Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.



Peppers of the Americas by Maricel E. Presilla

I recently mistook a habanero for one of those mini-bell peppers and popped it in my mouth. It brought me to my knees. Obviously, I need to know more about peppers for my own safety. So, I was thrilled to... Continue Reading →

Mighty Salads by Editors of Food52

With something like nine cookbooks under their belts, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, the co-founders of Food52, are practiced at producing exactly what cooks need. Mighty Salads is their take on making salads that are not just an appetizer, but are an... Continue Reading →

Simply Divine by Lisa Vanderpump

Lisa Vanderpump demonstrates exquisite taste in her home and restaurants. With her husband Ken Todd, they have worked their way well into the 1% as restauranteurs. That takes tremendous hard work and talent. To share some of what she has... Continue Reading →

Scandinavian Recipes by Julia Peterson Tufford

Scandinavian Recipes is the cookbook of my childhood. My mom had a copy, I have a copy, my nephew recently sent me my late sister's copy which I read through to see her additions. My sister wrote her krumkake recipe inside... Continue Reading →

The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, 2nd ed. by Rebecca Katz & Mat Edelson

The "C" word that really hurts doesn't have four letters, it has six. It seems like it is everywhere sometimes, and not just because people are living long enough to get cancer. Far too many are struggling with this disease. The... Continue Reading →

The Minnesota Farmer’s Market Cookbook by Tricia Cornell

The Minnesota Farmer's Market Cookbook is a not just for Minnesotans. After all, we all like delicious fresh and healthy foods. It does Minnesotans the service of providing information on the state's many farmer's markets, but the real bonus is all the... Continue Reading →

Fika by Anna Brones & Johanna Kindvall

Fika: the Art of the Swedish Coffee Break with Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and Other Treats is an irresistible cookbook for this Swedish-American with a life-long love of coffee. Even many of us attenuated Scandinavians born in America maintain that love of coffee... Continue Reading →

Amaro by Brad Thomas Parsons

It seems to me that as cooking shows educate the American palate more and more, bitter is finally coming into its own. Amaro is an informative and interesting introduction to amaro, the bitter liqueurs made by steeping marcerated bitter herbs, barks, flowers,... Continue Reading →

French Country Cooking by Mimi Thorisson

Mimi Thorisson and her husband were house-hunting without much success until their realtor took them to a house that was nothing like what they thought they wanted. So of course, because this is how life goes, it was perfect. Perfectly... Continue Reading →

Soframiz by Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick

According to Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick, sofra refers to "everything you prepare for the table: food, place settings, glassware, décor, linens.”  In Iran, it refers to the cloth spread on the floor that the food is placed on when people eat. To... Continue Reading →

¡Cuba! Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen by Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn, and Jody Eddy

Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn and Jody Eddy made three trips to Cuba to do the research, cooking and photos for their cookbook ¡Cuba! Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen. They planned to focus on the paladores, underground kitchens using bootleg... Continue Reading →

Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook by Ziggy Marley

Who doesn't love Ziggy Marley? When I saw that Ziggy Marley had a cookbook coming out, I was so excited to get an insight to a different side of this musician whose music has given me a lot of pleasure... Continue Reading →

All Under Heaven by Carolyn Phillips

All Under Heaven is a comprehensive guide to the cuisines of China, all 35 of them. Did you even know there were 35 Chinese cuisines? Cynthia Phillips does and she wrote the book. The cuisines are organized geographically, starting with... Continue Reading →

Modern Potluck by Kristin Donnelly

I love cooking and have a special place in my heart for cooks who aren't afraid to try new things, so I fell in love with Modern Potluck: Beautiful Food to Share by Kristin Donnelly. I have a cooking blog and love... Continue Reading →

The Naked Cookbook by Tess Ware

Okay, so I rolled my eyes when I saw the large, bold text on the inside cover that read, "This transformative approach to clean eating features fresh, stripped-back recipes that will give you more energy, help you lose weight, and purify... Continue Reading →

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