Monday, October 22, 2012


I should probably start my own book club...considering the amount of books I have and my extreme obsession with them, from the smell to the size of text or font to the actual stock that is used. I think that is why cookbooks are some of my favourites to go through.

They are such gorgeous books. Lots of text that doesn't leave you bored {I mean, who doesn't like reading about food!?}, and it can evoke every sense when you are reading. The full colour pages. They are all just so gorgeous. Well, the ones I have are anyways. But not all of them have to have full colour pictures and nice paper for it to be a good cookbook. My Mom got me a little cookbook, no pictures, just regular text on regular paper when I first started getting into food and cooking and I will cherish that book forever.
I love to share books...unless you crack the spine, spill something on them or bend the corners, then you can guarentee I am not lending you my books again {lol!}. I love to keep them in perfect and pristine condition. They are my babies after all. I take such care of my literature.
Anyways...I promised another list of books that are pretty popular out there right now ~ so pick a favourite, order it up on Amazon and snuggle under the covers on a cold and rainy day and let the stories or pictures take you away. :)
Ps. The descriptions that I promised you guys is from the Amazon site.

One of the first books by Candice Kumai {remember my last post?}. Need to get this.

Cook Yourself Sexy: Easy Delicious Recipes for the Hottest, Most Confident You by Candice Kumai {$17.24 CA}.
As a former model turned chef, Candice Kumai knows that nothing is sexier than rocking a gorgeous body and enjoying your food. Now, she shows you how to dig in, ditch imitation products for the real thing, and make smart swaps to cut calories without sacrificing flavor. By packing each meal with "Foods with Benefits," Candice ensures that every enticing bite provides the key nutrients your body craves to stay healthy and look amazing.
From decadent French toast and creamy butternut squash mac ’n’ cheese to guilt-free burgers and crispy sweet potato fries, she proves that you can have your cake—Dark Chocolate–Orange Cake, to be exact—and eat it, too!
Sharing essential tips and tricks every sexy chef should know, Candice’s smart, fun advice and more than 100 irresistible recipes make Cook Yourself Sexy the ultimate guide to your hottest, healthiest self ever.

The second Candice book I NEED. I mean...who doesn't want to look like every inch the domestic and classy goddess that she evokes on that cover. Come on!!
Pretty Delicious: Lean and Lovely Recipes for a Healthy, Happy New You by Candice Kumai {$21.63 CA}.
When was the last time you indulged in a sumptuous eggs benedict, an herbaceous and aromatic pasta with pesto, or a soul-satisfying cup of creamy tomato soup with a grilled cheese on the side—without a moment of guilt? The too-good-to-be-true recipes in Pretty Delicious not only look and taste great, but they are as easy on the waistline as they are on the wallet and will keep you lean, sexy, and very, very happy.
The secret? Former model-turned-chef Candice Kumai skips “diet” food in favor of smart swaps and delicious real foods that keep fat and calories to a minimum while boosting flavor and plate appeal to the maximum. And by loading her dishes with FWBs (that’s foods with benefits, of course!), she ensures that every enticing bite provides the key nutrients your body craves to stay healthy and look amazing.
From sliders and mac’ and cheese to a lightened-up veggie lasagna and guilt-free BLTs, nothing is off-limits in the Pretty Delicious kitchen. Love Cali-fresh flavors? Try Candice’s 470-calorie Fabulous Fish Tacos and a soul-soothing Alb√≥ndigas Soup. Making an intimate dinner for two? Almond Pesto Fettuccine with Pan-Seared Scallops or Grilled White Pizza with Mushrooms, Artichokes, and Parm are made to order. Hosting a crowd for brunch? A breakfast burrito bar or make-your-own-mimosas spread will start the weekend off right without weighing you down.
And proving that you don’t need to be a millionaire to eat like royalty, Candice shares her tips for being fab and frugal, as well as ideas for making smart switches in the kitchen that will save you calories and fat grams without compromising on flavor.
For entertaining, for easy weeknight meals, and for simple snacks and everyday indulgences (to be enjoyed in moderation), Candice Kumai’s collection of smart, sexy, and truly irresistible recipes is proof that even the most health-conscious cook can dish it up with style and flavor!

Rocco's books are awesome & low in calories and fat! This is one of his latest books that recently came out to great reviews. Of course this book is going to be chock-full of super glossy pictures. Even better. He is pretty hot too. :P

Now Eat This! Italian: Favourite DIshes from the Real Mamas of Italy -- All Under 350 Calories by Rocco DiSpirito {$18.80 CA}.
Weight-conscious food lovers no longer need to deprive themselves of the ever-popular cuisine of Italy. Award-winning celebrity chef and #1 New York Times bestselling author Rocco DiSpirito's latest Now Eat This! book is the solution .
In his signature style, DiSpirito has recreated 100 classic Italian recipes to be healthy and low in calories and fat-yet still full of flavor. After travelling to Italy and perfecting the dishes side-by-side with the chefs who make them best-the Italian mamas-he offers sinful pastas, sauces, and desserts you never thought you could eat while keeping healthy, including: Spaghetti with My Mama's Meatballs, Mozzarella en Carozza, Chicken Parmigiana, Hand-Torn Pasta alla Bolognese, Sausage and Peppers, Classic Cannoli, Chocolate and Hazelnut Espresso Budino, and much more!
NOW EAT THIS! ITALIAN proves that Italian food doesn't have to be calorie-packed to be delicious. All under 350 calories, these full-flavor, low-fat recipes are sure to indulge your appetite without packing on the pounds.

I pretty much own all of Tyler's books. He is by far one of my most favourite cookbook authors ~ I just wish his show was still on the Canadian Food Network! But anyways...his books are always gorgeous, rustic and packed with delicious, homey and comforting recipes.

Tyler Florence Family Meal: Bringing People Together Never Tasted Better by Tyler Florence {16.00 CA}.
The star of the popular Food Network series Tyler’s Ultimate, Tyler Florence is famous for championing simplicity, freshness, and culinary honesty in cooking. Now, after more than a decade spent tracking down some of the world’s most flavorful recipes (and debunking a generation of novice chefs’ culinary fears), Tyler brings it all back home to celebrate the pleasures of cooking with wholesome, local ingredients.His easy yet toothsome recipes exemplify the message that restaurant chefs from coast to coast have embraced: Local foods, cooked in season and prepared simply but with care and thought, are the best meals you can eat anywhere.
In Tyler Florence Family Meals Tyler recounts the journey that brought him from the home cooking he grew up loving to the “haute-homey” restaurant cuisine that first won him culinary acclaim, to the pleasures of the world’s great cuisine as showcased on his Food Network shows, and ultimately back to his roots as he prepares to open a restaurant while raising a family of young children. He speaks with his signature casual charm about how they can improve their cooking and eating habits to bring about real changes in their health and in their attitude toward food.
Better than any other chef at work today, Tyler knows what people want to eat and how to help them achieve spectacular results without stress or strife. With this all-new collection of bold and exciting recipes, any cook can rid herself of her culinary fears and discover why, when it comes to fine dining, there is no place like home.

This guy has been sitting on my wish list for a while and is met with rave reviews. I love books like this, especially after {yea, you guessed it} the book by Gail Simmons. :)

The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection by Michael Ruhlman {$12.64 CA}.
In his second in-depth foray into the world of professional cooking, Michael Ruhlman journeys into the heart of the profession. Observing the rigorous Certified Master Chef exam at the Culinary Institute of America, the most influential cooking school in the country, Ruhlman enters the lives and kitchens of rising star Michael Symon and renowned Thomas Keller of the French Laundry. This fascinating book will satisfy any reader's hunger for knowledge about cooking and food, the secrets of successful chefs, at what point cooking becomes an art form, and more. Like Ruhlman's The Making of a Chef, this is an instant classic in food writing-one of the fastest growing and most popular subjects today.

I lent my Mom one of my other Italy books and she loved it. All the Italian books that I get I am never disappointed with. They are gorgeous stories...even the description transports you to a little village in Italy. The writing is usually superb. So I am eager to add this guy to my list of favourites. :)

Home to Italy by Peter Pezzelli {$14.67 CA}.
In this delightful, moving debut novel, Peter Pezzelli brings to life the earthy sensuality of Tuscany-- the smell of just-baked bread wafting through the village piazza; the shopkeepers sweeping the sidewalks under the warm, early morning sun; groups of cyclists dotting the mountain roads--and spins a story of May-December romance as sharp and delicious as the olives of Villa San Giuseppe. . .

A little random in this list...I know, but it is the perfect book for bubble baths on a cold and rainy day with a candle on or something. Just a little R&R with Harlan Coben. :)

Miracle Cure by Harlan Coben {$10.35 CA}.
In a clinic on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a doctor has dedicated his life to eradicating a devastating disease. One by one, his patients are getting well. And one by one, they're being targeted by a serial killer.
There's only one cure, but many ways to die...


Another random one for this list...but to be honest, I am always trying to get a better handle on my anxiety and I hear good things about this book. And I like the cover. :P I know I know, don't judge a book by it's cover. But I am allowing myself this one. Lol.

The Mindful Way through Anxiety: Break Free from Chronic Worry and Reclaim Your Life by Susan M. Orsillo {$12.15 CA}.
You can't just "get over" anxiety. In fact, the very things most people do to try to feel better--avoiding feared situations, pushing worry out of mind--only make the problem worse. Leading psychologists Susan M. Orsillo and Lizabeth Roemer present a powerful new alternative that can help you break free of anxiety by fundamentally changing how you relate to it. With clarity and compassion, this book describes clinically tested mindfulness practices specifically tailored for anxiety in its many forms. Learn step-by-step strategies for gaining awareness of anxious feelings without letting them escalate; loosening the grip of worry and fear; and achieving a new level of emotional and physical well-being. Free audio downloads of mindfulness exercises plus other resources are available at the authors' website,
If you guys have checked out any of the books already then let us know what you thought of them! I am really excited about the cookbooks and hope to get my hands on the Kumai ones ASAP and I PROMISE I will write an extensive review of that book. :)
I also have a terrible confession to make, I don't think I plan on going to the gym tonight, I think I will go home, prep food and begin my studies since I am eager to start them. I really need to focus on clean eating too...but will try and make it to the gym at least 3 times a week. Especially since my boss is going to be going to the same gym as I am and we can go together! Super excited. And we can motivate one another. :)
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