Sunday, January 5, 2014

#VivaEditions 3 cookbooks review

Just before the Christmas holiday I was blessed to receive not 1 but 3 cookbooks to review from Viva Editions.

If you remember, last year I did a review on Lemons and Lavender. A wonderful book that I just can't say enough about. You can read that review HERE
The information below was taken from the website, book jacket and inside cover.
**is my opinion in a sentence of the book.

This time I have:
The Frugal Foodie Cookbook by: Lara Starr
Big Taste for Small Change

Lara Starr is a baker, blogger, and a cook with a calculator. Lynette Shirk is a four-star Frugal Foodie who has cooked at Masa's, Postrio, Chez Panisse, and Williams-Sonoma. Together they have cooked up a recipe-filled guide to eating better than ever on less. The Frugal Foodie Cookbook will show you how to creatively and cleverly use ingredients and leftovers to produce wonderful, inexpensive meals for any occasion.

The Frugal Foodie Cookbook covers everything from roasting coffee at home to concocting inexpensive, crave-worthy casseroles and whipping up snacks on a budget. Starr and Shirk feature irresistible recipes like Peek-a-Boo Shrimp Rolls, Gourmet PBJ, and Exponential Chicken—which stretches the bird over five different courses. With hundreds of delicious dishes and expert advice,The Frugal Foodie Cookbook will keep you living well and eating better.

LARA STARR never lets a limited budget get in the way of a good meal. The co-author of The Party Girl Cookbook, Lara has offered advice on easy, affordable cooking and entertaining on TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, and websites throughout the US and Canada. She lives in Marin County, California, with her well-fed husband and son. Read about her culinary adventures here:

LYNETTE ROHRER SHIRK is a classically trained chef (butcher, baker), entrepreneur (candlestickmaker), and author of nine cookery books. She was educated at the Ohio State University (BA- Classics); and California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Lynette has toiled in the kitchens of Chez Panisse, Wolfgang Puck's Postrio, Bizou, Stars and Williams-Sonoma corporate headquarters. Lynette loves candy so much that she launched her own website and company: Volcano Candy, featuring her coffee bean candy "Java Lava". Her glass grape earings have been featured in Bon Appetit magazine and several California Wine Country boutiques. She makes foodie wax sculptures that look like lattes, sweet and sour pork, canned cranberry sauce, and cappuccinos. She is currently learning how to plaster walls with the same techniques used to frost a cake. Lately Lynette has been teaching culinary classes based on recipes from her books Wild Women Throw a Party (Conari Press) and The Mother Daughter Cookbook (Orange Ave.) at Lake Austin Spa and Central Market in Austin, Texas. She will soon reside in Seattle.
** I really like this book because it is 'frugal'. It has helpful hints on shopping and cooking. A great book to keep around the house. Impressive resume of the authors.

The lazy Gourmet by: Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin
Foreword by Joanne Weir
"Food that's simple, seasonal, fresh and doable." 
—Joanne Weir

The Lazy Gourmet
 is for anyone who dreams of dazzling friends and loved ones with fabulous home-cooked fare, especially cooks short on time, patience, skill or experience. Authors and food bloggers Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin conquer the misguided belief that preparing an elegant meal requires spending hours
—or days—in the kitchen. With the help of an army of volunteer testers, regular people with picky palates and little cooking experience, they have created this collection of more than 125 easy recipes. Elegant, party-worthy dishes like Orange-Spiced Pecans, Basil Leaf and Goat Cheese Wraps, Pistachio-Crusted Leg of Lamb, Seared Sea Scallops with Mint and Pea Puree, and Lazy Chocolate "Mousse" all rely on readily available ingredients, common kitchen appliances and basic techniques. With these deceptively easy recipes and a bevy of useful tips and tricks, The Lazy Gourmet shows that anyone can prepare delightfully simple yet surprisingly delicious and sophisticated dishes that are certain to impress.
To see sample recipes from The Lazy Gourmet click here.

"In The Lazy Gourmet, Robin and Juliana have transformed 'lazy' into 'quintessentially elegant.'"
—John Scharffenberger, founder of Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker

"Whether you're a nervous newbie or a skilled cook with utmost confidence, you'll appreciate this smart recipe collection that allows you to put an impressive spread on the table even when you're time-pressed."
—Carolyn Jung, James Beard Award-winning food writer and creator of

"If you want to prepare sophisticated, exceptional meals for your friends and family but are busy, kitchen-phobic or just plain lazy, this is the cookbook for you."
—Sally Bernstein, editor-in-chief, Sally's Place

ROBIN DONOVAN is the author of Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Dr. Gott’s No Flour, No Sugar Diet. Her articles have appeared in popular publications including Cooking Light, Fitness, The San Jose Mercury News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and The San Francisco ChronicleWhen she’s not cooking effortless gourmet feasts, or writing books about how to cook effortless gourmet feasts, JULIANA GALLIN works as a graphic designer and produces several popular speakers' series in San Francisco, including Ask a Scientist, How-To Night, and Comedy Talks.
**GREAT book for those of us who like to amp up the food a bit but not break the budget!

The Edible Garden by: Alys Fowler
A Guide to Creating Your Own Eden
Whether you are a hardy homesteader or just getting started with a few herb pots on your windowsill,The Edible Garden offers food for thought on creating your very own haven that is as beautiful as it is delicious. Master gardener and BBC personality Alys Fowler has devoted her life to teaching people how to grow their own floral food and edible landscaping. Here, Fowler shares her trademark wisdom and inventive tips to help your garden grow abundantly—from saving and sowing your own seeds, to mixing the world’s best compost, to brewing your own herb teas and growing such a bounty of veggies that you will have to learn how to pickle and preserve them! Good for the pocket, good for the environment and hugely rewarding for the soul, The Edible Garden provides a taste of the good life to anyone willing to pick up a trowel.
Learn How To:
• Mix trees, edibles and flowers in the same plot
• Sustainably forage for wild food
• Plant the prettiest vegetables for container gardening
• Grow and brew comfrey for "liquid love"
• Cook deliciously hearty harvest dishes
• Make gifts from the garden: canned jams, chutneys and fruit liqueurs

"Turning the pages of the book will make new gardeners sigh with pleasure and give old-timers much to think about." —Daily Telegraph
"Quirky is the word that springs to mind when leafing through this is for anyone who has dreamt of the Good Life but despaired at their lack of land. 4 stars" —Countryfile Magazine
"A handsome book" —The Times
"How to garden in a tea dress and wellies from the new style queen of the do-it-yourself lifestyle." —Image magazine

**Being one who loves to garden, have fresh food around and enjoy eating the fruit of my labor, this book is exactly what you would want. Food for the soul and dirt on the shoes!
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