by Steven Doyle
Our gift giving continues today with a small stack of cookbooks. We are offered plenty to review and selected a few that are top sellers for 2012. Check out the selection, then be sure to scribe a comment below to win today’s gift.
The winner will be selected at random Thursday morning, December 20, 2012. These would make an excellent gift for your favorite home chef on your gift list. We will personally deliver these books to your home or office with a smile and a basket of warm muffins for you to enjoy.
The Science of Good Cooking: The team at Cooks Illustrated spent the past 20 years investigating every facet and every detail associated with home cooking through tens of thousands of kitchen tests. In The Science of Good Cooking, they distill the past two decades of this test kitchen work into 50 basic cooking concepts, ones that every home cook should know.
These concepts sound suspiciously simple: Gentle Heat Retains Moisture. Salty Marinades Work Best. Starch Helps Cheese Melt Nicely. Sugar Changes Sweetness and Texture. It turns out that these ideas are not only easy to understand but also easy to master. And don t worry there is no molecular gastronomy, liquid nitrogen, or fancy equipment involved. As always, our mission is squarely focused on great home cooking.
In addition to explaining how food science works (and why you should care), The Science of Good Cooking shows you the science. This book brings you into the test kitchen with 50 unique (and fun) experiments engineered to illustrate (and illuminate) the science at work.
The Chew: Food. Fun. Life: Every day millions of people tune in and pull up a home-side seat at The Chew’s kitchen counter to celebrate life through food. The show’s five beloved hosts dish on everything to do with cooking and entertaining. This lively companion book not only captures The Chew’s trademark wit, fun, practical advice, and recipes–but highlights the easy ideas that have brought so much to America’s family table.
The Chew’s Iron Chefs, Mario Batali and Michael Symon, show you how to be the master of your own grill; Style Master Clinton Kelly shows you the perfect–and affordable–Thanksgiving table (and what never to bring to a party!). Of course, there are mouth-watering creations from dessert diva Carla Hall, as well as Daphne Oz’s delicious life-enhancing shakes. Drool over Mario Batali’s Chestnut Crepes, Carla Hall’s Chocoholic Whoopie Pies, Daphne Oz’s Superfoods Smoothie, Michael Symon’s Deep-Dish Pizza Casserole, and Clinton Kelly’s Spicy Grapefruit Margarita, aka “The Clinton Caliente.”
Forks Over Knives: What if one simple change could save you from heart disease, diabetes, and cancer? For decades, that question has fascinated a small circle of impassioned doctors and researchers—and now, their life-changing research is making headlines in the hit documentary Forks Over Knives.
Their answer? Eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet—it could save your life. It may overturn most of the diet advice you’ve heard—but the experts behind Forks Over Knives aren’t afraid to make waves. In his book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn explained that eating meat, dairy, and oils injures the lining of our blood vessels, causing heart disease, heart attack, or stroke.
In The China Study, Dr. Colin Campbell revealed how cancer and other diseases skyrocket when eating meat and dairy is the norm—and plummet when a traditional plant-based diet persists. And more and more experts are adding their voices to the cause: There is nothing else you can do for your health that can match the benefits of a plant-based diet.
Now, as Forks Over Knives is introducing more people than ever before to the plant-based way to health, this accessible guide provides the information you need to adopt and maintain a plant-based diet.