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Cook Your Way Around the World

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this article on the best cookbooks featuring foods from around the world.  The best part of traveling is getting to explore a new place and embrace the food, people, and culture. The worst part? It can be expensive. So this season we’re bringing some of your favorite travel destinations to you. Here are eight cookbooks that will bring the stories and flavors of different countries right into your kitchen. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to cook! Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Asia Chef Luke Nguyen, the King of Street Food, takes readers across Asia in this delectable cookbook. Instead of sitting down in restaurants, Nguyen explores the street food culture…

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The Joy of the Food Truck: Books about the Best Traveling Restaurants

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Saturday night in Stamford, Connecticut. I had just walked out of Tiernan’s Pub with a sunny disposition at one in the morning. People from all over converged on Columbus Park to hear some independent boy band tear up the small stage. The bar scene was packed and uncomfortable after a while. I wanted to go back to my apartment and have a late-night snack that I’d regret in the morning. But then three horrible truths dawned on me: I can’t cook, I don’t have any food to cook with, and I only have five bucks. As I walked up Broad Street I lamented how I’d have no food. My morning was going to be a rough one. Oh woe is…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Use Food and Drinks as Supporting Characters

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There’s nothing like food and drinks to bring a group of people together, whether it’s a special occasion, a holiday or good ol’ fashion picnic, at the heart of it all is the food we eat and the cocktails we drink. So it makes sense that the incorporation of food and drinks in the thing we love most, books, would be a must. Not only do the characters in these stories rely on food to get them through their day, but the delicious cocktails and fine cuisine take on a life all its own within the pages of these five hot new books and ultimately become the supporting characters in each novel. Sweetbitter: A Novel, Stephanie Danler (Knopf, May 24, 2016) “Gorgeous,…

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It’s Getting Chili: Southwestern Recipes You Need for Easy Entertaining

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Even though the weather has been temperate, ‘tis the season to be outdoors—picking Christmas trees, skating, ogling holiday store windows or maybe even a round of caroling with friends. After hours outside, what could be better afterward than a steaming bowl of chili—or better yet, dreaming about a trip to the Southwest, where two feet of snow is only something we might see on television? We have two books that might help with each—one with a collection of great chili recipes, and another with tales and recipes from New Mexico (sorry, you’re going to have to arrange for airfare to the Southwest yourself). The Chili Cookbook by Robb Walsh (Ten Speed Press, September 2015) is a collection of all the…

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The Meal You’ll Want to Cook Tonight from Dinner for Two

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Since moving in with my carb-loving other half, I may have overestimated our appetites. To be fair, I’ve been known to put away an entire meatball parm in record time, and he’s recently acquired the nickname “the compactor” due to his ability to crush meals. However, this doesn’t mean that we can keep up with all the leftovers. It’s just too much for two people and heating up last night’s dinner gets old fast. During the busy work week, I often find that the leftovers are no longer all that fresh when I finally get around to freezing them. And I won’t even mention the mysterious mold factory you find a week later. Instead, we want easy recipes with zero…

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Smart Reads: 7 Scrumptious New Cookbooks for You to Savor

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Here at the BookTrib office, the cookbooks arrive in the mail about mid-morning—just in time to start our stomachs rumbling. We can’t help but be inspired to kick up our cooking game as we flip through the gorgeous photos and mouth-watering recipes. This week we have cookbooks that serve up the kind of food many of us grew up with—red velvet cake and fried chicken from Savannah, bisque and jambalya from the Big Easy, garlic-and-pepper infused pastrami from Jewish delis, and porchetta and lasagne just like your nonna used to make. And to top it all off—a cookbook from the restaurant that has all the celebrity chefs raving. Hungry yet? This is Camino by Russell Moore and Allison Hopelain with Chris…

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You’ll Devour the Endless Possibilities in Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix

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We constantly receive beautiful cookbooks here at BookTrib, all of them filled with practical tips, luscious recipes and interesting anecdotes, their covers splashed with a Technicolor smorgasbord of dishes of every kind. But it’s not very often that we come across one that’s so highly coveted that we have to sign a joint-custody agreement. This is the case with Mark Bittman’s latest Kitchen Matrix: More Than 700 Simple Recipes and Techniques to Mix and Match for Endless Possibilities (Pam Krauss Books; October 27, 2015). I’ve had this book in my possession for four days now and I’m waiting for the moment when my colleagues start begging to borrow it. For now though, I’m locked away with this culinary crowd pleaser in…

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Illustrations from Fresh Made Simple Will Inspire Your Next Healthy Meal

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the gorgeous photos of finished dishes in cookbooks or on television? Somehow, the lovely meal you’ve prepared just doesn’t look as good as that glamour shot. Well, if you’re looking for some foodie visual inspiration, check out Lauren K. Stein’s new book, Fresh Made Simple (Storey Publishing, October 20). It’s cookbook with a unique twist—all of the recipes featured within the book contain ingredients, steps, and techniques integrated into illustrations created by Katie Eberts. Fresh Made Simple focuses on simple, unique flavor combinations and communicates them through beautiful, inky illustrations filled with color and flavor. Unlike a standard cookbook, which might feature pictures of meals manicured by food stylists, Stein’s distinctive recipes and Eberts’s whimsical…

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Zahav: Michael Solomonov Presents the Diverse Flavors of Israel

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When it comes to Israeli food, sublime is usually simple. Take Shakshouka for example. I first tasted Shakshouka one summer on a family vacation. My sister had invited her Israeli neighbors to join us and after a few days of our cooking, our guests said they wanted to cook us the quintessential Israeli dish. We had no idea what that might be. Our culinary heritage was limited to the Eastern European Jewish dishes we had grown up with such as chicken soup with matzo balls, and a few well-known Middle Eastern foods—chopped salad, falafel and hummus. We were surprised when the kitchen started releasing the fragrance of sautéing onions, garlic and peppers and they brought to the table a huge…

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5 Fabulous Fusion Tacos You’ve Never Heard of (But Will Love)

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Chances are when you grab a quick taco from your favorite food truck it comes with all the traditional trimmings: meat or fish, shredded lettuce, red cabbage, tomato, cheese, some guacamole, sour cream, hot sauce and a wedge of lime. Pair with a side of refried beans and cilantro rice and you’re on your way to taco heaven. But the humble taco can be the framework for culinary magic. Enter Chef Ivy Stark of famed eatery Dos Caminos New York. She has created some updated interpretations of the taco that will leave your taste buds tingling. Her latest book Dos Caminos Tacos: 100 Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Mexican Street Food by Ivy Stark and Joanna Pruess (Countryman Press; September 21,…

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Getting a Taste of Summer From Audrey Hepburn’s Kitchen

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Audrey Hepburn was a girl after my own heart – or perhaps in this case, my stomach. She was not without her vices in the kitchen – Hepburn’s favorites included pasta, chocolate, vanilla ice cream with fudge sauce, wine and of course, an after dinner cigarette. Her son Luca remembers her propensity for eating generous helpings of pasta and gaining no weight (a trait that Ms. Hepburn and I do not share!) Luca also provides us with a heartwarming look her classic dishes in Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen by Luca Dotta with Luigi Spinola (Harper Design, June 16, 2015). Each page is filled with photographs, handwritten recipes, cooking tips and notes written to friends. Her beloved…

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Philpott’s Campfire Cookbook is Your Trailside Friend

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If you’ve ever found yourself in the middle of a grueling hike without any power snacks, (cue hangry, trail-side rage rant) or if you’ve ever awkwardly made sandwiches on your knees because you ran out of table space, (there were so many ants on the ground!) or if you couldn’t figure out how to cook eggs and prepare coffee at the same time because you only brought one cooking pot (throws hands up in frustration) then Don and Pam Philpott’s Campfire Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Eating Well in the Wild (Thunder Bay Press, August 11, 2015) is for you. All of the above has happened to me and I can tell you right now that figuring out the answers…

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Ancient grains can give sweet treats a healthy boost

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Do the words “einkorn” and “spelt” leave you befuddled? I see you scratching your head. How about barley? Yes! I see a glimmer of recognition in your eyes—it’s that delicious grain in hearty winter soups   —an old friend. If you’ve ever cooked with barley, you know how easy it is to prepare. It also happens to be categorized as an ancient grain. If you’re a chronic cake baker, a cookie monster or a chocolate addict feeling the guilt of too many sweets, it’s time that you became acquainted with these increasingly popular foods. These grains are making a comeback and are more accessible than ever before. The best part is a new cookbook that covers decadent whole-grain brownies, cakes, cookies,…

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Good and Cheap: Eat well on less than $4 a day

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Let’s face it: when you’re working long hours at a job (or two) and you have a family to feed, very often the easiest way for a weary soul to cook dinner is to pick up the phone and order take-out. When time is short and the family is yammering for food, the easiest way to give it to them is to hit a drive-thru. There are two problems to those solutions, however. One is that the food often ranges from horrible to unhealthy. The second is that these meals, over time, will not only add flab to your belly, but they’ll really hit you in the wallet. What you really want to prepare for your family are meals that…

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