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"All Cakes Considered," Melissa Gray

Pros: Hilarious, incredibly useful, and soooooooooo delicious Cons: NONE Rating: 6 out of 5 Review book (published 2009) courtesy of Chronicle Books.   Actual quotes uttered during the testing of this cookbook by me, my husband, and friends: “Is it

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"Absolutely Chocolate," Fine Cooking Eds.

Pros: Wow. Delightful, hard-working recipes that showcase the best of chocolate. Cons: Sugar, calories, fat, calories… Rating: 5 out of 5 Review copy courtesy of The Taunton Press.   Hi, my name is Heather, and I’m addicted to chocolate. I

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"How to Cook a Turkey," eds. of Fine Cooking

Pros: Delightful range of wonderful recipes; incredible feast of tips and tricks Cons: None that we could find Rating: 5 out of 5 Review copy courtesy of The Taunton Press.   Thanksgiving dinner is a tradition for my husband and

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"The Cupcake Kit," Elinor Klivans

Pros: Extremely useful for beginner or non-ambitious cupcake decorators! Cons: Has a narrow purpose Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book (published 2009) courtesy of Chronicle Books.   I love cake. I ADORE cupcakes, which are small, portable, easy-to-indulge-in tidbits

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"Pestos, Tapenades & Spreads," Stacey Printz

Pros: Wow. Umm, and did I say, wow? Cons: None Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book (published 2009) courtesy of Chronicle Books.   I’ve always enjoyed pestos & tapenades, but I never went out of my way to have

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"Noodles Every Day," Corinne Trang

Pros: Delicious results! Wide variety of recipes Cons: Not quite what “Every Day” makes me think of; be sure you don’t mind hunting down a few ingredients Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book (published 2009) courtesy of Chronicle Books.

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"The Ice Cream Deck," Lou Seibert Pappas

Pros: Delicious!! Versatility of card deck format Cons: Small mistakes; clumsiness of card deck format Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book (published 2009) courtesy of Chronicle Books.   I find card deck-format cookbooks to be both a positive and

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Cyborg Name

Get Your Cyborg Name   O frabjous day: we have a new book reviewer over at the reviews blog—Rene! She’s great, and has already posted a handful of reviews. Here are hers so far: Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride

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"Tapas," Joyce Goldstein

Pros: Fascinating information and delicious recipes! Cons: More ingredient listings would be nice Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book (published 2009) courtesy of Chronicle Books.   When I lived in Boston over my college years I was introduced to

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Mollie Katzen’s Recipes: Desserts

Pros: Handy easel design; simple recipes; delicious results Cons: Although the book seems perfect for inexperienced cooks, it leaves some details out Rating: 4 out of 5 Review copy courtesy of Ten Speed Press. Visit Mollie Katzen online.   Mollie

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