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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

Kathryn at Home: A Guide to Simple Entertaining

Kathryn at Home: A Guide to Simple Entertaining

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Beyond pulling a room together with great fabrics and furniture pieces, Kathryn M. Ireland has an extraordinary talent for pulling together stunning tabletops and delicious meals. Here she celebrates good friends and great food in the French countryside and in southern California. In an elegant scrapbook style, she shares her notes and advice on entertaining, particularly outdoors. Join Kathryn and her talented friend Ithaka for a breakfast, lunchtime picnics, a candlelight dinner, afternoon tea, a barbecue, and a wedding--all interlaced with signature Kathryn M. Ireland fabrics.

Kathryn M. Ireland is an interior designer, textiles designer, and consummate entertainer. She has published five previous books with Gibbs Smith, including Summers in France and Inspired By . . . She was a star on Bravo TV's Million Dollar Decorator. Her work has been seen in Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Luxe, Coastal Living and California Homes, among others.

Ithaka Roddam is a photographer living in London.

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Keepers: Two Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the Secrets to Happiness in the Kitchen

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Whether they're parents, married without kids, or single, most people want to do better at mealtime--they want to put good, nutritious food on the table, they're looking for a more diverse repertoire of dishes to prepare, and they'd like to enjoy the process more. The problem is they don't believe they have the time or ability to do it night after night. But it can be done, and Keepers will show them how.

Drawing from two decades of trial-and-error in their own kitchens, as well as working alongside savvy chefs and talented home cooks, Campion and Brennan offer 120 appealing, satisfying recipes ideal for weeknight meals. There's an array of master recipes for classic dishes with options for substitutions, updated old favorites, one-pot meals, international dishes, super-fast ones, and others that reheat well or can be cooked in individual portions. Along with timeless recipes, Keepers is filled with invaluable tips on meal planning and preparation, all presented in an entertaining, encouraging, and empathetic style.

Keepers

gives cooks all of the tools they need to become more efficient, confident, and creative in the kitchen. It will help them survive the Monday-to-Friday dinner rush with their sanity and kitchens intact, and also have some fun along the way.

Let's Cook French, a Family Cookbook: Cuisinons Francais, Un Livre Pour Toute La Famille

Let's Cook French, a Family Cookbook: Cuisinons Francais, Un Livre Pour Toute La Famille

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2016 IACP Award Finalist!

According to Jacques Pepin, "the moment for a child to be in the kitchen is from the moment they are born." Previously published under the title Kids Cook French, Let's Cook French, written by his daughter Claudine Pepin, is a fun, interactive, bilingual family cookbook that introduces the art and joy of French cooking--featuring 30 classic recipes, along with notes on French culture and suggested menus for your next family soirée.


With an emphasis on fresh ingredients and hands-on preparation, Let's Cook French offers a total immersion in French culinary culture. Each left-hand page in English is mirrored in French on the right and food terms are called out bilingually throughout, creating the perfect format for language learning. Featured are authentic French recipes that are easy for young chefs to follow, including starters, main courses, sides, and desserts. Sweet illustrations by Claudine's father, legendary chef Jacques Pépin, and daughter Shorey, add charm to the pages throughout.

Prepare with your family:

  • Vichyssoise
  • Boeuf Bourguignon
  • Salade Niçoise
  • Spinach in Bechamel
  • Crème brûlée
  • Crêpes
  • With this interactive cookbook and cultural guide, your child's imagination and creativity will be sparked, as will your deeper connection with them.

    Also available in this series: Let's Cook Spanish and Let's Cook Italian.


    Selon Jacques Pepin, « la place d'un enfant dans la cuisine doit se faire dès sa naissance ». Écrit par sa fille Claudine Pepin et précédemment publié sous le titre Les enfants cuisinent à la française, Cuisinons français est un livre de recettes familiales amusant, interactif et bilingue et une introduction à l'art et au bonheur de la cuisine française - il comprend 30 recettes classiques, des anecdotes sur la culture française et des suggestions de menus pour vos prochaines soirées en famille.

    Avec un accent mis sur les ingrédients frais et des préparations pratiques, Cuisinons français offre une immersion complète dans la culture culinaire française. Chaque page de gauche rédigée en anglais est traduite en français sur celle de droite, les termes culinaires sont mentionnés dans les deux langues tout au long du livre, ce qui crée le format parfait pour un apprentissage bilingue.
    Sont mises à l'honneur des recettes françaises authentiques faciles à suivre pour les jeunes chefs, contenant des entrées, des plats, des accompagnements et des desserts. De savoureuses illustrations réalisées par le père de Claudine, le légendaire chef Jacques Pepin, et Shorey, sa fille, ajoutent du charme au fil des pages.

    Préparez en famille:

  • Une Vichyssoise
  • Un boeuf bourguignon
  • Une salade niçoise
  • Des épinards à la béchamel
  • De la crème brûlée
  • Des crêpes
  • Ce livre de recettes et guide culturel ludique éveillera l'imagination et la créativité de vos enfants et vous rapprochera encore plus d'eux.

    Également disponible dans cette série: Cuisinons espagnol et Cuisinons italien.

    Little Green Kitchen: Simple Vegetarian Family Recipes

    Little Green Kitchen: Simple Vegetarian Family Recipes

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    David, Luise and their three kids are a family who love to cook together. But like most families, they still struggle to get a nutritious and delicious meal on the table every night, that also satisfies their hunger for creative, globally-inspired food. Take your own inspiration from their quest to bring joy back to the dinner table: whip up a batch of Friday Night Hulk Burgers and Sweded Fries (made with spinach, quinoa, oats and peas), or Stuffed Rainbow Peppers with black rice, feta, raisins, pistachios, cinnamon and beans.

    This latest collection from the beloved duo behind the Green Kitchen Stories blog will include 50 recipes, each with an 'upgrade' option to make meals even more interesting for adults (e.g. top with a poached egg/kimchi/more herbs or serve with a chermoula sauce/side salad, quinoa instead of pasta). All of the dishes are veggie-packed, colorful. kid friendly and simple--with most including less than 8 ingredients and taking under 30 minutes to prepare.

    LITTLE PARIS KITCHEN

    LITTLE PARIS KITCHEN

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    Rachel Khoo moved to Paris, studied patisserie, fell in love with the city, became a restaurateur in a very tiny space, then, a television star, and is now a bestselling author! Not every lover of Paris experiences this career trajectory, but cooks of all skill levels with a taste for French fare will be inspired by The Little Paris Kitchen to try an updated approach to French cuisine. In this charming cookbook, Khoo demystifies French cooking with 120 enticing recipes for simple, classic, and fresh French dishes, from gouter (snacks) to elegant desserts. More than 100 breathtaking photos from celebrated photographer David Loftus shine a spotlight on the delicious food and the City of Light, and capture Khoo interacting with her purveyors and friends. We all can't have springtime in Paris. But we all can enjoy this delectable, do-able food!
    M.F.K. Fisher's Provence

    M.F.K. Fisher's Provence

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    The book highlights her strong sense of place - Fisher's Celtic eye for detail - with a comparison of Aix-en-Provence, a university town, the site of an international music festival and the former capital of Provence, and Marseille, the port town.

    Fisher's description of the sights and smells belonging to an Aix bakery shop window is her Platonic ideal of a bakery shop to be found anywhere in France, for example, with its "delicately layered" scents of "fresh eggs, fresh sweet butter, grated butter, vanilla beans, old kirsch and newly ground almonds."

    Then, there is her portrayal of the sounds of Aix's fountains mixed with the music of Mozart during the town's festival, leaving her bedazzled. She would return again and again to stroll the narrow streets of Aix with two young daughters who "seemed to grow like water-flowers under the greening buds of the plane trees."

    It is the quality of Fisher's writing that inspired photographer Aileen Ah-Tye to look for her Provence. In a letter to Fisher, Aileen would report back from Marseille: "The eels and the prickly rascasse were exotique to my San Francisco eyes, the smells as pungent as you can get, and . . . miracle of all miracles . . . the men and women on the docks were exactly as you described them."

    Thus, began a collaboration that illustrates Fisher's passion for life and all its sensual pleasures that nourish the soul.

    MAD HUNGRY

    MAD HUNGRY

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    Recipes and strategies for bringing back the family meal

    When first published in 2009, Lucinda Scala Quinn's Mad Hungry met with critical acclaim, but it wasn't just the media that fell hard for this book--it was mothers everywhere, who embraced her message to bring back the family meal and loved the ease, simplicity, and robust goodness of her recipes. The book went on to launch a TV series (Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn) and now, with over 65,000 copies sold, it is available in a paperback edition that will reach a yet wider audience.
    In Mad Hungry, Scala Quinn shares winning strategies for how to sate the seemingly insatiable, trade food for talk, and get men to manage in the kitchen. She provides recipes for single-skillet meals, dinners that yield fabulous leftovers, and dishes that are a cinch to stretch fore extra guests. Her grab-and-run breakfasts will help kids start the day right, and her healthful drinks make it easier for guys to say no to soda. Along with her techniques that help make homemade meals second nature, nourishing both diner and cook, Scala Quinn offers empowering advice on how to feed one's family's spirits as well as fill their bellies.

    Make It Ahead

    Make It Ahead

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    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    For the first time, trusted and beloved cookbook author Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, answers the number one question she receives from cooks: Can I make it ahead?


    If you've ever found yourself stuck in front of the stove at your own party, scrambling to get everything to the table at just the right moment, Ina is here to let you in on her secrets! Thanks to twenty years of running a specialty food store and fifteen years writing cookbooks, she has learned exactly which dishes you can prep, assemble, or cook ahead of time. Whether you're hosting a party or simply making dinner on a hectic weeknight, Ina gives you lots of amazing recipes that taste just as good--or even better!--when they're made in advance.

    In Make It Ahead, each recipe includes clear instructions for what you can do ahead of time, and how far in advance, so you can cook with confidence and eliminate last-minute surprises. Make a pitcher of Summer Rosé Sangria filled with red berries, let it chill overnight for the flavors to develop, and you have a delicious drink to offer your friends the minute they arrive. Simmer a pot of Wild Mushroom & Farro Soup, enjoy a bowl for lunch, and freeze the rest for a chilly evening. You can prep the kale, Brussels sprouts, and lemon vinaigrette for Winter Slaw ahead of time and simply toss them together before serving. Assemble French Chicken Pot Pies filled with artichokes and fresh tarragon a day in advance and then pop them in the oven half an hour before dinner. And for dessert, everyone needs the recipe for Ina's Decadent (gluten-free!) Chocolate Cake topped with Make-Ahead Whipped Cream. Ina also includes recipes for the biggest cooking day of the year--Thanksgiving! Her Ultimate Make-Ahead Roast Turkey and Gravy with Onions & Sage may just change your life.

    With beautiful photographs and hundreds of invaluable make-ahead tips, this is your new go-to guide for preparing meals that are stress-free yet filled with those fabulously satisfying flavors that you have come to expect from the Barefoot Contessa.

    Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The New Classics

    Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The New Classics

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    A culinary treasure, The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook--The Original Classics became an indispensable reference when it was first published. Now, years later, comes its companion volume, The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook--The New Classics, which includes an index for both volumes and collects more than 1,200 of the best-of-the-best recipes that have appeared in Martha Stewart Living magazine since 2000.

    From the practical to the inspirational, from quiet suppers for two to dinner parties for ten, The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook--The New Classics has options for every meal and every cook, with family-pleasing classics, new fare, and twists on both. Whether you're looking for an easy weeknight dinner such as Tuna Steaks with Mint Sauce or a sophisticated hors d'oeuvre like Prosciutto Crostini and Fresh Figs with Gorgonzola or a rich dessert like the Ultimate Malted Brownie Sundae, The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook--The New Classics provides excellent choices across 22 categories. In addition to recipes for all-time favorites such as Lasagne Bolognese, Chicken Soup with Dumplings, the Best Onion Rings, and Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust, you will find helpful how-to photographs that demystify preparations for piecrust, gnocchi, soufflés, and more. Here, too, are cooking tips and techniques, nutritional information for healthy choices, comprehensive pantry and equipment glossaries, menu ideas, and a resource guide for finding ingredients.

    With the same stunning color photography and easy-to-follow, comprehensive format that grace the pages of Martha Stewart Living and The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook--The Original Classics, this new volume is a must-have reference that will become a loved and oft-used favorite of every home cook.

    Martha Stewart's Appetizers: 200 Recipes for Dips, Spreads, Snacks, Small Plates, and Other Delicious Hors D'Oeuvres, Plus 30 Cocktails

    Martha Stewart's Appetizers: 200 Recipes for Dips, Spreads, Snacks, Small Plates, and Other Delicious Hors D'Oeuvres, Plus 30 Cocktails

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    With more than 200 recipes, successfully cook snacks, starters, small plates, stylish bites, and sips for any occasion.

    Hors d'oeuvres made modern: Today's style of entertaining calls for fuss-free party foods that are easy to make and just as delicious as ever. With more than 200 recipes for tasty pre-dinner bites, substantial small plates, special-occasion finger foods, and quick snacks to enjoy with drinks, Martha Stewart's Appetizers is the new go-to guide for any type of get-together.

    Martha Stewart's Cookie Perfection: 100+ Recipes to Take Your Sweet Treats to the Next Level: A Baking Book

    Martha Stewart's Cookie Perfection: 100+ Recipes to Take Your Sweet Treats to the Next Level: A Baking Book

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    Showstopper cookies for a new generation: from Martha Stewart, an authoritative and creative collection to take your cookies to the next level in flavor, technique, and decorative appeal

    NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY FOOD NETWORK

    The editors of Martha Stewart Living present a new, fun source for anyone looking to make their go-to cookies even better and bolder. These recipes make ordinary cookies absolutely extraordinary--all the familiar favorites you love, but taken up a notch in variety, flavor, and creativity. Classic recipes discover new life with unexpected twists such as Brown-Butter Crinkle Cookies and Carrot Cake Thumbprint Cookies. Go over-the-top in super-sized fashion with Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies; get inspired by cultures around the globe with Brazilian Wedding Cookies and Stroopwafels; and celebrate with beautifully decorated holiday treats, such as Easter Egg Puzzle Cookies and Snowball Truffles. Whether for a special celebration or a sweet anytime-treat, you'll be sure to find inspiration to trade in your everyday cookies for versions far more special--and especially delicious.

    Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook

    Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook

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    Imagine having Martha Stewart at your side in the kitchen, teaching you how to hold a chef's knife, select the very best ingredients, truss a chicken, make a perfect pot roast, prepare every vegetable, bake a flawless pie crust, and much more.

    In Martha Stewart's Cooking School, you get just that: a culinary master class from Martha herself, with lessons for home cooks of all levels.

    Never before has Martha written a book quite like this one. Arranged by cooking technique, it's aimed at teaching you how to cook, not simply what to cook. Delve in and soon you'll be roasting, broiling, braising, stewing, sautéing, steaming, and poaching with confidence and competence. In addition to the techniques, you'll find more than 200 sumptuous, all-new recipes that put the lessons to work, along with invaluable step-by-step photographs to take the guesswork out of cooking. You'll also gain valuable insight into equipment, ingredients, and every other aspect of the kitchen to round out your culinary education.

    Featuring more than 500 gorgeous color photographs, Martha Stewart's Cooking School is the new gold standard for everyone who truly wants to know his or her way around the kitchen.

    This best-selling cookbook originally inspired Martha Stewart's beloved PBS series of the same name and includes some of the recipes the show featured in its first seasons.