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The Quick Recipes
The Quick Recipes
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0936184663

From scratch dishes ready to serve in under an hour and many in less than 30 minutes Winner of the 2004 James Beard Cookbook Award The Quick Recipe offers 300 exhaustively tested real recipes for real food, all with contemporary flavours from around the world. There are chapters on appetizers, salads, vegetables, grains and beans, pasta and noodles, soups, poultry, meat, fish and shellfish, grilling, stir-frying, eggs, biscuits, cakes and cookies, fruit desserts, ice cream and puddings.

In the Devil's Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food
In the Devil's Garden
A Sinful History of Forbidden Food
Paperback      ISBN: 0345440161
Deliciously organized by the Seven Deadly Sins, here is a scintillating history of forbidden foods through the ages--and how these mouth-watering taboos have defined cultures around the world.

From the lusciously tempting fruit in the Garden of Eden to the divine foie gras, Stewart Lee Allen engagingly illustrates that when a pleasure as primal as eating is criminalized, there is often an astonishing tale to tell. Among the foods thought to encourage Lust, the love apple (now known as the tomato) was thought to possess demonic spirits until the nineteenth century. The Gluttony "course" invites the reader to an ancient Roman dinner party where nearly every dish served--from poppy-crusted rodents to "Trojan Pork"--was considered a crime against the state. While the vice known as Sloth introduces the sad story of "The Lazy Root" (the potato), whose popularity in Ireland led British moralists to claim that the Great Famine was God's way of punishing the Irish for eating a food that bred degeneracy and idleness.

Filled with incredible food history and the author's travels to many of these exotic locales, In the Devil's Garden also features recipes like the matzo-ball stews outlawed by the Spanish Inquisition and the forbidden "chocolate champagnes" of the Aztecs. This is truly a delectable book that will be consumed by food lovers, culinary historians, amateur anthropologists, and armchair travelers alike. Bon app tit
Savory Way
Savory Way
Hardcover      ISBN: 0553057804

The winner of the 1990 Julia Child/IACP Award for the Best Cookbook of the Year, The Savory Way makes the inventive vegetarian cookery that Deborah Madison developed at the famous Greens Restaurant in San Francisco available to home cooks everywhere who enjoy flavorful food presented with style and ease.

Fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, flavored vinegars and oils, edible flowers, salsas, and cheeses are the key ingredients in Madison's contemporary fare. She explains the basics of vegetarian cooking and emphasizes the extraordinary flexibility of meatless meals. Recipes for pasta, sandwiches, salads, soups, and stews, as well as an extensive section on preparing vegetables round out this classic collection.

Sweets
Sweets
Paperback      ISBN: 1582343071

In Sweets, Tim Richardson takes us on a magical confectionery tour, letting his personal passion fuel the narrative of candy's rich and unusual history. Beginning with a description of the biology of sweetness itself, Richardson navigates the ancient history of sweets, the incredible range and diversity of candies worldwide, the bizarre figures and practices of the confectionery industry, and the connection between food and sex. He goes on to explore the role of sweets in myth and folklore and, finally, offers a personal philosophy of continual sweet-eating based on the writings of Epicurus.

A delicious blend of anecdote, history, and investigative reporting, Sweets is the perfect gift for anyone who loves candy.

An Omelette and a Glass of Wine
An Omelette and a Glass of Wine
Paperback      ISBN: 1558215719

Contains delightful explorations of food and cooking, among which are the collection's namesake essay and many other gems; with black-and-white photographs and illustrations.

Food in History
Food in History
Paperback      ISBN: 0517884046

An enthralling world history of food from prehistoric times to the present. A favorite of gastronomes and history buffs alike, Food in History is packed with intriguing information, lore, and startling insights--like what cinnamon had to do with the discovery of America, and how food has influenced population growth and urban expansion.

Minnesota Eats Out: An Illustrated History
Minnesota Eats Out
An Illustrated History
Hardcover      ISBN: 0873514521

Let's eat out Minnesotans have always loved to, in the opulent dining rooms of fancy hotels, in piney resort halls, or in standard around-the-corner cafes, where the food is hot and plentiful. And the best of these eateries inspire cherished memories of fabulous food and charming camaraderie. Minnesota Eats Out is a virtual romp through the state's dining spots, from early health resorts to Prohibition-era speakeasies to A&W drive-ins, illustrated with nearly one thousand photographs, postcards, menus, matchbooks, and collectible dishes. Kathryn Strand Koutsky and Linda Koutsky narrate the history of dining in the North Star State, highlighting innovative foods, inspired restaurant architecture, and cutting-edge graphic design, along with anecdotes about beloved restaurants remembered through the decades. Accompanying this rich history is a priceless collection of recipes for dishes made famous through the years, like the pioneers' Indian Pudding and old favorites from Eibner's Bakery in New Ulm or Ruttger's Resort in Brainerd. Eleanor Ostman revised these recipes for preparation in modern kitchens. Embellished with photographs of historic restaurants, collectible tableware, and restaurant ephemera, the recipes invite today's readers to re-create cherished food memories. Minnesota Eats Out, a one-of-a-kind venture into the state's history, serves up over a century of fine and fun Minnesota dining.

Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World
Cod
A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World
Paperback      ISBN: 0140275010

An unexpected, energetic look at world history on sea and land from the bestselling author of Salt and The Basque History of the World

Cod, Mark Kurlansky's third work of nonfiction and winner of the 1999 James Beard Award, is the biography of a single species of fish, but it may as well be a world history with this humble fish as its recurring main character. Cod, it turns out, is the reason Europeans set sail across the Atlantic, and it is the only reason they could. What did the Vikings eat in icy Greenland and on the five expeditions to America recorded in the Icelandic sagas? Cod, frozen and dried in the frosty air, then broken into pieces and eaten like hardtack. What was the staple of the medieval diet? Cod again, sold salted by the Basques, an enigmatic people with a mysterious, unlimited supply of cod. As we make our way through the centuries of cod history, we also find a delicious legacy of recipes, and the tragic story of environmental failure, of depleted fishing stocks where once their numbers were legendary. In this lovely, thoughtful history, Mark Kurlansky ponders the question: Is the fish that changed the world forever changed by the world's folly?

"Every once in a while a writer of particular skill takes a fresh, seemingly improbable idea and turns out a book of pure delight. Such is the case of Mark Kurlansky and the codfish." -David McCullough, author of The Wright Brothers and 1776
Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods
Coming Home to Eat
The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods
Paperback      ISBN: 0393323749

Issuing a "profound and engaging...passionate call to us to re-think our food industry" (Jim Harrison, author of The Raw and the Cooked), Gary Paul Nabhan reminds us that eating close to home is not just a matter of convenience it is an act of deep cultural and environmental significance. Embodying "a perspective...at once ecological, economic, humanistic, and spiritual" (Los Angeles Times), Nabhan has dedicated his life to raising awareness about food as an avid gardener, as an ethnobotanist preserving seed diversity, and as an activist devoted to recovering native food traditions in the Southwest. This "inspired and eloquently detailed account" (Rick Bayless, Chefs Collaborative) tells of his year-long mission to eat only foods grown, fished, or gathered within two hundred miles of his home. "A good book for gardeners to read this winter" (The New York Times), Nabhan's work "weav es] together the traditions of Thoreau and M. F. K. Fisher in] a soul food treatise for our time" (Peter Hoffman, Chefs Collaborative)."

The Good Cookie: Over 250 Delicious Recipes, from Simple to Sublime
The Good Cookie
Over 250 Delicious Recipes, from Simple to Sublime
Hardcover      ISBN: 0471387916

Shares a selection of 250 recipes from around the world complete with expert instruction on how to make them. From rugged Cranberry Orange Nut Bars and Bittersweet Chocolate Biscotti to Chocolate Filled Almond Hearts, this work lets readers bake their way through basic drop cookies, hand formed cookies, sandwich cookies, and decorator cookies.