Get excited, we’re catering to our sweet tooth at Lambs Ears Cookbook Club with Alison Roman’s “Sweet Enough” in November – and read through for our perfect December selection.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have a sweet tooth and have been dying for an excuse to really get into Alison Roman’s new cookbook Sweet Enough – and that’s definitely why I picked it for our November Lambs Ears Cookbook Club cookbook. Alison Roman, she of the New York Times bestseller list, several viral recipe videos and 730,000+ Instagram followers, dropped out of college to follow up her dedication to food, eventually working as a pastry chef in several restaurants in California and NYC.
Some of her recipes were considered so perfect that they went viral on Instagram, becoming so well known as to be referred to simply as “The Cookie” and “The Pasta”. “Sweet Enough” is her first book to cater solely to dessert, and in it she applies her skills to create recipes for people who think they don’t have the time or skill to pull off a special treat for the end of a meal.
These recipes are intentionally simple and seriously flexible, aimed at satisfying anyone’s sweet tooth quickly, and without the need for fancy equipment or specialty ingredients. She’ll teach you how to whip up fabulously effortless cakes, and instant classics like a Salted Lemon Pie, Raspberries and Sour Cream, Caramelised Maple Tart (only she spells it with a Z) and wonderfully satisfying Cinnamon Sandies.
There are 80 recipes in the book and all are equally suited to a dedicated baker, or those who don’t think they are bakers. If you’ve always doubted your ability to finish any dinner party, picnic or casual outdoor meal with something sweetly stunning, this is definitely the book for you. Forget about leaving dessert to someone else, learn how to cater to your sweet tooth, and grab a copy of “Sweet Enough” from Booktopia. You can also reserve it at your library, to join in our deep dive this month.
SO – WHAT DID WE COOK IN OCTOBER?
Quite a few of us took advantage of Roberta Muir’s generosity, and downloaded and cooked from her “Be Inspired – A Month in Provence”. Her recipes are clear and well written, making reproducing some of the classic dishes of this region utterly achievable. She has a whole series of e-magazines featuring different culinary traditions on her website, all of which are every bit as accessible as this one. I’d urge you to check them out. If you are in Sydney, you can also sign up to get all of the ingredients too – what a great idea!
BUT TELL ME ABOUT THE DECEMBER COOKBOOK!
As we all know December, and the Silly Season, can all get bit hysterical. What with teachers gifts, seasonal drinks catch-ups, barbecues and various parties – not to mention the whole actual event – for those of us who like to cook, the kitchen can see quite a bit of action.
What we really want and need in a cookbook is something really reliable. We need someone who always comes up with clever inspiration, smart styling tips and fuss-free cooking tips and shortcuts. Someone who is internationally known for fabulous, delicious, stress-free food that will always wow and will always come out just as it says in the recipe.
What we need is Donna Hay.
Donna Hay’s Christmas Feasts and Treats covers every aspect of holiday seasonal food, from mains – including the big four favourites for Christmas day, heaps of side dishes to cover every foreseeable event, and lots of cakes, cookies and treats for gifting, sharing or just enjoying. It’s fully revised and updated, with lots of new recipes, full of the kind of gorgeous photos we’ve come to expect from her work, and available on library shelves for those who can’t stretch to a new copy at this time of the year. Grab your copy ASAP!
RECAPPING 2023 SO FAR
Our whole year “cookbook” for 2023 will be delicious. – either the magazines or anything from their website.
November – Sweet Enough by Alison Roman
October – Be Inspired – A Month in Provence by Roberta Muir
September – Pomegranates and Artichokes by Saghar Setareh
August – Tried, Tested and True by Liz Harfull
July – In Belinda’s Kitchen by Belinda Jeffery
June – Modern Pressure Cooking by Catherine Phipps
May – The Italian Home Cook, by Silvia Colloca
April – Strong, Sweet and Bitter by Cara Devine, or First, Cream the Butter and Sugar by Emelia Jackson
March – Maggie’s Harvest by Maggie Beer
February – Salamati by Hamed Allahyari
January – More Fish, More Veg by Tom Walton
YOU CAN BUY ANY OF THESE COOKBOOKS AT ALL GOOD BOOKSHOPS, OR ONLINE AT BOOKTOPIA USING THE LINKS IN THIS POST. (IF PURCHASED VIA THESE LINKS, YOU WILL GET A GREAT PRICE AND I WILL RECEIVE A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE COST.)