Back in 2009, I was honored to review the cookbook Taste This! by author, blogger and friend Gina von Esmarch. (Gina hails from a foodie family best known for the famous Alioto’s at #8 Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.) While my favorite way to experience Gina’s food is sitting in her dining room and eating until I am stuffed… trying a recipe from her newest cookbook Taste This! The Delicious Sequel is not too shabby either.
This weekend, a group of bloggers rallied to enjoy a “Cyber Dinner” where we each prepared a course and then shared our experience on our blogs. When I first wrote about Taste This!, I chose to write about an appetizer since I believe the first course sets the tone and mood for the entire meal. For the Cyber Dinner, I decided to serve-up the dessert, which (if done correctly) seals the deal for the meal. I flipped through the cookbook and quickly decided on “The Memphis King’s Cupcakes” (banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting!)
These tasty cupcakes, found on page 100 of the cookbook, were a perfect ending to our family-friendly BBQ. The cupcakes are not overly sweet, and have a beautifully subtle banana flavor. The literal icing on the cake is the amazing peanut butter and cream cheese frosting, which would make The King himself happy.
If you’d like to experience the rest of the Cyber Dinner, check out these delicious blogs:
- Dirt and Noise: Ilina served up some delicious mojito cocktails
- Bonggamom: Ana prepared a black olive tapenade for appetizers
- French Foodie Mom: Vanessa cooked a side dish
- Bowl Licker: the author herself made the main course
- Wino Bee: Stacy selected the wine for the evening
About the book: This version of the cookbook is as exciting at the original. Notable differences are food with global flair, including recipes from Peru, New Zealand and Germany, and the addition of delicious brunch recipes.
Cookbook giveaway: If you would like to bring Taste This! The Delicious Sequel into your kitchen, please comment below by Friday, May 11. Just share your favorite BBQ dessert selection! One winner will be selected at random. Winner must live in the United States.
Author Gina says: “The goal of Taste This! is simple, bring good food and good flavors back to the table. Whether you are a working parent or a career individual that wants to bring people together at the table, you will find ideas to inspire your inner cook.”
Buy the book: Click HERE to purchase Taste This! and Taste This! The Delicious Sequel, each priced at $30 (includes S&H).
Photo Credit: Gina von Esmarch
Notes: I was given a copy of Gina’s cookbook as a gift. The giveaway copy was received at no charge. The words and opinions on this blog are mine, and I did not receive compensation for writing them.