Food from Afar

If there’s one thing that can tell you a lot about a culture, it’s food. Not just food, though, but the entirety of traditions surrounding food: the order of service, the cutlery (or lack thereof) , the conversation, the stories behind the creation of dishes…

So what do you get when you explore not only the foods from various ancient cultures but also the people who daily make these dishes? That’s right: you get Far Afield by Shane Mitchell. I am excited about this book for mainly two reasons: 1) it is a beautiful protrait of life in various cultures around the world and 2) it is a sampling of delicious foods from around the world.

I recommend this book for libraries, families, and individual consumption.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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Of Kuchen in the Kitchen

I remember the first time I sunk my teeth into a kuchen: deliciousness incarnate–fall incarnate, to be more specific. Since that day, I have known that German baking is absolutely scrumptious. A recent discovery of the German restaurant Wagas has only served to support that realization.
And this is why I am so pleased to find a cookbook like Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss. Kuchen definitely marks its place in this book–along with many other delicious recipes. Just the pictures alone make me want to run to the kitchen and try these recipes out.
I recommend this cookbook to both the experienced and inexperienced baker who appreciates good-tasting dishes.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

The Most Important Meal of the Day

I’ve always heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But until I started dating a Brazilian, I didn’t realize quite how big an American breakfast is. Satisfying might be a better word for it.
The book Big Bad Breakfasts is packed full of American breakfast recipes to fill your table–and satisfy your morning. I recommend it for a well-balanced day.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.