My love of cookbooks is legendary, so I won’t go into the number of cookbooks I own or the number of years I’ve been collecting them – I’ll just tell you that I’m awfully excited about four new cookbooks that, while perfect anytime, are especially ideal for this time of year.
Aroma Kitchen: Cooking with Essential Oils: Most of us are familiar with essential oils only to the extent of making our homes or bodies smell glorious. This beautiful cookbook shows how we can bring these essential oils into the kitchen and integrate them into our meals for extra flavor and, I would imagine, Heavenly aroma.
Description: The human tongue and palate know only five tastes; our nose complements this rather limited sense. Much of what we think we taste is actually derived from our sense of smell! Because the nose and mouth are connected, taste and smell work hand-in-hand to complete our eating experiences; incorporating scent, in the form of essential oils, is a logical way to optimize our meals without adding additional chemicals and fillers to our food.
The recipes in this book focus on using fresh, local (if possible) ingredients and scented essential oils to nourish your loved ones in a healthy and varied way. Included are the basics of essential oils, including recipes for creating your own spiced oils, vinegars, butters, salts, syrups, honey, and sugars. Easy-to-follow recipes for warm and cold appetizers, soups, main and side dishes, desserts, and drinks and cocktails will have you cooking with essential oils in no time! A tips and tricks section helps to eliminate any guesswork on the part of the home cook, and the authors include menu examples by occasion. Eliane Zimmermann, leading lecturer for aromatherapy practice and graduate of the renowned Shirley Price International College of Aromatherapy, provides the introduction.
Grill Skills: Professional Tips for the Perfect Barbeque: Food, Drinks, Music, Table Settings, Flowers: Talk about timely! This book is just what you need to turn yourself into the best griller on the block… assuming that you aren’t already, of course!
Description: Would you like to be more confident in your grilling skills? Then this is the book for you. Do you consider yourself king or queen of the grill? If so, then this book for you, as well.
In Grill Skills, professionals generously offer their very best tips, advice, and recipes. Mia Gahne explains how to whip up the perfect barbeque sauce. Tove Nilsson shares slightly tweaked traditional barbeque dinners with all the proper sides. Liselotte Forslin creates glorious barbeque buffets for all ages and tastes. Mia Öhrn conjures up the magic of grilled desserts. Bengt-Göran Kronstam gives expert advice on wines to go with your grilled meals. Catharina Lindenberg-Bernhardsson creates ambiance by imaginatively decorating around the grill. All this is accompanied by music selected by Jan Gradvall. This is the book where Tex-Mex meets the islands, the Mediterranean meets Sweden, and the tropics meet urban balconies—an indispensable grill book for all tastes.
Serbian Cooking: Popular Recipes from the Balkan Region: This beauty intrigues me as much as any cookbook EVER has. I’m not even remotely familiar with Serbian cooking, so I am beyond anxious to make a long-overdue introduction of Serbian food into my kitchen.
Description: Fifty-three recipes make up this Eastern European cookbook. Inside, find all types of traditional Serbian fare, including potato salad, lentil soup, and an assortment of pita dishes, as well as sauces and a multitude of delectable desserts, such as crème puffs, baklava, and crepes.
Most Serbian cooking traditions are intertwined with the cultures of its neighboring countries. So, don t be surprised if some of these dishes seem similar to some of your own family s traditional recipes. Also, be prepared for some differences. In Serbia, lunch is the biggest meal of the day, while dinner happens to be the lightest, typically focusing on merely cold cuts and bread. Throw in an afternoon snack of a baked pastry and coffee and consider yourself a convert! Many of the recipes are vegetarian, but feel free to add your choice of meat to any dish.
The Little Smoker Book: Getting Into the Top Level of Grilling: What is it about smoked meat that makes it taste better than any meat has a right to?! It’s juicy, delectable, and has to temp even the most ardent vegetarians. Before jumping into the comments to bust my chops (forgive the pun), I’m joking. One of my daughters is a vegetarian and I know that not even smoked meat would tempt her. Smokers can be pretty tricky to figure out, though, and that’s where this basic how-to guide and cookbook comes in.
What’s really cool is that there’s more to smoking than just meat – this book has the recipes to prove it!
Description: This introduction to home smoking provides beginner smokers with information and delicious recipes for grilling, barbecuing, and smoking. It will give people who have not worked with a smoker on their own the tools and know-how to embark on this popular cooking method. Learn the basics of various kinds of smokers – barrel, water or bullet, and ceramic – to determine the best one for you. Get tips for determining the right type of firing — with wood or charcoal, as well as for selecting your home smoking accessories. There is also guidelines for the maintenance of your smoker. With 44 color images and recipes for pastes and marinades, pulled pork, brisket, chicken wings, ribs, brined dragon drumsticks, and sumptuous peach and fruit cobbler, you will be enjoying the “low and slow” in no time at all.