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New cookbooks to inspire your quarantine kitchens this spring


Agence France-Presse

London  /  Tue, April 21, 2020  /  08:08 am
New cookbooks to inspire your quarantine kitchens this spring

Thankfully, in the bookselling industry, spring also heralds a new season of cookbooks. (Shutterstock/Alexander Raths)

Households around the world right now are being tested when it comes to their culinary repertoire. With restaurants shuttered, people are left mostly to their own culinary devices which can have their limitations.

Thankfully, in the bookselling industry, spring also heralds a new season of cookbooks.

Here are a few of the most anticipated releases of the season to inspire at-home cooks or to simply leaf through for viewing pleasure.

Lummi: Island Cooking by Blaine Wetzel



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From the chef of The Willows Inn in Washington, which was named the best restaurant in North America three years in a row by Opinionated About Dining, comes Lummi: Island Cooking.

An alum of Danish restaurant Noma, chef Blaine Wetzel is known for his Pacific Northwest cuisine. In the cookbook, the chef shares recipes for his green figs and leaf cream; sea urchin marinated in tomato seeds; wild beach peas and lovage stems and stew of chanterelle mushrooms.

Everyone Can Bake, by Dominique Ansel

Pastry chef Dominique Ansel, famous for having birthed the croissant-donut mashup the Cronut, has written a new cookbook that teaches beginners the fundamentals of baking and helps more experienced chefs master their techniques.

In the book, Ansel shares his foolproof recipes for tarts, cakes, jams and buttercreams.

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Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen, by Alexander Smalls and Veronica Chambers

Opera singer, chef and restaurateur Alexander Smalls marries his two great passions into a cookbook that could be described as a culinary soundtrack to the South.

Chapters are named after music styles of the region, and recipes include reinvented classics like Hoppin' John Cakes with Sweet Pepper Remoulade and Carolina Bourbon Barbecue Shrimp and Okra Skewers, and main dishes like Roast Quail in Bourbon Cream Sauce and Prime Rib Roast with Crawfish Onion Gravy.

Magnolia Table, Volume 2: A collection of recipes for gathering, by Joanna Gaines


I truly believe food has the power to connect us all. Food nourishes our bodies and comforts us, especially in times like these. For me, it's always been an honor and a privilege to feed the people in my life. My sincere hope is that this book inspires you in the kitchen, and that you have some fun along the way!⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I have felt your love and support—thank you so much for believing in this book. I’ve loved watching you cook, keep tagging me in your photos so I can follow along! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I also wanted to thank my home team here at @magnolia. I couldn't have done this without you. The time we spent together creating these recipes and the food we shared around the table will forever be some of my favorite memories. ❤️⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ And thank you so much to my photographer @amyneunsinger for bringing this book to life with your beautiful photography and to @katemartindalestylist and @francesboswell for your amazing food and prop styling. ⠀ ⠀ I can't wait for y'all to see this book in person! #magnoliatablecookbook

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TV's favorite fixer-upper celebrity and homemaker Joanna Gaines has released a sequel to her bestselling cookbook featuring 145 new recipes served in the Gaines family home and at her and husband Chip's restaurant Magnolia Table.

Recipes include mushroom Gruyère quiche, pumpkin cream cheese bread, stuffed pork loin and lemon lavender tart.

My Korea, by Hooni Kim

Chef Hooni Kim of the Michelin-starred Korean restaurant Danji in New York demystifies Korean cuisine in his debut cookbook My Korea.

Centered around the three major flavor bases of traditional Korean cuisine ― fermented soybean baste, soy sauce and fermented red chili paste ― “My Korea” features 90 recipes including bibimbap, spicy soft tofu stew with seafood and fried chicken wings, Korean style.

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