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June Foodie Book: A Change of Appetite by Diana Henry

This month’s choice of foodie book is completely in line with my diet lately. With the whole 30 challenge, a change of appetite is exactly what’s been going on. This book was a coincidental find and I absolutely love it. The author, Diana Henry, created this book’s recipes when she started craving a different kind of diet. The kind that contains less meat and heavy food and focuses on vegetables, fish and grain-based dishes. What I love the most about the recipes in the book is that they are inspired by Middle Eastern and Far East food, passing by Georgia and Scandinavia.

Throughout the pages, you’ll find fresh and light dishes to inspire you to a healthier lifestyle. My favorites until now are this marinated cherry salad (which I tweaked a little bit) and a brown rice salad I’m looking forward to make when I can finally have rice again. There’s also a pistachio lemon cake I’ll be making soon.

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Prepare to open up to new food possibilities that can only make you feel good.

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April Foodie Book: Around The World in 120 Recipes

There is no question about traveling the world being one of the ultimate forms of wealth in life. Having the chance to explore new countries and new cultures has become a need more than a luxury for our generation. Being a foodie makes it a thousand times more exciting and interesting, especially when you’re open to trying new flavors and spices and if unknown ingredients are not scary to you. A foodie traveler counts food as sights not to miss and eating it as an experience not to miss. Lists and lists of places to eat and street food to try are made and inserted into bucket lists, then followed to the letter. We then bring this richness back home as we try to reproduce those dishes that made our eyes shine and body content.

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”. Meanwhile, my sister gave us this beautiful gift at Christmas for us to explore the world from our kitchen.

Around The World in 120 Recipes, by Allegra McEvedy

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From a simple Peanut Butter Shake recipe, to the one of a Rabbit Lasagne, all the way to a Snail and Spinach Quiche, this book will give you everything from all tastes and cultures. If you have foodie and traveler in your blood, buy it now!

Carted around countries as a child with her historian father, Allegra McEvedy was encouraged to keep a diary, but it was clear before the age of ten that her daily descriptions contained only passing references to the cornucopia of culture she’d seen that day. Writing instead about the aspect of the holiday that interested her, she became fascinated by all the new foods she was seeing and eating. Years went by and what were once just diaries became her Food Diaries, a travelling chef’s notes of ingredients, dishes and all things cooking-related that made her eyes shine with excitement. Around the World in 120 Recipes is a cookbook like no other. Full of recipes for Allegra’s favourite meals eaten over nearly a quarter of a century of travelling, tasting and scribbling, this is a first-hand experience of the dishes she has enjoyed all over the world – from West Coast Ricotta Cake in San Francisco to Seafood Stew in Salvador, Slow-cooked Lamb in Marrakech to Artichokes with Polenta in Milan.

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Here are some pages from the book that will make you want to get it right away. It comes with a handwritten message in the first pages and contains facts about every region’s food and cooking. I also found the introduction brilliant!

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Any thoughts? Do share your favorite foodie books in the comments!

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March Foodie Book: Lily Vanilli’s Sweet Tooth

The first time I discovered Lily Vanilli’s Bakery in East London was back in October 2013. I was in London visiting my sister and she took me to this hidden gem she knew I was going to love. When you enter the place, the first thing you see is a range of cakes. It’s not like any other bakery as the cakes are all decorated in a fantastic and cool way. The place is also decorated in a funky way with lots of gadgets all around that can only inspire you.

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Then, right there on the counter, I saw the Lily Vanilli Recipe book: Sweet Tooth! I was so happy I grabbed it immediately. Just having the chance to try and replicate those amazing little cakes was pure happiness. I now have it at home and consult it for recipes but also for tips on baking and lessons on ingredients and baking material.

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If you’re a baker at heart, get it, you’ll absolutely love it. Below is the a recipe from it so you can get an idea of what you can get. This bitter orange chocolate cake is not the easiest one to make and I haven’t tried it yet but it looks delicious (and challenging for an amateur baker). 🙂

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February Foodie Book: A Delicious Life – New Food Entrepreneurs

When you’re an avid food lover, you start getting ideas. Not only do you enjoy trying out new places and cooking new recipes, but you also get creative, wondering what you could add to the foodie scene. That’s why this book is great. It brings you hope and helps you develop your creativity while at the same time showing you the changes the food scene keeps going through.

A Delicious Life – New Food Entrepreneurs, talks about the new food movement and the people that made it happen. It takes you into the minds of “groundbreaking foodists who are fine-tuning cooking, baking, and brewing methods”, rediscovering ingredients, inventing new recipes and experiencing food in its most creative state. You get to read about the different personalities behind these food entrepreneurs. You get to discover which tools, utensils, ingredients and events they use. Most importantly, if you’re a foodie at heart, you get inspired to become part of this movement taking place today.

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Have you read this book? 

P.S. You can check out January’s Foodie book here.

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January Foodie Book: Seasons by Donna Hay

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk about their Kindles, how simple it is and how much they love it. Lots of other people also talk about how when they need a specific recipe, all they have to do is google it. I might be a bit old-fashioned when it comes to books, but I can’t live without them yet. I still go for a read I can touch instead of yet another electronic object. In fact, we visit bookstores twice a month, in an endless pursuit of fine discoveries and inspiration, and that’s why, we’ll be selecting a great foodie book every month of 2015 to inspire you.

January’s Foodie Book of the Month is ‘Seasons’ by DONNA HAY

What’s excellent about this recipe book is how it is divided into seasonal sections. Whether you’re looking for a fresh summery salad, a cozy cake or a warming soup, this is the book for you! It’s not new but it’s an absolute must-have for aspiring and amateur cooks. The recipes and ingredients used are simple and accessible, yet creative and innovative. I’ve often mentioned Donna Hay and I have to say I’m getting addicted to her ideas.

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Already 3 recipes inspired from this book have been featured on Breadonbutter: These BBQ-ed Prawns, This Coffee Cake and This Pumpkin Soup. Check them out, they’re simple and delicious!

Are you a book person? I’d love to know about your favorite food books! 🙂 

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Great Foodie Books To Offer This Christmas

On Monday, in the 11 perfect food lovers Christmas gift list, the very first item was a nice and efficient foodie book. I promised a list of great foodie books to offer this Christmas. So here are 10 of them I’d thought I’d classify according to every cook’s personality. There you go:

BreadOnButter’s List of 10 foodie books to offer this Christmas:

To: The classic cook who loves to make things from scratch:

Julia Child – Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volumes I & II

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To: The modern woman who loves hosting parties:

Des Recettes Pour Recevoir – Hachette Cuisine

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To: The one who likes to cook unusual but easy things:

Donna Hay – Seasons

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To: The healthy cooks who love adding flavor to their dishes:

Jamie Oliver – Cook With Jamie

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To: The oriental fusion fan:

Orient Express – Silvena Rowe

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To: The lovely baker with a fun edge:

Lily Vanilli – Sweet Tooth

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To: The inspiration-seeker:

Beirut Cooks – Pascale Habis

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To: The Entrepreneur:

A Delicious Life – New Food Entrepreneurs

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To: The amateur Chef:

Joel Robuchon – The Complete Robuchon

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To: The ambitious on-the-way-to-culinary-school Chef:

The Professional Chef – The Culinary Institue of America

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I’m actually searching for a new cookbook. Any other recommendation?

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Foodie Book: Recettes de Vie 2

It was a delight to be invited to Recettes de Vie 2’s signature last Thursday at Les Caves de Taillevent Beirut. This book is the second of a hopefully long series of recipe collections.

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The core values of this concept (as it is a concept, beyond being a book) are unity, conviviality and sharing. It’s the story of Ghia, Mayssa and their wonderful entourage. The book was made thanks to the various recipes given to the authors by their friends and family. What I loved the most about each recipe is the part where each cook shares a small hint, to make their recipe nicer, or more “them”. I also loved how they reminisce the days where we were all studying in the kitchen while our mom was preparing a nice dish for dinner. It’s all warm and friendly in this book.

And last but not least, all proceeds go to charity, divided amongst various non-religious charity associations, helping children and women. The first edition helped gather 100,000 $ and they’re hoping to overcome this amount this year, so go ahead!

You can view their website:www.recettesdevie.com , and follow them on instagram: @recettesdevie) and facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/recettes-de-vie/185526501491882

Photos taken from Recettes de Vie’s Facebook page

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Foodie Book: Beirut Cooks

Happiness is your main ingredient, always.

Yesterday evening was Beirut Cooks’ first book signing event. It took place at The Food Dealer, a very very cool new deli in Mar Mikhael. Apart from the wonderful interior we noticed when we entered the place – despite the crowd of people – we saw a long table where the author of the book, Pascale Habis, as well as some of the cooks featured in it, were seated and signing the books of eager food lovers.

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Beirut Cooks is really something unique as it brings together the recipes of amateur cooks from various backgrounds. They are entrepreneurs, they are artists and business people. They are everyone and everything, and that’s what makes their recipes beautiful. Each recipe is the product of a different realm of life itself. The first thing that hits you when you open the book is the images. They are exceptionally vivid, colorful and clear, it makes you want to read it all right away. And when you do read it, you are far from being disappointed. Get ready to be enchanted by real people!

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The book starts with a charming preface written by Nicolas Audi, a gastronomer himself (www.nicolasaudi.com), and goes on to introduce the cooks. To name a few: Bernard Khoury (Architect), Joanna Debbas (Restaurant Owner), Monique Rizkallah Chebli (Artist and Yoga Intructor), Karim Chaya (Industrial Designer), Barbara Massaad (Food Writer and Photographer), Johnny Farah (Artisan Créateur and Restaurant Owner), Karen Chekerdjian Fattal (Product and Furniture Designer), Karine Zablit (Cake Designer), Michael Zammar (Consultant and Businessman), and Carine Bejjani (Event Planner). Recipes from around the world, with a personal twist, can be found in the book. Some of my favorites until now are: Carine’s Lemon Meringue Pie, Bernard’s Pancakes, Joanna’s Three-Melon Salad, and Karim’s Corn on the Cob with Lime Chilli Butter.

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Go out and get it, you won’t regret a page of it! You can check their website and facebook page here and here!

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A French Foodie Book

I’m a huge book lover, a reader who will never switch to kindle or any other technology that could replace a beautiful book’s smell, the touch of its pages and the happiness of seeing it worn out. Don’t you book lovers just have a weakness for run down books, showing the trepidation in which you read them, drank them with your eyes and turned pages avidly wanting more?

A book I thought I’d suggest for you to read this weekend is a book for all foodies who want to hear luscious stories. Mastering the Art of French Eating is written by Ann Mah, a food and travel writer who is married to a diplomat. In the book, they move to Paris for a diplomatic assignment and that’s when they learn that her husband must be in Iraq for a while and that she has to live in Paris alone. Once the Julia Child in Ann Mah kicks in, she embarks on this really great culinary adventure through France, telling us all about the differences in specialties through the country, delicious mouthwatering details included. Believe you me, you’ll want to make a major life move after this book. You’ll probably also want to cook a stew and daydream about a nice lip-smacking choucroute.

Enjoy culinary storytelling at its finest.

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