video from our Set, Style, Serve: Making Food Look Beautiful event – scroll down to find the link.
Online Editor,
India Signature
LATEST RECIPES | Our favourites from this week
Blackberry and Gin Cured Salmon
Blackberry and Gin Cured Salmon

Festive Mint Julep

Cashew Nut Butter Meringues with Papaya and Pomegranate Seeds