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Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook
Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook
Paperback      ISBN: 0679758186
"Chez Panisse is an extraordinary dining experience. . . . It is Alice Waters's brilliant gastronomic mind, her flair for cooking, and her almost revolutionary concept of menu planning that make Chez Panisse so exciting."--James Beard

Justly famed for the originality of its ever-changing menu and the range and virtuosity of its chef and owner, Alice Waters, Chez Panisse is known throughout the world as one of America's greatest restaurants. Dinner there is always an adventure--a different five-course meal is offered every night, and the restaurant has seldom repeated a meal since its opening in 1971. Alice Waters is a brilliant pioneer of a wholly original cuisine, at once elegant and earthy, classical and experimental, joyous in its celebration of the very finest and freshest ingredients.

In this spectacular book, Alice Waters collects 120 of Chez Panisse's best menus, its most inspired transformations of classic French dishes. The Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook is filled with dishes redolent of the savory bouquet of teh garden, the appealing aromas and roasty flavors of food cooked over the charcoal grill, and the delicate sweetness of fish fresh from the sea. There are menus here for different seasons of the year, for picnics and outdoor barbecues and other great occasions. Handsomely designed and illustrated by David Lance Goines, this is an indispensable addition to the shelf of every great cook and cookbook readers.

"A lovely book, wonderfully inventive, and the food is very pure."--Richard Olney
The Spice of Vegetarian Cooking: Ethnic Recipes from India, China, Mexico, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Europe
The Spice of Vegetarian Cooking
Ethnic Recipes from India, China, Mexico, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Europe
Paperback      ISBN: 0892813997

Martha Rose Shulman--former food editor with Cosmopolitan and winner of the Tastemaker Award--brings her expertise to this inspired selection of vegetarian recipes from India, China, Mexico, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Each dish is characterized by its unique combination of spices--the ingredients that have for centuries given ethnic food its distinctive allure.

The Complete Book of Soups and Stews
The Complete Book of Soups and Stews
Paperback      ISBN: 0671438646

Bernard Clayton, Jr.'s, first book, "The Complete Book of Breads," won the coveted Tastemaker cookbook award and was praised by Craig Claiborne as perhaps the best book on the subject in the English language. Of Clayton's "The Complete Book of Pastry," which also received a Tastemaker award, Claiborne said: "One of the most important cookbooks of this year if not this decade." Now this highly respected author turns his attention to soups and stews.

From his travels around the world, Clayton has put together an eclectic collection of 250 soup recipes and 50 stew recipes, adding to the clear instructions personal anecdotes and historical background throughout. He covers a wide range of soups, from Asparagus-and-Crab to Peach-Buttermilk. American classics such as New England Chowder, Burgoo and U.S. Senate Bean Soup share the spotlight with such international gems as Japanese "Shabu-Shabu," Nigerian Peanut Soup and Scottish Cock-a-Leekie Soup. After a thorough discussion of the many kinds of stocks, from Brown Stock to Vegetable Stock, Mr. Clayton includes, for those of us who are lazy, the pros and cons of homemade versus storebought stock, along with tricks and tips to improve the later.

With recipes that are well written and easy to follow, Clayton shows that soup-making is neither time-consuming nor difficult, and in any case is well worth the effort.

Ovens of Brittany
Ovens of Brittany
Paperback      ISBN: 094249511x
Salsa Lovers Cook Book
Salsa Lovers Cook Book
Paperback      ISBN: 0914846809

More than 180 taste-tempting recipes for salsas that will make every meal a special event Salsas for salads, appetizers, main dishes and desserts Put some salsa in your life

Fruit-Sweet and Sugar-Free: Prize-Winning Pies, Cakes, Pastries, Muffins, and Breads from the Ranch Kitchen Bakery
Fruit-Sweet and Sugar-Free
Prize-Winning Pies, Cakes, Pastries, Muffins, and Breads from the Ranch Kitchen Bakery
Paperback      ISBN: 0892814497

A professional pastry chef for twenty years, Janice Feuer has translated delicious, traditional American and French bakery and sweet favorites into healthier, sugar-free alternatives while maintaining the excellent taste, lightness, texture, and appearance one would expect in fine baked goods.
Everyday favorites to celebration specialties are included, from the classic American Beauty Apple Pie, Cranapplenut Muffins, and Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread to the rich, tempting Black Forest Torte, Stawberry Custard Cake, and Raspberry Cream Roll.

The author provides over 150 recipes for pies, cakes, muffins, breads, and pastries, sweetened only with natural, nationally-available fruit sweetener and prepared using unbleached whole wheat or rice flour and fresh fruits, berries, and nuts.

Many of the recipes have nondairy options and are low in cholesterol.

Clear directions explain the tips and techniques of professional chefs to guide both the novice and the serious cook to successful results guaranteed to please both the sweet-tooth and healthy conscience in us all
Scotch Ale
Scotch Ale
Paperback      ISBN: 0937381357

The owner of several breweries, the author of this text presents his insight into yeast, hops, water and brewing condition to help the reader brew Scotch ale.

True Thai: The Modern Art of Thai Cooking
True Thai
The Modern Art of Thai Cooking
Hardcover      ISBN: 0688099173

True Thai is one of those rare and important cookbooks where cuisine and culture meet. Food lovers will come away with layers of understanding, discovering the soul of a country where cuisine is a sacred art.

True Thai takes us from the jostling Bangkok streets and canals to countryside rice paddles and mango groves, from distant mountain villages to Thailand's stately Royal Palace, delivering True Thai taste in every sense of the word.

Victor Sodsook, a native Thai, chef/owner of Los Angeles's celebrated Siamese Princess restaurant, has written the authoritative Thai cookbook that American cooks have been waiting for. True Thai satisfies an increasing public interest in the seductive flavors of Thai cuisine, and a decreasing emphasis on high-fat, high-calorie red meats, eggs, and oils. The lively, easy-to-follow recipes are tailor-made for today's adventurous, aware cook.

Most of the tools and ingredients used in True Thai are probably already in your kitchen. And its wide-ranging glossary of ingredients will help you select the most flavorful spices and freshest produce, as well as the best brands of key Thai ingredients like coconut milk and fish sauce. Among True Thai's 250 recipes, you'll find the many Thai dishes that have already won over Americans, such as Crispy Sweet Rice Noodles (mee krob) and soothing, aromatic Chicken-Coconut Soup with Siamese Ginger and Lemon Grass (tom kha kai). Everything is here, from the deliciously spiced barbecued chickens found in Thai provinces to the elaborate and time honored cuisines served to Thailand's royal family, such as King Rama V's Fried Rice. Since Thailand teems with both fresh- and saltwater fish and shellfish, you'll find an abundance of healthful, provocative seafood dishes, such as Ayuthaya Haw Mok Talay, a scrumptious mousse of curried fish, shrimp, and crab, redolent with chili and coconut milk, grilled and served in fragrant banana leaves.

Surprisingly light preparations for meat include Fiery Grilled Beef Salad, a classic of Bangkok cafe cuisine, and mu kratiem phrik Thai, a simple stir-fry of pork medallions sizzling with garlic and black pepper. The Thai Vegetarian Cooking chapter is really a whole book unto itself, encompassing its own blend of curry pastes, soups, appetizers, entrees, and one-dish meals-all completely free of animal or fish products. The Thai Salads chapter showcases such recipes as Coconut, Lemon, and Ginger Salad or Grilled Lobster Salad with Green Mango that demonstrate the great variety and sensuousness of this branch of Thai cooking. Drinks and desserts include such ethereal treats as Rose-Petal Sorbet and the refreshingly herbaceous Lemon Grass Tea, wonderful either hot or cold. There's also a chapter that shows how to marry these newfound Thai tastes with classic American cooking, through such improvisations as Bangkok Burgers with Marinated, Grilled Onions and Spicy Thai Ketchup.

True Thai is more than a cookbook; it is a collection of grace notes exemplifying Thai cuisine's dedication to pleasing the senses. There's even a chapter on preparing Thai-style table decorations, many of them as edible as they are lovely.

True Thai's 250 recipes, each with helpful and fascinating notes, present Thai cuisine with simplicity and elegance. True That is the most authentic, authoritative, and accessible Thai cookbook ever printed in English.

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 039458404x
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.

In a Persian Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from the Near East
In a Persian Kitchen
Favorite Recipes from the Near East
Paperback      ISBN: 0804816190
Much more than just a Middle Eastern cookbook, In a Persian Kitchen offers a look at a rich culinary culture in delightful detail.

With colorful notes that reflect her family's traditions, Maideh Mazda offers readers the possibility of creating the delicate flavors of Persian cuisine. Maideh prioritizes economy and availability of ingredients, while at the same time offering wholly authentic recipes for such delicacies as:
  • Pomegranate Sauce
  • Ashe Reshte, a hearty beef noodle and lentil soup scented with cinnamon
  • Ashe Torsh, a delicate dried fruit soup with cinnamon and mint
  • And many more...
Notes on preparation and reflections on her experience of Persian food and eating customs growing up in a traditional Azerbijian household make this book a pleasure to read --The New York Times.