Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Cooking

Cookbook reviews: Greek yogurt; homemade bread; comfort food

.TITLE: Cooking With Greek Yogurt by Cassie Johnston (Countryman Press, $15.95, 173 pages)

GENERALLY SPEAKING: Every recipe uses plain Greek yogurt to step up the healthy aspect of the dish. Greek yogurt is calcium-rich, full of probiotics and often has twice the amount of protein traditional yogurt does. Greek yogurt is a great substitute for cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream in many dishes.

FOR: The recipes for "lightened-up comfort foods" are for anyone looking for a healthier lifestyle. The yogurt complements, rather than overpowers, the flavors of the recipes.

RECIPES: Wedding cauliflower soup; cranberry-oat breakfast bars; Buffalo blue cheese chicken dip; dark chocolate coconut frozen yogurt; green chicken enchiladas; under-the-weather smoothie; lemon poppy seed cupcakes; potato salad with sun-dried tomatoes and bacon; broccoli rice cheddar bake; sweet corn chowder; creamy chickpea and tuna salad; orange salted chocolate mousse; and roasted red pepper spaghetti.

.TITLE: Made at Home Breads by Dick and James Strawbridge (Mitchell Beazley, $19.99, 176 pages)

GENERALLY SPEAKING: If you have ever wanted to bake bread at home, from scratch, but were too intimidated, Made at Home Breads will help you every step of the way. The authors cover just about everything you ever wanted to know about breadmaking: preparation, kinds of breads (yeast bread, quick breads and those made from starters), yeast, pans, water misters, oven temperatures and more. It includes 50 recipes with more than 15 clear, step-by-step techniques. Some recipes may be more advanced for the first-time bread baker, so find one you're comfortable with and work up to the more difficult ones.

FOR: The novice home bread baker. I'm certain that more experienced bread bakers will benefit also.

RECIPES: Potato bread; pumpernickel, crumbly cheese biscuits; sourdough; stollen; saffron rolls; soda bread; English muffins; fig, walnut and red wine bread; banana dumplings; baguettes; focaccia; brioche; and bagels.

.TITLE: Junior's Home Cooking — Over 100 Recipes for Classic Comfort Food by Alan Rosen and Beth Allen (Taunton Press, $24.95, 268 pages)

GENERALLY SPEAKING: For those who may not know, Junior's is a landmark metro New York restaurant chain that has been specializing in comfort food and cheesecakes since 1950. Inside this cookbook you will find more than 100 recipes with many variations, plus tips and techniques for successful dishes. Many of the recipes can be mixed and matched to create an array of menus. Pair Junior's club sandwich with roasted tomato soup. Serve up Southern fried chicken with Junior's red skin potato salad and carrot sheet cake with Junior's cream cheese frosting for dessert. From simple to sophisticated, this cookbook has it all.

FOR: Fans of Junior's restaurants, fans of comfort food and fans of good made-from-scratch food.

RECIPES: French onion soup with Swiss cheese; Junior's Cobb salad; fried green pickles; homemade potato chips; curried jumbo shrimp; company prime rib of beef au jus; veal cutlet parmigiana; oven-braised short ribs; potato pancakes with homemade applesauce; Junior's cheesecake French toast; cherry crumb pie; s'more cupcakes, whoopie pie cheesecake; and combo Reuben.

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