Try A Fresh Recipe This Spring With New Cookbooks

In a cooking rut? Cookbooks are so much fun to look through and find new recipes. I am always looking for new recipes to make for the family.

Robert Rose publishers have released great new cookbooks for the Spring.  Below are my three favorites:

200 Best Sheet Pan Meals
200 Best Sheet Pan Meals

200 Best Sheet Pan Meals by Camilla Saulsbury ($24.95 USD) —

We’re all looking for ways to make meals more convenient, and while one-pot meals are wonderful, sheet pan meals are the newest option. They allow you to cook several individual components of your meal all at once, and cleanup is an absolute breeze.

If you have a sheet pan and an oven, you’re on your way to creating an abundance of satisfying meals — not to mention desserts. The sweets you can create with a simple sheet pan are utterly sumptuous, from Chewy Coconut Trail Mix Bars to Sour Cream Vanilla Pound Cake.

200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes
200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes

200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes by Alison Lewis ($24.95 USD) — Smoothie bowls are hugely popular for good reason — they’re a perfect way to add fresh fruits, superfoods and protein to your diet. Adding a smoothie bowl to your morning routine guarantees a great start to your day, and they’re not just for breakfast — they can be enjoyed anytime you need a refreshing, filling and healthy meal or a satisfying dessert.

Whether your smoothie bowl is packed with fruit, leafy greens or nuts, or has a base of coffee or tea, you’ll be sure to find a recipe perfectly suited for you in this collection of 200 refreshing choices. Each recipe features suggested topping options for added color, texture and crunch, taking your meal to a whole new level.

Here’s just a small sample of Alison’s sumptuous smoothie bowl recipes:
• Frosty French Toast
• Kiwi Kale Bowl
• Pumpkin Ginger Bowl
• Antioxidant Smoothie Bowl

These thick, creamy and delicious smoothie bowls will undoubtedly become a welcome addition to your daily routine.

Juice Guru Transform Your Life with One Juice a Day
Juice Guru Transform Your Life with One Juice a Day

Juice Guru Transform Your Life with One Juice a Day by Steve & Julie Prussack ($24.95 USD) — Just one well-timed fresh juice a day can and will change your life. A daily juice provides boundless energy, youthful vibrancy, a slimmer figure, sharper focus and improved health, and prompts a desire to make healthier food choices in general. Juicing isn’t difficult — anyone can do it — and the results are almost immediate.

This book demystifies juicing and will help you incorporate this regimen into your daily lifestyle. In addition to the 21-day plan that will get you going on your path to lifelong health and wellness, 100 flavorful fruit and vegetable juices are featured, all bursting with nutrients that will give you the energy to get through your day, whether at home, at work or at play.

What I think:  All three of these books have healthy and delicious recipes for Spring.  I love the sheet pan book.  It’s great for quick meals for the family.  The smoothie bowls are very ingenious — nutritious and so yummy!  Plus I have been wanting to try juicing and now have the perfect book to start with!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Cookbooks For Everyone!

Cookbooks are such a wonderful gift idea for all levels of cooks. I love getting a new cookbook or finding new recipes.  I experiment all of the time.  Ask my family — sometimes it works and sometimes not so much!

I was sent the books below for my honest review.  They include lots of great photos and have easy to follow instructions.  I even made a noodle soup from Simply Vietnamese Cooking (see below). And it was good!


Best of Bridge Home Cooking 250 Easy and Delicious Recipes Fall 2015
Best of Bridge Home Cooking 250 Easy and Delicious Recipes Fall 2015

Best of Bridge Home Cooking: 250 Easy and Delicious Recipes Fall 2015 ($29.95 USD) – The Best of Bridge is back with this collection of recipes that evoke all the goodness of home cooking — that wonderful feeling of family and comfort. If you’re looking for easy weeknight meals or entertaining ideas, look no further.

This is food that makes you feel good and tastes great, too. These soul-satisfying recipes are easy, dependable, reassuringly familiar and, above all, delicious. They will inspire you to get back in the kitchen and create some special memories around your table.

There are loads of tips to help you deal with the midweek madness of meal preparation and, as always, the dishes are made with ingredients that are easily found at your local supermarket.

Within the 250 recipes, there are dishes for every occasion and meal, whether it’s a soothing soup for lunch, one-pot dinners for those harried weeknights or delicious meatless mains.

The Complete Guide to Sushi & Sashimi
The Complete Guide to Sushi & Sashimi

The Complete Guide to Sushi & Sashimi ($29.95 USD) —

Sushi isn’t tricky to make so long as you have the right utensils and some patience to get acquainted with the techniques. All it takes is practice and, in no time at all, you’ll be making sumptuous sushi that will wow your family and friends.

This incredible book will provide you with all the information you need to get started — from ingredients and equipment to fish butchery, making perfect rice, plating techniques and so much more. You’ll learn how vitally important knife selection is and the differences between Japanese and Western equivalents.

With full color throughout, 500 photographs, a user-friendly concealed Wire-O binding and hundreds of tips and techniques, this sushi book is sure to become the go-to guide for sushi and sashimi lovers, whether novice or experienced.

Ingredients certainly take center stage and here Robby Cook shares his extensive experience with fluke (hirame), octopus (tako), red snapper (tai) and many other types of fish and seafood.

Sushi, maki, sashimi, nigiri, oshizushi — it’s all here, from the California and dragon rolls we’re all familiar with to tantalizing clam and sea urchin recipes.

175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics
175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics

175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics ($24.95 US) — Using Judith’s recipes, thousands of home cooks have discovered not only how delicious and convenient food prepared in the slow cooker can be, but also how this handy appliance can be used to create an extraordinary range of dishes you might never have associated with a slow cooker.

This full-color reissue, with a new cover and all‑new trade paper binding, includes 60 new recipes, plus many of Judith’s favorites from three of her previous slow cooker cookbooks. The recipes span a wide range of meals and occasions, from everyday favorites to dishes that fit the bill for elegant entertaining, so you’re sure to find options that will satisfy and delight everyone. Vegetarian and vegan recipes are clearly identified.

Simply Vietnamese Cooking 135 Delicious Recipes
Simply Vietnamese Cooking 135 Delicious Recipes

Simply Vietnamese Cooking 135 Delicious Recipes ($19.95 USD) — Bright, delicate and satisfying, the cuisine of Vietnam is absolutely phenomenal. Sour flavors are balanced by salty ones, while sweet notes are answered by a little heat from chiles.

Nancie’s easy recipes will help you make an array of traditional dishes with widely available ingredients. You’ll find speedy stir-fries, vibrant salads and soothing soups, as well as numerous recipes for cooking meat and seafood on the grill. And all feature that wonderful balance between fresh herbs and spices (except for the sweets and drinks, of course!). You’ll soon be enjoying an array of authentic, classic recipes that really are fast enough to prepare during a busy work week.

With extensive information on ingredients, substitutions and time-saving techniques, along with suggested menus, you’ll be cooking simply sumptuous Vietnamese food in your home kitchen in no time.

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