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Books of The Month: May 2018

Our eating habits and diets determine our health, therefore it is important to keep an eye on what we eat according to the season and adapt the diet to the outside temperatures. That is because, in the summer, the physical or mental fatigue can be caused both by the physiological effort to accommodate to the hot season but also by the inadequate nutrition.

This is why Wabi-Sabi proposes 10 cooking books with delicious recipes for summer 2018, to keep you healthy and satisfy your culinary desires:

1. Lunchbox Salads


Fun, flavour-packed ‘al-desko’ ideas for every working day!

Invest in a lunchbox you love and fill it with these amazing recipes. They are packed with flavour and nourishment to keep you happy and your stomach content.

Food-loving Naomi and Anna are trained chefs and have poured their lunchmaking-wisdom into this handy book, ensuring their recipes take no more than 30 minutes to make.

Recipes are suitable for vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers. And there are loads of tips to help you customize recipes to your heart’s delight.

 2.  Gordon Ramsay Ultimate Fit Food


Gordon Ramsay is one of the world’s most recognisable chefs and also a hugely talented athlete. In this book, he explains how eating well can lead to optimum health and fitness.

This book is divided into different sections; each one offering ideas for breakfast, lunch, supper, sides and snacks and they all have different health-boosting benefits.

There is a Healthy section packed with nourishing recipes that will enhance your well-being; a Lean section to encourage healthy weight loss, and a Fit section packed with pre- and post-workout dishes that will build your strength.

3. Spanish Made Simple


Spanish food has never been more popular or more influential: from the city of San Sebastian in northern Spain which counts a massive 16 Michelin stars to the markets of Madrid and ubiquitous tapas bars, Spanish food is no longer the preserve of summer holidays. And it’s incredibly easy to make at home. In Spanish Made Simple, Omar Allibhoy, the man behind the Tapas Revolution chain of restaurants, guides you through the basics of 100 key Spanish dishes. All the ingredients are available from supermarkets and you don’t need to be an expert cook. Spanish cooking is characterised by deep flavours, vibrant colour and minimal ingredients so you will learn to make a paella that packs a punch without spending hours in the kitchen, cook up a tapas feast for friends, and even whip up a delectable Spanish dessert in minutes. Sunny and delicious, informal and every day, Spanish cooking is for everyone, from skilled chefs to complete beginners.

4.  Barbecue Cookbook: 140 of the Best Ever Healthy Vegetarian Barbecue Recipes Book


Just because you’re trying to lose weight doesn’t mean you actually need to give up your favourite foods. It also doesn’t mean when summer is here you only need to eat salads or steamed fish. Did you know when trying to lose weight, eating meals cooked on a barbecue can help you to achieve your goals? Most people, when the word “barbecue” is said will immediately think of warm summer evenings enjoying great food and drink with their friends and family. However, by choosing to barbecue their food they are actually making a subconscious decision to eat more healthily. Through barbecuing you’ll find yourself actually eating less fat. This is because when you choose to cook meat or fish on a barbecue you only need to provide a light coating of oil to prevent it from sticking to the grill. Another reason why barbecuing food is much better for you when losing weight is it has a much lower calorie count. So, of course, the fewer calories being consumed means you won’t have to burn off so many when exercising. Yet you’ll still find you can still eat the same amount of food. As well as helping to reduce the number of calories and fat you consume by grilling food on a barbecue you are actually reducing the chances of you developing such diseases as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or a stroke.

5.  Weber’s Complete BBQ Smoking: Recipes and tips for delicious smoked food on any barbecue


This fantastic collection of recipes for meat, fish and seafood and vegetable smoking will give you all the inspiration you need to expand your BBQ repertoire. From classic Baby back ribs to ambitious Smoked duck and cherry sausages, these mouthwatering dishes will prove that you don’t need a professional smoker, or hours of time, to get fantastic results. With cookery methods for all types of barbecues and smokers, insider tips for getting the best results, notes on wood chips, papers and planks, and food pairing suggestions, Weber’s Complete Barbecue Smoking will help you achieve great taste with minimum effort.

6. ScandiKitchen Summer: Simply Delicious Food for Lighter, Warmer Days


Brontë Aurell, the owner of the ScandiKitchen Café in London, brings her famous flair to over 65 Scandinavian-style recipes that perfectly capture the joy of summer eating.

In the warmer months, we crave food that is often naturally lighter and nourishing. Scandinavians do summer food so well?it is wholesome, flavoursome, simple to make and sumptuous to look at. In Scandinavian culture, eating well is all about ‘lagom’ or balance? everything in moderation. Try the tempting breakfast ideas such as Blueberry Porridge. Sharing plates such as Smoked Mackerel Rillettes with Rye Crisps are ideal for grazing while satisfying larger plates include Herbed Pork Tenderloin with Hasselback Potatoes or Danish Plaice with Remoulade. The all-important cake and fika recipes include a Midsummer Strawberry Cake and Skinny Lemon Muffins. A classic Sourdough Rye Loaf and Seeded Crispbread with Dried Nettles are on offer in the bread chapter, and tempting desserts include a Swedish Mess with Cloudberries, plus there are some refreshing summer drinks to sip, such as a traditional aquavit cocktail. Also included are Brontë’s fascinating insights into Scandinavian summer traditions and celebrations.

7. BAKE LIKE AN ITALIAN!


Whether it’s fashion or pasta, Italians do it better… …and baking is no exception! No one knows this more than Catherine Fulvio, chef, honorary Italian and author of the award-winning cookbook Eat Like an Italian. For this sumptuous new collection, Catherine travelled to Italy to research the very best authentic sweet and savoury recipes. She discovered how baking is the life-blood of the Italians. Just go into any village piazza in Italy and the bakery (panificio) and cake shop (pasticceria) will have pride of place. No matter where you are in Italy, you will always be seduced by an authentic panino for lunch, a thin and crispy pizza slice from a street vendor, antipasti served with an afternoon drink or the incredible sweet delights readily offered with a strong coffee. Now Catherine shares her favourite recipes, as well as the secret ingredients and techniques gleaned from Italian friends and family – many of which have been closely guarded secrets until now! So get ready to enjoy Catherine’s Italy once again. The sounds, smells, love and tastes of la dolce vita come alive to tempt you to Bake Like an Italian too!

8. The Art of Making Gelato: 50 Flavors to Make at Home


Forget ice cream. Impress your dinner guests with unique flavours and indulge in fabulous recipes that you can make at home with The Art of Making Gelato. Discover the techniques and tools that you need to make this delicious treat at home.

Gelato is churned more slowly and frozen at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cream. The slow churning incorporates less air, so the gelato is denser. The higher freezing temperature means that the gelato stays silkier and softer. Dairy-free and egg-free, sorbets are made from whole fruit and a simple syrup. They’re extremely flavorful and churned like ice cream to give them a soft texture.

Join Chef and Gelato aficionado Morgan Morano as she shares 50 recipes for gelato and sorbetto. Enjoy traditional chocolate, sweet milk and strawberry, to Torta della Mimosa, Bombolone, Biscoff, and Acero – even Avocado gelato!

9. The Italian Vegetable Cookbook: 200 Favorite Recipes for Antipasti, Soups, Pasta, Main Dishes, and Desserts


Traditional and contemporary Italian recipes for vegetarian and nearly vegetarian dishes from the author of The Italian Slow Cooker

Over the ages, resourceful Italian cooks have devised countless ways to prepare vegetables—all incredibly flavorful and simple. In this book, Italian cooking authority Michele Scicolone shares recipes that she gathered during years of travelling in Italy. Some, like Green Fettuccine with Spring Vegetable Ragu and Easter Swiss Chard and Cheese Pie, came from talented home cooks. Others, such as Stuffed Cremini Mushrooms, were passed down through her family. She encountered still others, including One-Pot “Dragged” Penne, in restaurants and adapted dishes like Romeo’s Stuffed Eggplant from the cookbooks she collects. Many recipes display the Italian talent for making much out of little: Acquacotta, “Cooked Water,” makes a sumptuous soup from bread, tomatoes, and cheese. In keeping with Italian tradition, some dishes contain small amounts of pancetta, anchovies, or chicken broth, but they are optional. Simple desserts—Rustic Fruit Focaccia, Plum Crostata—finish the collection.

10. The Country Cooking of France


Renowned for her cooking school in France and her many best-selling cookbooks, Anne Willan combines years of hands-on experience with extensive research to create a brand new classic. More than 250 recipes range from the time-honoured La Truffade, with its crispy potatoes and melted cheese, to the Languedoc speciality Cassoulet de Toulouse, a bean casserole of duck confit, sausage, and lamb. And the desserts! Crêpes au Caramel et Beurre Sal (crêpes with a luscious caramel filling) and Galette Landaise (a rustic apple tart) are magnifique. Sprinkled with intriguing historical tidbits and filled with more than 270 enchanting photos of food markets, villages, harbours, fields, and country kitchens, this cookbook is an irresistible celebration of French culinary culture.

Bon Appétit !!

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