As any fan of Cooking Channel’s Extra Virgin knows, for stars Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos, a great passion for food and their love for one another are intimately intertwined. Their new cookbook, Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love from Our Tuscan Kitchen (on sale May 6, 2014), paints a road map of their romance through recipes – the fried squash blossoms Gabriele made for Debi on their first date; the farro salad Gabriele’s mother made for Debi upon their first meeting – offering as many glimpses into their warm lives as authentic Italian dishes. As Debi puts it in the book’s introduction, in “meeting and falling for Gabriele, I discovered how much great food also comes from a desire to feed the ones you love.”
As their story goes, Gabriele introduced Debi to the fresh, produce-driven dishes and rustic cooking style from his native Tuscany, and together they celebrate a bicoastal, bicontinental fusion of Tuscan influence, California freshness and Debi’s New York heritage in their cooking. They happily spoil loved ones (most especially daughters Evelina and Giulia) with inspired, flavorful meals and encourage viewers (and now readers) to do the same. Start with the Heirloom Tomato Caprese shown on the cover, and make your way through to understated Mascarpone and Amaretti Cups for dessert. The chapters are cleanly organized in the order you’d consume the dishes: Appetizers, Pastas and Sauces, Salads, Meat, Fish and so on (Gabriele is such a fan that risotto has its own dedicated section) so you can easily mix and match courses in your own Tuscan buffet.
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Cooking Channel host Kelsey Nixon’s first cookbook, Kitchen Confidence: Essential Recipes and Tips That Will Help You Cook Anything (available Feb. 11), is all about teaching techniques and recipes that will have home cooks of all skill levels cooking with more confidence. Like on her Cooking Channel show, Kelsey’s Essentials, Kelsey shares her “essential” pantry items, equipment and techniques, along with the hows and whys of cooking. With this basic knowledge, even beginner cooks can start getting more creative in the kitchen.
Kitchen Confidence covers every course, with recipes easy enough for everyday cooking but just as appropriate for special occasions, from breakfast, starters, salads, soups and sandwiches to mains, sides and desserts. Kelsey updates classic family-favorite recipes, like tuna noodle casserole and lasagna, with fresh new touches. These are building-block recipes you’ll return to again and again — and then easily modify and change to suit your own personal tastes.
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At last, Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis is answering her fans’ most-asked question: How does she stay so slim while cooking and eating delectable Italian food? In Giada’s Feel Good Food, Giada shares her recipes for lighter everyday foods, along with personal tips and secrets to living a healthy lifestyle.
Giada includes recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with chapters on healthful juices and smoothies, smart snacks and guilt-free desserts. All of her recipes include nutritional information, and many are vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free. These are the foods that Giada makes to add balance to her life, to keep her feeling good.
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If you’re trying to squeeze more fruits and veggies into your New Year’s diet, refreshing and healthful homemade juices and smoothies might be just the way to go. In The Juice Generation: 100 Recipes for Fresh Juices and Superfood Smoothies, Eric Helms shares juicing tips and expertise to get you started, along with recipes from his Manhattan juice shop, The Juice Generation.
From years of juice bar experience, Eric knows how to ease the uninitiated into a world where kale, spinach and beets get blended and squeezed into crave-able treats. He organizes this book along a 3-phase “Green Curve,” beginning with simple recipes with sweeter flavor profiles, moving onto more green-heavy advanced recipes and ending with super powerhouse drinks with robust (not sweet) flavors, for the juice pros. Along the way, simple combinations and guidelines let you customize your juices and smoothies to fit your personal taste. No matter where you fall on the “Green Curve” spectrum, you’ll be sure to have fun with your greens and feel good about your food with this book as your guide.
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The best recipes are those that taste delicious, but also happen to be nutritious and somewhat healthful. In Whole-Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons, by writer and recipe developer Megan Gordon of the blog A Sweet Spoonful, this is exactly what you get. This is not a health food cookbook – it includes recipes for plenty of indulgent breakfast foods, along with healthier options. But Megan does explore new and exciting ways to use a wealth of whole grains, which are loaded with fiber, protein and amino acids – a wholesome way to kick start any day.
Whole-Grain Mornings begins with a section of basics, like porridge, homemade granola and a whole-grain pancake mix that is sure to become your new pantry staple. The rest of the cookbook is organized by the seasons, including recipes that feature the freshest ingredients and most-craved flavors for each time of year. Recipes are conveniently categorized by how much time and effort they require, from quick or make-ahead weekday recipes to leisurely brunch dishes. Each chapter also includes recipes for seasonal spreads and toppings, perfect for spooning into plain yogurt or eating with whole-grain pancakes.
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Cooking Channel fans and Devour readers are well-acquainted with Zoë François’ fanciful baking and dessert creations — from showstopping holiday cakes to everyday sweets — and the helpful step-by-step guides within each of her posts. And while Zoë’s recipe library on Cooking Channel contains grilled buns and quick breads, you might not know that one of her greater passions — and fodder for multiple cookbooks — is traditional bread baking.
On sale this week, The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day cookbook is the revised and enhanced version of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, the 2007 brainchild of CIA-trained Zoë and co-author Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., combining their culinary and scientific strengths. Born of a discussion during their kids’ music class, Artisan Bread aims to empower readers to bake bread daily by “mix[ing] enough dough for several loaves and stor[ing] it in the refrigerator.”
This revolutionary concept drew a sizeable audience, making Artisan Bread a best-seller and resulting in the creation of artisanbreadinfive.com, a destination for new recipes and photographs and a hub for a community of bread bakers. The questions and comments that arose in this forum fueled additional cookbooks, and now, the revision of that first successful endeavor.
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There are four Flour Bakery + Café locations in the Boston area, owned by Harvard alum and home baker turned pastry chef Joanne Chang. They’re cute, homey and the food never fails to impress. Following the success of her first cookbook, Flour, Joanne is sharing her recipes for standout savory fare (along with a few sweets) in her new cookbook, Flour, Too. She also guides readers on a behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of her kitchens, complete with beautiful photographs.
Flour, Too covers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with recipes for Brown Sugar-Oat Cherry Muffins and Flour’s Famous Egg Sandwich; Classic Split Green Pea Soup and Applewood-Smoked BLT; and Mushroom and Leek Lasagna and Buttermilk-Fried Chicken. A chapter on party foods is lots of fun, with recipes for snacks like Gougeres and Spectacular Spiced Pecans, along with impressive desserts like Apple Pithivier and Boston Cream Pie.
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We have good news, great news and the greatest news for Eat St. fans. Good news first: Comedian James Cunningham will be taking us on more awesome road trips around North America’s tastiest, messiest and most irresistible street food when Eat St. returns to Cooking Channel on April 16 at 8pm ET.
Now the great news: Eat St. has a cookbook coming out on April 2. It comes with 125 recipes from the best food vendors on wheels from the Southern Fried Chicken picked above to the Chocolate Diablo Cookies pictured below. The lip-smacking full-color photographs are alone worth checking it out.
Greatest news: We’re giving away a copy of the cookbook to one lucky Devour reader. All you have to do is flip through our gallery of The Best Food Truck Dishes from Eat St. and post a comment on this post about which dish you like the best.
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Candice's Whole Go-To Roasted Chicken is "dressed to kill" with garlic and herbs.
Former model Candice Kumai admits that she starved herself back in her runway days — and she was miserable. Candice found her “inner sexy” after making a drastic life change: She got out of the modeling business and went to culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu. Now an Iron Chef judge and a regular contributor to Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats, she’s out to prove that eating great and looking great don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Candice’s new cookbook, Cook Yourself Sexy, is full of healthy, satisfying recipes and advice on how to maintain your sexiest self. She’s not about deprivation — there are two full chapters on dessert, and she always favors “FWBs” (Foods With Benefits) over low-cal imitation foods.
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Try these easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles and many more cute sweets from The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook by Lindsay Landis.
There’s good news for all those kitchen rebels who have ever stolen fingerfuls of cookie dough from their grandmother’s mixing bowl, or devoured store-bought cookie dough straight from the fridge or freezer (you know who you are). Food blogger Lindsay Landis has taken off with the concept behind cookie dough ice cream and turned every baker’s guilty pleasure, cookie dough eating, into this summer’s cutest new cookbook. The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook uses Lindsay’s homemade, egg-free raw cookie dough to doll up classic recipes for cakes, candies and more sweet treats.
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