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Serving up the Best Seasonal Meals

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Pros: Lots of recipes, 1000, to keep your menus fresh. Recipes are categorized by seasons.

Cons: The only thing I wish they had was a gluten free section. That is just a wish. This book has plenty of recipes without gluten in them.

DK seems to have done it again. They have produced a truly wonderful cookbook. Cooking Season by Season, 1000 recipes to cook through the year by DK has become my current favorite go-to cookbook.  It is a wonderful hard back cookbook brimming with colorful photographs of truly tempting dishes. True to DK fashion the pages are nice and durable.  This cookbook is categorized by seasons, complete with color coded pages, making it easy to locate the season you want. The categories are: spring, early summer, high summer, fall, early winter, and late winter. Inside each of these chapters you will also find the recipes broken down in a more traditional format beginning with starters...
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Mystery Pastries and Impulse Buys

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Pros: A lot of color photographs and some how-to photographs. Recipes arranged by holiday.

Cons: Not every recipe has a photograph.

It is funny what draws you to a cookbook.  Sometimes it’s the cover. Maybe it’s an author you recognize. Or maybe, just maybe, it is one little pastry or other wonderful creation that calls out to you.  This last applies to me.  While perusing cookbooks at the local book store, I was intrigued by a tray full of little bronzed pastries on the front cover of “The Holiday Kosher Baker” by Paula Shoyer. I pulled the book off of the shelf and immediately went searching for this little pastry. I can often find what is on the front cover by looking on the index page of the book. However,  nothing was to be found there to help me locate this suddenly elusive recipe. Without...
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Fresh Innovative Date Recipes

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Pros: Nice colored photographs of every recipe, durable pages, very informative

Cons: Only 40 recipes, I wish there were more

For me crisp mornings and cool evenings inspire me to enjoy the quick breads and cookies of the season. I look forward to richer foods that seem to be so abundant this time of year. Sun Bread and Sticky Toffee, Date Desserts from Everywhere by Sarah Al-Hamad couldn’t have arrived at a better time.  This is a wonderful cookbook to explore anytime of the year, but I found it exceptional for the fall.  Not only will you be exploring new date recipes but the author also takes you along on her journey as she explores the date palm’s journey, and its recipe origins from around the world.    Sarah set out to share with us her love of dates and the varied history that...
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Better Than Chinese Take Out

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Pros: Plenty of fresh vegan recipes to choose from. Nice glossary of ingredients. Nutrient information included on all recipes.

Cons: No photographs or illustrations. Ingredients can be difficult to find.

I enjoy eating Vegan even though I am not a Vegan.  One of my sons is Vegan so finding new and exciting ways to prepare dishes he can thoroughly enjoy is rare.   When I saw “The Chinese Vegan Kitchen,” by Donna Klein I was eager to delve into the pages and find new recipes that were tasty, doable, and fit within the rigorous guidelines of a Vegan’s diet.  I was very pleased.    Klein spent 11 months in China teaching English. While not teaching she was intermingling with the families and embracing their culture. I can’t think of a better way to learn a cultural cuisine than submerging yourself with the people. After all, isn’t food one of the ways we...
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Breaking new ground with seasonal vegetables

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Pros: Fresh new vegetarian recipes, lots of color photos, inspirational

Cons: A bit technical for the beginning home cook

I love Italian cooking.  I’m not talking the overly heavy “Italian” one finds in many restaurants in America.  I’m talking the genuine Italian cuisine that is based on a plethora of fresh, seasonal ingredients combined in delicious flavors and mouth-watering presentations.  Vegeterranean:  Italian Vegetarian Cooking presents just such an assortment.   This is a lovely book with plenty of inspiration for beautiful presentations.  The layout of the book is set up in an easy to use format interspersed with plenty of eye catching color photographs.  Every recipe has been categorized as easy, medium or difficult to execute, which is very helpful when...
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