From breakfast to snacks to main dishes to desserts, your air fryer can make you a world traveler through your food choices. The Epic Air Fryer Cookbook includes recipes from every country. Persian doughnuts rub shoulders with Lebanese toum sauce and southern hush puppies. There are also some interesting newer recipes like avocado fries and pan cookies. With an index sorted by ingredient, it is easy to find a recipe to make with items already in your kitchen.
100 tasty air fryer recipes using less oil than frying? What’s the downside? There is no nutritional information or allergen information in the book. While it can be computed by each ingredient and then totaled, it seems like a misstep for a modern cookbook. Second, while there are frequent full-color photographs in the book, every recipe doesn’t have one. Both are relatively minor complaints for a cookbook with such a wide collection of recipes. The Epic Air Fryer Cookbook deserves 4 stars!
Thanks to Harvard Common Press, Quarto Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Do you know the feeling you get when you pick up a new cookbook and realize it will be your new go-to cookbook? The ingredients are the food you already love and always have on hand? The recipes teach innovative ways to combine the ingredients for completely new flavor experiences? The One-Pot Weight Loss Plan is my new favorite cookbook! My last favorite was published by Pillsbury in the 1970s so I’m pretty discriminating when I choose a favorite.
This cookbook uses common and healthy ingredients like canned beans, fresh vegetables, inexpensive meats, and common spices to create delicious meals. I’m on WW (Weight Watchers) blue program and the recipes here are all extremely low points as long as you use lean meats and cheeses. The book includes its own 28-day diet plan that includes a shopping list. However, these recipes will work for most non-extreme diets. Full nutritional data is listed for each recipe. The book indicates recipes free of the common allergens and those recipes that are vegan and vegetarian.
The book divides up its 85 recipes by the single “pot” needed to cook them. Though many can be cooked by another method or with a simple pot on the stove with some timing and water changes. Many of these pots are actually available modes within the typical instant pot like a soup pot, slow cooker, and skillet. The other “pots” within the book are blender, one-bowl, Dutch oven, casserole, and sheet pan.
Okay, I can hear you say but what about the recipes? All types are here: soups, salads, Buddha bowls, roasted meat-and-potato bakes, smoothies, stir-fries, curries, breakfasts, quiches, oatmeal, enchiladas, tofu curry, and vegetable lasagna. Also included are many desserts from puddings to cheesecake.
The One Pot Weight Loss Plan is already becoming my go-to cookbook. I’ve already made six of the recipes. They were easy and delicious. It’s use of common ingredients, low-calorie but tasty flavors, and easy one-pot clean-up make for an easy weekday meal assistant. Check it out and see if it will be your favorite cookbook too. 5 stars!
Thanks to Rockridge Press and Callisto for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
The Essential Air Fryer Cookbook has a massive amount of recipes. Basically, any dish you have ever heard of is included. And don’t assume they are the traditional fried foods either. This cookbook includes cheesecake, roasted fennel salad, French onion soup, chili cheese dogs, corn on the cob, and even ham and eggs. Most countries are also represented by Scotch eggs, curried sweet-and-spicy scallops, coconut jerk chicken, crispy pierogi with kielbasa and onions, fried wontons, chicken gyros, croquet monsieur, easy carnitas, miso-rubbed salmon fillets, pork schnitzel, to Moroccan-spiced carrots. Variety is not an issue here.
This cookbook bends over backward to be usable no matter what size, type, or brand of air fryer you have. It includes tags for fast, easy, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, can be gluten-free (a hint to check the pre-made ingredient labels), and the number of ingredients needed. There are also pairings listed from drinks to sauces to other recipes within the book.
However, before you agree with the book’s cover and decide this is “the only book you need”, there are three negatives to the book. It has no nutritional information, including calories, for the recipes. It only has a few recipe pictures in the back. There is no way to look for just vegan (or any other tag listed above) recipes throughout the book. Hopefully, the index that wasn’t included in my advanced copy will contain a way to do it.
With over 300 extremely varied recipes, the Essential Air Fryer Cookbook makes up for the deficiencies I named earlier. 4 stars and happy air frying!
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Becoming kinder to animals is much easier with the 30-minute Vegetarian Cookbook. Whether you are a full-time vegetarian or just looking for some innovative ideas for Meatless Mondays, this book will show you how with its impressive collection of both fast and easy recipes.
From breakfast to dessert and every meal in between, the 30-minute Vegetarian Cookbook clearly labels each recipe when they are gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free, vegan, dairy-free, and nut-free. There is also nutritional information for each dish. Most recipes come with some substitution ideas adding variety to the recipes. The ingredient lists are simple and don’t include many expensive “vegetarian” products. Most of the items are found in any kitchen pantry.
This is an excellent cookbook. I just wish it had a picture of each of the recipes. But other than that one qualm, the recipes are yummy and budget-friendly. I’ve been gluten-free for years and even the recipes that are not labeled gluten-free can easily be made so by using non-wheat-based flours, breads, and tortillas. The recipes are mostly low-calorie and are perfect for those watching their weight. Many of the ingredients are zero point foods on the MyWW (Weight Watchers) blue plan. Finally, the recipes come from many cuisines like Italian, Indian, Middle-Eastern, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, and American. Overall, it’s a great cookbook to save some money, time, and animals’ lives. 5 stars!
Thanks to Rockridge Press and Callisto Publishing Club for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
With 101 vegan recipes, the Vegan Spiralizer Cookbook has something for everyone. From breakfast to dessert, all types of recipes are included.
Each recipe has nutritional information. All of the recipes are vegan and labeled when gluten-free, nut-free or soy-free. They are also labeled with a cryptic “under 20”, which isn’t explained in the text and I couldn’t find a diet named that online. It’s also not the number of ingredients. Hmm…
Overall, I like the recipes in the Vegan Spiralizer Cookbook. I just wish I could have seen them too. Having only one picture per chapter is an unforgivable sin for a cookbook. So for that reason, 3 stars.
Thanks to Rockridge Press, Callisto Media and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Frozen and fast casual gluten-free pizza is always thin as a cracker and rather flavorless. But in the No Gluten, No Problem Pizza cookbook, the authors provide a plethora of pizza options including Chicago Deep Dish and New York-style pizzas.
Variety is no problem. For you thin crust fans, there are four variations on roman cracker dough and four more on tavern dough, which is less crunchy but still thin. There are grilled, filled, flatbread, focaccia, breakfast, buckwheat, cauliflower, zucchini, dessert, and California-style pizzas too. For several of the doughs, there is a long (50-hour) rise version and a fast one too.
All the recipes have full-color photographs. There is no nutritional information but if you are eating pizza you probably don’t want it anyway. The recipes sound and look delicious. The authors took many of the recipes directly home from Italy so you know they are authentic.
My only issue with the book was the difficulty in sourcing the flours and other ingredients for the doughs. They weren’t in either of my two local markets. Surprisingly, they weren’t even available through Thrive Market. They did have them in Amazon—but they were pricey. However, as long as you make the recipes a few times, it would be about the cost of three or four delivered pizzas (and sure to taste much better).
One of the foods I miss the most are my delicious gluten-full and cheese stuffed calzones. With No Gluten, No Problem Pizza in hand, I can have that experience again. Highly recommended for gluten-free people looking to expand their pizza choices. 4 stars!
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Sushi Modoki means mimicked sushi. This cookbook shows vegans and vegetarians how to create beautiful replicas of famous sushi while not compromising their ethical values.
The book includes seventeen nigiri (thin fish over rice), nine sushi rolls, four chirashi (rice/veggie bowls), four inari (stuffed deep-fried tofu pockets), four oshi (rectangular sushi), seven soups/stocks, nineteen condiments, and four drinks. While the presentation is nice, how much can vegetables mimic the taste of sushi? The author uses clever techniques, like using kombu (kelp) to add a fishy smell and taste to the sushi rice, to overcome this issue.
There is something innately satisfying about creating these works of art. Using tomatoes and red bell peppers as tuna, and Japanese eggplant as eel, is flat-out clever as well as unexpected. If you use tamari rather than regular wheat-based soy sauce, all the recipes are gluten-free. Each recipe includes a color picture making you want to try them all. If only there was nutritional information, Sushi Modoki would be the perfect cookbook. 4 stars!
Thanks to The Experiment and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
A Very Vegan Halloween: The Witch’s Cauldron Cookbook
The Vegan Holiday Cookbook Collection #1
With thirteen snacks, eight main dishes, seventeen desserts, and four drinks, A Very Vegan Halloween allows you to share Halloween with your friends and family without giving up your values.
Just because they are vegan doesn’t mean that these recipes can’t be fun and on theme. Some examples that I liked are:
Hocus Pocus Jack-O’-Lanterns made with stuffed bell peppers imitating carved pumpkins
Perfect Party Cutie Pumpkins, which are clementines with celery stems (and so cute!)
Poltergeist Party Mashed Potatoes made with potatoes and non-dairy milk.
All are made with plain fruits and vegetables. Nothing expensive or hard to locate.
If you are vegan or just want some new ideas for Halloween munchies (while saving a few animals in the process), pick up A Very Vegan Halloween. I am removing one star for not having nutritional information or number of servings. Still, the ideas are charming. 4 stars!
Thanks to the author and Silver Dagger Book Tours for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Halloween has always been an important holiday in my home and a time for food
and parties. This book contains traditional, bootiful Halloween
recipes prepared from nondairy and cruelty-free ingredients.
With 41 bewitching recipes to chose from, you will have a spooktacular
selection of recipes to inspire your little ghost or goblins to
gobble up their plates! Being a mom of two, and so no stranger to
hosting Halloween parties for little ones, I understand the
importance of presentation. If the food is fun and engaging, children
and adults alike will want to try vegan options. The recipes come
with creative decorating ideas, party suggestions, and terribly
terrifying recipe names, to get your cute little ghouls eager to bake
with you in the kitchen.
Best-selling Amazon Author of Hybrid: Adapt or Die. Her debut novel was
The Lady Raven: A Dark Cinderella Tale, which was published in 2017.
The Lady Raven is for those who have an infinity for fairy tales
retold with a link to witches, magic and the macabre. Rebecca’s
second novel, Louisiana Latte, a chick-lit comedy was released
February 28th, 2019. Louisiana Latte is a feel-good comedy that
focuses on the bonds of sisters, and how audacious life can be when
you have a diva for one! Rebecca’s third novel Hybrid: Adapt or Die,
is a sci-fi, horror, romance novel. It takes the reader on a wild
ride of government conspiracy theories, ancient aliens but also
touches your heart with a tender love story. Hybrid was released
on August 1st, 2019. Her fourth novel Conjure Lake, a young adult, dark fantasy,
horror novel will be released in 2020. The entire first chapter is
included at the end of Hybrid first edition copies. You can find all
of Rebecca’s books on Amazon.
Rebecca Henry is a world traveler living abroad in England. Besides being an
author, Rebecca is also a podcast talk host on the show The Latte
Talk. The podcast was inspired by her latest novel, Louisiana Latte
and her diva sister Deb. She is a serious vegan, gardener, crafter,
wife, and mom who practices yoga. She loves to laugh, her drug of
choice and loves all things witchy with a hint of the macabre. Her
favorite holiday is Halloween and her favorite movie of all time is
With over 50 recipes, every food event in Louisa Mae Alcott’s Little Women is replicated using modern ingredients and cooking methods in the Little Women Cookbook.
From simple lemonade and hot chocolate to fruit trifles and Jo’s corned beef, the book has recipes for all skill levels. Many of the recipes are vegetarian like the garden pot pie. There are breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack recipes but the emphasis is on desserts. Or that just may be me. Many are little remembered now like apple slump and jellyroll cake.
I enjoyed the Little Women Cookbook. It was fun to see recipes that I had read about but had no idea how they were made. This a fun gift for the reader in your life. The only downside is there no nutritional information provided. 4 stars!
Thanks to Harvard Common Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
This beautifully photographed cookbook contains 100 Super Low-Carb Snacks.
By lowering the carbs, something has to go up. I was hoping it would be the protein but most of these self-described “fat bombs” are well over 50% fat. In addition, most of the recipes have high calorie counts due to this excessive fat. If you are keto and trying to keep below 50 net carbs, just two snacks may use that up leaving nothing for your meals.
However, there is good news. The food looks delicious in full color pictures. Almost every recipe has its own picture. All the recipes are gluten-free and indicate when they are also nut, dairy and/or egg-free. The nutritional information includes carbs, protein, and fat by weight and percentage. It also shows calories and fiber.
While there are many fat bombs of nut butters and cheese balls, there are also crackers, snack bars, and candy. But my favorite is Green Deviled Eggs & Bacon, which are kind of avocado toast for grain-free folks. 68% fat but at only 164 calories for two halves, it’s not too bad a hit especially with 10 grams of protein.
Overall, Super Low-Carb Snacks may, or may not, work for your diet—only you can decide. Regardless, the beautiful photographs, clear instructions, and comprehensive nutritional information makes this a 4 star cookbook.
Thanks to Fair Winds Press and NetGalley for a wished for copy in exchange for my honest review.
Marketed for keto fans, Everyday Keto Baking is also perfect for those sensitive to gluten, eggs, nuts, or dairy. Each recipe is clearly labeled with calories and amounts of protein, carbs, and fats. Almost all the recipes include a picture making deciding what to make first the hardest part.
The best thing about Everyday Keto Baking is that it only requires two types of flour: almond and coconut. Everyone knows that if they see a gluten-free label on bread or cakes (even mixes), the price will be at least double of one made with wheat flour. This cookbook has recipes for all those expensive products like waffles, pancakes, muffins, sandwich rolls, and cakes. But it also has items rarely seen in stores like donuts, crepes, popovers, and tiramisu.
Most of the recipes have many ingredients that you will already have in your pantry. Along with the sweets and breads are about twelve main dishes like salmon croquettes and coconut shrimp. Everything looks yummy, easy to make, and inexpensive so 5 stars!
Thanks to Fair Winds Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Seventy-five yummy recipes are included in Essential Vegan Air Fryer Cookbook.
I’ve had an air fryer for years that I have used solely for potato and carrot fries. However, the recipes in this cookbook might make me leave the air fryer on the counter. There is something here for all tastes.
Forty-six breakfasts, sides, and entrees including:
Blueberry breakfast cobbler
Banana chia bread
Mung bean “quiches”
Fried green tomatoes
BBQ jackfruit nachos
Grilled cheese sandwich
There are three recipes for fried tofu, four for sauces, one each for tempeh and chutney. The sauces and the chutney are not cooked with the air fryer but go well with other recipes presented here.
Instructions for using an air fryer are included. A convenient chart with vegan cooking instructions including cooking times and temperatures for common fruits and vegetables are provided too.
But don’t forget dessert! The twelve scrumptious recipes include:
Chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies
Apple or strawberry puffs
Raspberry lemon streusel cake
Pineapple upside-down cake
Blackberry peach cobbler
The Essential Vegan Air Fryer Cookbook is the perfect cookbook for the newly vegan or gluten-free cook, and/or owners of an air fryer. Many of the recipes are ideal for parties and office potlucks too. The only negative is that there is not a picture for every recipe. Other than that, it clearly deserves 5 stars!
Thanks to Rockridge Press/Callisto Media and NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
The Ultimate Gluten-free Dairy-free Collection is a huge assortment of both gluten-free and dairy-free recipes. Note that each recipe is both. They may also be nut, soy, and egg free as well as vegetarian and vegan.
The recipes look both tasty and gorgeous. However, most take at least an hour to prepare and contain expensive gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients. If you are only avoiding one ingredient, there are better cookbooks available. However, the Ultimate Gluten-free Dairy-free Collection is a boon for those avoiding both.
Price and/or time prevented me from trying any of these recipes (though the Tomato Tart looked particular yummy). The more than 200 recipes are categorized by meal (breakfast, lunch, weeknight dinner) and type (side dishes and desserts). There is a comprehensive index. But it is not sorted by diet type making this cookbook difficult to use quickly for those avoiding other ingredients. All recipes include a key defining their diet restriction, servings, and prep/cook time. Most have full color pictures. Unfortunately, none have calories or other nutritional information.
Overall, this cookbook is best for gluten-free and dairy-free cooks with at least an intermediate skill in the kitchen, time to cook, and a substantial food budget. 3 stars.
Thanks to Nourish and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Containing a hundred delicious sounding recipes, the Gluten-free Instant Pot Cookbook—Revised is both a flavor booster and time saver for gluten-free cooks.
Beginning with a cheesy poblano frittata breakfast, savory creamy polenta and various soups like spicy butternut squash, this cookbook has a bit of everything. Who knew you could make gluten-free meatloaf in an instant pot? Or saffron risotto( no more endless stirring)? The dessert chapter sounds particularly yummy filled with tasty treats like rice and bread pudding plus a to-die-for double chocolate fudge cheesecake. There are also easy bone broths for the paleo fans.
Recipes are clearly labeled with other common allergens like dairy, egg, soy and nut. There are vegan and vegetarian recipes included too. The only issue I have is the total lack of nutritional information.
The recipes are surprisingly innovative. For example, the Shrimp and Grits uses the Pot’s sauté function to cook the aromatics first. The sauce is then covered with a trivet and bowl to cook the grits. After a short time, the grits are removed and the shrimp is added to the sauce for heating. It is very innovative to cook everything in one instant pot making this a perfect gift for a college student with an instant pot but little else to cook with in a dorm room.
The recipes are worth 5 stars. However, the complete lack of nutritional information brings my rating of Gluten-free Instant Pot Cookbook—Revised down to 4 stars.
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Whether you follow a keto or gluten-free diet, Keto in an Instant has spectacular recipes you will want to eat.
After a short introduction to the keto diet and the Instant Pot, the book has a multitude of recipes for breakfast, dinners, soups, stews, sides, salads, snacks, appetizers and desserts. Most of your momma’s comfort foods are here. Meatloaf, chili, carrot cake, and beef stew are just a few examples. Your favorite snacks like buffalo wings, poppers, and artichoke dip are also included. My personal favorite is the Cheesy Garlic Cauliflower Flatbread that looks exactly like real bread but has only 135 calories and 2 net carbs per serving. The author suggests using the flatbread for pizza crust too.
Due to the low carb count in these recipes, none have more than 500 calories per serving with most less than 300. Most of the recipes take less than an hour to make and much of that time is when the Instant Pot is cooking by itself. There are full calorie, protein, net carb and fat counts for each recipe. For those people also avoiding dairy or soy, there are easy options to substitute ingredients. Best of all every recipe has a full-color picture to drool over.
Keto in an Instant is great for Instant Pot owners who are also keto, gluten-free or just want to eat healthier while losing some weight. 5 stars!
Thanks to the publisher, Alpha, and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
The Nightmare before Dinner includes recipes used in the famous Beetle House restaurants in New York and Los Angeles.
There are chapters for sauces, appetizers, soups/salads, entrees, and desserts. Most look more tasty than scary though they do have clever names like Edward Burger Hands, Silence of the Lamb Chops, and Bloodbath Cobbler. The best part is the cocktail recipes that look both scary and tasty like the bubbling This is Halloween. Also included are menu and decor suggestions for four different dinner parties.
I wish the food recipes included nutritional information. However, they all seemed simple to make with mostly easily acquired ingredients. The drinks looked delicious. I can’t wait to try The Beetle’s Juice with tequila, blackberry schnapps, lime juice, bitters, and simple syrup. Yum!
The Nightmare Before Dinner is recommended for hosts who want something different for their next party. 3 stars.
Thanks to Race Point Publishing and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.