by Mallory Viscardi in Books, January 9th, 2015
by Mallory Viscardi in Books, January 6th, 2015
“Irish food is many things nowadays,” Darina Allen said when we spoke with her about her new cookbook, 30 Years at Ballymaloe. “There are, of course, the traditional dishes that many people associated with Irish food, like bacon and cabbage, Irish stew, soda bread — all, of course, delicious when well-made. However, this image of Irish food doesn’t in any way reflect the vibrant Irish food scene at present.” Allen has been a presence at the Ballymaloe Cookery School since it was established in 1983. 30 Years at Ballymaloe tells the history of the school through the Irish dishes students learn to prepare there. The recipes might surprise you, though. They range from obvious Irish favorites like Mother’s Sweet White Scones (recipe after the link for you to try at home) to local-ingredient-driven dishes, including recipes for everything from curry, poultry, seafood and even Irish charcuterie. The recipes are simple but enticing; the food photography is gorgeous and engrossing.
You might be surprised (and delighted, of course) to find in the pages of 30 Years at Ballymaloe a deep emphasis on locally sourced Irish produce and ingredients. “We have wonderful produce and raw materials in Ireland,” Allen told us. “We can grow grass like nowhere else in the world. So many of our best foods come from our grass, beef, lamb, dairy products, farmhouse cheese.” And 30 years later, it’s that ingredient-centric focus that still makes the Ballymaloe Cookery School so appealing to students. “Students now come from all over the world to the Ballymaloe Cookery School because the cookery school is in the center of a 100-acre organic farm and gardens.” As you flip through the pages of the book, the images pull you in: big stone barns, rolling hills dotted with sun-soaked cattle, gardens so lush you can hardly believe they’re real. It’s easy to let your imagination wander through Allen’s anecdotes about the Irish countryside and her relationships with fellow growers and vendors, but at the end of the day you always end up back at the table, stomach rumbling for some delicious food. And the recipes in the book certainly do not fall short in that arena. You’ll want to cook dishes like the Wild Garlic Custards, the Hot Buttered Oysters and the Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup with Cilantro and Cashew Pesto again and again.
by Maria Russo in Contests, Food Network Chef, December 29th, 2014
Now that the holiday season is over and life is falling into its new 2015 routine, it’s time to get back to your weeknight cooking routine. Nothing hits the spot in the dead of winter quite like a piping-hot soup, and nothing makes keeping your freezer stocked with delicious soup dishes easier than The Soup Club Cookbook. It was written by Courtney Allison, Tina Carr, Caroline Laskow and Julie Peacock, four friends who wanted to find a way to eat more soup and cook less. The book features big-batch recipes of all your favorite soups, from Winter Minestrone (recipe after the link for you to try at home) and Chicken Noodle to Faux Ramen and Potato Leek Soup. They have hearty soups (The Dudes’ Chili is a winner) and cold soups for summer (including Green Gazpacho and Tomato Gazpacho, both of which are exactly what summer should taste like). The book goes beyond just soup, though. You’ll also find salads, dressings, sides, snacks and bigger dishes, all designed to complement and round out soup meals.
The Soup Club Cookbook is designed to help you and a couple of friends start a soup club. The idea is simple: Four friends each commit to making a large batch of soup one week out of the month. The recipes in the book are all designed to feed four families, but they are easily divided in half, making the book a treasure trove of soup recipes either way. The idea with the soup club is that you get a month’s worth of soup for one week’s worth of cooking effort (plus you’ll keep up with your food-loving friends!).
Each recipe includes seasonal and flavor variations, delivery tips, and garnish and serving suggestions. The book is full of hilarious anecdotes, the four authors’ friendships with one another shining through their personal stories and lists of tips and suggestions. The book is a wealth of information, and it has all of the instructions you need to found your own soup club, from process information to supplies you’ll want on hand. Some of the best tips in the book include:
by FN Dish Editor in Contests, May 6th, 2013
With the new year just days away, the focus has already started to shift from hearty, indulgent holiday buffets to lighter meals ideal for 2015 resolutions. This year, when the clock strikes midnight on January 1, skip the fad diets and embrace wholesome, naturally leaner cooking. All you need are a few go-to strategies and recipes you can count on, and for those, look no further than Melissa d’Arabian‘s all-new cookbook, Supermarket Healthy: Recipes and Know-How for Eating Well Without Spending a Lot.
In her brand-new publication, the host of Ten Dollar Dinners and the Picky Eaters Project shares how simple it can be to not only feed your family better-for-you dishes, but do that on a budget as well. She’s introducing 130 recipes for savory and sweet picks alike, including Deconstructed Lasagna and Cinnamon Popovers with Cream Cheese Glaze. Perhaps best of all, you don’t need to seek out specialty shops to find recipe ingredients; your everyday market is A-OK. Just stick to Melissa’s good-to-know tricks for navigating the grocery store and check out her recipe Blueprints — customizable templates for creating such favorites as meatballs and trail mix — and you can indeed start the new year on a healthier note.
by Sara Levine in Books, Contests, December 13th, 2012
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is now in its seventeenth season — 17 seasons of Guy Fieri finding funky, scratch-made and one-of-a-kind eats across the country. Now this Food Network star returns with an all-new book, the third in the Triple D series, The Funky Finds in Flavortown: America’s Classic Joints and Killer Comfort Food. This time around he’s bringing on the big personalities, the recipes and the homegrown restaurants that capture the freewheeling American spirit at its finest.
Also along for the ride are members of Guy’s rambunctious Krew, sharing their most memorable shoots, meals, behind-the-scenes stories and killer pranks from the road. Fans will also love this new feature: a full-color foldout map that shows the location of every diner in the book.
Go along for the ride. You can pre-order a copy of his new book here, or enter in the comment field below for a chance to win one. To enter: Tell us which one of Guy’s recipes is your favorite and why in the comments (you must include the URL — find Guy’s list of recipes here). We’re giving five lucky, randomly selected commenters each an autographed copy of the book.
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by Sarah De Heer in Contests, September 28th, 2011
Whether Tyler Florence is cooking in his restaurants in San Francisco and Mill Valley, Calif., on TV or at home for his three kids, fresh ingredients are always on his mind. “It’s what California cuisine is all about,” says the 16-year Food Network veteran. “I always think about myself as a middleman, a translator of flavors who respects the produce.” Tyler’s newest cookbook, Tyler Florence Fresh, fully embraces this ingredient-driven mantra.
Tyler recently chatted with FN Dish about the book, sharing why it’s different from his previous seven cookbooks, his advice for home cooks, and the backstory behind the adorable chick perched atop his shoulder on the cover.
We’re giving away copies of Tyler Florence Fresh to three lucky Dish readers. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Tell us: What’s your favorite winter produce and why?
Want a sneak peek? Check out three recipes from the book and read on for our Q&A with Tyler.
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by Sarah De Heer in Contests, September 21st, 2011
Anne Burrell has shared her tips and style of cooking on Food Network’s Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and Worst Cooks in America. Now she’s sharing her techniques in her new cookbook, Cook Like a Rock Star, which gives readers the confidence and ability to get great meals on the table without breaking a sweat.
In her debut cookbook, Anne presents 125 rustic yet elegant recipes, all based on accessible ingredients, along with encouraging notes and handy professional tricks, as seen in Anne’s show. Delicious first courses include Pumpkin Soup With Allspice Whipped Cream and Garlic Steamed Mussels. If you’re craving pasta, Anne’s Sweet and Spicy Sausage Ragù or Killer Mac and Cheese With Bacon will blow you away.
You can pre-order a copy right now, but we’d like to give you a chance to win one for free. All you have to do is comment on this post by telling us which one of Anne’s recipes is your favorite and why. We’re giving away five copies of her cookbook to randomly selected and very lucky commenters.
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by Michelle Buffardi in Books, Contests, June 8th, 2011
Marcela Valladolid has introduced people to a whole new way of thinking about Mexican cuisine with healthy and easy-to-prepare meals. Now she’s sharing her recipes in her brand new cookbook, Mexican Made Easy, and FN Dish is giving away five copies.
Marcela is changing the way Americans cook Mexican at home with easy recipes that are short on time, but long on authentic flavor. With 100 recipes and 80 scrumptious photographs to flip through, Mexican Made Easy the cookbook brings all the energy and fresh flavors of Marcela’s show into homes across the country.
You can pre-order a copy right now, but we’d like to give you a chance to win one for free. All you have to do is comment on this post by telling us which one of Marcela’s recipes is your favorite and why. We’re giving away five copies of her cookbook to randomly selected and very lucky commenters.
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by Michelle Buffardi in Books, News, March 25th, 2011
Guy Fieri and his dad prefer to spend Father’s Day grilling out in Guy’s Santa Rosa, CA backyard over a restaurant dinner to celebrate their special day. For the Fieri’s, cooking is a multi-generational family affair — Guy’s kids get involved, cooking alongside their dad and grandfather. They plan the menu well in advance, choosing recipes that everyone loves and that everyone can help cook, too. For inspiration, they look no further than Guy’s new cookbook, Guy Fieri Food — now a New York Times bestseller — for recipes spanning Guy’s whole career.
To celebrate dads everywhere (and Guy’s book making the bestsellers’ list) we’re giving away 3 copies of Guy Fieri Food! All you have to do is let us know, here in the comments, how you’re celebrating Father’s Day this year. Do you and dad cook together, or does he prefer a restaurant meal? Do you whip up a special dessert just for him, or grill him a juicy steak? We’re giving away one copy of the cookbook to three randomly-selected, and very lucky commenter’s.
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It’s true! Food Network Magazine’s new cookbook, Great Easy Meals, is officially a New York Times Best Seller. The new cookbook is packed with 250 simple meals that are perfect for weeknight cooking, including 50 new ten-minute dessert recipes. The book also has dozens of cooking tips from the Food Network Kitchens, menu-planning ideas and looks inside the kitchens of your favorite FN stars. Food Network Magazine featured a few of the super-easy, super-fast desserts in its April issue. Here are a couple of favorites: