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Cookbook Review: The VB6 Cookbook

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Mark Bittman expands on his bestselling breakthrough diet plan VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…For Good. This book provides a flexitarian approach to cooking to help you ease into VB6 and make it a permanent style of eating.
Who doesn’t know Mark Bittman? He is one of the country’s most well known and respected food writers. Ever heard of the “How to Cook Everything” books? That’s him. This cookbook is focused on his diet plan which he credits for turning his life around.

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Cookbook Review: Food 52 – Any Night Grilling

Relish Decor Cookbook Review Food 52 Any Night Grilling

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The only book you and your grill need. This cookbook is decidedly unfussy and practical for when you come home to nice weather and want to fire up your grill.
Paula Disbrowe is the author of seven cookbooks. She hails from Texas so you know she knows about grilling. She’s representing Food 52 in this cookbook. The back of the book offers high praise Aaron Franklin, from Franklin Barbecue (a Texas staple!) “packed with tons of great recipes and plenty of tricks, this modern primer will teach anyone, regardless of skill level, to become a grilling master.” Are you ready?
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Cookbook review: The Art of Simple Food II- Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden

Relish Decor The Art Of Simple Food Cookbook Review

Fast Review: Recipes to help guide you through the farmers market and may even inspire you to see how green your thumb can be. Read this book if you’re a fan of vegetables and looking for creative ways to serve them that highlight and compliment their fresh flavor.

Alice Waters is a James Beard award-winning chef. She owns Chez Panisse Restaurant and Cafe in Berkeley, California. She is a big advocate for sustainable agriculture. Her talent and passion are evident in the pages of The Art of Simple Food II. The front of the book begins with a mantra “Treasure the farmer, Nurture the soil, Plant wherever you are, Learn from nature, Cultivate your palate, Make your own, Eat whole food, Share the harvest, Teach children the art of simple food.” It is clear from the content of this book that this mantra is something Alice wholly believes in and hopes others are inspired by.

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Cookbook Review: The Sprouted Kitchen – A Tastier Take on Whole Foods

Photo by Hugh Forte

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A welcome addition to any kitchen looking to eat better. This book will help you make nourishing food and inspire you with different ingredient combinations. The Sprouted Kitchen is realistic healthy food you want to eat!
Sara Forte’s Sprouted Kitchen blog is beautiful. It is sleekly designed and simple. Her goal, as stated on her blog, is: to make healthy-ish food that fits into your everyday life, using mostly produce, whole grains, healthy fats, natural sugar alternatives and the like. Her husband is the photographer for her website and both books. The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods was released in 2012 and it is extremely representative of the blog’s style and voice. If you’re looking for a cookbook full of fresh takes, here it is.

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Cookbook Review: Miette

Fast Review: Get inspired to bake up a storm with photos and recipes from San Francisco’s adorably delicious pastry shop

Miette is on many of San Francisco’s best-loved lists of bakeries. Chef and owner Meg Ray shares some of her most popular recipes in Miette: Recipes from San Francisco’s Most Charming Pastry Shop. While Meg is self-taught she never really considered having a career in baking. She actually studied art and design before going to work in technology. She opened Miette, the French word for “crumb” in 2001 and has since opened more stores. Miette has a heavy focus on local and organic and puts an emphasis on baking in the season. Thumb through this book to be inspired to bake classic American layer cakes, French cookies and pastries sure to impress anyone.

Who’s Kitchen Would You Find It In: Bakers with a passion for presentation, fans of Ladurée and European bakeries

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Top ten benefits of lemon water

Top 10 benefits of lemon water
Lemons are wonderful! Beyond all the great ways they can be used around the house for their cleaning properties, the little yellow fruit is also great for our bodies! Lemons are packed with vitamins and minerals, are an antioxidant that boosts the immune system, protects against cardiovascular disease and even has cancer-fighting properties. Drinking a glass of room temperature water with lemon juice every day can really make a big difference! The benefits of lemon water are endless but we have gathered our top 10 favorite properties!

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Cookbook Review: Small Victories

Relish Decor Julia Turshen’s Small Victories Cookbook Review

Fast Review: Looking for a new “go-to”? Well, it’s here. Find a place for this engaging cookbook on one of your shelves. You won’t regret it.

You may have heard of Julia Turshen before. She’s worked with Gwyneth Paltrow, Mario Batali, and Dana Cowin. She’s written articles for Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and Saveur (to name a few). She hosted the first two seasons of Radio Cherry Bombe. It’s safe to say that she knows her stuff. Julia named this book for some valuable advice she shares: “becoming a confident cook means mastering one delicious thing at a time, taking pleasure in each small victory.” This personal book shares 95 recipes with countless variations and advice for cooks of any skill level. The message is clear through the many delicious recipes that the author has one goal and that is for the reader to be able to celebrate their own cooking triumphs.

Who’s Kitchen Would You Find It In: Fans of Ina Garten (she writes the foreword), new cooks who favor a versatile and realistic cookbook or seasoned cooks who want a new valuable addition to their library.

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Relish Recipe: Jambalaya

Have you ever visited New Orleans? If so, how about during Mardi Gras? I agree it is an awesome experience but a little crazy! You don’t have to be physically in NOLA to take part in the festivities. Host your own Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras themed party with flashy decor, king cake and of course great cajun eats! Anytime you entertain, the less mess the better; that is why I am obsessed with one dish meals. The Staub 5.5 Quart Cocotte is great for making large batches for big groups of people, all with little cleanup. The Staub dutch oven is the best piece of cookware I own. I am just in love with the cherry red color. Red isn’t your color? No worries- they come in a ton of colors, shapes, and sizes. The Staub 5.5 Quart Cocotte is great for stove stop sautéing and stewing and then finishing up in the oven. To celebrate Mardi Gras in our house, I will be making a big old Staub pot of Jambalaya. It is super easy and sure to please your entire party. Check out the simple recipe below!

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5 reasons to love the Staub Essential Pot

Blog Relish Decor Top 5 Reasons To Love Your Staub Essential Pot

Our latest cast-iron obsession is with the Staub Essential Pot, a new staple of cast-iron cookware.
These little beauties are also stovetop and oven safe, with enameled bottoms for safe cooking on a myriad of surfaces. Unlike the squared bottoms and flatter lids of Staub’s round cocottesthe Essential Pot features a more rounded interior and a domed lid. The shape lends itself for more even heat transference, perfect for risottos and stews, where even heating is vital.  

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