Slow Fires by Justin Smillie

Justin Smillie has created a cookbook that should be considered a masterclass on braising, roasting and grilling. Almost more of a textbook on the subject than a cookbook.

Slow Fires is a heavy tome with absolutely stunning photography, nice thick pages and page after page of instructions. The recipes in this book are definitely more detailed than most cookbooks. I really love all of the instruction given with each recipe. Most taking up at least two pages.  There are over seventy recipes included with the book.

The book is broken into four sections




Foundations and Finishes

Most of the recipes are fairly involved and will take preplanning. Personally I will have to cook many of these on the weekend. I look forward to trying alot of the basics in the foundations chapter and most likely components from alot of the dishes.

 I really look forward to diving into this book and would recommend it to most people who love to cook. I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review from the Blogging for books program.


Tacos, Recipes and Provocations

Tacos recipes and provocations is a new cookbook by famed chef Alex Stupak. Tacos is definitely not a beginners cookbook, although there are some things a less experienced cook could handle. Many of the recipes have multiple steps and require pre planning. From making fresh tortillas to achiote paste and chorizo, this book should raise anyone cooking skills.

The book is gorgeous and the photography fantastic. It falls into the type of books that I really enjoy to read and cook out from. There are plenty of step by step and very detailed instructions. I also enjoy the stories about how other products are made and why. It is great that the book covers everyone from meat eaters to vegetarians. They have definitely included some interesting options. The book is mainly broken down into three sections but also includes a section on the Mexican pantry. The sections are as follows:




This is a great home course for more authentic Mexican food. I can’t imagine anyone not being able to learn something from this book. There are alot of of recipes that I can’t wait to make including of course the fresh tortillas. Others are mole poblano, tacos al pastor, chicken tacos with chilmole, and many of the Salsas.

I would recommend this book to more advanced cooks but would not steer a beginner away. I was provided this book in exchange for an honest review from the blogging for books program.

Michael Symon’s 5in5 for every seaon

Chef Symon’s latest book is a follow up to his previously titled 5in5. This book takes us through the seasons and also offers a holiday section. You are offered a lot of great recipes with minimal ingredients. I really love how most of the recipes are simple enough for most home cooks. I like the photography through out the book I just wish there was more. With the wide variety of recipes and ingredients offered. I can’t imagine you wouldn’t be able to find a dish to prepare.

The book is broken down into the four seasons and offers appropriate recipes for the ingredients that should be available. Even the pickest of palates  should be happy. Some of the dishes that I look forward to making are:

Kielbasa with apples and onions

Pork with broccoli and cashews

Cauliflower and goat cheese gratin

Butternut squash couscous

Radicchio and endive salad

Parmesan zucchini fries

I wouldn’t hesitate to give this book to anyone interested in cooking. It is appropriate for all levels of cooks. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the blogging for books program.