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    1. Get Togethers: Rachael Ray 30
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    2. Paula Deen & Friends : Living
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    3. Being Dead is No Excuse : The
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    1. Get Togethers: Rachael Ray 30 Minute Meals
    by Rachael Ray
    list price: $18.95
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    Asin: 1891105116
    Catlog: Book (2003-12)
    Publisher: Lake Isle Press Inc
    Sales Rank: 670
    Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Simplistic
    Simple is a good thing. As someone in his twenties, I don't like a cook lavish meals for my friends. Ray's book is good. It has a lot of fun in it. It's like the written version of Ray's Food Network show.
    I tried the tuna burger with the cocnut/white chocolate bars. I liked mixing the menus, instead of following them completley. Fun and easy foods that you'll love.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
    I love this cookbook. It is simple and delicious. It makes a beginner like me into a Grade A chef with little effort. My family raves about my meals all the time. I can't wait for the next book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars a little too simplistic
    Not my favorite cookbook. I love Rachael's show, and I don't own any of her other books, but I thought for sure I'd love this one. Way too simplistic for above-average cooks, in my opinion. Few photos and even fewer inspired ideas. I am reluctant to try her other books now.

    3-0 out of 5 stars SORRY RACHEL BORING
    Im sorry Rachel Cookbook is Boring and doesnt inspire you to cook..Recipes Im sure are good however you didnt put any love into this book...feels slapped together...

    5-0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER WINNER!!!!!!
    As before, I was NOT disappointed Rachael's latest book. Her technique and enthusiasm comes thru clearly, as it does on her show. I LOVE being able to make something in about 30 min.. even if it takes ME 31 min or so (I don't chop as fast)!! BUT!!! being retired does not mean I have more time to spend in the kitchen..if anything I have LESS.. So being able to put together a meal quickly works great for me and my (also retired) husband. THANKS FOR THE LATEST EDITION of your collection of recipes and cooking techniques. WE LOVE your show and watch it all the time. You have an infectious smile... Can't wait for the next cook book ...I AM SURE one is in the works!!!!! ... Read more

    2. Paula Deen & Friends : Living It Up, Southern Style
    by Paula H. Deen, Martha Nesbit
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    Asin: 0743267222
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Sales Rank: 72767
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    3. Being Dead is No Excuse : The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral
    by Gayden Metcalfe, Charlotte Hays
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    Asin: 1401359345
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-16)
    Publisher: Miramax Books
    Sales Rank: 752
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Plenty of social and cultural insights throughout
    Southern life and death receive close inspection and a healthy dose of humor in Being Dead Is No Excuse; The Official Southern Ladies Guide To Hosting The Perfect Funeral.. Traditional Southern recipes for casseroles, relishes, and 'funeral and wake food' dish up a healthy (or unhealthy, at times) dose of authentic Southern cooking and observation mixed with a pinch of humor. Plenty of social and cultural insights throughout.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Yankee View
    "Being Dead is No Excuse" by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays is very funny, charming, and perhaps more accurate than some might like to admit.I admit it, I am a "Yankee," (Though to a true Northerner, a Yankee is from New England, and one who eats apple pie with sharp Cheddar cheese for breakfast!), but I am highly familiar with funerals and preparations for "a good send-off."Metcalfe and Hays have written a funny, touching book that has aspects (and aspics!) that are applicable anywhere in the United States.However, this otherwise excellent book has been marred by sloppy, sloppy editing, as is too common any more.One thing, the hymn is "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past," not "Oh God....."And some of the recipes, which are mostly Southern classics (and rightly so!) lack crucial information as to pan sizes, or yields.If you're not going to cook from this book, no problem, but many of the recipes are so appealing, that it is really unfortunate that they were not edited better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gayden, you still got it!
    My family has known Gayden Metcalfe's family all my life.I even went to school with Gayden's daughter.This wonderful book is pure Greenville, Mississippi.I think it would surprise many to know that most of the tongue in cheek stories and commentary are much more fact-based than anyone outside the Delta would guess. My favorite has got to be the difference between Episcopalians and Methodists.Having grown up on the Methodist side of the battle, I have to admit she's dead on in her description of our Campbell's mushroom soup-based funeral fare.I was so happy to see that Daddy had picked up a signed copy for me from McCormick's when I was home to visit last week.It's a wonderful triumph for Greenville, Gayden, and the Owen family salutes you.Cheers!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE SOUTH !

    Forget Scarlet, Zelda, and Tallulah, they pale beside the ladies of the Mississippi Delta who are dedicated, determined, and (pun intended) deadset on seeing the dearly departed off in style.

    "Being Dead Is No Excuse" is laugh out loud funny, true, and chock full of recipes for must-be-served dishes at after funeral receptions.Tomato aspic with homemade mayonnaise tops the list that includes Aunt Hebe's Coconut Cake and Virginia's Butterbeans. Those who doubt the import of a table groaning under countless casseroles will learn that "Nobodyeats better than the bereaved Southerner.We celebrate weddings, christenings, birthdays, and just about every milestone in life with food.But every southerner knows that death cooking is our very best."

    Now, it's not only the food, but it's also the presentation. For Southern ladies, polishing silver is a form of grief therapy thus the serving pieces will be immaculate.In addition, linens are required."We do not want Mildred to go under with paper napkins."

    Metcalfe forthrightly addresses the vanity often ascribed to Southern women by describing an older lady who passed away and wanted to be "laid out" as she looked during the happiest days of her life - when she was a waitress.Thanks to the craftsmanship of the local undertaker she appeared in her coffin in waitress uniform with ruby red lips and the same color hair.

    Then there is Lavinia, the former wife of a philanderer.Not wishing to be outdone at his services, she made a Botox appointment, bought designer duds, and hired a King Air private jet which she directed to buzz the church.There wasn't anyone with ears who didn't know "someone" had arrived.Then, Lavinia strode smartly down the aisle stage-whispering, "I don't want anybody to know I'm here.....I just came for the children."

    Greenville, Mississippi native Metcalfe hasn't missed a beat in relating the rollicking rites and rituals necessary for the Southerner's final goodbye, including the frequency of their visits to the local cemetery."We won't forget you just because you've up and died," she writes."We may even like you better and visit you more often."

    Few will forget "Being Dead Is No Excuse."

    - Gail Cooke

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Near Perfect Funeral
    Having just laid to rest my 96 year old Aunt Jewel the very day the review came out about "Being Dead is No Excuse," I knew things were really OK and she was sent off in good stead, not just with the Lord but in good ole Mississippi Delta style.The family having all gathered for visiting and telling funny stories about Aunt Jewel, along with friends for the after funeral socializing, prepared to feast.I should add that being Baptists, there was no official alcohol present...!However, there were cakes, fudge, brownies, chocolate pies, banana puddings, Coca Cola cake (my personal favorite), lemon icebox pies, then the casseroles, deviled eggs, fried chicken, potato salads, chicken salads, congealed salads,lasagne, iced teas (both sweet and unsweet)Cokes and diet Cokes, and other beverages.I was saddened, however that there were no pimento cheese finger sadwiches or even pimento chees sadwiches cut on a diagonal with the crust sad.As a matter of fact, there was no pimento cheese of any sort. I felt that we owed someone an apology for not having the PC sandwiches but didn't know who to apologize to, so I just let it go. The night before there wwere deviled eggs, potato salad along with the best darned bbq chopped Boston butt you could ever sinkyou teeth into.
    I loved my Aunt dearly and am proud to say we sent her on her jouney in style.
    We read the book review the afternoon of the funeral and laughed til we cried and wished Aunt Jewel could have been there to enjoy all that magnificent Southern cuisine and laugh with us.It acutally made things a little easier and a lot more enjoyable.
    If you want to go in style but are of the Northern persuasion, feel free to come to the Mississippi Delta to die...we won't mind very's a Southern thing you know.You really should get this book, it's a hoot and it's Southern...! AND, Being Dead is (Really) No Excuse.
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    4. The New Best Recipe (With Free Issue of Cook's Illustrated)
    by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
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    Asin: 0936184795
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: America's Test Kitchen
    Sales Rank: 1077
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    With The New Best Recipe, we invite you into America’s Test Kitchen where you will stand by our side as we try to develop the best macaroni and cheese, the best meatloaf, the best roast chicken, the best brownie, and nearly 1,000 more best recipes for all your favorite home-cooked foods.

    Behind this book is a deeply felt understanding of how frustrating it can be to spend time planning, shopping and cooking only to turn out dishes that are mediocre at best. With The New Best Recipe in hand, you will have access to a wealth of practical information that will not only make you a better cook but a more confident one as well. In fact, as long as you follow our instructions, we guarantee that these recipes will work the first and every time.

    We have also included 800 illustrations showing you the best way to do almost everything from how to carve a turkey and beat egg whites properly to how to frost a layer cake and set up your grill. Also, get valuable information on how and when to splurge on that expensive knife or baking pan and when the basic model will do just fine. We also explain the science of cooking since understanding the science of food can help anyone become a better cook.Complete with recipes ranging from appetizers to desserts, The New Best Recipe ... Read more

    5. The Party Planner
    by David Tutera
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    Asin: 0821261657
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-27)
    Publisher: Bulfinch
    Sales Rank: 9032
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    Book Description

    David Tutera is a highly regarded event designer whose clients have included Elton John, Barbara Walters, Star Jones, and Susan Lucci. He is also the host of a new one-hour, twice-daily program on the Discovery Channel, Party Planner with David Tutera, that debuts in January 2005. On the show, Tutera lends his expertise to people looking to throw an unforgettable party on an everyday budget. Tutera brings a fresh, original twist to holiday parties while retaining time-honored traditions. He demonstrates novel and affordable--yet utterly sophisticated--approaches to special occasions, holiday and cocktail parties, and dinner parties.

    In this heavily illustrated book of the same name, each chapter covers a different party that will also be aired on the show. Tutera emphasizes addressing all five senses--the taste, the look, the sound, the scent, and the touch--of every event. Also included are "Tutera Tips" for invitations, entertainment, decor, menu ideas, table settings, and floral arrangements.

    David Tutera is already a noted name, but THE PARTY PLANNER will bring his reputation and signature approach in entertaining to a broad new audience. ... Read more

    6. The Art of Floral Design
    by Norah T. Hunter
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    Asin: 0827386273
    Catlog: Book (1999-12-27)
    Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
    Sales Rank: 66717
    Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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    Since its first appearance, The Art of Floral Design has become the definitive standard in teaching design techniques. In-depth and illustrated in full color, it offers comprehensive information on the principles and mechanics of flower arranging, basic flower anatomy, and arrangement styles for all occasions. This well-written text combines theory and practice to familiarize readers with the basics and guide them through more advanced floral techniques. This book is sure to remain on your reference shelf throughout your career in floral design. ... Read more

    Reviews (7)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Student's Review
    A comprehensive guide to floral care and designing. The author has complete instructions with illustrations which are very helpful.
    The author also teaches concepts through repetition and ties the chapters together by reviewing past concepts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Textbook of the Basics of Floral Design
    We used this textbook in our 'intro to floral design' course at Texas A&M University. I thought it did an excellent job of teaching all of the basic design principles, and it also had very good pictures and diagrams to aide in the learning. Unfortunately, I sold this book at the end of the semester, and I wish that I had kept it. I have been looking for a more economically priced floral design book, as complete as this one, and have not been able to find it. I you are a beginning designer, or need the ultimate floral design reference, this is the book for you!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Textbook Style Book
    This is a great book. It is a textbook style book, so it is a little on the technical side. If you are interested in retail floristry then you will find it to be a great book. But if you are a hobbyist or are looking for a book to give you ideas for arrangements to place around the house/office this book maybe more technical than you want.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lacks good design, but great practical knowledge.
    Norah Hunter was my floral design instructor, so of course, we used her book. Coming from a strong design background, I think that the arrangements are at best mediocre and lacking creativity. Some of the design theories seem over simplified to me as well. However, although the design instruction falls short in my opinion, the practical knowledge she teaches about flower names, running a floral business, care and handling, etc. are invaluable to anyone working in the floral industry. The book also contains an excellent appendix of flower and foliage names with illustrations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Art of Floral Design
    "This is the BIBLE OF THE FLORAL INDUSTRY! " That is the exact words my instructor used five years ago when I attended design school. Since that day, I still refer back to it again and again. The techniques and illustrations are wonderfully formatted in such a way that is easy to understand. Everything from the history of floral design up to todays job opportunities within floristry are covered. If you strive to be a knowledgable designer in all areas, this book will surely lead the way. More examples of topics covered are; wiring techniques for corsages, proper care and handling of flowers, understanding color, design principles, controlling cost, holidays, funeral arrangements, the list goes on and on. This is a must have book for any designers library. Sincerely, Julie E. Bargeron ... Read more

    7. America's Test Kitchen Live!: The All-New Companion to America's Favorite Public TelevisionCooking Series (America's Test Kitchen)
    by Cook's Illustrated, John Burgoyne, Daniel J. Van Ackere, Carl Tremblay
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    Asin: 0936184825
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-30)
    Publisher: Boston Common Press
    Sales Rank: 3613
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    8. The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
    by Ina Garten
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    Asin: 0609602195
    Catlog: Book (1999-04-06)
    Publisher: Clarkson Potter
    Sales Rank: 53
    Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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    Lauren Bacall gets cranky when Barefoot Contessa, an East Hampton specialty food store/institution for more than 20 years, is sold out of Indonesian Ginger Chicken. She can now thank her lucky stars that exuberant owner Ina Garten has written The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and included this recipe. Ms. Bacall is sure to be pleased to discover how easy it is to achieve such fantastic flavor. Simplicity is something of a bottom line at Barefoot Contessa. "Food is not about impressing people," Ina Garten says. "It's about making them feel comfortable."

    Aimed at the cook who intends to entertain, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook draws on Garten's experience as a caterer, as well as her knowledge of what customers really want to eat when they arrive at her shop. She has culled her favorite recipes and has included timesaving tips, always striving for ease and simplicity. Neither cooking nor entertaining should be a chore, according to Ina Garten, and her lovely cookbook is a case in point.

    This is an intensely illustrated cookbook that shows the foods to best advantage (and makes it a lovely gift book). Presentation counts for a great deal, and Garten's food styling adds to any food platter. But just as relevant are photos that bring in the spirit of fresh, locally grown produce. There's the local poultry producer proudly holding a laying hen in case anyone should wonder where the eggs come from.

    Starting with appetizers, Ina Garten isn't afraid to include such basics as hummus and guacamole: she knows from experience that her versions make a profound impact. There are French Onion Soup and Corn Cheddar Chowder, Baked Virginia Ham and Salmon with Fennel, Roasted Carrots and Caramelized Butternut Squash--and then one killer dessert after another. Included, too, are some breakfast specialties. Any upscale bed and breakfast could have this book in the kitchen and get rid of all others.

    This isn't a cookbook about getting outrageous with food. The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook is about warming the hearts and souls of your guests with familiar food raised to a gourmet level. --Schuyler Ingle ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I Used To Hate Cooking...
    Before I found The Barefoot Contessa I hated cooking. Even after building a new home with a large, beautiful, functional kitchen, I wasn't interested. In fact my oven didn't get used for the first two months. Then a friend recommended Ms. Garten's book and I liked it because it looked pretty on my countertop. Since the day I opened it, my husband says I'm a changed woman.

    My first attempt at a recipe was Parker's Split Pea soup, which is as delicious as my mother's (sorry, mom) and sooooo simple. If you can use a knife to chop veggies you're 90% there. The Rosemary Whitebean soup (use FRESH rosemary or don't even bother) enticed my neighbor to ask about the aromas she could smell from her yard. I then moved on to recipes that required more focus but are easily followed like Filet of Beef Bourginon (my husband's all-time favorite) and Swordfish with Tomato and Capers with Parmesan Smashed Potatoes served at a dinner party for eight (something I never would have even considered a year ago) where a guest inquired about whom I used for a caterer! Overall, extremely well written and simple to navigate your way through each recipe. Ina's side column notes are helpful personal touches, like why to use Kosher salt instead of table salt. (I had never even heard of such a thing...) The biggest rewards are hearing guests rave about MY cooking and, of course, enjoying the incredible food in my newly-discovered kitchen.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ava Gardner would have approved!
    This lavishly illustrated volume containing many stunning full-color photographs of finished dishes as well as locally grown produce strives for elegant simplicity and proves that good food need not be complicated. The dishes described are not difficult to prepare and require no special expertise or equipment. The author provides clearly written recipes that call for widely available ingredients. She knows that even standard dishes can benefit from fresh thinking and encourages inventiveness in the kitchen. This book would make a lovely gift for anyone who likes to entertain simply, naturally, and with style.

    Another book that I highly recommend is Sonia Uvezian's masterpiece, "Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen," which has to be one of the greatest ethnic cookbooks ever written. It too inspires innovation and brims with magnificent recipes suitable for entertaining that have consistently brought me raves from both family and guests. Uvezian's recipes for hummus with red pepper paste and for pomegranate wine punch are just two of the hundreds in her book that will bring you fame as a cook.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nice recipes, but impractically rich
    There's no doubt that Ina Garten's recipes are almost universally delicious. Every single item I've tried from this book has been a hit.

    A big but, however: These things taste so great because they contain WAY more fat and sugar than the everyday versions of the dishes. This is standard practice in the restaurant/catering industry, but there is a reason that gravy at your favorite restaurant tastes so much different from your grandma's. Granny didn't load hers up with a cup of whipping cream on top of a heavy butter/flour roux.

    Where the standard "Joy of Cooking" recipe for an item might call for whole milk, Ina uses heavy cream. Where Fannie Farmer wants 2 tablespoons of butter, Ina uses half a cup. Please explain to me why mashed potatoes need heavy cream, butter and sour cream.

    I'm far from a dietary scold, but this book has to be used as for special occasions only. Live on a day-to-day diet of these recipes, and you're going to end up looking like their author.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Barefoot Contessa is the BEST!
    With an extensive cookbook collection, it is rare for me to make more than one or two recipes out of a single cookbook. This book would have to be the exception to that rule. I would highly recommend this book to any of you. I have a large family, the recipe sizes do not intimidate, and do not require doubling for our family gatherings. Ingredients are high quality, and fresh. I have made the Pecan Squares and taken them to work, handed out the recipe to nearly everyone. The Maple Oat Scones have been made approximately a dozen times, and are always a hit! Veggies roasted in the oven? Incredible. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
    This is definitely a must have for any kitchen or coffee table. The recipes are delicious!! The pictures are beautiful. She is absolutely awesome!! ... Read more

    9. Preston Bailey's Design for Entertaining: Inspiration for Creating the Party of Your Dreams
    by Preston Bailey
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    Asin: 0821227653
    Catlog: Book (2002-11-11)
    Publisher: Bulfinch
    Sales Rank: 10640
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    PRESTON BAILEY'S DESIGN FOR ENTERTAINING is the ultimate sourcebook of inspiration for creating the perfect ambience for any major party or event. Bailey guides the reader through the planning process from large decisions- picking a theme, setting the mood, and transforming the space to fit the vision for the event-to the details such as flowers, lighting, and table settings that all come together to create a unique environment. Full-color photographs of events including Melissa Rivers' wedding and the launch party for Oprah's O Magazine showcase the spectacular results of his approach. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and inspiring
    The photography is gorgeous, the ideas are inspiring - overall, a solid portfolio of some of the best designing in the world. It not only provides a glimpse into the over-the-top world of haute couture weddings and fetes, but also provides details and inspirational ideas for anyone. A can-do attitude combined with a book that is well written, beautifully conceived and flawlessly executed. Well done, Mr. Bailey.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
    It was exactly as it said...a resource for creating the party of your dreams. If you're the type of person who thinks buffalo wings is a party's not for you.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Too much!
    I was very disappointed. Beautiful photographs of garish subjects that the average person couldn't possibly duplicate made it almost ridiculous. I love museums and that's what this book reminded me of. You can look, enjoy and appreciate but can't take it home and use it. Thumb through it at a store and save your money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
    If you would like to see the finest design work done in NYC,
    get this book. His sensibility to detail is astounding!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & Elegant
    Preston Bailey's book is simply beautiful and elegant. I had seen snipets of Melissa Rivers' wedding on television and in print, but the pictures in the book really bring it to life. I never knew so much could be done with flowers and fruit, until I bought this book. It is a real treat! ... Read more

    10. Cover and Bake (With Free Issue of Cook's Illustrated)
    by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
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    Asin: 0936184817
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-15)
    Publisher: America's Test Kitchen
    Sales Rank: 2853
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    11. Flowers : The Complete Book of Floral Design
    by Paula Pryke
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    Asin: 0847826430
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-29)
    Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
    Sales Rank: 5149
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    Book Description

    Paula Pryke is one of the leading floral designers in the world today and is an inspiration not only to do-it-yourselfers but to professionals in the floral and interior design.This book profiles more than 80 projects, which are divided into two distinctive styles-classic and contemporary. The first chapter features arrangements that have stood the test of time and have become classics in their own rights; the next section features those that are on the cutting edge. For each arrangement, Paula takes the readers on a very personal journey through her color and design choices that make each project one-of-a-kind.
    This career-spanning catalogue of Paula's unique approach to flower arranging illustrates how her style has evolved, and shows how flowers are the finishing touch to any room or table setting. Combined with comprehensive information on techniques, step-by-step instructions and photographs, this is a practical guide to floral arrangements for the novice as well as an inspiration to the more accomplished florist. With this book, anyone can create memorable floral compositions that add color and style to any room.
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    12. Lidia's Family Table
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    Asin: 1400040353
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-23)
    Publisher: Knopf
    Sales Rank: 147
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    13. Cakes to Dream On : A Master Class in Decorating
    by ColettePeters
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    Asin: 0471214620
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-27)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 4968
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    Book Description

    A beautifully illustrated, step-by-step guide to the sophisticated art of cake decoration–from one of the world’s premier cake designers

    Master cake decorator Colette Peters has developed a large and tremendously dedicated following among serious home cooks and professional cake bakers who love her magnificent, whimsical cakes. In Cakes to Dream On, she presents an astonishingly beautiful new array of her original cake designs, including Homage to Dr. Seuss, Rainbow Carousel, Colorful Cloisonné, Floral Inlay, and Bridal Brocade cakes. She includes more in-depth instructions and explanations of techniques than ever before, along with templates and insider tips on sugarwork, gumpaste, fondant, brushwork, and piping. More than 150 color photographs and a gorgeous full-color interior make this book a wonderful gift as well as an excellent kitchen resource.

    Colette Peters (New York, NY) is the owner of Colette’s Cakes. Her creations have appeared at royal weddings and major diplomatic functions, including White House events. She is the author of four books, including Colette’s Birthday Cakes and Colette’s Cakes: The Art of Cake Decorating. She recently won the Beaver Creek International Culinary Classic: The Wedding Cake Challenge, which will be televised on the Food Network. ... Read more

    14. Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family
    by Ina Garten
    list price: $35.00
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    Asin: 060961066X
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-29)
    Publisher: Clarkson Potter
    Sales Rank: 125
    Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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    Ina Garten, who shared her gift for casual entertaining in the bestselling Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and Barefoot Contessa Parties!, is back with her most enticing recipes yet—a collection of her favorite dishes for everyday cooking. In Barefoot Contessa Family Style, Ina explains that sharing our lives and tables with those we love is too essential to be saved just for special occasions—and it’s easy to do if you know how to cook irresistible meals with a minimum of fuss.

    For Ina, the best way to make guests feel at home is to serve them food that’s as unpretentious as it is delicious. So in her new book, she’s collected the recipes that please her friends and family most—dishes like East Hampton Clam Chowder, Parmesan Roasted Asparagus, and Linguine with Shrimp Scampi. It’s the kind of fresh, accessible food that’s meant to be passed around the table in big bowls or platters and enjoyed with warm conversation and laughter.

    In Ina’s hands tried-and-true dishes are even more delicious than you remember them: Her arugula salad is bright with the flavors of lemon and Parmesan, the Oven-Fried Chicken is crispy without excess fat, and her Deep-Dish Apple Pie has the perfect balance of fruit and spice. Barefoot Contessa Family Style also includes enticing recipes that are memorable and distinctive, like Lobster Cobb Salad, Tequila Lime Chicken, and Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash.

    With vivid photographs of Ina cooking and serving food in her beautiful Hamptons home, as well as menu suggestions, practical wisdom on what to do when disaster strikes in the kitchen, and tips on creating an inviting ambience with music, Barefoot Contessa Family Style is the must-have guide to the joy of everyday entertaining.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Comfort Foods
    I loved this book's theme/subtitle: to make all your guests feel like family. The beautiful format and layout, as well as the photos, makes this a cookbook to be treasured. Many of the recipes are simple, basic ones that many of us already have, which is why I gave this four stars instead of five.

    As usual, every recipe I have tried has been a success (Turkey Lasagna, Banana Sour Cream Pancakes, Shrimp Scampi, Rice Pudding, Mustard Vinagrette). I especially love the simple ingredients and the non-fussy style of the cooking. The recipes please my family and myself and keep my time in the kitchen at a minimum, which makes me very happy.

    Although I did not garner as many new recipes from this cookbook as I did her other two, I would not hesitate to give this as a wedding shower gift to a novice cook.

    Looking forward to Ina's next cookbook.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks
    Of the three Barefoot Contessa cookbooks, this one is my favorite. Ina Garten's recipes are particularly great for parties, as the vast majority of them are relatively easy and not terribly time consuming. I made a number of these dishes for a New Year's Day party; the turkey lasagne, Buffalo chicken wings and rum raisin rice pudding all got rave reviews from my guests. I also made the shrimp scampi as a quick after work dinner for my husband and myself; it was absolutely to die for. Hands down the best scampi I have ever tasted, at home or in a restaurant. As in her earlier books, most of Garten's desserts and baked goods are heavy on the cream and butter, but most are fabulous. If you're looking for Cooking Light, this book ain't it. But if you're willing to splurge when company is coming, this is really a terrific cookbook.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not the best of the three
    I've had this book for over a year and have only cooked a few recipes from it. Today I stopped and asked myself why, considering I use her other two books almost religiously! A couple things I figured out

    1) many of the recipes while they are simple, they require last minute sauteing or preparation while your guests are there. I think that's why her other books are great for entertaining -- the recipes allow you to spend time with your guests.

    2) much of the book is taken up by recipes which you probably already know how to make (sauteed carrots, tomato mozzarella and basil salad, sauteed spinach, mashed potatoes, rosemary polenta, roasted winter vegetables, mashed butternut squash).

    3) I'm a vegetarian, and many of the recipes are not vegetarian friendly.

    There are DEFINITELY great recipes in this cookbook, and if you own Ina's other two books, definitely get this one. If you are buying your first Ina Garten cookbook, go for one of the other two.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy, kid friendly recipes that will knock your socks off!
    This is my all time favorite cookbook. I use it again and again. For my family, friends, company, and kids. I've given out many of the recipes to those who've tasted the foods I've made.

    These recipes are easy, not too many ingredients, big, colorful photos of the finished dish on each page.

    The foods are broken down into sections, i.e., breakfasts, desserts, kid meals, etc...Easy to find something quickly to make!

    My favs have been the broccoli/bow tie pasta dish for kids, the birthday cake and the flag cake. Both my kids love to help in the kitchen, and I always give them a job to do while cooking. They love this book and all the recipes I've made from it. You will NOT be disappointed in this one!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ina is the best!
    I love all the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks (and I have them all!) I think I like the Family Style one the best and have made the most recipes from it. I can honestly say that I usually use one or two recipes from a cookbook (and I have many), but I've used at least a dozen recipes from this book. My favorite was linguine with shrimp scampi. Her recipes just make sense. I have never had one NOT turn out. I would recommend this book (and both the others as well) to anyone. I can't WAIT until her French cookbook comes out in November. ... Read more

    15. Barefoot Contessa Parties! Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun
    by Ina Garten
    list price: $35.00
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    Asin: 0609606441
    Catlog: Book (2001-03-27)
    Publisher: Clarkson Potter
    Sales Rank: 185
    Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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    "A good party is not about the food," says Ina Garten, "it's about the people." That may be true, but her Barefoot Contessa Parties! will ensure that your next party is a fabulous one, regardless of your guest list. Garten, author of The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and a monthly column in Martha Stewart Living, has been catering since 1978. So who better to put together a collection of entertaining theme parties? She's included everything from drinks and hors d'oeuvres to dessert and coffee, as well as notes about what "surprises," atmospheres, venues, and table decorations lend themselves to each. Because she likes to attend her own parties (and who doesn't?), almost every recipe is make-ahead and remarkably uncomplicated.

    From casual get-togethers, such as the Pizza Party--which includes recipes for Caesar Salad with Pancetta, California Pizzas that your guests can assemble themselves, and Ice-Cream Sodas--to the elegant Academy Awards dinner--where your guests will enjoy Raspberry Vodka, Rori's Potato Chips with Caviar Dip, Smoked Salmon with Mesclun, Filet of Beef with Gorgonzola Sauce, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic Roasted Potatoes, and Chocolate Ganache Cake--Garten's parties are well thought out and well organized. Divided by season, you'll look forward to Summer's Outdoor Grill, which starts with Real Margaritas, followed by Endive and Avocado Salad, Grilled Herb Shrimp with Mango Salsa, Spaghettoni al Pesto, Tomato Fennel Salad, and Peach Raspberry Shortcakes for dessert. Autumn brings beautiful menus like the one where you cook with your guests and end up with a feast of Potato Pancakes with Caviar, Salad with Warm Goat Cheese, Rack of Lamb, Orzo with Roasted Vegetables, and Apple Crostata. Winter's menus bring soul-warming food, such as Seafood Chowder, Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, and a recipe for possibly the world's best Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Spring offers menus such as the Sunday Breakfast, with a main course of Roasted Asparagus with Scrambled Eggs, and the Jewish Holiday Party, with Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls.

    Filled with funny party anecdotes, a bit of Ina Garten history, and clever hints and tips to help guarantee the success of these recipes, this collection, subtitled "Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun," delivers on every count. --Leora Y. Bloom ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally! A cookbook for the rest of us!
    I love to cook and bake but I run screaming from complicated recipes. This cookbook contains simple recipes for really great-tasting food. It is uncomplicated and the adjoining photographs are simple and elegant. Never have I found a cookbook where page after page I have found recipes that I actually want to try.

    I made the ceasar salad the first day I bought the book, the sour cream coffee cake the second. Both turned out fantastic! Tomorrow I shall conquer the delicious-looking rugelach.

    The book is touted for parties but don't let that fool you. These are great recipes for simple family dinners as well as large parties. The book is also sprinkled with Ina Garten's advice and past experiences.

    I thank Ina Garten for this wonderful new cookbook - but moreover, my husband thanks her!

    3-0 out of 5 stars More of a lifestyle than a cookbook, but fun to look through
    This book has gorgeous photos and is fun, but it's not really designed for a regular person's life. Garten's idea of parties, which she writes in the introduction, are mostly small gatherings. This means that the book isn't very helpful for larger groups.
    There are some tips on organizing the party, but not as much I would have liked, such as a timeline of how when to prepare things. Of course, when you are only doing a small party this isn't as important, but even for the tea for 25 she doesn't tell you how you should store things or what you should make first and last.

    My major complaint would probably be the cost of the recipes. Wow. This book is about how we might like to entertain our closest and dearest friends if we had a vacation house in the Hamptons and a BMW (oh wait...). So, really the book is about an ideal lifestyle most of us just wish we had.

    It's a fun read and has some interesting recipe ideas, but is not all that practical.

    5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful!
    All of Ina Garten's books are great. Recipes are easy to follow, ingredients readily available, and dishes always get rave reviews. I use her recipes on an almost daily basis. Many great ideas for enteretaining also. All 3 books are must haves.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
    I love Ina's shows and books and have found that the recipes always turn out just as they should. This is the second Barefoot Contessa book I have bought and although I haven't made quite as many recipes from this one as I have from Family Style (I just got Parties!), I can tell already that this one is a winner.
    So far I've made the Spinach Gratin & Apple Crostata, both to rave reviews. ANyone who tells you that her books are not value for money is totally nuts. All of her recipes are totally dependable and keep me coming back again and again.
    Please try he Family Style. It's magnificent!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Gives you what you expect. Nothing More. Others are Better
    This is Ina Garten's second of three cookbooks and the one most closely patterned after the flagship work of her mentor, Martha Stewart. It presents ideas and recipes organized for small scale entertaining at home. As such it is no match for Stewart's 'Entertaining' volume, to which I would direct you if you need to plan any serious parties with more than eight guests.

    Garten's first book was simply recipes from her catering business. They were probably the best she had. This book adds value to a simple collection of recipes by organizing courses into party menus designed for sixteen different family and close friend occasions. The third book seems to be composed of leftovers.

    The choice of events to celebrate is a bit quirky in that traditional occasions such as Christmas, Graduation, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Mardi Gras / Carnavale, and St. Patrick's Day are not included. Rather, ten out of the sixteen are 'moveable feasts' in that the menu is appropriate to just about any occasion. Some are limited by season such as 'Outdoor Grill' and 'Canoe Trip', but many are generic indoor excuses to have a good time, such as 'Sunday Breakfast', 'Pizza Party', and 'Fireside Dinner'.

    Unlike Stewart's book, there is really not much serious advice on how to organize for parties. Much of it is common sense plus clever ideas for special events, such as the idea to pack picnic portions in Chinese takeout cartons.

    Garten has the advantage of claiming with full justification that her recipes are all specifically developed and test to work in a small party environment, as she has been in the catering business doing just this thing for many years. On reading her recipes and seeing many of them done on her Food Network TV show, I believe almost all of these recipes are simple and short in prep time, if not very cheap. The few recipes which take more than a page of large type are the baked goods. As Garten says herself, many are more a matter of 'assembling' than they are of cooking.

    Next to books from publishing house Alfred A. Knopf, cookbooks from Clarkson N. Potter have the most distinctive style. Where Knopf's books tend to follow the sedate style of Julia Child's classics, Potter's books for Stewart and Garten go for lots of large, glossy, very good photographs. Following the maxim that one eats with their eyes before their mouth, this may even help sell cookbooks with it's appeal to the visceral. Unfortunately, a rational look at the content versus the price suggests this book is a bit short on value. I will give Garten credit for referring to recipes in her earlier book rather than filling pages in this book with repeated recipes. I may be visually challenged, but photographs in cookbooks rarely create a positive impression and often create a negative impression if they are poorly done. In this book, I think they are a wash. They are too caught up in being artistic to give great value to the culinary, but they are not bad photos, so, they do nothing for my appreciation of the recipes.

    At $35 list price for sixteen menus and about eighty new recipes, I say this is only a modest value for the cost. The tie-in to the TV show adds some value, but not much. I would recommend Sheila Lukins' book 'Celebrate' as a serious resource for family gatherings. I already suggested Martha Stewart's book as a better source for larger events.

    I recommend this book to any Ina Garten fans plus anyone who already has the other volumes recommended in this review, and simply needs more ideas. Professional caterers are an obvious choice. The book delivers the expected content in an attractive package. Nothing more. ... Read more

    16. Serena, Food & Stories : Feeding Friends Every Hour of the Day
    by Serena Bass
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    Asin: 1584793473
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-12)
    Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
    Sales Rank: 9695
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    When chic Manhattanites absolutely must throw an amazing party, there's only one name programmed into their speed dials: Serena. With a client list that includes Sigourney Weaver, Nathan Lane, Bernadette Peters, and Iman, the woman knows how to host a gathering. It's no wonder New York magazine called her company, Serena Bass, Incorporated, "the best food in the city, hands down."

    In Serena, Food and Stories, the fabulous Ms. Bass shares 100 choice recipes, from Guadalajara Hash for brunch, to Chicken Curry Tea Sandwiches, to a mouth-watering Italian buffet. Organized into menus for 11 occasions, large and small, the focus is on ways to make guests feel both well fed and welcome. Part entertaining cookbook, part dishy memoir, this fun read includes charming anecdotes about Serena's family, friends, husbands, and her one faithful companion, Ruby-her little Westie. Between Serena's infectious, highly social vibe and the to-die-for dishes, it'll definitely keep home cooks-and their hungry pals-turning the pages. AUTHOR BIO: London-born SERENA BASS is a high-profile caterer based in New York City. In addition to her successful catering business, she is the namesake behind Serena, the bar/lounge in the basement of the Chelsea Hotel, which she opened in 1999 and has since sold. This is her first book.
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    17. Emeril's Potluck : Comfort Food with a Kicked-Up Attitude
    by Emeril Lagasse
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 0688164315
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: Morrow Cookbooks
    Sales Rank: 529
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    Emeril Lagasse needs no introduction. TV chef par excellence, and author of eight other cookbooks, he's become something of a one-man industry. Emeril's Potluck, concerned with "comfort food with a kicked-up attitude," follows the MO of his other books--easy, attractive recipes (in this case 150-plus of them) presented in a voce that will be reassuring to some, while all-too-familiar to others. If Potluck seems even more mechanically formulaic than the other books, it nonetheless contains many valuable recipes for a full range of dishes and drinks. Among these, Cajun Quiche, Oven-Poached Salmon with a Pink Grapefruit and Tarragon Sauce, and Slow-Cooked Pork Roast with Barbecue Sauce are representative and worthy. The drink section shouldn't be overlooked and contains recipes for the likes of Milk Shakes for grownups, which include kalúa, and the nonalcoholic mango lassai. Two casserole chapters offer easy treats like Mexican Breakfast Casserole and Risotto and Mushroom Casserole. Desserts like Deep-Dish Banana Pudding with Chocolate Sauce are satisfyingly no-frills. The guiding--perhaps, nominal--idea is that the dishes are perfect for gatherings, picnics, and tailgate parties, but they're also suitable for everyday enjoyment. Readers should also note that many of the recipes require Emeril's food products--for which online sources are given, but no descriptions. --Arthur Boehm ... Read more

    18. Betty Crocker's Cookbook: Bridal Edition
    by Betty Crocker
    list price: $29.95
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    Asin: 0764563262
    Catlog: Book (2001-03-24)
    Publisher: Betty Crocker
    Sales Rank: 33857
    Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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    Help new brides make lasting memories with Betty Crocker's Cookbook: Bridal Edition. The perfect gift for bridal showers and weddings, this beautiful keepsake version of the complete 9th edition of ìBig Redî features a 34-page, full-color special section designed to give new brides (and grooms!) that extra edge. Includes tips for organizing a kitchen, menu planning, effortless home entertaining, and ways to make anniversaries, holidays, and everyday, romantic. Features memory pages to record your own precious moments and special occasions. ... Read more

    Reviews (9)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Cookbook!
    I just bought this cookbook and it is the best! Recipes are good, clear and easy to follow. I recommend this to everybody, not just beginners.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
    It reminds me a lot of my mom's regular edition cookbook, with lots of the same recipies, but with a lot more basic kitchen how-to stuff. It's one of my favorite wedding gifts.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome book for 2 person household & new cooks
    This cookbook assumes you're cooking for 2 people, not a whole family, which is a rare and helpful treat. As with most Betty Crockers, it starts with the basics, and does not assume the cook knows esoteric cooking terms, basic cooking times, etc. Recipes are easy, clear, involve basic ingredients, and most have been real hits in my household. It's a marvelous choice for a beginning cook (male or female), especially someone who'll be cooking only for 1 or 2 people.

    The downside is that Betty Crocker recipes can be on the bland side. Many dishes in here are really basic. I've pencilled in my personal adjustments, spicing things up here and there.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great For New Brides
    This cookbook is great. I received this book from my fiancée as a Christmas present. Not only does it have a wonderful variety of recipes, it also discusses basic concerns a new bride would have in her kitchen. Since I am marrying into a large family, I worry about how I will organize large get-togethers, especially the food. The book provides basic guidelines how you would handle these situations. It also helps you fill in the missing pieces to any dinner party (ie. Serving exotic beverages when guests show up? Snacking food? Dessert?)

    Besides the entertaining aspect of being married, there are the everyday meals that need to be prepared. The instructions are easy to follow, and there a spaces in the book where you would write in your first dinner as a married couple, his favorite meal, your favorite meal.

    This book is great. It is a great addition to any new kitchen.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A well rounded cookbook . . .
    I love to cook and also have a ton of cookbooks. My Mom bought me this book as a wedding gift. Although there are a lot of good recipes I find the tips that are strewn about the book to be the most helpful. There is a lot of pages dedicated to how to cook different cuts of meat, what are different types of vegetables, important items to have in your kitchen, and a whole lot of other fun tips. I think this a great book for a first time cook (like a newlywed couple) but I also think the veteran cook would enjoy to have such a well rounded cookbook. This one really covers all of the bases. ... Read more

    19. Rose's Celebrations
    by Rose Levy Beranbaum
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    Asin: 0688119468
    Catlog: Book (1992-09-01)
    Publisher: William Morrow & Co
    Sales Rank: 402184
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Roses Celebrations
    The photography is spectacular as always with Roses books. I just made my first recipe from the book: Lavender Ice Cream on pg 93 and came across a discrepancy that I hope does not echo throughout the entire tome. The first one is the fact that you're to use a SMALL saucepan and stir the yolks (5.25 ozs), part of the sugar and salt and add 32 ozs. of hot cream/milk to this mixture. A small saucepan is usually 1 qt to 1-1/2 qts and too small for a recipe this size. In addition, the lavender does not get strained as is shown in the photo. In terms of visuals and texture, it doesn't get high marks, although the flavor is absolutely heavenly. I would suggest steeping the lavender in the hot cream/milk, making the creme anglaise and then straining the entire thing. Since this is my first recipe, it would be unfair to rate all the recipes as problematic. The recipes do seem very good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite cookbooks
    This is a colorful, well-illustrated cookbook with recipes for many kinds of celebrations. The recipes I've tried work well and are delicious, and the author's obsessively detailed style makes it easy to follow her recipes. It is worth trying to find this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best cookbooks I have ever owned!
    I love Rose Levy Beranbaum's cookbooks, but this one is one of her best! The recipes are explained in full detail, with tips on how to avoid the most common problems. There are gorgeous full color photos and well thought out serving ideas. The recipes are all wonderful, especially the chocolate orange cheesecake, lamb osso buco, graavlax, cookies, and of course her beautifully decorated cakes. The book also includes staple recipes, and listings of where to buy some of the more exotic ingredients and suggestions for those that are less daring. An all around wonderful cookbook ... Read more

    20. Kosher By Design Entertains: Fabulous Recipes For Parties And Every Day
    by Susie Fishbein
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    Asin: 1578194474
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-15)
    Publisher: Mesorah Publications, Limited
    Sales Rank: 10183
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Susie Fishbein has done it again! A new cookbook with all the elegance and flair of the original best-selling Kosher by Design, with more magnificent photography, great ideas and an array of fabulous recipes! Each recipe is simple yet elegant enough for any Shabbat, holiday, party or everyday meal. In addition, Susie reveals the secrets of successful hostesses. From an outdoor picnic to a formal anniversary dinner, Susie knows how to make your guests feel at home.

    Kosher By Design Entertains features:
    Over 250 brand new recipes and 200 stunning color photographs
    Triple-tested recipes ensure accuracy, ease of preparation and elegant presentation
    Nine different party formats complete with menu suggestions
    Tips on creating the perfect ambience
    Special Passover index
    Resource and Buying Guide ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book and Lots of Good Ideas
    The only problem I have with this cookbook is that I look at it and the food is beautiful. My own results will (usually) please the ones doing the eating, but they sure aren't going to look this good.

    I notice in the opening of the book she refers to her creative team to set a mood, set a table, accessorize it, and given us room for inspiration. I guess that's it. I don't have a creative team. I notice a couple of times she covers the table with something for her husband. Yes, it looks great, but the old man probably wouldn't notice any difference if it were covered with yesterday's newspaper.

    But what you really want out of a cookbook is the recipies. And what you really look for in recipies is something that sounds good, but which you are probably going to just use as a place to start as you add/subtract things that you like better. And I've got to say, I got some great ideas here. I have tried everything I want to use, but I will.

    5-0 out of 5 stars MOVE OVER MARTHA!
    Move over, Martha...there's a new cook on the block!

    Kosher by Design Entertains is definitely not your typical Kosher cookbook. There are over 250 innovative, inspired recipes, including Tri-Colored Matzo Balls, Mexican Gefilte Fish, Seared Duck Salad, Roasted Eggplant Soup, Balsamic Braised Brisket with Shallots and Potatoes, Hazelnut and Honey Crusted Veal Chop, and Triple Chocolate Explosion. Wow! Susie Fishbein obviously loves to use the best ingredients available to make elegantly simple, yet innovative food that wows the eye as well as the palate.

    Kosher By Design Entertains is jam-packed with magnificent photography that is so mouth-watering, it may even inspire you to rush right into your kitchen and start cooking! There are fabulous photo spreads for nine different party themes, each for a different occasion with a different format, e.g., a baby shower (dessert buffet), engagement party (cocktail party), anniversary party (formal dinner) and housewarming (buffet). The creative and eye-catching presentations have been designed to inspire you to adapt the details to your own entertaining needs.

    If you are looking for some delicious twists to update your traditional Passover menu, look no further. The Passover Guide at the back of the book lists 70 recipes, along with substitutions and modifications, that are appropriate for Passover. Recipes are designated as meat, dairy, pareve and gebrokts.

    She includes suggested menus for other Jewish Holidays, a Resource Guide for unusual kosher ingredients, and a Buying Guide for the cooking tools and housewares that are photographed throughout the book.

    Fishbein is an everyday cook who loves to share her passion for cooking and entertaining with friends and family. Remarkably, she is mostly self-taught. However, chefs from three famous restaurants worked with her in her own kitchen to develop some of the recipes for this book, providing a fusion of Italian, French and Asian cultures.

    When I spoke with Susie recently to interview her for a Passover article on my website, I asked her for some simple suggestions for an elegant, hassle-free Passover Seder menu, plus some of her favorite recipes (you can find the recipes below on my website).

    "I don't like to have 17 dishes on the table," she replied. "I prefer a lot less food and like to choose dishes that don't cause stress. I know there will be kids at a Seder and they love my green Shrek-style Spinach Matzo Balls. They can be made in advance, which is perfect."

    I asked her what she would suggest as a main dish. Without hesitating, she said, "Rib Roast with Melted Tomatoes is outstanding. It tastes best when served fresh, so it would make an ideal main course for the second Seder, Sunday evening. The hasselback potatoes also taste best fresh from the oven."

    I asked about her Roasted Beet Salad. Susie said "Not one person in my family likes beets. Not one person left a drop of this salad over when I served it and it was requested the very next night! You can easily make it in advance."

    Without a doubt, "Kosher by Design Entertains" belongs in every Jewish kitchen! It is an outstanding resource for elegant entertaining with ease.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Transforming kosher cuisine
    Susie Fishbein is transforming the way we look at kosher cuisine and putting it on par with any other gourmet food. This is an entertaining cookbook first filled with fabulous recipes and fun party ideas and a kosher cookbook second. Besides her own recipes, the book has those from top restaurant chefs as well. The book also has a much appreciated food resource list for unusual and hard to find items.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the best
    Usually when I buy cookbooks, I read them try maybe 1 or 2 items and then they collect dust.But this one hasn't left my counter since the day I bought it.I highly recommend purchasing this book; and not only for the food- but the table settings are brilliant

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book has been better than therapy!
    Like most guys, I never know what to give as a gift.So when my mother's birthday approached, I felt that old tightness in my chest.Then I happened to see this new cookbook.It inspired me. So - I gave it to Mom and I think it made up for all the lousy gifts I gave her over the years - starting with that toad when I was five! She calls me almost daily to tell me what new recipe she tried.And I get invited over to taste test everything now!Thanks, Susie Fishbein.A therapist couldn't have improved things to this degree! ... Read more

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