Saturday, February 4, 2012

On My Reading List | Books # 4 & 5: Teach Me How to Bake

One thing I secured in Logos Hope without second thought is the book about Baking. I must admit, this is my weakest part of all. Everything must be exact in baking, which is a far cry from the rest of cooking methods. There’s no such thing as estimation in either quantities in the ingredients or the cooking time. If you miss one thing, don’t expect you will get perfect-baked goodies. As a kid growing in the family’s kitchen, I must admit I was not exposed to baking obviously because we don’t have oven at home. The only thing I remember were those memories of Papsi preparing some native cakes dry-cooked in a pot without any water or oil.

Breads are my breakfast staple. I love cakes and the many kinds of savory or sweet pastries paired with coffee. Therefore I should learn how to bake.

Join me as I push myself to explore the other side of the kitchen that is baking, with these two easy reference guides:

Breads, Muffins, Cakes, Pies, Tarts, Cookies and Bars
Price: P500.00
By Martha Day

Published by Hermes House, an imprint of Annes Publishing Ltd.
© Annes Publishing Ltd 1996, 2010, previously published as COMPLETE BAKING

6.75 inches wide by 8.7 inches tall, semi-hard bound, all inside pages in full glossy color


There are over 400 step-by-step recipes illustrated in more than 1800 photographs in 512 pages of this book. It covers almost all baked goodies we are familiar with:

Friday, February 3, 2012

On My Reading List | Book #3 Juices, Shakes, Smoothies!

Of all the books I bought in Logos Hope, this is very dear to me. One, I was able to find the same copy at Fully Booked a week ago and the price was P899.00 while I bought mine only at P400.00 (ha ha, best buy!). Two, I just found each of the recipes impressing and eye opener—I mean, I wasn’t expecting something could be mixed with anything, and healthy drinks can be that eye-catching and delicious. And last, starting this month, I will include self-concocted beverages in this blog, of course with the guide of this book (the least I can do while waiting for a kitchen in my new home in Liloan).

Fresh and Flamboyant drinks to quench your thirst

Price: P400.00
By Suzannah Olivier with recipes by Joanna Farrow

Published by Hermes House, an imprint of Annes Publishing Ltd.
© Annes Publishing Ltd 2003, 2010

6.75 inches wide by 8.7 inches tall, semi-hard bound, all inside pages in full glossy color.

This book is your ultimate guide in preparing drinks and beverages out of fruits, vegetables and nuts. It explains the benefits of juicing and includes a very brief discussion on history of juicing and blending. There is an introduction on the equipment needed (masticating juicers, blenders and food processors), juicing and blending techniques and serving and storing juices, smoothies and blends. This book also gives points to consider when buying produces like the citruses, orchard and stone fruits, berries and currants, exotic and tropical fruits, roots and tuber vegetables, leafy and brassica vegetables, vegetable fruits, squashes vegetables, pod, shoot and bulb vegetables, natural flavorings and health supplements, nuts and seeds, dairy and dairy alternatives, sweeteners and other flavorings.

There is also a short discussion on vitamins and minerals and which fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds can be juiced or blended to get those needed nutrients.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

On My Reading List | Book #2 My Pasta Bible

I’m a pasta and noodles addict. Whatever it is made of, how it is cooked or prepared as long as it is pasta, it’s my comfort food. No wonder my audition piece for Masterchef is a pasta dish. This is my cupboard staple, along with capers, pitted olives, olive oil and canned mushrooms. Anytime I feel like eating, in just a few minutes, I have a warm bowl of pasta prepared according to my preference. Just like the risotto book I earlier presented, pasta’s versatility cannot be ignored. It’s already a complete meal in itself.

There is more to learn and discover in pasta. For one, preparing the delicate fresh pasta seems difficult, intricate and needs some patience and expertise. It is by this reason I bought this book. Pasta for me is like a blank white canvass; you can paint anything you want according to your mood and liking. You can transform it in anything you want. This book gives me a lot of insight on how and what to prepare best if it is Pasta.

Price: P400.00
By Jeni Wright

Published by Hermes House, an imprint of Annes Publishing Ltd.
© Annes Publishing Ltd 1999, 2010, previously published as THE PASTA BIBLE

6.75 inches wide by 8.7 inches tall, 256 pages, semi-hard bound, all inside pages in full glossy color.

This reference book extensively discusses over a hundred types of pasta both dried and fresh, from long pasta, short pasta to flat pasta, as well as designer pastas. It also discusses the needed equipment, how to cook and serve pasta, how to make a home made pasta, different pasta shapes, making flavored and striped pasta, to even pasta pantry basics from cheeses, oils, herbs, olives, tomatoes and flavorings. Origin of pasta was beautifully illustrated as well as its nutritional value.This is a complete and extensive guide to choosing, using and cooking pasta with over 150 truly fabulous recipes.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

On My Reading List | Book#1 The versatile RICE

I was able to visit Logos Hope, the world's biggest floating book fair that docked at Pier 1 at the rear side of Malacanang sa Sugbu last January 21, 2012. It was a weekend unplanned trip but was able to invite some bookbug officemates. I was so curious what it is all about since I wasn't able to get inside MV Doulos when it docked in Cebu some two (or three) years ago. I was also in a lookout for affordable cooking references to add in my reading list for Cook My Garden.

Inside, plentiful books arranged in shelves greeted me. I was in awe and in great delight when I saw the section for cooking; I wasn't expecting they have this wide collection of cookbooks arranged carefully per category. So I stopped on that section, only to find out later that my basket was heavy and full of books. I lined up together with a lot of kids at the cash counter to have all the books computed. It registered P3,012.00. I went home carrying eight full colored glossy books. I justified to myself this is much of a bargain; the books I bought were comparable to the titles displayed in Fully Booked at twice as much the price. Satisfied, I went home with a grin from left to right.

Here's the first book bought from Logos Hope:

Cooking with the world’s best-loved grain
Price: P400.00
By Christine Ingram

Published by Hermes House, an imprint of Annes Publishing Ltd.
© Annes Publishing Ltd 1999, 2010.
6.75 inches wide by 8.7 inches tall, 256 pages, semi-hard bound, all inside pages in full glossy color.

The rice grain is famous for its versatility. In fact, a Pinoy's meal is not complete without rice. We are among the rice eaters in the world and it is one of the reason I chose this book to explore more on the versatility of this grain. My cooking is just limited to steaming rice, in making arroz caldo, and few ways dressing up leftover rice for breakfast.

This fascinating book opens with a look at the history of rice and the mystical reverence with which some cultures regard rice until this present day. It discusses the world's different rice varieties in stunning photos, plus information on different ways of cooking perfect rice and rice products

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