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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

Pretty much every Saturday I take the boys to the lovely new library a block and a half from our house. It's just up the street but it usually takes us at least 20 minutes to get there. There are driveways and stairs to investigate, alleys to follow, and dandelions to pick. When we finally get there and the boys tumble happily into the children's section, I often grab a cookbook from the small collection in the back, perpetually under the delusion that I'll actually have time to kill. I never do, so I usually end up taking that day's selection home with me.

A few weeks back I grabbed The Working Parents Cookbook. I didn't expect much from it, it's got that kind of overly designed cover that pegs it as something you might have picked up at Urban Outfitters. It looks like a cookbook for people who like the idea of cooking but don't actually cook. But I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and simplicity of the recipes included. Now your kids would have to be considerably older than mine and considerably less picky to actually eat most of these dishes, but the book really shines as a collection of fairly simple, quick, and nutritious recipes good for weekday dinners and weekend picnics.

All recipes include preparation and cooking time estimates (as is usual with cookbooks that advertise 'quick' recipes they're a bit on the low side unless you've made the recipe before) and rarely take up more than a page for the lists of ingredients and cooking instructions. The first recipe I made was a Couscous salad with Tomato and Cilantro (although I used parsley as Jim is a bit of a cilantro-phobe). It was simple to make and came out tasting better than I thought it would. Other recipes that caught my eye include the Lamb Burger with Cumin, the Lemon Bulgur Salad with Summer Vegetables, and the Chicken Kabobs marinated in Yogurt and Spices.

You don't have to be a parent to enjoy this book. It's a good choice if you're looking for a straight forward collection of basic recipes with a tasty, healthful twist.
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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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