Monday, August 19, 2013

Flour, too Cookbook by Joanne Chang Review and Giveaway

I love cookbooks and have been a collector for years. I don't just collect the cookbooks, I actually use them to create new and tasty recipes for my family. The newest cookbook in our family collection is flour, too by Joanne Chang. It is full of "Indispensable Recipes for The Cafe's Most Loved Sweets & Savories." The book isn't just a cookbook but a book about cooking and the journey of Joanne Chang. 
(photo from Flour, too cookbook obtained from google search)

This is a sponsored review by Stonyfield Organic Yogurt & Flour Bakery! I was given the product to review and sponsor will mail to the winner. My own tasty opinions are expressed here. 

What a cookbook and what a story of a beautiful and busy bakery and restaurant! This cookbook is bursting full of the very best recipes from an entire day's menu at Flour. This collection also includes party recipes and signature drinks at the 4 Flour locations in the Boston area. Chef Joanne shared her story from being a young teen and aspiring Nobel Prize winner for Math (you must read the story) to baking cookies for her study groups and on to her professional job and then how she ended up actually cooking and baking on a professional level.
                       (photo from Flour, too cookbook obtained from google search)

I was truly inspired by Joanne and her story! My mouth watered as she explained how she learned to really cook and bake under wonderful mentors. A few quotes stuck with me like, "every cake and tart order ....passes the mom test", "one day these cookies will be famous," "above all, cooking for others is meant to give pleasure, nothing more and nothing less." I also loved that Chef Jody told her that "it's just dinner" and that cooking for others should be just as satisfying to them as well as it is for their guest. If not so, then they were approaching it the wrong way. WOW! I'm telling you this book is inspiring. 

The cookbook includes, "in our vocabulary" to make sure we know her basic kitchen lingo, "in our pantry" list of indispensable pantry items, "in our refrigerator" of items they stock and how they are used, "in our cabinets" of basics and other items to make sure you have a well stocked cabinet and finally my favorite section of "in our heads" where she shares basic kitchen principles and tips many that I had never thought of. 
(photo of Boston Cream Pie from Flour, too cookbook obtained from google search)
Chapters (full story with each recipe) and only a few recipes I will try:

Breakfast Sweets- Cinnamon Cream Brioche and Vegan Vanilla Mixed Berry Muffins
Breakfast Savories-Flour's Famous Egg Sandwich and Breakfast Pizzas
Lunch Soups-Mama Chang's Hot and Sour Soup and Spicy Three-Bean and Corn Chili
Lunch Sandwiches- Lemony Hummus with Cucumber, Radish sprouts and Red onion as well as the Chicken with Avocado and Jicama
Dinner Salads-Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Autumn Vegetables and Ginger-Scallion Dressing as well as Winter Paper Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette
Dinner Mains-Triple Cheese Pizza (Focaccia dough recipe) and Pan Seared Main Crab Cakes with Spicy Celery Root Remoulade and Jeff's Spicy Turkey Burgers with Tomato Onion Jam
Party Time Snacks- Flour Pickles and Scallion Pancakes
Party Time Desserts-Lemon Ginger Mousse, Maple Apple Upside Down Buttermilk Cake and Best Boston Cream Pie (I'm going to try this instead of our family favorite recipe and see how they like it) and of course the Bittersweet Chocolate Espresso Terrine which is their most popular dessert
Drinks-Mulled Apple Cider, Super Rich Hot Chocolate and Chocolate Milk for Kids of all ages
Basics-(foundation for making great food) Roasted Tomatoes, Flour Focaccia, Puff Pastry, Pastry Cream, Lemon Curd, Buttercream and Ganache


Did I mention that Chef Joanne signed her cookbook for me? How cool is that? This is a 300 page, hardback book every foodie will want. The pictures of the recipes are beautiful and mouth-watering! 

Enter below to try and win a copy. If you don't win check your local book store and online sites. It is an educational, inspiring must have book of cooking for foodies. 

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6 comments:

andri. said...

My friend will!:)

Anonymous said...

Me... I love cookbooks and I'm not afraid to admit it. lol!

-tc
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ape2016 said...

I will keep it. I have a small collection.

april yedinak

suburban prep said...

I love cookbooks and I am deciding between one of my sisters or for myself.

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

This will be for me! I love cookbooks!!

Megan Davis said...

The cookbook will probably be for my mom (and me sometimes, too!). She's really into cooking and collecting cookbooks, so I'm sure she'd be extremely pleased with this!

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