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1. Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook:
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2. The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook:
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3. Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker
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4. Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes
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5. Betty Crocker's Slow Cooker Cookbook
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6. Alton Brown's Gear for Your Kitchen
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20. Betty Crocker's Best Bread Machine

1. Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: Feasting With Your Slow Cooker
by Dawn J. Ranck, Phyllis Pellman Good
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Asin: 1561483397
Catlog: Book (2001-08)
Publisher: Good Books
Sales Rank: 748
Average Customer Review: 3.59 out of 5 stars
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Who’s hungry? EVERYONE. Who has time to cook? NO ONE.    Dig out the slow cooker. Add a second and a third if you wish. Fill one with main-dish fixins and the others with go-alongs. Do it in the morning—or between work and after-school events.    Come home to richly-flavored, ready-to-serve food.

Slow cookers are having a comeback. With good reason. They are friends on a day of running errands. They allow easy entertaining with no last-minute preparation. And vegetarians won’t find a better way to work with dried beans.    Slow cookers are gentle with the food budget—less expensive ingredients flourish in their slow, moist heat.    Fix-It and Forget-It offers the range of recipes slow cookers do well: Appetizers and Snacks, Soups and Stews, Main Dishes (with and without meat), Vegetables and Go-Alongs, Desserts and Beverages.    Bring an element of simplicity—and quality—to your pressured life! Let your slow cooker work for you. ... Read more

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If you run as short on energy and time during the run of a day as I do, you will not want to be without this terrific book. Who ever thought meal preparation could be so simple for those of us who put in a full day at the office. The title says it all: "Fix It and Forget It" Forget the microwave section of your favourite supermarket and pass by the fast food outlets on the way home - too much of that will eventually play havoc with your health anyway. It takes just a few minutes each morning, when we do have the energy, to peel a few veggies, cut up a portion of meat if that is to your liking, toss it in the slow cooker with a dash of this and a dab of that and...voila, your meal will be waiting for you at the end of the day. The recipes are terrific in this book, particularly the stews and soups, and the flavourful goodness that comes out of the pot is out of this world! Buy the book; it's a real time saver.

3-0 out of 5 stars Majority of recipes not healthy (but some are), repetitive
I bought this book and I am not sure I would again. There are about 800 recipes in the book. There are 4 major drawbacks to this book. First -- A vast number of them do contain a LOT of cheese and fats (1 to 3 cups per recipe) and preprepared soups and soup mixes. Definitely not the healthy meals I try to prepare. Second -- There are multiple variations of the same recipe. How many times can you vary beef stew and beef vegetable soup and still call it a different recipe? This book does it about 50 times. Third -- the table of contents isn't detailed enough. You have to sift through 200 main dish recipes at a time. It would have been nice if there was some grouping such as 'beef main dishes, chicken main dishes, vegetarian main dises' etc. Fouth -- It could use a better overview section on the principles of slow cooking to cover such things as safety, keeping the crockpot at least 1/2 full, etc. Having said that I did go through and highlight the recipes that I would cook -- reasonble in fat and salt content. I found that there were only about 10% (excluding the repetitive ones) that I would use. Because of the 800 recipes to start with this still leaves me about 80. I tend to think of the value of a cookbook in how many recipes I get for the value. So this one ended up being 80 recipes for the cost of the book. That's not unreasonable.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy, economical and delicious!
I found this book when searching for a solution to over-spending on eating out and breaking the fast-food cycle. It's a great solution.

THE GOOD: Thanks to the comb-binding, you don't have to worry about the cookbook closing and losing your place while you are trying to prepare the ingredients for the recipes. The recipes are easy (almost all are 12 ingredients or less), delicious and many are the comfort foods from my Midwest childhood. I didn't realize you could cook meatloaf or bread in a crockpot, but thanks to this book, I know it now! The recipes are economical, in part to the crockpot's love of inexpensive cuts of meat. There is a great variety of recipes as well. The index is pretty standard and there are great tips sprinkled throughout the book.

THE BAD: I agree with what someone else said: there are a lot of repeated recipes with just slight variations...I think that they could have listed the recipe once and added the variation below it; but that is no reason to pass up this great book. I would have liked to see the main dish section divided into beef, pork, chicken, seafood. As it is, they are just all together. I would also have liked to see nutritional summaries for the recipes. Someone mentioned that the lack of creativity in the titles bothered them---that doesn't really matter to me. I can rename it anything I want!

Overall, although a bit disorganized, this is a fantastic find and a must for anybody that doesn't have time or energy for cooking but still wants eat good.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Meal-a-Minute Quickfix for your life style
Attn: Target Guest and Shoppers:

My name is Shara L.Bouie, and my review of the Fix-it and Forget- cook, comes from the stand point of the working class student and traveler. Therefore,I think this item is a great item for beginnger groups or students, working class family,or the Military tranfers. This book gives helpful tips on eating and preparing meals on on a limited budget,however,one is still able to get a 5 star meal -a- minute like they would at a resturant or if they had time to cook at home. Therefore,I highly remind this book too the general population as a whole.

Thank You
Shara L> Bouie
Atlanta, Ga

1-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Unhealthy!
I just browsed through this book while waiting for my mother in Walmart. I would not recommend it to anyone. Not only is it disorganized and repetitive as other reviewers have pointed out, but the steady reliance on beans and prepared soups and condiments promotes unhealthy eating habits. I found many of recipes to be purely disgusting. ... Read more

2. The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook: 250 No-Fail Recipes for Pilafs, Risottos, Polenta, Chilis, Soups, Porridges, Puddings and More, from Start to Finish in Your Rice Cooker
by Beth Hensperger, Julie Kaufman
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Asin: 1558322035
Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
Publisher: Harvard Common Press
Sales Rank: 6252
Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars We use this cookbook at least 3 times a week (usually more)
I bought a rice cooker, learned the basics of preparing rice and then wanted to expand my skills. So I bought a few cookbooks but this is the ONLY one that has recipes my whole family loves, so much so that we use it at least 3-5 times a week and never feel like we're eating the same thing.
The recipes aren't just for rice but for all sorts of grains and vegetables and fruits as well. In fact, I'm ready to throw out my crockpot because the meals prepared in the rice cooker are much better, don't have that overcooked, stewed taste you can get with a crockpot and have all the convenience and ease that I need with my busy schedule. The directions are clear and the recipes range from the simple (plain cooked grains) to the more complex (rice with coconut and currants... or grits with cheese and spices )
The ultimate test of a good cookbook, of course, is getting compliments and raves about the food. Every time I've made a recipe from this book, the food has been devoured quickly. We rarely have leftovers and my son's friends even make a point of looking in the kitchen to see if the rice cooker is turned on ( yes, the recipes in this cookbook are THAT good).

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted to know about rice
I love rice. I could eat it every meal. I bought a rice cooker two years ago and have used it regularly ever since, not just for plain rice but also for red beans & rice, rice with veggies, rice cooked in different liquids and with different flavorings and additions. I thought I had done it all. I picked up this cookbook thinking it would have maybe a few ideas that would be new, maybe a dozen ideas out of the 250 recipes. Boy was I wrong! There is a LOT of good information on rice in here - and this is coming from someone who used to work at a health food store & knows her rice. And every single recipe I have tried has come out perfectly. Finally I can make Indian-restaurant style basmati rice the way my husband likes it (Qui's Basmati Pilaf p. 97)! My only complaint is that I'm probably going to have to spring for a newer fuzzy logic rice cooker as some (but not nearly all or even most) of the recipes will only work with that style of cooker. Aw, shucks, I have to go shopping :)

5-0 out of 5 stars If you use a rice cooker, this book is very helpful.
I have been using a rice cooker at least 3x/week for over 16 years, but only to make white rice. I bought this cookbook so that I could explore other ways to use this "must-have" kitchen appliance. I think the book is well worth the price, even if you don't own a "fuzzy logic" rice cooker. There are not too many recipes that call for "fuzzy logic" cookers only. Most recipes can be done with either the "on/off" type (like I have) or the "fuzzy logic" type.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must if you own a Rice Cooker
After buying a Zojirushi NS-ZAC 10 rice cooker, I knew I had to buy this book. I'd checked it out from the library but there are simply too many good recipes that I had to buy it. This is the bible for anyone owning a rice cooker. Only problem is it has recipes for both fuzzy logic and on/off type machines and now I find myself wishing I had both so I could try more recipes!

5-0 out of 5 stars WoW
I bought this book before I purchased my rice cooker. I really wanted to prepare beans and whole grains, not just rice. I learned that I could use this appliance in many ways. It made me so excited to purchase a rice cooker. All questions are answered. You CAN use this book to prepare many healthful foods in the basic on off rice cooker. There are only a few recipes that require the fuzzy logic rice cooker. I don't think I have ever had a cookbook that was so well written and entertaining to read, or easy to follow. ... Read more

3. Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook
by Beth Hensperger
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Asin: 1558322450
Catlog: Book (2005-01-25)
Publisher: Harvard Common Press
Sales Rank: 3067
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The slow cooker is perfect for today's lifestyle, in which everyone is time and energy-concious, economy-wise, and concerned about nutrition, and demanding of great flavor. This book offers a way of traditional cooking that's new and fresh. ... Read more

4. Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes (Better Homes & Gardens (Paperback))
by Chuck Smothermon, Better Homes and Gardens, Carrie Holcomb, Better Homes and Gardens Books
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Asin: 0696215462
Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
Publisher: Better Homes and Gardens Books
Sales Rank: 474
Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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* Great value-hundreds of tested and perfected recipes, informative tips, plus two bonus chapters-all-in-one economical resource for time-crunched cooks from the brand they know and trust.* Recipes for appetizers, beverages, soups, stews, main dishes, and desserts.* 416 pages-about one recipe per page-makes this the largest book of its kind.* Bonus chapters offer 5-ingredient recipes and one-dish meals.* Plenty of timesaving tips and advice for smoother meal prep. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for vegetarians!
As a vegetarian, I have had a horrible time finding slow cooker cookbooks with interesting recipes. This one is a winner! I have made four recipes and we have really enjoyed each one. Many of the recipes that call for meat products can be converted to non-meat. For example, I made the Cheesy Enchilada Chowder and substituted cream of celery soup for the cream of chicken and it was fantastic! (I also usually substitute vegetable broth if chicken broth is called for with excellent results.) If you are a lacto or ovo lacto vegetarian, or you're just trying to make one meal for a family that includes omnivores and veggies, try this book. It goes way beyond the regular anemic "Meatless Main Dishes" chapters in most slow cooker books with easy, delicious recipes that incorporate flavors from Indian, Italian, German and Mexican cuisines.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ideas are great, recipes are not...
I have yet to find a great crockery cookbook, and I've tried many. I had high hopes for this one, but so far I've tried 3 recipes and they all have fallen flat.

The first recipe I tried was for carmelized onions & potatoes. It sounded great, but the end result was really bland. The second recipe was for a main dish - chicken with wine. My husband, who loves chicken, didn't finish it and said it wasn't very good. I tried it and while it wasn't inedible, it wasn't anything I'd make again. My last try was for a raisin pudding cake that sounded delicious. We had friends over and while they said it was good, both my husband and I thought it was way too sweet, and ended up throwing the rest away (and there was a lot).

While I have found many cookbooks that have wonderful recipes for cooking using the stovetop or oven, my search continues for a slow-cooker/crockery book that delivers recipes for delicious (or even "make this again") meals.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book I have found yet for crock pots
This is a good book. Not exceptional, but good. The book covers all the meats, veggies, and even some deserts as well as good tips here and there. It's one of the better ones I have seen to date for crock pots. If you are loooking for an all around slow cooker book, pick this one up.

1-0 out of 5 stars Good if you like processed foods, I guess.
I recently bought this because I was looking for slow cooker recipes and the reviews for this book seemed very favorable. Our family has disliked 4 out of 4 recipes we've tried so far. They all tast very 'processed', almost canned or from a jar. We usually cook all our meals from scratch (not fancy or anything though), so if you're used to frozen meals or canned or pre-processed foods, maybe you'd like it more. All three of my kids had trouble getting through the dinners, for what it's worth.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is AWESOME!
I can't believe people would write a review of this book without trying any recipes or even after just attempting one or two. My children and I are cooking our way through this book - we plan on trying every recipe and we are having a wonderful time! Each recipe is voted on and given a 1-5 star rating, and so far almost every recipe has 4 or 5 stars, with the exception of a few 3's. There are several recipes that have become family favorites such as the Spiced Beef Brisket, Brisket in Ale and the Mushroom Sauce Pork Chops. In my opinion this is the easiest and best slow cooker cookbook on the market. ... Read more

5. Betty Crocker's Slow Cooker Cookbook
by Betty Crocker
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Asin: 0028634691
Catlog: Book (1999-09-24)
Publisher: Betty Crocker
Sales Rank: 444
Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good, better, best
If I had to choose one crock pot cookbook to own, I would still choose Mable Hoffman's Crockery Cookery. Every recipe I've tried in there turned out delicious! Crockpot aficionados, however, need variety in cooking styles. Betty Crocker's Slow Cooker Cookbook fills the "runner up" category. Most helpful are the suggestions regarding cooking beans in a crockpot, which has always been a tricky affair. In fact, my favorite recipes in this Betty Crocker cookbook are bean recipes. Savory Garbanzo Beans with Vegetables was much appreciated by a crowd of six vegetarian friends of mine. Its "secret" ingredients, believe it or not, are horseradish and mustard! Sounds strange, but tastes great. The Lima Bean and Kielbasa Soup is so delicious that my friend made her own batch of it two days after trying it at my house! A little less exciting, but still comforting on a cold winter day, is Chicken and Rice Gumbo Soup, topped with hot red pepper sauce. The only "bomb" I've tried so far was the Burgundy Stew with Herbed Dumplings. The stew was fine, but steaming dumplings on top of a crock pot recipe is doomed to failure, I'm afraid. It looks like a gloppy mass of uncooked biscuit dough, and not like dumplings, because the circumference of a crock pot does not allow for separate dollops of the dough. Bake some biscuits in the oven and ladle the soup on top of a biscuit in each bowl, instead. Finally, this recipe book has a very nice format. Alongside each recipe are "success tips", "ingredient substitution" advice, and "finishing touch" recommendations which guide the cook along. Each recipe includes helpful nutrition data, and the large majority of the recipes are accompanied by a full color photo of the finished dish. If you are already a Mable Hoffman fan, the Betty Crocker Slow Cooker Cookbook is likely to come in a close second.

3-0 out of 5 stars OK at best
The book itself is nice - spiral bound for easy use and the recipes are clear. Some of the dishes I tried turned out tasteless, even though they smelled great cooking all day. I expected a lot given the book was a 'Betty Crocker'.

2-0 out of 5 stars Recipes Are OK
I've given this book a try in the past. I was not that impressed. The food itself did not have a great flavor even though it smelled wonderful as it was cooking all day. I would give another cookbook a shot before buying this one. If you still feel inclined to give it a try, I would borrow a copy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very similar to Pillsbury's!
Although this is a fine cookbook, my wife and I were startled to find that many of the recipes contained here are identical or very similar to ones contained in "Pillsbury Doughboy Slow Cooker Recipes" book. Even some of the pictures are identical.

Our advice: buy one or the other, but not both!

3-0 out of 5 stars check it out at the library first
The recipes are mediocre. It's too old-fashioned for me. I don't like the "throw a can of condensed soup in" kind of cooking.

I really prefer either "Good Housekeeping"s slow cooker cookbook or "Slow Cookers for Dummies" ... Read more

6. Alton Brown's Gear for Your Kitchen
by Alton Brown
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Asin: 1584792965
Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Sales Rank: 554
Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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"I think cooking is a lot of fun and I hate to see people not having fun doing it just because they don't have the right tools--which is not to say they need the prettiest, best, most expensive tools. They just need the tools that are right for them." Such is the organizing principle of Alton Brown's Gear for Your Kitchen by the selfsame Alton Brown, star of Food Network's Good Eats as well as award-winning author of I'm Just Here for the Food. It's an interesting, effective principle. It comes from a guy who serves pie with a four-dollar mortar trowel he picked up at the hardware store.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food writer Elliot Essman's other reviews and food articles are available at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Simple and Sophisticated Meals from Around the World
by Lynn Alley
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Asin: 1580084893
Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Sales Rank: 1895
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The slow cooker can be so much more than a repository for nacho cheese dip—use it to raise the standards of your everyday dining from the mundane to the gourmet. THE GOURMET SLOW COOKER brings an upscale approach to this new-old phenomenon, using fresh ingredients in imaginative recipes that you can create all during a day’s work. Focusing on traditional one-pot meals from various cultures, recipes such as Apricot Chicken from India, Molé Poblano from Mexico, Neopolitan Truffle Risotto from Italy, and Boston Baked Beans from the United States are delicious meals truly fit to serve guests. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This cookbook dominated our book discussion group.
Our book discussion group recently met at the home of a member who can't often attend our meetings because of her demanding work schedule. We entered her home to be welcomed by the delicious aroma of PORK STEW WITH TOMATILLOS, prepared from The Gourmet Slow Cooker cookbook. After an outstanding meal, we shelved our scheduled discussion book and spent the evening looking through and discussing this wonderful cookbook and how it has simplified and enhanced dinnertime for a working woman and her family.
This is NOT your typical crockpot cookbook filled with 90% chicken recipes where you add frozen vegetables and canned soup (yuck!). The ingredients are fresh meat and vegetables, seasonings and spices. The international cuisine is a exciting change from the beef stew and cheese dip mindset we had long associated with slow cooker food preperation.
I am looking at my slow cooker with new enthusiasm, one friend is resurrectiong her THREE slow cookers from the basement and sharing two of them with other bookgroup members. The six of us without it are purchasing THE GOURMET SLOW COOKER and looking forward to ready-when-you-get-home gourmet meals for our families. And, of course, a make-ahead treat for the Wild Women of Wednesday Book Discussion Group when we are the hostess of the month.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a Slow Cooker Book That Works!
I've tried three recipes so far from this collection, each one more complex than the last, as I gain my trust in this author. The Baked Eggplant was ridiculously easy (just cut the eggplants into cubes and cook on low for 4-6 hours, then add the seasonings after the cooking is done.) Next I tried the Tuscan White Bean Soup, which was excellent and not at all watery, like most crock-pot soups. Finally, I made a pot of Mexican Chicken in Peanut and Ancho Chili Sauce, and I can finally say that I've found a crock pot book that really does work.

The author encourages crock-pot users to lift the lid and stir while the food is cooking; I heartily agree, because the food ends up well cooked and NOT the watery, insipid mess I usually got. These are recipes that will not taste like a well-meaning, "good-for-you" home economics project. But this means you can't start your supper in the morning and have it done when you're back from work: the result may be watery. That's been my experience with other books, like Judith Finalyson's.

So if you're going to be home and willing to keep an eye on your slow cooker while it's doing its thing, you will be very satisfied with the recipes in this book. ... Read more

8. Cooking Under Pressure
by Lorna J. Sass
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Catlog: Book (1989-11-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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Remember how wonderful home cooking tasted when you were a kid? Remember the comforting aromas that filled your house, the delicious soups and stews that warmed your childhood winters?

They can all be yours again. From the elegant to the ethnic to the traditional, this collection of recipes --developed for a whole new generation of pressure cookers and mindful of the healthier way we eat today -- is comfort food at its fastest and best.

Today's totally safe pressure cookers -- sleeker, speedier, more user-friendly than the microwave oven -- turn out foods in one-third the time of conventional methods without sacrificing moisture, flavor, or aroma. Even inexpensive cuts of meat become tender and succulent; soups, stews, and sauces taste as if they've been simmering for hours; pot roast melts in the mouth; rice, beans, and grains, which used to take hours, are ready in minutes.

Lorna Sass introduces us to an eclectic array of dishes that can be prepared on a whim: Imagine a classic ossobuco in only 18 minutes, chicken gumbo in an astounding 9, superb risotto in just 6 minutes without stirring -- even chocolate cheesecake and Grand Marnier bread pudding are done to perfection in record time.

These are dishes that are right in tune with the eat-healthy eat-right life-style of the 1990s: The shorter cooking times allow foods to retain their nutritional content, and the pressure cooker is ideal for preparing grains and beans, so low in cholesterol and high in fiber. Also included in the book are charts and tables that take the guesswork out of cooking foods under pressure.

Treat yourself to this wonderful world of satisfying flavors: Take the pressure out of cooking and put the taste and nutrition back in.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great approach to pressure cooker cooking; super recipes!
Pressure cooking is, unfortunately, very misunderstood. This book should go a long way towards changing that. It presents an excellent range of recipes, well organized and written, and every one of which we've tried has been fabulous. Because of the speed and flavor, we've been pressure cooker fans for three years, and this book opened our eyes to new possibilities. Ms. Sass's taste in spiciness tends to be a little milder than ours, but once you see where she's coming from, it's very easy to adjust. We'll try the vegetarian version of the book, too

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Recipes
Every recipe I've tried has been very, very good. Once you have cooked a few, you'll get the ideas behind the recipes. Then you can work up your own recipes and amaze your friends. This book and a pressure cooker are the two of the best things that a bachelor can own. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Cookbook
You'll find few recipes in this book that aren't excellent. It's been a fast-selling book for years now, and there are so many fine dishes in this book that you'll probably add it to those three or four cookbooks that you can really rely on (such as "How to Cook Everything"). It's that good. Just try a few of the'll be a fan I bet!

5-0 out of 5 stars If more stars were available . . .
I cannot praise this book too highly. As a long-time cook,but novice pressure cook, I found Ms. Sass's recipes simple to follow, and always as promised. Delicious doesn't begin to describe her Mushroom Barley Soup, which she correctly bills as the same comfort food that is served at Ratner's Restaurant. I grew up in NYC, and ate often at that landmark, and my family has patiently tolerated my frequent references to how scrumprious that particular soup was--well--I just produced it, courtesy of Lorna Sass, in my own pressure cooker (Kuhn-Rikon, also divine to use). The risotto with leeks, mushrooms and olives is also noteworthy, but I am confident that all these recipes are. This book, as well as The Pressured Cook, also by Sass, are all anyone needs to produce exceptionally satisfying dishes made with wholesome ingredients, and ready quickly. The portions are generous, and the introductions to each recipe are accurate, informative and inspiring. If more stars were available, I would award them.

5-0 out of 5 stars CUP is my Pressure Cooker bible
I rely on the charts for cooking beans and grains and love the risotto recipes. The timings are all right on the money. Chicken with lentils and spinach is also a great favorite. Lorna Sass really takes you by the hand and teaches you all the great things you can do in a pressure cooker.
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9. Busy People's Slow Cooker Cookbook
by Dawn Hall
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Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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Slow cookers are convenient and save time. And Busy People’s Slow Cooker Cookbook makes even the preparation quick and easy. Each of the more than 200 recipes in this book is made with seven or fewer easy-to-find, grocery store ingredients. Most can be prepared in less than ten minutes. The preparation can even be done the night before and the entire slow cooker placed in the refrigerator until morning.

But convenience is not the only reason to use Busy People's Slow Cooker Cookbook. From exquisite cakes with warm berries oozing down the sides to hearty soups, creamy chowders, and delicious entrees complete with side dishes prepared in the same pot, Busy People’s Slow Cooker Cookbook is a creative collection of low-fat recipes that look and taste as if you have been working all day in the kitchen.

Each recipe in Busy People’s Slow Cooker Cookbook is complete with nutritional information, preparation time, and cooking time, along with helpful hints and money-saving ideas. It is bound in an easy-to-use hardcover concealed spiral binding.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Very Very Disappointing
I was sooo excited when I got this book. I was really getting into cooking with my slow cooker, as I'm a busy mom, but wanted something more than stews and one-pot meals. When I got this cookbook I read it cover to cover and went out and spent probably $100 on ingredients to make a bunch of the recipes.

Let me interject that I consider myself a good cook -- I am a stay-at-home-mom and take pride in having home-cooked meals every single night. After studying the book I was disappointed to see so many preprepared ingredients and frozen vegetables, but I realize it's a "Busy People's" book and she's trying to save time.

However, keeping that thought in mind, I was surprised to see many recipes that had cooking times from one to five hours. If people are "busy", aren't they likely at work for eight to ten hours (including commute time)?

Also, many of the dishes have the same ingredients with just an ingredient or so different. Perhaps they should have been listed as an alternative rather than a totally separate "recipe" that seemed just to pad the book. Also, many many of the recipes use cream soups which have dairy that one of my daughters is allergic to, so those are out... cream of mushroom soup is used a ton and my husband hates mushrooms, so those are out. Since so many of the recipes are so similar and have an ingredient my family doesn't like, we're out of luck on a good portion of the book. I may have to make my own dairy-free "cream" of chicken soup stock and try using that.

But even with all those problems with the book, I was really excited to get cooking.

So far I've been disappointed with every single thing I've cooked from this book. The cakes are mostly the same -- canned pie filling as the top of the "upside down" part, then cake mix with water, applesauce and a million egg whites for the cake part.

I made the cherry upside down cake, it uses yellow cake mix. The cake part came out the look and exact consistency of a yellow kitchen sponge. Wet and thick and spongy. Not bad tasting but odd enough I'd be embarrassed to serve it to guests. I also had to cut off the entire outside of it because it was overdone, though I cooked it the minimum time recommended and did not leave it in the crock to cool, as I could see it was too dark already.

I made the honey-mustard chicken next. The sauce simmering for hours sort of separated and got grainy and the chicken came out weirdly dry even though it was swimming in liquid. It was sort of nauseating, quite frankly, and I threw out the leftovers even though I try to never waste food. Yuck.

I made the blueberry coffee cake next. The outside was overdone and the underside/middle was uncooked -- I ended up finishing it in the oven and it was quite overdone by the time the middle was cooked enough to be safe.

Still determined to make this book work, I made the "sweet and sour teenie weenies" for a family cookout. The idea of grape jelly mixed with mustard was intriguing, and the taste was interesting, but the reason nobody mixes purple jelly with yellow mustard is because it turns out the exact green color of infant diarrhea. I was embarrassed at the results and ended up abandoning the foil tray I brought them in so I wouldn't have to claim this green glop as mine (no one ate a single bite, nor do I blame them, it looked absolutely wretched!).

I will probably try some other things, I do tend to perservere. But I no longer have high hopes and with every failure I am tempted to throw the book out.

The only good thing about it is the idea of the foil packets to make side dishes instead of everything being in the same liquid. I never thought of that before.

Now, it is certainly possible that my cooker is off in some way, which would explain the overdone/underdone problems. But I've been using it for years to make stews and soups and marinated meats without any problems whatsoever.

Even if the done-ness issue was my problem only, I would not recommend the book. I have not enjoyed anything I've cooked from it yet.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW! This book is FANTASTIC!!!
I absolutely love this cookbook! As a mother of 2 young children, I don't have a lot of extra time to cook. We were so tired of eating hot dogs and macaroni and cheese! Luckily, I happened to stumble upon this book. These recipes are so simple and delicious! You throw everything into the crockpot and in a matter of hours, you have a terrific meal! I love the fact that I don't have to spend hour in the kitchen browning the meat, making a side dish, and dirtying tons of pots and pans. I feel better about being able to make a good meal for my family while spending more time with my kids!

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny!!!!!!!!!!!
I am a very busy mom and Dawn Hall's cookbooks have been a lifesaver for me. My family has loved everything I have fixed in the Busy People's Slow Cooker Cookbook. I can look up a recipe at the last minute and have all the ingredients 95% of the time. THis is rare for me with other cookbooks. Most of the time there are so many odd ingredients I just don't fool with it. Therefore those books are a waste. I have all of Dawn's cookbooks and belive me, they get used. Everyone who sees my slow cooker cookbook has to have one. The bonus is they are healthy and low in fat. One of my families favorite recipes is the Hot Fudgie Spoon Cake. THis recipe is a hit with anyone who tries it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy, but sometimes bland
I bought this book looking for a quick and easy crock pot cookbook. And it is! All of the ingredients are very easy to find at your local supermarket. The recipes have virtually no prep time because a lot of the ingredients are pre-packaged, pre-cut, etc. So, if you enjoy "true" cooking, i.e. preparation and "from scratch" ingredients, this may not be the book for you. It is the book for busy people who want to enjoy the smells and flavors that a crock pot dish can create. I've tried several recipes in this book and have been satisfied with about half. Some are excellent (Beef Roast Excellente and Chunky Chili come to mind) and some are not good. The "not goods" don't taste bad, per se, but they are very bland (Chicken and Dumpling Casserole). Perhaps they could be made better with some experiments with different spices. Being a beginning chef, I did find this book pretty useful.

1-0 out of 5 stars Really Not A Cookbook
I am very disappointed with this book. Practically every recipe in it calls for preprepared/processed items (pre-pak mixes, cans of condensed soup, seasoning mixes, frozen veggies, Butter Buds, etc.).To me, this is not about cooking. I do realize the point of having a slow cooker is to have convenience and ease, but a few minutes of preparation using whole foods and one's own spices and ingredients at least provides for some of the satisfaction of cooking a meal. A slow cooker is truly fab when one takes a few minutes to prepare what is going to be cooked as opposed to just dumping in a few pre-pak items. I for one, do not find it rewarding to take so many shortcuts. I am sure this book is wonderful for many, but not for those who truly enjoy cooking! ... Read more

10. The Juiceman's Power of Juicing
by Jay Kordich
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Catlog: Book (1992-05-01)
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
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Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
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Known as "the Juiceman" to the millions who have seen him on television, Jay Kordich has at last written a book detailing his revolutionary program for staying healthy, looking young, getting trim, and feeling great -- all by taking advantage of the natural healing power of fresh fruit and vegetable juices.

The Juiceman's Power of Juicing shows how you can use delectable fresh juice combinations to help lower your cholesterol, overcome fatigue, lose weight, reduce your risk of many serious diseases, and relieve scores of common ailments, including headaches, insomnia, upset stomach ... and even acne!

Jay Kordich has devoted the last five decades to traveling the country promoting the healing power of juicing. In The Juiceman's Power of Juicing, he has written the complete guide, for beginners and for avid juicers, to the health revolution that will give you more energy and have you feeling and looking better than you ever dreamed possible. It's easy and delicious. Don't delay ... start juicing!

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5-0 out of 5 stars Juiceman knows his juice.
This is the ultimate book on juicing.This is exactly what I wanted. Straight up juice recipes! No blender recipes (Well there are two at the end of the book for shakes but its minute after you read all the juice recipes). No add yogurt or soy milk and herbs. Nothing. Only add fruits and vegetables,just what I bought a juicer for juices! Jay delivers. His recipes are precise, being which he tells you how many carrots, how many apples, and tells the reader what the possible prevention tips of the particular juice are. My favorite is the juice for the sinus. And it does help.Also the energy and feeling you get from juicing is amazing. A pot of coffee could not get you going this good.
Now dont get me wrong there are good books on juicing out there but as stated above they want you to add other health ingredients (herbs and spices,soy milk etc...).Thats not the reason I wanted to juice.I wanted the benefits of juice and juice alone not something I can buy as a pill from the GNC and skip all the juicing. Buy this book if all you want are juice recipes. This is what it's all about.Straight up juicing!

3-0 out of 5 stars Delicious Recipes, Questionable Medicine
As the satisfied owner of the product featured in the book, I am thankful for the often delicious recipes that Mr. Kordich included in this book. However, I don't believe a word of the psuedoscience behind his dietary maxims. Kordich describes juice combinations that will restore one's pancreas, liver or skin. I think that certified nutritionists would find these allegations questionable. Kordich instructs the juicing public not to mix fruit and vegetable juice (with a few exceptions) and to not mix melon juice with other fruits (like they would produce toxic gas or explode). The best advice is to use the juice as a tasty supplement to ensure decent nutrition, follow the recipes in "Power of Juicing," and read the rest for a laugh.

5-0 out of 5 stars the original juicing book!
I`ve had this book for several years and its great.There are many delicious recipes in it.There are even recipes for specific ailments.Jay Kordich is the original juice man! Alot of people have jumped on the juicing bandwagon,like cherie Calbom and Jack Lalanne,but Jay was the very first to promote juicing.

5-0 out of 5 stars A life changing book for me
This book along with Dr. Norman Walker's "Fresh Vegetabels and Fruit Juice" helped me begin my quest and desire to mostly eat and drink raw fruits and vegetables. Ten years ago as a first-year graduate student at UC Santa Barbara I found myself with an acne problem that had plagued me for the last 5 years, despite ingesting numerous antibiotics. Moreover, my eyes were beginning to tire easily. Then one day I stumbled upon this book by Dr. Walker which from the onset made complete sense to me. Around the same time I saw an infomercial advertising the Juiceman Jr. which I bought the next week (and it hasn't failed me since!), along with the "Power of Juicing" book and began a regimen of fresh juice three times a day, using many of the recipes and suggestions from both books. Some amazing things began to progess over the next year:!
i) my acne not only completely disappeared, but I found myself having a very youthful, vibrant look. I looked better than I had ever in the past.
ii) I lost 15 pounds in one year and became a star on the softball field.
iii) I have not touched my reading glasses in the past 9 years.

In the words of Jack Lalane (who is older and more fit than 99.99% of all other Americans) "If man made it, I don't eat it".

One note on juicers: low-rpm juicers which press the juice now offer a nice alternative to the Juiceman or any other of the centrifugal juicers. They seem easier to clean and produce a higher yield of vitamins and less oxidation. I recommend Samson 6 in 1 juicer which has a 5 year warranty on the auger (like a drill bit which is used to press the juice) and a 10 year warranty on the motor.

The revolution does not begin in the streets, but rather with a tall class of carrot and spinach!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
I purchased this book to use with my juicer. It's only been 2 weeks, and I have had such a great time with this book. There are recipes for ever kind of aliment you can think of. Even after 2 weeks, I have noticed a difference in my skin, hair, nails and body in general. If you are ready to give juicing a try and learn about what and why you are juicing, this is the book for you. ... Read more

11. Fix-It & Forget-It Lightly : Healthy Low-Fat Recipes
by Phyllis Good Good
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Yes, Now you can have it all: Food from your slow cooker that is scrumptious, quick and easy to prepare and low fat! ... Read more

12. Pressure Perfect : Two Hour Taste in Twenty Minutes Using Your Pressure Cooker
by Lorna J. Sass
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Under pressure to get a tasty, nutritious dinner on the table in a flash? Like the idea of preparing fork-tender beef stew in thirty minutes and pot roast in under an hour? All this and more is made possible by the pressure cooker, a magical appliance that produces soul-satisfying, homemade food in one-third (or less) the standard cooking time.

In Pressure Perfect, Lorna Sass, the country's leading authority on pressure cooking, distills her two decades of experience into one comprehensive volume. First learn everything you need to know about buying and using today's 100% safe cookers. Then enjoy more than 200 recipes for preparing soups, meats, poultry, grains, beans, vegetables, and desserts in record time. How about whipping up a savory risotto in 4 minutes, chicken cacciatore in 12 minutes, or a delectable chocolate cheesecake in 25 minutes?

Because the pressure cooker tenderizes tough cuts of meat quickly, you can prepare fall-off-the-bone beef short ribs or lamb shanks on weekday nights instead of waiting for a special occasion. The pressure cooker also allows you to make delectable one-pot meals in minutes. Among the many innovative recipes and techniques, you'll learn to cook meatloaf and potatoes simultaneously in 10 minutes, and meatballs, pasta, and sauce at the same time in only 5 minutes. Many recipes also suggest Cook-Along ideas for preparing vegetables and grains along with the entrée.

To further help those cooking under pressure (and who isn't nowadays?), each chapter contains timing charts for quick reference. Tips and Pressure Points in every recipe ensure optimum results.

This ultimate guide to pressure cooking is a must for all busy cooks, boaters, brides, college students, and anyone looking for a great way to make irresistible, healthy, home-made food fast.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Time to buy my own copy
After using this book for a month on loan from the library and having post-its on so many pages, it's time to buy my own copy to make my notes (things like, "Delicious"). Sass creates the most flavorful recipes I've found and cooking is very easy. This is solid and delicious food, with the added bonus of being fresh and quick to cook.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pressure Cooking 101: Easy, Safe and Oh So Delicious!!!!!
Having purchased and thoroughly enjoyed Cooking Under Pressure and The Pressured Cook, it was a no-brainer to purchase Lorna Sass's latest offering for the pressure cooker. For persons new to pressure cooking and even for us 'old hands', this may be her best work yet.
The first twenty-two pages are a primer for pressure cooking. Ms. Sass demystifies this cooking genre and guides the reader through what she calls, 'The Language of Pressure Cooking'. She reassures the novice of the safety of today's pressure cookers and generally provides all the information that the reader will need to be successful.
What I really liked about this book (besides the recipes) are the 'extras': Variations, Transformations and Pressure Points. The variations suggest alternate ingredients, the transformations explain how to modify the recipe to create other dishes and the pressure points provide information, techniques and suggestions specific to different sized cookers. This is particularly useful as electric pressure cookers are now becoming popular and recipes don't always work the same as for stovetop models.
But, you buy a cookbook in order to make great food! Pressure Perfect won't disappoint. I admit to being a poultry lover and the pressure cooker can turn out mixed results. The Chicken Cacciatore recipe was my first choice and it was a keeper! Subsequent recipes, all highly recommended were Spanish Rice with Chicken and Sausage, Beef, Mushroom and Barley Soup and Chicken Noodle 'Casserole' with Mushroom Sauce. I'm still experimenting and at least for now, every recipe has been outstanding.
If your pressure cooker has been in storage, drag it out and dust it off. Buy this book, read through the first two chapters and get ready for a wonderful culinary experience. You will be very pleased with your results...I know that I am!

5-0 out of 5 stars Lorna Sass' Dirty Pressure Cooker Book
Lorna Sass' passion for cooking is in every recipe description and comes through in the resulting food. I was blown away by the Curry in a Hurry and her method of cooking rice in a serving casserole on top of the curry (or other recipe). What a time saver and its much easier on the clean up too. I took this combo to a pot luck and just had to tell everyone how to do it. Also delicious and quick was the Beef Stew to which I added a bottle of Guinness!
Lorna gives so many wonderful variations which entice you to personalize the recipes. It's also a great introduction to using a pressure cooker with so much information on how they work.
This book is versatile, organized and imaginative and its going to get very dirty!

5-0 out of 5 stars Yummy recipes--love the vegetarian variations!
I'm a big Lorna Sass fan, and I fell in love with pressure cookers when I bought my very first cookbook of hers (Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure). I couldn't believe then how easy it was to use a pressure cooker, and I was bowled over by the results. This cookbook is no exception. We don't eat a lot of meat, so I really like all the variations that this cookbook offers. Each recipe includes any number of variations, and many of the meat recipes have vegetarian versions. It's wonderful to be able to do different things with a single recipe, depending on your mood and what ingredients you have on hand. And the desserts? I was pretty sceptical when I thought about doing a cheesecake in a pressure cooker, but I was blown away by the results. By far the best cheesecake I've ever made. Yum! I'd highly recommend this cookbook, along with any of Lorna Sass' other cookbooks.

5-0 out of 5 stars A versatile guide by a real expert
This cookbook is a pleasure to use. The author has all sorts of creative uses for how to use the pressure cooker, like spaghetti and meatballs (everything cooks together in the pressure cooker), and even desserts. Most of them are so fast, you'll hardly have time to make the salad before the main course is finished. The book is also filled with timing charts for things like beans, grains and vegetables in the cooker,to give you general guidance in using your pressure cooker. The recipe instructions are very clear, and the author's voice is good- natured and humorous. I'm impressed with Sass's broad knowledge of cooking ingredients. The recipes I've tried in the book are all reliable-- the results are quite good. This cookbook has really sold me on the utility and versatility of the pressure cooker. ... Read more

13. Cooking With Steam : Spectacular Full-Flavored Low-Fat Dishes from YourElectric Steamer: Spectacular Full-Flavored Low-Fat Dishes from Your Electric Steamer
by Stephanie Lyness
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Catlog: Book (1996-05-01)
Publisher: Hearst Books
Sales Rank: 124112
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Electric steamers will be the next hot kitchen appliance if Cooking With Steam gets the attention it deserves. In this book, Stephanie Lyness shows how to cook everything from spinach and chicken to tempting fruit desserts and creamy puddings--all over boiling water and without adding any fat. The result: brightly-flavored, colorful, and healthful dishes. Along with more than 125 recipes, Lyness provides all the information you need to select and buy the right steamer. Then, along with moist, perfectly cooked fresh fish, you can enjoy tempting versions of beefy pot-au-feu, rich, wild mushroom risotto, and more lean delights. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Cookbook and not just for steaming
Not only is this the best steaming cookbook I've read but it is the best cookbook I've read and most important, used....and I use one or another of the recipes from this book almost every dinner (for five years now). The cabbage with bacon sauce is as simple as it is tasty. The recipe for steamed carrots with cilantro is brilliant. I, formerly never known as much of a cook, now have a reputation as a gourmet with some of my friends who have tasted these recipes. This cookbook has made cooking so much fun!....and easy too! I cannot recommend this book eneogh. ... Read more

14. The Professional Chef's Knife Kit
by Culinary Institute of America
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Asin: 0471349976
Catlog: Book (1999-10-22)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 10223
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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The complete, authoritative guide to knife use and care

High quality, well-made, well-maintained knives—and the skills to use them properly—are among a chef's most important assets. This book explains how to use and care for these essential tools. Easy-to-follow instructions cover all of the basic knife cuts and techniques—including peeling, paring, trimming, carving, chopping, dicing, and filleting—and offer an excellent foundation for building speed and ensuring kitchen safety. The book also features invaluable information on small tools, such as rotary peelers and zesters, along with meat grinders, food processors, and other larger equipment.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Useful information, but a few minor nits
This book covers, quite well and with clear black and white photographs, the basics of using kitchen knives. The chapters are Basics, Care, Cuts, Vegetables & Fruits, Meat & Poultry, Fish & Shellfish, Summary, Glossary, and Index. The "food" chapters are broken into sections, each section shows how to cut a particular type of vegetable, fruit, meat, etc.

I'm not wild about the font selection, it is tiring to read for extended passages, however, because most of the book consists of

fairly short paragraphs and enumerated steps, it is acceptable.

The section on sharpening is too short, you will want to go elsewhere if you need to learn how to achieve and maintain a really sharp edge. The part on using a steel is, in my opinion, questionable. Edges are commonly damaged by their use. Don't consider using a coarse or regular cut steel on a good knife. If you must steel, use a light touch with a smooth or fine cut.

French names are given for most of the various cutting techniques. It would be useful to include a pronunciation guide.

5-0 out of 5 stars Puts the magic in your knives!!
This comprehensive guide to knives by the Culinary Institute of America is a must have for anyone interested in refining their knife techniques in the kitchen. Information on types of knives, materials, construction, specific uses and handling is thoroughly detailed in this book. Information on different types of cutting techniques includes photographs as well as instructions. Just having a superior set of knives is nice, but learning how to use them efficiently and precisely makes all the difference to a completed dish. If you can't attend a class on knives and their proper use, then this book is the next best thing. Better yet, do both!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Book
This book is exactly what I wanted; a self-study guide on how to use a knife correctly. I am an amateur chef and I found the guide to be easy to understand, had good photos, and had a depth of information. An added bonus is the size of the book. It is large enough for all the information you need, without being huge and difficult to flip through.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential.
I'm not sure which version of "The Professional Chef" Mr. Garvin was reading, but in my copy (7th Edition), there were only a total of 9 pages dedicated solely to proper knife usage and technique. 9 pages of my math that doesn't get anywhere close to "90-95%" it's more like < 1%.

I made the mistake of believing his review and purchased "The Professional Chef" instead of buying "The Professional Chef's Knife Kit," and boy did I regret it. I now have a 1000+ page paperweight that cost $50. :-( Not that it's a horrible book, but it's hardly a reference for someone looking for a knife course study. The book is interesting, but it's not what I had hoped it would be.

I went back and bought the Chef's Knife Kit book and it's wonderful. Loaded with information, pictures, and helpful hints, it's a must for anyone who's serious about improving their knife skills. Save your money and avoid "The Professional Chef: 7th Edition," unless you're looking for a book that addresses the entire scope of a professional kitchen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must buy for culinary students
I'm a culinary student and I found this book quite helpful in preparing me for the kitchen. It showed me various knife techniques that made food preparation much faster and more sanitary. I also highly recommend the following for baking and advanced baking classes:
Study Guide for Baking: Key Review Questions and Answers with Explanations by Melissa Heilman
Study Guide for Advanced Baking: Key Review Questions and Answers with Explanations by Melissa Heilman

These last 2 books helped me to prepare for the type of questions seen on my baking and advanced baking exams. I go to a pretty prestigious culinary school, and these 3 books helped me out immensely. I give each book 5 stars. ... Read more

15. Grill It! Indoors: Easy Recipes for Fast, Heathy Electric Grilling
by Lesley Mackley
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Asin: 0762414901
Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Sales Rank: 68765
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Indoor grilling is fast becoming a preferred year-round cooking technique in homes and restaurants.This attractively priced hardcover cookbook, illustrated with mouth-watering, full-color photographs, makes a perfect companion to the appliance that's taken American kitchens by storm with its streamlined design and ability to produce delectable grilled food with minimal fat.Why stick with plain grilled chicken when there's a complete guide to preparing delicious, versatile recipes using any type of indoor electric or stovetop grills? ... Read more

16. The Pressure Cooker Gourmet: 225 Recipes for Great-Tasting, Long-Simmered Flavors in Just Minutes
by Victoria Wise
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Asin: 1558322000
Catlog: Book (2002-12)
Publisher: Harvard Common Press
Sales Rank: 56366
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This book provides 225 dishes that are simple to prepare, cook in as little as 15 minutes, and retain all the natural nutrients that can be lost with other cooking methods. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great book
I went to the bookstore and skimmed *all* of the pressure cookbooks they had (about 10 different authors). I found this one to be just the right mix between simple, everyday food and gourmet, international specialties. Also, you get many recipes in one book - more than most of the other books had. I made the split pea soup the other night - easy, quick, tasty, and HEALTHY.

5-0 out of 5 stars Will prove a real time saver when serving up dishes
The Pressure Cooker Gourmet showcases 225 superbly presented recipes and instructions by Victoria Wise for today's safe and easy-to-use pressure cookers that will please any palate and satisfy any appetite. From Cream of Tomato Soup; Black Pepper Pot Steak with Shallots and Spicy Red Wine Gravy; American All-Beef Meat Loaf; and Duck with Green Olives, Turnips, and Turnip Greens; to Baby Artichokes and Two Sauces; Zucchini Stuffed with Spinach, Cream Cheese, and Pine Nuts; Omi's Chickpeas with Lime and Onion Ring Topping; and Chevre Rosemary Popover Pudding, The Pressure Cooker Gourmet will prove a real time saver when serving up dishes that would grace any family meal or special celebratory dining event!

5-0 out of 5 stars Old World Flavor in a Fraction of the Time!!!
The pressure cooker is making a comeback after years of disfavor. The old jiggle top units that could be opened and could cause severe burns are pretty much a thing of the past. Coincidentally, as people have less time to spend in the kitchen, the pressure cooker has come back to center stage. For people still a little leery of using one, this book will allay your fears. Victoria Wise discusses thoroughly the hows, the do's and dont's and generally instructs the reader in the proper and successful use of this versatile appliance.

The Pressure Cooker Gourmet includes recipes for soups, meat, poultry, fish, grains, vegetables, legumes, sauces and of course desserts. Although there are photographs of the finished recipes, the reader will delight in the many tips, subtitutions and suggestions that accompany many of the recipes. You will also appreciate the index of recipes with page numbers, that appear at the beginning of each chapter.

Being a poultry fan, I loved the Coq au Vin. The wine sauce was thicker than I ever remember from another method and the blend of herbs and spices was intensified by the increased pressure.

And if you can't resist a moist and rich cheesecake, try the Cheesecake with Mascarpone Cheese in Chocolate Cookie Crust. I had never tried Mascarpone (a very creamy cream cheese) and it, combined with the moist heat of a pressure cooker, was sinfully delicious.

I'm still experimenting with the recipes and there are a lot of them! It takes some 'old time' recipes and applies 21st century flavors and technology to help rekindle our culinary past. As you might imagine, I love this book and you will too! Buy it!! ... Read more

17. Complete Dehydrator Cookbook
by Mary Bell, Evie Righter
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Asin: 0688130240
Catlog: Book (1994-05-23)
Publisher: Morrow Cookbooks
Sales Rank: 8955
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Far from being a fad, food dyhydrating is one of the most ancient, effective, and nutritous ways of preserving food. Now, at last, there is a book that teaches absolutely everything there is to know about using an electric food dyhydrator to dry foods at home -- and gives more than 100 foolproof recipes for scrumptious snacks and meals made from dried foods.

With this extraordinary book, you can learn how to cross junk food and expensive store-bought snacks off your family's shopping list -- and add to your cupboard homemade, preservative-free fruit leathers, candied apricots, beef (and fish) jerkies, "sun" dried tomotoes, corn chips, banana chips, and so much more!

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5-0 out of 5 stars The "bible" for dehydrating foods.
If you have a food dehydrator collecting dust somewhere, get this book and haul it out!

This is the best basic book I've seen for preserving foods through dehydration. Not only does she tell you what you need to do *before* you dry it, but she tells you what you can do with the stuff after it's dried. Recipes that are useable, recipes for camping, and some that will surprise you - this is a very comprehensive book.

This is a must-have for backpackers who want every ounce to count, since dried foods weigh so little. A must for parents who read the "Fruit Roll-ups" label in horror: make your own fruit leathers! She'll tell you how to make fantastic beef jerky, too.

If you dry foods, you need this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Strongly recommended for those considering a dehydrator
I bought this after I bought my dehydrator, although I would have bought a better dehydrator if I had read this before. This book gives several great reasons why you should consider a dehydrator, and how to make the most of it. I could have never imagined making a tofu cracker, for instance!!

After I read it almost entirely in one night, I find it a great reference to go back to, whenever I'm considering dehydrating something new. I couldn't compare this with other titles on dehydrating food since I haven't read them, but I'm quite satisfied with this one. Addition of dehydrated pictures would be a great addition however.

4-0 out of 5 stars VERY detailed
Very easy to understand literature - However, not to many pictures but lots of recipes and gives great ideas for other than fruits, etc...

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Dehydrator book
If you own a dehydrator, buy this book.
It tells you everything you need to know (except jerky). For Jerky, you need her other book.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'd pay three times this amount for this book
I've had my dehydrator for 5 years and thought I'd dried everything in every conceivable way but Mary Bell has some fantastic ideas. Easy read and easier recipes. Especially liked the section on backpacker food. My dehydrator has been running 24hrs/day since I got this book. Thank you, Mary Bell, for this great book. ... Read more

18. Betty Crocker's Easy Slow Cooker Dinners : Delicious Dinners the Whole Family Will Love (Betty Crocker)
by Betty Crocker
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Asin: 0764565311
Catlog: Book (2001-08-15)
Publisher: Betty Crocker
Sales Rank: 2159
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Dinner ready and waiting when you want it - it's all possible with your slow cooker and Betty Crocker! Betty Crocker's Easy Slow Cooker Dinners gives you 50 slow cooker dinners recipes -- from succulent meats and fantastic poultry, to simmering one-pot meals including vegetarian options, as well as heartwarming soups and stews. Plus, you'll find tips and techniques for the best way to use a slow cooker - including extra-special shortcuts, cleaning hints, how to lock in flavors, and other finishing techniques to make every dinner look as good as it tastes. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!
Easy to follow delicious recipes. Lots of tips and techniques. Great to come home to the smell of dinner.
Joan ... Read more

19. The Ultimate Smoothie Book : 101 Delicious Recipes for Blender Drinks, Frozen Desserts, Shakes, and More!
by Cherie Calbom
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
Publisher: Warner Books
Sales Rank: 5406
Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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SMOOTHIES ARE SWEEPING THE NATION... They're creamy, fruity, delicious, quick and easy to make, and most important-they're good for you! Blending ingredients such as fresh fruit, creamy yogurt, and silky soy milk, smoothies are nutritionally sound drinks that taste just like ice-cream shakes. Cherie Calbom, aka The Juice Lady, now brings you the most comprehensive book ever on this sensational snack. A nutritionist and renowned author, Cherie will show you how to make scrumptious smoothies that will make you feel great! Here are simple and tasty recipes for: € Fabulous fruit smoothies and shakes €Healing smoothies that help fight the flu, hangovers, infections, jet lag, even aging skin € Perky pick-me-ups for pregnant women and new parents € Yummy-and healthy!-ice pops for kids of all ages € Party and coffee-break pleasures € Workout and bodybuilding drinks. With easy charts that analyze calorie, fat, protein, and vitamin content, this guide will give you tips on choosing fruits and veggies, preparation, cleanup, storage, and more. Now you and your family can drink all the nutrients you need-and enjoy! THE ULTIMATE SMOOTHIE BOOK DRINK TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH WITH SMOOTHIES LIKE: €Immune Booster. Carrot, fresh pineapple, and chunk ginger juiced with mashed sweet potato, raw cashews, and ice. The perfect antidote for anyone who's "under the weather." €Arabian Nights and Sweet Dreams. Take soy milk, sesame butter (tahini), and grated citrus peel. Add banana and fresh orange. Flavor with vanilla and enrich with lecithin. You'll have an exotic, mineral-rich dessert. €Wild Berry Bright Eyes. Mix blueberries, blackberries, and raspberry extract with Wild Berry Zinger ice cubes, then blend in soy milk and honey. It's a creamy, colorful smoothie that's great for your eyes-and your taste buds. €Carbo Power Pack. Pour tangy apple juice into a blender along with yogurt, fresh blueberries, frozen peaches, and other ingredients. Flavor with almond and vanilla extracts. Ideal energy on any sports day. €Orange Coconut Creamsicle-in-a-Glass. Cut oranges into chunks. Add milk of choice, grated coconut, vanilla, honey, and ice. Here's a calcium-rich drink that's yummy-and the kids will love it! €Berry Christmas Smoothie. Combine one sweet apple, cranberries, and creamy low-fat yogurt. Garnish with a sprig of mint or strawberry for a yuletide treat that's also food for your bones. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best easy book for a healthy diet we have found. A+
This book is an easy and great way to eat healthy. If the idea of starting your day with a powerhouse of health is a smoothie made with, just for example almonds, soy milk,frozen bannana ( peel prior to freezing) and icecubes or prunes, yogurt, oat bran, flaxseed and frozen strawberries appeal to you than this is the book for you. Unbelievably they taste great. No added sugar. We use this book all the time and we find the recipies delicious and easy to make. The beginnning of the book has info on ingredients, supplements and making exhanges. If it is cranberry season or blueberry season or if you have almonds, oatmeal, oatbran, ,soymilk, yogurt, cashews, all kinds of foods, you will find something delicious to make. We always feel so healthy starting our day with these smoothies that lots could be easily considered a cold smooth meal in a glass. The book is packed with information, no glossy pictures and so easy to use. I have to say I think it is the best way to starting your day with a healthy, delicious diet. Shockingly easy and great tasting. Thank-you author. I toast you to for doing this book and to your and our good heath.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed
I was so excited when my Smoothie book came in the mail. To my surprize it wasnt what I expected. Some of the ingredients are exotic. Some of the recipes the average person will NOT make. My suggestion is to go to or and get their recipes they are practical and best of all FREE!

5-0 out of 5 stars really great!
I actually bought this for my mom about a year ago and she's still whirling up those smoothies. She loves the recipes and has been inspired to try out other concoctions as well. I've tried a few of the drinks and all have been delicious. I really like how they have the different sections like immune booster and the like because it shows you not only a good recipe in that sort of category but also helps you to learn about what foods are particularly helpful in certain ways. Four thumbs up from me and my mom.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tasteful and Healthy Too
This is my favorite smoothie book. I use it at least three times a week. Cherie Calbom's smoothie recipes are chock filled with healty ingredients and are delicious. She prefaces her recipes with chapters full of information on juicing, fruits and vegetables, and other ingredients. Then it's on to a plethora of smoothie creations bound to please every family member. The only reason I do not rate this book 5 stars is the added cost of purchasing a juicer if you desire to get optimal nutritional value from fruit juices and the cost of some of the suggested supplements. It would also be helpful to have access to a natural foods grocery store. That being said, this smoothie book is a must for those seeking tasty, nutitious drinks.

1-0 out of 5 stars Psuedoscience instead of recipes
When I sent away for this book, I thought I was going to get simple recipes as well as hints for best using the blender. Instead there were countless references to the healing power of vitamins, herbs, natural foods etc. None of which have any basis in fact. Unless you are into that sort of astrology, I don't recommend this book at all. ... Read more

20. Betty Crocker's Best Bread Machine Cookbook : The Goodness of Homemade Bread the Easy Way
by Betty Crocker
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Asin: 0028630238
Catlog: Book (1999-06-03)
Publisher: Betty Crocker
Sales Rank: 5449
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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Old-fashioned bread the new-fashioned way, Betty calls it. Easy, convenient, modern. There's no knead for loafing. Not with that fabulous combination in the kitchen: Betty Crocker and the bread machine.

The construction of this book, first of all, is wonderful. The cover is hard and the binding is heavy, enameled spiral. Each page lays flat on the counter, or you can hold the book open on one arm while doing something with the other hand. This suggests that Betty Crocker wrote her bread-baking cookbook with serious use in mind. She certainly tested her recipes. A variety of bread machines were used, which means that each recipe was tested a number of different times. Betty tells you exactly what kind of flour she used, as well as salt, size of eggs, kind of yeast, etc. She leaves nothing to chance.

Bread machine baking has its own peculiarities, and Betty addresses all these right up front, the hows and how-tos (as well as the whys and wherefores) of getting the perfect loaf every time. There's a troubleshooting section, as well as a frequently asked question section. Then it's right into the recipes, all 130 of them.

There are Good and Savory Loaves (Cheese Onion Bread) and Wholesome Grain Loaves (Toasted Almond Whole Wheat Bread), Fruit and Vegetable Harvest Loaves (Dried Apricot Bread), Smaller Can Be Just Right Loaves (these are one-and-a-half-pound loaves), and then several chapters on breads you start in the bread machine, but finish in the oven. These include braided sweet breads, pizza dough, rustic-style breads, and coffeecakes.

Any bread machine owner is going to love to loaf with Betty Crocker. --Schuyler Ingle ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
when I bought my bread machine a year ago I was really excited about buying a cookbook to try it out. I found so many books, and most of the reviews said "buy this one it's the best", or "you won't need another one"... I got all confused. So, since I have most Betty Crocker cookbooks, I choose this one, 'cause I know they only have try and true recipes. In fact, it didn't let me down.
The book starts with an introduction about bread machines in general, how they work, and ingredients. It has a chart with all kinds of flours and teaches you what kind of bread you'll get.
Then the recipes. Including here, classics like white bread, Sally Lunn, garlic bread. New ones like orange capuccino brad. It has one of the best bagel recipe.
It's divided in 7 chapters:
Chapter 1: Good and Savory loaves
Chapter 2: Wholesome Grains Loaves
Chapter 3: Fruit and Veggie Harvest Loaves
Chapter 4: Smaller Can Be jst Right
Chapter 5: Rustic Loaves and Flatbreads
Chapter 6: Satisfying Rolls and Breadsticks
Chapter 7: Sweet breads and Coffee Cakes

The book has plenty of pictures, and this, especially for a beginner, is pretty important to know what it will look like the bread you are gonna bake.

A year later, I find myself still using this fantastic book and having excellent results. It has over 130 recipes so it's impossible to get bored.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bread making made easy
I often use this book when I want to have fresh bread but don't have the patience to make it by hand. It has everything from a classic white bread to coffee cakes and pizza.

Overall I would have liked to see a bit more photos (not all recipes had a corresponding photo although most did) but was very happy with the book in general. In the introduction there is a detailed "possible problem" list that contains common mistakes, what they look like, and how to avoid making them.

Each recipe was very simple to understand and read, having numerous success tips (every recipe was tested before being included in the book)and nutritional information.

Some of the recipes that I tried were: Mediterranean Herbed Bread, Sally Lunn, Sweet Orange Bread with Orange Glaze, Two-Cheese Pizza, and several kings of Dinner Rolls.

Overall probably the best bread machine currently on the market due to its attention to detail and quantity of recipes that really work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Recipes come out perfect every time!
Every recipe from this book comes out perfect every time!! Delicious complement-gathering recipes with an assortment of bread types. Bread is awesome -- bakery quality, not like your typical "bread machine" bread. If your bread machine has been collecting dust, this is the book that inspire you to start using it again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
I've tried over 2 dozen recipes from this book and they all turn out great. I use the Oster Expressbake and especially like the chapter for smaller, 1 pound recipes. I occasionally have to add a bit of water or a pinch of flour in the initial mixing phase, but think that it depends on the humidity here (North Carolina). Overall, I've been happy with every recipe I've tried from this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars as the title says, the best bread machine cookbook
what would you expect, its betty crocker. its gorgously designed, beautiful pictures, tons of color, and great recipes. its definetly the best bread machine book in the market. ... Read more

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