Upcoming cookbooks: Scandinavian Baking, French Cooking for Beginners, and Clean Eating

by - March 16, 2020

I'm always excited to try new cookbooks, and now that I'm staying inside for the next two weeks (just to be safe!) it's a good time to experiment in the kitchen.

Thanks to Rockridge Press for sending me these to review. Their books often are part of Kindle Unlimited, and the ebook versions tend to be very inexpensive.


Modern Scandinavian Baking: A Cookbook of Sweet Treats and Savory Bakes by Daytona Strong

out April 14, 2020
ISBN: 9781646116188

This is the kind of book that makes me wish I was part of some sort of ladies book club that we all brought treats to, because this is the kind of book you want to bake through with some girlfriends.

The sheer amount of potatoes and sugar in these recipes filled my heart with glee.

Bonus: A typical American home baker probably has 95% of the ingredients you would need for all of these recipes. A good book for a quarantine.


French Cooking for Beginners: 75+ Classic Recipes to Cook Like a Parisian by François de Mélogue

out March 31, 2020
ISBN: 9781646115891

I have two conflicting feelings about this book.

1. Classic French cuisine does not look appealing to me. I come from southern American cuisine on both sides and, at heart, I would really rather just eat fried meat on a biscuit with some sort of savory and sweet sauce dumped on top. (But I know that sort of thing is not conducive to a healthy digestive system so I keep that at a minimum...)

I digress.

2. I want to be the kind of person who knows how to make these recipes. I want to invite family and friends over and make, say Hanger Steak with Béarnaise Sauce (page 106) and Chocolate Pots de Crème (page 145). I speak French, and I want to introduce my dishes in the proper accent like I make this every Thursday.

So... I probably will not get much traction from this book, but that is personal preference and not indicative of the quality of the book. I will most likely learn a handful of these and gloat about it.

You should, too, bien sûr.


Clean Eating Cookbook for Weight Loss: 28 Days to Kick-Start a Healthy Lifestyle
by Nikki Behnke

out March 31, 2020
ISBN: 9781646114726

This is kind of a cookbook/journal two-in-one. While it is certainly a cookbook, it's also a kickstarter guide to a healthy lifestyle.

It's a great resource for meal planning and exercise planning, and it is looking pretty tempting right now. I want to start it, but, I mean, I just got that big Scandinavian bread bible up there, so...

I highly recommend the recipes themselves, which constitute the second half of the book. I don't know who Ms. Behnke is, but she gets me. It may be clean eating, but it's by no means just a list of different things to blend with kale. Recipes look delightfully flavorful, and I'll almost certainly break out one tomorrow.

Highly recommended.

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