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Cookbooks



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

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. (read more)



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

I bought this cookbook on a whim during a Thanksgiving visit to Powell's Book Store in Portland. The author is local to the Pacific Northwest and published by a local press, it focuses on winter vegetables which is an area in which I could use some inspiration, and it was only 9 bucks!

This isn't a vegetarian cookbook, but there are very few recipes that feature meat or seafood as winter vegetables are the main focus. Celeriac, kale, parsnips, leeks, squash, potatoes, yams, swiss chard, beets - these are the kinds of vegetables the book features. Many of the recipes appear to be the author's own, but she also reprints recipes from other cookbooks and from chefs in the Puget Sound area. This way you get many different looks at how to prepare a certain vegetable, from soups and salads to casseroles and main dishes.

I've only made one recipe from the book so far - Broccoli & Lentil Cury, which when served with brown rice was very healthy and filling and tasty at the same time. I have my eye on several others - most notably the Celeriac (celery root) & Shrimp with Mustard Dressing and the Hazlenut, Chard, and Goat Cheese Filo Pie.

Recipes are all straight forward and streamlined, not a lot of extra steps. The biggest challenge may just be in finding all the vegetables that appear in the book, especially out of the Pacific Northwest region.

Recommended unless you're a veggie-phobe (they've got used copies up on Amazon for $2.50)
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