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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

Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South

Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South

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Vivian Howard, star of PBS's A Chef's Life, celebrates the flavors of North Carolina's coastal plain in more than 200 recipes and stories.

This new classic of American country cooking proves that the food of Deep Run, North Carolina -- Vivian's home -- is as rich as any culinary tradition in the world. Organized by ingredient with dishes suited to every skill level, from beginners to confident cooks, Deep Run Roots features time-honored simple preparations alongside extraordinary meals from her acclaimed restaurant Chef and the Farmer. Home cooks will find photographs for every single recipe.

Ten years ago, Vivian opened Chef and the Farmer and put the nearby town of Kinston on the culinary map. But in a town paralyzed by recession, she couldn't hop on every new culinary trend. Instead, she focused on rural development: If you grew it, she'd buy it. Inundated by local sweet potatoes, blueberries, shrimp, pork, and beans, Vivian learned to cook the way generations of Southerners before her had, relying on resourcefulness, creativity, and the traditional ways of preserving food.

Deep Run Roots is the result of years of effort to discover the riches of Eastern North Carolina. Like The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, The Art of Simple Food, and The Taste of Country Cooking before it, this is landmark work of American food writing.

Recipes include: Family favorites like Blueberry BBQ Chicken Creamed Collard-Stuffed Potatoes Fried Yams with Five-Spice Maple Bacon Candy Chicken and Rice Country-Style Pork Ribs in Red Curry-Braised Watermelon Show-stopping desserts like Warm Banana Pudding, Peaches and Cream Cake, Spreadable Cheesecake, and Pecan-Chewy Pie.

You'll also find 200 more quick breakfasts, weeknight dinners, holiday centerpieces, seasonal preserves, and traditional preparations for all kinds of cooks.

Dinner Just for Two

Dinner Just for Two

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  • Bourbon- Glazed Turkey Burgers
  • Creamy Baked Spaghetti for Two
  • Pear Pecorino Pasta
  • Sheet Pan Summer Salmon
  • Gorgeously designed with more than 100 photographs, Dinner Just for Two is destined to be a classic.

    Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking

    Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking

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    "You can almost taste the food in Bill Buford's Dirt, an engrossing, beautifully written memoir about his life as a cook in France." --The Wall Street Journal

    What does it take to master French cooking? This is the question that drives Bill Buford to abandon his perfectly happy life in New York City and pack up and (with a wife and three-year-old twin sons in tow) move to Lyon, the so-called gastronomic capital of France. But what was meant to be six months in a new and very foreign city turns into a wild five-year digression from normal life, as Buford apprentices at Lyon's best boulangerie, studies at a legendary culinary school, and cooks at a storied Michelin-starred restaurant, where he discovers the exacting (and incomprehensibly punishing) rigueur of the professional kitchen.

    With his signature humor, sense of adventure, and masterful ability to bring an exotic and unknown world to life, Buford has written the definitive insider story of a city and its great culinary culture.

    Eat in My Kitchen: To Cook, to Bake, to Eat, and to Treat

    Eat in My Kitchen: To Cook, to Bake, to Eat, and to Treat

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    2017 JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNER FOR GENERAL COOKING


    Meike Peters, the author of the acclaimed cooking blog Eat in My Kitchen, presents a cookbook as inviting, entertaining, and irresistible as her website, featuring dozens of never-before-published recipes.

    Meike Peters's site, Eat in My Kitchen, captures the way people like to eat now: fresh, seasonal food with a variety of influences. It combines a northern European practical attitude, from the author's German roots, with a rustic Mediterranean-inspired palate, from her summers in Malta. This highly anticipated cookbook is comprised of 100 recipes that celebrate the seasons and are awash with color. Indulge in the Radicchio, Peach, and Roasted Shallot Salad with Blue Cheese; Parsnip and Sweet Potato Soup with Caramelized Plums; Pumpkin Gnocchi; mouthwatering sandwiches like the Pea Pesto and Bacon with Marjoram; and seafood and meat dishes that introduce tasty and unexpected elements. Meike Peters's famous baked treats include everything from pizza to bread pudding, and perfect cookies to sumptuous tarts. Also included are many of her fans' favorite recipes, including Fennel Potatoes, Braised Lamb Shanks with Kumquats, and a Lime Buttermilk Cake. Six Meet In Your Kitchen features include recipes by and interviews with culinary stars Molly Yeh, Yossy Arefi, Malin Elmlid, the Hemsley sisters, and more. Followers of Meike Peters will be thrilled to have her exquisitely photographed recipes in print in one place, while those who aren't yet devotees will be won over by her unpretentious tone and contagious enthusiasm for simple, beautiful, and tasty food.

    Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers

    Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers

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    Named a Best Cookbook of the Year by Martha Stewart Living

    Magnificent illustrations add spirit to recipes and heartfelt narratives. Plan to buy two copies--one for you and one for your best foodie friend. --Taste of Home

    This collection of intimate, illustrated essays by some of America's most well-regarded literary writers explores how comfort food can help us cope with dark times--be it the loss of a parent, the loneliness of a move, or the pain of heartache.

    Lev Grossman explains how he survived on "sweet, sour, spicy, salty, unabashedly gluey" General Tso's tofu after his divorce. Carmen Maria Machado describes her growing pains as she learned to feed and care for herself during her twenties. Claire Messud tries to understand how her mother gave up dreams of being a lawyer to make "a dressed salad of tiny shrimp and avocado, followed by prune-stuffed pork tenderloin." What makes each tale so moving is not only the deeply personal revelations from celebrated writers, but also the compassion and healing behind the story: the taste of hope.

    If you've ever felt a deep, emotional connection to a recipe or been comforted by food during a dark time, you'll fall in love with these stories.--Martha Stewart Living

    "Eat Joy is the most lovely food essay book . . . This is the perfect gift. --Joy Wilson (Joy the Baker)


    Edna Lewis Cookbook

    Edna Lewis Cookbook

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    Edna Lewis was recently honored with the issuance of a postal stamp by the US Post Office. She is renowned as one of the greatest American chefs and as an African-American woman who almost single handedly revived a forgotten world of refined Southern cooking. Another celebrated American chef, James Beard, remarked: "Edna Lewis makes me want to go right into the kitchen and start cooking." Lewis won many industry awards and was often referred to as "the Grande Dame of Southern Cooking" and the "South's answer to Julia Child." Lewis (1916-2006) also had a remarkable life story. She was born and grew up in rural Virginia in an area called Freetown. She learned to cook from an extended family that included grandparents who had been enslaved. The Edna Lewis Cookbook, Lewis's first book, published in 1972, contains over 100 recipes, arranged in menu form and organized according to the season of the year: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Christmas. With its focus mostly although not exclusively on Southern food, it began the revival of true Southern cooking. Lewis went on to publish three more books: The Taste of Country Cooking (1976), In Pursuit of Flavor (1988), and The Gift of Southern Cooking, co-authored with Scott Peacock (2003). Her menus and recipes were featured in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Cook's, House & Garden, and Redbook, among others. This edition of The Edna Lewis Cookbook marks the 100th Anniversary of Miss Lewis's birth. Evangeline Peterson studied with Edna Lewis and assisted her in compiling The Edna Lewis Cookbook. Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE

    Sandy: I've offered two Cookbook Demonstrations featuring the great Edna Lewis in the past, and her eat what you have, cook with local ingredients and do it all simply enough so you will cook everyday message is more relevant than ever. Her approach has always meant "soul food" to her, and her personal history and pride in the food of black culture makes this a must-read, must-cook right now.

    ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITA

    ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITA

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    The most important, consulted, and enjoyed Italian cookbook of all time, from the woman who introduced Americans to a whole new world of Italian food.

    Essentials of Italian Cooking is a culinary bible for anyone looking to master the art of Italian cooking, bringing together Marcella Hazan's most beloved books, The Classic Italian Cook Book and More Classic Italian Cooking, in a single volume, updated and expanded with new entries and 50 new recipes. Designed as a basic manual for cooks of all levels of expertise--from beginners to accomplished professionals--it offers both an accessible and comprehensive guide to techniques and ingredients and a collection of the most delicious recipes from the Italian repertoire. As home cooks who have used Marcella's classic books for years (and whose copies are now splattered and worn) know, there is no one more gifted at teaching us just what we need to know about the taste and texture of a dish and how to achieve it, and there is no one more passionate and inspiring about authentic Italian food.

    Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace

    Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace

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    In An Everlasting Meal, Tamar Adler has written a book that "reads less like a cookbook than like a recipe for a delicious life" (New York magazine).

    In this meditation on cooking and eating, Tamar Adler weaves philosophy and instruction into approachable lessons on feeding ourselves well. An Everlasting Meal demonstrates the implicit frugality in cooking. In essays on forgotten skills such as boiling, suggestions for what to do when cooking seems like a chore, and strategies for preparing, storing, and transforming ingredients for a week's worth of satisfying, delicious meals, Tamar reminds us of the practical pleasures of eating. She explains what cooks in the world's great kitchens know: that the best meals rely on the ends of the meals that came before them. With that in mind, she shows how we often throw away the bones, skins, and peels we need to make our food both more affordable and better. She also reminds readers that almost all kitchen mistakes can be remedied. Summoning respectable meals from the humblest ingredients, Tamar breathes life into the belief that we can start cooking from wherever we are, with whatever we have.

    An empowering, indispensable work, An Everlasting Meal is an elegant testimony to the value of cooking.

    Every Day Is Saturday: Recipes + Strategies for Easy Cooking, Every Day of the Week

    Every Day Is Saturday: Recipes + Strategies for Easy Cooking, Every Day of the Week

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    Named a Best Cookbook for Spring 2019 by The New York Times and Bon Appetit

    100+ delicious easy-to-follow recipes and strategies to make weeknight cooking a breeze: From beloved cookbook author and recipe developer Sarah Copeland, Every Day Is Saturday brims with inspiration. With more than 100 beautiful recipes that make weeknight cooking simple, gorgeous food and lifestyle photography, and easy-to-follow tips for cooking delicious, healthful, sustaining food. This motivating cookbook teaches how to have the Saturday mentality of taking pleasure in cooking food for your family at any occasion, whatever the day of the week.

  • Recipes cover every course, from breakfast to dessert, including dishes perfect for the life occasions of a busy family: potlucks, picnics, lazy Sundays, and casual dinners with friends.
  • A delightful and inspiring resource in a bright and beautiful jacketed package.
  • Sarah Copeland is a wife, mother, award-nominated cookbook author, featured regularly in the New York Times. Food Network veteran, and former food director of Real Simple who believes that good food is a hallmark of a happy life.
  • "It's a worthy primer on modern, healthy family cooking." -- Julia Moskin, New York Times

    "Sarah's get-ahead suggestions, her ideas for gathering people around the table, are down to earth. With Sarah at your side, every day will be Saturday in your home, too." -- Dorie Greenspan, award-winning author of Dorie's Cookies and Everyday Dorie

  • Ideal book for weeknight cooks, weekend dreamers, and working parents who want to put great meals at the center of the family table.
  • With recipes and tips to make joyful cooking part of life with dishes that serve more than a single meal.
  • Mouthwatering recipes for every meal including Nostalgia-Wins Blueberry Muffins, Tahini Toast with Lemon and Honey, Creamy Mushroom Soup, shareable grazing platters, Braised Short Rib Supper, Flourless Chocolate Brownie Cake plus drinks, cooking project and resources, and more.
  • Flavors of Summer

    Flavors of Summer

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    A sensational collection of more than 150 colorful and vibrant recipes, celebrating the best of summer eating and drinking.

    The only cookbook you will need this summer celebrates the joy to be had when eating and entertaining in summer. Featuring over 150 delicious recipes and evocative images of sun-dappled dining, this book provides all the inspiration you need to create memorable occasions in the warmer months. Whether you are having an impromptu picnic on the beach with the kids, an al fresco lunch with a friend on a shaded verandah or a romantic dinner under a canopy of stars, you will find just the recipe you need here. The book features the very best dishes that summer's bounty of seasonal produce can create. Chapters include Snacks and Plates to Share--a selection of Mediterranean-style small dishes to share--perfect for serving with drinks on a warm evening. In Salads & Summer Soups, you'll find Courgette, Feta and Mint Salad, Spiced Thai Noodle Salad and iced Gazpacho. Best-Ever BBQ shows you how to get the best from cooking outdoors over charcoal. Try Olive-infused Chicken with Charred Lemons or Sicilian-spiced Seabass with Grilled Tomatoes and Baby Fennel. Sunshine Lunches features great ideas for light meals and picnics. Al Fresco has simple yet stunning ideas for more substantial fare for feeding a crowd in the fresh air, from simple pastas, such as Penne with Melted Ricotta and Herb Sauce to Oven-roasted Peppers with Anchovies and Basil. Finally, a chapter of fresh ideas for Desserts & Drinks includes Watermelon Sorbet, Caramelized Figs with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream, and Peach Iced Tea.

    French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence

    French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence

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    With The French Kitchen Cookbook, culinary legend Patricia Wells invites home cooks into her life in France, making the fresh and delicious recipes from her popular classes available to fans who dream of experiencing their own gastronomic adventure in the world's culinary capital.

    Beautifully designed and lavishly illustrated with stunning color photos, The French Kitchen Cookbook is a compilation and reflection on what she and her students have learned. Patricia Wells's meticulously written recipes express the basics--the rules that will help anyone become a better cook, while providing the deep satisfaction that comes from creating exquisite food from the freshest ingredients.

    Here are some of her best recipes for appetizers, desserts, and everything in between, dishes inspired by the vibrant Provençal countryside and the bustle of Parisian life, including Miniature Onion and Goat Cheese Tatins, Zucchini and Basil Velouté, Fricassée of Chicken with Fennel, Capers, Tomatoes and Sausage, and Apricot Lavender Honey Sorbet.

    From Scratch: 10 Meals, 175 Recipes, and Dozens of Techniques You Will Use Over and Over

    From Scratch: 10 Meals, 175 Recipes, and Dozens of Techniques You Will Use Over and Over

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    An indispensable new cookbook from James Beard Award-winning food writer Michael Ruhlman

    From Scratch looks at 10 favorite meals, including roast chicken, the perfect omelet, and paella--and then, through 175 recipes, explores myriad alternate pathways that the kitchen invites. A delicious lasagna can be ready in about an hour, or you could turn it into a project: try making and adding some homemade sausage. Explore the limits of from-scratch cooking: make your own pasta, grow your own tomatoes, and make your own homemade mozzarella and ricotta. Ruhlman tells you how.
    There are easy and more complex versions for most dishes, vegetarian options, side dishes, sub-dishes, and strategies for leftovers. Ruhlman reflects on the ways that cooking from scratch brings people together, how it can calm the nerves and focus the mind, and how it nourishes us, body and soul.