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50 Chowders : One Pot Meals - Clam, Corn, & Beyond
Jaspar White

I think one mark of a good book is that it can make you interested in something you've never considered or cared much about before. Chowders for example. (read more)



A New Way to Cook
Sally Schneider

The author claims this cookbook is the result of ten years of research, and it shows. This is an inspiring work that will no doubt be seen as one of the major cookbooks of the decade. (read more)



Crossroads Cooking: The Meeting and Mating of Ethnic Cuisines-From Burma to Texas in 200 Recipes
Elisabeth Rozin

This is an interesting book that slips a little food history in with the recipes. (read more)



Home Cooking Around the World
David Ricketts

The author does a great job of creating simple recipes that still capture the essence of the native cuisine. (read more)



Honga's Lotus Petal: Pan Asian Cuisine
Honga Im Hopgood

I love Asian food, especially Southeast Asian and Asian fusion dishes. But I own very few Asian cookbooks... (read more)



New World Kitchen : Latin American and Caribbean Cuisine
Norman Van Aken

This is a great book if you're looking for good Nuevo Latino fusion cooking. (read more)



Recipes: a collection for the modern cook
Susan Spungen

Spungen covers all the basics, dishes for weeknight dinners, casual entertaining, summer barbecues, etc., but with a modern twist. (read more)



Salad People
Molly Katzen

As one of the pieces of advice most often given to parents of picky kids is to involve them in the kitchen... (read more)



The Family Kitchen : Easy and Delicious Recipes for Parents and Kids to Make and Enjoy Together
Debra Ponzek

I really like the concept behind this recently published, gorgeously laid out cookbook. (read more)



The Healthy Hedonist: More Than 200 Delectable Flexitarian Recipes for Relaxed Daily Feasts
Myra Kornfeld

Kornfeld's recipes are immensely appealing and fairly straightforward - she includes many that are Mediterranean, Mexican, Indian, or Asian inspired - and healthy without adhering to any particular dietary doctrine. (read more)



The Soup Peddler's Slow & Difficult Soups: Recipes And Reveries
David Ansel

You need to be able to look beyond the bits of stories that seem to be heading somewhere and then just don't in order to appreciate the sweetness and laid-back goofiness of this tale of a man who chucks a software development job in Austin, Texas to deliver homemade soup from a bicycle nicknamed Old Yellow. (read more)



The Urban Picnic
John Burns & Elisabeth Caton

The Urban Picnic by John Burns & Elisabeth Caton is a fun book. The subtitle, Being an Idiosyncratic and Lyrically Recollected Account of Menus, Trivia, and Admonitions on the Subject of Alfresco Dining in Cities Both Large and Small, should clue you in to the tone of the book. The authors do indeed produce the aforementioned trivia in a section on the history of the picnic. Then they offer twenty or so different menu, music, and wine suggestions for different types of picnics with a veggie and meat-eaters menu offered for each. The recipes follow and make up the bulk of the book.

I really enjoyed reading through the descriptions of different types of urban picnics you could take (Beach, Winter, Hotel Room, etc.) and the music you might pack for each adventure (Queen's four-cd Platinum collection, Johnny Cash, and Laura Nyro's Live Sessions respectively). The recipes range from extremely simple to complex, but they all look tasty. Given the Slow Food manifesto reproduced towards the front of the book, don't expect to find any 'Fun with American cheese-food product!' type recipes here, just tasty picnic-appropriate food with some really killer sounding desserts.

Some recipes I marked to try included an Apple Cake with Ginger and Cardamom, Potted Shrimp Infused with Savory Herbs and Garlic, and Sun-blushed Tomato Feta Scones with Black Olives.
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The Vegetarian Family Cookbook
Nava Atlas

This is the kind of book that you leaf through and immediately resolve to eat better... (read more)



The Working Parents Cookbook: More than 200 Recipes for Great Family Meals
Jeff and Jodie Morgan

The book really shines as a collection of fairly simple, quick, and nutritious recipes good for weekday dinners and weekend picnics. (read more)



Winter harvest cookbook: How to select and prepare fresh seasonal produce all winter long
Lane Morgan

Celeriac, kale, parsnips, leeks, squash, potatoes, yams, swiss chard, beets... (read more)



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