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Book Club Picks: Cookbooks for Spring

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With the warm weather coming, it's time to turn on the oven and fire up the grill for some homemade meals and desserts. Cooking for the kids has never been easier when it comes to the superb quality of new cookbooks available today. Why not test your culinary chops by experimenting with one of the following delectable recipes? Whatever your preference may be, there’s something here for everyone.

Scoop Adventures

Spring and summer are all about ice cream which is why we love the new book, Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States: Make the Real Recipes from the Greatest Ice Cream Parlors. Written by ice cream maker and blogger, Lindsay Clendaniel, this fun book focuses on her the amazing recipes she picked during her travels across the country sampling ice cream from specialty shops and restaurants for her blog, Scoop Adventures. This includes 80 deliciously adapted recipes Lindsay discovered were home-tested and designed to be easily made with a home ice cream maker. Some of those recipes include: Lemon Ricotta Cardamom Gelato adapted from a recipe by Dolcezza, Washington, DC; Steen's Molasses Oatmeal Cookie from Creole Creamery, New Orleans, LA and Lavender Caramel Swirl Ice Cream from Loblolly Creamery, Little Rock, AR and much more!

Superfoods for Life, Coconut.

One of the hottest foods on the market is coconut. I love adding it to smoothies and oatmeal, and recently discovered even more ways to enhance my food with this healthy oil thanks to the new book, Superfoods for Life, Coconut.This interesting book shows you how you can easily add coconut meat, milk, oil, butter, and flour into your diet with 75 delicious recipes for incredible health. I also loved its overview of coconuts, fun history and facts and its reputed nutritional benefits, along with a focus on key nutritional properties and “cures” associated with coconuts (detoxification, weight loss, super immunity, disease fighting, and beauty to name a few).

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With America getting more health conscious, one staple that is on our book shelf is Rawsome Vegan Baking. This collection of delicious and healthy dishes that also happen to be raw, gluten-free and gorgeous. This includes a collection of over 100 cookies, cakes, bars and cupcakes created by Emily von Euw, the creator of the popular blog This Rawsome Vegan Life. I was in awe of the pictures with such delicious recipes like Chia Vanilla Pudding and Carrot Cake with Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting. Perfect for vegans and non-vegans as you test out the waters of healthier baking.

Gluten-Free Baking

Another new way to cook for health and personal reasons is to eat gluten-free. Baking can be an issue with gluten-free, but the new book Gluten-Free Baking shows us just how to master this style of eating with a variety of new gluten-free flours. From award-winning gluten free chef Michael McCamley, this book includes his tried and tested gluten-free recipes for all your favorite baked goods, from delicious cupcakes to wholesome breads, pizza bases, focaccia and sweet pies and desserts. It proves that gluten-free baking can be delicious and easy!

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Grilled to Perfection: Two Champion Pit Masters Share Recipes and Techniques for Unforgettable Backyard Grilling

Grilled to Perfection: Two Champion Pit Masters Share Recipes and Techniques for Unforgettable Backyard Grilling by Andy Husbands and Chris Hart with Andrea Pyenson is just the book dad needs for Father’s Day. Men love to grill. Why not give them the right tools to make it happen? This beautifully illustrated cookbook is a compilation of recipes and techniques appropriate for any backyard griller. Try some Tamari-Glazed Steak with Sweet-and-Spicy Rice or Jerk Ribs with Guava Glaze and Grilled Bananas. Is your mouth watering yet?

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