Cookbooks

Desperate Measures: 90 Unintimidating Recipes for the Domestically Inept

By Kevin Crafts

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"Easy, tasty recipes for those who know how good food looks and tastes but never before had a clue how to make it themselves. Kevin Crafts demystifies the kitchen in 21 mouth-watering, easy-to-prepare menus, all spiced to perfection with his engaging sense of humor."

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Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover's Courtship, with Recipes

By Amanda Hesser

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"Life in the city, love, and unforgettable meals--can a food writer find happiness with a man who has an empty refrigerator? This is a food lover's courtship, with recipes."

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Cutting Costs and Time--But Not Taste

Here’s a quick look at four cookbooks that offer very different takes on making the most of your food budget and your schedule. From true Brit to vegan to down home Southern, you’re likely to find that one of these books for cooks matches your palate and your wallet.

The Vegetarian Grill: 200 Recipes for Inspired Flame-Kissed Meals

By Andrea Chesman

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"At last, vegetarians can take leave of the hot kitchen and be part of the casual backyard fun long reserved for carnivores. Non-vegetarians, too, can take a healthy break from, or find the perfect side dish for, their usual outdoor fare. In 200 grill-tested recipes for smoky, succulent, fire-kissed food, Andrea Chesman makes room on the grill for a feast of new foods and flavors, from simple sides and salads to hearty burgers, burritos, pizzas, pastas, and more."
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The Great Chile Book

By Mark Miller with John Harrisson

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"The Coyote Cafe cookbook was a howling success that spawned a wonderful pair of posters created by Mark Miller. This full-color handbook presents an expansion of the posters' information in book form, covering 100 chiles (50 each of fresh and dried), each with a color photograph, hotness scale, and brief description.  The Great Chile Book also includes background information, an introduction to the use of chiles in the cuisines of Mexico and the Southwest, and delicious recipes from the kitchen of the Coyote Cafe."

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Deleites de la Cocina Mexicana = Healthy Mexican American Cooking

By Maria Luisa Urdaneta

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"Because diabetes is a growing health problem in the Mexican American community this information is vital for all those who need or want to manage their diet without giving up the foods they've grown up with and love. No other cookbook provides such a wide range of healthy Mexican recipes, all kitchen-tested, easy to prepare, and simply delicious. Let Deleites de la Cocina Mexicana be your one-stop guide to cooking and eating guilt-free Mexican food."  A bi-lingual cookbook.

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Comida Rápida y Fácil para Personas con Diabetes: Más de 150 Recetas que Encantará a Todos

By Art Ginsburg

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From the famous Mr. Food, this cookbook features more than 150 recipes in Spanish for diabetics, including snacks, salads, soups, poultry, meat, vegetarian fare, and desserts.

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Vertamae Cooks in the Americas' Family Kitchen

By Vertamae Grosvenor

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"Storyteller, poet, and culinary anthropologist Vertamae Grosvenor displays the pleasures of Afro-Atlantic cooking in this soulful companion to the new PBS series The Americas' Family Kitchen. Here, as in the series, she shows how African tastes and traditions have influenced the various cuisines of America, acquiring new flavors and ingredients along the way in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.  You'll find more than a hundred mouth-watering, down-home recipes, spiced with Vertamae's anecdotes, humor, and historical insights. The recipes range from the surprising to the happily familiar, from zesty Bahian shrimp creole to the simple pleasures of sweet potato pie. And everything from Hoppin' John to Sunshine Soup to Low Country Red Rice has a story."

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The Essential Cuisines of Mexico

By Diana Kennedy

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More than 300 authentic recipes are grouped by food category (tamales, salads, seafood, sweet yeast breads, etc.). Chapter introductions share the author's travel stories. Uses exotic ingredients such as pigs' feet, nopoles (cactus paddles) and cuiclacoche (corn fungus), to create the real deal of Mexican cooking. Some recipes will be challenging, and
others, such as Chiles Con Queso (chiles with cheese) and angel hair pasta with tomato broth, will be easy, comforting, and tasty.

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Seasons of My Heart: A Culinary Journey through Oaxaca, Mexico

By Susana Trilling

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Bounded by mountains and the Pacific Ocean lies the state of Oaxaca. Susan Trilling, a New York restaurant owner and caterer, delves into the cuisine of the region that became her adopted home. The culinary traditions do share some Spanish roots with other Latin cuisine, but much of its savor comes from the age-old traditions of the native people. The book's chapters are arranged by region and offer delights such as Chiled Chicken Wrapped in Herbs and Banana Leaves and Layered Mango Pudding. Many vegetarian and seafood recipes are included.
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