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121. Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide
by Shelley Case
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Catlog: Book (2002-04)
Publisher: Case Nutrition Consulting
Sales Rank: 17779
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide contains practical information about the gluten-free diet.

Includes detailed information about foods allowed,foods to question,foods to avoid; American and Canadian labeling regulations; nutritional aspects; meal planning and shopping guidelines; recipes; over 1800 gluten-free products listed by product name,company name and package size; a directory of more than 130 American,Canadian,and international companies; celiac support groups and resources such as books,cookbooks,magazines, newsletters, web sites and more! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Resource for those with Celiac Disease
This is more than 5 stars! Without a question, this IS the resource to have if you or a family member has celiac disease. In depth nutritional information, sources and contact numbers for gluten-free foods companies, recipes, and so much more. It is a book you will refer to over and over again. And, a great one to share with teachers, and physicians.

Andrea Levario, Co-Chair, American Celiac Task Force

5-0 out of 5 stars Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide by Case, S.
Shelley Case has written the definitive gluten-free guide. The extensive research behind this book will benefit everyone who needs to be on a gluten-free diet. This is a MUST HAVE reference for every physician and patient who has to deal with gluten-restriction in their life!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide
A concise resource with all the key information clinicians AND patients frequently need to get started. We recommend this book to all patients referred to us in our GI nutrition clinic with celiac disease.

Carol Rees Parrish RD, MS
Andrea Yoder, RD
University of Virginia Health System
Digestive Health Center of Excellence
Charlottesville, VA

5-0 out of 5 stars A must buy!
Having been diagnosed with celiac disease 2 years ago and practicing as a Registered Dietitian for the past 21 years, I know the importance of professional-looking, detailed, and accurate information. Shelley's book accomplishes this and much more-it is a comprehensive resource for gluten-free living. I wouldn't counsel a newly diagnosed sprue patient and not use this book as a primary resource. I recommend Shelley's book to people with celiac disease and Registered Dietitian's/health professionals/physicians working with sprue patients.

5-0 out of 5 stars Save years of research
I needed this book before I accumulated the mountain of computer printouts and handouts that adorns my office. Buy it or spend the next 20 years of your life unnecessarily duplicating this research. ... Read more

122. Food & Wine An Entire Year of Recipes 2005 (Food & Wine Magazine's Cookbook: An Entire Year's Recipes)
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-28)
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Every recipe from every 2004 issue of Food & Wine, the top-selling cuisine magazine--all in one beautiful volume.

More than 900,000 subscribers heartily agree: there's always something delicious going on at Food & Wine. And it's all here in the annual cookbook, which includes every recipe published in the magazine during the year 2004--more than 500 dishes accompanied by scrumptious-looking photographs. But that's not all: the volume will include 50 all-new kitchen tips,as well as an extensive glossary of readily-available wines. The contributors remain absolutely stellar, cuisine's finest, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jacques Pépin, and Paula Wolfert.Such recipes as the mouthwatering Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Prosciutto, Beef Tenderloin with Bacon and Creamed Leeks, and Double Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling are kitchen-tested on home equipment, making them easy to re-create. Here's real food that real people who want to eat well can actually prepare, dishes that reflect the many ways we cook today.
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123. The Everyday Low-Carb Slow Cooker Cookbook: Over 120 Delicious Low-Carb Recipies That Cook Themselves
by Kitty Broihier, Kimberly Mayone
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Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
Publisher: Marlowe & Company
Sales Rank: 275
Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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We all love to eat good, home-cooked meals, but with our busy lifestyles, who has the time or energy to make them anymore? Now, in The Everyday Low-Carb Slow Cooker Cookbook, authors Kitty Broihier and Kimberly Mayone offer you a way to cook hearty, delicious low-carb meals from scratch everyday—with very little effort or attention—that your whole family will enjoy. Broihier and Mayone have created over 120 delectable low-carb recipes that cover everything from breakfast to dessert and take full advantage of the timing and convenience of a slow cooker—all you need to do is add the ingredients to the pot, close the lid, and by mealtime, a hot and delicious low-carb meal will be ready and waiting. Recipes include:

Creamy Blueberry French Toast Casserole * Chicken Cordon Bleu Roll-Ups * Mixed Sausage with Fennel * French Onion Soup * Stuffed Bell Peppers * Thai Red Curry Chicken * Pork with Roasted Red Peppers, Herbs and Olives * Classic Country–Style BBQ Pork Ribs * Sesame Tuna with Bok Choy and Shitake Mushrooms * Onion and Spinach Dip * Dijon Ranch Chicken Salad * Faux Potato Salad * Peanut Butter Fudge Cake with Peanut Butter Drizzle

Complete with information on how to use and care for a slow cooker, how to convert your favorite low-carb recipes for slow cooking, and macronutrient counts for each recipe, The Everyday Low-Carb Slow Cooker Cookbook is guaranteed to put the fun back into cooking and make your life a whole lot easier. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars low carb savior
I have been living low carb for over 18 months. I have had this book for the last two months and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it and using it. Slow cooking is an ideal way for me to stay low carb and because of the leftovers lunch has never been easier. I really like all of the helpful cooking tips because I am not very handy in the kitchen. My favorite recipe is the lemon chicken. I have also been enjoying the French Onion Soup. I think that this book is a first for Broihier & Mayone. I hope they write more low carb books because I really like their recipes. Delicious & Easy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Low Carb Never Had It So Easy!!
I have been following a low-carb diet for over a year and I am always looking for new ways to do low-carb. This book is outstanding. This book has great recipes with easy to follow directions. Every recipe has nutritional facts so I can stay within my net carb limit. Portion sizes are more than generous. So far, the butter roasted almonds and the rosemary garlic chicken are my favorites, but I am looking forward to trying more recipes this weekend. Slow Cooking my low carb meals has taken the stress out of my meal planning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy, delicious, quick -- this book has it all!
So you're on a low carb diet, looking good and feeling great, but your family is definitely on a high carb diet and getting tired of the plain meat dishes you've been serving up lately. Or maybe you are the one who's tired of them. You would like to be able to expand your low carb recipe list, but you don't have a lot of time to spend on the fancy schmancy rigamarole that some low carb cookbooks require. If only you could have your fine palate and your waistline both satisfied...

Say no more my meat-eatin' bretheren! The Everyday Low Carb Slow Cooker Cookbook was literally the answer to my prayers some months ago. As a mom of two small boys and wife to a very picky man I was having a hard time keeping everybody happy at the dinner table while I watched my weight; the "two-entrée meal" was becoming the norm and it took way too much time. In my high carb days I had used my blessed time saver, the crock pot, regularly but recently it was gathering dust on the top shelf. Thank the Lord I can put it to work again and regain my time/sanity.

Now I have to try a minimum of six recipes before I feel that I can review a cookbook with fairness. The recipes that I have completed from TELCSCC are:

Seafood Crustless Quiche (I didn't miss the crust and neither did they - Fabulous!)
Orange Pork
Sausage and White Bean Soup (my dh literally told me it was the best soup ever, bar none)
Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Artichokes (rich and hearty, a complete meal)
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic (yes, really!)
Pesto Beef with Grape Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

I think the genius of this cookbook is that the authors recognize that low carb dieters are not only just as busy as everybody else, but also come in a variety of skill levels in the kitchen. Accordingly, there is a special section at the beginning just for the quick'n'easy crowd that features fewer ingredients and timesavers like canned food and packaged mixes to add to your fresh meats and veggies. Believe it or not, the Pesto Beef recipe was one of these! Not that the more "complicated" recipes are that much longer or harder, believe me: the authors make it clear that since slow cookery is all about convenience, their mission is to keep it as simple as possible without sacrificing taste. It would appear that their mission was successful.

In many cases these recipes are so loaded with veggies and hearty broth that you won't need to make a salad or a side dish and nobody will even notice. There are so many more that I haven't gotten to yet, but I'm dying to try the desserts next; Peanut Butter Fudge Cake with Peanut Butter Fudge Drizzle, Coconut Custard, and Pumpkin Pudding, which is promised to be like the pie without the crust. Judging by my success with the quiche, the slow cooker is a natural with those eggy custards and puddings (averaging about 3-4 hours on low).

I would compare this cookbook to Mable Hoffman's Crockery Cookery (the high-carb "bible" for slow cookers) in terms of quality & variety of recipes and simplicity of use. My family has had no complaints since I've started using it, in fact they like TELCSCC dishes better than many of my higher carb dishes. I believe that this is truly the answer for the lifestyles and tastes of a modern health-conscious Americans.
-Andrea, aka Merribelle

5-0 out of 5 stars This book does not miss!
I recently got a slow cooker and ordered this cookbook. This cookbook really is phenomenal. The recipes are simple with easy to find ingredients. I have tried their suggested pairings several times, as well, and they are dead on target. My husband has raved over every dish that I have made from this book, including a couple that are not slow cooker items. I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars You might consider me to be prejudice...
however this is 100% of the truth. Kim Mayone is my cousin and I can tell you first hand that she is an AWESOME cook. Kim has shared many a recipe with me over the years, some that I believe have been modified to work for this book. I've made the white chili on page 71 and brought it to work. Everyone loved it, myself included. I made a huge crockfull of it and it didn't seem like enough because I shared! :) Congrats to Kim!!! I'm anxiously awaiting your next book and I think this time I have a few recipes to share with you.
P.S. I'm making the steak bomb casserole on Tuesday. ... Read more

124. Like Water for Chocolate : A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
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Asin: 038542017X
Catlog: Book (1994-02-01)
Publisher: Anchor
Sales Rank: 5972
Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
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Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in tum-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Secrets of Romance and Tasty Tit-Bits
Like Water For Chocolate is an enchanting, wondrous novel set to capture the heart of the reader. The secrets of the life of young, mexican woman Tita De La Garza are revealed in funny, romantic and tasty ways. When Tita and Pedro set eyes on each other it is love at first sight, but as the air to a cruel family tradition Tita is denied the right to marry. A forbidden love between the two forces bossy, selfish Mamma Elena to act fast. For the next 22 years Tita and Pedro are condemmed to hover in a forbidden love. With the help of metaphors the novel paints the developement of a young wild teenage girl to a young woman wallowing in romance, magic, food and irresistable characters. Set on a typical ranch in Mexican history revolving around family, weddings, food and men on horseback. An easy to follow book presenting magical ideas, jogging the imagination. Worthwhile to read as you get lost in the plot and the muddled life of the De La Garza family.

5-0 out of 5 stars The power of emotions
"Like Water for Chocolate" combines the techniques of magical realism with sensual romance and magnificent cooking to create a truly unique novel. We are taken through the life of Tita De La Garza, the passionate woman stuck between a forbidden love and the wrath of her traditional mother. We follow her through her struggle to find love and individuality while balancing her extraordinary gift to enchant the kitchen. Through the monthly installments in the novel you will get a small taste of what life was like in the twentieth century in Mexico yet also see the world through the intense emotion that guides you through the pages. The vivid symbols of heat and fire permeate the novel and arouse strong emotions of lust and love. If the intensity of the novel does not keep the pages turning then the recipes that are uniquely woven into the story surely will. I recommend this novel to anybody who is interested in a quick read that keeps you coming back every time you put the book down.

5-0 out of 5 stars a feast of the 5 senses, come to life
besides the excellent recipes wholly printed in the book version, here is my review of the movie, which is not as detailed nor able to be prolonged but is true to the book (unlike other movie versions of books in which some stuff is changed):

after you watch this movie, you will either want to eat, cook (preferably one of the mentioned recipes), make love or all three! i saw the version dubbed in spanish, and also read 3 selected chapters from the book, for spanish class. it's a work of art and genius, and it must be watched all the way through without stopping. the characters are excellently portrayed, and it combines love, feminism, drama, sensuality, lust, hope, passion, and humour, topped with cultural tradition and folklore. i don't know which one is better, the book or the movie. all of the 5 senses are provoked on a deep and perhaps even primal level, especially taste and smell, feverishly yearning for a sum greater than their overall parts (gestalt) - which brings up the sixth sense, intuition.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Book To Read
Like Water For Chocolate is a good book to read because of the unique way of story telling. The characters in the book are very interesting. Tita is the youngest child of her family and tradition has it that she may not marry and that her duty is to take care of her mother until she dies. Tita falls in love with a young man in her local community, but can't stand the fact that she cannot do any thing about it. Titas mother (Elena) a very religious person who is very strict about following religious believes and following all the rules and traditions, prohibits Tita to see or have relations with Pedro the man of her dreams. The story takes the character Tita through many difficult struggles, and hard decisions. The story has many twist and turns and the ending has a more significant meaning than other stories. Furthermore I though the writing was well done with good understanding by the narrator. I thought It was a clever and brilliant idea to include a recipe of a food item described in that chapter for every chapter, not only that but the chapters are organized by the mouths in a year, from chapter 1 (January) to chapter 12 (December). The author does a great job incorporating the mouth and recipe into each chapter. Another notable aspect of this book is the use of magical realism or exaggerated symbolism. There are many examples of this throughout the whole book. The ending of the story also incorporates the use of magical realism. Overall this is a great book that you can come to enjoy and appreciate. I strongly recommend this book for a good relaxing afternoon reading.

4-0 out of 5 stars Water and Chocolate-easy to swallow
Like Water for Chocolate combines a mystical tale of family legend and lost love with intriguing recipes and stories of Tita's life and love. Laura Esquivel tells the story of Tita through the narrator, Tita's great-niece, and by choosing to divide the chapters into monthly increments, each with a recipe that corresponds to that chapter, she created a book that was not only easy to read, but very hard to put down. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys tales of family, love, growing up, and learning to be your own person while still remaining a part of your past and your heritage. The book was very entertaining and both avid readers and the inexperienced, young and old, male and female would find it a pleasure to read. ... Read more

125. Betty Crocker's Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cooking Today
by Betty Crocker, Betty Crocker
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Asin: 0028637623
Catlog: Book (2000-02-03)
Publisher: Betty Crocker
Sales Rank: 4946
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Everyone's favorite cooking expert Betty Crocker has completely revised and updated the perennial favorite, Betty Crocker's® Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cooking Today, with updated information about fat and cholesterol, and lots of easy-to-understand tips for establishing a healthy eating lifestyle. But with Betty Crocker it can't only be easy--it has to be delicious. And true-to-form, 120 recipes prove that healthful eating can also be enjoyed by the whole family.

With Betty Crocker, low-fat and low-cholesterol eating is a snap! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Low Fat Cookbook With Recipes That Don't Taste Low Fat!!
This is a great cookbook for anyone who wants to eat right and actually ENJOY his/her food as well! To begin, there is a lot of helpful and interesting information regarding healthy eating in the beginning of the book. Don't skip past it--it's good information! The recipes themselves are laid out in an easy to understand format and there is nutritional information for every recipe. Also, the recipes don't have a huge amount of ingredients; thus, making it quick and easy! Furthermore, there are a decent amount of pictures--we all love seeing those great pictures when flipping through a cookbook right? I've made several recipes so far and they all turned out great--I highly recommend this cookbook!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Simple and Tasteful!
This book is packed not only with yummy recipes but also with great information regarding Cholesterol, Fat, and Calories.

Just tried the chocolate brownies and they are wonderful!!! They definitely don't taste low calorie and low cholesterol!

Each recipe is listed as being either Low Fat, Low Cholesterol, and/or Low Calorie so no matter what your diet needs you'll find recipes you love. Most of the recipes are low in all 3 areas, even the desserts!!!

This book is worth it for the nutritional information alone but please make sure and try the chocolate brownies!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Mouth-Watering Recipes
"Low fat" and "low cholesterol" don't have to mean low flavor! These recipes have a great variety. Most of the recipes are very easy to follow, use basic ingredients and don't require hours of preparation. Granted there are a few recipes, as in any cookbook, that are a bit extravagant, but those are great for entertianing company and still sticking to your diet.
As an example of the simplicity: Mushroom & Mozzerella Risotto (Prep=10 min, Cook=35 min), Country Turkey Stroganoff (Prep=10 min, Cook=15 min), and Chicken & Cornbread Stuffing Casserole (Prep=15, Cook=15).
Great tasting recipes, great variety, easy to make!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
My husband and I have both recently been diagnosed with high cholesterol and could both lose some weight. I purchased this cookbook from and have been trying each of the recipes. I have been very highly surprised, thinking that if it was low-fat or low-cholesterol, I would have to saccrifice taste in my cooking. Not so. This cookbook offers wonderfully, easy recipes which are so delicious. It offers nutrition info on each recipe, as well as the time it will take to cook the meal (most under 30 minutes). Every recipe we've tried (and we're going to try them all) has been great. My husband doesn't even notice that it's healthy! The recipes are also very simple to make. I go through the book and make my shopping list from the ingredients of the recipes I want to put on my menu for the week. Some of our favorites have been: The Cajun Mustard Pork Chops, Hearty Beef and Veggies, and Lemon Dill Shrimp. You'll be happy if you get this recipe book.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to low-fat cooking
After my husband had emergency heart bypass surgery and we were suddenly plunged into a low-fat lifestyle, I looked at almost every low-fat cookbook in print. This one is my favorite. There are full-page color photos and a complete nutritional analysis for each recipe. The recipes are easy and taste good, and don't use weird ingredients like pureed prunes or carob powder. The Lemon Meringue Cake with Strawberries was a big hit - I plan to try out the Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake, too. Overall, a very easy introduction to a different way of life. ... Read more

126. Feeding the Whole Family: Whole Foods Recipes for Babies, Young Children & Their Parents
by Cynthia Lair
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Asin: 0966034619
Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: Moon Smile Press
Sales Rank: 18734
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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Are you concerned about the freshness of commercial baby food? Are you frustrated with making separate meals for your picky eater? Would you like move toward a plant-based, whole foods diet?Familiesall over the country have found satisfying, delicious answers to thesequestions and more in Cynthia Lair's Feeding the WholeFamily.

There are over 150 family-tested recipes using wholegrains, beans, vegetables, and fruit.Each recipe contains suggestionson how to transform dishes parents will loveinto food for babies andyoung children.Plus the book contains valuable insights onbreastfeeding, starting solids and how to attract children to healthyeating.

Feeding the Whole Familyalso features an extremely handy"Identifying, Shopping, & Storing Whole Foods" glossary, a completeindex and delightful stories and illustrations.The book is bound witha special binding that lies flat.

This is the perfect gift for newparents. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My daughter's favorite food is broccoli
Three cheers for Cynthia Lair's Feeding the Whole Family! From baby's first cereal to recipes that adults love, this book is packed with delicious, nutritious recipes. The recipes are mostly simple and easy to make, and the nutrition advice and cooking instructions for grains and beans are constantly useful. Having a kid is a great incentive to start eating healthy if you don't already, and Feeding the Whole Family helps you do it without spending all day preparing different food for everyone in your household. Try Cynthia's version of Bathing Rama with udon noodles! I double this recipe every time I make it because it is so popular in our family. Get this book and discover how easy and delicious it is to raise a healthy family. And, yes, your kid (and you and your partner) will love broccoli and kale and seaweed, too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource For New Moms!
This book gives the basics of how to feed a baby natural foods you cook yourself. It includes sections on when and how to start solids, safety tips for homemade baby foods, foods not to feed babies, and healthy eating for the older child. Included are many healthy recipes. The recipes include variations for babies and older children. Nutritional analysis for all the recipes as well as a glossary and index are included.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Whole Family Loves This Food!
I took a chance buying this cookbook without knowing anything about it. The recipes are excellent! My entire family loves the meals I've made so far. I haven't come across a dud recipe yet! Healthy and Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for new moms.
This book gives the basics of how to feed a baby natural foods you cook yourself. It includes sections on when and how to start solids, safety tips for homemade baby foods, foods not to feed babies, and healthy eating for the older child. Included are many healthy recipes. The recipes include variations for babies and older children. Nutritional analysis for all the recipes as well as a glossary and index are included.

2-0 out of 5 stars Vegetarian equals Whole Foods????????
This is a VEGETARIAN book with one recipe for chicken breast.
There is no milk, no eggs, no yogurt unless you want to count putting a dollop of yogurt on top of a bean burrito.
I researched what "whole foods" means and this book is NOT it.
This is a vegetarian SOY BEANS book.
She uses tofu, tempeh, soy milk, tamari, and shoyu ALOT!

The book starts out great telling me everything I wanted to hear about changing eating habits and how our diets need to be more whole foods, but then she has a recipe for imitation meat products made from "PROCESSED" wheat flour gluten. Please.....

And then she recommends you read the labels of the cereals in the store and pick a good one! There are no good ones! That's why I bought the book. Duh!

If you want to read about whole foods, read Nourishing Traditions book by Sally Fallon. I was just looking for kid-friendly recipes that uses grains, etc, and this wasn't it. ... Read more

127. The Gourmet Cookbook : More than 1000 recipes
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Asin: 0618374086
Catlog: Book (2004-09-28)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co
Sales Rank: 22
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When Gourmet magazine opened shop in 1941, it addressed a small epicurean audience. In those days, fine dining was French, seafood specialties always seemed to include cream and sherry, and game made the meal--or so the magazine preached. The bill of fare has changed since then, and fine dining now includes dishes from the world's four corners, commanded by a broad, food-aware audience. Over the years, Gourmet has chronicled all this, changing to reflect a wider, more democratized food scene that has also, paradoxically, raised the bar on what's expected of the average, too-busy cook. The Gourmet Cookbook is the most comprehensive of the magazine's recipe anthologies--a mega-tome offering more than 1,000 formulas drawn from Gourmet since its birth.

The statistics are indeed impressive: more than 100 hors d'oeuvre recipes; an equal number of vegetable dishes; 200 desserts--21 chapters in all, touching all courses and including stops at breakfast and brunch specialties; breads and crackers; plus sauces, salsas, and preserves. Included are recipes from Gourmet contributors like James Beard and Jean-Georges Vongericten, and hundreds of sidebars like "Salad Greens Primer" and "Blind Baking," all useful and informative. There are classic dishes like onion soup gratiné, gefilte fish, corn fritters, and peanut butter cookies; "new classics" such as fried calamari and spaghetti alla carbonara; and the "modern," including oatmeal brûlée with macerated berries and grilled lobster with orange chipotle vinaigrette--"every recipe you'd ever want," says the text, something of an understatement.

Cooks should know, however, that this is not a basic cookbook, despite its Noah's ark of formulas. Rather, it's a Gourmet cookbook, which means that, notwithstanding some rudimentary recipes, the focus is on the stylishly up-to-date (which is not to deny the excellence of the formulas), resulting, often, in refinements. Thus its recipe for mac and cheese calls for dijon mustard and panko; its beef stroganoff requires cremini mushrooms; its grilled chicken calls for brining; and so on. Recipes can also run to over 450 words, and require unusual ingredients. (A list of sources is provided.) Of all its chapters, those for sweets are the most immediately attractive.

For all the praise, though, there's one major goof. The recipe titles are printed in a light butter-yellow color, making them almost illegible. For many readers, this will be a deal-breaker; others will find it merely annoying.Should you own the book? For dedicated cooks and foodies the answer will be, How can I not?--Arthur Boehm ... Read more

128. The Low-Carb Barbecue Book: Over 200 Recipes for the Grill and Picnic Table
by Dana Carpender, Dana Carpenter
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Asin: 159233055X
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Sales Rank: 7826
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Everyone is eating low-carb these days, and grilling is an easy way to make your protein-focused meals delicious. The problem is that most marinades and sauces are full of sugar.

Dana Carpender comes to the rescue with over 200 low-carb recipes perfect for backyard picnics and barbecues, from meats and side dishes to cocktails and desserts.

This book also features all-new recipes for condiments, sauces, and marinades that can replace the sugar-laden store-bought varieties and allow the low-carber to enjoy previously forbidden foods. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great BBQ and Grilling for Low Carbers
Dana Carpender has done it again with The Low-Carb Barbecue Book. I really have to say this is the book to have to create delicious, healthy summer foods!

Grilling is of course just about perfect low carb food - it involves fresh fish, fresh chicken, and lots of fresh vegetables. However, there are a few dishes in classic BBQ that are notoriously high carb, like potato salad and baked beans. Dana helps with everything.

There are of course the rubs and marinades, the instructions on grilling and BBQing (and how they differ). There are lots of great spice combos that can be helpful to new cooks, but are second-hand to experienced grillers.

Where the book really shines is in the side dishes and extras. The variety of mock-potato salad are great. There are various slaws and salads, plus a wide array of desserts.

The drinks section is fun but again, what low carb drinker doesn't know about mixing rum and diet coke? Is vodka plus sugar-free lemonade really worth a mention? I'd much rather have had those pages pointed at appetizers or more side dishes.

Still, summertime's parties and picnics will become much easier for low carbers who don't have to worry if something is OK to eat or not. By following the recipes in this book, you're sure to get a delicious dish that is truly low carb and healthy for you.

Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another winner!
My husband does the BBQing in our house, so I haven't gotten as much use out of this one as Dana's previous two cookbooks--but he's having a great time! I made the Lime Cheesecake with Ginger Almond Crust and it was wonderful--made it for some regular carbers and they didn't know the difference. So far everything he's BBQed has been great, too--my favorite however is the Orange-Tangerine Up-the-Butt Chicken. We couldn't find the tangerine Diet Rite, so my husband used beer with a bit of orange extract in it (left over from the Orange Blossom Turkey Breast--another winner--lots of leftovers--we used them for Mondo quesadillas from 15 minute low-carb recipes). There are so many slaws I can't wait to try them all, but we love Dana's original so much we haven't gotten around to it yet! My husband *loves* this cookbook--it has made his life so much easier (in the past, before he grilled he would consult his other grill books and always have to ask me "Can we eat this?")--he grills from it every weekend.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST BBQ BOOK
Dana Carpender is a great author, knowledgable and fun to read. ALL her books are fantastic! This is the best BBQ book ever! I give it 5 stars! ... Read more

129. The Cake Mix Doctor
by Anne Byrn
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Catlog: Book (1999-11)
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Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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Cake mixes are undoubtedly convenient, but do they produce good cakes? They can, says Anne Byrn, author of The Cake Mix Doctor, if you know how to tweak them. Doing this involves the addition of ingredients to enrich the mixes and flavorings to enhance and, in some cases, conceal questionable tastes. To prove her point, Byrn offers more than 175 recipes for mix-based cakes and other desserts, including formulas for frostings that, Byrn maintains, must be made from scratch. The results are convincing; readers interested insatisfying, dependable desserts prepared quickly and with little fuss should welcome the book.

Beginning with a useful discussion of cake mixes, their history andcomposition, and an outline of the mix-transformation battle plan, the book then presents the recipes in chapters such as "Chocolate Cakes," "Cake-Mix Classics," "Special Occasion Cakes," and "Incredible Bars and Comforting Cookies." Among the most successful offerings are Deeply Chocolate Almond Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting, Banana Cake with Quick Caramel Frosting, and Lemon Buttermilk Poppy Seed Cake. A chapter devoted to crumbles, crisps, cobblers, trifles, and even a dessert pizza shows how to use the mixes in innovative ways, and "Lighter Cakes" presents "healthier" offerings, such as Pear and Toasted Pecan Buttermilk Cake. With sidebars such as The Legendary Pillsbury Bake-Off and tips for success throughout ("Cinnamon is one of the great tools to use when doctoring up cake mixes," begins one), the book explores every aspect of cake-mix fixing while revealing the unexpected richness that the process can yield. --Arthur Boehm ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for The Cake Baker!
As an avid baker as well as cookbook collector, I am always on the lookout for new cookbooks on baking. I was, however, somewhat skeptical about a cake baking cookbook that relies primarily on boxed mixes. What a surprise! I love this book so much I can't stop trying new recipes and have been giving the finished goods away just so I can try a new recipe! The introductory comments are extremely helpful, especially in explaining why one would choose to use a cake mix, rather than bake from scratch. Each recipe's ingredient list is typically short and the prep time is next to nothing, so you can really turn out baked goods on a moment's notice. I have now tried a number of the recipes all of which have turned out fabulous. The only drawback is that this cookbook focuses on basic cakes and doesn't include any fancy type ingredients or frostings that one might find in other baking cookbooks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great cakes!
This is a fun cookbook. I often look through it for ideas and am always impressed with Byrn's creatvity. The ideas are unique and quite varied. She offers tons of chocolate recipes, cheesecakes, cakes with fruit and a chapter of cakes (Such as Red Velvet that you might not make all of time, but are still intersting).

Every cake that I have baked has turned out beautifully. There are photographs (albeit small ones) of every recipe that are quite helpful in assembling the cakes. The instructions are clear and easy for bakers of all mastery levels to follow. The chocolate cakes are very rich, but of course very tasty.

I wish she offred more variety with some of the cakes that a 13x9 pan. I would like to see more than one way some of the cakes could be prepared. Despite this, the cakes really are good and you would never guess that a mix was invovled.

The author inludes lots of sidebars that offer baking hints- very helpful. I also likes the section about the history of baking mixes. I think this book would be a great way to get kids hooked on baking as well. I love this book and plan to buy the sequel!

5-0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor and buy this book
This book has made me a cake lover. Every cake comes out perfect and yet the best part is that every recipe starts with a boxed mix. However, you would never guess as each cake is decadent. The pictures of each cake listed in the front of the book is a bit cheasy but can be really fun if you let friends pick which cake they want for thier birthday based on the pictures. This book rocks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This is an excellent cookbook! Any recipe I have made- cakes, frostings, bars, comes out wonderful. They always get rave reviews! It also has great tips on all aspects of cake baking. I am so glad I have this cookbook, and I use it all the time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dessert Lover's Dream Come True!
I love this cookbook! It is full of easy recipes that take just minutes to prepare; and require ingredients I almost always already have in my pantry. Anne Byrn also made it interesting reading by filling the book with facts about the recipes and the cake mix industry. I have tried many of the recipes and so far have only found one "bad" recipe...don't use her Cream Cheese Frosting recipe, it is more like a sauce than a frosting. ... Read more

130. Tender at the Bone : Growing Up at the Table
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Catlog: Book (1999-03-02)
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Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
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At an early age, Ruth Reichl discovered that "food could be a way of making sense of the world. . . . If you watched people as they ate, you could find out who they were." Her deliciously crafted memoir, Tender at the Bone, is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by a passion for food, unforgettable people, and the love of tales well told.Beginning with Reichl's mother, the notorious food-poisoner known as the Queen of Mold, Reichl introduces us to the fascinating characters who shaped her world and her tastes, from the gourmand Monsieur du Croix, who served Reichl her first soufflé, to those at her politically correct table in Berkeley who championed the organic food revolution in the 1970s.Spiced with Reichl's infectious humor and sprinkled with her favorite recipes, Tender at the Bone is a witty and compelling chronicle of a culinary sensualist's coming-of-age. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A delicious autobiography
In this autobiography, Ruth Reichl, the longtime food critic for the NY Times, now the editor in chief at Gourmet, explains how she came to love food. The book weaves a tapestry of stories, including some about her mother (dubbed the Queen of Mold for serving completely unpalatable dishes) and her early childhood (how an early trip to Paris and her time spent at a French-Canadian boarding school influenced her tastes) to her adulthood, working in a collaborative kitchen and becoming friends with influential foodies.

The stories are often laugh out loud funny, and some are very touching (her mother's manic behavior is explained later in the book). The book allows the reader to see Reichl's influences and her deep love of food through the stories, without Reichl ever coming out and saying "these are my influences."

Food lovers in particular will probably adore this book, but lovers of autobiographies will probably also enjoy it. The book is not about food, exactly, but about a woman's coming of age (and part of that coming of age is that she simply loves food and the art of its creation).

A delicious read--I couldn't put it down.

4-0 out of 5 stars A lovely souffle of a book
Light, yet rich and tasty. Restaurant critic Ruth Reichl's memoir is all of these. Easy to read, yet filled with insight and well-rounded characters. The author's mother suffered from manic depression, and one way it manifested itself was in bizarre - and often downright poisonous - culinary creations. The author describes herself as having been shaped by her mother's handicap, beginning at an early age to use food as a way of making sense of the world. She effectively conveys this food-sense in a series of funny and poignant tales that take us from her childhood in New York up through young adulthood in California. She lovingly introduces the significant people in her life, revealing them to us in how and what they cooked. Her stories are punctuated by recipes (I didn't cook any of them, but they look like they should work).

The author is equally effective when she moves away from the table to tell more directly of her relationships with friends and family. She describes some episodes that could be seen as time-bound clichés - living in a commune, working in a collectively managed restaurant - with a perspective sometimes lacking in baby-boom memoirs. She brings similar good-humored perspective to her mother's mental illness and her own struggle with anxiety attacks, never wallowing in graphic description of symptoms. You don't have to be a "foodie" to enjoy TENDER AT THE BONE, just a lover of warm, tender memoirs.

3-0 out of 5 stars Disturbing!
I found the authors travels more interesting than her descriptions of eating or cooking. Much of her cooking tales personally turned my stomach. I suppose I'm glad that I'm not familar with her New York Times reviews. The recipes included in the book were either bizarre sounding or rather simplistic. Save for the soufflet recipe, I'm really not tempted to try any of them.

It took until page 54 for me to really get into the book. I had five abortive attempts at starting the book before I finally got to a point where I was interested enough to keep reading. It was at the point that she went to the boarding school that I wanted to continue. Again it was for the traveling and not the food.

To top things off I had the joy of reading this book while traveling for the holidays. My mother-in-law and mother both did things that reminded me of Ruth's mother. In the case of latter, it was to see if years old preserves that no longer had the consitency of preserves were still etible. For the former, it was to cook a meat dish that smelled okay but was gray in color. She also then made a strange vegetable dish that had all sorts of things mixed together that just don't seem like they should go together. Both dishes actually tasted fine but they sure looked strange! Perhaps if I hadn't been reading Tender at the Bone at the time I wouldn't have been so put off by them. In the case of the preserves, my mother in law came to her senses before actually eating any.

4-0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
A memoir about a food writers coming of age through her experiences with food. Her descriptions of food are tantalizing and the recipes sprinkled throughout tempting. I enjoyed reading about the variety of her exposures to food and found it a well written and easy to read memoir. However, the parts about her early life were much more interesting and engaging. She seems to back off on detail and engagement as she grows older and her adult wanderings and accidental entry into the world of food writers is less interesting.

5-0 out of 5 stars First of Two Scrumptious Memoirs. Highly Recommended
Ruth Reichl is one of the most influential figures in American culinary journalism today, as Editor in Chief of 'Gourmet' magazine for the last several years. Her influence may not be as great as that of Craig Claiborne, but that was probably a once and gone opportunity. The American culinary scene is too big for any one or two people to dominate it the way Claiborne and Beard did in the 1960's, 70's and 80's.

This book, 'Tender at the Bone' is the first of two memoirs by Reichl. Their charm will be eagerly anticipated by anyone who reads Reichl's monthly editor's column in 'Gourmet'. These two books are cut from the same primal stuff, with the additional spice of material too personal to warrant the pages of a national magazine.

Reichl grew up with a mother with habits which offer as compelling a motive to land in the food business as the very skillful cook / hospitality businesswoman who bore James Beard. In Reichl's case, her mother was just the opposite. She was quite capable of serving food so poorly preserved as to poison her guests. Reichl, as a little girl, had to become skillful in preparing food just to protect her own life and the lives of visitors to her family's house.

In many other regards, as one reads this tale of Ruth's life as a small girl in the early 1960s through her start in culinary journalism in San Francisco in 1977 just at the time when the zeitgeist was leading people such as Alice Waters and Jeremiah Tower to create California Cuisine at Chez Panisse and other venues.

Two fascinating questions are raised in my mind by this book and its sequel 'Comfort Me with Apples'. The first is what it is about Reichl that compels her to reveal so many intimate details about her life and family. I am wondering if there is a writer's gene that propels one to lie out for all the world to see what an odd life one has lead. In spite of the wonder, I am immensely grateful that Ms. Reichl has done so, as the revelations are immensely entertaining. The second question is the wondering of how I may have turned out with the same experiences.

I encourage you to bring Ms. Reichl and her very odd family into your experience. You will be richer for the encounter. Since I regret I cannot know Ruth personally, this is the next best thing. Like many other culinary memoirs, this book includes recipes to highlight incidents in Ms. Reichl's life. As Ruth also happens to be an excellent cook, the recipes simply spice up an already very filling meal. ... Read more

131. The Diabetes Diet : Dr. Bernstein's Low Carbohydrate Solution
by Richard K. Bernstein
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A revolutionary new low-carb diet for diabetics by the doctor who pioneered a successful new approach to the disease--with 100 original mouth watering recipes. For diabetics, diet is more than a lifestyle choice--it*s the key to controlling the course of their disease. Many diabetics struggle their entire lives to maintain a healthy weight, but the guidelines given to them by the American Diabetes Association have proven unhelpful in regulating blood sugar--the critical component in keeping diabetes in check. In THE DIABETES DIET, Dr. Bernstein serves up the groundbreaking low-carbohydrate approach to diabetes care that has enabled his patients to take control of their disease by regulating their blood sugar without the usual swings.Dr. Bernstein himself is living proof of the success of this method, and he has the science to back it up. Plunging into the current debate on low-fat vs. low-carb diets, he shows that, especially for diabetics, low-carb is what will change lives--and he offers 100 delicious all-new recipes to help keep diabetics on track for life. The recipes and advice in THE DIABETES DIET will provide readers with an easy-to-follow guide for controlling their disease and regaining their health and well-being. * There are an estimated 18 million diabetics in America, and their number is increasing every year--yet there are no low-carb diet books appropriate for diabetics. * Since publication in 1997, Dr. Bernstein*s Diabetes Solution and its revised 2003 edition have sold more than 120,000 copies. * An engineer by training, Bernstein pioneered blood glucose self-monitoring and the tight control of blood sugar that is now accepted as the standard treatment of diabetes. He entered medical school at the age of 45 in order to publish his findings. ... Read more

132. Alton Brown's Gear for Your Kitchen
by Alton Brown
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Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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"I think cooking is a lot of fun and I hate to see people not having fun doing it just because they don't have the right tools--which is not to say they need the prettiest, best, most expensive tools. They just need the tools that are right for them." Such is the organizing principle of Alton Brown's Gear for Your Kitchen by the selfsame Alton Brown, star of Food Network's Good Eats as well as award-winning author of I'm Just Here for the Food. It's an interesting, effective principle. It comes from a guy who serves pie with a four-dollar mortar trowel he picked up at the hardware store.

Brown's opening challenge is a 60-day, four phase process of ridding your kitchen of all things unused and insignificant--easy on the surface, but tough in the doing. That leaves room for essential gear. And to help make those choices, Brown looks at pots and pans, sharp things (not just knives, but graters, mandolins, and cheese slicers, too), small things with plugs (as in small appliances--from food processors to coffee makers to deep fat fryers), kitchen tools unplugged (those items that fill drawers), storage and containment, and safety and sanitation.

If this were just an encyclopedia, what an unwholesome bore it would be. But Brown turns this relevant information into a romp. He's talking about the tools he uses, after all, and has no fear of naming likes and dislikes--based on his own experience. He also includes unending side chatter about cutting corners, saving money, and actually putting good tools to work. You'll find recipes throughout, and techniques, too. Like, how to bake a chicken in a flower pot. If you wonder why you would even want to attempt it in the first place, Brown clues you in. Alton Brown's Gear for Your Kitchen is about as guilt free as pleasure will ever get. --Schuyler Ingle ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! Quality time spent with husband...
If you like the show, you'll like the books. Both my spouse and I love to cook, but we're no Julia Childses. When I met my husband, he could cook standard meals, but never really took the plunge to try something new. Alton Brown's books are entertaining, colorful, and (ugg...) educational. After every episode, my husband has the courage to try something new, (lucky me!) and it has resulted in eating a more varied and exciting diet. We can't help but feel that we are reliving our childhoods, because AB reminds us a bit of Mr. Wizard, but way cooler and way better looking! After the wedding, we were left to our own devices to figure out what half the gadgets we rec'd did. We have an autographed copy of this book, and use it constantly to figure out what our next kitchen purchase should be, and how to use it properly. His books are all great supplements to his show. Cooking has become one of our favorite things to do together. However, we'd better learn a sport soon...

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Cooks of Any Caliber
"Gear for your Kitchen" provides a fairly in-depth discussion on the whys and hows of choosing various sorts of kitchen implements, from cutlery to pans to small appliances. Alton Brown uses his sense of humor to help present this information in a book that is truly easy and pleasurable to read. There is another book of this nature, a very large and diverse treatise, which attempts to showcase all the various sorts of kitchen gear available to the home cook. But unlike "Gear" it doesn't provide the information that we really need to choose our cookware.

What is great about this book is that in addition to giving actual suggestions of specific products for various sorts of implements, it also goes into great detail to show you how to choose items that will work for you. Brown is careful to highlight areas where paying more money isn't likely in your best interest (e.g. the non-stick fry pans as mentioned in another review, for instance) and where it is (e.g. cutlery).

The goal of having the smallest set of kitchen wear to do all the cooking you need to do is a running theme in this book. In addition to a suggested exercise in minimizing your current kitchen implements, there are many suggestions on how you can use items for tasks other than they are intended, instead of buying specialty pieces (e.g. using the bottom of a heavy fry pan in the place of a meat pounder).

This book is a great resource for cooks of all sorts, from beginners to those with years of experience. It will make a great gift for those people who are just starting out on their own!

5-0 out of 5 stars Alton Hits It Again
Whether or not you agree with Alton Brown on every point he makes, you have to admit that he is not shy about giving his opinion, often in the face of generations of contrary tradition. Alton believes in multi-tasking, and he has a point; in my kitchen, most likely in yours, 20 percent of the implements do 80 percent of the work. Even in the most capacious kitchens, space comes at a premium. Ever injure yourself clattering through a drawer-full of this and that? You get my point. Kitchen tools and implements need to earn their stripes in terms of both quality and utility. For this reason, Alton's great taxonomy in "Gear" lays out an extremely useful framework, if anything, to avoid buying something expensive and needless. The serious cook cannot help but disagree with something Alton propounds, and yet still benefit from the depth of his viewpoint. This is an important culinary work, and a good read as well.

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5-0 out of 5 stars I don't like the new Cuisinart either
I'm a hobby cook and also a gadget-junkie, so I was delighted to discover this book by one of my favorite people on the Food Network. Brown covers much more than simply can-openers and veggie-peelers, though. His topical chapters cover pots and pans, storage containers, small miscellaneous utensils, safety items, "sharp things," and "small things with plugs," and perhaps the best way to read the book is to browse from the beginning and then read his descriptions, comments, and opinions on certain items as they come to mind. I'm a regular reader of the consumer tests in COOK'S ILLUSTRATED, too, and I think Brown and Christopher Kimball would agree in many ways on what makes a particular tool useful and what features to look for among the products available. Brown's judgments are admittedly personal but he explains them very clearly. Not everything must be specially purchased, either; he recommends a length of dental floss for cutting slices of soft cheese, and he boils eggs in an electric kettle that automatically turns itself off when it reaches a boil. (Great idea!) The book's page design is also quite nice, with good photos and drawings of the tools he discusses, side discussions and tips highlighted in color, and lots of open space. All his sources appear at the back of the book. I certainly hope he does a revised and updated edition in about five years.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have
Nominated this year for another James Beard Award (for Tools and Techniques), Alton Brown has yet another gem for all to enjoy, "Gear For Your Kitchen". In this wonderful gem, Alton Brown explains how you can declutter your kitchen within 60 days and stock your kitchen with useful tools that you will actually use!

As any "Good Eats" fan will tell you, Alton Brown believes in "multi-taskers." His logic is: Why have a yogurt maker when you only use it once a year? Instead, he shows us, on one of his shows, how he utilizes a heating pad and a couple of canisters to achieve the same results.

Not only does he suggest unusual items for your kitchen (a cigar cutter to chop chives), but he also recommends traditional items. He explains the process with which one should consider before purchasing any item. He does explain how he chose that certain coffee maker, but he explains how we need to figure out which one is best for us.

Being as he is forever in search of a great utensil or appliance, he is quick to point out which items are more difficult to clean, and not worth buying, and which ones are worth buying. In the section devoted purely to pots and pans, he explains each metal used for cooking, the best uses for that metal, how to care for it and the good and bad points with each metal.

Instead of purchasing that expensive imported terra-cotta cookware, he suggests (with diagrams) on how to create your own cookware from flowerpots...I mean, they are both made from the same material. Why pay more because one says "cookware"?

And he doesn't stop there. He also helps his readers by helping them select safety and sanitation supplies for their kitchens!

And if you thought that was not enough, he has a large resource section, in the back of the book, where he recommends some excellent places to purchase your items, either through mail, telephone or Internet!

This book is complete with Alton Brown's sense of humor, wit and enthusiasm. He is one of the only people out there creating books for people who never went to culinary school. I appreciate his thoroughness, and recommend this book to all new cooks, and for the more seasoned chefs as well. ... Read more

133. Garde Manger, The Art and Craft of the Cold Kitchen
by The Culinary Institute ofAmerica
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-28)
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With nearly 500 inspiring recipes, Garde Manger is the most comprehensive reference book available on the subject. Bringing the kitchen-tested wisdom of The Culinary Institute of America's chefs and teachers to the reader, the comprehensive book covers a range of topics, from salads and sandwiches to hors d'oeuvres and appetizers--all the hot and cold food preparation knowledge the skilled garde manger needs. All-new photographs by award-winning photographer Ben Fink show finished dishes and important techniques to help the reader visualize key concepts, from curing salmon and bacon to making and decanting flavored oils. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedic Authority on Cold Food Prep and Service
One could compare this book, 'Garde Manger' by the Culinary Institute of America to Martha Stewart's 'Entertaining' like a comparison of Richard Feynman's Lectures on Physics to a popular history of 20th century physics. Unfortunately, that comparison does not hold up. The more appropriate comparison would be between a technical work on wood joinery to a glossy 'This Old House' imprimatur book on cabinet making. The difference between the classroom and the home kitchen is simply not that large. One can even bend the simile around on itself to say that the laboratory in which new culinary thoughts arise is in the home kitchen and not in the teaching classrooms of the Culinary Institute of America.

All this playing with comparisons is simply meant to make the point that while this book is presented as a textbook by the most prestigious culinary training institution in the country, it's material is simply not that different from a book with more obviously commercial origins.

This book does have a lot of material you will not find in a Martha Stewart or Ina Garten or Paula Deen book. High on the list of interesting background information is the history of how the French Revolution may have been a major contributor to the rise of restaurants and the great strength and variety in French cuisine.

The real story here is cold food and how it is prepared and served in (French) restaurants. On this subject, this book is a delightful source of both recipes and Alton Brown / Shirley Corriher type background. Honestly, the true culinary counterpart to Feynman's lectures would be Harold McGee's oft quoted books on food science.

This CIA book gives a wealth of recipes for salad dressings and other cold sauces, cold salads, sandwiches, cured and smoked foods, sausage, forcemeats, cheese, hors d'oeuvres, appetizers, condiments, and basic recipes (spice mixes and the like). One thing that immediately endeared me to the book is its treatment of vinaigrettes, which easily outdoes even Martha Stewart's better than average treatment. This material is worth the price of admission. Another service it supplies, with the authority of a teaching institution, is to simplify some culinary terms. For example, it always bedeviled me to know the difference between, for example, a relish, a salsa, and a chutney. Turns out that they simply are three different words for the same basic preparation. Like 'plains', 'veldt', and 'pampas', they are different words for the same thing reflecting three different ethnic sources.

The chapters on curing and sausage may interest fewer readers than most, but there is much you can get from these chapters even if you never make a sausage. I was particularly struck by the fact that government regulations require that pork used in sausage making be 'certified'. That's a little fact that people like Emeril and even Alton leave out of their little how to shows on sausage making. As a great believer in serendipity, I believe you never can tell what inspiration you can get from unfamiliar material. Here lies the greatest value to this book. It tells you a lot of the things which more popular treatments of the same subject can easily overlook. This includes things like sanitation, shelf life, and equipment care. As an aging hippie whose fantasies were fueled by the 'Whole Earth Catalogue', I find the chapter on cheeses to be worth a month's run of 'Good Eats' shows.

One can say that this book is really meant for the restaurant professional, but I believe it has many uses for the home cook. The most important use is as a resource for making pantry items like prepared catsup, mustard, relish, crackers, spice mixes, salad dressings, and stocks which one may typically buy at the supermarket. If you put your mind to it, you will certainly attain a better tasting product. What may be more important is that you will also certainly attain a better tasting product with no laboratory chemical ingredients.

For the real foodie, this book is a treasure. It gives recipes for lots of things few other books take the trouble to cover. The danger to the newbie is that they may not see those points at which the book's coverage is not complete. One area is in the recipes for stocks. These recipes are 'bare bones' instructions with none of the usual cautions and explanations given in some other books. If you are really serious about stock making, consult 'Jeremiah Tower Cooks' or Judy Rodgers's 'The Zuni Café Cookbook' or even the CIA's 'New Professional Chef' text. One can excuse this somewhat since these are hot preparations in a book about cold food. I would have preferred a reference to a work that gave the subject a more complete coverage.

One irritating thing I find in some reviews is a complaint about something which is outside stated range of the book. This book is about cold food. Do not expect details on baking or hot cuisine. Any material on those matters should be taken as a convenience to the reader.

I was a bit surprised to find at least one typo in this textbook by a respected school, published by textbook specialist Wiley. I found no errors that will mislead the home cook.

The book has several features I consider essential in a textbook. One is an bibliography. Another is a list of sources. Another is a glossary of terms. Another, very important, is an index of recipes.

This book is excellent if you are building a culinary library or do a lot of entertaining or are especially fond of salads and sandwiches, or simply like to read about food. The only reservation an interested reader may have is the price. The $60 list price inhibited me for several months, but I believe the book is worth it if you do any entertaining or make any quick cold lunches in your kitchen. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for making salads and sandwiches
I love this book, but I thought it did not cover baking very well. I purchased the Study Guide for Baking ISBN 0974328707. This book covers all the basics of baking and there is also another book on Advance Baking ISBN 0974328715. This book goes more into depth of baking, including custards and frozen desserts. These books help me greatly getting through my culinary courses.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for making salads and sandwiches
I needed to purchase this book for my Garde manger course and I never knew there were so many different types of salads and dressings. I also purchased the Study Guide for the National Servsafe Exam: Key Review Questions and Answers with Explanations and it helped me greatly on all levels of sanitation. Unfortunately, the Garde manger book of CIA does not cover the subject. Even handling vegetables, fruits and salads you have to be careful. This sanitation book even help me with my other culinary subjects.

4-0 out of 5 stars Title should read "For Professionals Only"
This is a book that is geared toward the professional chef only. The layperson might glean a few tips from it but it would never be used on a regular basis for cooking at home.

4-0 out of 5 stars encouraging
This volume is fantastic. It is encouraging to see culinary professionalism displayed so everyone can see the bones of it. I am a chef and enjoy its purism and sense of direction. It is a great culinary tool for myself and my cooks. I am currently teaching a class in garde manger for which I have ordered this book as a text. This is a must for your collection. ... Read more

134. Cover and Bake (With Free Issue of Cook's Illustrated)
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
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135. Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madison's Kitchen
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3-0 out of 5 stars Mostly good, but...
I've tried a number of recipes in this book, and they were adequate in relation to the effort made. Still, I'm going to try more, as they sound interesting. The skillet-seared tofu was a big hit, and there was enough sauce to make it again later in the week. the whole wheat penne with "masses of broccoli, green olives, and pine nuts" was very good, pretty simple, but made way too much food, even for my hungry family, and it is supposed to serve 4 "generously." After several days of leftovers, I finally had to toss it. Black bean tostadas with slivered cabbage, avocado, and pickled onions sounded really interesting. Deborah promised that each of its components, and there are several, are very simple to make. Still, there were too many bits and pieces and pots and pans and utensils. It took over an hour to make, and the cabbage salad was very watery and made too much. The black bean sauce, on the other hand, made scarely enough to go around. the author suggests serving this dish with a fresh corn soup and a guava dessert (no recipes given), which would lkeep the cook in the kitchen for at least another hour to hour and a half. I also tried the Braised mixed greens and garlicky beans on toast. It was OK, but with only one garlic clove used with the bean and greens mixture (another one is used to rub on the toast), it was hardly garlicky, and really, had not much special flavor at all. It's the kind of dish you can make without a recipe.

Another quibble I have with the book is that if these are supposed to be casual suppers, it is odd that she recommends a different wine to go with each meal-one would need either quite a wine cellar, or a very well-stocked liquor store nearby. I would have liked more information, or even very simple recipes, for side dishes to complete each meal.

Like I said, I'm still going to give the book more of a chance. Wine-braised lentils sounds good, as does Huckleberry potato pie (never heard of Huckleberry potato, though she says one can use any sort of waxy potato-so why not recommend that to begin with?)

I'm not sure that those who own Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone would find much that is new or better in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Comfort Food, plus good words to eat by! Buy this book
`Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madison's Kitchen' is, you guessed it, Deborah Madison's latest cookbook for her audience who eats everything but animal flesh. The photograph of the author in her kitchen pretty much says it all about what this book wants to do. There is no urban sophisticate among the many award placards from her `Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone' and no friendly farm girl from the spine of `Local Flavors'. This Deborah has the broad smile of someone who is about to cook me supper.

Ms. Madison begins with a discourse of wordplay on the largely illusory difference between `supper' and `dinner'. Her premise, and the rationale behind her title, is that while dinner is a formal sit-down affair with courses and wine and the like, supper is much more casual, much more likely to be an ad hoc affair resulting from the casual invitation of some friends after bowling or church or a visit to the Farmer's Market. As something of a minor expert on language and a reader of quite a few cookbooks in the last two years, I simply do not find any consensus for this interpretation of these two words. Luckily, the remainder of the book depends not at all on this lexicographer's distinction.

Unlike the encyclopedic `...Everyone' and the special interest of `...Flavors', this book is something of a `greatest hits' book based on the very sound premise that the amateur cook is served best by concentrating on doing a few recipes well instead of following the foodie path of learning to cook everything from guanciale (pig jowls) to Indian flatbreads. While I happen to lean more towards an interest in pig jowls than in limiting my range of recipes, I find this an excellent position for people for whom food is not a hobby, but they do like to cook well once or twice a week. This position is shared by everyone from Ina Garten to, in a somewhat modified form, Daniel Boulud. In Ms. Madison's case, the argument is at least three times stronger if you happen to also be someone who avoids eating animal flesh.

All this means that the recipes in this book are expected to be better than average by either being a selection of the best recipes or average recipes rewritten to enhance their value to the average amateur cook. As an exercise, I compared the grilled vegetable sandwich recipes in this book with a similar one in `...Everyone' and found the newer recipe to be more interesting in that it replaces garlic mayonnaise with chipotle mayonnaise, replaces eggplant with zucchini, and replaces a baguette with tortillas. It also throws in some Anaheim chiles and some pepper jack cheese as options. I also compared the list of asparagus recipes in this book with the list in `...Everyone' and find no overlaps.

On a personal, visceral level, Ms. Madison gets me where it counts by starting off with chapters on `savory pies and gratins' and `vegetable stews and braises', two of my very favorite types of dishes. These subjects should be a sure sign to everyone that this book is not about quick cooking. It is all about adding new `comfort food' dishes to your repertoire. The author compounds her hold on my interest by including lots of recipes with mushrooms and a recipe that combines mushrooms and Brussels sprouts. Yummy! I was surprised to find a ratatouille recipe in this `Supper' book, just as I was surprised to look back and find it missing from `...Everyone'. In her headnotes, Ms. Madison explains that she has actually not made ratatouille for years, being too busy making other things. So, I guess this left her the option to take a fresh approach in this book to a classic comfort food dish. One quick look at the recipe will confirm that this is a dish for a leisurely Sunday afternoon. It includes `Spongy Semolina Crepes', a yeast-risen pancake which takes a few hours to let the batter rise.

The third chapter is `pasta with vegetables' which seems to be a bow to the low carb theme in that the recipes make liberal use of whole wheat pasta mixed liberally with low carb veggies. I gain no end of satisfaction from Ms. Madison's confessing that she is hopeless at making gnocchi, while I have sat at Mario Batali's feet to learn how to put out a half decent potato gnocchi.

The fourth chapter is `crepes and fritters'. This is another low blow to things I like best to make. Does this woman have no mercy! Best of all, these are not your typical Julia Child recipes.

The fifth chapter is `mostly tofu (and some tempeh)', totally understandable as this is a `vegetarian' book and Ms. Madison has written an entire book on tofu. As I have no interest in buying a book on tofu written by a gringo (as opposed to a book by an Indian such as Madhur Jaffrey), this chapter is more than enough to give me ideas on tofu recipes.

The sixth chapter is `eggs for supper', another cheap shot to my favorite dishes. If you are a frittata expert, you may still find interesting stuff in here.

The remaining chapters are `hearty cool-weather suppers', `supper sandwiches', and `basics'. All very sound contributions, especially the sandwich recipes.

The value of the recipes is enhanced by suggestions for accompaniments, both of other dishes, wines, beers, and garnishes. The appendix on pantry items is nice, but redundant if you already own `...Everyone'.

The brightest light from this book comes from the `dozen ideas for making supper good'. Any book that gives me good guidance for living on top of good recipes immediately jumps to the top of the heap for me.
Unlike `Local Flavors', this book is for everyone! Very highly recommended.
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136. The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens
by Daniel Wing, Alan Scott
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In recent years, a revived and burgeoning interest in wholesome, locally baked bread has swept the country, with bakeries springing up in small towns and major urban areas alike, producing an astounding variety of interesting, crusty, tasty, handmade breads. The Bread Builders explains the grains and flours, leavens and doughs, the chemistry of bread, and the physics of baking in a big book filled with helpful drawings, photographs, recipes, and tips. In a unique angle for a book on baking bread, it also includes detailed diagrams and instructions for building your own masonry bread oven from scratch.

As Laurel Robertson, author of The New Laurel's Kitchen says, "This book is ice cream for a baker! We visit legendary bakeries, meet wonderful people, learn all sorts of fascinating scientific information with practical usefulness in bowl and oven, and best of all, get the skinny on masonry ovens, the cherished fantasy of us all." The enthusiasm of the authors in their search for the perfect loaf of bread permeates this detailed but lively and accessible book, and will offer much of use to both amateur and professional bread makers. --Mark A. Hetts ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A joy for the serious bread baker amateur, or professional.
I've been a serious amateur bread baker for more than thirty-five years. In that time, I have learned that magnificient bread can be made of the simplest of ingredients. Often, I have found it difficult to convey to friends that wonderful bread is "built" (to use the term in the book's title) upon the subtleties of technique rather than on the complexities of recipes.

Dan Wing and Alan Scott have provided bakers with a wonderful book that teaches these techniques and the principles that contribute to their success.

In addition, they provide detailed information about building that masonry oven I've been dreaming about for years. I think that it will soon become a reality.

Rarely have I felt so appreciative of a new book.

I offer these highly skilled authors my sincere thanks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amateur Artisan Baker's Bible
This is a great book for the amateur artisan baker and it fulfills its two primary goals admirably. For the artisan baker, it provides the stoichiometry behind baking naturally-leavened bread - allowing one to adapt the basic formula and create new recipes that work! For those of you who, like me, try to recreate that hearth-baked bread flavor and texture in a conventional oven (only to fail), this book provides detailed plans and step-by-step instructions on constructing your own masonry oven! I have many bread cookbooks but this one is a real treasure! Buy it now!

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't hesitate, just build it ...
If you want to know how to make sourdough bread, this is THE book to get. It not only tells you how, but equally importantly (at least for me) why. My sourdough bread has turned from a heavy, unappetising brick, to a loaf that my friends and family are actually enjoying. Even better than the bread, if you want to know how to build a wood-fired oven, then look no further - this book has nearly everything you need. With discussions on fundamental design guidelines, required tools, materials and one set of plans in the book, anyone with a little "handyman" experience should be able to build a robust and reliable oven. But don't expect everything to be laid out in the form of fool-proof instructions - YOU will have to do a bit of work in figuring out what size you want the oven, (dome height, door width, floor height), exactly how things will fit together and how many bricks, how much cement, aggregate, etc. you will need. But for me, doing this was part of the challenge, even if I did spend 6 months reworking my plan a dozen times or so. The only thing I'd change in this book is to add just one example of how you could do a chimney - this caused me considerable torment, although what I've done seems to work just fine. So if you want a wood-fired oven, and are thinking of building one - don't hesitate, just build it ...

2-0 out of 5 stars Missing Plans?
The authors make several references to a set of plans and list of materials that are included with this book but these appear to be missing. I would not try to build a masonry oven with this book but it is a good start.

1-0 out of 5 stars Where's the dough!
I was expecting something more like a SUNSET magazine type presentation...this book is not a "how to" manual on building an oven. In fact, the directions given were so poorly presented that it felt like I needed to hire these guys to do the job. Outlines, guidelines, drawings or anything else one would expect for buildiing a brick oven were completely lacking. The bread portion of the book is well...okay, but it has been better written and done elsewhere. I would pass on this book and keep looking ... Read more

137. Eat More, Weigh Less: Dr. Dean Ornish's Life Choice Program for Losing Weight Safely While Eating Abundantly
by Dean Ornish
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Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
Publisher: Perennial Currents
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Ingeniously disguised as a weight-loss manual, this bestselling guide to preventing--and in some cases, reversing--heart disease through diet, exercise, and soul nourishing comes from renowned cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish, the first doctor to prove that there are alternatives to surgery for clearing clogged arteries--namely, diet, exercise, and stress management. Citing his own published research findings, Ornish concludes that eating a vegetarian diet with only 10 percent of the total daily calories from fat is the first step to healthier, happier living. The other key elements--moderate exercise, fostering social support, and reconnecting with the self--take more time and care. For these, Ornish offers about 75 pages of encouraging words, again backed by numerous research findings and his personal experiences.

About 250 gourmet recipes from two dozen famous chefs help ease the blow to those who view becoming vegetarian as a dramatic lifestyle change. The good news is, entrées like Polenta Alla Veneziana and Tofu Gumbo will surely tickle the taste buds; the bad news is, the sheer number of ingredients and lengthy prep time required for most recipes could send readers running back to their favorite fast-food joints. Plenty of cooking methods, tips, and food descriptions help demystify the recipes; Ornish also provides a comprehensive nutritional analysis of common foods as well as for each dish. But the great strength of Eat More, Weigh Less is in Ornish's opening sections, where he builds a solid case for curbing fat, tossing out the meat and dairy, and fostering mental and emotional happiness. --Liane Thomas ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It works!
This is a wonderful book. Clear, informative, extremely helpful. It makes it clear that there are really only two ways to lose weight: eat fewer calories and burn more calories. You can eat fewer calories by eating less food, which works for any diet in the short run but not in the long run becaus (surprise!) you feel hungry and deprived. But by eating foods that are less dense in calories-- i.e., less fat-- you can eat the same amount of food and still eat a lot fewer calories, so you can maintain this way of eating.

A lot of people think that the only diet Dr. Ornish recommends is the same one he proved could reverse heart disease, but in this book he offers a spectrum of choices. In other words, to the degree you move in the low fat (and low sugar) direction, then you lose weight without being hungry. And your health gets better in other ways, too.

And most of the recipes are great, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Abundant variety not boring deprivation!
Eat More, Weigh Less will speak directly to all those folks who have been struggling to feel better, achieve a healthful weight and gain more energy while trying to sort through the conflicting, confusing onslaught of dietbook information. Dr. Dean Ornish suggests an eating lifestyle not a diet, based on whole, unprocessed grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes including soy, and nonfat dairy foods that is easy to follow, abundant in variety, and packed with nutrients. The book contains great recipes and cooking tips from nationaly known chefs, that are easy to follow and include nutrient information so that you know exactly what you are eating. While fat is not used in the recipes, wonderful flavor is created from the garlic, herbs, spices and combinations of ingredients. One is able to eat well and feel satisfied without indulging in high fat, high calorie foods, and without feeling deprived or hungry. The only limiting factor to enjoying this type of eating would be one's imagination! This is a wonderful resource for anyone who is pursuing good health, an increased sense of energy and well being, and an expanded repetoire of delicious recipes!

5-0 out of 5 stars Listen to this man
I myself think Dr. Ornish is the greatest. I recently became a vegetarian, sometimes I eat fish, so I guess I am only a semi-vegetarian. Dr. Atkins diet put me in the hospital literally for a week, my cholestrol was sky high, I had no energy and was fat as a pig. I have been following Dr. Ornish plan for 1 month and have already lost 12 pounds and feel great. I have no more migraine headaches, or any of the other ailments that used to bother me. Follow this book and it will help you to.

3-0 out of 5 stars "Eat More, Weigh Less"? Really?
No question about it. Ornish is much better than Atkins. Especially for your heart. But can you really, as Ornish promises, "Eat More, Weigh Less"? The answer is NO. Ornish's "unrestricted calories" promise is irresponsible, deceptive, and most of all unscientific.

As the New York Times and some other places have pointed out, Dr. Ornish is not exactly slim.

Not surprising. Try the Ornish Regimen on an eat-all-you-can basis as I did. And you will gain weight instead of lose weight. As I did. In fact, you can end up fat. Look at all the fat vegetarians in India. And not to mention in the U.S.

If you wish to achieve dramatic weight loss, shed body fat, make it stick for life, and do it in the most healthy way possible, and have a very nice life, then your best bet is The Elixxir Program.

I have lost 45 pounds. And have kept it off for over three years. And it doesn't require you to be veggan. As Ornish does. And it does not prohibit alcohol in moderation. And it does not obsess about restricting fat calories to 10% or less.

Haven't heard of it? That's because it's not a mass diet scheme. It is known only to certain circles in the know. But you can get a copy of The ImmorTalist Manifesto: Stay Young & Save the World" by Elixxir. (Amazon)

Elixxir is known as "the only anti-aging guru who has actually stayed young." (Investor's Business Daily, Marilyn Much, senior reporter) But his program not only retards aging, but also slashes your risk of death from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

The ImmorTalist Manifesto will tell you about The Elixxir Program on excerpt at the back. And then you can search for and go to Elixxir's website. There you will find info about The Elixxir Program. Get the Executive Memo about The Elixxir Program.

If you prefer not to be strict veggan and teetotaler (no alcohol) for the rest of your life.

2-0 out of 5 stars Beans and Carrots and Tofu, Oh My!
When I first picked up this book I was thrilled. I didn't want a book on some fad diet, but rather one that would help me eat better as I lost a few pounds. Unfortunately, this book represents the extreme opposite of the over-portioned, transfatty'd, fast food causing people so many problems with their health. Hasn't the author heard of moderation? Be warned, the recipes and philosophy of this book is really counter to the eating habits of most people - and you can pretty much give up ever eating out again, most restaurants don't serve the requirements of this plan. I lasted only a few weeks, then I was done with the bland sameness of it all, relenting to a friend's insistence that I try Atkins - success at last! ... Read more

138. Beer-Can Chicken: And 74 Other Offbeat Recipes for the Grill
by Steven Raichlen, Jim Lambrenos
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Asin: 0761120165
Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Sales Rank: 1715
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Steven Raichlen's Beer-Can Chicken tells everything one should ever need to know about roasting a chicken upright on top of a can of beer. For those who find that premise strange or silly (Raichlen, in fact, thanks his publisher for being "wacky enough" to produce the book), the author describes beer-can chicken as "the perfect bird, crackly crisp, succulent within ... the most flavorful chicken you've ever tasted."

Raichlen's goal is to encourage grillers to have fun and use their imagination, and he presents 74 "offbeat recipes" as starting points. Notable selections include Beer-Can Turkey, which requires a giant 32-ounce can of Foster's to do the job; Welder's Chicken, a stewing hen wrapped in aluminum foil and turned with welder's gloves; Dirty Steaks, cooked right on the coals; and Diabolical Chicken, soaked with spicy French mustard and which Raichlen makes "whenever I'm short on time or fancy ingredients but want to impress the hell out of my guests." There are also recipes for "beerless birds" (Ginger Ale Chicken, Black Cherry Soda Chicken), side dishes, and desserts, as well as info on grilling techniques and equipment.

A chicken straddling a beer can, at the very least, makes a great conversation piece at an outdoor beer bash. Raichlen's most helpful hint? Make sure the beer can is open before putting it on the grill. --Andy Boynton ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Easy, quick and great tasting food
I became interested in this book after watching the TV show BBQ Bootcamp on the Food Network (try to watch that show if you can, it will help you understand the logic behind the recipes). Now that I have the book and have tried some of the unusual easy recipes I am more pleased than ever. The Beer Can Chicken alone may be the best chicken I've ever had. It's extra juicy and a little spicier than I would have expected but VERY GOOD.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beer-Can Chicken fun to cook and great to eat.
This is not Steven's best book, but it is a good addition to any serious grill cooks library. Some of the recipes are quite tasty! I'll never put another bird on a rotisserie now that I know how much better they taste when they are cooked on a beer-can. This cooking technique is the secret to the best tasting chicken.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
As a long-time fan of basic "beer-can chicken", I was intrigued by this book and bought it for my husband. Its terrifically original, with lots of unique recipes and variations on the "beer can chicken" theme. (Including recipes for roasting a turkey on a Foster's can and quail on little bitty cans). If you're looking for new and interesting ways to grill, this is a great book.

1-0 out of 5 stars A little book of very little content
I like the author's Barbecue Bible for its depth and diversity of recipes, but this little book is nowhere near his earlier work. There are a few decent Beer-Can Chicken recipes, though we have seen them before in other grilling books. Then there are some awful variations, like Root Beer Game Hens, and random stuff such as Grilled Prunes. This book is more about the joke of a chicken perched on a can than it is about food you would want to serve to your friends. It's not worth the price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good book, but tough to follow up his previous works.
Although this book sounds a little gimicky, it is still packed with many quality recipes. If anyone has used Raichlen's previous books, you know the recipes produce outstanding results - and this book is no different. I've tried about 12 recipes so far and they've all been outstanding. The Coca-Cola can chicken is every bit as good as the title recipe. (In other words, restaurant quality, or better)

The majority of the book is beer can chicken and its derivatives. And there are quite a few variations on the theme, almost enough to make you forget that this is mostly a book about poultry on a can full of some sort of liquid. Don't get me wrong, the resulting dishes are varied and spectacular, running the gamut from true American barbecue to Asian, to Indian, to Middle East, etc. - similar to his Barbecue Bible. However, you'd better like poultry if you buy this book. There are some meat, fish, and vegetable dishes (and dessert), but it's mostly poultry on a can.

One plus that the author mentions, and most people will figure out, is that even though it is mostly poultry on a can recipes you don't need to stop there. There are so many rubs, sauces, and marinade recipes in there, you can really be creative and do whatever you like with them. Throw in some good tips here and there and you've got a great book.

Call it 4-4.5 stars, simply because the author's previous barbecue books are true 5 star books that are hard to live up to. ... Read more

139. How to Open a Financially Successful Bakery
by Sharon L. Fullen, Douglas R. Brown
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Asin: 0910627339
Catlog: Book (2004-05)
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company (FL)
Sales Rank: 18803
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The small bakeries that are popping up every where in this country can be started with a low investment compared to other food business, and can be highly profitable! This is the A-to-Z guide to making it in your own small bakery! Learn the expert tips, tricks, and a vast gold mine of crucial how-to information you just can't find anywhere else. This is a perfect book for entrepreneurs, schools, colleges and technical training centers. This detailed text contains all the information you will ever need to needed to start, operate, and manage a highly profitable bakery.

While providing detailed instruction and examples, the author leads you through finding a location that will bring success, learn how to draw up a winning business plan (The Companion Cd Rom has the actual business plan you can use in MS Word tm.), how to buy and (sell) a bakery,basic cost control systems, profitable product planning, samplefloor plans & diagrams, successful kitchen management, equipment layout and planning, food safety & HACCP,successful food & beverage management,legal concerns, sales and marketing techniques, pricing formulas,learn how to set up computer systems to save time and money, learn how to hire & keep a qualified professional staff, brand new IRS tip reporting requirements, managing and training employees, generate high profile public relations and publicity, learn low cost internal marketing ideas, low and no cost ways to satisfy customers and build sales, learn how to keep bringing customers back, accounting & bookkeeping procedures, auditing, successful budgeting and profit planning development, as well as thousands of great tips and useful guidelines.Never before has so much practical information about the bakery business been offered in one book.

This is an ideal guide new for comers to the business as well as experienced operators. In addition to basic operational practices this book will demonstrate show how to: increase impulse sales and improve presentation, utilize merchandising fixtures and techniques,cross merchandising, point of purchase materials, how to develop a product sampling program. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Companion CD ROM is invaluable !!!
The book is great and the most updated on the subject - but the CD rom included with the book is superb and a very nice added bonus! It contains a full 50+ page business plan in Word for easy editing with financial statements, over 50 customized forms for your use in PDF format, and a check list of thousands of items you need to open - these are all bonus items included on the CD ROM !!!
We have looked at other business plans and software and all were over $100.00 - this is a great value - my only comment is the book is so packed with info. the type size is a little small for my aging eyes...

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Great Value with the CD Rom
While providing detailed instruction and examples, the author leads you through finding a location that will bring success, learn how to draw up a winning business plan ( The Companion Cd Rom has the actual business plan you can use in MS Word tm.), how to buy and (sell ) a bakery, basic cost control systems, profitable product planning, sample floor plans & diagrams, successful kitchen management, equipment layout and planning, food safety & HACCP, successful food & beverage management, legal concerns, sales and marketing techniques, pricing formulas, learn how to set up computer systems to save time and money, learn how to hire & keep a qualified professional staff, brand new IRS tip reporting requirements, managing and training employees, generate high profile public relations and publicity, learn low cost internal marketing ideas, low and no cost ways to satisfy customers and build sales, learn how to keep bringing customers back, accounting & bookkeeping procedures, auditing, successful budgeting and profit planning development, as well as thousands of great tips and useful guidelines. Never before has so much practical information about the bakery business been offered in one book.

This is an ideal guide new for comers to the business as well as experienced operators. In addition to basic operational practices this book will demonstrate show how to: increase impulse sales and improve presentation, utilize merchandising fixtures and techniques, cross merchandising, point of purchase materials, how to develop a product sampling program ... Read more

140. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume One
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Asin: 0375413405
Catlog: Book (2001-10-16)
Publisher: Knopf
Sales Rank: 545
Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
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“Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere,” wrote Mesdames Beck, Bertholle, and Child, “with the right instruction.” And here is the book that, for forty years, has been teaching Americans how.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking is for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food and long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine, from the historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas. This beautiful book, with more than one hundred instructive illustrations, is revolutionary in its approach because:

• It leads the cook infallibly from the buying and handling of raw ingredients, through each essential step of a recipe, to the final creation of a delicate confection.
• It breaks down the classic cuisine into a logical sequence of themes and variations rather than presenting an endless and diffuse catalogue of recipes; the focus is on key recipes that form the backbone of French cookery and lend themselves to an infinite number of elaborations—bound to increase anyone’s culinary repertoire.
• It adapts classical techniques, wherever possible, to modern American conveniences.
• It shows Americans how to buy products, from any supermarket in the U.S.A., that reproduce the exact taste and texture of the French ingredients: equivalent meat cuts, for example; the right beans for a cassoulet; the appropriate fish and shellfish for a bouillabaisse.
• It offers suggestions for just the right accompaniment to each dish, including proper wines.

Since there has never been a book as instructive and as workable as Mastering the Art of French Cooking, the techniques learned here can be applied to recipes in all other French cookbooks, making them infinitely more usable. In compiling the secrets of famous cordons bleus, the authors have produced a magnificent volume that is sure to find the place of honor in every kitchen in America.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best!
I have been a subscriber to high-end food magazines for decades, and have an extensive collection of cookbooks. This is the best cook book in print, without exception. I remember when Julia came on the scene when I was a child. It was, no exaggeration.....innovative. She used words we couldn't pronounce, showed us how to make dishes we were unfamiliar with, and showed us techniques that were unheard of to the American public. Almost 40 years later, the American palette has become more sophisticated and the food options available to us seem endless. This book stills holds up as the best. It is the primer for understanding French cooking, and mastering invaluable techniques in the kitchen.

I love good food and enjoy cooking. The problem is, after twenty something years cooking I still have to admit that I have no natural talent or culinary instinct. EVERYTIME I use this book I am successful. Don't let the title of this book intimidate you. This book was written in large part with the novice in mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential reference work for the budding home chef
There are two reasons to buy this book, along with its companion, Mastering the Art... Volume 2.

First, and most important, "Mastering" is an essential reference book on the French style of cooking. Whatever you're trying to make -- from simple things like chicken stock or scalloped potatoes or coq au vin to something that would try the patience of Job -- it's probably here, and with detailed, step-by-step instructions. Whether you follow the recipies literally or devise your own shortcuts, you'll know what's "right" and be able to make your own choices about what to do.

Secondly, it's a breakthrough book and a classic, capturing the state of French cooking and Americans' knowledge (or lack) at a particular point in time. In addition to the step-by-step instructions, the recipies are full of offhand comments about who taught Julia what and on the nature and source of the ingredients.

There are two aspects of these books which make them not for everyone. First, Julia brooks no shortcuts. Even relatively simple dishes can take some time. Second, the instructions are extremely detailed. This can be a virtue, but it can also be frustrating. A recipie can run several pages. This makes it a bit challenging to see the big picture of how the recipie is structured, or to find your place again once you've cleaned your knives and your hands (for the fourth time.)

That having been said, if you like to cook French and you have any interest in the classic recipies prepared the classic way, this book is indispensible.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most Important Cookbook of the Last 50 Years. Period.
Rarely are we able to say with certainty that a book is at the top of its subject in regard and quality. This book, 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking' by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck is certainly in that most unique position among cookbooks written in English and published in the United States.

With Julia Child's celebrity arising from her long series of TV cooking shows on PBS, it may be easy to forget how Ms. Child rose to a position with the authority that gave her the cachet to do these shows in the first place. This book is the foundation of that cachet and the basis of Ms. Child's influence with an entire generation of amateur and professional chefs.

It may also be easy to forget that this book has three authors and not just one. The three began as instructors in a school of French cooking, 'Les Ecole des Trois Gourmandes' operating in Paris in the 1950's. And, it was from their experience with this school that led them to write this book. To be fair, Julia Child originated a majority of the culinary content and contributed almost all of the grunt work with her editors and publisher to get the book published.

The influence of this book cannot be underestimated. It has been written that the style of recipe writing even influenced James Beard, the leading American culinary authority at the time, to change his style of writing in a major cookbook on which he was working when '...French Cooking' was published. Many major American celebrity experts in culinary matters have cited Child and this book as a major influence. Not the least of these is Martha Stewart and Ina Garten. It is interesting that these first to come to mind are not professional chefs, but caterers and teachers of the household cook. Child was not necessarily teaching 'haute cuisine', she was teaching what has been named 'la cuisine Bourgeoise' or the cooking of the housewife and, to some extent, the cooking of the bistro and brasserie, not the one or two or three star restaurant.

The table of contents follows a very familiar and very comfortable outline, with major chapters covering Soups, Sauces, Eggs, Entrees and Luncheon Dishes, Fish, Poultry, Meat, Vegetables, Cold Buffet, and Deserts and Cakes. The table of contents does not itemize every recipe, but it does break topics down so that one can come very close to a type of preparation you wish from the table of contents. One of the very attractive schemas used to organize recipes in this book is to take a general topic such as Roast Chicken and give not one, but many different variations on this basic method. Under Roast Chicken, for example, you see Spit-roasted Chicken, Roast Chicken Basted with Cream, Roast Chicken Steeped with Port Wine, Roast Squab Chickens with Chicken Liver Canapes, Casserole-roasted Chicken with Tarragon and Casserole-roasted Chicken with Bacon. Thus, the book is not only a tutorial of techniques, it is also a work of taxonomy, giving one a picture of the whole range of variations possible to a basic technique.

The book goes far beyond being a simple collection of recipes in many other ways without straying from the culinary material. Unlike books combining regional recipes with anecdotal memoirs, this book is all business. Heading the recipes is a wealth of general knowledge on cooking variables such as weights versus cooking time and conditions. Headnotes also include general techniques on, for example, how to truss a chicken (with drawings) and many deep observations on professional technique. The notes on roasting chicken instructing one to attend to all the senses in watching and listening to the cooking meat in order to obtain the very best results. This may have easily come from the pen of Wolfgang Puck or Mario Batali.

The individual recipe writing is detailed in the extreme, and recipes typically run to two to three times as long as you may see in 'The Joy of Cooking' or 'James Beard's American Cookery'. The recipes are also very 'modular'. A single recipe may actually require the cooking of two or three component preparations. This is not an invention of Julia Child. I believe she has captured here an essential characteristic of French culinary tradition. The most common of these advance preparations is a stock. More complicated examples are to make a potato salad, a dish in itself, as a component to a Salade Nicoise. What Child may have originated, at least to the world of American cookbook writing, is the notion of a Master Recipe, where many different dishes are presented as variations on a basic preparation. This notion has been used and misused for decades.

This book has become so important in its field that it seems almost irreverent to question the quality of the recipes. I can only say that I have prepared several dishes from these pages, and have always produced a tasty dish and learned something new with each experience. While there are other excellent introductions to French Cooking such as Madeline Kamman's 'The New Making of a Chef', one simply cannot go wrong by using this book as ones entree into cooking in general and French cooking in particular.

The more I read other cooking authorities' writing, the more I respect the work of Julia Child and company. Observations on technique that went right over my head two years ago are now revealed as signs of a deep insight into cooking technique.

As large as the book is, the material presented to Knopf in 1961 was actually much larger and the second volume of the book is largely material created for the original writing. To get a reasonably complete picture of French Cookery, do get both volumes at the same time.

A true classic with both simple and advanced techniques. A superb introduction for someone who is just beginning an interest in food.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best French cook book!!
I love to cook and I have bought many cookbooks over the years. This is my favorite french cook book ever!!!!! This should be in everyone's collection. I honestly think it is one of the few cookbooks that are worth the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for every library
I'm delighted to see that Julia's cornerstone book has been re-issued. It is a must. If I were sent to a desert island and allowed to bring only two cookbooks I'd take this and Joy of Cooking. Julia adds not only relatively more sophisticated recipes, but the techniques Joy lacks. Beard's Theory and Practice of Cooking would be third on my list for a new cook.

Begining cooks need not be intimidated by Julia's book. At the time it was written most Americans had no knowledge of French cooking. This was THE book designed to introduce Frence ingredients, recipes and techniques. It still does that with good illustrations and recipes any cook can execute to perfection. Experienced cooks will be delighted with the variety of excellent recipes, many well suited to low carb cooking. This a book that has served me well for over 30 years. ... Read more

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