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1. Field Guide to Produce: How to Identify, Select, and Prepare Virtually Every Fruit and Vegetable at the Market
by Aliza Green
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Asin: 1931686807
Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: Quirk Books
Sales Rank: 7734
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Produce: It's not just apples and oranges anymore. Today's supermarket shelves are stocked with strange, exotic, and delightful items such as quince, jicama, kumquats, amaranth, yuzus, and wing beans. But you don't need a degree in botany to make sense of it all -- just carry along Field Guide to Produce! This practical guide to the world's most popular fruits and vegetables features more than 200 full-color photographs -- plus detailed descriptions, selection tips, and guidelines on peeling, blanching, cooking, and eating.Award-winning chef Aliza Green describes everything you're likely to find at your local grocery store and farmer's market -- from common cabbages and coconuts to more adventurous fare like chayote and cherimoya. Grocery shopping -- and dinner -- will never be the same again! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Guide Which Accomplishes its Objectives. Recommended
I generally expect to find one or more deficiencies in small guides like this volume from Aliza Green, so I was not surprised to find some. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book also covered a lot more ground than I expected.

The first positive aspect of the book is the title, 'Field Guide to PRODUCE'. It would have been easy and misleading to say it was a guide to fruits and vegetables, when many items in the book such as chestnuts and mushrooms are neither fruits nor vegetables. The book should have taken this positive title one step further and not divided entries up into fruits and vegetables. As I said, chestnuts and mushrooms are neither, and other products such as tomatoes are classified under their commercial category of vegetable instead of their botanical category of fruit.

The next positive aspect of the book is that the only product I could not find in either a primary entry such as 'cabbage' or as an entry type such as 'Brussels Sprouts' was the truffle. I will forgive them this omission, as it is the rare megamart that even carries truffles. On the other hand, the book did include such rarities as durian, loquat, and mung beans (although I thought the coverage of mung beans could have been a bit better).

Another positive aspect is that for produce such as apples, pears, cabbage, and tomatoes, several major cultivars are cited, with the best uses for each given.

The single biggest use for this book would probably be to find out when produce is in season, how to choose the best specimens, how to clean them, and how to store them. I will not be searching this book for the best fruits for a particular dish, although I may refer to the properties of apples to pick the best variety for a tart. On this subject, the book is excellent. It tends to be very conservative in specifying storage times. It gives apples about two weeks in a refrigerated produce drawer, while I have successfully kept some there for two months with little degradation.

Another use may possibly be to help identify a particular item in the grocery store. I often run across tamarind in South Asian recipes, but I would be hard pressed to describe exactly what it looks like, and most written descriptions really don't seem to hit the mark. A picture here is truly worth a thousand words. For this reason, there is probably a virtue in bringing all photographs together in a single section rather than having them accompany the article of the product. Another reason is probably because this was cheaper to publish.

Useful aspects of many articles are things like the climates in which the plants flourish, the land in which the product was first cultivated, the origin of 'manmade' products such as grapefruit (from orange and pomelo), the scientific name, and best uses for products. I am constantly amazed at how many of our most commonly used fruits and vegetables originated in or near the Fertile Crescent formed by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Several alternate names like 'aubergine' for eggplant are given; however, the author would have made this feature immensely more useful by including the alternate names in the index. Great help for people scratching their heads over 'rocket' in Italian salads.

One 'expected oversight' is the absence of cross-reference entries. Brussels Sprouts, for example is in the index, pointing to a paragraph in the article about cabbage, but there is no entry for 'Brussels Sprouts, See Cabbage' in the main text. Broccoli and Cauliflower are derived from cabbage and even have the same scientific name, yet they get their own articles. This rant is probably due entirely due to my fondness for Brussels Sprouts, so you can take it with a grain of salt. Missed opportunities are the absence of a tabular presentation of produce seasons and tables of uses versus varieties for major families of products such as apples, pears, cabbage, oranges, and tomatoes. A fun feature, albeit somewhat difficult to accomplish may have been a table or 'tree' of food preparation techniques with most useful products.

I could add more nice things to see, but most of these would lead to a full-sized volume, loosing the utility of the 'field guide' size.

This is a better than average book of its type. If you need something to make the best of finding, selecting, cleaning, and storing produce, this is your book. It will also help you pick the best apple for the pie and the best potato for your salad.

5-0 out of 5 stars Carry this little book whenever you shop for produce!
I'm a Philadelphian, like the author, and have taken cooking classes with her. She's as good a writer as she is a teacher.

This book is pretty complete, even to including things as exotic as African horned cucumber, caltrope and yautia. Her advice on using each item is clear and specific, accesible to the rawest cooking beginner and still helpful to the expert. The pictures are beautiful, full-color photos that make identification very easy. I only wish she had ncluded more pictures of different kinds of beans, squashes, tomatoes, greens and so forth. Of course, the book might just get too big to carry to the produce vender's. At Philadelphia's justly famous Reading Terminal Market, such a book is particularly useful as the venders regularly offer all sorts of unusual produce. This lovely book will make the explorations much more fun. Anybody who goes to farmer's markets will find it useful. It's a good read, too; I've read it cover to cover.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everyone who grocery shops should have this book
I read about this book in the New York Times and ran out and bought it. It's an amazing resource for anyone who shops for food (aka, pretty much everyone)! As a lifelong farmers' market patron, it's great to have this resource to refer to; I keep mine in the car so it's always on hand. ... Read more


2. Coconut Lover's Cookbook
by Bruce Fife
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Asin: 0941599590
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Piccadilly Books
Sales Rank: 51371
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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If you like coconut, you will love this book. It's written for coconut lovers as well as for the growing number of health conscious individuals who recognize coconut as a marvelous health food.

Every recipe contains coconut in one form or another. Some recipes such as Coconut Battered Shrimp and Coconut Macaroons use shredded or flaked coconut. Others such as Chicken A La King and Strawberry Chiffon Pie use coconut milk or cream in place of dairy. The salad dressings and mayonnaise recipes are based on coconut milk and oil.

This book contains nearly 450 recipes with a mixture of both vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes to choose from. You will find recipes for creating savory main dishes, appetizing side dishes, satisfying snacks, and nutritious beverages. You will find recipes for dairy-free smoothies and blender drinks, creamy soups and hearty chowders, delicious curries, stews, and casseroles. If you like desserts, you will find plenty here to choose from, including German Chocolate Cake, Coconut Pecan Pie, and Chocolate Almond Ice Cream.

Concerned about sugar? No problem. Every sweet or dessert recipe includes a low sugar version. These recipes use very little sugar or none at all.

Coconut is ideal for low-carbohydrate diets because it contains very little effective (i.e., digestible) carbohydrate. It consists primarily of indigestible fiber and, therefore, is a healthy and tasty low-carbohydrate, high-fiber food. The milk, cream, and oil are also low in carbohydrate and give foods a rich creamy taste and texture that is both healthy and delicious. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Packs in both sweet and savory recipes
Fans of coconut will find Coconut Lover's Cookbook by Bruce Fife to be a compelling little guide which packs in both sweet and savory recipes for use of the coconut, from healthy blender drinks to main courses, biscuits and breads, and desserts. No photos, but the easy dishes don't require them, while the range and variety of coconut dishes will delight coconut enthusiasts. ... Read more


3. Slim Smoothies : Over 130 Healthy and Energizing Recipes Without All the Calories
by DONNA PLINER RODNITZKY
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Asin: 0761520597
Catlog: Book (2003-01-28)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Sales Rank: 12941
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Great Taste Without the High Calories!
Looking for novel and nutritious ways to enrich your diet without adding too many calories or unnecessary fat? Well here you go! This tasty collection of more than 130 ultra-nutritious and energizing low-cal smoothies is the perfect complement to your daily meal plan. Smoothies are inherently healthy, but many include a high calorie count—especially when made with dairy products. Now you can enjoy the refreshing, delicious appeal of a smoothie, but with more healthful ingredients, such as fruit juice, fresh fruit, tofu, and fat-free yogurt. Sleek and simple smoothie recipes include:
·A Beautiful Rind
·Cherry Potter
·Melon Rouge
·Bing in 'Da Noise
·Thin City
·Meet the Pear-ents
·What a Waist!
·Berry Manilow
·Hawaiian De-Lite
·And many more!
With a nutritional analysis for each recipe, these revitalizing and delicious meals-on-the-go are the perfect choice for the calorie-conscious who don't want to sacrifice taste.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Smoothies for the super health-conscious
This book is great for someone like me who loves smoothies but hates calories. The recipes are divided into those that are low cal (below 350) and others that are ultra low cal (below 250). I even found some that are down in the 160's. I have a previous smoothie book by the same author that is very good, but I was attracted to this book by an article about it in Shape Magazine, and I haven't been disappointed. The recipes are tasty and I feel like I'm doing something good for myself. Highly recommended! ... Read more


4. Foods That Heal: A Guide to Understanding and Using the Healing Powers of Natural Foods
by Bernard, Dr. Jensen
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Catlog: Book (1993-02-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Foods That Heal A Gude to Understanding and Using the Healin
Bernard Jensen is a brilliant and accredited nutritionist and natural healer. This book is an excellent source of nutritional information for the person who is willing to change their diet to understand that all ailments can be traced back to what we eat. Change your diet change your health. His philosophy is sound and scientifically accurate. You can make a difference in your health by choosing the correct foods. Food is the first medicine and Dr. Jensen describes the therapeutic values of many foods for specific ailments; lists nutrient availability of many foods and adds recipes to boot. This book is a must for anyone who is even contemplating natural healing or seeking preventive measures to ill health. Dr. Jensen is a gifted teacher and I highly recommend all of his published materials.

5-0 out of 5 stars America's Leading Authority on Prevention
... Dr. Jensen has compiled a superlative book on foods that heal. Each food profiled is like reading a mystery novel. One needs this information to stay healthy and well in this modern world we live in. Dr. Jensen has placed spiritual, psychological, as well as nutritional principles in his lifelong work to maximize wellness. He also recommends rebounding..

5-0 out of 5 stars FTH is not famous, but useful!!
FTH tells you about healing powers of more than 80 different kinds of natural foods. It shows the calories, vitamin, minerals of each foods. It also shows over 60 receipes of how to cook them with an easy way. FTH is a really "buyable" book!!

5-0 out of 5 stars An easy & smart way to look at the food you eat (or should)
Dr. Jensen breaks gives a 'synopsis' of all fruits and veggies, as well as a brief history (which is interesting), and how by eating the right foods, humans may be able to live free of disease. ... Read more


5. Chez Panisse Fruit
by Alice Waters
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Asin: 0060199571
Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Sales Rank: 49905
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Alice Waters's Chez Panisse is one of America's great restaurants. Dedicated to serving French country food made from the finest American ingredients (and furthering the cause of local, conscientiously produced foods of all kinds), the restaurant is also responsible for a remarkable series of cookbooks, including Chez Panisse Vegetables and the Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook. Chez Panisse Fruit, coauthored by Waters, proceeds in the innovative spirit of its predecessors, offering 200 exquisite sweet and savory fruit recipes, plus essays that attune readers to growing and marketing issues so they can make wise seasonal selections. Conceived with utmost simplicity, recipes like Spit-Roasted Pork with Onion-and-Apple Marmalade, Caramelized Red Banana Tartlets, and Grilled Cured Duck Breasts with Pickled Peaches truly celebrate the fruits they feature. Though not difficult to prepare, the recipes demand a cook's full attention--at the market as well as in the kitchen. The reward is memorable eating.

Arranged alphabetically from apples to strawberries, the book treats familiar and less familiar fruit, including citron (in dishes like Sautéed Scallops with Citron), loquats (used in Catherine's Loquat Sauce, a delicious accompaniment to grilled meats), and mulberries (delightful in ice cream and sherbet). There are also superb versions of raspberry ice cream, cranberry relish, and blueberry buttermilk pancakes, as well as must-try "original" fare like Rocket Salad with Pomegranates and Toasted Hazelnuts, Tangerine and Chocolate Semifreddo, and Moroccan Chicken with Dates. A section of basics also provides exemplary formulas for the likes of pie dough, biscuits, and pastry cream. Illustrated in the Chez Panisse tradition with relief prints of the fruit, the book is an appreciation of one of our most glorious resources and, tacitly, a call to consciousness about the need to preserve it at its best. --Arthur Boehm ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Big Morsel for Repertoire and Soul
Alice Waters and the staff at Chez Panisse forged the standard for fresh cuisine. Instead of an overwhelming emphasis on abstract-innovations and culinary interpretations, Panisse offered diners a glorious showcase of products at their best, in the most bare and most essential.

This cookbook offers home cooks and curious readers insight into the ground-breaking process that changed the way we think about produce. From the get-go, the book's appeal is not in its starkly modern and sophisticated food styling or photography. Rather, the visual impact imparts a sense of familiarity and comfort; as if it were a relative's old cookbook to rummage through, full of beautifully printed fruit.

Listed alphabetically, each chapter offers practical information such as the history, popular use, and general availability of the fruit. Keep in mind (as Waters does) that much of the produce available to Panisse is do to the abundance in agricultural activity around the Berkeley area. However, this should not sway readers and cooks toward the negative. On the contrary. More knowledge of certain produce, local or exotic, continually empowers the curious foodie to venture into new unknown territory and inquire for it at farmer's markets, the road side stand, or supermarket.

In other words, demand what you can get, appreciate what's available to you, and use it wisely, letting the fullest flavor come through. Berries in New England, citrus in California, or peaches in Georgia, the book offers a well-spring of knowledge and recipes that follow the Panisse dictum.

The fact that the book isn't jam-packed with recipes I view as a positive. Waters offers a taste of what can be done. The rest, the new, can be devised by the Panisse chefs AND the home cook thanks to an arsenal of knowledge.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth the expense
Nice illustrations, very informative, good recipies. Teaches you about when the various fruits are in season, how to prepare them, and what accompaniments are best served alongside each one. I've used several recipies at work, and they have been a hit with the others in my workplace.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference
This book provides an excellent reference guide for learning about different varieties of fruits, the cooking methods they are best suited for, and how to look for and purchase the best fruits. The recipes are simple, designed to showcase the flavor of the fruit, not to disguise it. The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful, I would love to have them framed for my kitchen walls! This book would make a wonderful gift for any cook, but particularly those who enjoy shopping the local farmers markets for seasonal produce.

1-0 out of 5 stars A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT!
I don't know where to begin except to say that if returning a book were easier, this one would be air borne! An amazingly low number of recipes featuring hard-to-find varities of fruits leaves me frustrated and angry. Average recipes per fruit type: 3 or 4. Pages of editorial on each fruit -- stuff you either know or don't need to --: 4. All in all, Alice Waters betrays the notion of fresh and local.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sets The Standard for Cooking with Fruit
What a lovely, thorough book. The illustrations alone are so well done, one wants to cut them out and frame them. They are just outstanding, done by Patricia Curtan.

They support an encyclopedic presentation alphabetically of cooking with fruits, from apples to strawberries. On each fruit there is generally an essay on its history, purchase helps, prep, storage and of course, recipes.

Here there is a wonderful bevy of things to use fruit, from cobblers, sherberts, jams, appetizers, entrees, drinks, etc.
Some that will find their place in my recipe collection to prepare and serve include: Pork Loin Stuffed with Wild Plums and Rosemary, Tangerine and Chocolate Semifreddo, Sauteed Scallops with Citron.

Being my first Alice Waters cookbook, one can easily see why she is recognized as one of our best gourmets. ... Read more


6. Olives : The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit
by Mort Rosenblum
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Asin: 0865475032
Catlog: Book (1996-11-29)
Publisher: North Point Press
Sales Rank: 480362
Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars If you love olives, buy this book
As an olive lover, I bought this book as soon as I saw it. Rosenblum discusses the sociological, historical, literary, religious, political, medicinal, geographic, gastronomic, gustatory, criminal, commercial, cultural, and horticultural world of olives, and the passionate and quirky people who love them. Throughout the book, the author describes his own journey from olive indifference to olive lover and grower.

If you like travel writing, this book will especially appeal to you as you follow Rosenblum around the world in his quest for knowledge about, as he describes it in the book's title, this "Noble Fruit." Even if you are not fanatical about olives and olive oil--which I am--it is still a fun, fascinating read.

If I could give this book more stars, I would.

5-0 out of 5 stars Passion on Paper
I'm gorging myself with olives: the fruit, the oil, this book. There are books you re-read years gone, but I found myself devouring clumps of this book just days after reading it in the conventional way. Mort Rosenblum could have given us an encyclopedic guide to the "noble fruit," but instead he follows his passions--and does first class journalistic digging--to press out the finest extra virgin essence of his subject. I also like the way Rosenblum writes, as much a friend as an authority. France, and its olive oils, comes first on the author's list, but he also does justice to subjects as disparate as the place of olives in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the promising growth of the high-end California olive oil industry, and even the seemingly bottomless corruption on the olive oil front in the European Community. Few effective journalists write with such literary flair, without seeming to try too hard. A winner.

Food writer Elliot Essman's other reviews and food articles are available at www.stylegourmet.com

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ!
This is a great book! I bought a copy while visiting an olive orchard in Australia. Anyone interested in developing an olive orchard would find this book useful. Excellent travel writing to boot! I've even planted my own kalamata olive tree after reading the book . I'm so inspired I might even buy a home press.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Politics and Economics of Olives and Olive Oil
This delightful book by an American journalist based in France is much more about the geopolitics, history, and economics of olive growing than about the culinary role of olives and it's oil. It is also much more about olive oil than it is about the fruit, especially since commerce in the oil dwarfs trade in the fruit. Aside from it's being especially well written, it benefits most from it's being written entirely from a first person point of view. Aside from references to selected European Union regulations and documents, all of the text relates conversations between the author and his subjects, the olive growing farmers of the Mediterranian and California. The story starts in the author's own home where he himself raises olives in a small farm in Provence, France. From there, the story travels to other Provencal olive groves, Italy, Spain, Morroco, Greece, and Israel / Palestine.

The book provides a wealth of information for your understanding of olives, olive growing, and the production of olive oil. The most interesting aspects of this story were the domination of olive oil commerce by Italian firms, in spite of the fact that Spain is the world's largest producer of olives and the differences between various methods of extracting oil and how these different processes may affect the quality of the oil.

This book is a very good read, especially for foodies. Just don't expect much information about the culinary and nutritional values of olive oil. There are other books dedicated to olive oil which cover this very well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well done
This book presents a very comprehensive overview of olives, olive oil, and olive producers in a style that is part travelogue, part anthropology, and part history (without footnotes). Rosenblum takes us on a tour of the Mediterranean, from France, to Palestine, Greece to Tunisia, and Spain to Bosnia. In each locale, he interviews local olive growers on the way they tend their trees, pick their fruit, and press their oil, and of course, he never refuses a sample. I found the first chapter, which started with some literary-historical introductions a little shaky, but after that I couldn't put the book down. Rosenblum's explanations as to why different olive oils have varying qualities were very clear. They will come in handy next time I'm faced with selecting a brand of olive oil at the market. Although Rosenblum mentions the curing of olives in each country, most of the text focuses on the production of oil. I would have been interested in reading more about table olives, but perhaps that's because I'm living in Dubai, where every supermarket deli counter has a minimum of 20 different kinds of olives to choose from. Even though this book is not a cookbook, it does contain a handful of recipes. ... Read more


7. Smoothies for Life! Yummy, Fun, and Nutritious!
by DANIELLA CHACE, MAUREEN B. KEANE
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Asin: 076151340X
Catlog: Book (1998-04-22)
Publisher: Prima Lifestyles
Sales Rank: 161735
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Blend Your Way to Better Health!
Join the millions of health-conscious individuals who have already discovered the tasty, nutritional, revitalizing goodness of smoothies. In Smoothies for Life, Daniella Chace and Maureen Keane (coauthor of the million-copy bestseller Juicing for Life) show you how to make high-energy, delicious smoothies right in your own home! All you need is a blender (or food processor), a few, simple ingredients, and you're ready to embark on a new taste and nutrition adventure. Learn how you can:
·Beat fatigue with Mocha Magic
·Build athletic endurance with Tropical Elixir
·Lose weight with Peachy Almond Freeze
·Boost immunity with Rasanana Berry
·Reduce stress with Ginseng Soother
·Improve your memory with Pink Hurricane
·Detoxify your body with Watermelon Cooler
·And much more!
These tantalizing smoothies contain creative combinations of antioxidant-rich fruits, healing tinctures, flavorful extracts, and natural sweeteners — and they are always delicious. Once you start, you'll be drinking these smoothies for life!
Includes information for adding revitalizing herbs such as ginkgo, echinacea, goldenseal, and kava!
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5-0 out of 5 stars a super book for great nutrition
I found this book to be extremely helpful at adding special ingredients and supplements into my diet. The book is layed out in a way that makes it easy to read and use. If you're going to be making smoothies this is the title to get you going

5-0 out of 5 stars Smoothies for Juicers
I owned 'Juicing for Life' long before buying this book. I liked that one, so I bought the smoothie book when it came out. As a believer in the power of juice consumption, I found this book to be an excellent reader also. This is more than another 'fun' smoothie book for those looking for entertainment. It's broken down by chapters into "Energizers", "Power Makers", "Calorie Burners", "Immunizers", etc., in its 11 chapters of recipes. Specific ingredients for specific goals. The explanations of ingredients needs are excellent, as they were in her juicing book.

One caveat: don't expect all the recipes in this book to be low-cal, as they aren't. Tahini and peanut butter are two common ingredients. That may or may not be important to the reader.

Another caveat: depending on where the reader lives, some of the ingredients may be difficult or impossible to buy in smaller areas. E.G. flaxseed and other uncommon oils, algae, and a number of vitamin powders.

For those who want health information as well as smoothie recipes this makes an excellent book for reading, and deciding applicability to one's own health goals.

5-0 out of 5 stars YUM!
The smoothies are delicious, nutritious, and easy to make. I love the way the book is organized by desired benefits (there are smoothies for stress reduction, weight loss, energy, athlete's needs, healthy skin, and more.) The authors, Daniella and Maureen ROCK!

5-0 out of 5 stars Recipes that taste great and are EASY!
I was so impressed with the recipes in this book! They taste wonderful, they're easy to make, and it's the perfect way to make a quick tasty snack that is healthy and good. I also appreciated the fact that you could adjust the recipes to fit your needs and tastes. Five Stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars Facts for Fruitful Fun
I'm a big smoothie fan, and make them often, so I did not think that a book could teach me much, but this little volume has brought new creativity to smoothie-making. It also contains loads of information about the nutritional and health benefits of fruits and other smoothie ingredients. And it hardly limits the options--everything from strawberries to granola to algae makes its fun and healthy way into these smoothies. The authors divide the book into sections for special interests, such as athletics, immunity, etc., which is also helpful if you have a specific objective in mind for your next smoothie. ... Read more


8. Super Smoothies Deck: 50 Recipes for Health and Energy
by Sara Corpening Whiteford, Mary Corpening Barber
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Asin: 0811832848
Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Sales Rank: 218522
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars energy rush
it's user friendly style, simple fruit/vegatable index, unusual smoothie ideas, and bright images motivate the reader to drink healthy.

5-0 out of 5 stars I've never had so much fruit in my life!
This deck is one of the most practical ways I've ever seen to get healthy...and enjoy it! I've been so excited ever since I got this deck to try a new one every day. The fact that each recipe is on a card proves very efficient: it is small enough to store in your kitchen without taking up space, and you can organize it so that your all your faves are right towards the front. The cards are catagorized to meet certain needs, and color coded. For example, there are recipes to boost you immune system, smoothies that are particularly suited for men and women, smoothies for kids and babies, etc. On the bottom of each card the nutrition values are broken down by gram (ie. how much protien, carbohydrate, etc. per serving) so you can be very intentional about your goals. Whether you're looking for a high protein breakfast , or something to help you relax and unwind at the end of the day, this deck allows you to get exactly what you want, when you want it. The cards themselves are thick and durable, and easy to wipe off if you get a little crazy. :)
My advice for getting the most out of this deck is to be adventurous. These recipes use a wide variety of ingredients, which keeps it interesting. Many ingredients can be frozen overnight, and the advance preparation is convenient if you're pressed for time when you are actually ready to make your smoothie. The only downside I can see to this is that there's not a lot of room to be spontaneous. Because there are so many ingredients and the freshness of those ingredients is a factor, you need to plan out your shopping trips accordingly. I don't typically have apricot nectar around, for example, or tofu, so I need to put a little effort into it. But, it's well worth it. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in this purchase. ... Read more


9. Luscious Lemon Desserts
by Lori Longbotham, Alison Miksch
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Catlog: Book (2001-05)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Sales Rank: 31628
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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Lemon sweets are the divas of desserts. Assertive and bold, lemons can be flamboyant, tart, and tangy as in the Lemon Granita or sweet, mellow, and velvety like the creamy Lemon Panna Cotta. Over 70 recipes--from the classics to lip-smacking new favorites--are all enticingly presented in Luscious Lemon Desserts. These recipes vary from the simple to the sublime, from the quick and easy to the most elaborate showstoppers. Author Lori Longbotham provides great tips on buying, storing, and using this most popular fruit. Whether it's a fast and fabulous lemon pudding or a Mile-High Lemon Angel Food Cake, the name says it all: Luscious Lemon Desserts. Yum! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Dessert Cookbook
I wish desserts from this book were on the menus of some of the better restaurants I've eaten in. I've tried out a number of them on family and friends to rave reviews. Nobody doesn't like lemon, and this book shows how many ways it can make a great dessert. Some of the recipes are also somple, such as the Lemon-Caramel Pots de Creme. The Perfect Lemon Tart, artfully pictured on the book's cover, is the best version I've tasted of one of my favorite desserts. I'm still working my way through the book and can't wait to try the Chocolate Ganache Tart with Lots of Lemon, though my son is lobbying for Lemonade Fruit Jewel Popsicles. If you're not already a lemon lover, this book will give you new respect for this often underappreciated flavor.

5-0 out of 5 stars So many great desserts for LEMON LOVERS!!!
My father, the ULTIMATE LEMON LOVER, was the inspiration for me to buy this book. I wanted to make him some special treats for his birthday, so I thought this would be perfect. I was NOT disappointed. Every recipe in this book is a lemon lover's dream. I made him the classic lemon bars and the lemon sugar cookies and he was in lemon heaven. I myself love the candied lemon rind and the lemon madelines. I'm still eager to try some more of the recipes when time allows. She gives great instructions and the pictures are nice. I highly reccommend this book!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Luscious is certainly the correct title
Received this for Mother's Day, and I have to admit it is one of the best cookbooks I own. Only prepared three desserts up to now, but all were well documented and very easy to make. Usually my cookbooks just end up on the shelf, but this is always being looked at and if I wasn't always on a permanent diet, I would have cooked many more of the fantastic desserts.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best Lemon Shortbread ever
I am a professional pastry chef and I love this book. I actually use the lemon shortbread for one of my desserts as well as the madeleine recipe. This is a great book for any bakers library.

4-0 out of 5 stars I Wanted More Instructions
Let's do the pluses first. The book is beautiful, the layout-- lots of yellow-- is inviting, the photographs of these desserts make your want to cook them, and there are a lot of unusual recipes here.

The minus: Last night I baked the lemon tart photographed on the front cover. The recipe is easy enough to qualify for my "quick and easy dessert recipes for the lazy cook." The problem is that Ms. Longbotham doesn't give enough instructions. Please tell me what the following statement means: " . . . and continue stirring until the dough begins to come together when a small bit is pressed between your fingers." I don't have the foggiest notion what she means here. I do know the consistency dough must have before you attempt to bake it so I figured out what to do on my own. And I suppose any fool could look at the photograph and tell that at some point you've got to get the tart out of the pan, but Ms. Longbotham doesn't tell you that. I went to another dessert cookbook and found pages of instructions on tart baking so I found out-- among other things-- that I could use the baking sheet like a huge spatula for sliding the completed and cooled tart onto a serving plate. But shouldn't that information have been here? I think so.

In the author's defense, I did read through other recipes later and they seemed to have all the directions necessary. Maybe I just chose a lemon! Seriously the tart was delicious. I took it to work today and am taking an empty plate home. ... Read more


10. The Farmer's Market Cookbook : Seasonal Dishes Made from Nature's Freshest Ingredients
by Richard Ruben
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Asin: 1585741310
Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Sales Rank: 155160
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The trend towards cooking and eating according to the seasons has been steadily gaining momentum, and it's no wonder. A fresh, deep red, perfectly ripe tomato in the middle of August seems a different species altogether than those insipid, crunchy, watery specimens we see in the supermarket in January. In The Farmer's Market Cookbook, Richard Ruben goes one better. A chef and food consultant in New York City, Ruben conducts "Green Market" classes at Peter Kump's Cooking School. He's shopped at farmers' markets all over the world and has put together a beautiful collection of simple, clear, easy-to-follow recipes that take full advantage of the kinds of specialty produce available all across the country.

Divided into sections for spring, summer, and autumn, this little volume is peppered with poetic notes and introductions by Ruben, who is obviously inspired by the produce he finds. Fava beans must have "a full allotment developed within." Lavender transports him "to languid, sun-drenched days." Choosing wild mushrooms, his "mind was now conveyed to a moist, shadowy forest." He's even included a number of food-inspired haikus for good measure!

But even if you don't appreciate his poetry, Ruben's recipes are well worth a try. Ingredient lists are short and the instructions are simple--if the produce is delectably fresh, the argument goes, what more do you need? Spring offers dishes such as Fiddlehead Fern Risotto, Lamb Marinated in Tropical Juice (with fresh mint and spinach or baby bok choy), and Wilted Escarole Scented with Garlic. Summer's bounty includes Grilled Summer Corn and Tomatillo Relish, Grilled Chicken Breasts with Summer Squash, Gnocchi with Cherry Tomatoes and Sage Butter, and Lemon Verbena Sorbet. And in autumn there are dishes such as Quince and Pomegranate Chutney, Kale with Caramelized Onions and Portobello Mushrooms, and Stuffed Dumpling Squash.

Fortunately, most of the ingredients called for are available in supermarkets, so even if your idea of fun is not a Saturday morning at the market, you can still easily create these seasonal dishes at home. And for those who love nothing better than to wander through the stalls, chat with the farmers, and find a new vegetable or herb at the local farmers' market, chances are you'll find a simple recipe here to highlight whatever you discover. --Leora Y. Bloom ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Real Food... Real Recipes...Real Passion...Richard Ruben
This is a cookbook that people who really love food in it's purest form must have. Richard Ruben translates his enthusiasm for the farmer's (or ethnic) market into simple recipes with sophisticated flavors that sing. His appoarch to food re-affirms that old adage, simple is better. As you read through his personal collection of recipes, you want to make every one. But must do so season by season to get the best results. In this day and age of hundreds of cookbooks, Ruben distinguishes himself quietly and with authority, reminiscent of the early days of Alice Waters when passion for food and the best ingrendients were the only motivators. If I could only have one cookbook and a market, it would certainly be this one. BUY THIS BOOK FOR THE SUMMER and continue to use it through fall and winter...

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
My self and many others think that The Farmers Market cook book by one of the greatest cookbook authors Richard Ruben is a MUST have. Myself and many others also think that this book is one of if not the best cookbook that has come out this year and one of the best cookbooks of all time. If you like Healthy, fun, GREAT food you must go out and buy this AMAZING book.

5-0 out of 5 stars # 1 cook book of the year
Myself and many many others think that the Farmer's Market Cookbook by one of the greatest cookbook authors Richard Ruben is a must have. Myself and many others also think that this book is the best cookbook that has come to stores this year and one of the best cookbooks of all time. If you like heathly, fun, and great food you should buy this book today.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Look At The Man I Know As My Uncle
There's so many things that I can say about this book, it combines great recipies with a great style of writing to get the reader really interested in his/her cooking. But I don't want to review the book on how good the food is or how great the writing is because that's already been done. I would just like to congratulate my Uncle on a great book even though he put my Aunt and Cousin's full names in the book and only my families last. For anyone who loves food this is a great book and a great gift

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic ways to cook the best nature has to offer
This cookbook is magnificent! Fun, wittily written, simple to follow, Richard Ruben focuses on enjoying the fresh goodness the earth offers us in each season. It's about tasting and exploring what's in front of us, presented by the growers themselves. Easy-to-follow recipes, ideas, charts, seasonal suggestions....it's great. I'm not much of a cook and I used this book to wow a dinner party with pheasant, curried brussel sprouts, & individual squashes stuffed with fennel, apples, & carrots. It's a valuable, exciting, DELICIOUS standout in a crowded field. ... Read more


11. Fig Heaven : 70 Recipes for the World's Most Luscious Fruit
by Marie Simmons
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: Morrow Cookbooks
Sales Rank: 19696
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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They come fresh or dry, in yellow or purple, from California and Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries. They are in restaurants, supermarkets, fruit stands, backyards, and inside some very famous cookies. What are they? They're figs -- one of America's favorite fruits.

From Mission and Kadota figs to Adriatic and Calimyrna varieties, award-winning cookbook author Marie Simmons leaves no fig or fig leaf unturned in this extraordinary book about this most extraordinary fruit: Fig Heaven.

Figs are harvested in late summer and early fall, but, fortunately for us, they are easily dried and packaged, so they're available all year long. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, plump, fragrant figs are guilt-free indulgences that can be enjoyed in countless ways.

Fig Heaven is an inviting, comprehensive cookbook offering 70 recipes for both fresh and dried figs. They range from appetizers, salads, and sandwiches to entrées and desserts.

On the savory side, you'll find Open-Faced Dried Fig and Melted Blue Cheese Sandwiches; Fettuccine with Fresh Figs, Lemon, and Rosemary; and Lamb Pilaf with Artichokes and Dried Figs. If your sweet tooth needs some real satisfaction, there's a Fresh Fig and Peach Crumble, Dried Fig and Walnut Biscotti, and Molten Chocolate Roasted Figs with Vanilla Custard Sauce.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Figs
An absolutely incredible book on figs - from the mythical and biblical history to the botany and cultivation to the recipes, Fig Heaven is the definitive fig cookbook. For those of us without access to fresh figs on a regular (if ever) basis, Simmons supplies recipes that utilize a number of dried figs that are available year round in most larger grocery and specialty stores. Recipes are easy to follow and very good! From simple salads, desserts and even preserves to my favorite dinner (chicken, couscous, and dried fig salad with toasted almonds)Simmons covers a range of tastes and styles.

A fabulous gift book, especially if you can give it along with a young fig tree! Perfect for a new home owner or newlywed! ... Read more


12. Oranges
by John McPhee
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Asin: 0374512973
Catlog: Book (1975-01-01)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sales Rank: 26643
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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While many readers are familiar with John McPhee's masterful pieces on a large scale (the geological history of North America, or the nature of Alaska), McPhee is equally remarkable when he considers the seemingly inconsequential. Oranges was conceived as a short magazine piece, but thanks to his unparalleled investigative skills, became a slim, fact-filled book. As McPhee chronicles orange farmers struggling with frost and horticulturists' new breeds of citrus,oranges come to seem a microcosm of man's relationship with nature.

Like Flemish miniaturists who reveal the essence of humankind within the confines of a tiny frame, McPhee once again demonstrates that the smallest topic is replete with history, significance, and consequence. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Favorite McPhee
Oranges was my first and remains my most favorite McPhee book! I have always been a fan of non-books: dictionaries, almanacs, encyclopedia. So, McPhee's Oranges certainly resonated with me. He is one of the few authors of non-fiction who writes beautifully - even his lists are fantastic. Oranges shows in a succinct format the beauty and creativity possible in natural history writing, especially when nature is so entertwined with culture. I have recommended Oranges to my friends and colleagues who like natural history, food, and/or poetry.

Oranges is a must-read. If you enjoy it, follow up with any of McPhee's other books.

4-0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, full of surprises
I read this book based on the other glowing Amazon recommendations and my past experiences with John McPhee. I got everything I expected, and then some.

Like many of his books, McPhee succeeds in distilling somtimes complex--seemingly dry--concepts (tree grafting, juice concentration, etc.) into fascinating subjects. Who would have thought that a book about oranges would be a page-turner?!

This is a slim volume (I read it in two sittings), and one worth reading. Indeed, you'll never drink your morning OJ quite the same way agian.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Book I Find Myself Returning To Again and Again.
I find myself reading this book over and over. Of the several McPhee books I own, this is my favorite. I jsut wish it had more material on blood oranges! I love blood oranges and can relate to McPhee's comments on how they scare some Americans. Every time I eat one in public I get questions about their color, but most people refuse to even try them. Their loss!
The book is fascinating, but dated. Nowadays it is easy to find orange juice that is not from concentrate. That aside, the book is wonderfully informative and will tell you more about oranges than you thought possible. Beautifully written and engaging, I have given it to several of my friends, who love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best darn book about oranges you'll ever read!
I received this book after hearing about it for a few months at my BOOKCROSSING.COM meetup. Two other members were going on and on about how they couldn't put this book about oranges *down*. I snatched it up as soon as they brought a copy to the meeting.

I was hooked from the first page! Not only myself but my mom..then sister.. then boyfriend. We had to get mom her own copy!

This is a book I'll recommend over and over. A definite "must read".

5-0 out of 5 stars Good & good for you
Every time someone asks me about John McPhee (I am, I admit a total fan) I find myself saying "Look, Here is a guy who can take a subject like, say ORANGES, and make it fascinating." This is the book where he does just that. I gather that ORANGES started out as a short magazine piece & like so many of McPhee's books became an obsession. Here we can get the history, the ecology, the landscape of orange groves along with discussions of the effects of oranges and orange growing on both the culture and the surroundings, all in McPhee's eminently readable prose. This is a fast read about a subject that you probably haven't though much about, but you will walk away from this book not only better informed about the fruit but also taken with the infinite possibility of the wonder that can be found in what seem to be every-day things. ... Read more


13. Super Smoothies: 50 Recipes for Every Lifestyle
by Mary Corpening Barber, Sara Corpening Whiteford, Jan Newberry
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Asin: 081182540X
Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Sales Rank: 61553
Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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Twin sisters Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford have whipped up yet another yummy title with Super Smoothies, a lusciously illustrated collection of 50 healthy drinks perfect for folks who do not cook but do look after their health. The sisters give explanations of everything--such as how to peel and cut up all the fruits and vegetables involved--while introducing such unfamiliar ingredients as wheat-grass juice and calming kava. The easy-to-follow advice includes all sorts of tips, like using only the ripest seasonal fruit and crushing ice cubes before placing them in the blender. Not only are these smoothies delicious, they're packed with serious nutrients, all assessed by a registered dietitian. Protein Jolt provides 10 grams of protein from milk, yogurt, and tofu, plus 717 milligrams of potassium. Hydro-Tonic, designed to send you into a workout full of energy, meets 95 percent of your daily need for vitamin C and is a mere 112 calories, thanks to its blend of honeydew melon, green grapes, and Gatorade. But these recipes aren't just for health nuts; kids, moms, and guys will find their drinks of choice here, too. School-Bus Breakfast fortifies youngsters with six grams of protein and other important nutrients from yogurt, strawberries, and bananas. Bone Builder gives Mom 283 milligrams of calcium, plus needed magnesium, phosphorous, and vitamin D. Men can choose from various virility and libido builders, while would-be dads can slurp down before intercourse Dr. Shettle's Secret with caffeine, which research shows can increase the odds of producing a son. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Recipes good, but paying too much for design of book
I really can't complain about the content of this book, I find most of the smoothies to be yummy and refreshing. However, I wanted one smoothie book to use with my blender and this isn't the only book I ended up getting. Plus, I've had this book for only about three months and I'm already getting tired of thumbing through it and seeing the same stuff. I really wish I had purchased a book that focused more on the quantity of recipes and less on the pictures of the recipes it did contain within (as this book does). I ended up purchasing Smoothies, Shakes & Frappes ISBN 1579121721 for about half the price and, with no disrespect to these authors, found this to be a better choice if it really is quantity of smoothie and shake recipes you are looking for.

5-0 out of 5 stars Delicious recipes that are good for you too
This wonderful book is packed with delicious recipes that are good for you too. The book starts out with 10 tips to make your smoothie it's best. Then fruit and vegetable glossaries describe each fruit, its nutritional value and its health benefits. There is also a thorough explanation on fruit and vegetable preparation. Other ingredients used such as peanut butter and milk products as well as additives like wheat grass are also discussed in detail. A seasonal fruit chart and a brief overview of essential nutrients are nice bonuses

There are recipes for almost anything including energy, weight control, PMS, hot flashes, morning sickness, anemia, libido, bone building, stress and even some that boost your immune system when you get sick. There are also special sections for kids and men. Conveniently, each recipe contains complete nutritional information.

My favorite recipes are the constants craving, grape escape and protein jolt. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to make quick, easy, nutritious meals without cooking.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Such A Smooth Move
Since I had been so happy with the Corpening sisters' first smoothie book, I was eager to give this second one a try, too. Unfortunately, I find these *specialty* smoothies quite off-putting. *All* of the smoothies are made with healthful ingredients, and to imply that some are particularly beneficial for your immune system, heart, energy level, decreasing stress, etc., is just plain misleading! Then there are separate smoothies for men, women, and children, including one calling for breast milk or formula! As a single mom, I want to make just one smoothie that is suitable for both myself and my son! This is just plain silly! I'm sure that the majority of these recipes could be altered so that you could/would serve them to everybody in your family at the same time, (my son does not want to share a smoothie called "pms potion" with me!) but why bother when the recipes in the first book are already completely drinker friendly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Healthy alternative
I got a smoothie machine for Xmas and decided to pull out this book I had purchased a few years ago. I have NO complaints. The smoothies I have tried are delicious and I have lost 10 pounds (need I say more). I use them as a meal replacement and am full and satisfied. I even cut down on some snacks so I can have a smoothie instead!! The recipes are easy, and you can substitute canned fruits and make other substitutions (milk and canned peaches instead of peach yogurt) and it still tastes great! Many of the recipes use the same fruits over so I just buy some bags of frozen fruit from the store and I am good to go for a few recipes. Great for those wishing to lose a few pounds or up their nutrition.

3-0 out of 5 stars Allot of ingredients or steps
While the smoothies may be yummy, they require ALLOT of ingredients. Oranges, apples, strawberries AND then ginger or tofu or youghurt. If that doesn't bother you then the prep can be a bummer: pear nectar (make that first), then oranges with silken tofu AND soy milk & then blackberries!

Don't know about you but I really don't have that kind of space or pantry. Some of these ingredients are expensive thus cutting down on homemade cheapness vs the store expense when you factor clean up in! Whew this not an easy book to tackle. If after all that I haven't dissuaded you then you'll truly enjoy it. It's got a lovely hand and beautifully coloured. A joy to the senses but it would have been IF more substitutions had been given but then the colour coordination would have been off. ... Read more


14. Flavored Oils: 50 Recipes for Cooking With Infused Oils
by Michael Chiarello, Penny Wisner, Penelope Wisner
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Asin: 081180898X
Catlog: Book (1995-05-01)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Sales Rank: 47667
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars PERFECT GIFTS
I bought this book to make oils as gifts for special occasions...it proved to be one of the best books for this! It has many recipes, that are easy, detailed, and with variety!! A must for any home. ... Read more


15. The Lemon Lovers Cookbook
by Peg Bailey, Laura L. Seeley
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Asin: 1563523248
Catlog: Book (1996-11-01)
Publisher: Longstreet Pr
Sales Rank: 687143
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great recipes and a great read.
Here is a cookbook writer who knows what she is doing; knows how to write and be funny, and really delivers when you sample the finished product. The book makes a great present...I bought a batch of them to give away. Your life will be better after getting through the recipes in this book. And your taste buds will be happier. ... Read more


16. 5 A Day: Savor the Flavor of Fruits and Vegetables
by Elizabeth Pivonka, Barbara Berry
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Asin: 1579547060
Catlog: Book (2003-01-04)
Publisher: Rodale Books
Sales Rank: 553217
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Imagine if there was a way to: Get the fruits and vegetables you need without effort. Make one simple and delicious meal that provides 100% of the servings you need for an entire day. Incorporate more vegetables into your family meals without their suspecting a thing.

There is!... and it’s all right here in 5 A Day: The Better Health Cookbook.

Fruits and vegetables – whether fresh, canned, dried, or frozen – are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that help your body fight off a host of health problems. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to lower cholesterol, lose weight, and protect themselves and their families from diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases? You and your family can start living longer, healthier lives today.

That’s right – eating just 5 servings of colorful, versatile fruits and vegetables can bring you health benefits beyond comparison. And 5 A Day: The Better Health Cookbook shows you just how simple – and delicious! – eating for better health can be. Besides offering you creative, easy-to-make recipes, 5 A Day also gives you lots of ideas for making a small change or addition to an existing recipe to help you reach your 5 a day goal in a snap.

You’ll reap the countless health rewards of a variety of wonderful foods, including Mexican Steak with Fruit Skewers, Crispy Beer-Batter Onion Rings, and Banana-Apple Sherbet. Please your family with Honey-Dijon Chicken, Mediterranean Pasta Salad, and Plumberry Granita. Feast on Grilled Southwestern Shrimp, Cherokee Corn and Beans with Acorn Squash, and Baked Apple Fritters.

Better health is just one mouthwatering meal away. Enjoy every bite!

5 A Day: The Better Health Cookbook includes more than 150 delicious, easy recipes your family will love; at-a-glance fruit and vegetable servings with every recipe; a 7-day menu plan that shows you how easy it is to make healthy food choices; 7 power menus, each packing all your 5 a day needs into one fantastic meal.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Book!
A great recipe book to get those extra fruits and vegetables in your diet. Well written, nice layout with some wonderful, mouthwatering pictures. Some delicious recipes that aren't quite the ordinary, but yet aren't so different you're afraid to try them....or can't find the ingredients. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Both seasonal and year-round family favorites!
5 A Day: The Better Health Cookbook is the collaborative effort of Elizabeth Pivonka (president of the Produce for Better Health Foundation) and Barbara Berry (vice president in charge of the Foundation's programs in education, marketing, communication, and research. On the well documented premise that eating five servings of fruits and vegetables will provide excellent health, this compendium showcasing 150 easy and delicious recipes will form a superb basis for any health conscious, palate pleasing menu. From Sweet Potato Pancakes with Apple-Walnut Topping; Citrus Salad with Raspberry-Vanilla Sauce; and Catfish with Tropical Fruit Salsa; to Artichokes Stuffed with Oriental Noodle Salad; Chicken and Grapefruit Stir-Fry; Watermelon-Blueberry Banana Split, 5 A Day offers wonderful recipes that are thorough "kitchen cook" friendly and certain to become both seasonal and year-round family favorites! ... Read more


17. Uncommon Fruits & Vegetables : A Commonsense Guide
by Elizabeth Schneider
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Asin: 0688160646
Catlog: Book (1998-07-08)
Publisher: William Morrow
Sales Rank: 114323
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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As Elizabeth Schneider points out in her introduction, the immigrant culture of America is constantly restocking our markets and produce stores with "ethnic" fruits and vegetables that were hitherto unknown to any but the most worldly gourmets. Just as ginger, bean sprouts, and avocados were once strange, exotic substances, so Vidalia onions, fava beans, and passion fruit are becoming more common in stores nationwide.

In this magnificent, encyclopedic cookbook, Schneider discusses each of 80 fruits and vegetables, its origins, history, and appearance, its flavor, uses, and nutritional highlights. She tells how to shop for it and what to look for, how to store it and how long it'll keep, then she provides a selection of recipes (there are 420 in all) to inspire and reward your new culinary quests. Richard Sax's Hot and Sour Soup-Stew is a lovely way to try out Chinese cabbage, Sautéed Fennel with Lemon makes one wonder how one existed so long without it, and Collard Greens with Cornmeal Dumplings and Bacon provide you with the wherewithal to enjoy this ultimate comfort food in your own home, even if you don't hail from down South. Schneider's Commonsense Guide is an irresistible reference. --Stephanie Gold ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Have one in every kitchen library
I have the original of this book and find myself constantly reviewing it every time I come back from the tropical food markets. This book is very helpful even if one is familiar with and have grown up eating these kinds of fruits and vegetables. This book provides americanized recipes which is good because aside from being nutritious, most of these fruits and vegetables are beautiful and aesthetically presentable. You can serve fruits and vegetables that do not need to be masked by some gumbo-colored sauce. If you are the kind of cook who likes to serve beautiful dishes this book comes handy. You don't even have to follow the recipes just to use the vegetables. Once you become familiar with the vegetables you will discover how compatible they are with the common vegetables found in your regular supermaket on a dish of your own recipe. For example you could prepare a chicken dish with sliced tomatoes, potatoes, red and green bell peppers,carrots and bok choy with thickened chicken broth with your own choice of spices. The book details the following for each fruit and vegetable: Scientific name, description, beautiful illustrations, selection and storage, preparation and nutritional highlights.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, but look into buying her brand new book first
I have an earlier edition of this book, and have really enjoyed using it. It includes background and the author's commentary on each fruit or vegetable (and, as one of the authors notes, not your "garden variety" fruit and vegetables, but unusual things like kumquats and quince that those of us who grew up on iceberg lettuce may not have encountered.) She also includes a sampling of recipes for each item. The recipes have the author's usual creative flair, and all the ones I have tried have been really great. But, unless I was really more interested in the fruit part of the equation, I would look into buying her new vegetable book first. It was just published in December 2001, and would therefore be more current. There has been so much change in bringing some of the more unusual foods to market that it may make most sense to have Schneider's most recent book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating , informative, and much more than a cookbook!
I began to browse through Ms. Schneider's book because I had some unusual fruit on my hands that needed to be cooked. I became ENTHRAWLED by the fascinating information about vegetables and fruit from A to Z, but not our usual apples and oranges varieties. I couldn't put it down. I will be giving this book to everyone I know!

5-0 out of 5 stars A guide to exploring exotic, new fruits and vegetables
Is there a special section in the produce department of your favorite up-scale supermarket that has mysterious new plants with unfamliar names such as atemoya, boniato, burdock or calabaza? Have you tried carambola, cassava, chayote or cherimoya? No?

If you had a book filled with descriptions of exotic fruits and vegetables would you try them, especially if the book has delicious recipes? Yes?

Then this is a book you should own. It will help you explore 80 different fruits and vegetables, some of them strange and delicious, others just strange. The book has about 420 recipes for you to try. Enough for you to find some new favorites.

5-0 out of 5 stars The subtitle "A commonsense guide" says it all
I love this volume but would still place The Victory Garden as the first essential vegetable cookbook; then I'd place this as the second vegetable cookbook for a well-stocked kitchen.

The book is arranged alphabetically by plant. An index in the back allows you to find produce by an alternative name. An index in the front sorts the recipes by type.

To give an indication of its range the first few entries are: arugula, asian pear, atemoya, blood orange, bok choy, bolete, boniato, breadfruit ... The books gives a basic introduction to the history and geography of the plant, guides for selection and storage, basic preparation, nutritional value and recipes. For breadfuit, for a green breadfruit there is a salad recipe, for a medium ripe on there are soup and pudding recipes.

The recipes are all practical, everyday meal recipes. This book is an excellent guide for using the produce items that are more recently added to your supermarket produce bins. ... Read more


18. The Farmer's Wife Guide to Fabulous Fruits and Berries: Growing, Storing, Freezing, and Cooking Your Own, 200+ Recipes and Serving Ideas!
by Barbara Doyen
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Asin: 0871319756
Catlog: Book (2002-07)
Publisher: M. Evans and Company
Sales Rank: 810958
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Use this book to grow your own fruits and berries, and you’ll discover the joys of tree-ripened peaches and vine-ripened cantaloupe just bursting with farm-fresh flavor. Suitable for both beginners and experts, it’s the perfect resource for anyone engaged in America’ #1 hobby, gardening. Not only do you learn how to grow your own fabulous fruits and berries, The Farmer’s Wife will tell you what to do with all the produce you harvest!

In the garden, you’ll learn how to:
· Find space for fruits and berries in your landscape, or even on your patio in pots
· Select the varieties that are right for your tastes, climate and property limitations
· Plant and care for each type of fruit or berry
· Espalier fruit trees into unique shapes
· Repel deer and other pests using inexpensive methods that work every time

For each fruit and berry included, you’ll know:
· When to expect the first harvest
· When and exactly how to pick the fruits and berries
· How much yield to expect
· How to store and/or freeze the fresh produce
· How to prepare it for eating or cooking

In the kitchen, you’ll have hundreds of fast, easy and absolutely delicious recipes for serving your harvest. For each type of fruit or berry, you’ll get recipes for:
· Ice creams that take only 20 minutes from start to serving, including low-fatvariations, if desired
· Ices (like sherbert or sorbet without any dairy products)
· Butters and sauces, old farm staples at every meal
· Pies from scratch using the generations-old farm wife recipes
· Cobblers, biscuits, crisps and more!

Nothing can match the fabulous flavor of home-grown fruits and berries—and this book will have you eating your own in no time! ... Read more


19. More Easy Beans: Quick and Tasty Bean, Pea and Lentil Recipes
by Trish Ross, Jacquie Trafford
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Asin: 0969816219
Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: Big Bean Pub
Sales Rank: 76410
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I never thought bean dishes could be this tasty
I have never been a bean lover but am a vegetarian. So when I discovered More Easy Beans and found so many great recipes, especially for appetizers, I was hooked. I truly believe this is the best bean book I have ever used. Some recipes call for meat, but of course, everyone has a friend who likes red meat. What I really found helpful was the recipes all use a can of beans or allow you to make the beans from scratch. All the recipes I have tried are right on with the cooking times. Other books I have used produce bean mush at the end. I highly recommend More Easy Beans.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great recipes -- From the Exotic to the Everyday
Who knew beans were so versatile? This lively cookbook also provides a wealth of information on bean nutrition, varieties, preparation and availability. I consult it for exciting potluck appetizer recipes like creamy frijole dip and black bean tarts, exotic salads like white bean crab salad and adzuki fruit salad as well as everyday main courses such as chili (for which there are five variations) and wraps.

The recipes are usually quick, the directions are straightforward and the results are tasty and nutritious. This would be a great gift for the health conscious and vegetarians on your gift list!

5-0 out of 5 stars This cookbook is the best!
This cookbook and its first one EASY BEANS are the 2 best cookbooks that I have ever used!! ... Read more


20. Five-A-Day Fruit and Vegetable Cookbook: Over 200 recipes to ensure you achieve the health experts' recommended five-portion daily minimum for you and your family
by Kate Whiteman, Maggie Mayhew, Christine Ingram
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Asin: 0754813223
Catlog: Book (2004-07)
Publisher: Lorenz Books
Sales Rank: 542231
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