Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Spotlight on New Spring 2013 Cookbooks!

As our readers have already discovered, Hippocrene Books is known for its specialization in international cookbooks. This spring we're releasing one all-new cookbook, two expanded editions, and two paperback editions.

We're excited to share that our first gluten-free offering will be available June 15th: Indian Inspired Gluten-Free Cooking by Alamelu Vairavan and Margaret Pfeiffer! Celiac disease affects about 3 million people in America alone and many are able to find relief in a gluten-free diet. There's not much to a gluten-free diet in terms of flavor and variety, but adding Indian cuisine into the mix takes it to the next level. Indian cuisine is known for rich flavors and spices, incorporating different types of rice, dals (lentils), and legumes--all gluten-free. If you're gluten-intolerant or gluten-sensitive, Indian Inspired Gluten-Free Cooking will teach you how to expand your diet. Trust us, your taste buds will thank you!

Alamelu Vairavan is the host of the popular cooking show "Healthful Flavors with Alamelu," produced by Milwaukee Public Television and syndicated across the country on PBS. She is a culinary instructor and author of two successful cookbooks, including Healthy South Indian Cooking (Hippocrene Books, 2008).

Margaret Pfeiffer, M.S., R.D., C.L.S. is a practicing cardiac nutritionist , a clinical lipid specialist and registered dietician. She's also taught many classes on healthy cooking and authored a book on heart-healthy eating, Smart 4 Your Heart (King, 2009).

Check out this article by the New York Times which talks about the benefits of a gluten-free diet even if you're not diagnosed as gluten-intolerant or gluten-sensitive. People with other diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis show signs of alleviated symptoms by eliminating gluten from their diets.

Taste of Nepal by Jyoti Pathak is now available in paperback! Winner of the Gourmand Cookbook Award in 2007 for "Best Foreign Cuisine Cookbook," Taste of Nepal is one of the few Nepali cookbooks available. The cuisine is surprisingly diverse for such a small country, with influences from Chinese and Indian culinary methods and tastes. Home cooks who enjoy Asian cuisines will find new and unique dishes to add to their repertoire.

The expanded edition of Nile Style: Egyptian Cuisine and Culture by Amy Riolo, which won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in 2009 for "Best Arab Cuisine," will hit bookstore shelves in May. This paperback edition is the first of its kind to focus on the multi-ethnic and multi-religious influences in Egyptian cuisine. With two brand new chapters, 16 pages of color photographs, and more than 150 easy-to-follow recipes, Nile Style provides insight into Egypt's diversity for foodies and armchair travelers.

Spoonfuls of Germany: German Regional Cuisine by Nadia Hassani will be available in May. Filled with new recipes and photos, the new paperback edition explores the often-overlooked diversity of German regional cuisine. Hassani takes the reader on a flavor-filled ride with traditional dishes such as spaetzle and sauerbraten, and lesser-known specialties like "Westphalian pumpernickel pudding" and "Windmill Cake" from Frisia. You can also find Nadia on her blog Spoonfuls of Germany.

 The new paperback edition of Sephardic Israeli Cuisine: A Mediterranean Mosaic by Sheilah Kaufman will also be available in May. Sephardic cuisine is truly a mosaic of a variety of Mediterranean influences. Typical ingredients include cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek, saffron, almond essence, rose and orange flower water, tahini paste, artichokes, fava beans, olives, fennel, couscous, semolina and bulgur.

Whether you're looking for more healthful cooking options or seeking a new culinary experience, each cookbook has something unique to offer. Pre-orders can be made on Amazon, otherwise watch your favorite bookstore shelves for the release of these new and updated titles. We hope you'll find something to satisfy your culinary cravings!

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