Those Wonderful Cookbooks! #fbm16

cooking6Love at first sight: Raw by Icelandic chef Solla Eiriksdottir. All pics by Franzi, made on the #fbm16.

Cookbooks are a big passion of mine. Maybe I shouldn’t wonder why my notebook is now full of new cookbook titles after the Frankfurt book fair #fbm16. Here are (only) twelve of my favorites I found this year – most of them were published in 2016, some re-published and some a bit older :).

Enjoy cooking (& reading)!

cooking7Vegetarian, the Middle Eastern Way: The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook by Salma Hage.

cooking12Tinned fish recipes. Really! (German): Frisch aus der Dose by Bart van Olphen.

cooking11My last coffeehouse discovery Vollpension in Vienna has now its own recipe book (German): Vollpension – Kuchen von der Oma.

cooking10A recipe biography and a dialog between the grandma and her granddaughter (German): Oma Heidi by Christina Schmid.

cooking13Vegetarian cooking – the US way (German): USA vegetarisch.

cooking9More than only cheesecake: New York Cult Recipes by Marc Grossman.

cooking5I already have the Italian version, now I need this one as well: Quick and Easy Spanish Recipes by Simone and Inés Ortega.

cooking4One of my absolute favorites this year: The Silver Spoon for Children – Favorite Italian Recipes!!!

cooking8I am still a bread baking addict: The Larousse Book of Bread by Éric Kayser.

cooking3Not only on cold days: Clean Soups by Rebecca Katz.

cooking2 Another big favorite of mine – because it answers the question what to cook on special occasions like X-Mas or a dinner with friends while living gluten-free: Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations.

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Recipes I Wanna Try Out (Soon)!

Upper Row: Apricot Jam Crostata via Food 52 – Butternut Squash Pie via Food52 – Palak Paneer via Food52.
Lower Row: Red Pepper & Chilli Jam via Drizzle & Dip – Slow-Roasted Salmon via Food 52 – Torta della Nonna via Food52.

I am on my way to Munich where I will join the #dico16. So, no time for cooking today. Nevertheless I am constantly collecting new recipe ideas I plan to try out soon. Here are six delicious looking examples.

Enjoy!

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Hello Vitamins: Fresh Salads!

Upper Row: Lobster Salad via Bon Appétit – Grilled Corn Salad via A Cup Of Jo – Panzanella via My New Roots.
Lower Row: Avocado & Cucumber Salad via smitten kitchen – Roasted Cauliflower Salad via The Clever Carrot – Kale Salad with Blood Orange via The Roasted Root.

At the moment I am craving fresh food. Maybe my body looks out for more vitamins. The easiest (and most delicious) solution for this are salads. I am always surprised about all those different salad variations out there!

Enjoy!

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Bittersüße Schokolade/Like Water For Chocolate/Como Agua Para Chocolate by Laura Esquivel!

BuchPic by Franzi.

This book by Mexican author Laura Esquivel is both, a novel in the style of magical realism and a cookbook. It’s divided into twelve chapters, each one describing one Mexican dish. The main character Tita is cooking it and while this happens her story is told: As the youngest daughter she has to serve her mother until the mother dies and is forbidden to marry the love of her love, Pedro. That’s how Pedro ended up with Tita’s sister and no one is really happy… nor Tita, Pedro or her sister. The story is about love, live, emancipation, the changing times during the last century and also about sex and food. A hot mix, I found rather refreshing and unexpected!

I wish you a wonderful weekend. Have a delicious one :)!

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Brussels Sprouts!

Upper Row: With Quinoa via A Beautiful Mess – Balsamic Roasted via Averie Cooks – Salad via A Cup of Jo.
Lower Row: Balsamic Honey Roasted via How To: Simplify – With Red Grapes via Nutrition Stripped – With Beetroot via The Roasted Root.

Brussels sprouts are the personification of winter vegetables. In the past I always thought about Brussels sprouts as a side dish or maybe as vegetables in a casserole… But since the little green balls somehow turned into a trendy vegetable (with enormous prices) in the U.S., there are lots of tasty recipes out there. Here’s a small Brussels sprout recipe collection I would like to try out … at least as long as Brussels sprouts are still affordable in Germany ;).

Enjoy!

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The My so-called Luck X-Mas Recipe Collection!

Upper Row: November CakeCinnamon CreamCranberry Loaf.
Lower Row: PiparkakutPunch JellyQuark Stollen.

Today is just a small reminder that you can find a lot of X-Mas baking and cooking ideas on My so-called Luck :). More recipes will follow soon!

Enjoy!

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Cookbook Love!

Cook BooksPic by Franzi. Just a small collection of my cookbooks.

I planned to share a goat cheese tart recipe with you today. Unfortunately it’s now near midnight, the recipe one of the more complicated ones and I don’t have the tools to edit the picture the right way on this PC. So, all I have to give you at the moment is a shot of my current cookbook collection. Okay, those are not all – I hide some more under my oven and in my mother’s house :D. What can I say? I am just in love with cookbooks – especially with old ones that tell me how our grandmas would have prepared a meal.

So, tell me: What is your favorite cookbook at the moment?

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Mango! Mango! Mango!

Upper Row: Mango Salsa IMango Salsa IISpring Rolls I.
Lower Row: Mango SoufflésMango Cashew BitesSpring Rolls II.

I love mangos! When I was on vacation in Cuba 16 years ago, I tried three long weeks to buy a mango for my friends at home. Every morning I ate an already peeled and ready-to-eat mango at breakfast in the hotels. But to buy one, was impossible. Luckily now we have summer and it’s no problem to get our (shipped) mangos in Germany. Here are a few recipes to try out with those yellow dream fruits!

Enjoy!

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Time For Cake, Baby!

Upper Row: Oregano Honey CakeChocolate Mint Julep PieFrench Silk Pie.
Lower Row: Apricot Tea CakesLemon Lavender CakeBerry Balsamic Pie.

Sweets for my sweets! Cakes and pies should not only served at festivities, but at least every Sunday! Here are some recipes for the next weekends ;).

Enjoy!

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Zucchini All Around Us!

Upper Row: Zucchini Tarte FineZucchini CrispsSautéed Zucchini
Lower Row: RatatouilleZucchini LasagnaZucchini Pasta Bake

I love zucchini …and recipes using zucchini! Now it’s zucchini season again. Friends with gardens tell me about harvesting tons of them. I would know what to do: Zucchini lasagna, zucchini pasta bake, ratatouille…

Enjoy!

P.S. Zucchini Season Recipes 2012 & 2013!

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