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A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

With interwoven recipes and memories, Molly Wizenberg divulges her story, a memoir that blossoms from a blog she created in the aftermath of her father’s death.  While the stories are splotchy little essays that capture only fragments of Wizenberg’s life, … Continue reading

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Lard : The Lost Art of Cooking with Your Grandmother’s Secret Ingredient by Editors of Grit Magazine

I jumped on the don’t-eat-anything-you-can’t-pronounce bandwagon about five years ago. While I’ve lost no weight and have yet to be inspired to lead a “healthy lifestyle,” my HDLs have gone way up, my LDLs way down, and my husband has … Continue reading

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Italian Cooking at Home by Gianni Scappin, Alberto Vanoli, and Steven Kolpan

            The Culinary Institute of America brings us a gorgeously photographed new Italian cookbook.  Italian Cooking at Home by Gianni Scappin, Alberto Vanoli, and Steven Kolpan is filled with mouth-watering photographs accompanied by equally appetizing authentic Italian recipes.  The recipes … Continue reading

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The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen: Live Well, Laugh Often, Cook Much by Serena Thompson and Teri Edwards.

If you like to “read” cookbooks like I do, Farm Chicks in the Kitchen is a sure winner. But it is so much more than a cookbook. Not only is it full of simple but tasty “down home” favorites  such … Continue reading

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Professional Baking Fifth Edition by Wayne Gisslen

Wayne Gisslen’s Professional Baking is my new baking Bible.  If you need to bake anything, it will be in this one massive textbook.  Learn how to make chocolate truffles, blown sugar decorations, Amish pretzels, brioches, éclairs, or petits fours all … Continue reading

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Southern Pies: A Gracious Plenty of Pie Recipes, from Lemon Chess to Chocolate Pecan by Nancie McDermott

Despite its awkward title, pie makers or anyone with nostalgia for southern food should love Southern Pies.  It is essentially a collection of recipes culled from both old family cookbooks to current southern chefs.  Each pie has its own story, and … Continue reading

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Ratio: the Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking by Michael Ruhlman

Being a public librarian with access to an unending supply of books, it takes something really special to make me want to part with $27.00 just so I can call it my own. Ruhlman has found the secret in Ratio and … Continue reading

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Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson

When preparing for the holidays next year, consider checking out Nigella Lawson’s Nigella Christmas to help you out.  This book is packed with everything one needs to entertain a crowd or feed your family.  Chapters cover catering parties, hot and … Continue reading

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A Baker’s Field Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies by Dede Wilson

In Dede Wilson’s A Baker’s Field Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies, you’ll find 70+ recipes for all sorts of chocolate cookies.  From the plain and simple, to crazy or sophisticated, if it’s remotely related to a chocolate chip cookie, it’s … Continue reading

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Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes by Martha Stewart

I’m sure no one is surprised that I am finally reviewing a Martha Stewart cookbook.  Her latest series of cookbooks include pictures for every single dessert, which is something I wish all cookbooks would have.  In Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes, we … Continue reading

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