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Nigella Express: Good Food, Fast

By Nigella Lawson

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Nigella presents a collection of over a hundred fast recipes, including Asian-flavored chowder and no-worries chocolate mousse, accompanied by time-saving tips, recommendations for stocking a kitchen, and culinary strategy.
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Quick Fix Meals: 200 Simple, Delicious Recipes To Make Mealtime Easy

By Robin Miller

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In Quick Fix Meals, Robin shares her best time-saving strategies for putting fresh, delicious food on the table every night with the least possible effort.
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Bobby Flay's Boy Gets Grill

By Bobby Flay

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The recipes in Boy Gets Grill are the quickest and easiest that Bobby has ever created, making the grill a perfect vehicle for busy weeknight meals. The book includes cool drinks to sip while the fire gets hot, as well as appetizers, salads, simple desserts, and, of course, the meats, fish, and poultry that everyone loves to grill.
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Just In Time! All-New 30-Minute Meals, Plus Super-Fast 15-Minute Meals and Slow It Down 60-minute Meals

By Rachel Ray

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This is Rachael’s most versatile book yet, the one that will help you get the very most out of every minute you spend in the kitchen- whether you’re rushing to the beat of the clock or taking advantage of a little extra time to stop and smell the veggies roasting.
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Paula Deen's The Deen Family Cookbook

By Paula H. Deen

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Nothing is more important to Paula Deen than her family, and nothing makes that big family happier than sitting down to a meal together. In "Paula Deen's The Deen Family Cookbook," Paula and the Deens, Hiers, Groovers, and Orts share their recipes and memories. With more than 140 recipes and dozens of beautiful color photographs, there's something here for everyone.
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More Diners, Drive-ins, Dives: a Drop Top Culinary Cruise Through America's Finest and Funkiest Joints

By Guy Fieri with Ann Volkwein

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Join Guy on a cross-country noshing parade, mapping out the best places you've never heard of-more than fifty establishments off the beaten path.
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Down Home With the Neelys: a Southern Family Cookbook

By Patrick Neely and Gina Neely with Paula Disbrowe

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Husband-and-wife team Pat and Gina Neely, hosts of their own Food Network show and proprietors of the celebrated Memphis and Nashville eateries, Neely's Bar-B-Que, share more than 120 mouthwatering, tried-and-true southern recipes including many of their signature dishes.
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Southern Living's Farmers Market Cookbook

The farmer's market beckons us with spring's arugula, peas, and asparagus and continues its siren call until the fall's first frost. We return with bags overflowing with berries, new potatoes, sugar snap peas, and herbs to plant in the garden. Of course there are tried-and-true recipes that we fall back on each year to use up the produce, but new inspiration is always welcome. Southern Living's new Farmer's Market Cookbook is a great resource for "celebrat[ing] the seasons with fresh-from-the-farm recipes."

The cookbook is divided by season and then further subdivided by appetizers, beverages, main dishes, soups, side dishes, jams/jellies, salads, and desserts. The format is lovely, with beautiful pictures enticing you to recreate the recipe. There are plenty of recipes that employ such typical Virginia bounty as tomatoes and zucchini, but there are also more exotic subjects like mangoes and avocadoes.

Since we are at the beginning of summer at the time of this review, here are the recipes I plan to try in the next two months: Blackberry Iced Tea, Pan-Seared Trout with Italian Style Salsa, Gazpacho, Skillet Creamed Corn, and Summer Squash Casserole. We have peach trees in the backyard, so I think I'll try the Grilled Peach-and-Mozzarella Salad as well. The Tomato-Cucumber Salad should nicely take care of extra cukes and tomatoes from the garden. Then I can look forward to fall's scrumptious apple recipes. (See a selection of recipes online).

Food and Recipes of the Revolutionary War

By George Erdosh

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Describes the kinds of foods commonly consumed by colonists, including soldiers, during the time of the American Revolutionary War. The recipes have been adapted for families to try together.
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Great Lives Series: Julia Child

She was one of the world's most famous chefs, but in her long life she had also been a high school basketball player and top secret researcher, as well as making appearances on TV shows ranging from her own myriad cooking series to The Cosby Show to Sesame Street to a beloved parody on Saturday Night Live. She was as much a cultural institution as a culinary artist.