Cookbook Reviews

Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables

January 29, 2013 0 Comments
Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables

A Look at Ripe – A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables A good friend of ours from Utah just arrived for a visit and some business in Philadelphia. She came bearing gifts including this new cookbook by food writer Cheryl Sternman Rule and food photographer Paulette Philpot called Ripe:A Fresh, Colorful Approach to […]

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Life Is Meals by James and Kay Salter

December 20, 2012 0 Comments
Life Is Meals by James and Kay Salter

A Food Lover’s Book of Days I love going to garage sales and town fairs to find old cookbooks at a fraction of the cost when new. I was at one this summer where they were selling as many books as you could fit into a cardboard box for 5 bucks. Now that’s a deal. […]

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The Science of Good Cooking

December 5, 2012 0 Comments
The Science of Good Cooking

Cooks Illustrated’s The Science of Good Cooking Master 50 simple concepts to enjoy a lifetime of success in the kitchen.  Despite the saying about the cat, curiosity is what sets humans apart from other mammals. A hundred years ago, most cooks were working with a limited repertoire of recipes and ingredients, and they had plenty […]

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The Making of A Chef

September 18, 2012 0 Comments
The Making of A Chef

Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute If you ever thought of going to cooking school at the Culinary Institute of America or any cooking school for that matter, you want to read Michael Ruhlman’s Making of a Chef – now available at Amazon.com. This book is so well written, it puts you right into the […]

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Everyday Italian by Giada DeLaurentiis

September 17, 2012 0 Comments
Everyday Italian by Giada DeLaurentiis

Who Wouldn’t Love 125 Simple and Delicious Italian Recipes? It’s no wonder this is one of the best selling cookbooks on the market today. Besides Giada’s popular cooking show, Everyday Italian, on Food Network, this is a well thought out, easy to follow, well written cookbook. It’s great to find a cookbook that is written […]

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Chef Barbara Lynch Cookbook: Stir

May 7, 2010 2 Comments
Chef Barbara Lynch Cookbook: Stir

Dinner with Chef Barbara Lynch at Osteria in Philadelphia Chef Barbara Lynch, a James Beard award-winning chef and owner of several top food establishments in Boston, is not only a terrific cook, but a really nice person too. Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Barbara here in Philadelphia at Marc Vetri, Jeff Michaud […]

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Notes On Cooking – A Short Guide to an Essential Craft

July 23, 2009 1 Comment
Notes On Cooking – A Short Guide to an Essential Craft

A Look at Notes On Cooking – A Short Guide to an Essential Craft On Reading A Recipe – Turn off the television, don’t answer the phone, just sit and read it through. Make a mental inventory of the sort of equipment you need, the cooking techniques required, the ingredients you have on hand. Note […]

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Cooking Without Alcohol

July 21, 2008 2 Comments
Cooking Without Alcohol

A Look at The Sober Kitchen by Liz Scott I wanted to share with you a brilliant cookbook from professional chef and recovering alcoholic Chef Liz Scott. People in recovery often ask how to make some of the recipes on my web site without wine or other spirits and I direct them to my page […]

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Comfort Foods

January 13, 2008 1 Comment
Comfort Foods

A Look at The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Comfort Food Food is not just good to eat. Nor is it merely sustenance. It is cultural, ancestral, kindred, and personal. It can transport us back in time. It can make people happy. It can make people cry. It can comfort us in times of a crisis, […]

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Getting Your Kids To Eat What You Cook

October 18, 2007 2 Comments
Getting Your Kids To Eat What You Cook

How to Help Your Kids Enjoy New & Different Types of Food I receive a lot of emails on this subject and have a few ideas that I try to relate but this week I read an article in the Philadelphia Inquire by Karen Heller about a new cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld, the wife of […]

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