My Digital Cookbook finds for July 2018 Updated
Are you a cookbook addict? I am! I used to have a very large bookcase that was so full there were books stacked on top of it and on the leftover space on the shelves in front of the books. I was out of control. Luckily Amazon’s Kindle and digital books came along. At first it was just good for replacing my novel library but now with color tablets and Kindles you can read your favorite cookbooks with full effect. I have only purchased digital cookbooks for years now and I can’t pass up on a great deal.
These books are all $3.99 or less with most of them just $1.99.
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen! From mild to blistering, renowned author Jennifer Trainer Thompson offers 32 recipes for making your own signature hot sauces, as well as 60 recipes that use homemade or commercial hot sauces in everything from barbeque and Buffalo wings to bouillabaisse and black bean soup. Try making spicy chowders, tacos, salads, and seafood — even scorchingly delicious cocktails. Bring your own handcrafted heat to your next barbecue and feel the burn!
$14.95) on Amazon
The Big Book of Kombucha
By Hannah Crum, Alex LaGory, Sandor Ellix Katz
Brew your own kombucha at home! With more than 400 recipes, including 268 unique flavor combinations, you can get exactly the taste you want — for a fraction of the store-bought price. This complete guide, from the proprietors of Kombucha Kamp, shows you how to do it from start to finish, with illustrated step-by-step instructions and troubleshooting tips. The book also includes information on the many health benefits of kombucha, fascinating details of the drink’s history, and recipes for delicious foods and drinks you can make with kombucha (including some irresistible cocktails!).
$24.95) on Amazon
By Kristen K. Shockey, Christopher Shockey, Darra Goldstein
The authors of the best-selling Fermented Vegetables are back, and this time they’ve brought the heat with them. Whet your appetite with more than 60 recipes for hot sauces, mustards, pickles, chutneys, relishes, and kimchis from around the globe. Chiles take the spotlight, with recipes such as Thai Pepper Mint Cilantro Paste, Aleppo Za’atar Pomegranate Sauce, and Mango Plantain Habañero Ferment, but other traditional spices like horseradish, ginger, and peppercorns also make cameo appearances. Dozens of additional recipes for breakfast foods, snacks, entrées, and beverages highlight the many uses for hot ferments.
$24.95) on Amazon
The Pho Cookbook
From Vietnamese cooking authority Andrea Nguyen, The Pho Cookbookwill help you master aromatic broths, springy noodles, and tender meat toppings at home. Spanning from pho’s colorful history to a breakdown of how to choose your noodles, aromatics, and meats, there’s plenty to learn in here. Try your hand at a classic chicken pho or time-saving pressure cooker variations. Either way, you’ll have a warm, comforting noodle soup to call your own.
$12.99) on Amazon
By Alex Stupak and Jordana Rothman
Alex Stupak of New York’s Empellón Taqueria covers a lot more than just tacos in his cookbook. Paying tribute to Mexican cooking in America, Stupak provides readers with a detailed breakdown of chiles, the process of making tortillas from start to finish, and a comprehensive collection of salsa recipes. In between enticing photos and recipes of tacos al pastor and scallop ceviche are meaningful commentaries of the chef’s relationship with Mexican food, starting with a suburban grocery store taco seasoning pack to learning the rich history and intricacies of the cuisine.
$13.99) on Amazon
The Slanted Door
By Charles Phan
Chef Charles Phan’s modern Vietnamese cooking blew diners away when he opened his restaurant in San Francisco in 1995. Since then, Vietnamese flavors have influenced American cooks across the country—and the Slanted Door remains a dining destination. Here’s Phan’s secret sauce, from banh bot loc (tapioca dumplings in banana leaves) and nem nuong (Vietnamese meatballs) to crepes, cocktails, raw shellfish, herb-forward salads, braises, soups, and broths, and main dishes including seared scallops in Vietnamese beurre blanc, shaking beef, and steamed halibut with ginger lime broth.
$19.99) on Amazon
By Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn & Jody Eddy
Cuba’s convivial spirit is beautifully captured within the pages of this cookbook. Going off of the tourist track, these recipes reflect the way Cubans really cook at home, instead of the restaurant culture more popular with visitors. This book leaves little to the imagination, with vivid imagery and snippets of local culture throughout. The country’s warm, soulful hospitality is evident within these recipes, and are reinterpreted for the American kitchen and pantry. Get to know Cuba through quintessential dishes like ropa vieja, fresh shrimp and scallop ceviche, and even Chinese dim sum.
$15.99) on Amazon
By JJ Goode, Helen Hollyman and the editors of Munchies
When it comes to post-drinking bites,MUNCHIES covers all the essentials: cheesy, gooey, fried, crunchy, and wrapped in tortillas. But these aren’t your average midnight snacks. Inside, you’ll find dozens of recipes contributed by chefs like Anthony Bourdain, Jessica Koslow, and David Chang. These chef-driven dishes take it up a notch, whether you’re getting the night started with homemade fernet, diving into a chicken tikka poutine before bed, or nursing your hangover with scrambled eggs and potato chips.
$13.99) on Amazon
the same weeknight meals when you’re uninspired. Dinner is here to change that. New York Times columnist Melissa Clark elevates familiar dishes with added bursts of flavor, whether it’s a dollop of sambal oelek or a sprinkling of za’atar. Ingredients from around the world will enliven pastas and proteins, all with new methods and techniques.Dinner takes out the fussiness of cooking with its straightforward, one-page recipes, so you can spend more time enjoying your food, not prepping it.
$18.99) on Amazon
The Spice Companion
By Lior Lev Sercarz
Even seasoned cooks fall short when it comes to reaching for the right spice at the right time. Spice shop owner and chef Lior Lev Sercarz travels the world in search of the freshest spices for his clients, so it’s safe to say he knows exactly how to use them. Learn how to tell if a spice is fresh, how to grind fresh pods and seeds into powders, how to make custom blends, and when to hold back on a spice before it ruins the pot. Sercarz presents 102 spices alongside their history and origin in this encyclopedic resource for cooks of all levels.
$19.99) on Amazon
By Nuno Mendez
From Western Europe’s oldest city comes a cookbook documenting its deep culinary history. Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes takes readers on a journey to Lisbon, uncovering all things salty, fried, and freshly caught. Mendes goes deeper than surface level, giving you a look at the city’s inner workings and traditions beyond piri piri seasoning and the famous pastéis de nata. Indulge in petiscos(small sharing plates) with wine and hearty steak sandwiches consumed at all hours of the day. Between the dreamy photography and charming snippets of daily life, My Lisbon is both a cookbook and love letter to this remarkable city.
$18.99) on Amazon
By Ashley Christensen With Kaitlyn Goalen
Southern food is more than just fried chicken and grits, and Ashley Christensen, chef and owner of Poole’s Diner, is serving up fresh fare to prove it. In this cookbook, she explores the dynamic cooking styles of the South, simultaneously paying respect to tradition while adding her own spin on things. With a focus on local ingredients and good old Southern comfort food, she creates food symbolic of the classic American diner and beyond. From rutabaga with brown butter and thyme to cornbread crab cakes, Christensen is an expert at adding a touch of freshness to familiar dishes.
$18.99) on Amazon
The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee
By James Freeman and Caitlin Freeman
Cult roaster Blue Bottle will teach you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about coffee. This book gets into the nitty gritty of everything: growing beans, roasting them, and a slew of brewing techniques. And once you’ve mastered your pour over form, there’s a section dedicated to bites to have along with your coffee—nibbles of olive oil and rosemary shortbread or a piping hot Liege waffle.
$10.99) on Amazon
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