The New Portuguese Table

My love for authentic regional foods prompted me to accept an invitation to review David Leite’s new cookbook, The New Portuguese Table. Though I have eaten Portuguese food, I never made it until now, and I somehow managed to miss the Iberian Peninsula on my trip through Europe in the mid 90s. Leite’s book has… 

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Rosa’s New Mexican Table

Whenever I shop at a TJ Maxx, Ross, or Marshall’s, I always check the books section because occasionally I stumble across a good cookbook bargain. On my most recent visit, I found a copy of Rosa’s New Mexican Table for just US$7.99, and knowing the restaurant’s reputation and the book’s James Beard Award nomination in… 

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King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking

If you have considered adding whole grains to your baked goods, this is a perfect book to get you started. Written by King Arthur Flour Company, this 600-page book is full of recipes, tips, and information about baking with whole grains. This comprehensive volume received a nomination in 2007 from the James Beard Foundation in… 

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Easy Chinese Stir-Fries

If you enjoy Chinese food but have never cooked it at home, then Helen Chen’s new book, Easy Chinese Stir-Fries, is a perfect way to start. The book is relatively small with about 60 recipes, but Chen covers a range of basic stir-fries that are the heart of her family’s cooking. Born in Shanghai and… 

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The Military Wives Cookbook

The Military Wives Cookbook is more than just a collection of recipes. The Forward gives a brief history of U.S. military wives starting with the Revolutionary War and going through modern times. Every recipe pays homage to the women who have gone before with quotes from historical military wives—Libbie Custer, Frances Roe, and others—in the… 

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The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread

Amy’s Bread is a popular New York City bakery that opened in 1992. Amy Scherber started the operation in Hell’s Kitchen and has expanded to include locations in Chelsea Market and The Village. Scherber’s first book Amy’s Bread (1996) focused on her artisan breads and will come out in a revised edition in December 2009…. 

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101 Champagne Cocktails

Sometime in the fall, I received a book in the mail from Wiley Publishers, a cocktail book that immediately caught my eye. I thought it sounded like a perfect book for entertaining, and I’ve found it to be a useful addition to my bar library. 101 Champagne Cocktails by Kim Haasarud (Wiley, 2008) is a… 

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Shrimp with Mushroom Tapas and a Cookbook Give Away

In 1985 Penelope Casas introduced U.S. diners to the world of Spanish tapas with the success of her book Tapas: The Little Dishes of Spain. Casas is a recognized authority on Spanish cuisine and has published five books on the foods of the region and writes about Spanish food and travel for several major publications…. 

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