Lu Loves Cookbooks !

I read cookbooks like other people read novels. Over the years I've collected hundreds of wonderful, and some not so wonderful cookbooks, along with newspaper clippings,
magazines and hand written notes of peoples favorites.
Many of the recipes in my pages are adaptations from many of these great sources...
I always cook it their way the first time and then modify it to my exact tastes the next.
I will be sharing with you my personal opinions about each of my favourties cookbooks,
and highlight some of the best recipes in each cookbook listed here. I'll also share with you my wish list... books that have received good reviews, or those that have been recommended to me by friends.
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New Titles added October, 2000 The CakeMix Doctor Jacques Pepin, Cooking with Claudine Recipes From a Kitchen Garden

Titles that start with "A"

Advanced Professional Cooking , by Wayne Gisslen, $59.60
Hardcover - 672 pages College edition
Lu's Review: This is an amazing book ! I bought it before I started taking my food theory classes, and now use it almost daily. It has excellent information about safe cooking and over 700 recipes (I think)... suberb pictures showing cooking and cutting techniques demystify many of the tricks of the trade! This is one of the best purchases I have made in a long time. Warning.. this is a BIG book.. not good for reading in bed *g*

All Time Favourite Soups & Stews Editor: Jean Wickstrom Liles, $11.96
On Lu's wish list: This book is full of award winning recipes from the Southern Living ~ so it can't be anything but superb!
Even the cover art made me hungry and begin to wish that winter would get here so I have an excuse to get this book and start taste testing !

Asian Noodles : Deliciously Simple Dishes to Twirl, Slurp, and Savorby Nina Simonds, $14.70
Review By: Sue M.
Some of my sons' favorite recipes have come from this book. This is real comfort food, in my opinion. It is easy to make these satisfying noodle dishes you enjoy in restaurants. Nina Simonds's book has full page color photographs, is well-organized and contains 75 recipes telling you everything you need to know to cook Vietnamese Pho, Thai Pork with Slippery Noodles and Pineapple, Chinese Garlic Beef on Golden Noodles, and more. A few of our favorites are Cinnamon Beef Noodles (don't let the cinnamon stop you---this a really good) and Shrimp and Pea Shoot Soup (I sprout my own peas since they are not always available at the Asian market).

Titles that start with "B"

Butter Busters the Cookbook, Pam Mycoskie, $15.99
Recommended by: Judy R
It is a basic book that teaches you how to lower fats and sugar.
She uses some replacement products but they are quite good.

Best Recipes From the Backs of Boxes, Bottles, Cans & Jars, Ceil Dyer
Recommended by: Sandy

Titles that start with "C"

The Cake Mix Doctor, Anne Byrn
Got company coming in an hour?? Big Family dinner with no time to bake?? Never again worry, the Cake Doctor can help you produce a wonderful dessert without spending all day in the kitchen. A must have for the Moms' in your life !!

Canyon Ranch Cooking: Bringing Spa Home , Jeanne Jones
This intimidatingly beautiful book on low-fat spa cooking takes the chi-chi out of spa food and actually makes it accessible to the average cook. Although the easy-to-prepare recipes in Canyon Ranch Cooking rely mostly on fresh produce and meats, Cook It Light expert Jeanne Jones offers alternatives to and substitutes for ingredients you might not find during certain times of the year (such as frozen berries and vegetables in place of their fresh counterparts). If you're looking for a tasty and healthy way to prepare food, this one may just be right up your alley !

Contemporary Southwest: Cafe Terra Cotta Cookbook
By: Donna Nordin
Amazon review: French and southwest also combine in refreshingly innovative dishes offered in Nordin's Cafe Terra Cotta, with such dishes as a Balsamic Jalapeno Vinaigrette and a Sea Bass with Peppers and Pumpkin Seed Salsa representing some of the best of unique cooking. This is another lovely blend of unique ideas combining French preparation with Southwest regional accents.

Cooking with Claudine
Jacques Pepin is so good at making delicious cooking an everyday thing. There is something for every type of occasion or cook in this wonderful book. Something simple for a weekday meal or something fancy for a special occasion. Lots of pictures, and each recipe comes with prep time estimates and nutritional analysis that makes selecting menus so much simpler.
Cucina Ebraica, Flavours of the Jewish Italian Kichen By: Joyce Esersky Goldstein, $29.95
Info: Hardcover, 208 pages, with photographs by Ellen Silverman. This looks to be a beautiful book.

Titles that start with "D"

Titles that start with "E"
Emeril's TV Dinners , Emeril Lagasse $17.50
Coveted by: RecipeLu
The hottest chef on Food TV, and owner of 5 trendy restaurants from Louisianna to Las Vegas.. Chef Emeril Lagasse is at it again!
Just recently released, but in stores now, this will make a welcome addition to any Emeril fans collection.
Great Christmas gift if you can wait that long =)

Titles that start with "G"

Great American Favorite Brand Name Cookbook,
Recommended by: Wendy
This cookbook has all kinds of great pictures, in color !!
and most of the recipes start from something that is already prepared so they are easy too!
One of my favorites is this recipe for Reuben Chicken...

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 can Bavarian style sauerkraut,well drained
4 thin sliced corned beef slices
4 slices Swiss Cheese
1 cup Thousand Island Dressing

Preheat oven to 375. Place chicken in a single layer in greased baking pan.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Press excess liquid from sauerkraut; spoon over chicken.
Arrange corned beef and cheese slices over sauerkraut.
Pour dressing evenly over the top. Cover pan with aluminum foil.
Bake about 1 1/2 hours until chicken is tender.

Thousand Island Dressing

In a small bowl, combine one cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish, 1 tablespoon chopped onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; blend well. Refrigerate leftover dressing for another use.

I like to serve this with a salad and dark bread.

Titles that start with "H"

Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, Shirley O. Corriher
On Lu's Wish List:
Lately I've been collecting books more about the how and why.. this one has gotten good reviews, so it goes on the wish list !

Titles that start with "J"

Jewish Cooking in America, by Joan Nathan, $24.50
Contains more than 300 kosher recipes. It won the Julia Child Award as Best Cookbook of the Year for 1994 and a James Beard Award in 1995. You do not have to be Jewish to love this book and the recipes. This is a wonderful book just to sit and read with history, humor and anecdotes mixed in with such marvelous recipes as: Baked Stuffed Matzoh Balls, Syrian hamburgers, French toast made with challah, and Lindy's legendary cheesecake.

The New Joy of Cooking
REVIEW: Your grandmother probably had one, and your mother surely did. If you're a baby boomer, you grew up with the later editions, published from the 1960's tothe 1980's. And now there's a new one for all those Generation X'ers whonever learned how to cook. That's right: It's the 13th edition of The Joy Of Cooking, the classic kitchen Bible that has been the standard cookbook and culinary reference for America's home cooks ever since Irma S. Rombauer wrote the first edition in 1931. This latest edition, published by Scribner in 1997, is the first major revision of the book since 1975 and the most complete revamping of the book's contents ever attempted. Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker are credited as the authors of this new Joy of Cooking Maria Guarnaschelli was the editor, and a whole slew of culinary experts received credit in the Acknowledgements. The book contains more than 2,500 revised and new recipes and--at 1,136 pages--is considerably longer than previous editions.
Like it's predecessors, this new Joy Of Cooking is a goldmine of information. Of particular interest to chileheads is the new 9-page section on peppers in the chapter titled "Vegetables." It includes very good descriptions and line drawings of the kinds of fresh and dried peppers that are most commonly available in the United States. This section of the book also contains excellent instructions on how to roast and peel fresh peppers (several methods) and how to toast dried ones. It also has six recipes in which peppers (from bells to jalapenos) are the main ingredient.
There's an entire chapter called "Condiments, Marinades & Dry & rubs," where you'll find recipes for Chili Sauce, Chili Oil, and several salsas. The new Joy Of Cooking is indeed a joy both to read and to cook from. It succeeds in its goal of updating this American classic to reflect the tastes of the nation as we near the 21st century. No kitchen should be without a copy of this new book. But just because you've bought the latest one, don't discard those old editions of Joy Of Cooking. They'll become more valuable as the years go by. And they're great sources of information on how America's eating habits have changed during the past seven decades.
Review excerpt from Chile Pepper Magazine.

Titles that start with "K"

Kitchen Science: A Guide to Knowing the Hows and Whys for Fun and Success in the Kitchen, Howard Hillman, Lisa Loring, Kyle MacDonald
On Lu's Wish List:
Books like this fascinate me.. I love knowing why things happen in the kitchen and it helps to fix or avoid problems too.

Titles that start with "L"

Lidia's Italian Table By: Lidia Bastianich, $18.20
Amazon review: The companion cookbook to the author's 26-part public television series of the same name, "Lidia's Italian Table" includes stories from Lidia's life growing up in northern Italy, accounts of trips to fabulous fresh-air markets, and nearly 200 authentic Italian recipes. 2-color text. of color photos.

A Little Something, 150 snacks, Hors D'oevres, and Appetizers for every craving and occassion
By: Susan Epstein, $12.00
Review: Whether it's celery and peanut butter during the midday office slump or a delicious plate of tapas served alfresco, little dishes are always sure pleasers. Making some delicious, healthy snacks for a fun and tasty change. Perhaps some Cherry Bruschetta or Spinach and Feta Puffs would make your afternoon complete. Includes a menu suggestions for "Poolside Hors d'oeuvres," "Midnight Munchies," "Cocktail Party Tidbits," "Holiday Nibbles," "Super Bowl Snacks," and "The Dessert Bar."

Lobster at Home
It seems to have been a "Fishy" Christmas at my house *lol* I adore seafood and got two wonderful cookbooks which focus on my favourite foods. Summering in Nova Scotia allows me the pleasure of eating vast quantities of Lobster at a reasonable cost and I can hardly wait to try out some of the delectable recipes that Jasper White has compiled in this very attractive cookbook.

Louisianna Real & RusticBy: Emeril Legasse & Marcelle Bienvenue
Lu's Review:
I love watcing Emeril on FTVN and have all of his cookbooks to drool over. In preparation for our trip to Louisianna, we decided to have a Creole Christmas instead of a Turkey. Using his wonderful recipes.. this was a huge success !
From this book we made: For 1st course, Crab Chops.. lots of crab, not lots of filling and and excellent flavour.
Oyster Bacon Pie, which my step mom won't stop talking about, it was absolutely wonderful.. and very rich.
We served the Oyster Pie with Corn Maque Choux, and Baked Garlic Onions.
Needless to say we were stuffed, but after about an hours rest we still had room for Lu's Honey Pumpkin Pie.
This book rates a 10/10 for me. I have another 9 recipes flagged to try in the near future.

Titles that start with "M"

Maida Heatter's Book of Great Chocolate Desserts
By: Maida Heatter, Toni Evins (Illustrator), $12.00
List Member Review: This book is prefect for inexperienced cooks who love chocolate (and also advanced cooks) because of the precise detail and advice on cooking techniques, ingredients and equipment. There are cakes, cookies, pies, puddings and more. Recipes include: Chocolate Scotch Shortbread Cookies, Frozen Chocolate Mousse, and Positively-the-Absolute-Best-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies.

The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America, Michael Ruhlman
Lu's Review: I read this in one weekend, couldn't put it down! This book actually tipped the scales for me and I signed up to get my cooking certificate at night school the very next week. When I wrote to Mr. Ruhlman, he was kind enough to reply and offer encouragement.

Martha Stewart's Hors D'oevres HandbookSay what you will (and we all do about Martha), but this is a phenomenal book. The format has changed from her previous books, and it is wonderful. Hardbound, with 2 pretty ribbons to mark you spot, and COLOUR photos (tons of them) to give you presentation ideas. This one's a joy, and if you entertain alot, or just like looking at beautiful food you should think about getting it.

Master Chefs Cook Kosher By: Judy Zeidler, $17.47
Amazons review: Master Chefs Cook Kosher is a companion to Judy Zeidler's television show, Judy's Kitchen, which appears on the Jewish Television Network. The book features dishes prepared by chefs on the show. Each of the 31 sections of this book corresponds to an episode of the show, and each has a theme, such as the cooking of Provence, dishes made with potatoes, or a Tex-Mex menu.

Michael Field's Cooking School:
On Lu's Wish List:
A Selection of Great Recipes Demonstrating the Pleasures and Principles of Fine Cooking (The Cook's Classic Library)", Michael Fields

Titles that start with "N"

The New Making of a Cook: The Art, Techniques, and Science of Good Cooking, Madeleine Kamman
On Lu's Wish List:
Known as one of the Greats, this is a book I've been coveting for a while.. but haven't bought yet ! Give me time..

Titles that start with "O"

Oh Fudge!$11.20
If you want a work which is historically referenced and practical in content ...this is the "fudge" book for you. The author, Lee Edwards Benning has had years of practical experience at the "art of fudge making"; her step by step insights into handmade fudge are most useful; and the artwork on the cover makes your "mouth water" for a taste of America's Favorite Candy!

Titles that start with "N"

Titles that start with "O"

Titles that start with "P"

The Perfect Recipe, Getting it Right Every Time By: Pam Anderson, $18.90
On Lu's Wish List
One Readers review: I am so pleased with this book. The recipes are fabulous, especially the buttermilk fried chicken, burgers, potato salad, banana muffins, chocolate cream pie, and the most dangerous brownies I've come across. I can hardly wait for Thanksgiving, so I can try out Ms. Anderson's brining method for the most moist, flavorful turkey. She also has such an engaging writing style that I've enjoyed reading this book as much as cooking from it. Great recipes, great tips, and great reading in one book--you can't beat it.

Pie and Pastry Bible, Rose Levy Beranbaum, $24.50

Titles that start with "R"

Roasting, Barbara Kafka, $18.20
Recommended by: Sue M & Sooz!
A Julia Child awared winner... RecipeLu'ers think this book is just terrific.
We've been chatting about this book lately on the list and a few people have it one their wish lists =) Great winter food !!

Titles that start with "S"

Sable & Rosenfeld Cookbook
Lu's Review:
I got given this as a gift and it's wonderful! I've tried many many of the recipes with great success and I've got splatters of all sorts on the pages (always a sure sign that I like a cook book!

Tired of shake and bake chicken? Try the Chicken in Almond Crust with cream sauce. Bored of those regular cream cheese dips you always get at parties? Try the wonderful Liptauer recipe.

Sable and Rosenfeld offer up good food with a twist. None of the recipes are too long, and all of the ingredients are either already found in your pantry or can easily be found at the grocery store...nothing too obscure has been included which I like.

This cookbook definitely gets 5 stars from Lu, and I keep looking for a second volume. sells Sable & Rosenfeld Cookbook for $15.95. At time of review the book was on back-order, but it's definitely worth the wait.

Simple Menus for the Bento Box By: Ellen Greaves, $17.50
This book is nothing less than lovely. It would make a splendid gift, especially if you added several small and unique bowls or plates. This is one of the most unusual and innovative books I have purchased in a long time. The book even supplies sources for obtaining bento boxes and accessories. The bento box is a lacquered square divided into four compartments. Japanese cooks use the bento box for serving carefully orchestrated, beautifully arranged meals composed of four dishes. The recipes are not traditionally Japanese and they are simple to make and most require familiar ingredients. The recipes are seasonal: the fall menu consists of Arugula Salad with Parmesan and Pickled Shiitake Mushrooms; Ratatouille; Pasta with Raw Tomatoes; and Poached Shrimp with Beans, Celery, and Saffron. There is a Mediterranean influence in Greaves's and Nish's cooking.

Simply Scones by Leslie Weiner, Barbara Albright (Contributor), $5.56
Sit down with a cup of tea and any of the wonderful scones you can make from this book. Try the savory scones for a potluck brunch, walnut scones for high tea, or chocolate chip scones for dessert. Gourmet magazines and even the New York Times predict that America is on the verge of a "scone boom." The tender Scottish biscuits are appearing in bakeries and restaurants everywhere. This book features recipes for classic scones or dozens of sweet and savory varieties. Illustrated.

Simply Shrimp By: Rick Rodgers $13.56
I recieved this cookbook as a gift for Christmas and I know already that it's going to be one of my favourites. All of the recipes sound delicious and most use ingredients that you're likely to have on hand. The Spanish Shrimp with Red Peppers and Garlic sauce was superb as well as fast and easy to make. We're going to try at one recipe a week from this gem of a book!

Simply Thai Cooking Amazon Reader review: Thai food lovers will dance around the kitchen while preparing these recipes,and those who dine at the table will widen their eyes in amazement that you, yes you, could have prepared such an incredibly authentic meal in such a remarkably short time. I have turned my 10 year old onto Thai, and prepared a dinner for 8 in less than an hour. This cookbook makes me a hero everytime. Low fat, high flavor!

Smart Crockery Cooking Over 100 Healthy and Delicious Recipes
By: Carol Munson, $8.76
Readers review: These recipes seem to be very appealing and without exotic ingredients that are hard to find. I checked this book out from the local library then decided to buy a copy for myself.

Smart Soups Over 100 Healthy and Delicious Recipes
By: Carol Munson
Not yet published, but expected by the end of September, this is a book that looks worth waiting for.

Souterhn Living Annual Recipes 20th Anniversary ed. $24.47
The 20th Anniversary Edition of Southern Living is sure to be a winner. A hardcover with over 400 pages, color photos and of course those delicious recipes we've all come to expect, how can you go wrong?

Titles that start with "T"

The Way To Cook, Julia Child
This is a wonderful book for beginngers and experienced chefs alike. It covers everything from basic sauces, cuts of meat, and veggie preparation to the most elegant of desserts. It also has many many helpful photographs, and great clear directions. Julia Child is a wonderful teacher and this book would make a wonderful gift (especially to yourself *g*).

Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking By: Marcy Goldman, $17.50, 400 pages
Notes from the Author: You don't have to be Jewish or an experienced baker to enjoy this book.
From bread and bagels, to challah and matzoh, to cheesecake and bubka, you can seek "authenticity" or adapt the foods to suit your tastes. The recipes are well supported with advice on techniques, ingredients and even a little history. This is a reference book which will serve you well year-round. Enjoy

Titles that start with "U"

Uncommon Gourmet's All-Occasion Cookbook By: Ellen Helman, $15.16
Lu's Review: I just bought this book and already have marked off 15 recipes that I just MUST try. It is sure to be one of those that ends up spattered with stains from being used so often. Full of innovative and delicious sounding recipes that don't have too many ingredients or ridiculously difficult instructions. Rarely have I found a book that contains so many recipes that I want to try.. not the standard 2 or 3 that you usually like, I'd happily try all 400 recipes in this cookbook.

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