Cook Books

September 2019

The Art of Escapism Cooking, Mandy Lee

“Lee, who vents about living abroad in her Lady and Pups blog, fuels this stunning cookbook with the ferocity of Sichuan peppercorns and chili oil. . . . An energetic confessional, for Lee is as gifted a writer as she is a cook. . . . Innovative. . . . [A] unique and deeply felt debut.” - Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

In this inventive and intensely personal cookbook, the blogger behind the award-winning ladyandpups.com reveals how she cooked her way out of an untenable living situation, with more than eighty delicious Asian-inspired dishes with influences from around the world.

For Mandy Lee, moving from New York to Beijing for her husband’s work wasn’t an exotic adventure—it was an ordeal. Growing increasingly exasperated with China’s stifling political climate, its infuriating bureaucracy, and its choking pollution, she began “an unapologetically angry food blog,” LadyandPups.com, to keep herself from going mad.

Mandy cooked because it channeled her focus, helping her cope with the difficult circumstances of her new life. She filled her kitchen with warming spices and sticky sauces while she shared recipes and observations about life, food, and cooking in her blog posts. Born in Taiwan and raised in Vancouver, she came of age food-wise in New York City and now lives in Hong Kong; her food reflects the many places she’s lived. This entertaining and unusual cookbook is the story of how “escapism cooking”—using the kitchen as a refuge and ultimately creating delicious and satisfying meals—helped her crawl out of her expat limbo.

Illustrated with her own gorgeous photography , The Art of Escapism Cooking provides that comforting feeling a good meal provides. Here are dozens of innovative and often Asian-influenced recipes, divided into categories by mood and occasion, such as:

For Getting Out of Bed
Poached Eggs with Miso Burnt Butter Hollandaise
Crackling Pancake with Caramel-Clustered Blueberries and Balsamic Honey

For Slurping
Buffalo Fried Chicken Ramen
Crab Bisque Tsukemen

For a Crowd
Cumin Lamb Rib Burger
Italian Meatballs in Taiwanese Rouzao Sauce

For Snacking
Wontons with Shrimp Chili Coconut Oil and Herbed Yogurt
Spicy Chickpea Poppers

For Sweets
Mochi with Peanut Brown Sugar and Ice Cream
Recycled Nuts and Caramel Apple Cake

Every dish is sublimely delicious and worth the time and attention required. Mandy also demystifies unfamiliar ingredients and where to find them, shares her favorite tools, and provides instructions for essential condiments for the pantry and fridge, such as Ramen Seasoning, Fried Chili Verde Sauce, Caramelized Onion Powder Paste, and her Ultimate Sichuan Chile Oil.

Husbands that cook: More than 120 Irresistable Vegetarian Recipes and Tales from our Tiny Kitchen

From the award-winning bloggers behind Husbands That Cook comes a book of original recipes inspired by their shared love of vegetarian food, entertaining, world travel--and each other.

Food has always been a key ingredient in Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin's relationship--and this cookbook offers a unique glimpse into their lives beyond their California kitchen. From their signature Coconut Curry with Chickpeas and Cauliflower, which was inspired by their first date at a shopping mall food court, to the Communication Breakdown Carrot Cake (which speaks for itself), these and other recipes reflect the husbands' marriage in all its flavor and variety.

Written with the same endearing, can-do spirit of their blog, the husbands present more than 120 brand-new recipes--plus some greatest hits from the site--that yield delicious results every time. Each entry in Husbands That Cook is a reminder of how simple and satisfying vegetarian meal-making can be, from hearty main dishes and sides to healthy snacks and decadent desserts and drinks. Ryan and Adam also outline common pantry items and everyday tools you'll need to fully stock your kitchen. Whether you're cooking for one or feeding the whole family, this book is chock-full of great creative recipes for every day of the week, all year long.

Madhur Jaffrey's Instantly Indian Cookbook, Madhur Jaffrey

Pressure cookers have been commonplace in Indian kitchens for years, making the Instant Pot--a combination pressure cooker/slow cooker that has become a home cooking sensation--a natural fit for preparing Indian food at home. Now, Madhur Jaffrey, the beloved authority on Indian cooking, shares more than seventy fabulous recipes--some entirely new, others reworked from her previous, acclaimed cookbooks--for the Instant Pot.

Here are recipes for Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins; Mung Dahl Rice and Cabbage Soup; Sweet Hot and Sour Eggplant; Chicken Cooked in a Kerala Style; and Pork Vindaloo. Also included are a selection of side dishes including chutneys, yogurts, and salads (think Baby Arugula Salad with Mustard Oil; Quick Tamarind Chutney; Onion and Tomato Salad; and Spicy Mushroom Chips).

Here too is a primer on how to best use the Instant Pot to maximize flavor. And while these recipes are quick and easy to prepare, they retain all the rich complexity for which Jaffrey's food has always been known. Here is the only Indian Instant Pot cookbook the home cook will ever need.

The Instant Pot No-Pressure Cookbook, Laurel Randolp

Revolutionize your Instant Pot with 100 brand-new recipes from Laurel Randolph, author of the #1 bestselling The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook.


Sure your pressure cooker can make simple soups and cook rice, but it can do so much more! Officially licensed by Instant Pot®, The Instant Pot No-Pressure Cookbook takes home cooks far beyond boring basics and introduces them to the versatility and adaptability of this miraculous kitchen gadget.


Laurel expertly mixes traditional cooking methods with the convenience of pressure cooking, and uses the Instant Pot® in unexpected ways, creating a wide range of dishes using fresh ingredients. She shares how one appliance can become the key to making healthy, flavorful meals, without taking hours of your time.


The book features:
- 100 creative, delicious recipes for every meal, all designed to work perfectly with the Instant Pot®
- Dishes based on cuisines from around the world—from Biryani with Currants and Cashews to Chorizo Hominy Grits and Shakshuka with Harissa and Feta.
- Tips and hints to get the most out of your electric pressure cooker
- Beautiful full color photos throughout


With recipes that cover every meal and food group—from Spiced Banana Steel Cut Oats and Green Curry with Chicken, Eggplant, and Shishito Peppers to Vietnamese Brisket Tacos and even Pineapple Rum Mug Cakes—The Instant Pot ® No-Pressure Cookbook is an indispensable companion for every electric pressure cooker!

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How to Braise Everything: Classic, Modern, and Global Dishes Using a Time-Honored Technique

With one simple, mostly hands-off technique, you'll unlock deep flavors in meat, poultry, seafood, and even vegetables in this authoritative guide of 200 foolproof, unique recipes.

Braises are far from just stews! The treasured technique is a pillar of cuisines around the world, and How to Braise Everything is a modern master class. You'll learn that a pot roast cooks much in the same way as a warm-spiced Moroccan lamb tagine, savory Spanish stewed chickpeas, or even a pot full of hearty bacon-enhanced collard greens.

The elemental method is simple: Combine your main ingredient with a flavorful liquid, cook (usually) at a low temperature, and you're left with superbly tender meat or vegetables and a flavorful sauce or broth, both parts benefitting from an exchange of flavors. But this simplicity doesn't mean there's not a right and a wrong way to braise. When should you sear your meat before its bath? Should you presoak your beans? What's better for braising: the oven or the stove? You'll discover tricks to coax out as much flavor as possible from braised subjects in streamlined recipes.

We cover comforting favorites like Old-Fashioned Pot Roast and classics like Chicken Cacciatore while also bringing the technique up to date, exploring international dishes with vibrant flavors like Mexican Chicken with Pumpkin Seed Sauce and Hake in Saffron Broth with Chorizo and Potatoes. Verdant vegetable sides like Braised Spring Vegetables with Tarragon and hearty bean dishes like Curried Lentils with Golden Raisins complete the meal.