The Vermont Country Store Cookbook captures both the essence of the iconic store and the soul of the Vermont way of life: a self-reliant, rich life in the slow lane. Through recipes, yarns, archival photos, and sumptuous visuals, it tells the story of five generations of Orton storekeepers, while featuring fresh-from-the-farm cooking that imbues the cuisine of the present with the best of the past. Approximately 120 updated and original family recipes evoke memories, conveying all the hominess of the catalogue, but also appeal to the modern tastes of contemporary cooks. The book also features sidebars of Vermont history and more than 200 photographs, both black-and-white archival and four-color photographs, the latter taken especially for the book.
The Vermont Country Store Cookbook: Recipes, History, and Lore from the Classic American General Store
By Andrea Chesman
Your backyard homestead is a success! The vegetables and fruit are abundant and the fresh eggs are delicious, but they’re more than your family can eat. Your pig is fattening up quickly; will you know how to fill out the cut sheet when it’s time to call the butcher? A backyard bounty can be overwhelming. Andrea Chesman’s indispensable guide to gathering, processing, preserving, and eating the fruits of your backyard homestead ensures that nothing goes to waste. Her experience and clear instructions equip you with the skills to make the most of everything you harvest!
Growing vegetables and raising livestock is only the beginning of a successful homestead – that fresh food goes to waste unless you can properly prepare, cook, and preserve it. Andrea Chesman shows you how to bridge the gap between field and table, covering everything from curing meats and making sausage to canning fruits and vegetables, milling flour, working with sourdough, baking no-knead breads, making braises and stews that can be adapted to different cuts of meat, rendering lard and tallow, pickling, making butter and cheese, making yogurt, blanching vegetables for the freezer, making jams and jellies, drying produce, and much more. You’ll learn all the techniques you need to get the most from homegrown foods, along with dozens of simple and delicious recipes, most of which can be adapted to use whatever you have available.
One-Hour Cheese: Ricotta, Mozzarella, Chevre, Paneer–Even Burrata. Fresh and Simple Cheeses You Can Make in an Hour or Less! by Claudia Lucero
One-Hour Cheese is a beginner’s guide to making cheese at home. It includes everything you need to know to make 16 original cheeses in less than 60 minutes, plus recipes for serving suggestions, accompaniments for building your own cheese plate, and three bonus DIY diary essentials (yogurt, butter, and ghee).
By Dina Cheney
With an estimated 9 million Americans embracing a 100% vegetarian diet, as well as a whopping 100 million who eat at least one vegetarian meal per week, Meatless All Day is most definitely a cookbook for the masses! It starts with 45 power ingredients that make vegetarian food satisfying and delicious. Following are 80 recipes with headnotes that explain how these super ingredients lend dishes a meaty or fishy flavor, demarcate vegan recipes, offer tips for making many of the non-vegan recipes vegan, and provide ideas for rounding out entrees with side dishes and desserts. Whether you re eating at your favorite restaurant chain or following the lifestyles of celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Carrie Underwood, and Russell Brand, vegetarianism is a hot trend. Veggie-packed choices are everywhere so why not in your own kitchen with Meatless All Day.
The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest: 150 Recipes for Freezing, Canning, Drying, and Pickling Fruits and Vegetables by Carol W. Costenbader
Learn how to preserve the season’s bounty in this classic primer on drying, freezing, canning, and pickling techniques. You’ll learn everything you need to know to stock your pantry with fruits, vegetables, herbs, meats, vinegars, pickles, chutneys, and seasonings. Carol Costenbader presents more than 150 simple, step-by-step recipes for delicious creations such as Green Chile Salsa, Tomato Leather, Spiced Pear Butter, Peach Pie Filling, Eggplant Caviar, Blueberry Marmalade, Yellow Tomato Jam, Cranberry-Lime Curd, Preserved Lemons, Chicken Liver Pate, and much more.
By Scott Conant
Scott Conant’s five Scarpetta restaurants all garner rave reviews, but many know Conant best from his regular appearances on Food Network shows like “Chopped” (as a frequent judge) and on Bravo’s “Top Chef.” He and his restaurants have been cited on such lists as Esquire‘s “Best New Restaurants in America.” The subject of this cookbook, Scarpetta, received a three-star review from the New York Times and there are locations in Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Toronto, all opened in just the past few years. This gorgeous book includes 125 of the restaurant’s signature dishes – Creamy Polenta with Fricassee of Truffled Mushrooms, Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil, Fennel-Dusted Black Cod – written with the goal of teaching readers to master techniques so they learn to really cook, rather than merely follow recipe steps without any thought of the hows and whys behind the method. The recipes and photography reflect the Milan-meets-Tuscany style of Scarpetta, interspersed with sidebars about everything from ingredient shopping to tips on entertaining at home.
By Melissa Barlow
You’ll go noodle crazy with the playful and colorful pasta recipes in Noodlemania! It’s filled with hot and cold main dishes, salads, and even desserts! Try Super Stuffed Monster Mouths made with jumbo pasta shells, Rapunzel Pastamade with extra-long spaghetti, Spider Cookies made with crunchy ramen noodles, or Gloppy Green Frog Eye Salad made with acini di pepe. Noodlemania! also teaches basic math skills and includes fun trivia. Which pasta name means “little ears”? What’s the world record for the largest meatball ever made? Kids will have fun in the kitchen while sharpening their cooking skills with Noodlemania!
By Mary McCartney, daughter of Paul McCartney
With Food, photographer Mary McCartney brings us easy, family-friendly meat-free dishes that will appeal to everyone – including carnivores. And they’re all presented in gorgeous pictures taken by Mary herself, along with personal stories and photos old and new.
Inspired by her mother’s recipes, McCartney has whipped up creative, comforting, uncomplicated, and delicious meals that will encourage home cooks to think vegetarian. They range from savory Asparagus Summer Tart and a no-meat Shepherd’s Pie to family favorites, including Lemon Drizzle Cake and Arty’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. This is good, wholesome fare, cooked well and with ease, meant for family and friends to share. And Mary’s unique bold and beautifully illuminated images are as irresistible as her food.
By Barton Seaver
This second cookbook from Barton Seaver – following For Cod and Country – sends the rising authority on sustainable foods to the sweet, smoky grill, where he showcases his love of fresh, organic produce, fish, beef, and poultry. Emphasizing seasonal vegetables and accompaniments as much as the protein, Seaver serves up recipes designed to celebrate the spirit of togetherness – including Wood-Grilled Snap Peas with Smoky Aioli, Grilled Pacific Halibut with Pistachio Butter, Peruvian Chicken, Chimichurri Marinated Short Ribs, and Pickled Smoked Peaches. In addition to mouthwatering dishes, Seaver gives the nitty-gritty on fueling your fire; preparation and cooking; recipes for sauces, spice mixes, and marinades; and ways to eat smartly and healthily.
By Matt Wilkinson
This lush, creative cookbook celebrates the flavor and versatility of vegetables by bringing them to the center of the table in more than 80 delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes.
Too many of us let vegetables play second fiddle in meals that center on protein or carbs. For chef Matt Wilkinson, vegetables come first. He builds his dishes around vegetables that are in season, when they taste the best, are most affordable, and most readily available.
The recipes in Mr. Wilkinson’s Vegetables range from simple salads such as Brussels Sprout Leaves, Mozzarella, and Anchovies, or Roasted Cucumber, Quinoa, Freekah, and Herbs, to hearty dishes such as Soft Parmesan Polenta with Crab and Mussels, or Braised Eggplant, Tomato, and Meatballs. They also include satisfying snacks like Irene’s Tzatziki, or Smoked Tomato and Goat’s Curd Gougeres, as well as desserts, such as Carrot Cake with Grated Carrot, Preserved Lemon, Raisin, and Ginger Pickle, or Creamed Rice Pudding. While many of the 80 plus dishes will appeal to vegetarians, there are plenty that incorporate meat. In all of them, Mr. Wilkinson’s vegetables are the stars.
With beautiful photography and vintage illustrations, the book is both timely and timeless.