• Cookbooks,  Reading

    Weber’s Big Book of Grilling

    If you only have room on your cookbook shelf for one book on grilling, it has to be Weber’s Big Book of Grilling by Jamie Purviance and Sandra McRae. It’s a rare cookbook that can span an audience from beginner to accomplished griller, but this cookbook manages do to just that. This book is 15 years old, but all of the recipes are completely relevant and it’s the book I return to, year after year, whenever I need grilling inspiration. From a classic burger all the way to grilled lobster, this cookbook provides an incredible variety of recipes in a wide range of cuisines. This cookbook is one of my…

  • Memoirs,  Reading

    Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

    Yes,Chef by Marcus Samuelsson is a terrific book! I enjoy it so much that I recently read it for the second time. He has such a unique voice, he manages to share his journey (both personal and professional) with such honesty and openness. His passion for food and flavors combined with his tremendous work ethic makes for great reading. The arc of his life beginning in Ethopia, his childhood in Sweden, his career starting in Europe and finally his move to America, the book charts his evolution as both a chef and a man. Happy reading!  

  • Memoirs,  Reading

    How to Cook a Moose by Kate Christensen

    How to Cook a Moose by Kate Christensen is one of my best library finds of the last few months! Her style really speaks to me – of course she writes about food beautifully, but it’s her ability to really dig down into the soul of Maine and at the same time weave such a personal voice throughout her stories that really resonates. In the introduction Kate talks about being inspired by M.F.K. Fisher’s How to Cook A Wolf. For me, she captures the best of M.F.K – that ability to let the reader into the author’s mind, heart and soul. This book meant so much to me, I have…

  • Cookbooks,  Reading

    Fast, Fresh & Green

    Fast, Fresh & Green by Susie Middleton is simply the BEST vegetable cookbook I have ever read! The format really works, taking you through different cooking techniques – roasting, braising, sauteing, stir-frying and grilling, with recipes that span a variety of tastes and cuisines. But, what really makes this book a standout for me is the quality of the recipes – for anyone looking to go beyond the basic steam, roast, grill (that’s me by the way) this book provides amazingly delicious recipes that inspire you to up your cooking game. https://www.amazon.com/Fast-Fresh-Green-Susie-Middleton/dp/0811865665/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466008861&sr=8-1&keywords=fast+fresh+and+green+cookbook