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From appetizers to dessert, these four new cookbooks have you covered every course of every meal:
THE ENCHILADA QUEEN COOKBOOK: Enchiladas, Fajitas, Tamales, and More Classic Recipes from Texas-Mexico Border Kitchens by Sylvia Casares
Simple, flavor-changing tricks and 80 recipes for enchiladas, fajitas, and classic side dishes for the home cook by Sylvia Casares, founder and chef of Texas’ favorite Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen. “Casares shares her culinary secrets for her signature enchiladas and many other popular Tex-Mex dishes in this outstanding resource. The book…is sure to satisfy home cooks in any location. This is the only Tex-Mex cookbook you’ll ever need.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
RAO’S CLASSICS: More Than 140 Italian Favorites from the Legendary New York Restaurant by Frank Pellegrino, Jr.
Recipes for the best, warmest, richest and most timeless Italian food from the legendary, tiny corner restaurant in East Harlem. “Fashionable among the celebrity set despite its off-the-beaten-path basement location, Rao’s has served its own version of Southern Italian cooking to adulatory audiences. Both devotees and us ordinary folk who never get a table at Rao’s will savor these recipes.” — Booklist
THE NEW HEALTHY BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY: Revised and Updated with New Recipes by Jeff Hertzberg & Zoë François
From the authors of HEALTHY BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY comes an updated cookbook filled with new recipes for healthy bread, using the same quick and easy baking method. “The introductory chapters offer advice on ingredients, equipment, tips, and techniques, while the rest of the book is divided into chapters by type of bread: whole grain, those with fruits and vegetables, pizza and flatbreads, and gluten-free breads and pastries. “Recommended for public libraries that have users interested in the latest ideas of bread baking.” — Library Journal
TURBO BLENDER DESSERT REVOLUTION: More Than 140 Recipes for Pies, Ice Creams, Cakes, Brownies, Gluten-Free Treats, and More from High-Horsepower, High-RPM Blenders by Mark Scarbrough & Bruce Weinstein
Move over, smoothies—this cookbook teaches readers how to make homemade desserts in minutes using a high-horsepower blender. Includes 140+ original, quick, and easy recipes for ice creams, puddings, cream pies, ice box cakes, layer cakes, brownies, muffins, scones, pancakes, waffles, and more.
Don’t forget about these other recently released cookbooks! Happy cooking!
From cooking to cocktails, these five books will help revamp your usual dinner table fare:
THUG KITCHEN 101: Fast as F*ck by Thug Kitchen
For all those people out there wondering whether this crazy vegan sh*t is going to ever go away, wonder no more—it’s here to stay. Your foul-mouthed friends at Thug Kitchen show you how to do it in 100 recipes that take no more than 30 minutes from prep to table.
UPSCALE DOWNHOME: Family Recipes, All Gussied Up by Rachel Hollis
Hollis, blogger and founder of “The Chic Site,” shares recipes for affordable meals presented so polished you’d never know their “lowbrow” origins, complete with tips and tricks that prove fabulous hosting doesn’t have to break the bank.
THE VEGAN WAY: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet, and You by Jackie Day
Seasoned health educator and happy vegan Day helps readers approach a fully vegan way of life in a 21 day plan that emphasizes three core reasons for going vegan: being as healthy as you can be, being compassionate to animals, and respecting our planet.
THE BOOK OF DANGEROUS COCKTAILS: Adventurous Recipes for Serious Drinkers by Dylan March & Jennifer Boudinot
Leave your go-to gin and tonic behind and shake up your next gathering with cocktails that pack an extra punch, using high-proof liquors and ganja-infused booze.
THE BEST PRESSURE COOKER RECIPES ON THE PLANET: 200 Triple-Tested, Family-Approved, Fast & Easy Recipes by Debra Murray
The “Prophet of Pressure Cooking” brings you 200 incredible triple-tested pressure cooker recipes, ranging from comfort classics like beef stew and apple crisp, to nourishing risottos and healthy alternatives like a citrusy wheat berry salad.
It was inevitable: the adult coloring book trend has taken a profanity-laden turn. Enter CHILL THE F*CK OUT by Hannah Caner (on sale April 12, 2016).
Do you or one of your patrons need to Chill the F*ck Out? Look no further than this hilarious collection of more than 30 of the finest swear words and uncouth sayings—all delicately wrapped in beautiful illustrations to color and display. Nothing soothes away the stress of the day while letting you be “Fancy as F*ck.”
Swearing’s not your thing? No problem! Click here to download four (redacted) sample pages with the naughty bits removed.
Now go grab some crayons and keep between the lines. Or not. After all, we’re not your f*cking boss.
Need a cookbook that’s as sassy as your mouth? Then check out the #1 New York Times bestseller THUG KITCHEN: Eat Like You Give A F*ck (Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous, week of 10/26/14).
Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow (“This might be my favorite thing ever”) and named Saveur’s Best New Food blog of 2013—with half a million Facebook fans and counting—Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular website to inspire people to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food.
Anne was up for the challenge and made THUG KITCHEN’s Cornmeal Waffles with Strawberry Syrup this weekend. Well, not exactly… She didn’t have strawberries for the syrup and she made pancakes instead of waffles because that’s some fancy sh*t (and she doesn’t own a waffle maker).
UPDATE 11/4: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED AND THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN CONTACTED. THANK YOU! Before we get to the recipe, we’re giving away three copies of this fun, foul-mouthed cookbook for your library (or personal kitchen)! To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Thug Kitchen) by Monday, Nov. 3.
Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Check out the fine print* after the break. Now back to the recipe…
Looking for something fun to bring to your next holiday potluck gathering? How about pie pops?
They're easy to make thanks to pre-made pie crusts and will get you tons of compliments, both for flavor and presentation–seriously, they're adorable. Andrea Smetona's EASY AS PIE POPS has tons of recipes perfect for the season, including Peppermint Pudding, Mint Fudge, and Pumpkin Cheesecake, not to mention brunch-inspired savory pops such as Breakfast Casserole and Hot Ham & Cheese.
Anne whipped up a batch of Honeyed Fig pie pops to bring to a white elephant party last weekend and they were a huge hit. Read on for the how-to and don't forget that this Sunday, December 15 is the last day to enter to win a copy of EASY AS PIE POPS and other cooking and crafting books (details after the break).
1 recipe Homemade Pie Pop Crust (p. 13 in the book) or 4 unbaked store-bought or homemade 9" diameter pie crusts
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened (Anne used Neufchatel)
1/2 cup whipping cream (Anne substituted Half and Half)
1 large egg, plus the white of another for basting
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup honey
5 cups brown or black figs, chopped small
Olive oil, for garnish
Fresh rosemary, for garnish
Other tools needed:
Basting brush (silicone is recommended)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a large baking sheet, or line with parchment paper (Anne's note: wax paper and parchment paper are not the same! Wax paper will melt, so make sure you're using the correct one).
Prepare the filling by mixing together the cream cheese, cream, egg, brown sugar, flour, salt and honey. Toss in the chopped figs and stir. Pour into a 9" diameter pie dish and bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature before using in pie pops.
Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
Lay out the 12 bottom crusts on the prepared baking sheet. Using a basting brush, coat each bottom crust with egg white. Press the cookie stick firmly into the center of each bottom crust.
Dollop a 1-1/2 inch bit of the cooled fig mixture in the center of each bottom crust. Place a top crust over the filling and press firmly around the sides to seal the pie pop, making sure to start by firmly crimping the edges around the cookie stick to ensure it stays in place.
After all the pops are sealed and pressed, brush olive oil on each top crust and sprinkle with fresh rosemary.
Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, until the crust is nice and golden. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Try your best not to eat all the pie pops before you get to the party/brunch/potluck (Anne highly recommends eating one or two for quality control purposes).
Who's going shopping this weekend? We are, too. If you don't have a good hiding spot for your gifts, why not wrap them right away? Better yet, wrap them creatively without paper or tape! In WRAPAGAMI, Jennifer Playford shows you how to wrap boxes, bottles and even odd-shaped items like dishes and cookie tins (Anne's excited about that one). It's eco-friendly and depending on the fabric you use, can serve as two gifts in one (ex: a scarf wrapped around a jewelry box).
Today, Anne's going to demonstrate a wrap that most of us should find very useful: the Single Book Wrap. She didn't have extra fabric lying around the house but found that a dish towel worked perfectly well for this example (Gift idea: kitchen gadgets wrapped in a dish towel! See how easy that two-in-one idea is?).
Read on for the step-by-step instructions and don't forget that you can enter for a chance to win WRAPAGAMI and other crafting and cookbooks!
While many people are preparing for Thanksgiving this week, others are ready to celebrate Hanukkah, which starts this Wednesday. To celebrate, Anne made Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Latkes and Cider-Glazed Root Vegetables from THE NEW JEWISH TABLE by Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray to share with all of you.
Enjoy! And don't forget that you can enter to win a copy of THE NEW JEWISH TABLE and other cooking and crafting books (see details after the recipes).
Calling all crafty librarians! You know who you are. This one's for experienced knitters who want to make adorable winter wear for their little ones. We are in looove with MONSTER KNITS FOR LITTLE MONSTERS by Nuriya Khegay--just look at the precious little Yoda-like guy on the cover!
Unfortunately, Anne doesn't know how to knit, so she can't demonstrate this one for you. (She's more of a counted cross-stitch kind of gal.) But if you do, you'll find a treasure trove of goodies here: an adorable monster hat, gloves, and socks with little claws!
Click here to download a PDF of the "little monster" hat, mitten & bootie project.
If someone knits these for us in a grown-up size we'll be your best friends forever. Remember, Anne can trade for cookies.
Happy crafting and don't forget that from now through December 15 you can enter to win MONSTER KNITS and a bundle of other cooking and crafting books! Read on for more info.