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Cookbook Review: The Cheesemonger’s Seasons by Chester Hastings

Fast review: Break away from the humdrum “cheese plate” and start enjoying cheese all year long with these seasonal inspired recipes.

It may seem strange to think about, but all cheese begins its life as grass. If cheese is an agricultural product, isn’t it natural to pair it with other farmers’ market treasures? Master chef and cheesemonger Chester Hastings bases his newest cookbook on this idea. The book is divided into four seasonal sections with recipes grouped by type of produce.

Hastings is also a firm believer in the old European adage—take very good ingredients and do very little to them.  Each recipe is perfectly calibrated to highlight the individual facets of the dish and every ingredient serves a purpose.  As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season starts, having an arsenal of low effort, high impact recipes like these is a total lifesaver.

With ninety unique dishes (over 80 of which are vegetarian), this book is a love letter to cheese that has recipes for any craving. Get your copy, head to the market, and get ready to have cheese for dinner!

Who’s kitchen would you find it in:  The culinary vagabond, carnivores toying with the idea of becoming vegetarian, anyone who likes cheese!

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Cookbook Review: Gluten-Free and Vegan Pie by Jennifer Katzinger

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Fast review:  Pie just might be the perfect food. It’s nostalgic, it’s heart warming, and it’s downright tasty.

Jennifer Katzinger takes a fresh approach by adapting classic pie recipes to fit both gluten-free and vegan lifestyles in her cookbook, Gluten-Free and Vegan Pie. As the former owner of Seattle’s popular gluten-free and vegan Flying Apron Bakery, Jennifer Katzinger is an expert in the field. Chapters span from tarts to hand pies to an entire chapter just on crusts. The recipes within each chapter are organized quarterly from spring to winter to make the most out of fresh harvested ingredients and seasonal flavors.

In this book, pie becomes a year-round expression of fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables. With more than fifty sweet and savory pie recipes, her book has a place in any baker’s kitchen—especially with the holidays around the corner. Buy your copy here and start rolling that crust dough!

Whose Kitchen You Would Find It In: Holiday host, health conscious baker, vegans, gluten-free fanatics, everyone—because who doesn’t love pie?

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