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Here's why I love cookbooks and think they are worth buying and giving, even as our little black box devices can call up recipes lickety split.  When I buy a cookbook I spend a few weeks cooking only from it.  I read the front parts and the back parts and I don't flip straight to recipes.  Why? Because the reason a publishing house spent tons of hours and dollars in printing and editing and testing this beauty is because this person is good at what they do. Better than me for sure, can't say about you.  Either way, if you read a cookbook and shop its recipes and cook them for a few weeks, you will grasp more deeply how to cook.  Because this chef has developed a noteworthy system of cooking that people find delicious.  There's never one single way to learn to cook, but me - I buy cookbooks and then cook from them.  I've done my best to collect ones you'll love - let me know if I'm missing any, will ya?  read@prairiepathbooks.com

Cookbooks

365: A Year of Everyday Cooking and Baking

365: A Year of Everyday Cooking and Baking

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One of The New York Times 13 Best Cookbooks of Fall 2019

Treat yourself to a year of home cooking with the help of Meike Peters, author of the 2017 James Beard Award-winning book Eat in My Kitchen.

Every home cook faces the same conundrum--what should I make today? Find a delicious answer to that question every day of the year with Meike Peters, author of the James Beard Award-winning book Eat in My Kitchen and the popular blog of the same name. These 365 new recipes are designed to complement the rhythm of your week, from quick, creative weeknight pasta dinners and colorful salads to fragrant, long-simmering weekend stews and cozy cakes. Try the Winter Caprese with Blood Orange, Beet, and Mozzarella; Riesling Mussels with Grapes and Tarragon; Raclette and Onion Spaetzle; and Tahini-Date Cake. Featuring the author's signature style of cooking, rooted in German and Mediterranean flavors and making the best of each season's lush produce, this new home-cooking bible will inspire you in the kitchen the whole year and beyond.

Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln's Life and Times

Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln's Life and Times

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Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen is a culinary biography unlike any before. The very assertion of the title--that Abraham Lincoln cooked--is fascinating and true. It's an insight into the everyday life of one of our nation's favorite and most esteemed presidents and a way to experience flavors and textures of the past. Eighmey solves riddles such as what type of barbecue could be served to thousands at political rallies when paper plates and napkins didn't exist, and what gingerbread recipe could have been Lincoln's childhood favorite when few families owned cookie cutters and he could carry the cookies in his pocket. Through Eighmey's eyes and culinary research and experiments--including sleuthing for Lincoln's grocery bills in Springfield ledgers and turning a backyard grill into a cast-iron stove--the foods that Lincoln enjoyed, cooked, or served are translated into modern recipes so that authentic meals and foods of 1820-1865 are possible for home cooks. Feel free to pull up a chair to Lincoln's table.
Always Home: A Daughter's Recipes & Stories: Foreword by Alice Waters

Always Home: A Daughter's Recipes & Stories: Foreword by Alice Waters

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A cookbook and culinary memoir about growing up as the daughter of revered chef/restaurateur Alice Waters: a story of food, family, and the need for beauty in all aspects of life.

In this extraordinarily intimate portrait of her mother--and herself--Fanny Singer, daughter of food icon and activist Alice Waters, chronicles a unique world of food, wine, and travel; a world filled with colorful characters, mouth-watering traditions, and sumptuous feasts. Across dozens of vignettes with accompanying recipes, she shares the story of her own culinary coming of age and reveals a side of her legendary mother that has never been seen before. A charming, smart translation of Alice Waters's ideals and attitudes about food for a new generation, Always Home is a loving, often funny, unsentimental, and exquisitely written look at a life defined in so many ways by food, as well as the bond between mother and daughter.

Sandy: This book is perfect for a foodie in your life - maybe you! Most lovers of food know of the Berkeley chef Alice Waters who almost literally created the restaurant farm-to-table movement with her unalterable insistence on fresh-grown and sourced ingredients.  Not only is her restaurant Chez Panisse famous, she’s created educational gardening programs for schools across the country and penned and cooked her way to over a dozen cookbooks. This is her story seen through the eyes of her only child, Fanny.  It is tender but true, and packed with recipes and art-worthy photographs. I loved it - and you and your foodie will too. The perfect WOW gift.

 

Swaddled in dish towels and set inside a huge salad bowl, newborn Singer (co-author, with Waters: My Pantry, 2015) was a regular visitor at Chez Panisse, her mother’s famed Berkeley restaurant, while Waters conferred with the manager or tasted dishes. “I don’t remember this, of course,” Singer writes, “but I feel like my disproportionate love of salad might have something to do with my early kitchen cribs.” Singer’s charming narrative, interwoven with Lacombe’s painterly black-and-white photographs, bursts with sensuous descriptions of tastes, fragrances, and textures as she recounts her “very rich and full and just a little bit unconventional” young life. Her remarkable school lunches featured greens with vinaigrette, kiwi in orange juice, and garlic toast that her classmates coveted. At home, even breakfast was transcendent: “a perfectly soft-boiled blue Araucana egg, with a marigold-hued liquid center into which I would delight in plunging buttered toast ‘soldiers.’” Instructions for making this dish, along with 59 other recipes—her mother’s garlicky noodle soup, her grandfather’s special pancakes, and, not surprisingly, several salads—add delectable details to the colorful narrative. Singer’s culinary adventures with her parents took her to the south of France as well as on a research trip of France’s great restaurants and wineries and because neither parent spoke French, Singer, who went to a bilingual French school, served as official interpreter at age 9. Waters, who has been the subject of much media attention and multiple books, including her own memoir, Coming to My Senses (2017), is lovingly portrayed throughout Singer’s book.

American Girl Baking: Recipes for Cookies, Cupcakes & More

American Girl Baking: Recipes for Cookies, Cupcakes & More

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2020 IBPA Awards Winner!

Bake Like You Mean it! Williams-Sonoma and American Girl have partnered to bring you American Girl Baking - the perfect book for the girl in your family. It's packed with 40+ delicious, easy-to-follow recipes fit for any occasion, or just because you wanted to bake something!

It's easy to understand why baking is so much fun. There's nothing quite as satisfying as measuring and mixing ingredients, putting dough or batter into a hot oven, watching - and smelling!- the transformation during baking, and finally removing delicious sweets from the oven. But the best part is sharing the treats you made with love with your friends and family. American Girl Baking provides delicious, easy to follow recipes that everyone will love.

Cookies: From cookie flower pops and cinnamon-sugar snickerdoodles to pinwheel icebox cookies to ice cream sandwiches - find something for every craving.

Cupcakes: With kid-favorites flavors like PB & J, s'mores and snowball, and more adult flavors like carrot cake, red velvet, and white chocolate and raspberry, there's something for every family member.

Madeleines: Honey or orange, chocolate or vanilla, no matter what flavor they are- madeleines are a delicious and dainty treat!

Baking: A wide range of sweets as diverse as chocolate truffles, rocky road fudge, fruity turnovers, caramel-glazed blondies, and everything in between.

Whether you follow each recipe step-by-step or add your own unique twist, baking is a great opportunity to let your personality shine and to create mouthwatering goodies.

The American Girl Baking book goes with the exclusive line of bakeware products from Williams-Sonoma and American Girl, but these delicious recipes can be made with the utensils you already have in your home.

American Girl Cookies

American Girl Cookies

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From the well-loved American Girl brand comes a favorite topic: baking cookies! With more than 60 recipes for mouthwatering creations, Cookies will be a go-to guide for aspiring young bakers in search of sweet inspiration--whether looking to create delectable treats for after-school snacks, holiday gifts, or weekend get-togethers with friends.

Cookies features 60+ recipes for one of America's favorite sweet treats, from classic favorites to fresh, fun, and contemporary creations. Chewy, crunchy, gooey, or crumbly, choose from a delectable collection of drop cookies, sandwich cookies, cut-out cookies, brownies, and bars--like cinnamon-y snickerdoodles; chocolate sweetheart sandwiches; lemon squares studded with coconut; brownies covered in gooey chocolate frosting; rainbow sugar cookies; and cookie cutouts decorated with every kind of sprinkle!

In addition to essential baking tips and safety knowhow, discover fun skills like piping and flooding icing, making natural food dyes, and rolling and storing dough like a pro.

Whether you want to bake the perfect after-school snack, fun desserts for a party, or a dozen special treats to gift and share, this beautifully photographed collection of recipes will inspire you to bake cookies for any and every occasion. This guide has everything you'll need to become an expert cookie maker in no time. So grab your friends, your rolling pin, and get baking!

Sample recipes include:

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
Triple-Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Cinnamon-Sugar Snickerdoodles
Vanilla and Chocolate Sugar-Cookie Cutouts
Black-and-White Cookies
Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Triangles
Rainbow Cookies
Jam Swirls
Homemade Oreos
Chocolate Sweetheart Sandwiches
Vanilla Spritz Sandwiches
Crispy Ginger Snaps
Stained Glass Cookies
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Squares
Coconut-Lemon Bars
Frosted Chocolate Brownies

American Girl Cooking: Recipes for Delicious Snacks, Meals & More

American Girl Cooking: Recipes for Delicious Snacks, Meals & More

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Now a 2016 Parents' Choice Award(R) winner!

The second book from Williams-Sonoma and American Girl, American Girl Cooking, is packed with great recipes fit for any occasion! Learn how to whip up tasty treats for movie nights, picnics, fiestas, family dinners, and more! Filled with delicious snacks, soups and salads, main dishes, and side dishes, you'll be on your way to becoming the best chef in town.

Cook up some fun with American Girl Cooking--the perfect cookbook for the emerging chef (and American Girl fan) in your family. Packed with great, easy-to-follow recipes fit for any occasion, this new title will inspire young cooks to get in the kitchen and create delicious, wholesome dishes and give a great sense of accomplishment.

Being able to cook good food is a skill you'll enjoy and benefit from your entire life. With this book as your very own cooking coach, learn how to make tasty and nutritious snacks, soups, salads, main dishes, and more to share with your friends and family.

Snacks: From caprese kebabs to lemony hummus to hot cheese dip, these recipes are perfect for sharing and satisfying between-meal cravings.

Soups & Salads: Featuring comforting favorites like chicken noodle soup and creamy tomato soup with cheese toasts and lighter fare like taco and BLT salads, there's something here for everyone.

Main Dishes: A wide range of impressive-yet-easy dinners, such as rosemary roast chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, and fish tacos with slaw, are both nourishing and delectable.

Side Dishes: Buttery peas with mint, creamiest mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, cheesy garlic bread, and more round out any meal.

American Girl Cooking goes with the exclusive line of cookware products from Williams-Sonoma and American Girl, but these delicious recipes can also be made with the utensils you already have in your home. This companion title to American Girl Baking will be a staple in the kitchen for your little chef.

American Girl Cupcakes: Delicious Treats to Bake & Share

American Girl Cupcakes: Delicious Treats to Bake & Share

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Whether your preference runs towards the classic like Triple Chocolate Cupcakes, the fruity such as Mini Strawberry Cupcakes, or the whimsical as in Unicorn Cupcakes, American Girl Cupcakes has you covered with more than 50 eye-catching, super delicious recipes.

This beautifully photographed volume of inspired cupcake recipes, the latest title in the best-selling American Girl collection of cookbooks, begins with a range of trusted cake and frosting options, then offers easy ideas for the many creative ways in which cake and frosting can be combined, added to, and embellished according to preference and the occasion.

American Girl Cupcakes features more than 50 fabulous recipes, from the classic to the fantastic. Try carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, devil's food with easy chocolate ganache, or cupcakes with flavors like rocky road, cookies-n-cream, chocolate banana cream pie, salted caramel, blackberry coconut, cinnamon roll, and brown butter-honey. Once baked, you'll find ample inspiration when it comes to decorating, including everything from a simple swipe of frosting and scattering of sprinkles, to toasted coconut, marshmallows, fresh fruit, edible flowers, colorful glazes, crunchy nuts, ice cream, and more.

The latest title in the best-selling American Girl Cookbook collection, American Girl Cupcakes appeals to novice and experienced bakers alike with easy-to-follow directions, beautiful full-color photography, and simple ideas for decorating. You'll also find everything you need to create cupcakes with ease, from a list of useful tools and baking tips to suggested frosting-cake combinations and step-by-step instructions for decorating.

Table of Contents
Favorite Cupcakes

Double Vanilla Cupcakes
Yellow Cupcakes
Vanilla Cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcakes
Devil's Food Cupcakes
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Gingerbread Cupcakes
Pink Velvet

Fruity Cupcakes
Triple Berry Cupcakes
Toasted Coconut Cupcakes
Apple Crumb Cupcakes
Lemon Blueberry Crunch Cupcakes
Tropical/Pina Colada Cupcakes
Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Blackberry Coconut Cupcakes
Banana Split Cupcakes
Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes
Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Mini Chocolate-Mint Cupcakes
Triple Chocolate Cupcakes
Molten Chocolate Cupcakes
Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
Rocky Road Cupcakes
Peppermint Mocha/Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes
White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes
Cookies-n-Cream Cupcakes
Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes

Specialty Cupcakes
Birthday Cake Cupcakes
Sundae Cupcakes
Salted Caramel Cupcakes
Unicorn Cupcakes
Piñata Cupcakes
Watermelon Cupcakes
Funfetti Cupcakes
Easter/Speckled Egg Cupcakes
Brown Butter-Honey Cupcakes
Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Frostings, Glazes & More
Basic Buttercream
Buttercream Flavors
Cream Cheese Frosting (w/ flavor variations)
Marshmallow Frosting
Meringue Frosting
Whipped Cream Frosting
Rich Chocolate Glaze
Gooey Chocolate Glaze

Vanilla Glaze (w/ flavor variations)
Easy Chocolate Ganache
Caramel Drizzle
Sugared Flowers & Petals

American Girl Holiday Baking: Sweet Treats for Special Occasions

American Girl Holiday Baking: Sweet Treats for Special Occasions

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The ninth book in the bestselling series from American Girl, American Girl Holiday Baking features over 45 delicious recipes for young chefs to bake for the holidays. Inspiring photography, ideas for planning festive celebrations, and plenty of helpful cooking tips make this book the perfect gift for the budding chef in your life.

During the holidays, there's no more cozy way to spend an afternoon than in the kitchen baking treats for your family and friends! And with more than 50 enticing recipes for sweet treats to mark the season, American Girl Holiday Baking is the perfect inspiration for young chefs everywhere.

From mouthwatering Thanksgiving pies to spectacular Christmas cookies, winter-themed cupcakes, chocolate candies, and nut brittles, there's a special treat to celebrate every occasion during the winter season. In these colorful pages, aspiring young chefs will find fantastic ideas for home-baked gifts that are perfect for sharing, plus decorating tips, packaging ideas, and super-fun ways to be creative--while filling the home with the wonderful aromas of holiday baking.

Sample recipes include:
Snowy Gingerbread Trees
Hot Cocoa Cookies
Peppermint Swirl Macarons
Pumpkin-Spice Snickerdoodles
Cinnamon-Swirl Apple Pie
Chocolate-Raspberry Tartlets
Holiday Star Tart
Snowflake Cupcakes
Sticky Toffee Puddings
Sugar-and-Spice Popovers
Candy Cane Bark
Chocolate Walnut Toffee

In addition to essential baking tips and safety knowhow, discover fun skills like piping and flooding icing, transforming sugar cookies into ornaments, frosting cakes, and rolling dough like a pro. The recipes can be made with everyday cookware and kitchen utensils.

Whether you want to make spectacular cookies for a cookie exchange party, seasonal cakes and tarts for a special dessert, or homemade candies and confections for gifts, this beautifully photographed collection of recipes will become a new holiday treasure and tradition.

American Girl Parties: Delicious Recipes for Holidays & Fun Occasions

American Girl Parties: Delicious Recipes for Holidays & Fun Occasions

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Featuring 40 recipes and eight party themes, complete with fun crafts and decorating ideas for each, American Girl Parties will inspire young chefs and parents alike.

In this third cookbook from Williams Sonoma and American Girl, aspiring chefs will discover bite-sized delicacies like chocolate-dipped strawberries and butterfly-shaped cheese sandwiches, along with fare such as chicken-apple sausages on a stick, baked sweet potato fries, and caramel-dipped apple slices for holidays like 4th of July and Halloween, paired with clever serving ideas, fun theme-driven crafts, and colorful party favors.

Sweet treats include s'mores ice cream sundaes, raspberry jam sandwich heart cookies, cinnamon-sugar monkey bread, peppermint brownie bites, hot chocolate cookies

Savory dishes include mac & cheese cups, grilled cheese hearts with tomato-star orzo soup, bite-sized broccoli-cheddar quiches, mini corn on the cob with lime butter, biscuit-wrapped veggie hot dog "mummies"

Refreshing drinks such as melon-mint agua fresca, spooky smoothies, milkshakes, and fruity "tea"

Party themes:

Sweetheart Party/Valentine's Day

Garden Tea Party

Springtime Party/Easter

Summer BBQ/4th of July

Sleepover Breakfast Party

Burger Bar Birthday Party

Spooky Party/Halloween

Holiday Cookie Party

The delicious recipes, fun ideas, and colorful images in American Girl Parties will captivate young cooks and can be made with everyday cookware and kitchen utensils; this companion title to American Girl Baking and American Girl Cooking will be go-to resources for your little chef.

American Girl: Around the World Cookbook: Delicious Dishes from Across the Globe

American Girl: Around the World Cookbook: Delicious Dishes from Across the Globe

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Featuring more than 50 recipes for kid-friendly dishes from different countries, American Girl Around the World Cookbook will inspire young chefs to taste and learn about new cuisines while perfecting kitchen skills.

In this fifth cookbook from Williams Sonoma and American Girl, aspiring cooks will expand their culinary knowledge and palate--and discover a world of savory and sweet delicacies like mini meatballs from Sweden; fresh spring rolls from Vietnam; pad thai from Thailand; tikka masala from India; paella from Spain; kiwi and berry pavolvas from New Zealand; sticky toffee pudding from Great Britain, and so much more.

The easy-to-follow recipes are organized by type and span the globe--from France to Brazil, Turkey to Argentina, Italy to India and beyond--giving kid cooks an opportunity to learn how people eat all over the world. An illustrated map with flags, colorful illustrations featuring passports, and party ideas for sharing these worldly recipes with friends round out the collection.

Small Plates & Snacks
Bite-Size Falafel (Middle East)
Vietnamese Veggie Spring Rolls (Vietnam)
Tex-Mex Chicken & Black Bean Nachos (Mexico)
Swedish Meatballs (Sweden)
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce (Southeast Asia)
Roasted Red Pepper Humms (Middle East)
Tzatziki with Pita Triangles (Greece)
Tandoori Chicken Wings (India)
Brazilian Cheese Puffs (Brazil)
Beef Empanadas (Latin America)
Asian Veggie Dumplings (China)
Veggie Sushi Hand Rolls (Japan)
Souvlaki (Greece)
Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Skewers (Morocco)
Potato Latkes (Eastern Europe)
Cheese Fondue (Switzerland)

Soups & Sandwiches
Veggie Banh Mi (Vietnam)
Ramen Noodle Bowl (Japan)
Chicken Shawarma Pita Pockets (Middle East)
Smorrebrod (Denmark)
Tomato Gazpacho (Spain)
Pasta & Bean Soup (Italy)
Tortilla Soup (Mexico)
Avocado & Black Bean Tortas (Mexico)
Cubanos (Cuba)
Matzoh Ball Soup (Eastern Europe)

Rice & Noodles
Pad Thai (Thailand)
Japchae (Korea)
Bucatini all'Amatriciana (Italy)
Simple Fried Rice (China)
Arroz con Pollo (Latin America)
Couscous with Apricots & Almonds (North Africa)
Chicken Chow Mein (China)
Hawaiian Fried Rice (Hawaii)
Pasta with Pesto (Italy)
Chicken Tikka Masala (India)
Chicken, Broccoli & Cashew Stir-Fry (China)
Vegetable Paella (Spain)

Drinks & Desserts
Mexican Chocolate Pudding (Mexico)
Hawaiian Shave Ice (Hawaii)
Kiwi & Berry Pavlovas (New Zealand)
Pineapple-Coconut Smoothie (Southeast Asia)
Black Forest Cake (Germany)
Chai Milkshake (India)
Tres Leches Cakes (Latin America)
Sticky Toffee Pudding (Great Britain)
Watermelon-Lime Refresher (Mexico)
Krembo (Israel)
Mango Lassi (India)
"Marshmallow" Pudding (South Africa)
French Apple Tart (France)

ANIMAL FARM BUTTERMILK CKBK

ANIMAL FARM BUTTERMILK CKBK

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The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook: Recipes and Reflections from a Small Vermont Dairy offers 100 recipes, from sweet to savory, designed to showcase the best that buttermilk can contribute to food, all set in the context of what it is like to live and work on a small Vermont artisanal dairy.

"Since I met Diane over a decade ago, she has shown an unwavering dedication to her family, to her farm and livestock, and most important to the quality of butter she produces on a daily basis. And over the years, she has given me a new understanding of, and appreciation for, commitment. As with anything she undertakes, The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook is a product of thought and care.Through her recipes, devoted entirely to what she describes as the 'elixir of the human race, ' Diane draws you into the rhythms of life on a farm. It is all at once introspective and celebratory. It is a lifefilled with respect."
--Thomas Keller, The French Laundry

"The first time I tasted Diane's butter, I was blown away. And when I later sampled her buttermilk, it was a revelation: gorgeous globs of that golden butter suspended in creamy, tangy buttermilk. Of course I wanted to put it in everything! From the moment I met Diane, I've been in awe of her vision, passion, and dedication. Milking cows at dawn during those Vermont winters is not for the faint of heart! She set out to do something her way--making farmstead butter and real buttermilk--and has succeeded brilliantly. I've been lucky enough to not only know Diane, but to have visited her farm and have her cook for me--an absolute treat. She claims the dishes are simple, but those meals have become some of my favorite food memories and I always find myself eating long after becoming full at her table because everything is so delicious. This book beautifully shares both her life as a dairy farmer and artisan, and many of her incredible recipes, and will have you seeking out great buttermilk to cook and bake all year round."
--Barbara Lynch, chef/founder, Barbara Lynch Gruppo

For anyone who's enjoying a return to real food, true buttermilk remains one of the great, undiscovered pleasures. Many people enjoy organic produce, grass-fed meats, and artisan breads, but "real"
dairy has been slower to reach a wide market. In fact, dairy products have long been pasteurized and homogenized into bland tastelessness, with no regard to where the product came from or how it was made.

On Animal Farm in Orwell, Vermont, Diane St. Clair takes butter and buttermilk production to a new level. The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook explains her techniques, from animal husbandry and land management, to her creamery processes. Here you'll learn how to make your own butter and buttermilk at home, and then experiment with the fabulous ways in which buttermilk enhances food flavors and textures.

You'll also find practical but unique recipes for using buttermilk--everything from buttermilk doughnuts dipped in maple syrup, to salmon chowder, buttermilk ricotta gnocchi, and harissa buttermilk
salad dressing. Families will love the buttermilk béchamel pizza, the spicy buttermilk gingerbread, and pork chops smothered in buttermilk sauce. Buttermilk is not just for waffles anymore--although
the best waffle recipe you'll ever find is in this book!

BAREFOOT CONTESSA FOOLPROOF

BAREFOOT CONTESSA FOOLPROOF

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The Food Network star and beloved home cook shares her secrets for pulling off deeply satisfying meals that have the "wow!" factor we all crave

Start with delicious Dukes Cosmopolitans made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus Jalapeño Cheddar Crackers that everyone will devour. Lunches include Hot Smoked Salmon, Lobster & Potato Salad, and Easy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons, all featuring old-fashioned flavors with the volume turned up. Elegant Slow-Roasted Filet of Beef with Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise and show-stopping Seared Scallops & Potato Celery Root Purée are just two of the many fabulous dinner recipes. And your guests will always remember the desserts, from Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Bourbon Glaze to Salted Caramel Brownies.

For Ina, "foolproof" means more than just making one dish successfully; it's also about planning a menu, including coordinating everything so it all gets to the table at the same time. In Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, Ina shows you how to make a game plan so everything is served hot while you keep your cool. There are notes throughout detailing where a recipe can go wrong to keep you on track, plus tips for making recipes in advance. It's as though Ina is there in the kitchen with you guiding you every step of the way.

With 150 gorgeous color photographs and Ina's invaluable tips, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof is a stunning yet infinitely practical cookbook that home cooks will turn to again and again.

I love Ina’s books as gifts because the recipient WILL succeed with her recipes. No chance a new cook will fret “I’m no good at cooking or entertaining, I won’t do this again any time soon!” Ina is FOOLPROOF and these recipes are perfect for anyone not wanting to experiment -- but to make great food for sure, whether for a gathering or a Wednesday night. - Sandy