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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

WORLD WINE WATCH TOP 20/20 WINES: 20 under $20 and 20 over $20 for October 1, 2016.

 
WORLD WINE WATCH TOP 20/20 WINES: 20 under $20 and 20 over $20 for October 1, 2016.
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By DEAN TUDOR, Gothic Epicures Writing deantudor@deantudor.com. My Internet compendium "Wines, Beers and Spirits of the Net", a guide to thousands of news items and RSS feeds, plus references to wines, beers and spirits, has been at http://www.deantudor.com since 1994.
 
So many people have asked me for wine recommendations, with numbers only. The readers' most common response is that while they like what I say, they only relate to the score. The score is a combination of MVC (Modal Varietal Character, where e.g. a Southern Rhone tastes like a Southern Rhone and not like a Northern Rhone) and Quality/Price Ratio. Let's take it for granted that, e.g., a Riesling tastes like a Riesling, and the wine has some value in the marketplace either above or below its selling price. This way too I can also cover more wines.
 
This restructured wine newsletter for the Ontario market (with wines available through the LCBO and Vintages on a bi-weekly basis)  can always be found at http://www.gothicepicures.blogspot.ca/ or at    http://www.deantudor.com
 
THIS MONTH'S SPECIAL FIND --
 
La Guita Manzanilla Sherry (Spain), 750 mL, +337022, $15.95, MVC/QPR: 92.
 
20 under $20
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W-Henry of Pelham Estate Riesling  2013 VQA,  +557165, $17.95, 11% ABV, MVC/QPR:  89.
W-Stoney Ridge Excellence Chardonnay 2011 VQA, +254243, $17.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  89.
W-Craftwork Chardonnay 2014 (California), +458646, $19.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  88.
W-Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (Chile), +663062, $17.95, 13% ABV, MVC/QPR:  89.
W-Willow Bridge Estate Dragonfly Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2015 (Oz), +418368, $16.95, 12.8% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
W-Momo Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (NZ), +9167, $19.95, MVC/QPR:  88.
W-Novellum Chardonnay 2014 (France Midi), +390781, $17.95, 13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89.
W-Banfi Principessa Gavia Gavi 2015, +250696, +250696, $19.95, 12.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  88.
W-Teanum Alta Falanghina 2014 Puglia, +161653, $15.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
W-San Raffaele Monte Tabor Soave 2015, +277392,  $14.95, 12.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  87
R-Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2013 (South Africa), +278382, $16.95, 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  88.
R-Guadalupe Red Portugal 2013, +336313, $11.95, 14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89.
R-Marques de Marialva Reserva Baga 2011, +245605, $15.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
R-Barahonda Barrica Monastrell/Syrah 2012m +378869, $17.95, 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89.
R-Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2014, +674564, $15.95, 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  89.
R-Tawse Redstone Cabernet 2013 VQA Niagara, +415885, $20.20, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
W-Lenz Moser Prestige Gruner Veltliner 2015 (Austria), +71233, $14.95,  MVC/QPR: 87.
R-Kourtakis Kouros Red 2013 Nemea, +465906, $12.95, MVC/QPR: 87.
R-Talamonti Tre Saggi Montepulciano dÀbruzzo 2013, +204016, $15.95, MVC/QPR:  87.
Sparkling – Pierre Sparr Brut Rose Cremant dÀlsace NV, +39016, $18.95, 12% ABV, MVC/QPR:  89.
 
20 over $20
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W-Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay VQA 2014, +172338, $22.95, 13.2% ABV, MVC/QPR: 91.
W-Ca`Momi Chardonnay 2014 (California), +361972, $23.95, 13.9% ABV, MVC/QPR:  87.
W-Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2014, +59576, $29.95, 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 87.
W-Herve Azo Chablis 2014, +185736, $23.95, 12.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
W-Maison Roche de Bellene Montagny 2014, +470476, $26.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  88.
W-Cordero di Montezemolo Arneis Langhe 2015, +455162, $21.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 87.
W-Sergio Zenato Riserva Lugana 2013, +928218, $34.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  89.
R-Henry of Pelham Estate Pinot Noir 2010, +268391, $24.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  89
R-La Crema Pinot Noir 2014 (California) , +719435, $29.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  90.
R-Wildewood Pinot Noir 2013 (Oregon), +462994, $23.95, 13.2% ABV, MVC/QPR:  87.
R-Unanime Gran Vin Tinto 2011 (Argentine), +466938, $29.95, 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  87.
R-Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir  2015(South Africa), +999516, $57.95, 14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Waterkloof Circumstance Syrah 2012 (South Africa), +455782, $22.95, 14% ABV, MVC/QPR:  89.
R-Chateau Bel Air 2011, 416172, $25.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  88
R-Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 2007 Rioja, +114504, $29.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90.
R-Breca Old Vines Garnacha 2013 (Spain), +329086, $22.95, 15.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90.
R-Villa Cafaggio Cortaccio 2007 IGT Toscana, +20966, $24.95, 14% ABV, MVC/QPR:  90.
R-Ruffino Ducale Oro Riserva Gran Selezione Chianti Classico 2011, +353201, $47.95, 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89.
R-Baron de Ley Gran Reserva 2010 Rioja, +642496, $29.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  89.
R-Rioja Vega Reserva 2011, +423517, $22.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
 
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

MORE INTERESTING FOOD AND DRINK BOOKS for this month.

3.HOW TO MAKE SOURDOUGH (Ryland Peters & Small, 2016, 160 pages, ISBN 978-1-84975-704-1, $24.95 USD hardbound) is by renowned baker Emmanuel Hadjiandreou who had worked with Gordon Ramsay and organic food shops. His bread creations have won him several awards such as the Soil Association Organic Food Award for his sourdough. This is his third book, and of course it covers natural bread making. The primer details the sourdough process, and then it is on to the pre-ferment or biga. He's got 45 recipes, divided into types of grains; the same grain is used in the starter. There are chapters on rye sourdoughs, gluten-free sourdoughs, spelt sourdoughs, and some specialty ones. The hardest part of the whole procedure is getting the sourdough to do an initial ferment; the rest is basic breadmeaking of kneading, shaping and baking. There are plenty of technique photos. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. And of course, everything is scaled – as it should be.
Audience and level of use: bakers looking for new ideas, sourdough lovers.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: prune and pepper rye sourdough; sprouted spelflour sourdough; red quinoa sourdough; chickpea and potato focaccia.
The downside to this book: I wanted more recipes!
The upside to this book: preps for rye and spelt and GF.
Quality/Price Rating: 89.
 
 
4.CRISPS, COBBLERS, CUSTARDS & CREAMS (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, 302 pages, ISBN 978-0-544-23075-0, $30 USD hardcovers) is by Jean Anderson, who has written a score of cookbooks over the years, including The food of Portugal and The Doubleday Cookbook. She's been a multiple Beard Award winner and a senior editor at Ladies' Home Journal. Here she visits a love of custards, et al: 150 recipes divided equally. These are what the Brits call "puddings", the real goods. An excellent resource tool, with many variations and some gluten-free alternatives. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents.
Audience and level of use: comfort food lovers, home cooks, dessert lovers.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: heirloom betties, crisps, baked custards, stovetop creams, dulce de leche, souffles, bread puddings, Bavarians, Charlottes, whips, moulds, mousses, sauces, toppings, puddings.
Quality/Price Rating: 88.
 
 
5.ONE PAN TO RULE THEM ALL (Good Books, 2016, 265 pages, ISBN 978-1-68099-130-7, $19.99 USD hardbound) is by Howie Southworth and Greg Matza. The two guys live and die by their iron skillets, and this book gives us 100 cast-iron skillet recipes for indoors and out (grill and campfire). It's a guy book, so men can extend their repertoire from the BBQ to the camp and to the home kitchen. No excuses. For the mechanic in the family, there is a thorough section on buying, seasoning, cleaning, repairing, and general care – all once you've kicked the tires. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there are tables of metric equivalents.
Audience and level of use: guys.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: chopped pork and red slaw sandwiches; mega-tamales; Creole jambalaya; baked ziti; campfire burritos.
The downside to this book: actually needs more pix of skillets.
The upside to this book: good large print, and an even larger-sized index!
Quality/Price Rating: 87.
 
 
6.BREAKFAST LOVE (Quadrille Publishing, 2016, 192 pages, ISBN 978-1-84949-714-5, $22.95 USD hardbound) is by David Bez, who, four years ago, challenged himself to create a new salad every workday. This resulted in "Salad Love", a collection of lunch salads. Now he has created salads for breakfasts. In essence, these are one bowl meals, mainly sweet but also savoury in some cases. His main criteria are: to be quick and easy to prepare, to give energy for the day, to be filling, and to be healthy. There are 150 here, clearly marked vegetarian, vegan, raw, omnivore or pescatarian. And they can be adapted to fit different diets. The basic layering for each bowl includes two fruits or veggies, a cereal, a protein, a liquid, and a one teaspoon garnish. There are 100 pages on sweets and 50 pages on savouries.  Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of equivalents.
Audience and level of use: beginners, breakfast lovers, rushed people.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: blood orange, avocado, brown rice and shrimp; lychee, pineapple, oats and walnuts; blackberries, melon, oats and chia seeds; pomegranate, grapes, quinoa and coconut yogurt.
The downside to this book: I actually wanted more preps.
The upside to this book: well-illustrated with one pix per bowl.
Quality/Price Rating: 89.
 
 
7.SOUTHERN HEIRLOOM COOKING (Good Books, 2016,349 pages, ISBN 978-1-68099-131-4, $24.99 USD hardbound) is by Norma Jean McQueen Haydel and Horace McQueen. Norma Jean cooked her family preps but never measured or wrote things down. Her brother Horace decided that she should, and together they produced this "family" collection of 200 recipes. The food is traditional and straight forward, and the preps are arranged by type such as apps, snacks, salads, soups, sides, mains, breads, desserts, and preserves. There's a concluding chapter on game. It is all easy enough, using a series of prepared mixes or single canned ingredients such as water chestnuts or artichoke hearts. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents.
Audience and level of use: those looking for a traditional southern US cookbook.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: chess pie; poblano cream soup; stuffed corn bread; baked catfish; Cajun rice jambalaya; no-bake ground beef squash casserole; pecan-stuffed pheasant.
Quality/Price Rating: 85.
 
 
8.FOOD WITH FRIENDS (Clarkson Potter, 2016, 208 pages, ISBN 978-0-8041-8709-1, $25 USD hardbound) is by Leela Cyd, a food and travel writer in California. Here she compiles preps for brunch, teatime, happy hours, picnics, potlucks, desserts – all those non-timed non-BLD meals of the day. These are small bites and treats to share, as she says: they are for small gatherings. She lists her "secret ingredients", a flavoured pantry for when people drop by or the unexpected happens. In addition to produce, eggs, dairy, and EVOO, there are hard cheeses, flavoured salts, nut oils, preserved lemons, harissa, mustards, and  preserved fruits. Table settings and food stylings are considered.  Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents.
Audience and level of use: those looking for spectacular food that is simply made.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: chocolate sandwiches with caramel and peanut butter; rose flan; cotija, apricot and rosemary crisps; South Indian kesari bhath with toasted cashews, sultans and saffron; matcha egg cream.
The downside to this book: From my experience, she makes it sound a lot more easy than it is.
The upside to this book: more great photography!
Quality/Price Rating: 87.
 
 
9.MY HEALTHY DISH (Skyhorse Publishing, 184 pages, ISBN 978-1-5107-0343-8, $24.99 USD hardbound) is by My Nguyen, who learned about cooking while working in her family's restaurant. She now has the extremely popular My Healthy Dish blog. These are 60 fresh and easy preps for the whole family, including picky eaters. She takes comfort food and makes them healthier, with new ingredients to help people choose real foods over processed ones.  Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there are tables of metric equivalents.
Audience and level of use:  beginner
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: strawberry and cream waffles; chicken cauliflower nuggets; watermelon slushies; nachos;  slow cooker chicken sausage jambalaya; slow cooker vegan chili
The upside to this book: large typeface, bold fonts for the ingredients.
Quality/Price Rating: 86.
 
 
10.SOUP SWAP (Chronicle Books, 2016, 176 pages, ISBN 978-1-4521-4836-6, $24.95 USD paperbound) is by Kathy Gunst, multiple cookbook author and Bear award winner who is also a food writer and broadcaster on NPR. These are recipes to make and share, very easy to do, and relevant to small community groups such as churches and schools, neighbours and local friends. 60 recipes are provided, covering a range of vegetable soups, poultry soups, meat soups, seafood soups and chowders, plus some garnishes for all manner of soups. Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents.
Audience and level of use: families, those dealing with quantity cooking.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts:  escarole and white bean soup with parmesan cheese;  corn and sweet potato chowder with saffron cream; lamb and farro soup; sausage, cabbage and root vegetable soup; black bean and chorizo soup.
The downside to this book: I wanted more recipes.
The upside to this book: portions are for six to eight, very manageable and useful for large families to eat entre nous.
Quality/Price Rating: 86.
 
 
 
11.NORDIC LIGHT (Hardie Grant Books, 2016, 224 pages, ISBN 978-1-74379144-8, $39.99 USD hardbound) is by Simon Bajada, a food writer and photographer based in Stockholm. It's a great name for a cookbook, with the word light referring to the daytime and to the filling nature of the food. Bajada has tried to lighten up traditional foods from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Norway, incorporating foods from abroad. Most of the work is vegetarian, with a handful of meat dishes such as milk-poached chicken or rhubarb-braised pork. It all begins with a Nordic brunch, followed by mid-morning snacks, lunch plates, fika [tea time], bowls, family-style, weekend entertaining, and late night foods and drinks. It is very well laid-out and described (he is a photographer). Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of equivalents.
Audience and level of use: Scandinavians and others looking for lighter fare.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts:  Christmas spiced plums, ricotta, and coffee ice; grilled fennel with roasted black beans and jaffa dressing; black radish, salmon and dill tartare; farro, chestnut and Brussels sprout slaw.
The downside to this book: just a few too many non-food pictures.
The upside to this book: well-framed plated final dishes.
Quality/Price Rating: 87.
 
 
 
12.MILK. MADE (Hardie Grant Books, 2016, 288 pages, ISBN 978-1-74379135-6, $39.99 USD hardbound) is by Nick Haddow, Tasmanian cheesemaker at Bruny Island. It is a basic tool on cheeses, along with 75 preps that use cheese. As the subtitle says, "how to choose it, serve it and eat it". The first 100 pages deals with "from the dairy", and covers the basics of milk, butter, and yoghurt. And then it is on to cheeses, with fresh cheese, surface-ripened, blues, semi-hards, and cooked curd cheeses. Along the way there are recipes, interviews with other cheesemakers, photos, and single-page stories. There are also resources pages and a bibliography for further reading. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements with some metric, but there is no table of metric equivalents.
Audience and level of use: cheese lovers
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: cured ocean trout, grapefruit and goat's curd; yoghurt-marinated BBQ chicken; whey hot toddy; whey pops; ricotta shortcake; Bengali yoghurt fish curry; ricotta gnudi with buttery peas.
The downside to this book: too many photos strewn about, cuts down on space for text.
The upside to this book: resources list and bibliography.
Quality/Price Rating: 87.
 
 
 
13.BREW (Quadrille Publishing, 2016, 256 pages, ISBN 978-1-84949-727-5, $24.95 USD hardbound) is by James Morton,  a UK author who has also written Brilliant Bread and How Baking Works. As he says, "This book is for those who have never considered brewing and want to understand a bit more about beer". And it is also for those who want to move on from kits and explore other possibilities. He starts off with kits, which are eminently satisfactory for most people who like to have a good beer without going too deep into tasting notes and definitive answers. It's much like driving a car: you can be a regular driver or you can advance to racing – you just need new vehicles. So he starts with the basics, which applies to everyone: what brewing is, sterilizing, principles of fermentation, different forms of equipment, different types of hops and grains, troubleshooting. Then he moves on to the major categories for kits or doing it yourself – British/Irish ales; American beers; European beers; beer specialties and sours. It's really easy – I did it for a few years until I started putting on weight. Now I just drink the occasional draught beer. Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of equivalents. As brewing is related to baking (yeast, exactitude), everything is scaled.
Audience and level of use: those looking to make their own beer or to understand the principles.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: Broon ale; clansman ale; Scottish export; saison; hefeweizen.
Quality/Price Rating: 88.
 
 
14.PRESERVING ITALY (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, 304 pages, ISBN 978-0-544-61162-7, $23 USD paperbound) is by Dominica Marchetti, a former reporter turned Italian cookbook author and food writer. Here she concentrates on canning, curing, infusing, and bottling Italian flavours and traditions, both sweet and savoury. And it comes with log rollers including Nancy Harmon Jenkins. After some details on safety, water-bath canning, and pressure canning, she has arranged her material by form: foods preserved in oil, in vinegar, sweets, tomatoes and tomato sauces, infused oils/vinegars, fresh cheeses and cured meats, syrups and fruits preserved in alcohol, ending with confections.  She also includes a wide-ranging list of sources and a bibliography. It is a great package, covering different regions of Italy.  She's also got some nice tips and backstories for each recipe. As well, there is a large typeface and good use of white space. Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of equivalents.
Audience and level of use:  home preservers, Italian food lovers.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts:  sweet, sour and spicy pickled melon; grilled summer veggies with zucchini and savoury mint sauce; spiked peaches in grappa; tramezzini roasted tomatoes, spicy salumi, artichoke and provolone; nocino; orzata; tropea onion jam; calcionetti.
Quality/Price Rating: 90.
 

Chimo! www.deantudor.com

Thursday, September 22, 2016

* FOOD BOOK OF THE MONTH! *: Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook (Stipovich), pub by Chronicle Books

ULTIMATE APPETIZER IDEABOOK (Chronicle Books, 2016, 408 pages,  ISBN 978-1-4521-4019-3, $19.95 USD hardbound) is by Kiera and Cole Stipovich, both food and portrait photographers with a penchant for cooking. And it is a photographic Book, with a picture page for every app. Here are 225 simple, all-occasion recipes, with icons for "make ahead", vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free.  It has been inspired by the multitude of weddings that they have attended, with vast variety of apps on display. There is both an index and a detailed table of contents here. It is arranged by categories: nibbles, dips and spreads, crostini, fruits and veggies, protein of eggs, seafood, poultry and meat, and sweets. At the end there are 25 pages of building blocks for layering, with recipes for  chicken wing brine, stove-top popcorn, aioli (and variations with curry, lemon, caper, horseradish), peanut dipping sauce, and more. Superb photography throughout.  Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of equivalents. The authors give us plenty of cross-references to other layered preps that can be used as variations to basic apps.
Audience and level of use:  those who love small bites or who entertain a lot.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts:  roasted broccoli with garlic; spaghetti squash nests with browned butter and sage; parsnip fries; grilled squash with prosciutto rosettes; baked jalapeno poppers; spicy shredded chicken mini-tostadas; salmon sliders on multi-grain toasts with lemon-caper aioli.
The downside to this book: I wanted more!
The upside to this book: Book is fat and squat, holdable and easy to flatten.
Quality/Price Rating: 91.
 

Chimo! www.deantudor.com

Sunday, September 18, 2016

* THE RESTAURANT/CELEBRITY COOKBOOK...

...is one of the hottest trends in cookbooks. Actually, they've been around for many years, but never in such proliferation. They are automatic best sellers, since the book can be flogged at the restaurant or TV show and since the chef ends up being a celebrity somewhere, doing guest cooking or catering or even turning up on the Food Network. Most of these books will certainly appeal to fans of the chef and/or the restaurant and/or the media personality. Many of the recipes in these books actually come off the menus of the restaurants involved. Occasionally, there will be, in these books, special notes or preps, or recipes for items no longer on the menu. Stories or anecdotes will be related to the history of a dish. But because most of these books are American, they use only US volume measurements for the ingredients; sometimes there is a table of metric equivalents, but more often there is not. I'll try to point this out. The usual shtick is "favourite recipes made easy for everyday cooks". There is also PR copy on "demystifying ethnic ingredients". PR bumpf also includes much use of the magic phrase "mouth-watering recipes" as if that is what it takes to sell such a book. I keep hearing from readers, users, and other food writers that some restaurant recipes (not necessarily from these books) don't seem to work at home, but how could that be? The books all claim to be kitchen tested for the home, and many books identify the food researcher by name. Most books are loaded with tips, techniques, and advice, as well as gregarious stories about life in the restaurant world. Photos abound, usually of the chef bounding about. The celebrity books, with well-known chefs or entertainers, seem to have too much self-involvement and ego. And, of course, there are a lot of food photo shots, verging on gastroporn. There are endorsements from other celebrities in magnificent cases of logrolling. If resources are cited, they are usually American mail order firms, with websites. Some companies, though, will ship around the world, so don't ignore them altogether. Here's a rundown on the latest crop of such books –
 
Let's begin with some vegetarian-type books –
 
 
11.DELICIOUSLY ELLA EVERY DAY (Scribner, 2016, 256 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-4265-9, $30 CAN hardbound) is by Ella Woodward, a blogger with six million hits a month at www.deliciouslyella.com. She's also got a deli and a mobile app. She suffers from postural tachycardia syndrome, which makes it very hard to stand up straight. By switching to a plant-based diet (after mush experimentation), she has resolved or "healed" her issues. Here she gives us more than 100 "quick and easy recipes for gluten-free snacks, packed lunches and simple meals" (subtitle). Topics include breakfast, on-the-go, salads, weekday dinners, big-batch cooking, and sweets. There are the energy pickups, the ready-made home breakfasts, and the major meals. While she does use plant-based milks, she also does use honey in 11 dishes. So the book is not entirely vegan. There's a fresh mint and cashew bowl, tahini buckwheat, and an herbed lentil bowl. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. Quality/price rating: 87.
 
 
 
 
12.EATERNITY (Hay House, 2016, 381 pages, ISBN 978-1-4019-4788-0, $24.99 USD softbound) is by Jason Wrobel, currently host of the How to Live to 100 show on the Cooking Channel. He creates plant-based recipes; he's been a vegan for 20 years. His website and YouTube channel feature hundreds of vegan recipe videos. So now the book – more than 150 easy vegan recipes. There are also a dozen or so log rollers. Wrobel concentrates on easy vegan versions of such foods as "gooey nachos", burgers, and chocolate chip pancakes – to go with the wheat-grass shots, seaweed salads, and buckwheat granola. Along the way Wrobel gives us Nutrition 101 as he explains some of the science and research behind food choices. Check out his Caesar salad knockoff, the newer version of fudge brownies, the risottos and tortilla soups. He's even got a salted caramel waffle. Good food. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. Quality/price rating: 87.
 
 
 
 
13.DRIED & TRUE (Chronicle Books, 2016, 168 pages, ISBN 978-1-4521-3849-7, $19.95 USD softbound) is by Sara Dickerman, once a restaurant cook and now a food writer with a Beard Award. It is a basic book on using a dehydrator for drying food, with 85 recipes. Dehydrators do the work for you, and the foods are then additive-free. You can also re-hydrate nicely. It is a colourful book, detailing such as sesame kale crisps, jerky with gin botanicals, spiced dulce de leche granola, and red plum-basil leather. Great translucent photography. There are charts to indicate drying times for all manner of food. Preparations have their ingredients listed mainly in avoirdupois measurements with corresponding metric, but there is no table of equivalents. Quality/price rating: 87.
 
 
 
 
14.RAW. VEGAN. NOT GROSS (Flatiron Books, 2016, 216 pages, ISBN  978-1-250-06690-9, $25.99 USD hardbound) is by Laura Miller, creator of the YouTube show of the same name as the book. Her preps are touted as "all vegan and mostly raw recipes", although she does admit to liking (and using) raw honey as a sweetener. So you'll have to use something else (she has alternatives listed) is you want to remain a true vegan. That aside, the book is useful for its raw food. It comes with some log rolling, especially by someone named Jamie Oliver, but with no work attribution after his (or her) name. So I assume...Try watermelon avocado salad, cheesy popcorn (using nutritional yeast), cocoa buckwheat crispies, and mango-coconut jicama tacos. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. At the end there is a collection of wearable food art, which she calls "froobs", and with the obligatory Carmen Miranda wig. Quality/price rating: 86.
 
 
 
15.V IS FOR VEGAN (Quadrille, 2015, 192 pages, ISBN 978-1-84949-678-0, $29.95 USD hardbound) is by Kerstin Rodgers, who founded the UK supper club, The Underground Restaurant. She's also widely available on British TV. This is her third book. It is a colourful book with lots of pinks, mauves, greens, blues, purples, and so forth, set in a typeface resembling a typewriter such as Courier. Vegan food for her is definitely not brown and bland. She's got 150 preps and easy ideas for homemade parmesan and pesto, soups and salads, spice mixes, and desserts that are, of course, free of eggs, dairy or honey. If you are already vegan and looking for new dishes, then this book should do you. Try green beans with oink soba noodles, green papaya & zucchini fettuccine with cellophane noodles, quesadillas with black beans and tofu, or a chia seed-rose-raspberry falooda. Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of equivalents. Quality/price rating: 87.
 
 
 
 
16.THE VEGETABLE BUTCHER (Workman Publishing, 2016, 346 pages, ISBN 978-0-7611-8052-4, $29.99 USD hardbound) is by Cara Mangini, one of the first "vegetable butchers" at Eataly in NYC, and now executive chef of Little Eater in Columbus, Ohio. As a butcher, she slices, dices, peels, chops, and juliennes her way through a variety of veggies, much like a meat butcher, with specialized knife skills. These are the classic ways to break down an artichoke, peel a tomato, chiffonade kale, slice kohlrabi into carpaccio, break down a celery root, cut cauliflower into steaks, and deal with jicama. There are 150 preps here, 250 technical skill photos, and various guides. Indeed, this is a great spin on vegetarian cookbooks by virtue of being the ONLY one of its kind dealing with knife selection, care, and notes for butchering 50 different kinds of veggies, including cardoons, puntarelle, salsify and scorzonera. There is also a primer on washing, cooking and storing veggies, along with regular cooking methods of steaming, boiling, caramelizing, etc. And, of course, the pantry. Recipes have also been listed by season, but with no page references. You'll have to use the index for that. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is are tables of equivalents. Quality/price rating: 89.
 
 
 
17.VEGETABLE PERFECTION (Ryland Peters & Small, 2016, 176 pages, ISBN 978-1-84975-709-6, $24.95 USD hardbound) is by Mat Follas, Masterchef UK winner in 2009. It is a basic book, but covering some of the more modern approaches to vegetarian cookery as found in restaurants: using the newest cooking techniques and interesting ingredients to boost texture, add flavour, and thus make the veggie stand out on its own by being its own centrepiece. He's got 100 preps for roots, bulbs, shoots and stems. The book is arranged this way, with other chapters for juices, brassicas, belladonnas, pulses, and fungi. There's an interesting pantry (here, a store cupboard) and some substitutions. There are resource pages for both the UK and the US. You could check out artichoke frittata, goat's cheese with dandelion sauce, Bloody Mary soup, or runner beans with eggplant pasta. Preparations have their ingredients listed in both avoirdupois and some measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. Quality/price rating: 87.
 
 
 
 
18.MADE WITH LOVE (Appetite by Random House, 2016, ISBN 978-0-14-752983-1, $29.95 CAD papercovers is by Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie, mother and daughter co-owners of Kelly's Bake Shoppe and Lettuce Love Cafe in Burlington Ontario. Both places serve up sweet and savoury plant-based goods; there are more than 100 preps here in this book. The bake shop is free of gluten, dairy, egg, and peanut. It begins with the primer, and continues with savoury drinks and smoothies, breakfast, lunch, dinner, soups and salads. It finishes with desserts of pies, bars, cupcakes, donuts, cookies, muffins, etc.
Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. It's a great book for patrons of their two food places. Quality/price rating: 87.
 
 
 
 
 
19.BROTH & STOCK from the Nourished Kitchen (Ten Speed Press, 2016, 184 pages, ISBN 978-1-60774-931-8, $18 USD softbound)is by Jennifer McGruther, a food educator who founded www.nourishedkitchen.com, and award-winning and very popular traditional foods website. She's also a fan of fermentation and food activism. The book deals with trendy "bone broth" theme, with good log rolling endorsements from such writers as Deborah Madison. McGruther, who had earlier written the big-selling The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, elaborates here on soups by presenting 15 master recipes for bone, veggie and seafood broths. Plus the courses to make with them (mainly soups, but also stews, risottos, sauces – all with an international theme of Europe, American south, Latin America and Asia (pho). I love the kitchen scrap broth, which uses chicken bones and veggie scrapings. There is also a resource list. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there are tables of equivalents. Quality/price rating: 88.
 
 
 
20.MEATHEAD (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, 384 pages, ISBN 978-0-544-01846-4, $35 USD hardbound) is by Meathead Goldwyn, who commands www.amazingribs.com. He has written scores of articles, taught at Cornell and Cordon Bleu, and judged in many competitions. It's a basic book with lots of log rollers (17!!) such as Bruce Aidells and Christopher Kimball. It's a thorough enough book, with plenty of advice (such as cold meat absorbs smoke better than warm, BBQ does not have to rest after cooking, and soaking wood chips can be a really bad thing) based on science. Indeed, the subtitle is "the science of great barbecue and grilling". And his wife is also a Ph.D. microbiologist and food safety expert. He covers heat, myths, smoke, general makeup of meats, equipment, and more – through the first 150 pages. Brines. rubs and sauces are over the next 50 pages. The come the recipes: pork, beef, lamb, ground meats, poultry, seafood, and sides. No desserts, no beverages. Just the real goods of BBQ and grilling with lots of action photos of techniques. Well-worth the small investment. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. Quality/price rating: 89.
 
 
 
21.BROOKLYN BARTENDER (Black Dog & Levanthal, 2016, 304 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-39025-5, $24.99 USD hardbound) is by Carey Jones, a food and drink writer specializing in cocktails and spirits. This is a modern guide to cocktails from what has been described as "the world's hippest borough": Brooklyn. 300 inventive drinks from a variety of establishments are served up to us in this book. Organized by spirit, each prep can be replicated at home, from ornate drinks (juleps, cobblers, anything requiring more than six ingredients) to party punches and just regular "cocktails". She's got some variations, a primer on bartending, infused spirits, and even maps to the 45 (at least) bars. Everything is sourced. There are pix of bars and bartenders plus a short narrative on each one. After the big six (gin, vodka, whiskey, rum, tequila, brandy) come amaro, beer, wine and bubblies. It is a fun book, absolutely essential for denizens of Brooklyn and visitors to the borough. Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and avoirdupois measurements. Quality/price rating: 89.
 
 
 
22.BEACH HOUSE BRUNCH (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016, 222 pages, ISBN 978-1-5107-0289-9, $24.99 USD hardbound) is by Lei Shishak, owner and chef of Sugar Blossom Bake Shop in California. In her second book (Beach House Baking was her first), she's got 100 or so preps for brunch dishes created for guests at a beach house. They include roasted beet Bloody Marys, morning glory muffins, blueberry zuke bread, perfectly poached eggs, bananas Foster pancakes, and other summer goodies. Nothing heavy...just beverages, pastries, breads, eggs, hashes, salads and casseroles for the summer. Most impressive is her grissini bread sticks to go with her kale salad. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there are conversion tables of metric equivalents. Large print, good ideas. Quality/price rating: 87.
 
 
23.MEAT ON THE SIDE (St. Martin's Griffin, 2016, 270 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-06716-6, $27.99 USD hardbound) is by Nikki Dinki, top spotlight on the "Food Network Star" TV show (for her veggie preps) and "Junk Food Flip" on the Cooking Channel (for her comfort food classics). Here she treats meat as a garnish; she's one of the 22 million Americans who consider themselves "vegetable-inclined" with a reduced need for meat. No need anymore for "meat and 2 veg", for the book gives us all some healthy ways of preparing veggies to accompany a little bit of meat which goes a long way. The subtitle here is "delicious vegetable-focused recipes for every day", It's arranged  traditionally, with breakfast/brunch followed by apps, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta, light meals, and mains. One dessert: lemonade cheesecakes, for kids, as a reward. So here is the world of veggies at brekkies (kale egg cups, grilled patty-pan squash, pumpkin pancakes), dips, crostini), panini (burned carrot sandwich with cannellini bean spread), pizza, pasta, soup (celery and pear, cauliflower), and mains (lemongrass fried rice with yellow pepper and shrimp; sweet potato pie topped with pears, blue cheese and skirt steak). Given that meat is an accessory, the title still leads with the word "Meat"...is this a come on to get meat eaters to look at the book? Shouldn't the title reflect that meat is a garnish, so maybe call it "Garnished Meat"?  Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. Quality/price rating: 87.
 
 
 
24.RIVER COTTAGE GLUTEN FREE (Bloomsbury, 2016, 272 pages, ISBN 978-1-4088-5847-9, $42.95 CAD hardbound) is by Naomi Devlin, a homeopath diagnosed with celiac digestive problems.
Using gluten-free whole grains and sourdough cultures, she teaches people about the endless possibilities and flavours of gluten-free grains at the River Cottage Cookery School in the UK. Of course, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall wrote the Foreword. Her first 50 pages are memoirish and like a primer on going gluten-free. This is followed by topics dealing with breakfast, bread, pastry, snacks, salads, soups, meals, desserts and "teatime". Some preps are freezable, others are dairy free. Buckwheat pasta is a real winner, even if you only make it as Japanese udon noodles. Margherita pizza retains its colourfulness while giving up none of the chewy texture of wheat (use psyllium husk). Christmas pudding is not really a challenge at all since the wheat version uses so little flour anyway: substitute buckwheat or teff. She's also got GF versions of Yorkshire pudding, Scotch eggs, flatbreads, lasagne, and fish pie. The 120 or so preps
have their ingredients listed in mainly metric measurements, but there is no table of  equivalents. Quality/price rating: 88.
 
 
 
25.LICK YOUR PLATE (Appetite by Random House, 2016, 296 pages, ISBN 978-0-14-752988-6, $27 CAD paperbound) is by sisters Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat. Both had earlier collaborated on two other cookbooks: Bite Me and Bite Me Too. This is more of the same sauciness, with a wide range of log rollers such as Jon Bon Jovi, Heather Reisman (CEO Indigo), Chris Hadfield, and Michael Smith. Here are 160 recipes for fast, fresh, family foods. Nothing wrong with that, except the book weighs "a ton". There are ten chapters, from apps to sweets. Each can be coded with a symbol for quick meal under 30 minutes, "brain food", side plate, substitutions, short cut tricks, use as leftovers. Variety includes pesto chicken, Asian veggie stir fry, shrimp ramen noodle soup, Italian chopped salad with parmesan dressing, Baja fish taco salad with chipotle dressing, and slow cooker beef chili. An interesting hodge-podge of comfort food, mostly quick and easy. They spent a lot of  money on the photography, but even so: the index has teeny tiny typeface, hard to read. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. Quality/price rating: 86.
 
 
 
 
26.CRAVINGS (Clarkson Potter, 2016, 240 pages, ISBN 978-1-101-90391-9, $29.99 USD hardbound) is by Chrissy Teigen, Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model and TV/Internet personality. The focusing food writer here is Adeena Sussman. The subtitle says it all: these are recipes for all the food you want to eat. Teigen is married to singer-songwriter John Legend, who seems to have his pix with or without Chrissy in the book. Ok, welcome to the cooking of the rich and famous. Here are more than 100 recipes with stories, to suit every family or entertaining occasion (these are big meals). It's arranged by course, with breakfast, soups, salads (as she says, "for when you need them"), noodles, Thai food (she has a Thai mother), party, veggies, ending with suppers. There is something for everyone here, all of it great tasting and well-photographed. With well-focused writing. Food is fun, and that includes tuna casserole with a cheesy jalapeno and potato chip topping, Hawaiian pizza poppers, pineapple-grilled short ribs, and split pea soup with crispy hot dogs. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. Quality/price rating: 85.
 
 
 
27.EAT YOUR HEART OUT (Countryman Press, 2016, 256 pages, ISBN 978-1-58157329-9, $25.95USD hardbound) is by Dean Sheremet, who has cooked at Nobu Fifty Seven and Jean-Georges in NYC. Not only is he a guest chef on talk shows, but he was married once to LeAnn Rimes. He specializes in recipes for those who don't like to cook but love to eat. His subtitle is "the look good, feel good, silver lining cookbook". Ok, I can deal with that: he has stories on love, loss and how the kitchen saved him. He takes us through the pantry, the comfort food, the feel-better drinks and elixirs, the single-serving breakfasts, the fit food for lunches on the go, and the one-pot wonders for supper. Hey, it's a food book for grieving! He ends on a high note: how to throw a party (brunches, cocktails, going out, and desserts). Duck fried rice, lamb kofta, creamy scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, cherry-almond protein smoothie – the book has "guy" written all over it. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. Quality/price rating: 86.
 
 
 
28.GOOD AND SIMPLE (Clarkson Potter, 2016, 352 pages, ISBN 978-1-101-90550-0, $35USD hardbound) is by sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, food purveyors to the rich and famous in the UK since 2010. It was originally published by Ebury Press. They stress eating natural, unprocessed foods through "ancient eating principles" and the latest research in diet and nutrition. The easiest way to do that is to eliminate gluten and refined sugars. To which I would add "ALL sugars and salts where possible". And there you have it: the Dean Tudor Diet. They've got 15 principles for eating well (mostly for mind setting) as part of their philosophy, relying on the three bases of delicious, nutritious and sustainable. Do that, and you are eligible for a home run! Traditionally arranged (brekkies, soups, stews, sides, salads, flesh, veggies, desserts, drinks) with some emphasis on pantries, planning and equipment. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. Try tahini applejacks, spicy coconut kale crisps, or garlicky chili chard – nifty upscale items. Quality/price rating: 88.
 
 
29.THE COMPLETE ART & SCIENCE OF SAUSAGE MAKING (Robert Rose, 2016, 272 pages, ISBN 978-0-7788-0535-9, $27.95 CAN paperbound) is by the team of Tonia Reinhard, an RD and nutrition prof at Wayne State University, Brendan Reinhard, head of sausages at Country Smoke House in Michigan, and Brent Mitchell, head chef at Country Smoke House. Here are 150 healthy homemade recipes for all manner of sausages. They are easy to make, you just need to decide on casings or not. Usually you can just make patties with raw sausages and keep the casings for the cooked or fermented sausages. Most people I know just do the raw meats versions. There are lots of varieties and flavours out there, but you do need to keep track of preservatives and similar matters for the non-cooked dry, semi-dry and spreadable meats. It is a good basic guide that should keep everybody happy. There are about 35 "classics" that everybody enjoys, plus an assortment of others arranged by type of meat or veggie. The first part of the book is sausage-making essentials; the last part of the book is meal planning. I enjoyed polenta sausages. The layout is standard Robert Rose, with ingredients listed in both avoirdupois and metric, lots of tips and lots of health notes and variations. Quality/price rating: 89.
 
 
 
 
 
30.BROOKLYN RUSTIC (Little, Brown and Company, 2016, 305 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-38040-9, $30 USD hardbound) is by Bryan Calvert, owner of James restaurant (2008). He also runs Cecil & Merl, artisanal home and kitchen goods. His 125 recipes are drawn from James restaurant, and they are accompanied by 20 of his food writings. He calls it all "simple food for sophisticated palates". Quick-pickled cumin carrots, baby blue Hubbard squash soup, three legume crostini, corn soup, baby beet salad, sauteed shrimp – these are just some of his preps, stylishly photographed. There is a source list and a large type index. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. Quality/price rating: 87.
 
 
31.BACK TO THE KITCHEN (Rodale, 2016, 208 pages, ISBN 978-1-62336-692-6, $27.50 USD hardbound) is by Freddie Prinze Jr., movie and TV star, husband of Sarah Michelle Gellar who also contributed the foreword. Rachel Wharton is the focusing food writer; she's an editor with Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn, with a Master's in Food Studies at NYU. There are 75 recipes with memoir material about the food. It is arranged by food, beginning with breakfasts, moving on to meat, poultry, seafood, one-pots of soups and stews, and a short chapter on veggies. Try honey-cayenne grilled chops, Cornish hens with apple and sage, or New Mexican green chile chicken enchiladas. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. A good book for his fans. Quality/price rating: 85.
 
 
32.EVERYTHING SWEET MERINGUE GIRLS (Square Peg, 2015; Random House Canada, 240 pages, ISBN 978-0-22-410105 -9, $37.77 CAD hardbound) is by Alex Hoffler and Stacey O'Gorman. These are the fave preps from the Meringue Girls Bakery in London. They comprise edible gifts,  cakes, parties, candy confections, and laughter. A fan book of ideas, tips and recipes, now available in Canada through RHC. Seven girls are involved although only two are cited as authors. Try Fairy floss cake, Jaffa cakes, Lavender and lemon honeycomb, or Banana pops. Everything is straightforward, well-edited and photographed, and laid out before you. There is even a ribbon bookmark. Preparations have their ingredients listed in metric measurements, but there is no table of equivalents. Quality/price rating: 87.
 
 
 
33.MODERN ECLAIRS (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, 288 pages, ISBN 978-0-544-55719-2, $20 USD hardbound) is by Jenny McCoy, a former pastry chef at Marc Forgione, Charlie Trotter's, and Emeril's. She's also an expert judge on Food Network's "Rewrapped". Here she has 100 "cute, fun and easy recipes". They are all eclairs and variations, using choux pastry. Expect the chapters dealing with classic, fruity, chocolate and frozen pastries, plus some preps for the holidays (also good for entertaining), and some savoury such as croque monsieur eclairs, deviled egg-clairs, and, of course, Gruyere gougeres. Some general sandwiches too. Good detail. And as a baker, everything is scaled in both metric and avoirdupois. Quality/price rating: 87.
 
 
 
34.ICE CREAM ADVENTURES (Rodale, 2016, 214 pages, ISBN 978-1-62336-672-8, $24.99 USD hardbound) is by Stef Ferrari, founder of Hay Rosie Craft Ice Cream Company. It is a svelte book of ingenious ice cream concoctions from her company, such as a honey mustard swirl, or tomato caramel sauce, ginger hibiscus syrup, bananas ferrari ice  cream, and finocchio e la capra ice cream. There is a little more than 100 of these, scattered in chapters that deal with soft ice cream, cones, shakes, and sundaes. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. Quality/price rating: 87.
 
 
35.A LA MODE (St. Martin's Griffin, 2016, 224 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-07213-9, $24.99 USD paperbound) is by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough. They have appeared on QVC, have their own podcast on iTunes, and have authored many dessert cookbooks while doing food articles. The book deals with 60 pairings of baked desserts and ice cream, to the fashion – a total of 120 recipes. Basics such as chocolate pecan pie with white chocolate pavlova are here, and the game rises with apple cranberry pie paired with Camembert ice cream or espresso cream jelly roll with mascarpone ice cream. Even if you don't use the book for the pairings, or want to do other pairings, it is a nice collection of 60 baked desserts and 60 different variegated ice creams. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. Quality/price rating: 89.
 
 
36.SIMPLY GLUTEN FREE 5 INGREDIENT COOKBOOK (Media Lab Books, 2016, 251 pages, ISBN 978-1-942556-04-6, $17.99 USD paperbound) is by Carol Kicinski, a TV chef and cookbook author with a blog www.simplygluten-free.com. There are 175 easy preps here, featuring 15-minute recipes and a huge variety of tips and practices. It is pretty basic, with preps involving gluten-free flours and ensuring no gluten at all in many of the mains. Everything is fast and fresh, using a lot of veggies and quick cook meats such as chicken, and cheeses as well. As with most American cookbooks, preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. The typeface used for the ingredients, while sans serif (good) is tiny in size (bad). Quality/price rating: 85.
 
 
 
 
 
 
37.PLATED (Clarkson Potter, 2016, 240 pages, ISBN 978-1-101-90393-3, $24.99 USD hardbound) is by Elan Karp and Suzanne Dumaine, former teachers, chefs and food writers who joined Plated (in its early days), a cook-at-home dinner service whose mission is to help people eat better at home. Hundreds of thousands of meals are shipped each week across the USA. More details are at www.plated.com Together, the authors have written over 1500 recipes for Plated. So these preps here are drawn from that database. It's arranged by basic flavours and primer on cooking, followed by weeknight dinners, left overs, make-aheads, weekend feasts, crowds and entertaining. The book concludes with a few desserts. It is an all-purpose book with a good selection of make ahead meals such as beer-braised pulled chicken with guacamole, or braised harissa lamb shanks with couscous and herb salad, and a tasty white lasagna with butternut squash, kale and mushrooms.
Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. Quality/price rating: 88.
 
 
 
 
38.NUM PANG (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, 240 pages, ISBN 978-0-544-53431-5, $25 USD hardbound) is by Ratha Chaupoly and Ben Saitz, with food writer Raquel Pelzel. Chaupoly and Daitz founded Num Pang Sandwich Shop in 2009 near Union Square; there are now eight shops in NYC. Their creative Asian sandwiches have drawn acclaims, and so too from the log rollers Mario Batali and Michael Chernow. These are innovative Cambodian sandwiches that go beyond banh mi, emphasizing fresh, spicy, tangy and herby. It is basically a toasty baguette with pickled carrots, cucumber slices, fresh cilantro, chili mayo, and protein (five-spice pork belly, ginger-braised brisket, glazed peppercorn catfish). Their book is a part-memoir and part-cookbook, with chapters for poultry, pig, beef and lamb, fish and shellfish, veggies. There are also preps for hot bowls and cold bowls of food, plus beverages. So you will find cotechino sausage and pickled balsamic onion; khmer patties; vinegary scallions with braised short ribs and cauliflower puree; Cambodian mussels with tomatillos, okra and garlic toast; and grilled mahi-mahi with sauteed leeks. For yummy, try the maple-Guinness-glazed peach and bacon Num Pang.
Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents. Quality/price rating: 90.
 
 
 
 
39.THE ESSENTIAL HOME-GROUND FLOUR BOOK (Robert Rose, 2016, 288 pages, ISBN 978-0-7788-0534-2, $27.95 CAN paperbound) is by Sue Becker, owner of The Bread Beckers and The Real Bread Company. She's a nutrition counselor in Georgia USA who has been teaching whole-grain flours for 25 years. Real whole grains are both nutritious and delicious, and can be incorporated into any lifestyle and culture. Those grains with gluten (wheat, barley, rye) unfortunately cannot be assimilated by some people, but there are plenty of other grains and grasses to go around: rice, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, quinoa, teff, sorghum, legumes. She covers them all in her determination to get you to bake and eat freshly home-ground flours; there is nutrition, lower cost, and better taste. The first half of the book details equipment for home-milling and the basics of baking. The second half has 100 recipes for yeast breads, quick breads, loaf breads, biscuits, cornbread, cookies, bars and cakes. As always there is the terrific Robert Rose layout of notes, ingredients, metric and avoirdupois measurements, and tips. Quality/price rating: 89.
 
40.SUPERFOOD SUPERFAST (Quadrille, 2016, 176 pages, ISBN 978-1-84949-786-2, $24.95 US hardcovers) is by Julie Montagu, a TV personality (Ladies of London) who runs The Flexie Foodie Academy. This is her sequel to Superfood: 100 energizing recipes to make in 20 minutes or less. With a proper pantry, it is all doable. It is arranged by course, and includes breakfast. Covered then are the "esses": snacks, soups, salads, suppers, sweets, and the mains (here, "square meals"). It takes planning, but do get the family involved in this planning. She's got a beginner set of two weeks, Monday through Friday, with recipe names and page references. But overall, she's "picked my favourite fastest recipes for those weeks that you are insanely busy". No need to carelessly choose foods. It does help to have an available pantry for all those little extra things such as herbs and spices. Chocolate and coconut granola is a winner, as is butternut squash and sweet potato salad. It is vegetarian but with a little effort, it can be mostly vegan.
Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements with some metric but there is no table of equivalents. Quality/price rating: 87.
 
 
41.BYRON; the diner cookbook (Quadrille, 2016, 192 pages, ISBN 978-1-84949-844-9, $24.95 USD hardbound) is by Tom Byng and Fred Smith, who own and operate Byron burger restaurants (since 2007). These are preps from those diners. In their world travels they  ate hundreds of burgers, and many of those are incorporated here. There is a lot of detail on classic hamburgers before moving on to cheese and the Byron burger (beef, melted cheddar, dry-cured bacon, sauces). Others include chilli queen, Le Smokey (my fave), Miami slice – and more. It is an all-in-one book with preps dealing with sides, buns, pickles, drinks, desserts – the diner experience. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of equivalents. Quality/price rating: 87.
 
 
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Event: Program preview of the sixth DevourFest Film Festival (Nov 2 - 6)

The Date and Time: Monday September 12 2016  4PM to 6PM
The Event: Program preview of the sixth DevourFest Film Festival (Nov 2 - 6)
The Venue: George Brown College Atrium
The Target Audience: film and food and drink writers.
The Availability/Catalogue: Program becomes available Sept 16 at 9AM EDT.
The Quote/Background: There was a sampling of east coast eats in the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College. Executive director Michael Howell [disclosure: my son-in-law] and managing director Lia Rinaldo served up a preview of what's on the menu for the 2016 festival. Coined "Canada's Secret Foodie Destination" by The Hollywood Reporter, Devour! The Food Film Fest is the largest festival in the world of its kind. The event will once again be in Wolfville, Nova Scotia with its largest program to date from November 2-6, 2016. Last year the festival saw more than 9,100 people; they expect than 11,000 this year.
 
The sixth edition of the festival will include 94 unique events over five days including 80 films in 30 screenings, 24 industry workshops, 20 tasting tours, three celebrity chef dinners expanded to 180 capacity and over 20 parties and events. New to the festival this year are three significant themes which will each be explored in depth over the course of the festival: the previously announced women in gastronomy theme, building community, and the celebration of slow food and Wolfville as Canada's newest Cittaslow Town. Devour will screen 27 features and 53 shorts from over 19 different countries; 30% of the film program is made up of Canadian content (up from 25% last year), 19% of which is from the four Atlantic provinces. In keeping with the women in gastronomy theme, 39% of the festival's film content is directed by women. Although Devour! is first and foremost a film festival, the list of visiting celebrity chefs unveiled at the preview includes Normand Laprise of the James Beard Award-winning Toqué in Montreal, Stephen Wall of Ottawa's Supply + Demand, John Sundstrum of Seattle's Lark and Food Network's John Higgins and Ned Bell. Three visiting chefs (Barbara Lynch of Boston's No 9 Park, Mary Sue Milliken of Los Angeles' Border Grill and Christine Flynn of Toronto's Chef Jacques La Merde) will play roles in the women in gastronomy festival theme. From Thursday to Saturday night, these chefs will pair up with local chefs to create three meals inspired by highlighted festival films.
 
The first round of tickets will be available on Friday, September 16 at 9AM online at devourfest.com and by phone through Ticketpro at 1-888-311-9090. Exclusive packages will also be available at this time.
 
The Wine: The wine accompanying the food below was Nova 7 from Benjamin Bridge, coming back to Vintages on October 29 [6% ABV, off-dry peachy Nova Scotia muscat-based sparkler, my rating 89]. Accompanying cocktails included Canadian Club, prepared as a punch as featured in Mad Men's "Canadian Clubhouse Punch", and Jim Beam's Apple Bourbon.
 
The Food: We were treated to culinary creations by the faculty and students of George Brown College's Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts lead by chefs John Higgins and Glen White as part of one of the festival's newest partnerships. Continuing this partnership on-site at Devour! later this year, Higgins and White will bring four students to Wolfville for a culinary and cultural exchange to work with side-by-side with students from NSCC Kingstec. Dishes were prepared using a bountiful selection of products from Clearwater Seafoods (who, as a new gold partner, provided their corporate chef Stefan Czapalay to lead a Nova Scotian seafood demonstration with the culinary students), Scotian Gold Apples, Sober Island Oysters, Acadian Seaplants, Taproot Farms and Dairy Farmers of Canada. We were treated to lobster rolls (dressed with chives), lemon zest and mayo), roasted golden beets from Taproot with goat cheese salad and pepitas, NS mussel and chorizo chowder, coldwater shrimp salad with roasted red pepper, Hana mixed tsunomata seaweed salad with sesame dressing, Hokkigai clam dressed in wasabi/ginger gastrique with Asian slaw and sour plum dressing (from Chef Czapalay), seviche scallops, oysters on the half shell – eight separate dishes in all.
 
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 91.

Chimo! www.deantudor.com

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

WORLD WINE WATCH TOP 20/20 WINES: 20 under $20 and 20 over $20 for  SEPTEMBER 17, 2016.
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By DEAN TUDOR, Gothic Epicures Writing deantudor@deantudor.com. My Internet compendium "Wines, Beers and Spirits of the Net", a guide to thousands of news items and RSS feeds, plus references to wines, beers and spirits, has been at http://www.deantudor.com since 1994.

So many people have asked me for wine recommendations, with numbers only. The readers' most common response is that while they like what I say, they only relate to the score. The score is a combination of MVC (Modal Varietal Character, where e.g. a Southern Rhone tastes like a Southern Rhone and not like a Northern Rhone) and Quality/Price Ratio. Let's take it for granted that, e.g., a Riesling tastes like a Riesling, and the wine has some value in the marketplace either above or below its selling price. This way too I can also cover more wines.

This restructured wine newsletter for the Ontario market (with wines available through the LCBO and Vintages on a bi-weekly basis)  can always be found at http://www.gothicepicures.blogspot.ca/ or at    http://www.deantudor.com

THIS MONTH'S SPECIAL FINDS --

Cider-Ciderie St-Nicolas Glace du Verger Iced Orchard Cider PQ, +465856, $19.95 for 375mL, 7% ABV, MVC/QPR:  89.
Manzanilla – Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla Sanlucar de Barrameda, +745448, $16.95 for 500 mL, 15% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 92.

20 under $20
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W-Eradus Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Awatere Valley Marlborough, +225557, $18.95, MVC/QPR: 89.
W-Noel Bougrier Domaine Toussaint Vouvray 2015, +408260, $15.95, 11.5%ABV,  MVC/QPR: 89.
R-Siegel Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Colchagua Valley, +464438, $16.95, 14% ABV,
MVC/QPR: 90.
R-Chateau de Marsan 2010 Cotes de Bordeaux – Cadillac, +446245, $16.95, 13.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 89.
R-Chateau Fontareche Vieilles Vignes Selection 2014 Corbieres, +150540, $13.95, 13.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 90.
R-Jeff Carrel Les Darons 2014 Languedoc, +448464, $17.95, 13.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 89.
R-Falesco Tellus Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Umbria, +454504, $15.95, 13% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 89.
R-Monasterio de Las Vinas San Jose de Aguaron Reserva 2008 Carinena, +166579, $14.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89.
W-Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2014 California, +191593, $19.95,  MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Westcott Temperance Red 2014 VQA Vinemount Ridge Niagara, +469189, $19.95, 13.4% ABV,
MVC/QPR: 88.
R-McManis Zinfandel 2014 Lodi, +256735, $19.95, 14.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva Carmenere 2013 Maipo Valley, +57513, $17.95, 14% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Robert Oatley Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Margaret River, +323741, $19.95, 14% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Chateau Saint-Antoine Reserve du Chateau 2012 Bordeaux, +434464, $14.95, 12.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
R-Paul Jaboulet Aine Secret de Famille Cotes du Rhone 2013, +40033, $16.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Xavier Cotes du Rhone 2012, +297317, $17.95, 14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Fontanafredda Eremo Langhe Rosso 2012, +454041, $17.95, 13.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Scala Negroamarao Appassimento 2013 IGT Salento, +455212, $16.95, 14.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 88
R-Estay Prieto Picudo 2012 Vine de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon, +393140, $15.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Bod. Ilurce Rio Madre Graciano 2014 Rioja,  +354753, $14.95, 14% ABV,  MVC/QPR:  88.
R-Bod. Bilbainas Vina Zaco Tempranillo 2914 Rioja, +146209, $14.95, 14% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 88.

20 over $20
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W- Cuddy by Tawse Chardonnay 2013 VQA Niagara Peninsula, +469023, $24.95, 12.5% ABV,        MVC/QPR: 88.
W-Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay 2014 VQA Niagara Peninsula, +149302, $21.95, 12% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89.
W-Hidden Bench Chardonnay 2013 VQA Beamsville Bench, +68817, $28.95, 13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 91
W-La Crema Los Carneros Chardonnay 2014, +184929, $39.95, 14.5 % ABV, MVC/QPR: 89.
W-Simonnet-Febvre & Fils Cote de Lechet Chablis 1er Cru 2013, +462549, $42.95, 12.5 % ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
W-Bernard Reverdy & Fils Sancerre 2015, +200055, $26.95, 12.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Noble Vines The One red Blend 2013 North Coast CA, +460725, $23.95, 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Two Hands Angels' Share Shiraz 2014 McLaren Vale, +9480, $24.95, 14.8% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Chateau Pierre de Montignac 2009 Medoc, +437954, $23.95, 14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Pierre Amadieu Domaine Grand Romane Cuvee Prestige Gigondas 2013 Vieilles Vignes, 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89.
R-Chateau Langlais 2000 Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion, +463273, $39.95, 13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90.
R-Giacosa Vigna Mandorlo Barolo 2009, +352088, $49.95, 14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Finca Villacreces Pruno 2013 Ribera del Duero, +312140, $21.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 91.
R-LAN Reserva 2009 Rioja, +42929, $24.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Bernard Magrez Herencia del Padri 2012 Priorat, +461426, $22.95, 15.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 87.
W-Emile Beyer L'Hostellerie Gewurztraminer 2012 Alsace, +462556, $39.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 87.
W-Antinori Castello Della Sala Cervaro Della Sala 2014 Umbria, +512376, $57.95, 13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 87.
R-Magpie Estate The Sack Shiraz 2015 Barossa, +94078, $21.95, 14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 87.
R-Kim Crawford Small Parcels Rise & Shine Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago, +35337, $29.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 87.
R-Podere La Vigna Brunello di Montalcino 2010, +390807, $42.95, 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89,
R-Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2013, +456152, $21.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

* MORE FOOD AND DRINK BOOKS this month

3.WHOLE BOWLS (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016, 231 pages, ISBN 978-1-63450-865-1, $24.99 USD hardbound) is by Allison Day. She's a whole-foods vegetarian blogger (Yummy Beet, a Taste Canada 2015 Award Winner)who free-lances articles. She currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario. These are complete gluten-free and vegetarian meals "to power your day". And the trend now, since we are all rushed, seems to be to the meal-sized one-bowl, sort of like horses and oats. The preps are for all mealtimes, but can fit within the confines of a bowl. Try the cauliflower hazelnut pilaf. She's got fifty of them, plus some min-recipes for partial contents of bowls which can be mixed and matched to build your own creations. These are innovative "Whole Bowls Formula". Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there are also tables of  equivalents.
Audience and level of use: vegetarians, GF eaters.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: oat risotto breakfast bowls with soft-boiled eggs, avocado and hazelnut dukkah; curried falafel kale salad bowls; carrot cake bowls with cream cheese and candied carrots.
The downside to this book: I wish that there were more bowls, not just 50.
The upside to this book: I like the whole bowl formula.
Quality/Price Rating: 89.
 
 
 
4.BOWL (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0-544-32528-9, $25 USD paperbound) is by Lukas Volger, who owns a veggie-burger company and has written vegetarian cookbooks. Here, with log rolling from Deborah Madison, David Tanis, and Martha Rose Shulman, he gives us his take on the all-in-one bowl. These are vegetarian recipes for ramen, pho, bibimbap, dumplings and other one-dish meals. He's got some grain bowls, so the book isn't entirely gluten-free. It's all arranged by type of major ingredient (ramen, etc.), with primer sections on tools and ingredients. There are some cold dishes and some lukewarm dishes as well. There's about 100 preps, all of them tasty. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents.
Audience and level of use: bowl lovers, Asian food lovers.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: spicy tofu crumbles, raw veggies, cilantro; black rice burrito bowl (purple cabbage, beans, avocado, pumpkin seeds); couscous bowl (grilled eggplant and corn, pounded ginger drizzle); buckwheat bowl (roasted shiitakes and fennel, celery, pomegranate molasses).
The downside to this book: leans a lot on the Asiatic side, recipes already well-known
The upside to this book: international flavours, tasty.
Quality/Price Rating: 88.
 
 
 
5.GREAT BOWLS OF FOOD (Countryman Press, 2016, 178 pages, ISBN 978-1-58157-338-1 $21.95 USD paperbound) is by Robin Asbell, cookbook and freelance food writer. It's competitive in price with the other two books above, in that it has 75 recipes. The range is wider: vegan to paleo. It's also mainly arranged by mealtime, breakfast through dinner with parties, soup brothy, and desserts. Every bowl should have some of each of five components: base (carbs), protein, produce, sauce, and garnish. Then you can mix and match. She's got great material on choosing bowls for either or both of diameter and depth, lingering on the Japanese "negative space" concept of "Ma" to reduce stress. She's got a lot of data on food selection, with nutritional information and sizings. A boon is the chapter on make-ahead condiments, so you'll have more time to spend on the other components at the last minute. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents.
Audience and level of use: bowl lovers, those looking for more ideas.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: okonomiyaki scramble-topped rice with tomato and mayo drizzles; buttermilk quinoa bowl; native wild rice bowl; lemongrass-poached scallops and veggie brothy bowl; freekeh-sage bowl; soft polenta with roasted smoky chickpeas, grape tomatoes, chard, and creamy basil sauce.
The downside to this book: I wanted more.
The upside to this book:  lots of ideas here.
Quality/Price Rating: 90.
 
 
 
6.WHOLE WORLD VEGETARIAN (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, 320 pages, ISBN 978-0-544-01845-7, $23 USD paperbound) is by cooking teacher and cookbook author Marie Simmons, who has won both a Child and two Beards. Here she deals with regional and ethnic vegetarian and vegan foods, arranged by course from apps to sides. She's got some good takes on food, especially appetizers. The print is nice and large and the index is substantial. The Mediterranean contributes a strong component to the food, as does South East Asia with India. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents.
Audience and level of use: vegetarians looking for an international angle.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: summer garden paella; Indonesian salad with peanut dressing and fried tofu; torta with eggs, beans and cactus salad; vegetarian shepherd's pie; stir fries with crisp noodle pancakes.
The downside to this book: it needs a sharper focus.
The upside to this book: some dishes can be converted to vegan quite easily.
Quality/Price Rating: 86.
 
 
 
 
7.WHOLE PROTEIN VEGETARIAN (Countryman Press, 2016, 216 pages, ISBN 978-1-58157-326-8, $27.95 USD hardbound) is by Rebecca Miller Ffrench, a recipe developer, stylist and magazine food writer. She tries to integrate whole foods into the diet, to get enough protein of the right kind to support a plant-based diet. We all need nine of the essential amino acids that make up complete protein, and many grains-beans-greens-nuts contain fewer than that. Solution: include a wider variety of plant-based foods over the course of a whole day (complementary amino acids do not need to be consumed at the same time). Ffrench's book tells you how. The arrangement, after the basics, is by mealtime activity; there is also a listing of food sensitivities by recipe (gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, egg-free). She has charts for daily meal pairings and pantry stocking. Try the savory cheddar pinto bean muffins, or the crunchy mung bean sprout salad. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents.
Audience and level of use: vegans and vegetarians concerned about protein.
Some interesting or unusual facts: protein-boosting plant-based foods include lentils, edamame, black beans, soy tempeh, quinoa, whole grain bread, and hemp seed.
The downside to this book: the listing of food sensitivities does not include page references, so each prep has to be tracked down through the index.
The upside to this book: charts for daily meal pairings.
Quality/Price Rating: 88.
 
 
 
 
 
8.VEGAN VEGETARIAN OMNIVORE (W.W. Norton, 2016, 415 pages, ISBN 978-0-393-08301-9, $35 USD hardbound) is by THE Anna Thomas, who wrote The Vegetarian Epicure in 1973, a book that was life-changing for many people. He last book Love Soup won a Beard. Here she tackles the family's divided table where some eat vegan, others eat vegetarian, and still others are omnivores. Her solution: "Start with the food everyone eats, design a meal or a dish around that, then expand and elaborate with just the right amounts of the right cheeses, meats, or fish for your omnivores. Everyone feels welcome, and we eat the same meal – but in variations." She has 150 preps here for all tastes, with a chapter "Thanksgiving for Everyone". The cuisine is, of course, international. She opens with menus (but with no page references) that also include Halloween, Christmas Eve, Italian style for Christmas Day or New Year's, and Easter Brunch. The recipes are arranged by type of food, from apps through to desserts. Both the table of contents and the index are exhaustive. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents.
Audience and level of use: family peacemakers and family cooks.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: for Halloween – try spicy cilantro and mint pesto, cannellini and garlic spread, crostini/flatbread, stuffed pumpkin with farro and black rice pilaf and fall veggies, roast turkey breasts or leg quarters with garlic and herbs, chicory and kale with agave vinaigrette, raw cranberry and fuyu persimmon relish, and winter fruit crumble with gingersnap topping.
The downside to this book: there needs to be a sequel, perhaps embracing some allergies such as gluten.
The upside to this book: a good concept, which many are already following, but they needed nudging to complete the validation.
Quality/Price Rating: 89.
 
 
 
 
9.LO-SO GOOD (Chronicle Books, 2016, 272 pages, ISBN 978-1-4521-3508-3, $29.95 USD hardbound) is by food writer and blogger Jessica Goldman Foung. She was diagnosed with lupus and had to switch to a low-sodium lifestyle. It has been awhile since I last looked at a lo-so cookbook; you just don't see them anymore since concentration seems to be on allergies rather than reduction (for example, you don't see a low-gluten book anywhere). What you are looking for here is salty replacement for accentuating flavours. That you can get from the higher acids of citrus and the intensity of herbs. Just avoid purchasing any processed/restaurant food. Or, if you do, avoid all sodium in the home and let the processed/restaurant food be your sodium for the day. It's arranged by lifestyle changes and flavour-substitutions, along with pantry setups and shopping ideas. She's got recipes grouped by type, with page references for bites, breakfasts, breads, lunches, soups, dinners, party meals, and desserts. You could try roasted pepper and butternut squash soup or corn-broccoli burgers (both with ground pepper, red pepper flakes and garlic powder as salt substitutes). Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of metric equivalents.
Audience and level of use: those on a sodium diet.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: carry around a bag of herbs/spices for flavours when you are out of the house.
The downside to this book: I'd like more than 70 recipes.
The upside to this book: just mimic the salt at home with a variety of other condiments.
Quality/Price Rating: 86.
 
 
 
 
10.BATCH (Appetite by Random House, 2016, 344 pages, ISBN 978-0-449-01665-7, $30 USD hardbound) is by Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison, who created www.wellpreserved.ca in 2008. The site now has over 1800 articles and 700 recipes on preserving local foods, among other topics. It comes with log rolling by Curtis Stone and Jeanine Donofrio, and even Bar Tartine in Frisco. They explore seven different techniques: waterbath canning, pressure canning, dehydrating, fermenting, cellaring, salting/smoking, and infusing. After that, 25 foods are looked at through almost 200 recipes, from apples through mushrooms through tomatoes. Each food has a variety of methods used to preserve it. For example, apples are best handled as canned, dehydrated, fermented or infused, while mushrooms are canned, pressure canned, or dehydrated. It is an exceptionally colourful book, bringing order to chaos. What to do with the preserved foods? Eat them, but use their food recipes (see below). Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is an illustrated table of metric equivalents on page 5.
Audience and level of use: those who want to preserve or have a large batch of food that needs processing.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: broiled scallops with apple gastrique; chicken stuffed with apples, walnuts and cheddar; tofu wellington; mushroom polenta.
The downside to this book: many of the preps are useful but they only use up the preserved foods – they are in addition to the individual techniques for each food.
The upside to this book: comprehensive enough.
Quality/Price Rating: 87.
 
 
Chimo! www.deantudor.com

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Event: Artisti per Frescobaldi: Toronto launch of the limited edition 2011 Tenuta del Castello di Nipozzano ``Montesodi``

The Date and Time:  September 6, 2016  5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Event: Artisti per Frescobaldi: Toronto launch of the limited edition 2011 Tenuta del Castello di Nipozzano.
The Venue: Spoke Club
The Target Audience: cultural opinion makers and wine media.
The Availability/Catalogue: The Montesodi Vendemmia Dedicata 2011 (Castello di Nipozanno) is available through private order of Philippe Dandurand Wines. It comes in a cardboard box of three separately oak-boxed magnums, special bottle shape, and a special label created by three different artists and numbered out of 333 for each artist. $800 for a wooden case of three. ($133.33 per 750 mL)
The Quote/Background: Tiziana Frescobaldi, artistic director for the company, made the presentation, showing us the process of finding three emerging artists for the labels. Part of the proceeds goes to a prize for the winner, and part of the proceeds goes to Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. She announced that one artist will come from Canada for the next round of labels.
The Wines: We tasted five wines, beginning with the Montesodi.
 
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Aristi per Frescobaldi Tenuta del Castello di Nipozzano "Montesodi" Vendemmia Dedicata 2011 [all sangiovese] $800 for 3 x 1.5 L + wooden box.  PO Dandurand
-Frescobaldi Lamaione 2011 IGT Toscana [all merlot] $100 PO Dandurand
 
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Frescobaldi Mormoreto 2012 Toscana IGT [bordeaux-styled blend] $63.95 Vintages
-Frescobaldi CastelGiocondo 2011 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG [all sangiovese] $50.95 +650432 Vintages
 
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2012 $21.95 +107276 LCBO
 
The Food: there were platters of sausages (dry and cured, hot and savoury), toasted focaccia with Tuscan bean dip, grilled veggies, olives, and blue cheese. There was also a great greens salad [but slow mover]. Servers gave us risottos (one truffled, one milanese), tomato and water buffala skewers, figs and cream, and more
The Downside: It was very hot and sticky at the Spoke, so I left after the presentation and missed more platters of food (as if I needed more food).
The Upside: this was the opening gun for the Fall 2016 wine and food trade shows/portfolios/launchings, and what a big one it was!
The Contact Person: melanieanne@elevatorinc.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88.

Chimo! www.deantudor.com

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

WORLD WINE WATCH TOP 20/20 WINES: 20 under $20 and 20 over $20 for September 3, 2016.

 
WORLD WINE WATCH TOP 20/20 WINES: 20 under $20 and 20 over $20 for September 3, 2016.
=======================================================================
By DEAN TUDOR, Gothic Epicures Writing deantudor@deantudor.com. My Internet compendium "Wines, Beers and Spirits of the Net", a guide to thousands of news items and RSS feeds, plus references to wines, beers and spirits, has been at http://www.deantudor.com since 1994.
 
So many people have asked me for wine recommendations, with numbers only. The readers' most common response is that while they like what I say, they only relate to the score. The score is a combination of MVC (Modal Varietal Character, where e.g. a Southern Rhone tastes like a Southern Rhone and not like a Northern Rhone) and Quality/Price Ratio. Let's take it for granted that, e.g., a Riesling tastes like a Riesling, and the wine has some value in the marketplace either above or below its selling price. This way too I can also cover more wines.
 
This restructured wine newsletter for the Ontario market (with wines available through the LCBO and Vintages on a bi-weekly basis)  can always be found at http://www.gothicepicures.blogspot.ca/ or at    http://www.deantudor.com
 
BUY OF THE MONTH: Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer 2013 CSV VQA Beamsville Bench, +302059, $17.95, 13.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 93.
 
20 under $20
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R-Arboleda Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Las Vertientes Vineyard Aconcagua Valley, +606764, $19.95, 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89.
W-Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Sauvignon Blanc 2015, +462614, $19.95,  MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Junta Momentos Reserve Syrah/Carmenere 2014 Curico Valley, +464396, $16.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89.
W-Frogpond Farm Organic Vidal 2014 VQA Ontario, +469429, $14, 11.8% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89.
R-Chateau des Charmes St.David's Bench Vineyard Gamay Noir Droit 2014 VQA St.David's Bench, +346742, $17.95, 13% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 89.
W-Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2015 IGP Vins de Pays du Val de Loire, +672345, $15.95, 12.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 90.
R-Bod. Coral Duero Rompesedas 2006 Toro, +425868, $19.95, 15% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 90.
R-Vinos Sin Ley M Old Vine Monastrell 2011 Yecla, +344226, $17, 14% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 91.
W-Emiliana Signos de Origen La Vinilla Chardonnay/Viognier/Marsanne/Roussanne 2015 Casablanca Valley, +63909, $19.95,  MVC/QPR: 88.
W-Maycas del Limari Sumaq Reserva Chardonnay 2014 Limari, +378471, $14.95, 13.5% ABV,
MVC/QPR: 88.
R-De Martino Legado Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Maipo, +205674, $18.95, 13.5% ABV,
MVC/QPR: 88
R-Escudo Rojo 2013 Maipo, +464354, $18.95, 14% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 89.
R-Vina San Esteban In Situ Reserva Syrah 2014 Aconcagua, +662817, $15.95,  14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
W-Vignerons de Buxy Buissonnier Montagny 2014, +382879, $19.95, 12.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 88.
W-Henry of Pelham Estate Chardonnay 2014 VQA Short Hills Bench, +268342, $19.95, 13.5% ABV,
MVC/QPR: 88.
W-De Wetshof Limestone Hill Unwooded Chardonnay 2015 WO Robertson, +419622, $16.95, 14% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 88.
W-Domaine du Vieux Chai Sur Lie Muscadet de Sevre & Maine 2014, +200048, $14.95,  MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Chateau Godard Bellevue 2011 Cotes de Bordeaux, +426049, $14.95, 14% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Grenache/Sytah/Mourvedre Cotes du Roussilon 2014, +343517, $18.95, 14.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Cesari Justo 2013 IGT Leggero Appasimento Veneto, +451732, $14.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
R-Montgo Monastrell 2012 Alicante, +452136, $13.95, 14.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 88.
 
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W-J. Moreau & Fils Chablis 2015, +466144, $21.95,  MVC/QPR: 89.
R-Louis Max Cote de Nuits-Villages 2014, +445312, $29.95, 13% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 88.
W-Burrowing Owl Chardonnay 2014 BC VQA Okanagan, +208694, $33.95, 13.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 VQA Four Mile Creek, +997353, $29.95, 13.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 88.
W-Quails' Gate Pinot Noir 2014 BC VQA Okanagan, +585760, $28.95, 13.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 90.
W-Kistler Les Noisetiers Chardonnay 2014 Sonoma Coast, +251223, $99.95, 14.1% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 88.
W-Columbia Crest H3 Chardonnay 2014 Horse Heaven Hills, +441998, $20.05, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90.
R-J.Johr Los Osos Merlot 2014 Paso Robles, +27516, $21.95, 13.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 89.
R-La Crema Pinot Noir 2014 Monterey County, +367896, $26.95, 13.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 90.
R-Rodney Strong Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Knights Valley Sonoma, +456723, $35.95, 14% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 90.
R-Walter Clappis The Hedonist Shiraz 2013 McLaren Vale, +90191, $21.95, 14% ABV,  MVC/QPR:90
W-Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough, +912337, $24.95, 13% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 89.
R-E. Guigal Saint-Joseph 2012, +30031, $36.95, 13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89.
R-Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2011, +651141, $61.95, 14% ABV,  MVC/QPR:90
R-Convento San Francisco 2010 Ribera del Duero, +206409, $20.95, MVC/QPR: 89.
R-CVNE Cune Gran Reserva 2009 Rioja, +393553, $39.95, 13.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 90.
R-Descendientes de J. Palacios Petalos 2013 Bierzo, +446484, $24.95, 14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Vina Real Reserva 2010 Rioja, +94896, $21.95, 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90.
R-Dandelion Vineyards Menagerie of the Barossa Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro 2014, +399899, $20.95, 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.
R-Auntsfield Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 Southern Valleys South Island NZ, +361246, $31.95, 14.5% ABV,  MVC/QPR: 88.

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