Entries by Linda Avery

Gift Ideas: My Kitchen Year & Gjelina

Editor’s note: Linda Avery is in a gift-giving frame of mind, and has two choices for the food lovers on your holiday list. Read on to see if one of these new cookbooks fits your gift list recipients. My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl Food Photographs © Melissa DiPalms […]

Cookbook Review: Dinner Pies

by Ken Haedrich Food Photographs © Melissa DiPalms Facts: Harvard Common Press, 272 pages, $40.00 (or Amazon Hardcover $16.21, Kindle $9.99) Photos: 25 Recipes: About 100 The weather is cooling; winter is around the corner. What a convenient time to release a book about savory pies. Ken Haedrich “can scarcely remember a meal that I felt […]


 by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully Food Photographs © Jonathan Lovekin Facts: Ten Speed Press, 352 pages, $40.00 (or Amazon Hardcover $23.84, Kindle $19.99) Photos: Way too many to count Recipes:  About 120 primary recipes plus numerous sub-recipes When I initially fanned though “NOPI,”  I thought “this is so much more than the other (fabulous) […]

Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel

by Heidi Swanson Photographs © Heidi Swanson Facts: Ten Speed Press, 336 pages, $29.99 (or Amazon Hardcover $16.49, Kindle $15.99) Photos: about 150 Recipes: 120 vegetarian recipes In terms of food blogs, Heidi Swanson is a pioneer. A professional photographer by trade, she started her healthy eating blog called 101 Cookbooks in 2003, and has won […]

The Violet Bakery Cookbook

The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak Photographs © Kristin Perers Facts: Ten Speed Press, 272 pages, $29.99  (or Amazon Hardcover $16.83, Kindle $15.99) Photos: about 155 Recipes: 88 Author Claire Ptak has an impressive resume, and a review in The Guardian dubs her as “freewheeling.” She began her career at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, […]

Review: The New Sugar & Spice

by Samantha Seneviratne Photographs © Erin Kunkel Facts: Ten Speed Press, $24.99 (or Amazon Hardcover $15.14; Kindle $14.99) Recipes: 80 Photos: About 68 Samantha Seneviratne felt the evolution of desserts created “uninspired sugar-bombs, sweetness drowning out everything else that’s good.” She wanted to create more complex and interesting flavors for her desserts, so she harkened […]

The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook

  The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook by Tracey Medeiros & Christy Colasurdo Photographs © Oliver Parini Facts: The Countryman Press,  Amazon Paperback ,$16.69 (Kindle $9.99) Photos: Lots! …people, farms, restaurants Recipes: Over 15o Tracey Medeiros’ first two cookbooks, “Dishing Up Vermont” and “The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook,” focused on Vermont farmers and chefs who were […]

Icebox Cakes

by Jean Sagendorph and Jessie Sheehan Photographs © 2015 by Tara Donne Facts: Chronicle Books, 128 pages $18.95 (or Amazon Hardcover $14.71,  Kindle $8.99) Photos: One for each recipe Recipes: 24 I took a walk down Memory Lane when I saw Icebox Cakes: Recipes for the Coolest Cakes in Town come across my desk. I […]