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The No Recipe Cookbook: A Beginner’s Guide to the Art of Cooking by Susan Crowther

  The No Recipe Cookbook: A Beginner’s Guide to the Art of Cooking by Susan Crowther. Go no further. This is the book you’ve been looking for if you have little or no experience cooking. This cookbook is packed with practical tips and ideas for making the meals you never dreamed you could make. You […]

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Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons

Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas byBrad Thomas Parsons (Ten Speed Press) Here’s one of those books that I have wanted to get and use. But happily a customer picked it up and brought me some amazing Orange Bitters, better than anything you could ever buy. And isn’t […]

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Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America

Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America by Maricel E. Presilla. (Norton) Time for an obligatory reference to another cookbook! And what better way than with a book of foods of Latin America?! The cover alone makes me want to lick it. There’s a glossary of ingredients, gorgeous pictures, clear directions. I’m ready to […]

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Mac & Cheese: More Than 80 Classic and Creative Versions of the Ultimate Comfort Food

Mac & Cheese: More Than 80 Classic and Creative Versions of the Ultimate Comfort Food Do you need a mac & cheese book? Or another one, you might ask. And I say, yes! This turns the idea of pasta and cheese combinations on its head. Sure there are the standard recipes here plus the decadent […]

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Cake Balls: Amazingly Delicious Bite-Size Treats

Cake Balls: Amazingly Delicious Bite-Size Treats by Robing Ankeny and Charlotte Lyon OMG!!! This is a sweet and awesome little book. It has lots of great ideas and you don’t need those annoying sticks that end up getting thrown away. So, delicious and economical! Stop drooling and start baking! And feel free to bring us […]

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Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round

  Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round by Marisa McClellan. I’ve always been a bit skittish about canning. I live alone in a small apartment. My grandmother had a basement stocked with jams, jellies and veggies. Walls lined with jars. And with every visit we’d take home an armful of her home preserves. […]

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Cooking from the Farmers’ Market

Cooking from the Farmers’ Market (Weldon Owen) Have you been to the Farmer’s Market? We have a fantastic one here in Troy, every Saturday from  9:00-1:00 (and a smaller version every Wednesday afternoon). It’s filled with great fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, and all sorts of food related items, along with various soaps and lotions and […]

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Escoffier: Le Guide Culinaire

Escoffier: Le Guide Culinaire. (Wiley) I love to cook. I love to read. When I’m too tired to pick up the novel-du-jour I reach for a cookbook. The bookcase next to my couch is where my cookbooks live. Cooking takes planning and strategy: notes, grocery list and dreaming about a meal. I received a 1961 […]

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The Great American Cereal Book: How Breakfast Got Its Crunch

The Great American Cereal Book: How Breakfast Got Its Crunch (Harry N. Abrams) This book is so much FUN!!! I have never had more fun browsing a book like this. A simple listed history of cereals, telling you when, who, what else is in its family, the slogan of the cereal, and more. Tons of […]

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The Ultimate Student Cookbook

The Ultimate Student Cookbook (Firefly Books) On a tight budget but still want flavorful meals? Here’s a great book that you should try. Recipes are designed to serve from 1-5 people, making it easy to cook just for you or for your roommate too (and their best friend and the friend’s roommate too – oh […]

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