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March 24th, 2010

Lemon Poppy Seed-Sour Cream Cake from Rose's Heavenly Cakes

This is Rose's signature cake ( and mine) made larger and more flavorful. This version adds sour cream to the recipe, that gives it a wonderful mouthfeel. It has a rich buttery flavor, perfumed with lemon... read more >

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1001 Cookie Recipes: The Ultimate A-To-Z Collection of Bars, Drops, Crescents, Snaps, Squares, Biscuits, and Everything That Crumbles

By Gregg R. Gillespie, Peter Barry
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - 1995

January 31st, 2010

Very comprehensive book on cookies. The directions are concise, with few tips or baking notes.

Alfred Portale's Gotham Bar and Grill Cookbook

By Alfred Portale
Broadway - 1997

January 31st, 2010

This is a beautiful book, with many pictures of the finished dish and some of the techniques. Some of the recipes are complicated, but you can make parts of the dish or just simplify the recipes.

Amy's Bread

By Amy Scherber, Toy Kim Dupree
Cookbooks - 1996

January 31st, 2010

If you live or visit New York City then you must buy some of Amy's bread, it's so good. Then you will run out to buy her book. Even though it was written more than ten years ago, the book with its recipes for hearth-style loaves is very current. The recipes are easy to follow and delicious.

Another Blue Strawbery

By James Haller
Harvard Common Press - 1983

March 20th, 2010

This is another book by James Haller about cooking without recipes. It can help you to be more creative,but it's not for someone that needs to follow an exact recipe.
There are some interesting ideas if you are willing to experiment.

At Home with Michael Chiarello: Easy Entertaining

By Michael Chiarello, Karl Petzke
Chronicle Books - 2005

January 26th, 2010

This a beautiful book with many pictures of the finished dishes. The chapters are divided by courses with clear and concise directions. There are also cooking notes, entertaining notes and wine notes for most of the recipes. The last chapter is entertaining 101, information to make you a great host at your next party.

A Baker's Tour: Nick Malgieri's Favorite Baking Recipes from Around the World

By Nick Malgieri
William Morrow Cookbooks - 2005

January 31st, 2010

This book on baking is different in that all of the recipes are from outside the United States. Nick Malgieri has adapted them for American use with wonderful results.When you read this book its like taking a trip to the bakeries of the world.

Baking Bread: Old and New Traditions

By Beth Hensperger, Joyce Oudkerk
Chronicle Books - 1992

January 31st, 2010

This is a very nice on baking bread. Techniques are explained in the front of the book. Some interesting bread recipes with suggested variations.

Baking with Julia Savor the Joys of Baking with America's Best Bakers

By Dorie Greenspan
William Morrow Cookbooks - 1996

January 21st, 2010

This book is based on her PBS series of the same name. It is a good book because the recipes are from many different wonderful bakers. It is large book with instructions that are clearly written, it also has many beautiful pictures. If you can find the DVD with PBS series, it's great to watch bake with Julia.

Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again

By Ina Garten
Clarkson Potter - 2006

January 10th, 2010

Another great book by the Barefoot Contessa. Very organized with great recipes and beautful pictures. The recipe for asian salmon is really great.

Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients

By Ina Garten
Clarkson Potter - 2008

January 13th, 2010

This is the newest of all her books so I haven't made many of her recipes. I did make the date nut spice bread and it was wonderful. There are many more great recipes that I want to try very soon. The book has many useful tips for cooking and entertaining.

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

By Ina Garten, Martha Stewart
Clarkson Potter - 1999

January 10th, 2010

This is Barefoot's first book and it is very good. Well organized with beautiful pictures of the recipes. Simple clear instructions with great results. Thre reason I eagerly awaited her other cookbooks. The roasted eggplant spread is good healthy dip, all my friends have requested the recipe. Good book worth buying.

Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family

By Ina Garten
Clarkson Potter - 2002

January 12th, 2010

I love all of the Barefoot Contessa's cookbooks but this is one I have used the most. Many of the recipes fit nicely into our way of cooking and eating. The brown rice,tomatoes and basil salad and the wheatberry salads are great additions to my barbecue menus. The homemade marshmallows are fantastic.

Barefoot Contessa Parties! Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun

By Ina Garten
Clarkson Potter - 2001

January 10th, 2010

Many useful tips on entertaing in Barefoot's usual simple and elegant style. Very organized with many wonderful recipes.

Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home

By Ina Garten
Clarkson Potter - 2004

January 10th, 2010 (edited 10th January 2010)

I love all the Barefoot cookbooks. In this book she took french food and made it simple, elegant and delicious.Great book.

Bernard Clayton's Cooking Across America: Cooking With More Than 100 of North America's Best Cooks and 250 of Their Favorite Recipes

By Bernard Clayton
Simon & Schuster - 1993

January 31st, 2010

This is a unique book in that the recipes are from home cooks across the nation. The author traveled for years to capture the flavor and spirit of American Cooking.

Best of Arizona: Recipes from Arizona's Favorite Resorts & Restaurants

By Marjorie Scaffidi
Treasure Chest Books - 1992

January 31st, 2010

My husband traveled to Arizona and bought me this book, so I could make him some of the food he tasted. Most of the recipes are simple to make even though they are chef's recipes. Many of them give you the flavors of the southwest.

Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate

By Alice Medrich, Deborah Jones
Artisan - 2003

January 31st, 2010

If you like chocolate, not milk chocolate, but bittersweet or semisweet chocolate than this book is for you. Besides the wonderful recipes, she teaches you everything you need to know about chocolate. Many tip, techniques and chocolate secrets.

The Blue Strawbery Cookbook: Cooking (Brilliantly) Without Recipes

By James Haller
Harvard Common Pr - 1978

March 20th, 2010

This book tries to be different by telling you that it is about cooking without recipes. Each chapter tries to explain the concept of how each course is prepared. It doesn't list the ingredients, but explains how to make the dish in a "short story style". The author encourages you to use different ingredients and be creative. I think the concept is good but not everyone would like this type of cookbook.

Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill Cookbook: Explosive Flavors from the Southwestern Kitchen

By Bobby Flay
Clarkson Potter - 2007

February 5th, 2010

I love to go to Mesa Grill for dinner. Now I could bring the flavor of Bobby Flay's southwestern kitchen to mine. The recipes are a bit complicated with sauces, garnishes and extra components. Also some of the ingredients may be hard to find. But if you get past all that, you will have some very flavorful food.

The Bon Appetit Cookbook

By Barbara Fairchild
Wiley - 2006

January 31st, 2010

This is a very comprehensive cookbook, with over 1200 of Bon Appetit best recipes from many years of it Magazine. The recipes are organized well in the many chapters. They are well written and tested. The book includes many tips and techniques.

Bon Appetit Weekend Entertaining: A Cookbook, Menu Planner & Entertaining Sourcebook for Occasions Large or Small, Casual or Elegant

By Bon Appetit Editors
Pantheon - 1999

March 20th, 2010

I love this book because it gives me inspiration and ideas for entertaining. There is a section with tips on how to plan and give a great party. The book is divided into different types of parties, from casual to very special occasions. There are menus and recipes for each occasion, also included are menu options. Beautiful pictures and a countdown of things to do each day, help you plan a great event.

The Bread Bible

By Rose Levy Beranbaum
W.W. Norton & Co. - 2003

January 14th, 2010

Like all of rose's books it is very well tested and covers a wlde range of breads. I own this book for a few years but it wasn't until I took a bread baking course that I started reading this book cover to cover. It has alot of useful information about the essentials of baking bread.She guides us through all the steps for each bread and gives us many tips for solving problems if they arise. All the recipes I have made have beenvery good.

The Cake Bible

By Rose Levy Beranbaum
William Morrow Cookbooks - 1988

January 10th, 2010

This is my favorite cookbook. I learned to bake beautiful cakes and silky fillings from this book. All of the recipes are very well tested and they are all delicious. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about baking cakes, everything is explained in detail. There is also a section for professionals and passionate amateurs. My book is well worn and loved.

Celebrations, Italian Style: Recipes and Menus for Special Occasions and Seasons of the Year

By Mary Ann Esposito, Tomie dePaola
Hearst Books - 1995

January 31st, 2010

Maryann Esposito takes her knowledge of Italian cooking and give it a contemporary flair. The recipes are clear and easy to follow. Each recipe has notes of additional information and some have menu suggestions. There are many recipes for holidays and special occasions.

Ciao Italia

By Mary Ann Esposito
William Morrow Cookbooks - 1991

January 11th, 2010

I first heard of Maryann Esposito on PBS but it was the recipe Orsi piccoli (Little Bears) that made me buy the book (no internet in 1991). It was a recipe for little sweet bread bears, but this book had so many more great recipes. A stuffed bread called broccoli roll has become a family favorite. A well worn book.

Ciao Italia in Tuscany: Traditional Recipes from One of Italy's Most Famous Regions

By Mary Ann Esposito
St. Martin's Press - 2003

January 31st, 2010

While there are many books on Tuscan cooking, Maryann's stories make you feel like you are traveling with her through Tuscany. The recipes are simple and delicious.

Ciao Italia in Umbria: Recipes and Reflections from the Heart of Italy

By Mary Ann Esposito
St. Martin's Press - 2002

January 31st, 2010

Umbrian cooking is not as widely known as some other regions of Italy, a good reason to buy the book. With this book Maryann takes us through Umbria with her stories of the people, the food and land that they love.

Cookies Unlimited

By Nick Malgieri
William Morrow Cookbooks - 2000

January 31st, 2010

I love cookies and Nick Malgieri is one of my favorite cookbook authors. The book is divided into typrs of cookies, such as bar, drop. rolled, piped,filled, etc. Many great recipes to choose from.

Emeril's Creole Christmas

By Emeril Lagasse
William Morrow Cookbooks - 1997

January 31st, 2010

This is a sweet little book that gets you in the mood for the holidays. Its takes you from Christmas eve dinner through New Year's Day, with many holiday recipes and tips in between.

Fiesta Latina: Fabulous Food for Sizzling Parties

By Rafael Palomino, Arlen Gargagliano
Chronicle Books - 2006

February 1st, 2010 (edited 1st February 2010)

This us a small book, but it's packed with flavors of latin cooking.

Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook

By Zoe Coulson
Hearst Books - 1980

January 14th, 2010

This is one of the first cookbooks that I bought when I started to cook. It was a great learning tool. Every recipe has a picture of the completed dish. Many have step by step illustrated instructions to help guide you. Even though the book is thirty years old, I still make many of the recipes.There is an updated version, and I recommend this book to any new cook.

The Hay Day Country Market Cookbook

By Kim Rizk
Workman Publishing Company - 1998

February 1st, 2010

Unfortunately this market is no longer in business, but the simple ,fresh food they served lives on in this cookbook.

How to Bake: Complete Guide to Perfect Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Tarts, Breads, Pizzas, Muffins,

By Nick Malgieri
William Morrow Cookbooks - 1995

January 13th, 2010

This book is aptly named, it covers all different kinds of baked goods. The book is very well organized into 9 sections. Each section begins with a list of all the recipes for that particular baked good. The recipes are clear an easy to follow. Many techniques are explained and many tips given. I have made many recipes from this book and they were all great.

How to Grill: The Complete Illustrated Book of Barbecue Techniques

By Steven Raichlen
Workman Publishing Company - 2001

February 1st, 2010

This is a great book for learning how to grill. Steven Raichlen is a master and knows how to teach his craft. Every recipe has very detailed instructions, with many pictures of the different steps and techniques.

The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook

By King Arthur Flour
Countryman Press - 2003

January 10th, 2010

This is a very comprehensive book on baking from the people who make great flour. All of the recipes have been well tested and they have a web site for questions, information and for buying ingredients and equipment for baking. I have made many recipes from this book and all have been great.

Lidia's Family Table: More Than 200 Fabulous Recipes to Enjoy Every Day-With Wonderful Ideas for Variations and Improvisations

By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
Knopf - 2004

January 31st, 2010

This is everyday Italian cooking at its best. Lidia gives you wonderful recipes that you can make your own. The recipes are a bit long because she explains everything, and gives you ideas for many variations.

Lidia's Italy: 140 Simple and Delicious Recipes from the Ten Places in Italy Lidia Loves Most

By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Tanya Bastianich Manuali
Knopf - 2007

February 5th, 2010

This is a companion book to Lidia's PBS series Lidia's Italy. It is divided into ten chapters, each a different city in Italy. Lidia gives you some information about the region and the recipes that can be found there. Her daughter, Tanya, an art historian, gives a tour of some of the area's cultural treasures. It really is a good book to capture the flavor and feel of Italy.

Louisiana Real and Rustic

By Emeril Lagasse
William Morrow Cookbooks - 1996

January 15th, 2010

This cookbook gives you the flavors of Louisiana in a clear and concise manner. Recipes are easy to follow and delicious.The Jambalaya recipe is one that I make often. It uses familiar ingredients with a twist.

The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook

By Martha Stewart Living Magazine
Clarkson Potter - 2000

January 26th, 2010

If you love Martha Stewart's magazine than this is a good book for you. It is a compilation of recipes from the first ten years of her magazine. The best of the best.

Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook

By Martha Stewart
Clarkson Potter - 1999

January 31st, 2010

This is a thick book, half of it contains photographs of the beautiful hors d' oeuvres she makes. She gives you many recipes for making them, but ideas for the many edible bases that can be filled with delectable morsels of food.

Martha Stewart's Pies & Tarts

By Martha Stewart
Clarkson Potter - 1992

January 23rd, 2010

This was the book that first got me started baking tarts. It has many beautiful pictures,enticing you to bake. The instructions are well written and easy to follow. I still make many of the recipes in this book.

Nathalie Dupree's Southern Memories: Recipes and Reminiscences

By Nathalie Dupree, Tom Eckerle
University of Georgia Press - 2004

January 31st, 2010

Before Paula Deen, there was Nathalie Dupree, who gave us our first view of Southern living and Southern food. Her recipes are easy and delicious.

Nella Cucina: More Italian Cooking from the Host of Ciao Italia

By Mary Ann Esposito, Lauren Jarrett
Morrow Cookbooks - 1993

January 11th, 2010

Maryann's 1st book,Ciao Italia was so good that I bought her next book,Nella Cucina. It is another well used book. I have made many of its great recipes.

The Paris Cookbook

By Patricia Wells
William Morrow Cookbooks - 2001

January 31st, 2010

Patricia Wells takes you on a trip through Paris with her own personal stories and recipes from the people and places she has visited.

The Perfect Recipe

By Pam Anderson Executive Editor, Judith D. Love
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2001

February 1st, 2010

This is a very good book. The recipes are tested many times to make sure they work and taste good. The author takes everyday foods and perfects them.

The Pie and Pastry Bible

By Rose Levy Beranbaum
Scribner - 1998

January 15th, 2010

Rose Levy Beranbaum is my favorite cookbook author.She taught me to bake cakes with her Cake Bible and this book is like taking a course in pastry making.As is her usual style, she gives you all the information to understand what to do and why you should do it. If all you want are recipes that are quick and simple this book is not for you, but if you want to learn to bake the best pastry,enjoy.

Pure Chocolate: Divine Desserts and Sweets from the Creator of Fran's Chocolates

By Fran Bigelow, Helene Siegel
Broadway - 2004

January 31st, 2010

This is a book about all kinds of chocolate, white, bittersweet,semisweet and milk chocolate. The author of the book is a chocolatier so she knows something about making great chocolate. Lucky for us she is willing to share.

Rose's Christmas Cookies

By Rose Levy Beranbaum
William Morrow Cookbooks - 1998

January 10th, 2010

This is my favorite cookie cookbook. Like all of Rose's cookbooks her recipes are very well tested and all turn out perfectly. She gives all her recipes in both volume and weight, which I love. Every Christmas my daughter and I make 500 to 600 cookies,many recipes come from this book. It has the best rugalech recipe ever.
Great book.

Rose's Heavenly Cakes

By Rose Levy Beranbaum
Wiley - 2009

January 15th, 2010

Rose Levy Beranbaum does it again. I waited all summer (2009) for this book,but it was worth it. The book is beautiful with pictures of all the cakes. It isn't as instructional as her bible books, but still has the recipes in both volume and weights. If you go to Rose's website there a link for a bake along for her book. Every week the bakers who signed up, bake a another cake from the book. They give their take on the recipes with reviews on how it tastes. All of the cakes I have made were spectacular.

The Silver Palate Cookbook

By Julee Rosso, Sheila Lukins, Michael McLaughlin
Workman Publishing Company - 1982

January 16th, 2010

In the 80's this was the it cookbook,it changed the way we thought about food. We were encouraged to try new foods and combinations. Everyone was talking about the book but more importantly they were cooking new recipes. I still make many of them today.