Whenever we’re feeling fatigued with our dinner options, we look to the pile of cookbooks collecting dust on the shelves and it tends to re-invigorate and inspire us to get creative in the kitchen again. From seeing an ingredient used in a new and exciting way, to travelling the world and it’s vast array of flavours and textures from the comfort of your kitchen table, picking up a new cookbook offers a glimpse into religions and traditions, places and flavours of people you might never get to meet personally, but you can certainly get to know a bit better through a plate of food.
At the Red Apron, we offer an array of carefully curated cookbooks that you can either read in store while you snack or sip a coffee, or to purchase and bring home so you can shake the cobwebs off your tried-and-tested and give something totally new a whirl. Here we’re featuring a few of our freshest books on the shelf – they should be in the shop this week for you to read in-store or take your own home to get cooking. If you’re looking for more, check this link for some previous books in our collections.
Uncomplicated by Claire Tansey
Claire Tansey is an accomplished chef, but she’s also a busy working mom. She knows how to make classic dishes by the traditional method, but after years of working, Claire has figured out a better way of cooking that doesn’t take more time than it needs to. In Uncomplicated–featuring over 125 easy-to-make recipes–you’ll find out how to make an unforgettable soup just by simmering lentils with a few spices; how to roast a chicken so it’s golden and juicy every time; how to make delicious veggie side dishes in five minutes flat; how to make a gorgeous chocolate layer cake with just a bowl and spoon; and how to entertain at home without breaking a sweat. These and many more genius recipes, shortcuts, tips, and tricks will get you excited about cooking and take the stress out of homemade. And, every recipe is tested using a rigorous process so you know it will work just as it should.
Earth to Table Every Day by Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann
Earth to Table Every Day is all about seeking out good ingredients for a delicious, seasonal approach to cooking. For chefs Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann, nothing is more satisfying than creating comforting meals that change with the seasons. Here is a collection of 140 simple, everyday recipes, full of familiar ingredients and vibrant flavours–peppered throughout with inspiring stories and gorgeous photography–including Curried Lentil Soup with Coconut Yogurt, Arugula and Fennel Salad, Mushroom Tarts with Taleggio Cheese, Creamy Hummus with Fried Chickpeas, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Piri Piri Baby Back Ribs, Apple Bacon Pizza, Rhubarb Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Brownies, and Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake.
The Preservatory by Lee Murphy
Lee Murphy, a passionate and knowledgeable jam master and owner of Vista D’oro Farms & Winery, presents a vibrant look at the pleasures of creating and using beautiful, seasonal preserves. In The Preservatory, Lee demonstrates how to create your own unique preserves and how to use them in delicious recipes (preserves are not just for toast!). The creative options are truly endless, and this book will make jam masters out of everyone. Organized by season, the book features 55 recipes for preserves, such as Strawberry with Rose Petals, and Banana Passion Fruit & Rum; and 45 recipes using preserves, among them Gorgonzola Gougere with Pear; Indian Spiced Meatballs with Green Tomato & Garam Masala; and Pan Seared Scallops with Green Walnut & Grappa.
Filled with luscious, vibrant photography, The Preservatory is both an inspiring combination of traditional techniques and creative ideas and a celebration of locally grown food, seasonal cooking, and enjoying life with family and friends.
On Boards by Lisa Dawn Bolton
Sharing food on boards is the perfect way to entertain family and friends. With minimum effort and maximum impact you can casually host in style and focus on spending time together, rather than being stuck in the kitchen. In On Boards, food stylist Lisa Bolton has put together 50 ideas for instantly approachable boards, all with effortless entertaining in mind, as well as 52 recipes for delectable savory and sweet additions like Beet Hummus, Bourbon Bacon Jam, Mashed Potato Dip and Chocolate Salami. All of the boards can be pulled together in very little time, and all include presentation and styling tips to make them (and you!) shine. Lisa also shows you how to style any assortment of food into a beautiful board so you can transform whatever is in your fridge and pantry!
With chapters on Everyday Boards, Holiday & Special Occasion Boards, Seasonal Boards and Around the World Boards, you will find inspiration for every gathering. Whether you are looking for a breakfast or brunch board; a board for a picnic, potluck or playdate; for Thanksgiving, Superbowl Sunday or New Year’s Eve; for a huge celebration or a cozy date night for two, it is included in this collection of gorgeously curated boards.