The Homemade Kitchen by Alana Chernila

Alana Chernila has released her second book a follow up to The Homemade Pantry. Owning her first book I was looking forward to this book. Her recipes are easy to follow and well written. I thoroughly enjoy her writing style. I honestly don’t know where to start first with this book. There are so many dishes that look fantastic. With that said I may have to try my hand at the tart on the front cover. The book came as a paperback but is heavy enough that you don’t notice. It comes in at over 300 pages.

The book is broken down into the following sections:

Start where you are

Be a beginner

Feed yourself

Put your hands in the earth

Be active

Use your scraps

Do your best, and then let go

Be helpful

Do the work

Slow down

Eat outside

Invite people over

Don’t be afraid of food

There really are alot of recipes that look great in the book. I really love that a wide range of options are available. One of the other things that I really like about the book are the short stories throughout the book.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review from the Blogging for books program.


Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees by Kian Lam Kho

From its kitchen ingredients and pantry sections to the history lesson. Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees feels like a textbook from a Chinese cooking class. This is the type of book that I really enjoy. Nice heavy feel, gorgeous photography and thorough instructions. Granted there are some recipes that I would never make, there are quite a few that I would. The only thing missing for me are some of the dishes that are found at our local Chinese restaurants. Possibly they are not authentic and that is why they weren’t included.

This book is broken down into seventeen sections and this time I won’t list all of them out but will cover some of the cooking methods used.









There is alot to learn from this book and I look forward to trying out some of the recipes. A few of the dishes I want to try are the beggars chicken, shrimp fried rice, red-cooked lions head, and general tsos chicken.

I really feel like this is a book that all cooks who have any interest in Chinese cooking should own. I would hesitate to recommend it to anyone, it really is a gorgeous book.

I received this book from the Blogging for books program in exchange for an honest review.

Happy Cooking by Giada De Laurentiis

Giadas newest book is Happy Cooking. I’m usually expecting all Italian when I come across one of her books. Her newest has more variety including some tips and healthy eating included. The book is nice and heavy with great photography through out. I was kind of surprised with the amount of recipes that I would like to prepare. I really think this book would be useful for more home cooks looking to add some variety to their diets. The book is divided into the following sections

First Things First # breakfast

Snacks and Small Plates

Salads and Seasons

Soups and Stews

Pastas and Risottos

Eating Clean

Weeknight Warriors

Vegetables and Sides

Weekends and Holidays

Treats and Sweets

Some of the recipes that I look forward to trying include Turkey breast Porchetta, bourbon brussel sprout skewers, caprese frittata, savory breakfast crepes, Asian radish slaw.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to cook. I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review from the blogging for books program.