Foodie Fridays: The Love & Lemons Cookbook
It’s been way too long since I’ve done a Foodie Fridays post, but I’ve finally got some new cookbooks to be over the moon about! The first is The Love & Lemons Cookbook, created by Jeanine Donofrio, who has been writing the accompanying blog since 2011.
The concept is centered on two things: First, that a vegetable can and should be the star of your meals, and two, the idea of ‘cooking backwards’. What does this mean? Instead of plotting out your meals by breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Love and Lemons Cookbook is creatively organized by vegetable – from apples to zucchinis, as the cover charmingly points out. The idea is that you should hit the farmer’s market or grocery store and pick up the freshest, juiciest, ripest-looking in-season produce, and work backwards from there to figure out what exactly you want to make. The start of each food-based chapter also identifies the season it’s best harvest from – ranging from Chipotle Apple Guacamole in the fall to Balsamic Grilled Radicchio Salad in the winter to Pea & Sweet Potato Samosas in the spring to Elotes & Roasted Chickpea Tacos in the summer, there’s yummy eats for all seasons!
You’ll notice on the cover above another note too, that it’s about ‘impromptu’ cooking. Hence the second cool thing about The Love and Lemons Cookbook. They have a pretty thorough pantry list at the beginning of the book that outlines what you should always try to keep on hand. The great news? None of it is particularly exotic. Essentially, this book wants to function as that “Now what to make??” kind of cookbook – you start with a veggie or two you have on hand, and provided you have a few other staples on hand, it transforms things in all kinds of directions (like the yummy Carrot Waffles you see above).
I’ve had the pleasure testing out The Love and Lemons Cookbook over the last month and it’s a huge hit in my household! Everything I’ve made so far has gone over like gangbusters with my husband, and I’m a fan too, thanks to the easy ingredient lists and relatively short timeframes to make stuff. I also love the layout, of starting with vegetables first, and building your meal from there. Some of our favourites were the Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Cream (so spicy, fair warning!), the Corn, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad and the Grilled Eggplant & Summer Veggie Pasta you see above – that’s my handiwork!
It’s probably worth noting at this point, that The Love and Lemons Cookbook is a vegetarian cookbook – although it’s not specifically marketed that way. I think it’s actually one of the better ‘starter’ vegetarian cookbooks I’ve encountered, because it has such simple ingredients and staples, making it a great pick for omnivores that are looking to add some meatless meals to their repertoire. Or if you really wanted, you could probably add in some meat here or there throughout. Not only is the book vegetarian, most recipes also include handy instructions to modify the recipe to be vegan (if it’s not already – many are) or gluten-free.
The Love and Lemons Cookbook is also a treat to look at. If I’m not mistaken, every recipe has an accompanying photo, or sometimes step-by-step instructional photos to ensure you nail it. It’s all gorgeously arranged with lots of overhead, modern shots that also give you something to aspire to as you slice and dice your way to culinary greatness. Generally speaking the recipes are presented without introductory commentary, but you’ll still find handy tips and insights sprinkled throughout.
I’m delighted to let you know that I actually have a copy of this yumtastic cookbook to give away to one lucky reader! Want to win it? Here’s how to enter!
1) First & foremost: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then leave me a comment below by July 4, 2016 telling me what recipe that I mentioned in this post you’re most interested in tasting for yourself.
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around July 5, 2015 to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.
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