Malibu Farm Cookbook

I really had more hopes for this book. With the price and size of the book I was hoping to possibly be inspired and find some new recipes to try out. When I initially flipped through the book I was unimpressed. Sure it as gorgeous photography and its a nice heavy book. I was expecting more for the recipes and I’m kind of bored with what has been presented.

I will most likely use this as a coffee table book or may give it away to a friend. Overall I really think this looks more like a collection of blog posts.

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


The Elements of Pizza

The Elements of Pizza is Ken Forkish second book following Flour Water Salt Yeast. He certainly did not disappointed this time around. Just like his first book he gives you fantastic instruction and step by step directions. I can say I got what I was expecting.

It is broken down into seven chapters and theven recipe chapters are divided into more sections. The nice thing about the recipes are there seems to be something for everyone. From a same day dough to those with a 48 to 72 hour fermentation. Four different sauces and over 30 different pizzas.

I really enjoy how detailed the recipes and the step by step pictures and instructions given in the book. If I can’t make good dough after using this book I will be shocked.

Anyone wanting to make good pizza at home I think this will be a great book to guide them along. Thank you to the blogging for books program for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.

Home Cooked by Anya Fernald

Home Cooked is a pretty impressive cookbook. It is filled with really fantastic photography and nicely written recipes. There is a really great variety of foods covered in the book. Flipping through it is hard to decide what to make first. This is a nice heavy book printed on heavy paper. The food pictured definitely will make your mouth water.

The book is divided into six parts:

Snacks, starters, and cocktails

Pasta,ragu,risotto and eggs


Fish and meat


There are so many things I have marked that I want to try I don’t even know where to start as there are too many to list. I think this would be a great book for any level of cook.

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

Tasting Rome

Tasting Rome by Katie Parla and Kristina Gill was a cookbook I couldn’t wait to get. Needless to say it did not disappoint. I really enjoy the stories and history spread out through the book. I’m really looking forward to trying some of the recipes. I love the fact that they are authentic. I really like the variety that is presented.

There are eight sections in the book which are:
Snacks, starters, and Street food
Classics and variations
Cucina Ebraica
Quinto Quarto
Bread and Pizza

Some of the dishes I’m looking forward to trying are:
Zabaione gelato
Potato gricia
Fried and marinated zucchini
Cacio e Pepe

I’ve really enjoyed the book so far. I would recommend it to any level of cook. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review from the blogging for books program.


I chose this book solely on the fact that I have never eaten Korean food and this could be a possible exposure to trying the food. Where we live I only knew of one restaurant and it recently closed. I was pleased when I received the book. There are a lot of ingredients that are new to me but I shouldn’t have an issue aquiring any of them. Thanks to the ok internet.

One of the things that kind of surprised me was the inclusion of so many other chefs and the recipes that they make. Alot seemed to be variations on authentic recipes or inclusions of Korean ingredients. I would of expected to find those types of recipes in a blog post or a magazine article.

Looking through the book I really wanted to find alot of recipes that I wanted to fix but honestly nothing really jumped out at me. I think that is more of a personal taste and nothing agaisnt what was presented in the book.

I think it is a nice book but probably not one that I would buy had I looked through it in a book store.

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


This is Camino by Russell Moore+ Alison Hopelain with Chris Colin

This is Camino is a new book from the team at Camino restaurant in Oakland CA. The book features chef style recipes that feature alot of fresh ingredients. Definitely not your typical home cooks type of book. It is a heavy book with nice thick pages and gorgeous photography.

It is broken down into nine chapters:




Chicken and egg






Granted there are dishes that home cooks can produce they will require fresh ingredients and plenty of free time to make them. I would recommend this book to more experienced cooks.

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

Lucky Peach 101 Easy Asian Recipes

The new Asian cookbook by Peter Meehan and the editors of Lucky Peach is full of a wide variety of easy to somewhat challenging recipes. There is literally something for everyone inside. I was impressed with what is included but do find myself wishing there was a few more of my favorite recipes included. There are a lot of dishes that I have never heard of but really like forward to trying. This looks to be a great book for anyone wanted to get started with Asian foods.
The book is divided into thirteen different categories, some of which are soups and stews, noodles, different meats and super sauces.
Some of the dishes I look forward to trying include dumplings, pancakes, soy braised short ribs, pad see ew, mall chicken and lions head meatballs.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in trying to learn to cook Asian foods. I think they would find the simple layout of the recipes very easy to follow along.
I received this book from the Blogging for books program in exchange for an honest review.

Trying my hand at new and old cookbook recipes