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Catching up…

Short post today. 🙂 I just wanted to link to the three recent book reviews I put up: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, The Writer Behind the Words by Dara Girard, and Soups & Salads for Spring and

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"Super Natural Cooking," by Heidi Swanson

The recipes from this book more than prove Ms. Swanson’s skill in the creative kitchen. One of the surest signs I’ve found of a brilliant cook over the years is the ability to take a few, often mild ingredients and turn them into something that is more than the sum of its parts–a wholly new and complex flavor. This she does easily.

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Caribbean Jerk and Oldways

Two new cookbook reviews are up! Check out The Oldways Table: Essays & Recipes from the Culinary Think Tank, by K. Dun Gifford, Sara Baer-Sinnott, et al, and Jerk from Jamaica: Barbecue Caribbean Style by Helen Willinsky. The “Jerk from

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"Jerk from Jamaica: Barbecue Caribbean Style," by Helen Willinsky

The quality of the recipes is right up there with the Sugar Mill cookbook, but this book focuses primarily on a simpler, narrower type of cooking. It’s easy to whip up these recipes with little advance notice, but they’ll satisfy your tastebuds for days on end!

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Review of “Luscious Lemon Desserts”

Today’s review is of Lori Longbotham’s Luscious Lemon Desserts. I’m a lemon fiend. I tend to forget about lemon; my adoration of things like mint and chocolate sometimes overshadows it. However, whenever I see this cookbook sitting on a shelf

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Wordcount progress meters & a cookbook review

I’ve always loved wordcount progress meters and charts. They’re such fun doohickeys, and when I was working writing contracts they’re how I kept myself on course. Unfortunately the hard reality of ADD/bipolar/etc. means that I’ve never been able to keep

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Cookbook Review and… 500+ Reviews!

Today’s review is of Jewish Holiday Feasts, a wonderfully delicious little cookbook from Chronicle Books. Chronicle Books happens to be one of my favorite cookbook publishers. I haven’t loved each and every cookbook they’ve put out, but pretty damn close,

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"Jewish Holiday Feasts," by Louise Fiszer & Jeannette Ferrary

I highly recommend this cookbook, particularly to anyone who enjoys sampling new foods and isn’t overly familiar with Jewish holiday fare.

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Holiday cooking reviews

The season for holiday cooking fast approaches. This means we’ll be intensively using cookbooks and kitchenware in our home; we often use the wild excesses of Thanksgiving cooking to help us review things for the Christmas shopping season that our

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"Country Breakfasts," Ken Haedrich

We haven’t adored everything in this cookbook. Some of the whole grain recipes are a little much for us, and some things are just kind of there as far as quality goes. But the stuff that’s good–and that’s the majority of it–is very good. And there are so many recipes here that I predict this book will become a real treasure for anyone who enjoys breakfast foods, even if you don’t love every recipe.

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