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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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"Give the Bitch Her Chocolate," Polish & Wotz

Pros: Deliciously vulgar and offensive; sarcasm paired with darling vintage illustrations Cons: Deliciously vulgar and offensive Rating: 5 out of 5

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The Wii Fit needs an option…

…for, “my cat just tried to ‘help’ me do the step aerobics program, but I successfully completed it AND didn’t step on her.” And it should give you some sort of bonus points on your score. ‘Cause let me tell

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Eating Healthfully

The one thing that all ‘experts’ on health and eating (whether they’re doctors, nutritionists, or just proponents of the latest fad) seem to agree on is this: colorful, non-starchy veggies are healthy. They go back and forth on everything else,

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"The Pastry Queen Christmas," Rebecca Rather

Pros: Delightful range of fit-for-the-holidays recipes Cons: Be ready to pack on the holiday pounds! Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Ten Speed Press.   Seeing as Rebecca Rather and Alison Oresman’s The Pastry Queen Christmas promises

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Ahh Thanksgiving…

Thanksgiving has always been a pure excuse to cook for us. When we lived in the Boston area we would invite all the friends of ours who didn’t have family to go back to for the holidays (or who didn’t

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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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A Thanksgiving Menu

I have a ton of recipes picked out now, carefully calculated to allow me to review as many cookbooks as possible, naturally! This is going to seem like an awful lot, but we live off of our Thanksgiving menu for

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"Kitchen Confidential," Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain has quite the personality. I’m perfectly happy with the idea that I’ll never meet him. I wouldn’t want to work for or with him, and I’d probably hate him if I met him. He’s obnoxious, arrogant, and egotistical. Which are job skills where he comes from.

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"The Fearless Chef: Innovative Recipes from the Edge of American Cuisine," Andy Husbands and Joe Yonan

My note on the rum-baked bananas recipe now reads, “Do not make–dangerous. Will set your husband on fire!”

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