Cooking Reviews | February 15, 2013

Hoffmann, Ingrid. Latin D’Lite: Delicious Latin Recipes with a Healthy Twist. Celebra: Penguin Group (USA). Apr. 2013. 320p. photogs. index. ISBN 9780451416278. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101615263. cooking

In her second cookbook, Hoffmann (Simply Delicioso) introduces readers to healthier Latin cuisine. She substitutes whole-grain toasts for deep-fried tortillas in Black Beans and Queso Fresco Five-Grain Tostadas, and boneless pork loin chops for pork shoulder in Mexican Pork Pozole. Perhaps realizing that recipes like Fluffy Egg White Pancakes with Papaya-Banana Compote (essentially a sweet egg white omelet) won’t satisfy all cravings, Hoffmann includes a true “indulgence” at the end of each chapter. VERDICT Health-conscious readers who enjoy bold flavors will love these easy recipes. Highly recommended.

Freeman, Caitlin. Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art. Ten Speed. Apr. 2013. 224p. photogs. index. ISBN 9781607743903. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781607743910. cooking

Freeman leads the pastry program for the Blue Bottle Coffee Company, which operates an outlet in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. For the museum café, Freeman creates art-inspired desserts like Mondrian Cake, Thiebaud Chocolate Cake, and Warhol Jell-O. Here, she shows advanced home bakers how to re-create these masterpieces. The book includes detailed assembly instructions for each dessert and a list of resources for tools and serving ware. VERDICT Cookbook meets exhibit catalog in this art-themed collection, which includes a few repeats from The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee.

Ginsberg, Anna. The Daily Cookie: 365 Tempting Treats for the Sweetest Year of Your Life. Andrews McMeel. 2012. 448p. photogs. index. ISBN 9781449420703. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781449423513. cooking

Blogger ( and Pillsbury Bake-Off grand prize–winner Ginsberg’s debut includes cookies, brownies, and bars for celebrating both major holidays and lesser-known events (e.g., Launch of Peanuts Comic Strip, DNA Fingerprinting Discovered). Using categorical indexes (e.g., Bake Sale Favorites, Makes a Great Gift), readers can easily browse recipes by type, pan size, or batch size. The cookies, all photographed in Ginsberg’s kitchen, cover a wide range of cultures, regions, and flavors. VERDICT Avid home bakers looking for any occasion to whip up a batch of cookies need look no further.

The following titles are reviewed in the February 15 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.

Ferriss, Tim. The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Any Skill, and Living the Good Life. New Harvest: Houghton Harcourt. 2012. 672p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780547884592. $

Garten, Ina. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust. Clarkson Potter: Crown Pub. Group. 2012. 272p. photogs. index. ISBN 9780307464873. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780770433406. cooking

Landis, Lindsay & Taylor Hackbarth. Breakfast for Dinner: Recipes for Frittata Florentine, Huevos Rancheros, Sunny-Side-Up Burgers, and More! Quirk. Feb. 2013. 160p. photogs. index. ISBN 9781594746130. $

Lee, Matt & Ted Lee. The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen. Clarkson Potter: Crown. Feb. 2013. 240p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780307889737. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780770433956. cooking

Library Journal Reviews starred review McGee, Harold. Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes. Penguin Group (USA). 2012. 576p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780143122319. pap. $18; ebk. ISBN 9781101444665. cooking

Quinn, Lucinda Scala. Mad Hungry Cravings: 173 Recipes for the Food You Want To Eat Right Now. Artisan: Workman. Apr. 2013. 312p. photogs. index. ISBN 9781579654382. $27.95. cooking

Yanagihara, Dawn. Waffles: Sweet, Savory, Simple. Chronicle. 2012. 108p. photogs. index. ISBN 9781452107035. $16.95. cooking