Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.



Sobremesa: A Memoir of Food and Love by Josephine Caminos Oría

Sobremesa: A Memoir of Food and Love is the memoir of a woman who founded a company that sells dulce de leche based on her grandmother's recipe and has created a business around it. She also provides business consulting to... Continue Reading →

The Flavor Equation by Nik Sharma

The Flavor Equation approaches cooking and recipes from a scientific viewpoint, explaining how flavor is made up of several different qualities that can be combined and balanced. He suggests there are seven elements to consider: emotion, sight, sound, mouthfeel, aroma,... Continue Reading →

Land of 10,000 Plates by Patrice M. Johnson

Land of 10,000 Plates is a cookbook celebrating the unique cuisine of Minnesota and her dramatic changing seasons. It begins with the Annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish Competition, a tradition begun by Al Franken and continued by Sen. Tina Smith.... Continue Reading →

Let’s Fix Lunch! by Kat Nouri, Erin Scott, & Stasher

Let's Fix Lunch! is more than just a cookbook. It's a manifesto for reducing waste. That makes it a welcome addition to my cookbook shelf. I try to reduce waste as well. The cookbook focuses on lunch which means there... Continue Reading →

Big Love Cooking by Joey Campanaro

Big Love Cooking is a welcome collection of good recipes that reflect a love of good food that sets instead of follows trends. Joey Campanaro dedicated this book to his mother and grandmother and for good reason, their recipes and... Continue Reading →

Veggie Desserts & Cakes by Kate Hackworthy

Veggie Desserts & Cakes is exactly what the title promises, a collection of dessert recipes that incorporate some vegetables. What makes it a great cookbook, though, is that it does so while delivering great taste. We have all had carrot cake,... Continue Reading →

The Greens Cook Book by Deborah Madison and Edward Espe Brown

This edition of The Greens Cook Book is out of print. There is a newer edition, but I have not seen it so cannot compare the two. Years ago, maybe around 1999 or 2000, I had the most amazing soup at a... Continue Reading →

The Minimalist Kitchen by Melissa Coleman

There were several reasons I had to read Melissa Coleman's The Minimalist Kitchen. With my small apartment kitchen, minimalism is mandatory. Also, who cannot read someone who calls themselves The Faux Martha, a genius mix of fangirling, self-deprecation, and the perfect... Continue Reading →

Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics by Lauren Toyota

For many people, the idea of vegan and comfort food are seldom in the same sentence, let alone a book title. In fact, many people think of vegan as the opposite of comfort food, so Lauren Toyota's Hot for Food Vegan... Continue Reading →

Eating From the Ground Up by Alana Chernila

Everyone says "Eat more vegetables," but cookbooks that focus on vegetables can be so frustrating. Often they feature complex recipes, running with the assumption everyone knows how to roast a green bean. More often, they feature unusual vegetables and ingredients... Continue Reading →

Pok Pok: The Drinking Food of Thailand by Andy Ricker & J. J. Goode

The description of The Drinking Food of Thailand appealed to me. I like snacks and one dish meals, especially if they're more interesting than carrot and celery sticks. These recipes certainly are. These are labor-of-love recipes that ask for the best ingredients,... Continue Reading →

Hello! My Name is Tasty by John Gorham and Liz Crain

Hello! My Name Is Tasty is a cookbook I had to check out since it is from John Gorham whose coppa steak at Toro Bravo is the most amazingly delicious piece of meat in existence. This cookbook is equally amazing and that... Continue Reading →

The Grand Central Market Cookbook by Adele Yellin and Kevin West

My only exposure to Grand Central Market has been on Food Network, such as when The Next Food Network Star competitors shot video interviews with chefs at the Market. It looked a fascinating place, so I was eager to read... Continue Reading →

Cherry Bombe by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu

Cherry Bombe is a beautiful cookbook chockfull of stunning photos and delicious recipes. They range from simple recipes with as few as four ingredients to complex multi-step masterpieces, but each and every recipe is given star treatment with gorgeous photos displaying... Continue Reading →

Sweet Potatoes by Mary-Frances Heck

There is a relatively new trend in single-subject cookbooks and I like it. I have thought of making my own – 365 days of cole slaw – just because I love cabbage so much. I love the brassicas. I also... Continue Reading →

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