Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips - Ina Garten

Ina Garten’s popular Barefoot Contessa series has been a Food Network staple. To keep the show fresh, Garten has recently produced cookbooks for those interested in learning the basics of cooking and in preparing her favorite recipes at home. If you watch her show, you’ll recognize her mantra in the title of her new BAREFOOT CONTESSA: HOW EASY IS THAT? (Clarkson Potter $35). When Garten uses this phrase, she’s pointing out that with a few ingredients and some planning you can make the perfect French toast, host the perfect dinner party, plan the perfect beach picnic. For this book she’s selected recipes that are simple and delicious and has provided tips for making readers better cooks. 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780307238764
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 26th, 2010

Sweet Magic: Easy Recipes for Delectable Desserts - Michel Richard

Michel Richard apprenticed many years as a pastry chef before making the leap to chef/owner of D.C.’s starred Central and Citronelle. His SWEET MAGIC: Easy Recipes for Delectable Desserts (Ecco, $27.50), co-written with Peter Kaminsky, is a revolutionary and myth-busting book: Richard makes techniques easier for the home cook, challenging tradition (laying aside the double-boiler in favor of the microwave to temper chocolate, make pastry creams, and puddings, for example). He makes classics far less intimidating, and always explains his shortcuts with deep knowledge and, often, a witty aside: “Soaked (but Not Soggy) Sponge Cake” radically rids us of excess sugar and liquor; the “World’s Flakiest Apple Pie” uses the freezer to make the dough into “free-form puff pastry.” Richard also turns unorthodox ingredients into inspired creations (“Cocoa Puff Chocolate Mousse Cups”); and always asks the reader to explore and invent further.

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$27.50
ISBN: 9780061928215
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Published: Ecco - November 2nd, 2010

The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009 - Gourmet Magazine

The minute the sweltering heat of the D.C. summer broke I wanted to bake cookies. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of THE GOURMET COOKIE BOOK (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18), which showcases each of Gourmet’s seven decades with a cookie chosen from every year. Not only are the recipes delicious, they are enriched by the history that accompanies them; notes on the magazine, information on what was happening in the country as well as in America’s kitchens. For example, in 1944 when the country was at war and sugar was rationed, Honey Refrigerator Cookies gave Gourmet’s readers the expertise they needed to use the resources  at hand to create wonderful cookies. When gourmet chocolate flooded the American market in the 1990s, the magazine responded with a recipe for mocha cookies, using fine semisweet chocolate bars and tons of chocolate chips—unadulterated decadence.  Each tasty recipe appears exactly as it was originally published, together with helpful hints from today’s editors.  Get baking!

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780547328164
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - November 2nd, 2010

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