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Exclusively Kamado

Product DetailsExclusively Kamado: 50 Innovative Recipes
for your Ceramic Smoker and Grill
by Paul Sidoriak
Ulysses Press
Retail Price:  $25.95
Amazon Price: $19.05

Book Description:   Unique recipes that utilize the kamado’s amazing ability to enhance the flavor of everything from meats and seafood to veggies and baked goods

Impress your guests with these creatively delicious dishes you can only make on the amazing kamado ceramic grill. This book’s recipes and techniques take wood-fired cooking to the next level, including:

Mouthwatering Meats
•Hickory-Smoked Beef Tri-Tip
•Chimichurri Spiced Ribs
Show Stopping Seafood
•Blackened Salmon
•Salt Block Grilled Bass
Delicious Veggies
•Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
•Grilled Stuffed Artichokes
Baked Delights
•Brie in Puff Pastry
•Shrimp Scampi Pizza


First, I want to say that I totally obsessed with cooking on my Kamado grill.  In my opinion, food tastes its best cooked on this grill!  With that said, this book gives you tons of mouth-watering recipes to try.  I’ve tried most of them and never once been disappointed!  It is easy to see that the author knows his stuff.  He provides useful information about the basics of kamados, cooking techniques, and lends specific tips for each recipe. The cookbook is approachable because of Paul’s straight forward, informative style. If you own a kamado style grill, of any brand, you will find this cookbook useful. With all the recipes, additional tips and techniques, there is something here from everyone. The variety of the recipes really shows off the versatility of kamado cookers, and will give everyone a good excuse to cook up something new. This cookbook is staying in my collection!

~Reviewed by Chris D.

Grandbaby Cakes Grandbaby Cakes

Product DetailsGrandbaby Cakes Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories
by Jocelyn Delk Adams
Agate SurreyRetail:  $22.95
Amazon Price: 16.54

Book Description:

Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories is the debut cookbook from sensational food writer, Jocelyn Delk Adams. Since founding her popular recipe blog Grandbaby Cakes in 2012, Adams has been putting fresh twists on old favorites. Adams has earned praise from critics and the adoration of bakers both young and old for her easygoing advice, rich photography, and the heartwarming memories she shares of her family’s generations-old love of baking.

As a child, Adams and her family would routinely embark on the ten-hour journey from their home in Chicago to Winona, Mississippi. There, she would watch her grandmother, affectionately nicknamed Big Mama, bake and develop delicious, melt-in-your-mouth desserts. From blooming tree-picked fruit to farm-raised eggs and fresh-churned butter, Big Mama used what was readily available to invent completely original treats. Adams treasured the moments when her mother, aunt, and Big Mama would bring her into the kitchen to let her dabble in the process as a rite of passage. Big Mama’s recipes became the fabric of their family heritage. Grandbaby Cakes is Adams’s love note to her family, thanking those who came before and passing on this touching tradition with 50 brilliant cakes.

Grandbaby Cakes pairs charming stories of Big Mama’s kitchen with recipes ranging from classic standbys to exciting adventures—helpfully marked by degree of difficulty—that will inspire your own family for years to come. Adams creates sophisticated flavor combinations based on Big Mama’s gorgeous centerpiece cakes, giving each recipe something familiar mixed with something new. From pound cakes and layer cakes to sheet cakes and “baby” cakes (cupcakes and cakelettes), Grandbaby Cakes delivers fun, hip recipes perfect for any celebration.

Readers will love this cookbook for its eclectic and bold recipes steeped in equal parts warm Southern charm and fresh Midwestern flavors. Not only will home bakers be able to make staples like yellow cake and icebox cake exactly how their grandmothers did, but they’ll also be preparing impressive innovations, like the Pineapple Upside-Down Hummingbird Pound Cake and the Fig-Brown Sugar Cake. Grandbaby Cakes is a collection for both new-aged and traditional bakers, but mostly it’s for anyone who wants a fresh, modern take on classic recipes as well as cakes full of heart and soul.


This book is a real treat…pun intended!  There is just something special about this cookbook as the author shares a bit of herself, her family history, and her heart. While the recipes are unique, well thought-out and explained, and quite delicious, that is only part of this book’s charm.  The bright, colorful photographs and the family history shared draw you in and keep you reading the book even after you have finished baking.

On a more practical note, the recipes (and the finished product) were to die for!  The cookbook is organized well and is divided into six main sections:  pound cakes, layer cakes, sheet cakes, baby cakes, celebration cakes and seasons and holidays. Each section is filled with recipes that are simply delicious.

This cookbook is a keeper.  You will use it over and over again.

~Reviewed by Allie B.

Junior’s Home Cooking

Junior’s Home Cooking
by Beth Allen and Alan Rosen
The Taunton Press
Retail Price $24.95
Amazon Price: $17.25

Book Description

For more than 60 years, Junior’s Restaurants have been serving their customers scrumptious classic American dishes before they top off their meal with a decadent dessert or a slice of its award-winning cheesecake.

In Junior’s Home Cooking, Alan Rosen and Beth Allen bring Junior’s into home kitchens across the country, with recipes and stories that have been passed down through generations of the Rosen family. The family-friendly dishes have been scaled down and professionally tested so that every home cook can turn out a meal just like the made-from-scratch versions featured at Junior’s. In Junior’s signature style, all dishes are delicious, “bigger and better than ever,” and perfect for both family meal and holiday table.

Just like Junior’s other three books, this one will feature sidebars throughout on “The Junior’s Way”—tips and techniques to ensure the recipe turns out just as it should. In addition, ideas for “super-sizing” a recipe to feed 8 or more will be included. Junior’s fabulous recipes will be showcased by more than 40 full-page, four-color photographs.



This cookbook is beautiful, and the recipes I have cooked from it so far have been delicious and surprisingly easy to prepare. This cookbook is definitely geared toward the home cook – the ingredients are relatively easy to track down, and the  I really think this will be one of my ‘go to’ cookbooks for everyday use.  If you tend to shop at farmers’ markets or get produce from a CSA farm, you will find this especially useful, as it contains plenty of recipes for vegetables. It’s a beautiful book with lots of photographs which I appreciate.

~Reviewed by Laura S.


The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet

The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet: Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with More Than 200 Deliciously Nutritious Meal Ideas

The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet
by Laura Fuentes
Fair Winds Press
Retail Price $24.99
Amazon Price: $19.28

Book Description: 

We all know that kids need to eat right and get the nutrition they need to be their best all day long. So why not make lunches that will power their growing brains and bodies? Making lunches at home is a great way to keep your child healthy. Not only does it allow you to nourish your child with the most pure and wholesome ingredients, but it also gives you the peace of mind of knowing what has gone into every bite your little one takes. Full of recipes to suit every age and stage, The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet shows you how simple and easy it is to prepare food that’ll be the envy of the lunch table. The 200+ adorable and inspiring recipes in this book are just as much a joy to make as they are to eat! There are even entire lunchbox meals that are gluten-, soy-, and/or nut-free. Make your own super-delicious, super-nutritious homemade lunches today—it’s guaranteed to be at the top of the class!


Kids are constantly changing. They get taller, bigger, faster…and naturally, their food choices need to reflect this unique period of growth. What we feed our children can surely affect their health, wellness, and eating habits for years to come.  When it comes to preparing and creating tasty lunchtime meals for your kids to enjoy, coming up with something new and exciting every day can be quite a challenge! How do we create nutritious and delicious meals our kids will actually love to eat? This book has the answer!  The author offers so much variety and ideas your kids will never be bored. The recipes are easy to make with step by step directions. I am so glad I found this book…it is awesome!

~Reviewed by Beth G.