This is an amazing cookbook and I appreciate anything Middle Eastern.  There are so many recipes I want to try, most using my favorite meat, lamb.  Stay tuned, I’ll be cooking from this book in the coming weeks.



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cookbooks: cooking my way back home

July 23rd, 2012 | Posted by admin in COOKBOOKS - (0 Comments)

“Cooking my way Back Home  – Recipes from San Francisco’s Town Hall, Anchor & Hope, and Salt House

by Mitchell Rosenthal


This book was a gift from a friend who travels to San Francisco on a regular basis.  I looked through the book but didn’t initially start cooking anything from it.  What a mistake!  Because everything I have made from this book is fabulous.  The recipes are not difficult but do require many ingredients so I always make a list and shop prior to cooking.  This is a great cookbook… full of comfort food and amazing tastes.  It’s a great addition to your cookbook collection.



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cookbooks: ruhlman’s twenty

April 16th, 2012 | Posted by admin in COOKBOOKS - (0 Comments)

I purchased this cookbook a while ago and have used it as a reference for just about everything!  This book explains to the home cook why and how certain techniques work.  I recommend this cookbook to anyone who wants to learn to cook, who wants to improve their cooking, and to anyone who just loves to cook.  The last recipe I tried, sautéed chicken breasts in a tarragon butter sauce, was mouthwatering!  It could be my new gift idea for my favorite cooks.


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As you can see I own every cookbook from the Barefoot Contessa series.  I know at my most successful dinner parties and family dinners I use recipes from her books.  When I am asked to bring something to a dinner party… I go to my stack.  Her series works like a library for me.  I love to sit down in my favorite chair, maybe a cup of tea and go through all of her books over and over again.  I revisit my favorite recipes and sometimes discover new ones I haven’t used before.  Ina’s recipes are easy to follow, with ingredients you can find in most grocery stores.  They are simple but complex and taste as if you had been cooking all day!  Her cookbooks make me want to entertain… and that’s why they have a very important spot on my shelf.


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