Tuesday, October 31, 2017



Ibrik Cafe
David, 31 Oct

When I walked into Ibrik café the other day and sat down in the upstairs dining room, I saw this scenario next to me. After spending the morning rummaging through an unruly restaurant supply salvage yard out in the suburbs (I didn’t buy anything, but they gave me three cake pans as a gift), it was nice to sit somewhere that was clean, organized, and dry.
It made me so happy that I thought it’d make a nice picture, too. Two women were dining at the table, and I avoid taking pictures of people without asking, especially if I plan to put it on my blog. I once was at an event and snapped a picture that included a couple, who quickly waved their hands furiously in front of their faces, “…Non, NON….we’re not married to each other!”
But I’ve used the general reluctance regarding photos to my advantage, as it’s a good way to clear a path on a busy sidewalk in Paris: Hold your smartphone up in front of you as if you are filming. (Although I should also add that it’s probably an equally good way of getting your phone swiped.) Being a café, I asked the women if I could snap a photo of their beautiful lunch. (While assuring them that I wouldn’t be taking their picture.) “Mais oui, monsieur,” she cheerfully agreed, “But it’s not just beautiful – the food is very good!”
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Monday, October 30, 2017

L’appart Book Signings and Events


L’appart Book Signings and Events
David, 25 Oct 06:10 AM

We’re almost there! In just a few days, November 7th to be exact, my new book, L’appart, will be released. I’m preparing a post that will give you more information and backstory about the book. (Spoiler: It’s a comedy of errors – mostly mine, with recipes), but here’s a list of book signings and related events that are coming up:
Most were listed on my Schedule page, as well as on my Facebook page, and some of the ticketed events sold-out quickly. However, in every city, there is an event that is free and open to the public. So you’re welcome to come and get your book signed, or just to stop by and say hi. Some of the venues request that you RSVP, so they know how many people to expect.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Savvy Cook

The Savvy Cook

Izy Hossack

Published by Hachette New Zealand, 25 July 2017
HBK $34.99 RRP | EBK $19.99 RRP

Learn to cook the savvy way with this invaluable book from Instagram cooking sensation Izy Hossack.

For those cooking for themselves for the first time, or for anyone who wants the weekly budget to go a bit further without sacrificing flavour, cooking sensation Izy Hossack has all the answers.

 With features that include menu plans, clever alternatives to meat and giving last-night's leftovers a makeover, The Savvy Cook is full of nourishing and totally delicious vegetarian recipes that will be kind to your body, wallet and free-time. It's not about health fads, 'antioxidants' or obscure ingredients. Just honest, nourishing and delicious cooking that will make you glow inside and out!

Recipes include Berry Oat Smoothie Boxes, Ricotta Gnocchi with Pesto & Courgettes, Lazy Potato Hash and Lemon Blueberry Drizzle Cake. Each recipe also contains a key, making it easy to spot the vegan, dairy- and gluten-free options. From healthy breakfasts to warming suppers, delicious sweet treats to snacks for sharing, Izy shares her favourite recipes that will make cooking easy for the new cook operating on a tight budget and busy schedule.

About The Author: Izy Hossack is a 20-year-old blogger and Instagram sensation, and her hit blog topwithcinnamon.com is the go-to place for delicious sweet and savoury recipes on both sides of the Atlantic. She has an impressive fan base, with more than 220,000 followers on Instagram (@izyhossack).

Author website: www.topwithcinnamon.com


     Recipes | Books | Blog      Newsletter October 2017
Dear Bookman Beattie,

Cookbooktober lives up to its name, with nearly 200 noteworthy books covered in our
roundup. The month's best offerings are prefaced with Jenny's insightful commentary to help you decide which releases deserve space on your bookshelves.

October also brings Halloween, an opportunity for creative cooks and bakers to make some seriously spooky (and seriously fun) foods. Visit our
Halloween Pinterest board for hundreds of delightful, frightful recipes.

We're providing an update on the EYB Cookbook Club, revealing which books and recipes we will be exploring in November - you are going to love them. Happy cooking!

The team at EatYourBooks
EYB Cookbook Club update
Food collage
In October, the Club delighted in trying recipes from Ronni Lundy's Victuals, Jamie Schler's Orange Appeal, other Southern cookbooks and Donna Hay recipes. Members enjoyed dishes such as Southern pimento cheese, apple butter, and Lemongrass and coriander grilled chicken skewers. View photos of the finished dishes and learn more about Club activities in our update post on the EYB blog.
Next month we will be cooking from the new cookbook Half Baked Harvest, plus all Diana Henry recipes. If you don't have any of Diana's wonderful cookbooks (although you should!), you can still participate as thousands of her recipes are available online. We have a complete author index for Diana including all of her books plus magazine and newspaper articles. We hope you'll join the fun in November! The EYB Cookbook Club is a closed group on Facebook where everyone is welcome. 
cookbook collage

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Eat Your Books

     Recipes | Books | Blog      Weekly Round-Up
Dear Bookman Beattie,

At Eat Your Books we want to bring you the best recipes – our dedicated team searches out and finds online recipes excerpted from newly indexed cookbooks and magazines. New recipes from the best blogs are indexed daily and members index their favorite online recipes using
the Bookmarklet all the time.

Below you’ll find this week's recommendations from the EYB team.

Remember you can add any of these online recipes to your EYB Bookshelf – it’s a great way to expand your personal recipe collection.

Happy cooking and baking everyone!

The team at EatYourBooks

Member Photo of the Week:
Apple-Almond Cake (Apfel-Marzipan-Kuchen) from Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss

Photo submitted by BookWorm53. Have you uploaded any of your own photos yet? Learn more!

From Magazines:
Parsnip Spice Cake with Caramel Icing by Ann Taylor Pittman from the November issue of indexed Cooking Light Magazine

From Cookbooks:
9 recipes from Syria: Recipes from Home by Itab Azzam & Dina Mousawi

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

More great ways with vegetables - Carrots can make an inexpensive addition to a meal.

 If baby carrots are beyond your budget, use slim spring carrots and cut them in half!

More great ways with vegetables ...Carrots are the star this week because a sweet young carrot is a lovely thing, and with a few ingredients to hand they can be more than just a splash of colour on a plate. Feathery herbs are growing an inch a day on Waiheke in this weather. Carrots will happily cosy up with parsley, chervil and dill, but they also love marjoram, rosemary, chives, thyme, tarragon and mint, so use your imagination, or what you have in your garden. I’ve pretty well stuck to vegetable recipes for the whole month of October to fit in with vegetable month, but these carrot ideas will be great with chicken, lamb, fish …Warm Carrot Salad with Mustard Dressing
Baby Carrots with Lentils
Someone said it was Hump Day, hump day, lump day, the mid-week sag day. Well, Humpf got to hear about it, and he was in like Flynn, posing and strutting and saying this and that. Who is Humpf? He’s Humpf of Rocky Bay. If you haven’t met him yet, here he is in all his glory. Humpf Day

Then there is the book Corsica. It’s rare for me to find a food book that I read from cover to cover these days – I tend to skim over recipes as so many are same-same, just photographed on a different plate, but Corsica The Recipes, grabbed my attention. It’s a great illustration of how good food writing can engage you, educate you, stimulate you and leave you wanting more. A visit to Corsica I reckon!
Corsica The Recipes

Got to go, fish to fry and all that.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Vegetables at their best


Vegetables at their best

Now is the time to start looking for edible bargains as the warm spring weather encourages leafy growth and the abundance of  vegetables sees prices drop. Although shopping habits are hard to break, having a fossick further afield could bring surprising results. Visit your local farmers' market, but go early, because the early bird gets the worm is never more true than at a farmers' market.
Ilaria found some cheap cucumbers – we've been avoiding buying them because they have been too pricey – and topped with kaffir lime leaves we had something delicious to go with pan-fried fish.
Cucumber Salad

 Have you ever grown fennel? I've discovered it is dead easy. It doesn't seem to attract many critters so doesn't need any bug deterrent, and as long as it gets a watering from time to time, it is easy to look after. Find a whole heap of tips here for growing and using the leaves, seeds, and bulbs and how to collect your own fennel pollen. Fennel pollen is wonderfully concentrated, and fortunately, because it is so expensive, just a pinch goes a long way. Harvesting your own is the way to go. Fennel

 I had a great weekend away in the Wairarapa and was impressed with the olive oils, meat products and fresh produce, and the buzzing cafés. Whoa! A true foodie spot worth visiting.Wairarapa
If you'd like a visit from me to do a private cooking class at your place, get in touch. I'd love to come!

Breton buckwheat dumpling recipe


Kig ha farz: Breton buckwheat dumpling recipe
David, 21 Oct 03:40 AM

Kig Ha Farz is a homely, but absolutely delicious, Breton specialty that even few French people know about. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever find it served in a restaurant, even in Brittany, which I learned on a recent trip to the region. I told friends that we were staying with that I wanted to prepare it for them, and we spent a few days trying to find a farz sack to make it in. While shopping at the outdoor markets, we asked vendors that sold housewares if they carried them, but not one of them had any idea what Kig ha farz was, let alone carry a sack for making it.
One was even suspicious that we were from one of those “gotcha” tv shows, called enquêtes, in France, where they do undercover investigations. I saw one where they brought a hidden camera to an outdoor market where vendors were selling eggs from battery chicken farms marked as “cage-free.” (All eggs in France are stamped 0-to-3, which’ll tell you how the chickens were raised.) The eggs were sitting in pretty baskets on beds of hay, but when the journalist busted them for selling battery-farmed chicken eggs as cage-free, the vendor started throwing the eggs at them. (And even other customers started yelling at them, which I didn’t quite get, because they were being sold incorrectly marketed eggs.)
We weren’t there to bust anyone, or to have eggs tossed at us. I just wanted to make kig ha farz.

Friday, October 20, 2017


     Recipes | Books | Blog      Weekly Round-Up
Dear Bookman Beattie,

Did you know adding online recipes to your EYB Bookshelf is a really great way to build your personal recipe collection? You can 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 and baking everyone!

The team at EatYourBooks

Member Photo of the Week:
Limoncello Cupcakes from Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere by Dorie Greenspan

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From Blogs:

From Cookbooks: