MIDNIGHT CHICKEN: & Other Recipes Worth Living For by British writer and poet Ella Risbridger, with charming watercolor illustrations by Elisa Cunningham, is a book about hope.  The author used cooking to help her out of her depression.  Cooking a roast chicken helped to put the author back on her feet.  It is a cookbook but it is also a labor of love and hope.   This is a book you can take to bed with a glass of wine and feel comforted in the author’s stories and especially her recipes.

EAT LIKE YOU GIVE A FORK: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive by nutritionist Mareya Ibrahim is a holistic approach to eating for those who want a more healthful lifestyle.  The title is clever and humorous as are the unique recipes including: you glow smoothie; poached egg and veggie brekkie bowl; the best kinda date balls; rockin’ raw slaw; and blueberry vanilla chia seed pudding.

THE L.A. COOKBOOK Recipes from the Best Restaurants, Bakeries, and Bars in Los Angeles by Alison Clare Steingold with photographs by Noah Fecks was released in 2017 but well worth a mention.  As an Angeleno myself, I have tasted many of the recipes in this interesting compilation and recommend it highly.  The author has compiled 100 recipes from some of the most famous kitchens in Los Angeles that are innovative and mouth-watering.  Favorites include: Otium’s Baja yellowtail tostada with peach-habañero salsa and avocado puree; Wexler’s Deli’s potato latkes; Crossroads’ sweet potato gnocchi with broccolini agliolio; Felix’s cacio e peppe; and Jon & Vinny’s’ rosemary-pine nut tart.

SIMPLE CAKE: All You Need to Keep Your Friends and Family in Cake by Brooklyn apron and bake ware designer, Odette Williams, is an homage to all things cake-related.  The recipes are easy to reproduce and the decorating tips make this the perfect book for any baker.  The photographs make your sweet tooth come alive.  The author gives you recipes for 10 basic cakes, 15 toppings, and lots of decorating info.  The book is an inspiring book for bakers!

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