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The Great Chicago Melting Pot Cookbook
The Great Chicago Melting Pot Cookbook
Paperback      ISBN: 0898650283

A city with the representation of literally hundreds of ethnic groups, Chicago has rightfully earned its nickname as the melting pot of America. The authors of The Great Chicago Melting Pot Cookbook have selected a representative group of these nationalities and, in over 400 recipes, have presented the best of their native cuisine. One of the most distinguishing characteristics of a culture is its cooking and The Great Chicago Melting Pot Cookbook is a delightful way to get acquainted. Over the years, American immigrants have adapted the recipes from their homeland to reflect the tastes and available ingredients of their new country. The recipes found here are easy for the American cook to follow, yet still retain the character of the original cuisine.

Mustards Grill Napa Valley Cookbook
Mustards Grill Napa Valley Cookbook
Hardcover      ISBN: 1580080456
This James Beard award-winning cookbook brings chef-owner Cindy Pawlcyn's Midwestern sensibility and flair for reinventing American food to Napa Valley with over 150 recipes.

Mustards Grill is an institution in the wine country--the friendly restaurant where locals first started going for a full plate of inventive, delicious food and a glass of Napa's finest. Chef-owner Cindy Pawlcyn, founding chef of San Francisco's original Fog City Diner, put down her roots in Napa over 15 years ago, and ever since then, Mustards has been affectionately known as the fancy rib joint with way, way too many wines. This cookbook is full of the best, most enduring recipes from Mustards Grill--ones people consistently ask for and ones to enhance any home cook's experience in the kitchen.

"Mustards is universally loved by local residents and tourists alike for its smoky, tender, spicy baby back ribs; cornmeal-coated fried green tomatoes; tasty Asian-marinated flank steak; Chinese chicken noodle salad; and, of course, Mustards' always-crisp tangle of deep-fried onion threads. The enduring vitality of this place comes from the fact that Cindy Pawlcyn] put all the dishes she loved on the menu: country dishes transformed by her sprightly offbeat style and sparkle."
--FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO SAN FRANCISCO
Charlie Trotter Cooks at Home
Charlie Trotter Cooks at Home
Hardcover      ISBN: 1580082505

In this cookbook, Trotter begins by discussing classic methods of preparing food, from braising to grilling to sauteeing, and then moves on to the three main sections of the book - Starters, Entrees and Desserts.

Minnesota Ethnic Food Book
Minnesota Ethnic Food Book
Paperback      ISBN: 0873511980

"Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." This oft-quoted maxim from celebrated gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, succinctly describes the connection between foodways and identity.

First published in 1986 and now back in print, The Minnesota Ethnic Food Book explores the rich landscape of food and cultural heritage by describing the traditional foods and foodways of many of the state's ethnic groups. Well-researched and thoughtfully written essays describe the meals and customs that help families maintain ties to their past and sustain a rich sense of ethnic heritage in their day-to-day lives.

More than 150 authentic recipes, collected from home cooks across the state, impart the ethnic flavors of Minnesota. Included are recipes for everyday tables--such as Swedish meatballs, Creole chicken, and Hmong stir-fried chicken and vegetables--as well as foods for special occasions--including Greek artichoke pilaf, German sauerbraten, and Danish custard cream layer cake. The result is a carefully researched, warm, and fascinating book that is all about people, foods, and enduring values.

The Taste of Country Cooking
The Taste of Country Cooking
Hardcover      ISBN: 0307265609

In recipes and reminiscences equally delicious, Edna Lewis celebrates the uniquely American country cooking she grew up with some fifty years ago in a small Virginia Piedmont farming community that had been settled by freed slaves. With menus for the four seasons, she shares the ways her family prepared and enjoyed food, savoring the delights of each special time of year:

- The fresh taste of spring--the first shad, wild mushrooms, garden strawberries, field greens and salads . . . honey from woodland bees . . . a ring mold of chicken with wild mushroom sauce . . . the treat of braised mutton after sheepshearing.

- The feasts of summer--garden-ripe vegetables and fruits relished at the peak of flavor . . . pan-fried chicken, sage-flavored pork tenderloin, spicy baked tomatoes, corn pudding, fresh blackberry cobbler, and more, for hungry neighbors on Wheat-Threshing Day . . . Sunday Revival, the event of the year, when Edna's mother would pack up as many as fifteen dishes (what with her pickles and breads and pies) to be spread out on linen-covered picnic tables under the church's shady oaks . . . hot afternoons cooled with a bowl of crushed peaches or hand-cranked custard ice cream.

- The harvest of fall--a fine dinner of baked country ham, roasted newly dug sweet potatoes, and warm apple pie after a day of corn-shucking . . . the hunting season, with the deliciously "different" taste of game fattened on hickory nuts and persimmons . . . hog-butchering time and the making of sausages and liver pudding . . . and Emancipation Day with its rich and generous thanksgiving dinner.

- The hearty fare of winter--holiday time, the sideboard laden with all the special foods of Christmas for company dropping by . . . the cold months warmed by stews, soups, and baked beans cooked in a hearth oven to be eaten with hot crusty bread before the fire.

The scores of recipes for these marvelous dishes are set down in loving detail. We come to understand the values that formed the remarkable woman--her love of nature, the pleasure of living with the seasons, the sense of community, the satisfactory feeling that hard work was always rewarded by her mother's good food. Having made us yearn for all the good meals she describes in her memories of a lost time in America, Edna Lewis shows us precisely how to recover, in our own country or city or suburban kitchens, the taste of the fresh, good, natural country cooking that was so happy a part of her girlhood in Freetown, Virginia.
Tropical Seasons: Beaux Arts of the Lowe Museum of the University of Miami
Tropical Seasons
Beaux Arts of the Lowe Museum of the University of Miami
Paperback      ISBN: 0960701044
The Minimalist Cooks Dinner: More Than 100 Recipes for Fast Week-Night Meals and Casual Entertaining
The Minimalist Cooks Dinner
More Than 100 Recipes for Fast Week-Night Meals and Casual Entertaining
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0767906713

Showcasing Mark Bittman's signature ease and imagination, The Minimalist Cooks Dinner puts the focus on the center-of-the-plate main dishes. And, in this new volume, he also provides recipes for classic, versatile side dishes as well as recommendations for wine and food pairings. With a majority of its main dish recipes taking less than thirty minutes to prepare, this is truly the book every busy cook has been waiting for. Drawing on the global pantry and international repertoire that sets Bittman apart, each selection in The Minimalist Cooks Dinner is big on flavour and time-saving techniques. The perfect solution for weeknight after-work meals or casual dinner parties, this inventive collection offers a refreshing new take on standards, along with ideas that will inspire both novices and experienced home cooks to branch out. From Steamed Chicken Breasts with Ginger-Scallion Sauce to Korean Beef Wrapped in Lettuce Leaves, to Monkfish with Meat Sauce, Bittman banishes the ordinary with an appetizing range of choices.Also covering hearty pasta dishes, steaks, pork, veal, lamb and a wide range of seafood, The Minimalist Cooks Dinner makes for an invigorating alternative to mundane mains. And as Bittman's profile has never been higher, this is sure to become a kitchen staple for thousands of time-crunched cooks who want to eat well.

Deep South Staples: Or How to Survive in a Southern Kitchen Without a Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
Deep South Staples
Or How to Survive in a Southern Kitchen Without a Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
Hardcover      ISBN: 1401308384
A lively cookbook for Southerners who wish to recapture the tastes, smells, and memories of their youth--and for fans of Southern cooking everywhere Food in the South is a religion. Yet the problem with a lot of Southern cooking is the ever-present can of cream of mushroom soup. In this lively, humorous cookbook, Robert St. John shows Southerners (and all fans of the cuisine) how to indulge in the ideas and tastes that inspired Southern cooking, without resorting to ingredients like that canned soup in the recipe. The classic dishes are all here; they just taste better Sections include cocktail party fare, funeral food, breakfasts, salads and soups, summer suppers, cakes, vegetables, chitlins, desserts, sides, and much more. Recipes include Buttermilk Chicken, Pecan Crusted Redfish, Fried Catfish, Cajun Popcorn, Corn Fritters, and lots of other Southern classics.
The Culinary Herpetologist
The Culinary Herpetologist
Paperback      ISBN: 1932871063

This long awaited, second edition of Liner's "A Herpetological Cookbook" is greatly expanded with over 950 herpetological recipes. From historical recipes: Goanna (Aborigine style), Blackfeet Indian Jellied Snake, and Roasted poison Dart Frog (Campa Indian Style) to modern recipes: Turtle Croquettes, Zippy Alligator Dip, and Ampiuma a la Poulette this cookbook contains something for everyone. An entertaining, historically important treatise everyone interested in amphibians and reptiles should own.

The New American Cheese: Profiles of America's Great Cheesemakers and Recipes for Cooking With Cheese
The New American Cheese
Profiles of America's Great Cheesemakers and Recipes for Cooking With Cheese
Hardcover      ISBN: 1556709900

A look at the art and craft of cheese-making.