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21. Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Meals : Cooking 'Round the Clock
by Rachael Ray
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Asin: 1891105167
Catlog: Book (2004-11-25)
Publisher: Lake Isle Press
Sales Rank: 17
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Rachael Ray is becoming a household name and a best-selling author, Thanks to her simply fabulous recipes, free-hand style of cooking, and unfailing good results.This latest collection of recipes, a companion book to her show, will feature flexible menus for cooking great meals 24/7. ... Read more


22. Living the G.I. Diet
by Rick Gallop
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Asin: 0761135944
Catlog: Book (2004-12-15)
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 74394
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23. SuperFoods Rx : Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life
by Steven G. Pratt, Kathy Matthews
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Asin: 0060535679
Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
Publisher: William Morrow
Sales Rank: 716
Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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SuperFoods Rx is based on a simple but profound premise: some foods are dramatically better than others for our health and longevity.

Sure, everyone knows that an apple is a better snack than potato chips, but do you know that a daily handful of walnuts or a bowl of blueberries can actually improve your well-being and longevity?

Steven Pratt, M.D., witnessed the positive results that occurred when his patients with age-related macular degeneration changed their diets to include certain powerhouse foods -- those he has identified as SuperFoods. Backed by proven research on fourteen of the most nutrient-dense foods, this book puts these tools in your hands, and on your plate, to give you more energy, greater protection against disease, and a healthy lifestyle now and for the future.

Whether you're 63 or 23, now is the right time to start eating the SuperFoods way. By making these foods part of your regular eating habits, you can actually change the course of your biochemistry and stop the incremental changes in your body that lead to diseases such as type II diabetes, hypertension, certain cancers, obesity, and Alzheimer's.

What are the fourteen SuperFoods? Many may already be part of your daily meals, while some may make occasional appearances. But all are supermarket-friendly nutrition powerhouses:

Beans • Blueberries • Broccoli • Oats •
Oranges • Pumpkin • Salmon • Soy • Spinach •
Tea -- green or black • Tomatoes • Turkey • Walnuts • Yogurt

SuperFoods Rx not only outlines the amazing health benefits of these fourteen foods, it also includes delicious recipes, kitchen tips, and shopping suggestions that will make the SuperFoods lifestyle simple and irresistible.

Don't like tomatoes? Not to worry; almost all of the SuperFoods have sidekicks -- or substitutions -- that you can enjoy instead. Have some lycopene-rich red watermelon or pink grapefruit instead of tomatoes. Can't bear the thought of spinach? Choose from a list of other dark leafy greens, romaine lettuce, or orange bell peppers.

In SuperFoods Rx, Dr. Pratt leads you from the twentieth-century world of macronutrients -- proteins, fats, and carbohydrates -- into the twenty-first-century world of micronutrients -- phytonutrients, carotenoids, and antioxidants. You'll find:

  1. Individual chapters dedicated to each of the fourteen SuperFoods, with the health benefits for each outlined and supported by Dr. Pratt's research, along with ideas for simple ways to get more of these foods into your everyday meals.
  2. Fifty original recipes featuring SuperFoods, especially developed by Chef Michel Stroot of the world-renowned Golden Door Spa.
  3. A shopping list of brand-name foods to ensure you're buying the most nutrient-dense SuperFoods available.
  4. Guidelines for formulating your daily nutrient goals and supplement recommendations.

With Dr. Pratt to guide you through the new nutritional frontier, you will be able to choose and enjoy the foods that are most beneficial to your health, well-being, and longevity.

SuperFoods Rx. You'll feel super.

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Reviews (33)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Simple but extensive and Informative Guide
This is a great book about foods that are packed with life enhancing properties. The idea that some foods are better than others is not new, but there are some foods, it turns out, that are especially beneficial and we should make a concentrated effort to include these tasty foods.

The book discusses the difference between macronutrient type of analysis (protien, carb, fat...) and micronutrient (antioxidants...) analysis and shows how some foods are loaded with healful micronutrients while others are not.

The book describes the main superfoods (beans, wild salmon, broccoli, blueberries, tea, ...) AND importantly many substitutes or related foods to these super good ones.

There are menus, shopping lists, nutrient analysis, and overall great down-to-earth discussion and information. An excellent and simple but elaborate guide to the SUPERFOODS we have heard so much about but before this book didn't know what it was all about.

I also can't recommend enough a remarkable book about authentic wellness called "Effortless Wellbeing". Where has this book been been all my life was all I could say after reading it. Simple, to the point, includes simple mental and physical exercises and various ideas that produce wellness naturally. Amazing reading, and a great addition to the purchase of "Superfoods Rx". HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

5-0 out of 5 stars SuperFoods for any life style
This book certainly caught my attention, and kept it.

Although, this book is not meant to be an end all diet, it does support and encourage the use of specific foods for preventative health issues. The discussion on synergy of nutrients alone had me convinced.

Dr. Pratt does state that these foods improve the over all health of people who add them to thier diets on a regular basis. An alchoholic for instance, will still significantly benefit from the use of superfoods even if he/she chooses to continue drinking as long as he/she is consistant in consuming superfoods. Of course, superfoods alone is not enough. Quitting and excersise will improve his/her health even more.

I have scheduled these superfoods into my diet as soon as I started reading the book. My brain function improved almost immediatly and my eyesight sharpened by the time I got to the chapter on Tomatoes.

I am making this book a favorite gift to give my friends and family.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eating Right Made Easy
Dr Steven Pratt has made eating right easy to understand and easy to implement. I normally don't like to read nutrition books but this one I couldn't put down. I now know what I should eat and how big or small the portions should be. Which foods help your heart, eyes, inflamation etc. All the foods he talks about can be found in your local grocery store you don't need to go to a health food store unless you want organic food. If you know nothing about nutrition or know a lot, this is the book for you. He makes it so easy, even adding receipes and daily menus. I hope he will write another book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not another fad diet!
I LOVE this book, and a big thank you to Dr. Pratt for writing it! This book is all about making your diet well-rounded, and Dr. Pratt's 14 superfoods are foods that pack the most nutrition for your calories. This is a way to get the nutrition that most of our bodies are lacking, and still stay within our caloric restraints.

Plus, this book is filled full of little nutrition facts that are helpful in making our diets well-rounded. For example, most people know that it is lycopene in tomatoes and watermelon that is the big cancer fighting nutrient, but did you know lycopene has to be eaten with fat for it to be absorbable in our body? Just one of the many little facts Dr. Pratt offers to enhance and maximize our body's absorption of essential nutrition.

I love also that Dr. Pratt gives tips on how to incorporate the different foods in your diet. He makes getting these nutrients very practical and do-able.

I have been recommending this book to everyone I know as a way to truly change their lives for the better. I consider it to be preventative medicine for future life-threatening diseases. Plus, who doesn't feel better when their diet is rich in the things our bodies need?

Two huge thumbs up from this reader!

5-0 out of 5 stars Here's my take on things...
The book is an easy read and laid out pretty well. I first thought it was going to be a bunch of advice without much scientific support but I was wrong- for instance I looked up the cited references on nut consumption and risk of heart disease and found it consistent with the book. All in all I give it 5 stars easy. Othe self-help books I liked include "The Multifidus Back Pain Solution." ... Read more


24. The Volumetrics Eating Plan : Techniques and Recipes for Feeling Full on Fewer Calories
by Barbara Rolls
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Asin: 0060737298
Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Sales Rank: 576747
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25. George Stella's Livin' Low Carb : Family Recipes Stella Style
by George Stella
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Asin: 0743269977
Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Sales Rank: 3749
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George lost weight with Stella Style: "eating fresh foods, using low-carb ingredients to reinvent your old favorites, developing better eating habits, and, most of all -- eating food you love!" And he wasn't the only one: The entire Stella family shed more than 560 pounds.

In Livin' Low Carb, George has brought together more than 125 of the Stella family's favorite recipes. For breakfast there are Blueberry Pancakes or George's Gorgeous Macadamia Banana Muffins. For lunch or dinner try Low-Carb Pizza, Tequila Chicken Quesadillas, Spaghetti Squash Alfredo, Lasagna, Anaheim Shrimp Scampi, and Southern Fried Chicken. And don't forget soups, salads, and vegetables! You'll find recipes here for Key West Caesar Salad, Turkey Vegetable Soup, and Garlic Mock Mashed Potatoes. If it's sweets you crave, try Chocolate Pecan Brownies or New York Ricotta Cheesecake. There are also party recipes (Nutty Muddy Trail Mix, Teriyaki Sesame Tuna Skewers), tasty drink concoctions (Strawberry Milkshakes, Lemon-Lime Slushees), and a wide array of condiments and dressings (including Quick and Easy Ketchup and Thousand Island Dressing).

These recipes feature easy-to-find, low-carb ingredients that will fit any budget. More than just a cookbook, Livin' Low Carb is a practical guide to a sustainable low-carb lifestyle. ... Read more


26. The New Legal Sea Foods Cookbook
by ROGER BERKOWITZ, JANE DOERFER
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Asin: 0767906918
Catlog: Book (2003-05-13)
Publisher: Broadway
Sales Rank: 14321
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The complete guide to buying, cooking, and enjoying seafood—with more than 200 recipes—from the restaurant that knows it best.
Legal Sea Foods’s motto is, “If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t Legal,” and the company has built its stellar reputation on serving only the freshest and safest fish. The Legal Sea Foods restaurant opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1968, and the business has since expanded to include twenty-six restaurants in seven states along the Eastern Seaboard as well as a mail-order company. In 1998, Bon Appétit named it one of ten classic American restaurants.
Featuring the innovative recipes that have been added to Legal’s menu during the past fifteen years (since the first Legal Sea Foods Cookbook was published), this new cookbook covers not only the traditional gold standards (Smoked Bluefish Paté, Clam Chowder) but also contemporary dishes such as Crabmeat with Morel Mushrooms, Spicy Fried Grouper with Jalapeño Mayonnaise, and Bluefish in Kale and Tomato Sauce. Regional specialties, such as Hog Snapper Pepe (from the Boca Raton branch) and Baltimore Crab Cakes, are also included.
In addition to the vast selection of main dishes, there are appetizers (Spicy Crab Cakes, Smoky Mackerel Spread, Mussels au Gratin), salads (Shrimp Tabbouleh, Crabmeat and Mango Salad, Lobster and Israeli Couscous Salad), pasta and rice dishes (Linguine with Littlenecks; Salmon with Asparagus and Ravioli; Risotto with Shrimp, Celery, and Peppers), soups and sandwiches (Shellfish Gumbo, Fish Chowder, Grilled Swordfish Tacos), vegetables and side dishes (Speckled Butter Bean Casserole, Onion Strings, Chipotle Sweet Potato Mash), and desserts (Key Lime Pie, Blueberry and Peach Crumble, Mango and Strawberry Shortcake).
The New Legal Sea Foods Cookbook also provides an overview of the full range of fin fish and shellfish (from bass to wolffish, clams to squid) available today and the best cooking techniques for each type—whether it is baking, broiling, frying, poaching, sauteing, grilling, oven-steaming, or microwaving—as well as how to distinguish wild from farm-raised fish. There is complete advice on how to tell if fish is fresh, how to store it once you bring it home, how to prepare it, and how to make safe and delicious use of the leftovers. Much more than a cookbook, this is the ultimate sourcebook from America’s seafood specialists.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Legal Sea Foods has a Cookbook! WOW !
I traveled to Washington, DC and also to Baltimore, MD and many people said "If you want great seafood-go to Legal Sea Food!" I tried it when I was in Baltimore and LOVED IT! The Cream of Crab soup was utterly divine! I worked for sometime at Red Lobster in my younger days-so I know good seafood! Buy the book-it will give you insight into making excellent dishes at home!

5-0 out of 5 stars A bonanza of information and recipes
Berkowitz, owner of Legal Sea Foods and Doerfer, who coauthored the 1988 Legal Sea Foods cookbook, offer a volume packed with detailed information on choosing and cooking seafood, including health, safety and technique advice and an alphabetized guide to fish and shellfish. Clearly written recipes offer serving, presentation and variation tips and run the gamut from classics like Clam Chowder and Boiled Lobster and Baked Haddock to Stir-Fried Monkfish with Beans and Lemongrass, and Arctic Char Burritos.

The book is organized traditionally, from appetizers to dessert and includes chapters for leftovers (fish cakes, crepes, latkes and more), soups and sandwiches and sauces and coatings (Tartar, Sesame Seed Avocado, Mango Salsa, Cracker Crumb topping).

Most of the recipes are simple but innovative, like Steeped Shrimp with Fruit, Broiled Tuna with Tomatillos and Peppers, Citrus Soft-Shell Crabs. Some are luxurious - Crabmeat with Morel Mushrooms or Lobster Edgardo (with scallops, wine and cream), while others are more earthy, like Mackerel Stew, Baked Cod Parmesan, Oyster and Mushroom Casserole, and still others are just sublimely uncomplicated, like Summer Flounder in Butter Sauce or Marinated Grilled Shrimp or Seafood Seviche.

Wonderfully complete, this is a book for everyone. It assumes no knowledge, but never talks down to the reader. The design is attractive, with illustrations by Edward Koren, the advice is crisp and invaluable, and the range of dishes is extensive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Legal's Cookbook
I bought this book as a gift at a Legal's Seafood Resaurant and was so pleased I was tempted to keep it myself! The highlights of the book are the professional advice the authors offer about purchasing, preparing, and storing seafood. It answered a lot of questions I had about what to do with a specific variety of fish and how long to keep fish. I haven't tried the recipes yet, but they look delicious. Included are recipes for the restaurant's popular clam chowder, crab cakes, cheesy mashed potato, key lime pies and other desserts, and many other recipes for all varieties of fish/shellfish. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys seafood meals or wants to try eating less fattening meats. ... Read more


27. 30-Minute Meals 2
by Rachael Ray
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Asin: 1891105108
Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Lake Isle Press Inc
Sales Rank: 172
Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Here's what you need to know about this one...
Before buying this book, I had taped many of Rachel's shows and had tried the recipes, most of which appear in this book. Some of those meals have become staples in our house and saved me endless hours of frustration in the kitchen, testing recipes which didn't work or didn't taste good.
Most of hers not only taste as if they took far longer than 30 minutes to fix but satisfy a wide range of tastes, from experienced gourmets to picky eaters. Using her example, I've learned how to get a tasty meal on the table nearly every night of the week, saving time and money (we eat out less often).
Having said that, a few caveats:
1. You do need to try out the recipes before serving them to guests and may need to tinker with the seasonings and amounts. Although she does note how many teaspoons, cups, etc to use in recipes, Rachel often notes, as an aside, that cooks should just "eyeball" the amounts and if you watch her tv show regularly, you know that she rarely measures anything...so amounts listed are really just "jumping off" points for your own preferences. I like this. Those who feel they need more guidance may not.
2. The dessert section relies strongly on ice cream, sorbets and pre-made cookies...with some notable exceptions. Her shortened "Baklava" , for example,is preferred by my family over the super-sweet, traditional Baklava and her easy apple cake truly does turn a cake mix into a cake that seems homemade.
3. Some of the helpful tips on the tv show are omitted from the cookbook (Soaking onion slices in ice water to cut down on their irritating qualities).
Even with these shortcomings, however, I'd recommend this cookbook. In fact, I'm giving several copies to friends this holiday season, including one friend who is a beginning cook.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
This is the cookbook that I use most often. It takes me more than 30 minutes to make the meals, but not a whole lot more. Being a college student I do not have a lot of money or time; this books helps me get a healthy and tasty meal with very little cost. Like she says in the book, she tries to use the same ingredients repeatedly so that it is cheaper and easier. Plus, if you want to buy a cheaper ingredients, the meals still come out delicious. Rachael Ray is definitely my favorite chef, and I think her excited and enthusiastic attitude towards cooking is reflected in this cookbook. I feel the food that I prepare from her recipes, makes my body feel more nourished than the fast food and frozen food I am used to eating. Some recipes I enjoyed were the Philly cheesesteak, pecan crusted chicken tenders, and the onion rings and burgers.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a GREAT book!
I love this book. It's the first one I turn to when I'm trying to think what to make for dinner. Everything is arranged into meals, usually a main dish, salad or vegetable, and dessert, so it's all right there. Perfect if you're like me and can never decide what to serve with what. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars REAL Recipes for REAL Kitchens
Rachel Ray has done another great job of compiling some of her favorite recipes from her widely popular cooking show on the Food Network. This second volume from our vivacious author contains a wide selection of entrees that contain ingredients that you will actually have in your kitchen (or that you can buy with a trip to a typical supermarket). She offers readers tips on preparation and serving with just about every recipe. Even if you've never picked up a cookbook, Rachel's "can-do" attitude will coach you through your first steps of becoming an impressive cook.

5-0 out of 5 stars Healthy, Quick and Delicious Meals
I am a huge fan of Rachael Ray's and this book contains many of the recipes she makes on her show "30 Minute Meals". What I love about this book is that the recipes are made with fresh, healthy ingredients (including a number and variety of vegetables) and are delicious! I have yet to make a recipe from this book that I didn't like. I love how the book is set up - entire dinners are already planned for the reader. Rachael's "theme style" dinners are fun and creative! I highly recommend this book! ... Read more


28. The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook Collection
by Paula H. Deen
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Asin: 0812965221
Catlog: Book (2004-04-27)
Publisher: Random House
Sales Rank: 710
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Country Cooking with Flair
Paula Deen's cookbook gives us recipes not only from her famous Savannah restaurant but also from her family and friends. This is a true southern cookbook with many wonderful "comfort food" recipes. If you understand southern cooking, you know that most recipes are not for those with an aversion to butter, sour cream and salt. However, if you can get past that mindset, you'll love her terrific and simple recipes such as hoppin' John, collard greens, fried green tomatoes and baked grits. This is an unpretentious and charming cookbook with lots of familiar southern favorites with Paula's special interpretation of them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Southern Food Restaurant on the Planet
I have not yet read the book, but I can vouch for the fact that the Lady & Sons restaurant in Savannah is arguably the best southern food establishment on earth. I have travelled all over the country, asking locals their favorites, testing the recommendations in Jan and Michael Stern's excellent "Road Food" book (which, amazingly, does not list Lady & Sons), and using my intuition for finding good restaurants, and I can say I have never had better fried chicken, macaroni & cheese, or banana cream pie in a restaurant or home. I make special trips to Savannah just to eat there. I love the great and often sophisticated cuisines of Paris, NY, Bologna, Hong Kong, and New Orleans -- but the pure enjoyment of a Lady & Sons meal stands up to all of them. Thank you, Paula Deen (whom I've not yet met, but am told is a wonderful woman), for sharing your recipes with the rest of the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy and Tasty Southern Food
I love this book! After watching Paula Deen on the Food Network for several months, I finally purchased her cookbooks. I have cooked several dishes from each catagory in this book and everything has received rave reviews from my family. Easy to find ingredients, clear instructions and quick prep time make it my favorite reference for meals. This book is perfect for beginners and veteran cooks alike. The recipes for Sausage Balls, Pecan Chicken, Mushroom Canapes, Banana Bread and Lemon Pie are some of my favorites, but every recipe is a winner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not One Bad Recipe So Far
I originally saw this book on the new titles shelf at the book store back when it was first published in 1998. Since then, I have used it so much that it has what Pat Conroy calls "buttery pages" (You must have read The Prince of Tides to catch that reference). Ms. Deen includes old southern favorites that I don't ever recall having seen in print--recipes southern ladies have been making for years from memory of watching their mothers and grandmothers in the kitchen. I highly recommend this book as an essential kitchen utensil. There is a two-page reference list for substitutions and kitchen wizardry that will help you out in a pinch. Their are short, anecdotal pleasantries that share some of the stories surrounding the recipes and some of Ms. Deen's more recognizable restaurant patrons who have savored them over the years. Buy it! Buy it now! You will feel as though you have been entrusted with the secret family recipes of the South.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent cookbook!!
I've used both this cookbook and the second cookbook for several years and just LOVE them!! The recipes are delicious. I have never been disappointed by one recipe and I've used both books a lot. They are among my favorite cookbooks that I would never get rid of. ... Read more


29. Bobby Flay's Good Carb Grilling : 75 Healthier Ideas from the Fire
by Bobby Flay
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Asin: 0743272722
Catlog: Book (2005-05-10)
Publisher: Scribner
Sales Rank: 690710
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30. The Cambridge World History of Food (2-Volume Boxed Set)
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Asin: 0521402166
Catlog: Book (2000-11-14)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Sales Rank: 34094
Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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Have the French always enjoyed their renowned cuisine? When did Russians begin to eat pirogi? What was the first Indonesian spice to be cultivated elsewhere in the world? Questions such as these make for good Jeopardy material, but they're far from trivial--just ask anyone with a passion for good food and a curiosity for where that food originated. That person will know instinctively that the best way to approach a culture--and, indeed, the human animal--is through the stomach. For this individual, The Cambridge World History of Food will be something of a bible, and the best of gifts.

A massive scholarly tome in two volumes and more than 2,000 pages, the CWHF encompasses a wealth of learning that touches on nearly every aspect of human life. (It also reveals the answers to the three earlier questions: No, French cuisine as we know it is a 19th-century development; in the 16th century, following the conquest of the Volga Tatar; ginger, in colonial Mexico.) Thoroughly researched and highly accessible despite its formidable layout, the set addresses a groaning board of topics past and present, from the diet of prehistoric humans to the role of iron in combating disease; from the domestication of animals to the spread of once-isolated ethnic cuisines in a fast-globalizing world. Of greatest interest to general readers is its concluding section--a dictionary of the world's food plants, which gives brief accounts of items both common and exotic, from abalong to Zuttano avocado.

The product of seven years of research, writing, and editing on the part of more than 200 authors, The Cambridge World History of Food promises to become a standard reference for social scientists, economists, nutritionists, and other scholars--and for cooks and diners seeking to deepen their knowledge of the materials they use and consume. --Gregory McNamee ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not quite all the world
If you are hardcore into food history this book is for you. The articles are done in a dry academic style but are absolutely full of information. Folks who are into nutritional or food anthropology will have hours of reading before them. Be prepared, the articles are long.

The food dictionary section is not as detailed as say the Oxford Dictionary of Food but it is still good.

The main complaint that may be raised is the fact that there are some foods that are ignored or not given their own specialty article. I was surprised to see only wine was covered for alcoholic beverages in great detail while a general article on "distilled beverages" covered the rest of the alcohol world. Folks hoping to find a detailed discussion on beer or other grain based drinks wil have to look elsewhere.

Do not expect any recipes. Instead, you will find academic articles on a variety of topics all related to food. It is not as comprehensive as one may think but it is very WIDE none the less. It is a monumental work and deserves a great deal of praise.

Highy recommended for the collection, but you will think that there should have been more. Buy other great reference books as well to round out your collection and your information.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Truly Awesome Resource
These two hefty volumes comprise on the most useful generally-accessible material history resources I have ever seen. It contains dozens of articles on just about every aspect of food in cultural history. The entries range from essays on what early human begins ate to essays on specific foods (Oats, Chili Peppers, Soybeans, Ducks, etc.) along with some entries on foods that are somewhat surprising (Algae, Dogs, etc.). There are entries on vitamins, on beverages, on food deficiently diseases and eating disorders. On top of that, there are articles on the foods of different regions around the world. There are entries on nutrition, on fads and on the political implications of foods. There really just aren't any angles these volumes have overlooked.

The articles are written by different contributors, so there is not much consistency from piece to piece, but overall they are well written, engaging, informative, and generally lots of fun. I can't recommend this book strongly enough.

4-0 out of 5 stars Taking a class with the editor
Argghhhh I have Kenneth Kipple for a teacher, arghhhhh. The greatest use of this book is in the bibliographies at the end of the chapts. Skip the articles and look for the books in the bibliography.

5-0 out of 5 stars Food for thinking with
Part of the dissatisfaction among some reviewers is that this book is not a light, cheerful cook-book/dictionary. For those who want something more along those lines, there are plenty of light-weight volumes that purport to tell the story of this or that cooking tradition with lots of nice glossy pictures and maybe more than three accurate facts if you're really lucky. Try Jane and Michael Stern's road trip food voyages for example.

This two volume set is not for the faint of heart. It is a book for the enthusiast and the professional food historian alike: people who are looking for the social, biological and historical context to the food they enjoy. It is not completely encyclopaedic and there are a few inaccuracies in the identification of plant names and such but these are minor quibbles in the face of the sheer comprehensiveness of the work and the undoubted scholarly care that has gone into its preparation.

I for one appreciated the early chapters on the archaeology of food. People tend to forget the time depth that surrounds eating as a human activity. This is not surprising in a modern world that emphasizes fast food over aesthetics or knowledge. It's my observation that those who are most interested in food purely as a consumable item seem to have little interest in where it really comes from. For example, one of the great tragedies of modern industrial living is the increasing absence of knowledge of or even respect for the fact that real animals died to provide you with your McChicken Burger, or your Poached Sole in Tuscan Orange Sauce.

This book is an invaluable reference. I recommend it to all my students in my Anthropology of Food and Eating class, and I myself use it all the time. The Oxford Companion to Food is also a fine volume, and while it is sometimes more useful with regard to specific foods, it is much lighter on analysis and unneccesarily flippant in places. I would recommend that you buy both the Cambridge volumes and the OCF. Together they almost completely fill the reference spot on the bookshelf of the serious student of food.

To dine well is to touch the face of God

3-0 out of 5 stars A warning note
This is a bumper book, stuffed with good articles by leading authorities in the field. As other reviewers have pointed out, this is a relatively dry volume that concentrates overmuch on archaeology and evolution (well documented elsewhere) and not enough on food history, on which there is a huge amount of misleading literature.

Sadly these volumes require a warning notice for their dictionary of plant foods (a hefty part of the book: pages 1711-1889). Evidently a last-minute attempt to widen the appeal of the book, this is woefully and grossly inaccurate. For example, pink peppercorns are wrongly identified as Piper nigrum, rather than Schinus terebinthifolius (and their mild toxicity is not noted either). Almost every entry in the directory is wrong or questionable. There is further evidence of underinvestment in editing elsewhere in the book; for example, botanical names are not consistent between chapters.

Most readers would fare much better with Alan Davidson's amusingly written, comprehensive and (above all) accurate "Oxford Companion to Food". This Cambridge volume belongs on library shelves - where it will occasionally be very useful. ... Read more


31. Young and Hungry: More Than 100 Recipes for Cooking Fresh and Affordable Food for Everyone
by Dave Lieberman
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-13)
Publisher: Hyperion
Sales Rank: 3992
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The debut cookbook from exciting new culinary superstar David Lieberman, host of an upcoming Food Network show, Good Deal.

Young & Hungry, an innovative new cookbook packed with simple and delicious recipes, invites people to venture into the kitchen -- farther than the refrigerator or microwave -- to create fantastic fresh food that's perfect for sharing with friends at dinner parties, brunch, or an afternoon watching football. In chapters conveniently organized by meal event, Dave Lieberman offers more than 100 easy-to-follow recipes to help readers cook effortlessly and impressively for friends and family. Helpful "Dave's Take" sidebars sprinkled throughout provide details on ingredients and tips on making things simpler or taking them to the next level.

Perfect for the Young & Hungry, sections and recipes include:

Casual Sit-Downs: Roasted Red Pepper and Leek Soup with Goat Cheese Crostini; Flash-Marinated London Broil; Grapefruit Granita

Dinner for Two: Dill-Rubbed Salmon with Caramelized Lemon Slices; Raspberry Cream Parfait
Cooking for a Crowd: Roasted Acorn Squash with Butter and Sage; Rosemary-Roasted Pork Loin with Orange-Cranberry Sauce; Tiramisu
Happy Hour!: Tropical Martini; White Sangria; Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Avocado and Wasabi Cream Cheese; Crostini with Sautéed Cremini Mushrooms and Garlic ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great guide for the young and culinarily challenged--like me
Good stuff. This is a really appealing book that presents recipes in an easygoing way that makes the whole cooking process less intimidating. Lieberman's casual conversational tone is a welcome break from other cookbooks that assume too much and provide too few details on the basics. My only minor gripe is that I wish more recipes were pictured. That said, try the potato chip crusted salmon or his simple burger recipe--both were hits with my fiance.

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent Recipes, Poorly Conceived and Executed Premise
`Young and Hungary' is the first book by the Food Network show host Dave Lieberman. And, like his very popular colleague, Giada De Laurentiis, has produced a weak book that is banking more on his exposure on the Food Network than on the quality of his book. And, if sales of Giada's book are any indication, this volume will probably do fairly well in spite of its limitations.

Before getting into the book, I have to say that on seeing but one of Lieberman's shows, I think he has a good talent for presenting good recipes on the tube. He has none of the giggles and tics and `you'll do better' and `look at the feeble / fattening thing you are cooking' attitude which can turn you off some other Food Network hosts. In this regard, both Lieberman and De Laurentiis are near the top among my favorites, just below Mario Batali and Alton Brown.

Basically, Lieberman threw away his advantage of Food Network exposure by giving us a book which does not stay close to his core message, has lots of mistakes, and is organized in an overly clever manner, although not nearly as stupidly clever as Tyler Florence's second book (but Tyler didn't make any stupid cooking mistakes).

Lieberman's theme of show and book is economical cooking. Cooking in season is really redundant to his primary message, as cooking in season is always more economical than buying Chilean blueberries in January for $3.00 a pint or December hothouse asparagus for $3.00 a pound. But, like the `Frugal Gourmet' of yesteryear, there is a lot of lip service to frugality but not much real dedication. Lieberman's frugality is largely based on avoiding expensive ingredients such as foie gras, truffles, porcini mushrooms, and caviar. This does not keep him from moderately expensive ingredients such as salmon, shrimp, filet mignon, and sun-dried tomatoes. There are lots of advice on how to equip a kitchen cheaply (more on this later), but no tips on buying food cheaply. I'm frankly jealous of Lieberman's taking the economy theme, as if I were to write a book on food, it would be on economic cooking, so I've given some thought to how this should be done. The first thing I would do is to give tables (graphs would be even better) of the prices over the 12 months of the leading fruits and vegetables. For those products whose quality is adversely affected by long travel (fresh corn) and hothouse upbringing (tomatoes), I would make special notes so those can be avoided as well. I would also provide some seasonal advice on meats, especially on lamb, pork, and veal. I feel Lieberman is not really taking his main theme very seriously. Seriously economic cooking is the kind Jacques Pepin's mother did when she shopped to stock her boarding house kitchen at the end of the day when merchants were willing to sell wilted goods at rock bottom prices (See `The Apprentice' by Pepin).

Regarding mistakes in the book, Jacques Pepin and Jamie Oliver and Mario Batali can afford little mistakes because the overall value of their work is so high that it is not likely to interfere with the quality of their dishes or reputations. A newbie, on the other hand, cannot afford mistakes, and to my lights, one is one too many for a first book trying to create an impression. I am comfortable with the notion that some people will not sense the same mistakes that I do but here goes.

The list of basic kitchen equipment is decent, except I would leave off the garlic press, recommend wood cutting boards over plastic, recommend heat proof silicone over plain hard plastic for spatulas, avoid calling aluminum a non-metal, recommend a Dutch oven instead of `a big pot'. I would specifically suggest cheap over `decent-quality' nonstick pans. I would NOT do the functions of a strainer and a colander with the same gadget. The other side of the coin is that Lieberman's advice on kitchen arranging is pretty good. I'm inclined to have left it at that and simply referred the reader to Alton Brown's excellent book on kitchen gear.

I think I found some of the most serious mistakes in the section on herbs and spices. It is all very well to praise fresh spices, but fresh spices are incredibly more expensive than dried spices, especially for spices which do well in the dried form such as thyme, sage, rosemary, tarragon, bay, and oregano. A bottle of premium label dried thyme costs me about $3 and lasts at least four months in a dozen dishes. A pack of fresh thyme costs $1.30 and lasts for one dish without freezing or drying myself. This means dried thyme costs me 1/5 the amount of fresh thyme, with absolutely no loss in quality of my soups and braises. At the same time, Lieberman confesses ignorance about herbs and spices and proceeds to label two herbs, bay leaves and oregano, as spices. He also fails to make the very common recommendation to buy nutmegs whole and grate them on a microplane as needed. And, why in the world would he recommend storing oils and spices near a heat source!

The book is organized by occasion rather than by course or primary ingredient. For such a short book, this is really silly, as it makes the book far less useful than simple chapters on soups, salads, meat, fowl, and desserts. My annoyance with the organization even extends to the index that lacks any reference to the word vinaigrette, even though there is a very decent recipe for vinaigrette accompanying a salad recipe. And, I think it's cheap to call a frittata recipe a recipe for an omelet. But that's me.

This is not a bad book. It's just that for the same price, you can pick up a second hand copy of `The Joy of Cooking' with 4500 recipes instead of 100.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for any cook, with food that is yummy and GOOD
You gotta love this guy. Young , charming...and the man can cook. He is about to have a new show on television but I haven't seen that yet so I'll just stick to info about this book.
His food isn't generally the type that you spend all day slaving in the kitchen to prepare, so if you really enjoy the challenge of an elaborate, complicated recipe (which can be fun and gratifying in its own way), you won't find much of that here. From beet salads with goat cheese to fried fish and quick beverages, he focuses on food that befits his experience and background (he grew up cooking in his family's kosher kitchen and he went on cook economical, but gourmet, meals while at college). Most of the recipes would fit a standard American budget - and not one based on caivar and champagne, although there are some exceptions.
By the way, if you need a good gift for the college grad, forget the pen and pencil sets, the briefcases, watches and other typical grad gifts for someone starting out in life. GIve them this instead and they'll REALLY impress visitors, clients and guests! ... Read more


32. Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader
by Jan Karon
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-21)
Publisher: Viking Books
Sales Rank: 96
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Millions of Mitford fans around the world will agree—it’s easy to put on a poundor tworeading a Mitford novel. Scene after scene of the bestselling series’ colorfulcharactersenjoying tantalizing dishes can immediately start a craving. Then, before youknow it,you’ve read several pages by the glow of the refrigerator lightbulb.

Packed with more than 150 recipes from the Mitford novels and from the author’sownrecipe box, Jan Karon’s Mitford Cook-book & Kitchen Reader is loaded withtips, hints, jokes, culinary quotes, and delightful side-dish sidebarsguaranteed to start astomach rumbling. From Miss Sadie’s Apple Pie to Puny’s Cornbread, from Emma’sPork Roast to Marge’s Sweet Tea with Peppermint, beloved characters come alivethrough their own favorite recipes. Here, too, are Karon’s reminiscences of herownfamily’s food traditions and—as dessert—four stories never before published inherbooks.

Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader is a charming companion to theMitford series that will have readers clamoring to bring into their own kitchensthearomas and flavors that swirl within the little town with the big heart. ... Read more


33. The Wine Bible
by Karen MacNeil
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Catlog: Book (2001-09)
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Sales Rank: 163
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com's Best of 2001

Though it drinks deep of its subject, Karen MacNeil's Wine Bible deftly avoids two traps many wine books fall into: talking down to wine novices or talking up to more experienced enophiles. The book avoids these traps through MacNeil's obvious, and infectious, love of her subject, which comes out in almost every sentence of the book, and which lets her talk about wine in a way that combines the good teacher, the trusted friend, and the expert sommelier. As director of the wine program at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, California, MacNeil is one of the world's true experts on wine. After reading a chapter on the Burgenland, for example, you've learned about the region's sweet wines while feeling like you're actually there, toasting a glass of Cuvee Suss with the author. It is this passion that leads to describing an Italian riservas as "mesmerizing" and a Cabernet Sauvignon as having "texture like cashmere."

The Wine Bible is broken into countries, hitting all of the major wine producers and most of the minor ones. Each section gives detailed descriptions of the country's wines (with chapters on individual regions when necessary), highlighting specific wine producers and individual wines, as well as talking about local foods, customs, and other tidbits that add to the reading experience. MacNeil begins her journey through the world's wine with an invaluable section on "Mastering Wine," which lets a reader get ready before uncorking separate sections. --A.J. Rathbun ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Ripe Pick!
The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil is the perfect introduction to wine for new wine drinkers or a springboard for those wanting to explore deeper into the fascinating world of wines! Ms. MacNeil takes you through the introductory levels of wine making, wine regions and wine procedures (ie temperature, pouring, glasses, storage, etc) in a friendly teacher tone, not a snobby looking down your glass tone so often found in wine books. Her writing style is light, relaxing and friendly throughout the whole book. Each chapter is sprinkled with excellent little tidbits on everything from information on the former owner of a vineyard to what may cause your wine to take on a offensive smell! After the introductory sections, Karen takes you into each of the world's major wine producing regions giving you the skinny on their history, their terrior, their wines and some of the better producers (in the recommendation section). I am stationed in Germany and have tried four of her German wine picks, all of them were perfect! Expand your knowledge of the worlds favorite drink, raise a glass and say "Cheers!" (or Slainte`) to Karen MacNeil's Wine Bible!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Title Is Correct -- The Bible of Wine
I think "The Wine Bible" (TWB) should be the third book purchase for wine beginners (after "Wine for Dummies" and "Windows on the World Complete Wine Course"). TWB is full of good information. Of course, the first section is a must-read. Then, the sections are split into separate geographical areas and are very good and very detailed, while still being easy to read (the author's "education" background is readily apparent and helpful to the reader). I especially liked the depth of information that is presented in a friendly manner. For example, I wanted more in-depth information on Valpolicella. Most books given only a paragraph to it, if they give anything at all. Over several sections, this book probably had close to three pages (a lot of text on each page) which is about ten times the information of the competition. And no, this book is not lopsided in favor of information on Italy. That is just one example of why this book gets five stars. There are many other cases of information that other books do not contain or they gloss over. This book has a lot to offer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tastefully written-eminently sippable
It was certainly a surprise when my wife presented me with my copy of Karen MacNeil's The Wine Bible. She had been doing some Amazon gift shopping for a friend and took the opportunity to give a gift to her husband as well. Seems she had recently attended a cooking demonstration at one of Manhattan's great restaurants, Tabla, and Tracy, the sommelier, suggested that The Wine Bible was one of the most comprehensive and up to date books on the subject. One does not digest 910 pages in a sitting, but a perusal of several known wine areas, and a careful review of the indexes indicate that this is a book to be reckoned with. You won't find every wine, but those you do are sure to please. Written with clear, unpretentious prose, this book is one you will be happy to have on your reference shelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exactly the book I was wanting to find
I'm not going to go much in depth about the specifics of this book since I feel other reviewers have already done that. All I want to say is that this is precisely the book I was wanting to find on wine.

I was, like possibly most people who would buy this book, not totally in the dark regarding wine; but I didn't know there was this much to know about it! Karen MacNeil does a great job of presenting a huge amount of information clearly and specifically.

The book is never boring. I managed to finish it all in a one week vacation in Huatulco Mexico (not the best place to look for the wines mentioned in the book). Got the best tan I've had in a long time!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Wine Bible by MacNeil
This book is an excellent reference for admirers of fine wine.
The author sets forth a series of distinguishing characteristics
which set apart great wine from the imitations. These particulars
are variety, integration, expression and complexity. Wines
evolve from a process of picking, crushing, fermentation,
barreling, filtering and bottling. An experienced wine taster
utilizes a systematic approach consisting of sipping, smelling,
swirling and setting apart outside influences from the
evaluation. The book provides classic wines on a country-by-
country basis. For instance, French Beaujolais wines are
described in the preferred mode of St. Amour or Chenas.
The Cote d'Or is highlighted as the most important wine in the
burgundy family. Important historical data is provided.
i.e. The Swiss are famous for their white wines.
Purchase this work if you plan to entertain a guest list
from all over the world. It is a good investment. ... Read more


34. Betty Crocker's Diabetes Cookbook: Everyday Meals, Easy as 1-2-3
by Betty Crocker Editors
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Asin: 0764567047
Catlog: Book (2003-02-15)
Publisher: Betty Crocker
Sales Rank: 1862
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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At last! This special cookbook puts flavor and choice back on the menu for people with diabetes and their families
Betty Crocker, America's most trusted friend in the kitchen, has teamed up with the International Diabetes Center (IDC)--one of the leading medical centers--to create an indispensable source of easy-to-make recipes and up-to-the-minute food and nutrition information for the growing numbers of people who have diabetes, more than 15 million of them.
Here is the first cookbook to include recipes featuring Carbohydrate Choices--the new, simplified approach to meal planning recommended by the American Diabetes Association. For people who find diet exchanges too hard, too limiting or too much work, this new method is a real breakthrough. Each of the book's 140 recipes shows the number of Carbohydrate Choices per serving, so that planning the rest of the meal is easy. From Old-Time Beef and Vegetable Stew to Creamy Vanilla-Caramel Cheesecake, the recipes are made with everyday ingredients, including sugar. No food groups or ingredients are left out, so there's no need for anyone to feel deprived or restricted to a special diet. Food exchanges are also included, making it easy for those who still count calories.
Betty Crocker's Diabetes Cookbook is also packed with expert medical and nutrition tips from Dr. Richard Bergenstal, an endocrinologist and diabetes doctor, and two registered nurses--invaluable for the newly diagnosed as well as for those who have been coping with diabetes for years. Throughout the book, real-life advice from people who have diabetes offers inspiration and great ideas on dealing with this chronic disease. When it comes to eating and living with diabetes, people need guidance and advice they can trust.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Yummy foods, good advice
The folks at Betty Crocker have done it again: given us mere mortals great, easy recipes my whole family can enjoy. The best thing about this book is that the recipes aren't made from weird food you have to hunt for; they are made from items already in your kitchen. And they are recipes anyone can eat for good health. So, if one member of your family has diabetes, the whole family can eat this food and love it.

The recipes are great, especially the desserts. And you thought you couldn't eat dessert with diabetes! The Carbohydrate Choices is a great counting device. I've never seen it in any other cookbook and I find it much easier to use than exchanges. Plus, it's not just a cookbook. There's doctor's advice and management plans inside. This book is very uplifting and practical.

GET THIS BOOK! IT'S THE BEST DIABETES COOKBOOK, hands down.

5-0 out of 5 stars Betty Crocker's Diabetes Cookbook
Excellent book - Recipes that will take the boring out of healthy cooking and teach the reader how to eat healthy, limit fats, and sugars, etc.
Purchased out of need because my husband's triglyceride count and other medical tests show him to be pre-diabetic. For a beginner in counting carbohydrates, learning about all types of diabetes and meal planning for a healthier lifestyle, this book fits the need! Easy to read, hints and comments from other diabetic patients & medical advice from contributing M.D.s.

1-0 out of 5 stars So many refined carbohydrates!
I am completely baffled by this book and the reviews it has received! After only a few pages I was aghast and realized I had thrown my money away.

I am not a medical professional or scientist but all of my own personal research into diabetes and related blood disorders strongly recommend avoiding refined carbohydrates. This book is full of recipes using highly refined carbohydrates: white sugar and white flour.

I also found recipes containing an uncomfortably high percentage of calories from fat. I expected recipes emphasizing whole, low glycemic foods prepared in as close to their natural state as possible - foods that had as much of their beneficial properties (such as nutrients and fiber) intact. I was extremely disappointed by what this book had to offer and am sorry I bought it.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!
This cookbook is an outstanding guide!
As always- Betty got it right!

5-0 out of 5 stars At last, the book we need
I suffer from this often crippling problem, like so many others. There have been other books that promote themselves as diabetes cookbooks, but they either serve up bland recipes or are irresponsible in their ingredients. This book, however, shoulders the dual burden of wise cooking choices with good taste, and offers enough variety to satisfy. For many of us, this book is literally a life saver. ... Read more


35. Small-Batch Baking
by Debby Maugans Nakos
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-15)
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Small-Batch Baking is how to have your cake, and eat it all too. It's baking a plate of cookies (not 4 dozen) to greet the kids when they come home from school, or a few muffins (not 12) when that's all you need for Sunday brunch. It's for the perfect tart to end a small, romantic dinner--or the indulgence of a one-bowl dessert just for you (Honey Apple Oatmeal Crisp, anyone?). Most of all, it's to bring home the joy of baking, when home is just the two of you--small batches whip up quickly, clean up quickly, and don't require hours at the oven.

Written by Debby Maugans Nakos, who clearly possesses the Southern baking gene, Small-Batch Baking offers 200 irresistible recipes from across the baking spectrum: triple layer cakes, bundt cakes, angel food cakes; pies and tarts; cobblers, crisps, crumbles, and short cakes; cookies, bars, squares; biscuits, muffins, scones, breakfast breads; and a whole section just on Valentine Specials--Double Hot Chocolate Soufflés, Chèvre Cheesecakes with Honey Anise Ginger Syrup, Vanilla Banana Caramel Flan.

A batch of Cream-Filled Chocolate Cookies--that yields a half-dozen. A Coconut Layer Cake, just for two. Individual servings of Cinnamon French Toast Pudding or Southern Peach Cobbler with Bourbon Cream. It's all the bewitching pleasure of home-baked, but--finally--for just one or two.
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36. Complete Book Of Fruits & Vegetables
by Francesco Bianchini
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Asin: 0517520338
Catlog: Book (1985-06-05)
Publisher: Crescent
Sales Rank: 527724
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A "MUST HAVE" for any Botanical Art Enthusiast or Artist
This book, illustrated by Marilena Pistoia, is an invaluable addition to the library of botanical artists or lovers of botanical art. There are 110 paintings depicting 400 plants, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices...all beautifully painted and reproduced. Some of the fruits are so realistic they almost make your mouth water.

The composition and combinations of the fruits and vegetables used in the individual paintings is very imaginative and complimentary in shape, form and colors.

I bought it for the illustrations but the text is very interesting and informative as well, often giving little know facts about the edible plants in our world. It is not a science book...the entertaining text is the perfect compliment to the beauty of the highly accurate and colorful representations of the paintings. ... Read more


37. Food for Fifty (12th Edition)
by Mary Molt
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Catlog: Book (2005-01-31)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 127806
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A vital MUST HAVE handbook for professionals!
Whether one is cooking in a restaurant or a school kitchen, this is the most valuable handbook. You'll want it at ready reference. I know, because never a week went by that I didn't consult it while running my bakery/deli in the Oregon Cascades.

I must confess that I didn't tell customers my recipe source. I preferred they think me a genius or as having come from a family steeped in cooking history. They knew I was no genius (hell, they knew I wasn't even very smart) but they did like the foods we provided. And, when I decided to produce a new, tasty meat pie, it was this book that I consulted to improve upon my concept.

Choose not to buy this book and you probably are never going to know what you don't know. Choose not to consult it while it sets on your shelf will probably endanger your relationship with your harshest critics.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have!
I discovered this book several years ago while working as a hall director for a cooperative living residence hall.The college women who lived there cooked for their fifty housemates.

Molt's book was a godsend for us; the instructions were basic, easily understood, and useful.

The best aspect of Food for Fifty is the fact that, recipes aside, the book gives excellent tables and instructions for cooking times/weights/quantities beyond the recipes it lists.In other words, it is quite useful when adapting one's own recipes to meals for 50 or 100 people.

I have since used Food for Fifty in another food service job, where it was equally useful and well-received.I highly recommend it to anyone, whether you're doing institutional meals, church meals, or simply work with large food quantities on a regular basis.It's worth it!

3-0 out of 5 stars Small variety and non-healty recipies make this book a pass
Unfortuately, this book has a limited number of fish and chicken recipies and the ones it does have, aren't very healthful.It does have more of a selection for meat recipies.I returned the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book that explains how to do food service excellance!
Most referance books I use in my job (I am a cook) does not go into detail how to use math to computehow much to use or how less to use according to scale. Examples and explanation makes it so much easier to understand whatis required to do the proper job. I love the equilivants of which itemswhich could be compatable to food items. My only complaint is that sectionsto find measurements to total needs to be more organized to make it easierto find in the tables. At my job, this book really is considered a"bible" and I'd buy it for my own personal use!

5-0 out of 5 stars "bible" for serving 100+ young professional musicians/staff.
The tables provided are worth the price alone but the basic recipes are invaluable.They can be adapted to different requirements.Quantities, particularly vegetables, are somewhat conservative compared to what I find needed but the age of the "fifty" (or 100)and their physical activities make a difference.It is the general guides - cooking temperatures/times/specific cuts of meats/yields of purchased bulk versus usuable portion that I find myself referring to over and over.This is also what is missing or reduced in other similar books. I have used a number of the baked goods recipes and find them all to be excellent.Seasonings are very low in most recipes but that is easily remedied - especially spices in the sweet breads and desserts and herbs in most dishes.They need to update that which I hope to find reflected in the newest edition.This book would be a great resource for any type of small catering company, restaurant with changing menu, or institutional food service. ... Read more


38. Weight Watchers Make It in Minutes: Easy Recipes in 15, 20, and 30 Minutes
by Weight Watchers
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Asin: 0764565176
Catlog: Book (2001-08-15)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 2571
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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The most trusted name in weight loss makes healthy eating fast and delicious. Perfect for everyone who thought they were too busy" to cook healthy food, these meals are ready in 15, 20, or 30 minutes -- just pick the time frame that fits your schedule. The wide range of recipes will please everyone, from fussy kids to gourmets. Sample Pierogies with Creamy Mushroom and Sherry Sauce, Berries and Cream Blintzes, Pepper-Crusted Flank Steak with Cucumber Relish, Cuban Sandwiches, Easy Paella, Tuna Panzanella and Wild Mushroom Risotto." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, Convenient, & Elegant
As a recent member of weight watchers, and a long-time cooking fanatic, I find that this book satisfies not only both sides [the healthy and the adventurous] but also saves time. The book's design is all about speed and convenience. the recipes are easy to read and follow, and each section is neatly organized to help you find the recipe you want quickly. Although each recipe does not have its own photo, there are many, many sumptuous photos throughout the book that represent the global culture [from Mexico to Italy to Thailand]. Other nice features include the points and nutritional breakdown on the bottom of every page, serving suggestions, and plenty of white space on every page so you can add your own notes or personal flair. It is definitely the type of book that will easily become a cooking reference for anyone who wants to eat healthy with precious time to spend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love This Cookbook!!
Make It In Minutes is a wonderful cookbook for those of us who don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen! Even if you do not follow the Weight Watchers meal point plan, you will find the recipes easy to follow and very healthful. The book is organized into 15,20 and 30 minute sections with easy to follow instructions and full nutritional content for each recipe. My favorites so far are the Oriental Pepper Steak, Sweet and Sour Shrimp, Honey Pecan Chicken (super fast and EASY!!) and the Greek Chicken Pasta Toss. Even my picky eater 6 year old loves it! I highly recommend this book!!

5-0 out of 5 stars fabulous
Quick, yummy and tasty. I'm not following the WW program, but this cookbook is great. It's well-organized, and every recipe is very accessible. Lots of ethnic-inspired dishes, lots of soups and sandwiches, and some really nice recipes you can make for company.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yummy - and easy!
This is a great cookbook! All the recipes we have tried have been delicious. They are also slightly unusual - none of the standard, boring "diet" dishes which discourage people from the very idea of "going on a diet". (Not that you'll feel as though you're dieting when you try these dishes.) As the title implies, the recipes in "Make it in Minutes" can also be whipped up very quickly. The menu suggestions are also helpful. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic cookbook!
I've never cooked in my life (a bachelor). Much to the surprise of recent guests, I prepared several meals from "Make it in Minutes." Not only were my family and friends shocked that I could cook at all, they were even more surprised that these outstanding and tasty recipes were from a Weight Watchers cookbook! This book has made a cook out of someone who couldn't even boil water in the past. MY ETERNAL THANKS TO WEIGHT WATCHERS! Now I can have people for dinner without ordering out, and I have the confidence to try other cookbooks! AND: it's healthy too. What more could you ask for? By the way, I don't have a weight problem (180, 6 foot), I tried this book on the recommendation of someone who was on the program, and because the dishes tasted fantastic and were easy to make... ... Read more


39. The Instant Cook
by Donna Hay
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Asin: 0060772921
Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Sales Rank: 85581
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40. Wine for Dummies
by EdMcCarthy, MaryEwing-Mulligan, PieroAntinori
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Asin: 0764525441
Catlog: Book (2003-08-11)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 932
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

The bestselling guide that demystifies wine-now revised and updated

Winner of the George Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year

"Smart and totally readable." -Newsday

"Crammed with useful, accurate information." -Wine Enthusiast

"Complete...and agreeably relaxed." -New York Times

The nation's most popular wine primer is now even better. Wine experts Mary Ewing-Mulligan and Ed McCarthy have revised this friendly, unintimidating guide to cover all the latest developments in the wine world: which wine regions are now hot (and which are not), information on new rules for shipping wine and the new vogue for screw-caps, and, of course, updates on vintages, producers, and wine resources on the Web.

As always, the authors deliver just what ordinary mortals need to navigate the wine list at a restaurant or the wine aisle at a store, select a great bottle, and truly enjoy it. They provide an easy-to-understand overview of wine grapes and wine production, a detailed survey of wine regions and producers around the world, tips on tasting wine and pairing wine with food, pointers on wine storage units, and unbeatable guidance on how to choose a decent bottle at an affordable price.

Ed McCarthy (New York, NY) writes for the Wine Enthusiast. His wife, Mary Ewing-Mulligan (New York, NY), one of only fourteen certified Masters of Wine in America, is a wine columnist for the New York Daily News. Both also teach classes at New York's International Wine Center, where Mary is a co-owner and director. They are also the authors of For Dummies guides to red wine, white wine, champagne, French wine, and Italian wine. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have reference book
I was always intimdated by the thought of ordering and buying wine. Wine for Dummies opened the door to a whole new world of experiences. This book helped me understand the different types, vintages, and tastes of wine. It gives clear information and explanations, and answers most any question you could have on the subject of wines. With this book as your guide, you will have no problem navigating a wine list in a restaurant, or the aisles of your local wine shop. There is information on pairing wine and food, how to serve wine, and how to store it. It is the most complete book on wine that I have read to date.

I found that it was easiest to concentrate on one section at a time, rather than to try to read and understand everything at once. Also, it was kind of fun reading one section, then trying some of the wines suggested by the authors, or simply trying the different kinds of wine in the section. The authors really know their wines.

This book will easily become the one you refer to most. It is concise, well-organized and easy to follow.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best overall book on wine I've read
I'm not an expert oeneophile (in fact, I can't even spell it), but I am an interested amateur who has read about 5 basic books on wine ranging from Parkers famous one to lesser known tomes (the Windows on the World one is good too). I think this dummies book offers the least pretentious and most concise overall guide to wine. It does cover a lot of ground which is why the same authors have separate books on white and red wines. On the bright side, you'll learn about every major grape variety and region in the wine world and how to find great bargains. I really enjoyed the tone and attitude -- the authors clearly know a lot, but make it clear that you don't have to be a wine snob to really enjoy wine.

5-0 out of 5 stars It is worth 10 stars!
I have always enjoyed drinking wines, but I never knew how to combine them with food, distinguish a good wine from a bad one or how to read a label. I had read some books about this topic before, but none of them was good enough for my level.

This book answered all the questions I had. It is the first step that a beginner has to take in the fascinating world of wines, in order to enjoy more what they drink.

In a very easy to understand language, the authors explain everything you need to know about different types of wine, grapes, how to taste a wine, vintages, what a wine consists of and what we should take into account when we taste it.
Then the reader is presented in details the most important wine regions of the world. It has very interesting tips and charts about wines that you should try at least once in your life.

The explanations are so clear and specific, that at the end of the book you will realise you have no more questions. Read each chapter attentively and try to remember every detail. Only after having done that, move on to the next chapter. So, you won't mix wine denominations, types of grapes and areas.
The book is very entertaining and concise, by far one of the best manuals.

After having read that, I promise, you will no longer be afraid to order a wine in a restaurant or will know what bottle to buy in a wine store by simply reading its label.

Also, don't forget to practice what you read. Everytime you have a bottle of wine on your table, open the book and read. Next time you will remember easily that specific wine, the grapes it was made of and its taste.

The are only two things I regret about the book: it is not updated (the vintage charts end in 1996) and it does not have attached a video tape. It would have been more useful in order to understand better certain chapters.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wine snobs, beware!
When I was a kid and I got to go out for dinner with my folks, I remember my dad teaching me how to choose a wine. He showed me how to select a wine according to what we were having for dinner, demonstrated swirling and sniffing techniques, and discussed the local California wineries. It was great!

Then I grew up and forgot most of what he told me.

The good news is that this book contains everything my dad told me and more! But what I liked best about this book (besides the refresher course) was that it was written in an easy-to-follow, matter-of-fact manner. The tips were practical, the commentary was light-hearted, and at times I almost felt like I was reading instructions written especially for me by a friend.

A definite "must-have" for anyone who wants to add a bit of practical culture to his or her repertoire!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but needs to be updated!
A lot of useful information, but the book has not been updated in a few years and all of the vintage charts end in 1996. A lot has happened in the world of wines since 1996. Try a book that is updated every year like "Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2003". I own both books and much prefer Windows on the World. ... Read more


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