Weekend Cooking – 3 Cookbook Reviews

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Weekend Cooking is a weekend blog meme hosted by Beth Fish Reads. And today I’m reviewing the last three cookbooks that I’ve read.

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Thug Kitchen – The Official Cookbook

Goodreads Synopsis: Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular web site to inspire people to eat some Goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow (“This might be my favorite thing ever”) and named Saveur’s Best New Food blog of 2013—with half a million Facebook fans and counting—Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food.

Yeah, plenty of blogs and cookbooks preach about how to eat more kale, why ginger fights inflammation, and how to cook with microgreens and nettles. But they are dull or pretentious as hell—and most people can’t afford the hype.

Thug Kitchen lives in the real world. In their first cookbook, they’re throwing down more than 100 recipes for their best-loved meals, snacks, and sides for beginning cooks to home chefs. (Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos? Pumpkin Chili? Grilled Peach Salsa? Believe that sh*t.) Plus they’re going to arm you with all the info and techniques you need to shop on a budget and go and kick a bunch of ass on your own.

This book is an invitation to everyone who wants to do better to elevate their kitchen game. No more ketchup and pizza counting as vegetables. No more drive-thru lines. No more avoiding the produce corner of the supermarket. Sh*t is about to get real.

Find on Goodreads and Amazon.

I don’t think I have ever enjoyed reading a cookbook as much as I enjoyed reading this one.

Thug Kitchen is a no-nonsense vegetarian and vegan cookbook. I loved how the author went about writing the recipes, some might be offended by the use of swear words but I personally liked how everything was broken down into easy to follow steps. The recipes are also very healthy which I appreciated. From cocktails to snacks to dinner food, it all was appealing and easy to cook.

I saw a lot of reviews saying that this book was racist, because of it’s use of the word thug. Most of these reviews however were written by white people, and I wasn’t sure why everyone was offended by the word. If anyone has some thoughts on this I would love to hear them!

In the end I gave this book 4 stars.

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Vegan 100 – Gaz Oakley

Goodreads Synopsis: Tempted to try your hand at vegan food but don’t know where to start? Or even just to make meat-free Monday a regular thing? Long gone are the days of vegan food being dull and worthy: Vegan 100 is bold, vibrant and gorgeous. The emphasis in Gaz’s 100 tempting vegan recipes is first and foremost on FLAVOR. From Deep Purple Soup to Sage and Smoked Chilli “Dog”, through vegan “Fish and Chips” to Chocolate Tart and Raw Cacao “Cheesecake”, it’s all incredible-tasting food that just happens to be vegan. Delectable, beautiful and packed with dishes that are good for you, this is like no other vegan cookbook. 

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I’ve been interested in cooking more vegan food, so when I found out about this cookbook I was excited to give it a try!

What I loved about this book was how it wanted to teach you how to cook everything vegan, it’s a great book to turn to if you’re just learning the basics of this type of cooking. I also liked how it focused on creating fake meats alternatives, and something other than just tofu. I’m not a huge fan of tofu, although to be honest I don’t think I’ve ever had it cooked well.

I would love to perchas Vegan 100 someday, I think that the recipes would add a lot to my diet. And I think even my huge meat eater family would enjoy some of these dinners.

In the end  I gave this book 4 stars.

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Not Your Mother’s Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook – by Lucy Vaserfirer

Goodreads Synopsis: Modern cooks are realizing that grandma’s had it right when she cooked with the big cast iron skillet. Cast iron has the incredible ability to spread heat quickly and evenly to create a crispy, seared surface that locks in freshness and flavor.

Author Lucy Vaserfirer knows how to work magic on cast iron, and in Not Your Mother’s Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook she shows you how to prepare more than 150 recipes that are definitely not the kind of fares your grandmother cooked up. You’ll get to see how to cook up vegetables (something previously thought to not be possible on cast iron); see how cast iron is the perfect vessel for cooking all types of fish and shellfish; and even how you can use your skillet for baking.

Not Your Mother’s Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook is loaded with recipes that keep up with specialty diets like paleo and no-meat, and even includes unique ways to bring your cast iron directly to the table as a serving vessel. So don’t wait, just because your grandmother swore by her cast iron doesn’t mean it’s boring!

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I cook the majority of my food in cast iron skillets, so I was interested to see if this book would be of any use for me.  And although I haven’t tried the recipes yet (I intend to try one tomorrow!) I did learn a lot and found a lot of recipes that looked good. I am so grateful to have gotten an ARC of this book from NetGalley.

The first thing I found useful from Not Your Mother’s Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook, was all of the cleaning information. Did you know that you can use soap on cast iron? Because modern soap doesn’t use lye like soap in the past did.

I also loved all of the recipes. This book even tells you how to make your own bacon and sausage! Also how to roast coffee beans in cast iron. I can’t wait to own a copy of it!

The first recipe I’m going to try is one for biscuits and gravy, and if you follow me on instagram you’ll be able to see how this goes. In the end I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.

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