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Whole30, an intensive one-month dietary reboot that requires cutting out dairy, grains, sugar and processed foods, took the Internet by storm last year, as much for its strict approach (cheat once and you have to start from scratch) as its health benefits. But Melissa Hartwig, one-half of the duo behind the program and a certified sports nutritionist, knows that ditching bad habits is usually a more long-term project. Enter her new book, a guide to rethinking your relationship with food, complete with advice on creating your own perfect diet and strategies for overcoming slipups. — Stacy Lee Kong
Food Freedom Forever (Viking Canada)by Melissa Hartwig, $32.
When Zoe Walker sees a photo of herself in a personal ad that she didn't place, she's confused, but not afraid. Soon, more ads, featuring different women, all commuters, appear. Then, Zoe starts seeing those women on the news, the victims of increasingly violent crimes—but no one save Kelly, a transit cop, believes her when she says there's a link. This fast-paced read will have you looking over your shoulder on your way to work, wondering who has been paying attention to you, without you noticing. — SLK
I See You (Berkley) by Clare Mackintosh, $24.
Canadian-born, U.K.- based YouTube star Estée Lalonde's debut book is full of charming no-pressure advice for creating a stylish life, including chapters on beauty, fashion, food and home, all punctuated with regular appearances by her boyfriend, Aslan, and their greyhound, Reggie. But it's in the sections on people and life, where she candidly describes her ever-present struggle with anxiety and what it was like to grow up on the fringes of the in crowd, that Lalonde gets real. — Grace Toby
Trevor Noah was born in South Africa during apartheid to a black mother and a white father—so the title of the comedian and Daily Show host's first book, Born a Crime, is, pardon the pun, no joke. A hilarious but thoughtful read, Noah's essays touch on poverty, racism and his heartwarming, complicated bond with his mother, who, despite her tough love, shares his penchant for laughter. — Kate Wells
Born a Crime (Doubleday Canada) by Trevor Noah, $35.
Love at first bite
Any Ina Garten fan knows that her husband, Jeffrey—who can often be seen smiling blissfully while enjoying a homemade feast on Food Network Canada's Barefoot Contessa—is the one true not-sosecret ingredient to any recipe Ina cooks up. Her newest cookbook (her 10th!), Cooking for Jeffrey, is an edible love letter to her husband, and to the dishes she's been making for him for decades. It features a plethora of recipes that are perfect to serve at a dinner party, such as Camembert & Prosciutto Tartines, Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken, Challah With Saffron, and Limoncello Ricotta Cheesecake. Another reason to love the book: Almost every dish comes complete with a make-ahead tip, so you'll never have to scramble in the kitchen while your guests are enjoying one another's company. If you've been meaning to entertain more, or if you just want reliable, full-flavoured, simple, rustic food to add to your repertoire, this is what you'll want to curl up with. — Jennifer Bartoli
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Who doesn't like chocolate cake?! Here's a roundup up of our best, most decadent chocolate cake recipes you'll want to make over and over again.
"This recipe is inspired by a chocolate cake my grandmother used to make for
special occasions. It's decadent, incredibly chocolaty and extremely easy to make." — Jennifer Bartoli, Food specialist
Get the recipe: Chocolate Fudge Cake With Raspberry Coulis
Don't worry if a few crepes aren't perfectly round; just layer the less attractive ones in the centre of the cake and no one will be the wiser. A bar zester makes perfect, delicate strips of rind and comes in handy when preparing the orange zest topping.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Orange Crêpe Cake
White and dark chocolate batters swirl together in this ganache-glazed cake. Serve with chocolate whipped cream or ice cream.
Get the recipe: Glazed Chocolate Marble Cake
Brilliant blue icing and a fun speckled effect make this show-stopping chocolate cake look like a robin's egg. For best results, practise your speckling technique on waxed paper before tackling the cake. The speckling can get a little messy, so protect the cake plate with strips of waxed or parchment paper.
Get the recipe: Speckled Easter Egg Chocolate Cake
Everyone should be able to eat chocolate cake! A few simple substitutions is all it takes to make our classic recipe free of dairy, gluten, eggs, white sugar and vegetable oil, without sacrificing the intense chocolaty taste and moist, fluffy texture you've come to love. Most high-quality semisweet chocolates are dairy-free; read the label to ensure the brand you've selected doesn't contain any milk products.
Get the recipe: Dark and Delicious Vegan Chocolate Cake
This is a fantastic fudgy dessert for any occasion.
Get the recipe: Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake
If the stomach is indeed the way to a loved one's heart, then this ultra-decadent chocolate cake is sure to seal the deal. Just as easy and versatile as a cake mix— but way more moist and delicious—it's a recipe you'll want to make again and again.
Get the recipe: The Ultimate Chocolate Layer Cake
Picture this: a rich, brownie-like chocolate cake topped with chocolate mousse, whipped topping and garnished with even more chocolate. Sound divine? It is! Italian meringue gives the mousse a light, fluffy texture without the addition of gelatin.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Mousse Passover Cake
This fantastic dessert should stay refrigerated until serving. Use a hot knife, wiping it clean after each cut to get pristine edges.
Get the recipe: Mocha Mousse Cake
A smooth ganache topping is an easy yet impressive finish to this moist chocolate cake, which is layered with a buttery espresso-flavoured icing. Top the cake with the chilled chocolate shards just before serving so they keep their shape.
Get the recipe: Silky Mocha Layer Cake
Crunchy meringue, silky mousse, moist chocolate cake and decadent ganache give flavour and texture to this ultimate cake, which is well worth the effort to make.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cake
Chocolate-orange is a classic holiday flavour combination. The bright candied zest on top perfectly complements the chocolate chunks hidden within the cake.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake
A double dose of chocolate gives this cake its rich flavour. Greasing your pan with butter and then dusting with flour is a foolproof way to ensure your cake comes out easily.
Get the recipe: Double-Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake
When you layer silky chocolate mousse with crunchy meringue, the meringue becomes soft and chewy, making this cake easy to slice with a hot, sharp knife.
Get the recipe: Malt Chocolate Mousse Cake