Must-read food and booze books for spring


Lose the mid-winter blahs with a new cookbook or two or five!

Yes, here are five new releases to check out this spring. Whether you want to learn more about Canadian spirits or you need to create a special meal for guests, these books will offer plenty of inspiration for Spring 2020.

Dialas Kitchen by Diala Canelo

Dialas Kitchen

Diala Canelo grew up in the Dominican Republic and then moved to Canada, where she developed her passion for cooking and baking. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Mexico City, she is also the creator of Dialas Kitchen, a food and travel blog featuring original vegetable-focused recipes inspired by her global travels.

Her first cookbook, Dialas Kitchen, features 100 drool-worth and easy recipes suitable for dinner parties, casual meals and awesome lunches, as well as essays about six of her favourite cities.

Wild Mushrooms over Creamy Polenta with Mascarpone just may become a staple in our house, alongside the Fudgiest Chocolate Brownies with Sea Salt. (And the Passionfruit Vodka martini recipe is sassy and delicious, too.)

A Blissful Feast by Teresa Lust

A Blissful Feast

One of the most anticipated cookbooks of 2020, A Blissful Feast promises culinary adventures in Italys Piedmont, Maremma and Le Marche.

She had me at Italy. Im the first to admit Im a sucker for Italian cookbooks, and when I heard about this one, I knew I had to have it. You almost feel like youre cooking alongside Lust and her family, as they teach you how to make bagna cauda, a famous Italian anchovy dip. Then try your hand at grissini, Italys famous breadsticks, or cook up a pot of acquacotta, a hearty rustic Italian soup. You may have tried some of the classic recipes before, but youll still learn a thing or two as you flip the pages in this new release.

Vibrant and Pure by Adeline Waugh

A new cookbook by Unicorn Toast creator Adeline Waugh

Insta-foodies will perhaps know Adeline Waugh as the creator of Unicorn Toast, one of those recipes that has swept the Internet especially Instagram by storm.

But shes also a legit recipe developer and cookbook author, whose work has been featured in Food & Wine, Vogue, Refinery29 and the New York Times. Her recipes are healthy, incredibly colourful and fun and she uses ingredients such as blueberry powder and turmeric to give each an extra boost of nutrition. Try her roasted cauliflower tacos, the kabocha squash mac and cheese, and her pink caesar salad, too.

Gather at Home by Monika Hibbs

Gather at Home is a new cookbook by Canadian author and lifestyle blogger Monika Hibbs

Vancouver-based food and lifestyle blogger Monika Hibbs has long been known for her gorgeous, dreamy photos and trend-driven inspirational content. She brings this style to Gather at Home, her first book. It contains 100 homey recipes plus DIYs and ideas for a year of beautiful entertaining and gift-giving. A few recipes to consider: Polish perogies with cheesy potato filling, sea salt caramels and her bite-sized shortbread cookie sandwiches with dulce de leche.

And for the seriously crafty, she offers instructions to make a range of seasonally inspired gift ideas, including crepe-paper Christmas crackers, floral centrepieces, faux vintage ornaments and wooden hoop winter wreaths.

The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries by Davin de Kergommeaux and Blair Phillips

The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries

Davin de Kergommeaux has long been known as one of Canadas foremost writers on spirits, and the award-winning author cements that with a look at one of the countrys latest booze trends: distilleries. Micro-distilleries are popping up everywhere across Canada and here, he and fellow spirits writer and judge Blair Phillips have gathered more than 200 of the finest. Whether youre an armchair traveller or a serious spirits fan planning a trek across the country, youll find inspiration and learn a ton.

Just a decade ago, fewer than a dozen distilleries, concentrated in two provinces, produced almost all the spirits (mainly whisky) made in Canada, they write.

Today, there is a movement afoot in Canadas spirits world. There has never been a better selection of rich specialty spirits from gin to moonshine, from flavoured vodka to liqueurs to tempt the palate and supplement your long-time favourites. Despite flourishing public enthusiasm for Canadas distillers, other than incomplete and inaccurate web-based information, no one has offered consumers an all-inclusive guide until now.

Not in stores until Mar. 31 but you can preorder now. And yes, there are a slew of creative cocktail recipes in the book, too.
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