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Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook
Martha Stewart
0307236722
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Six years after Stewart's now classic Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook reinvented canapés, here is an end-of-the-meal sequel. General baking tips start things off, most of which are beginner focused ("Read a recipe all the way through"), along with an illustrated guide to baking equipment. Along with expertise, Stewart is also selling the fantasy of wealth; she keeps a vast collection of pots, pans and implements in her own pantry. At times, readers may wish she would offer more suggestions of substitutions for these tools and gadgets (for instance, nearly all the recipes require a stand-up mixer). All the same, this work is, as promised, an essential guide. The recipes include 42 different cookies and 30 cakes, plus pies, tarts, coffee cakes, scones, biscuits, muffins, crackers, bread, fine pastries and more. They range from...


Herbs and Spices: The Cook's Reference
Jill Norman
0789489392
October 2002
Hardcover
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From Booklist
More and more herbs and spices appear in American kitchens daily, encouraged by television chefs and promoted through new ethnic cuisines entering the mainstream. Jill Norman's Herbs & Spices comes at exactly the right moment to guide readers through the tangle of leaves, seeds, and berries. Norman thoughtfully organizes herbs into major classifications by their predominant bouquets. This approach immediately assists the cook looking for substitutions. Norman's tasting notes, borrowing a vocabulary identical to that used for wine, establish a standard language for characterizing each item's salient aromas and flavors. Full-color, close-up pictures aid in identification. Text outlines culinary uses and purchasing and storing data and gives information on growing one's own herbs. A short recipe section offers...


The Silver Spoon
Phaidon Press
0714845310
October 1, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Featuring over 2,000 recipes among its 1,200-plus pages, it's easy to see why this Italian version of The Joy of Cooking, billed as "the bible of authentic Italian cooking," is a popular wedding gift. Newly updated and translated into English for the first time, the book contains recipes for everything from basic sauces and marinades to salads, game, fish and baked goods, with each section color-coded for easy browsing. Recipes emphasize fresh ingredients and are to-the-point, typically summed up in a paragraph sans photo illustrations. Those who know their way around a kitchen will appreciate the brevity, but a novice might encounter some frustration when making pasta dishes featuring homemade gnocchi or orecchiette without a more in-depth description or the aid of photos. Almost all of the ingredients...


The Best Kitchen Quick Tips: 534 Tricks, Techniques, and Shortcuts for the Curious Cook
Cook's Illustrated Magazine Editors
0936184655
February 2003
Paperback
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The New Food Lover's Companion
Sharon Tyler Tyler Herbst
0764112589
January 2001
Paperback
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Mat Schaffer, Boston Herald, March 2001
Hands down, it is the ultimate accessible cooking and dining reference book.

Susan Miller, The Home Monthly, May 2001
Amazingly comprehensive encyclopedia of everything you ever wondered or will need to know about culinary terms and ingredients.

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Le Cordon Bleu's Complete Cooking Techniques: the indispensable reference demonstates over 700 illustrated techniques with 2,000 photos and 200 recipes
Le Cordon Bleu
0688152066
November 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
With this exceptional opus, over 100 years of unparalleled experience and expertise are put at the fingertips of every home cook using the same hands-on approach promoted in practical classes at Le Cordon Bleu's institutes. This indispensable and unique reference work teaches essential preparation and cooking skills and professional tricks-of-the-trade, with over 700 cooking techniques shown in more than 2,000 color images.Whatever the interest -- providing family-pleasing everyday fare or mastering a top chef's recipe, or even attempting to re-create a dish from a restaurant menu -- Le Cordon Bleu Complete Cooking Techniques will enable people to cook what they want with success. Its hundreds of illustrated techniques are invaluable kitchen aids, as are the many integral recipes.Cooks interested in ethnic cuisines,...


The Food Substitutions Bible
David Joachim
0778801195
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Review
Peg Rahn Pasadena Star-News : Most informative... I find I am using it all the time... information about the characteristics of foods, equivalents, and measurements.
Andrea Clurfeld Neptune Asbury Park Press : Well-researched, well-tested reference book... The guy is seriously detailed-oriented... endlessly useful.
Marlene Parrish Pittsburgh Post-Gazette : A must-have for the serious cook. All charts, no recipes and no prose. Useful when you need it.
Aleta Watson San Jose Mercury News : A compendium of alternatives for everything from allspice to wild rice. (Plus antelope, alligator, bear...
Sharon Thompson Knight Ridder Newspapers : More than 5,000 substitutions for almost every type of food... directions for making reliable replacements.
Detroit News : Offering...


Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock
Isa Chandra Moskowitz
1569243581
November 9, 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
To appreciate this quirky vegan cookbook, readers must welcome the author's offhand, rambling style. A chatty Brooklynite who hosts her own public access cooking show, she scatters stories about her mother, her friends and her politics among recipes for goodies like Fresh Corn Fritters and Curried Split Pea Soup. In one anecdote, she writes that her mother liked the scones from "one of those overpriced French cafes in Union Square," prompting the author to create Glazed Orange scones in her mother's honor, and the sweet, rich result rivals the average "overpriced café" model. BBQ Pomegranate Tofu is actually baked, not barbecued, but still the tofu is rich and smoky, terrific over rice or packed into heroes. Even better, the vegan iterations of Spanakopita and Seitan-Portobello Stroganoff so closely...


I'm Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking
Alton Brown
1584790830
May 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
Alton Brown, host of Food Network's Good Eats, is not your typical TV cook. Equal parts Jacques Pépin and Mr. Science, with a dash of MacGyver, Brown goes to great lengths to get the most out of his ingredients and tools to discover the right cooking method for the dish at hand. With his debut cookbook, I'm Just Here for the Food, Brown explores the foundation of cooking: heat. From searing and roasting to braising, frying, and boiling, he covers the spectrum of cooking techniques, stopping along the way to explain the science behind it all, often adding a pun and recipe or two (usually combined, as with Miller Thyme Trout).

I'm Just Here for the Food is chock-full of information, but Brown teaches the science of cooking with a soft touch, adding humor even to the book's illustrations--his channeling of the conveyer...



Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook: The Original 1950 Classic (Betty Crocker)
Betty Crocker (Editor)
0028627717
bound - October 1998
Ring-bound
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Book Review
First published in 1950, Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book is now reprinted in all its old-fashioned glory. Betty immerses you in a time when women were homemakers, cakes had at least two layers, and salad was iceberg lettuce. You may hesitate to recreate what your mother or grandmother probably cooked--if so, consider that back then we ate simply, in the days before the word foodie was invented. Many of the recipes suit today's harried lifestyle, as you see in Six Layer Dinner, combining eight cups of vegetables with a pound of ground meat, and Dainty Tea Brownies topped with colorful chopped pistachios.

Hundreds of black-and-white photos, animated drawings, and quaint color spreads of prepared dishes aid you in using the recipes. Beginners learn how to measure ingredients, choose the best economical cuts of meat, and...



Cheese : A Connoisseur's Guide to the World's Best
Max Mccalman, David Gibbons
1400050340
August 30, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Domestic production of quality artisanal cheeses is on the rise, and the recent opening of the Artisanal Cheese Center in New York has helped make these and traditional European farmstead cheeses even more widely available. McCalman takes credit for spearheading this American cheese revolution through his work at the New York restaurants Picholine and Artisanal. While his and Gibbons's first book, 2002's The Cheese Plate, was highly regarded by industry professionals as a practical guide to serving European-style cheese courses and selecting astute wine pairings, this new work aims to be what the Parker Guide is for wine—complete with a numeric rating scale—for would-be connoisseurs. It provides detailed notes on producers, taste and appearance, stages of ripeness and seasonal availability, as well as...


Julia's Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime in Cooking
Julia Child
0375411518
November 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
What would you give to see the notes Julia Child keeps in her handwritten loose-leaf kitchen reference guide? Your wish is granted! This clever little volume was inspired by Child's notebook, compiled from her own "trials, remedies, and errors."

Organized by large category and technique, it's a very handy reference guide for anyone reasonably comfortable in the kitchen. Each section contains a master recipe followed by variations. The emphasis is on technique, so if you occasionally find yourself trying to remember at what temperature to best roast a duck, the best way to cook green beans and keep them green, or how to save your hollandaise, then this is the book for you. And what good is a reference guide without an index? As always, Child comes to our rescue with a fantastic, comprehensive index, 19 pages long for 107...



The Wine Bible
Karen MacNeil
1563054345
Feb 2000
Paperback
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Book Review's Best of 2001
Though it drinks deep of its subject, Karen MacNeil's Wine Bible deftly avoids two traps many wine books fall into: talking down to wine novices or talking up to more experienced enophiles. The book avoids these traps through MacNeil's obvious, and infectious, love of her subject, which comes out in almost every sentence of the book, and which lets her talk about wine in a way that combines the good teacher, the trusted friend, and the expert sommelier. As director of the wine program at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, California, MacNeil is one of the world's true experts on wine. After reading a chapter on the Burgenland, for example, you've learned about the region's sweet wines while feeling like you're actually there, toasting a glass of Cuvee Suss with the author. It is this passion...


Saving Dinner
Leanne Ely
0345464869
Sept 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Certified nutritionist Leanne Ely has a simple philosophy: “Make it and they will come.” Dinner, that is. Take-out, opening a can, or microwave fare shouldn’t pass for a nice, healthy meal–and nothing can replace a family’s time together. Believe it or not, preparing dinner can be a stress-free endeavor. Even your time in the supermarket can be cut in half!

Full of practical tips on simple, healthy meal planning, Saving Dinner is the ideal solution for today’s busy parents who would love to have their family sitting around the dinner table once again–sharing stories along with a nutritious meal. Efficiently divided by season, each section features six weeks of menus with delicious recipes, side dish suggestions, and an itemized grocery list that is organized by...


How To Break An Egg: 1,453 Kitchen Tips, Food Fixes, Emergency Substitutions and Handy Techniques
Manufactured by Fine Cooking
1561587982
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Need a cool way to handle hot chiles? Looking to cut down on kitchen clean-up? Let the readers, contributors, and editors of Fine Cooking magazine show you the way. How to Break an Egg is a one-of-a-kind resource of more than 1,400 kitchen-tested tips, shortcuts, and ingenious solutions to culinary emergencies, all organized in an easy-to-access format for quick reference or more leisurely reading. Look under Basil in the Ingredients chapter and you'll find tips for drying it, keeping its bright green color, and making your pesto go further. Look under Cookies in the Cooking chapter for clever ways to roll out cookie dough without it sticking, or to form perfectly shaped cookies, or to get just the right texture you want in your chocolate chip. You'll also discover tips on cookware and utensils, serving,...


Garde Manger, The Art and Craft of the Cold Kitchen
The Culinary Institute of America
0471468495
June 8, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
Garde manger refers to the restaurant kitchen area where cold dishes, including soups, salads, sandwiches, sauces, cheeses, sausages, and pâtés, as well as hors d'oeuvres and the condiments used to garnish them, are prepared. The book Garde Manger is a teaching text for food professionals, updated from a 1973 edition by a team of chefs from the Culinary Institute of America. Home cooks, as well as students and professional cooks, will enjoy the chapters on preparing dressings, cold soups, salads, and sandwiches in this clearly, concisely written book, which is illustrated with hundreds of color photos. More serious home cooks will also appreciate the chapters that delve into making sausages, smoked foods, terrines, and other charcuterie. Here you'll learn to prepare and smoke old-fashioned, lusty French Garlic...


The Cake Bible
Rose Levy Beranbaum
0688044026
Sept 1988
Hardcover
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Book Review
Rose Levy Beranbaum is a kitchen chemist extraordinaire--this, after all, is the woman who wrote her master's thesis on the effects of sifting on the quality of yellow cake. In The Cake Bible, she explains the science behind types of leavening, the merits (or not) of sifting, melting chocolate, preheating ovens, and more. There are precise and detailed instructions for intricate wedding cakes as well as cakes that can be mixed and in the oven in five minutes. In addition, nutrition information is included with every recipe. Cake scientist Beranbaum doesn't forget the art, either; pencil drawings teach novice bakers how to create a garden full of flowers from royal icing and mushrooms from piped meringue. It's no wonder that the International Association of Culinary Professionals picked The Cake Bible...


The New Best Recipe
Cook's Illustrated Magazine
0936184744
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A literal encyclopedia of recipes (culled from the magazine), this revision to Cook's Illustrated's popular The Best Recipe is almost double in size and includes more than 1,000 recipes. Cook's Illustrated is known for careful (some would say compulsive) testing of recipes with a focus on foolproof technique; detailed line drawings that take readers step-by-step through recipes; and opinionated guides that assert that their way is the best way. This methodology appeals particularly to a specific kind of cook, one with a primarily scientific rather than artistic or intuitive approach to cooking. Though there are a few photographs, readers who buy cookbooks for full-color photographs and personal anecdotes aren't likely to be drawn to this work. Twenty-two chapters cover appetizers to desserts. Even the simplest...


All about Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking
Molly Stevens
0393052303
October 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
Braising--cooking food slowly and at low temperatures in a closed pot with a little liquid--produces deeply flavorful food. Molly Stevens's All About Braising is a definitive exploration of this soul-satisfying approach to food. With 125 simple recipes for braises of all kinds--from meat and poultry through seafood and vegetables, plus a thorough anatomy of technique (Stevens explores oven versus stovetop braising, for example)--the book will please cooks at every skill level. Most importantly, perhaps, it will send them to the kitchen to prepare enticing dishes such as Braised Endive with Prosciutto, Whole Chicken Braised with Pears and Rosemary, Duck Ragu with Pasta, and Veal Shoulder Braised with Figs & Sherry. Braises can also taste as good or better the next day, and Stevens supplies advice for second-day service....


Cookwise
Shirley O. Corriher
0688102298
Sept 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
Is it safe to let a biochemist into your kitchen? If it's Shirley Corriher, extend an open invitation. Her long-awaited book, Cookwise, is a unique combination of basic cooking know-how, excellent recipes--from apple pie to beurre blanc--and reference source. She makes the science of cooking entirely comprehensible, then livens it up with stories, such as when her first roast duck blew up because she overstuffed it and the fat from the bird caused it to expand beyond capacity. Food companies pay Corriher fancy fees to troubleshoot their recipes, and Cookwise puts her encyclopedic knowledge ever at your fingertips. If you want to know how to make the flakiest pastry, best-textured breads, delicious fruit desserts from fruit that's not fully ripe, impeccable sauces, and attractively bright cooked vegetables, this...


Semi-Homemade Cooking 2
Sandra Lee, Tyler Florence (Introduction)
0696227150
September 6, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Fabulous family-friendly recipes for every palate and mood, created from an inspired pairing of fresh and convenience products. Recipes feature the best of Italian, Asian, and Latin American cuisine, barbecue favorites, comfort food classics, slow cooker creations, everyday dinners, and special occasion inspirations.

Sandra lends her Semi-Homemade, worry-free, time-saving approach to a host of delectable appetizers, snacks, main dishes, side dishes, salads, and desserts.

The on-call pantry—a foolproof list of at-the-ready convenience foods for recipe success at a moment’s notice.

Tasteful tablescapes make every dining experience special.

Beautiful color photo of every recipe.

About the Author
Sandra Lee is an internationally acclaimed Lifestylist® and...



On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
Harold McGee
0684800012
November 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
A classic tome of gastronomic science and lore, On Food and Cooking delivers an erudite discussion of table ingredients and their interactions with our bodies. Following the historical, literary, scientific and practical treatment of foodstuffs from dairy to meat to vegetables, McGee explains the nature of digestion and hunger before tackling basic ingredient components, cooking methods and utensils. He explains what happens when food spoils, why eggs are so nutritious and how alcohol makes us drunk. As fascinating as it is comprehensive, this is as practical, interesting and necessary for the cook as for the scholar. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Before antioxidants, extra-virgin olive oil and supermarket sushi...


Andrea Immer Robinson's 2006 Wine Buying Guide for Everyone
Andrea Immer-Robinson
0767915461
Sept 2005
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description
The ultimate buying guide to America’s most popular and accessible wines is now in its fourth edition and features more than two hundred brand-new listings.

Completely updated with information on more than seven hundred of the country’s top-selling wines (fifty more than were included in the 2005 edition), Andrea Immer’s buying guide is dedicated to the best-quality, most popular, and readily available wines found in stores and restaurants. In addition to giving the lowdown on taste and value, this compact resource is packed with unique features such as:

• Candid “from the trenches” comments from consumers and wine pros alike

• Results of “kitchen survivor tests,” revealing how every wine fares as a leftover

• Immersion Course: easy...

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