Why Make Your Own Pie?: Pizza Czar by Anthony Falco

Why Make Your Own Pie? Pizza Czar – Anthony Falco, 2021  Reviewed by Naomi Bussin   I would love to be a Czar, any kind, minus the negative qualities.  But Pizza Czar has a cool ring to it, for sure.  I was inspired when I received Pizza Czar, by Anthony Falco, international pizza consultant. Anthony used to make pizzas at Roberta’s in Brooklyn (great pizza) and is now a consultant, working…

Easy Breezy Treats: Snacking Cakes by Yossy Arefi

Easy Breezy Treats Snacking Cakes by Yossy Arefi Reviewed by Naomi Bussin   Whenever I mention “snacking cakes” I get the response “ooh, what’s a snacking cake?”  Until recently I hadn’t heard of snacking cakes either, but we all agree that it sounds good.  Also called snack cakes or counter cakes, snacking cakes are everyday cakes, not fancy and perfect for now. Sometimes a sweet snack is…

Coconut & Sambal: Recipes from my Indonesian Kitchen

Coconut & Sambal: Recipes from my Indonesian Kitchen The Cuisine of Southeast Asia Reviewed by Naomi Bussin   Of course it would be fascinating to travel to Southeast Asia.  After a year of being firmly rooted, I am not trying to sell you on armchair travelling.  But here are a few truths.  Pandemic or no pandemic, 1. I am not getting to Indonesia anytime soon 2. Indonesian food is…

Cool Beans by Joe Yonan

Cool Beans by Joe Yonan Proving that Beans are Cool! By Naomi Bussin   Ten years ago, would you have thought that beans could be described as cool? Probably not, but in 2021 there is nothing more au courant than an inexpensive, plant-based, nutritious pantry item. As we stay at home and cook, we might as well cook beans.  Beans have long been a staple in many cuisines, but have come into…

About Nothing

We Get Letters! Like it or not, each issue, Tonic Publisher Jamie Bussin gives his thoughts on health and wellness. I’m going to let you all see behind the curtain. At some point before we go to print with the magazine something happens to me or I’ll have a conversation with somebody and the spark of the idea for my publisher’s note ignites in my brain. The problem is that because of Covid we’re…

East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing

East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing A Healthy Start to the Year By Naomi Bussin   Recipes are often authentic, or simple, but not both.  Yes, spice blends are best if the spices are freshly toasted and ground, but that may not be practical.  Sure, homemade sauces and condiments may add to your dinner, but you might not want to make them.  And, in Winter 2021, our…

Welcome (Back)!

We Get Letters! Like it or not, each issue, Tonic Publisher Jamie Bussin gives his thoughts on health and wellness. Welcome (Back)!   Hello. If you’re reading this column for the first time; welcome, I’m Jamie and I’m the publisher and editor in chief of this magazine. And you’ve probably received your copy of this issue of Tonic Magazine with your subscription to the Globe and Mail. You may…

Baking Your Own Sourdough Bread

Baking Your Own Sourdough Bread A Social Distancing Trend By Jamie Bussin and Naomi Bussin   On Episode #134 of THE TONIC Talk Show/Podcast we spoke about the Covid-19 trend of people baking their own breads while in lockdown. Even now, when things are opening up, we’re taking the time to bake ourselves. This is an excerpt of the interview.   Why are we talking about sourdough bread?…

Onward!

We Get Letters! Like it or not, each issue, Tonic Publisher Jamie Bussin gives his thoughts on health and wellness. Onward!   Let’s get this out of the way. I’m tired of talking about Covid-19. I know. I know. There’s no real way around it. It creeps into every conversation, every consideration. It is the layer of schmutz that permeates every aspect of our lives right now. We know this. We…

Highlighting Black Cookbook Authors

Highlighting Black Cookbook Authors 2 Great New Publications By Jamie Bussin and Naomi Bussin   On Episode #149 of THE TONIC Talk Show/Podcast we chose to highlight new cookbooks written by black authors in an effort to help recognize and combat racism. In this way we hope to be real, and not merely performative, allies. Naomi considered how she chooses the books that she reviews for the…