Sno-Spice Ice Cream Mix-ins

First published August 2016 I’m always leery of bottled confections because so often they’re laden with stabilizers, preservatives, and large amounts of sugar. The fact that SnoSpice ice cream mix-ins have none of these things gives it a significant advantage over its competitors. The six flavors include Turmeric’d, Lemon + Basil, Deep Chocolate Sea Salt, […]

iSi Thermo Whip

First published December 2014 Virtually all cooks have had the experience of panting over a bowl of heavy cream, whisk clenched in straining fist, arm fatigued from frantic whipping, with the cream still just not quite stiff enough. So, when you hold your iSi Thermo Whip in hand, depress the lever, and reveal a steady […]

SANS Juice and Smoothie Preserving Bottle

Certain fruits and vegetables oxidize quickly, especially if they are mashed or pureed. These include bananas, kale, apples, and pears, among others – some of the most popular ingredients in smoothies. SANS is a glass bottle with a protective silicone sleeve and a pump that removes air from the bottle, helping to extend the freshness […]

Open Faced: Single Slice Sandwiches from Around the World by Karen Kaplan

Open Faced showcases simple, yet flavorful and delicious ways cultures around the world enjoy the simple sandwich. The photography is excellent and sure to inspire a quick trip to the kitchen.

Oxo Mini Wet Measuring Beakers

My favorite bartender (my husband) loves these little measures for cocktail preparation. Pouring is neat and easy. Set includes 4 beakers: in 2 ounce, 1 ounce, 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon increments, as well as milliliters. Their ability to nest for storage is a plus.

The International Cookbook for Kids by Matthew Locricchio

After 30 years as an actor, Matthew Locricchio used his passion for cooking to inspire young people to be comfortable and confident in the kitchen. The International Cookbook for Kids has dozens of recipes from Italy, France, China, and Mexico. The book has color photos and plenty of illustrations. It features tips on ingredients, nutrition […]

R. Murphy Oyster Knives and a Knife for the Bar

Fresh oysters on the half-shell, offered with or without chilled toppings, are a festive holiday appetizer or party food. If the prospect of opening them is intimidating, you’ll find that a good oyster knife and a little practice will make the job easy and fun. R. Murphy Knives makes everything you need, and in such a wide variety that even the […]

Shaker and Spoon Cocktail Club

My liquor cabinet is filled with mostly-unused bottles, so if you’re anything like me, the Shaker and Spoon Cocktail Club will be a bit of a godsend. The monthly kits (which start at $50 for one box but grow incrementally less expensive depending on whether you commit yourself to 3, 6, or 12-month subscriptions) come […]

Authentic Portuguese Cooking by Ana Ortins

“Readers of Ortin’s first cookbook, Portuguese Homestyle Cooking, bombarded her with requests for favorite dishes, and she obliges them in this outstanding sequel…Readers interested in expanding their repertoires would do well to consider this terrific compilation and will likely find themselves in search of its predecessor if it isn’t already in their library.”–Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Lazy Spoon

There are few kitchen innovations cleverer than a “lazy spoon” that has a notch or tab that lets it rest on the edge of a pot or bowl, dripping back into the vessel instead of counter or stove. Woodworker Jonathan Simons claims to have invented the lazy spoon, and indeed has the name trademarked. His […]

Cuisinart Smart Stick

About the time that my ancient countertop blender gave up the ghost, a friend offered me her never-used Cuisinart immersion blender. My old blender didn’t really plow through the solids in a vigorous fashion and it had to be cleaned by hand. Now, having the Cuisinart Smart Stick, I may not need to replace it. The Smart […]

Feast of Sorrow – A Novel of Ancient Rome by Crystal King

Set amid the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family, Crystal King’s seminal debut features the man who inspired the world’s oldest cookbook and the ambition that led to his destruction.