Here are some books that we love love!
The Zwilling J. A. Henckels Complete Book of Knife Skills: The Essential Guide to Use, Techniques and Care
by Jeffrey Elliot & James DeWan
The definitive book on knife skills from the knife manufacturer recognized worldwide as the symbol of the best quality and function.
Every home chef needs a knife skills book. Cooks who know how to choose a knife, how to maintain it and how to use it properly work more safely, more quickly and more efficiently. Good knife skills also allow a cook to cut ingredients uniformly, allowing everything to cook at the same rate and creating the best presentation in the final dish.
The authors’ unique approach in this book stems from their experience in the culinary classroom, where they observed how people learn. Elliot and DeWan refined their teaching process based on this vast experience.
Some of the features in the book are:
– More than 1,200 color step-by-step photos that clearly instruct and provide information on each technique
– Instructions on proper knife sharpening techniques
– Arrows and other graphic devices that direct the reader to the exact photo on the page and the precise skill illustrated
– A concealed wiro binding that lies flat, keeping a cook’s fingers on the knife, where they safely belong
– Concise, detailed and easy-to-understand instructions on how to hold a knife, the basic cuts and the proper techniques for cutting poultry, fish and specific vegetables and fruits, and creative garnishes
– Coverage of Japanese-style knives and cutting techniques
– Concise history of knives and knife-making
Chuck’s Day Off
by Chuck Hugues
Chef Chuck Hughes cooks in his restaurants all week, making sure that every dish he sends out at his two Montreal places, Garde Manger and Le Bremner, is perfect and that every client leaves happy. On his one day off, he cooks some more — for his friends, family and staff. He cooks for love and for fun, and what he cooks up makes for fabulous and engaging television viewing on the hit Food Network Canada show Chuck’s Day Off.
This cookbook features over 100 recipes: favourite dishes and menus from the long-running show, plus all new recipes developed just for the book. The flavour-packed dishes are grouped into menus and connected to stories that Chuck tells, providing a behind-the-scenes-look at Chuck’s life and the challenges he faces in balancing his dedication to great food with the daily realities of running restaurants. Food-lovers and cooks of all levels will fall in love with Chuck’s open and honest cooking and addictive style of comfort food.
The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight
by Haylie Pomroy
Haylie Pomroy has helped countless clients lose up to 20 pounds in just 4 weeks –all through the fat-burning power of food. Hailed as “the metabolism whisperer,” Haylie reminds us that food is not the enemy, it’s the rehab needed to rev-up your sluggish, broken-down metabolism and turn your body into a fat-burning furnace.
On this plan you’re going to eat a lot. You’re going to eat three full meals and at least two snacks a day – and you’re still going to lose weight. What you’re not going to do is count a single calorie or fat gram. You’re going not to ban entire food groups. You’re not going to go carb-free or vegan or go cold turkey on the foods you love. Instead, you’re going to rotate what you’re eating throughout each week according to a simple and proven plan carefully designed to induce precise physiological changes that will set your metabolism on fire.
The Fast Metabolism Diet Cookbook: Eat Even More Food and Lose Even More Weight
by Haylie Pomroy
Turn your kitchen into a secret weapon for losing up to 20 pounds in 28 days through the fat-burning power of food!
Use food as medicine to cook your way healthy in this must have companion to the bestselling diet sensation, The Fast Metabolism Diet. You will find over 200 simple, effective, mouthwatering, family-pleasing recipes designed to evoke change in your body with a plan that celebrates food, thrives on variety, and has you eating five to six times a day according to a three-phase plan strategically designed to keep your metabolism burning at lightening speeds.
Patisserie: Mastering the Fundamentals of French Pastry
by Christphe Felder
All the classic French pastries made accessible for the home cook, with 3,200 photographs. For every serious home baker, French pastry represents the ultimate achievement. But to master the techniques, a written recipe can take you only so far—what is equally important is to see a professional in action, to learn the nuances of rolling out dough for croissaints or caramelizing apples for a tarte tatin. For each of the 210 recipes here, there are photographs that lead the reader through every step of the instructions. There has never been such a comprehensive primer on patisserie. The important base components—such as crème patisserie, pâte à choux, and chocolate ganache—are presented as stand-alone recipes. Once comfortable with these, the home baker can go on to tackle the famous and more complex creations—such as Éclairs, Saint-Honoré, Opéra—as well as feel empowered to explore new and original combinations. An entire chapter is devoted to decoration as well as sauces, syrups, and fillings. Whether used to develop skills or to refine techniques, to gain or simply broaden a repertoire, Patisserie dispels the mystery around classic French pastries, so that everyone can make them at home
The Cake Bible
by Rose Beranbaum
This is the classic cake cookbook that enables anyone to make delicious, exquisite cakes. As a writer for food magazines, women’s magazines, and newspapers, including The New York Times, Rose Levy Beranbaum’s trademark is her ability to reduce the most complex techniques to easy-to-follow recipes. Rose makes baking a joy. This is the definitive work on cakes by the country’s top cake baker.