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The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

A fully revised and expanded edition of the most comprehensive vegetarian cookbook ever published, with more than 400,000 copies in print, from America’s leading authority on vegetarian cooking.

Originally published in 1997, Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone was both ahead of its time and an instant classic. It has endured as one of the world’s most popular vegetarian cookbooks, winning both a James Beard Foundation award and the IACP Julia Child Cookbook of the Year Award. Now, The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone picks up where that culinary legacy left off, with more than 1,600 classic and exquisitely simple recipes for home cooks, including a new introduction, more than 200 new recipes, and comprehensive, updated information on vegetarian and vegan ingredients.

A treasure from a truly exceptional culinary voice, The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is not just for vegetarians and vegans—it’s for everyone interested in learning how to cook vegetables creatively, healthfully, and passionately.

The Northwest Essentials Cookbook

Award-winning chef Greg Atkinson explores and savors the Northwest cuisines signature ingredients including oysters, Dungeness crabs, king salmon, cherries, and hazelnuts.

Without crisp apples, wild salmon, sweet hazelnuts, mint from the garden, and spot prawns, there would be no such thing as Northwest cuisine. In this big-hearted cookbook, Greg Atkinson celebrates these and other regional treasures with a cooks knowledge and a locals love of place. Join Atkinson on a culinary tour of these special ingredients as he explains which oysters can stand up to cooking, which apples make the best pies, and how to use cherries in both savory and sweet dishes. With more than 150 choice recipes, this is sure to become an essential cookbook.

1001 Hot & Spicy Recipes

The latest addition to Agate Surrey’s beloved 1,001 series of cookbooks is its hottest ever. 1,001 Best Hot and Spicy Recipes is, in the words of author Dave DeWitt–noted authority on hot peppers and spicy foods—”the largest and most comprehensive cookbook ever published on this subject.”

DeWitt should know—he’s widely considered the country’s principal authority on this topic. For the past three decades, DeWitt’s devoted his life and career to chile peppers and fiery foods, and he publishes the huge Fiery Foods & Barbecue SuperSite (www.fiery-foods.com), which includes hundreds of articles and thousands of recipes. His personal library devoted to peppers and spicy cooking now resides in Special Collections at the New Mexico State University Library.

This new book is composed of the very best dishes from DeWitt’s collection of chile pepper-laden recipes from around the world that he collected on his travels, from colleagues, and by researching authentic, obscure, and out-of-print cookbooks from all over the world that he collected for his library.

The book is loaded with a vast array of hot and spicy favorites, including a huge variety of soups, stews, chilis, and gumbos; a broad selection of barbecue dishes for the grill; and a lengthy list of meatless entrees and vegetable options. Included are not just hundreds of spicy main dishes from around the globe, but also a surprising array of zesty beverages, desserts, and breakfasts.

In some chapters in this book, the recipes are grouped by type of recipe; in the others, they are organized in the order of chile peppers’ spread around the globe: South and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, U.S.A., Europe, the Mediterranean and Middle East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Asia and the Pacific. The books is truly the very best the world has to offer in terms of great spicy foods.

50 Foods: A Guide to Deliciousness

With 50 Foods, noted authority Edward Behr has created the definitive guide to the foods every food lover must know. A culinary Baedeker, 50 Foods will delight and inform the connoisseur as well as the novice.

Like Behr’s celebrated magazine, The Art of Eating, 50 Foods presents simple, practical information about buying, using, preparing, and enjoying. Behr focuses on aroma, appearance, flavor, and texture to determine what “the best” means for each food. He tells you how to select top quality—signs of freshness and ripeness, best season, top varieties, proper aging. If the way to prepare, serve, or eat something is little known, then he explains it (how to open an oyster, why the best way to cook green beans is boiling, how to clean a whole salted anchovy, when to eat and when to discard the rind of a cheese). Behr also names the most complementary foods and flavors for each of these fifty marvelous foods and the wines that go with them.

The fifty selections provide a broad sensory range for the modern gourmet. Most of the foods are raw materials, but some have been fermented or otherwise transformed—into bread, ham, cheese. Six of the fifty are cheeses. As Behr explains, cheese is probably the best food, as wine is the best drink. Behr argues that food tastes more delicious when it is closer to nature. Skilled low technology is almost always superior to high technology. But with scientific insight, the old methods can be refined to achieve more consistent high quality.

We can’t always have the best, but with the information in this book we can eat better every day. Knowing good food is part of a complete understanding of the world—part of a full enjoyment of nature, a full experience of the senses, a full life.

For the connoisseur at any level, 50 Foods is a beautifully written guide to deliciousness, with color illustrations by Mikel Jaso throughout.

Cookwise

Offering “the hows and whys of successful cooking,” Cookwise, by well-known food writer and culinary sleuth Shirley O. Corriher, tells you how and why things happen in the course of food preparation. The more than 230 outstanding recipes featured not only please the palate, but demonstrate the various roles of ingredients and techniques—making Cookwise an invaluable reference for anyone who has ever wanted to improve on a recipe, make a cake moister, or a roast chicken juicier.

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