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Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook by Toni Tipton-Martin - Book Review

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781524761738
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Published: Clarkson Potter - November 5th, 2019

Jubilee: Recipes from two Centuries of African American Cooking, by Toni Tipton-Martin, won the James Beard Award in 2020, and is, as the title implies, a celebration. Featuring over 100 recipes, Jubilee presents “techniques, ingredients, and dishes that show the roots of African American cooking.” This is not Tipton-Martin’s first award winning cookbook. In 2015 she published, The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cooking, a groundbreaking work showcasing the author’s coast to coast collection of over 300 African American cookbooks, some dating back to the mid 19th century. And while the publication of The Jemima Code served to unveil and spotlight the legacy of black cooks and their cookbooks, Jubilee expands this story further by utilizing recipes of this collection documented by skilled middle class black cooks. Whether formally or informally trained, as employee or business owner, the story behind the recipes in Jubilee are of cooks whose culinary legacy reaches far beyond the limited perspective that soul food and southern plantation cooking define the entirety of African American cuisine.
I'll continue to cook my way through Jubilee - it receives my highest of recommendations. The 14 recipes I've made so far have become favorites and I have every intention of getting through all 100. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Heroes' Feast (Dungeons & Dragons): The Official D&D Cookbook by Kyle Newman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984858900
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 27th, 2020

The heart of Dungeons and Dragons is community, and this official addition to the D&D canon makes the gaming table a little wider---and a lot more appetizing. Heroes’ Feast draws most of its recipes from meals mentioned in actual campaign worlds and materials, and sorts them by the cultures of in-game races, like Humans, Elves, Dwarves, and Halflings. At times it feels like there may actually be more pages spent on colorful descriptions of D&D lore than on actual recipes (which, if you’ve ever played, is fairly true-to-form), but this 200-page tome really is brimming with serious and delicious dishes. Gather your companions, pitch your tent, and dig into some Bangers and Smash, Cherrybread, or Iron Rations. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou by Melissa M. Martin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781579658472
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Published: Artisan - April 21st, 2020

Martin revels in the food of the Cajun Coast in a powerful and delicious way by sharing not just the recipes but family and local lore as she does in her unique "farm to table " restaurant. Evoking the spirit of generosity and joy but also of the heartbreak of a culture in dire consequence of ecological and economic change this book is beautiful in so many ways. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Moosewood Cookbook: 40th Anniversary Edition by Mollie Katzen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781607747390
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Published: Ten Speed Press - November 4th, 2014

While many celebrated restaurants conceal their secret recipes, the public is forever indebted to the famed Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, NY for publishing all of their secrets in this classic vegetarian cookbook. Filled with delicious vegetarian dishes, ranging from quiches and breads to salads and soups, this cookbook should be a cornerstone in any kitchen (vegetarian or otherwise). In particular, this reader recommends the Zuccanoes (stuffed zucchini) 10/10. ~ Reviewed by Virginia Edinger


Gin Austen: 50 Cocktails to Celebrate the Novels of Jane Austen by Colleen Mullaney - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781454933120
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Published: Sterling Publishing (NY) - April 2nd, 2019

Whether you're craving a "Fizzie Miss Lizzy" or "Just A Dashwood" this delightful cocktail book will most certainly be a hit with any Janeite or experimental mixologist. Delicious recipes for pun-filled cocktails (all plays on books, places, and characters from Austen's works) are interspersed with genuinely interesting quotes and historical tidbits about Jane and her era. This reader particularly recommends the mojito-reminiscent "Middleton Muddle" named, of course, for Lady Middleton of Sense & Sensibility fame. ~ Reviewed by Virginia Edinger


The Flavor Equation: The Science of Great Cooking Explained in More Than 100 Essential Recipes by Nik Sharma - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781452182698
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 27th, 2020

A gorgeous cookbook that will strengthen any home chef’s understanding of why their food cooks and tastes the way it does.
Sharma’s passionate curiosity in the scientific and emotional principles that flavor our food combines with stunning photography and creative, thoughtful recipes. The result is a knockout cookbook that will leave you with a joyful spirit and a full stomach! ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


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