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Just looking for a quick, brief idea of what a certain cookbook might be all about? The Cookbook Daily tries to do just that for you. It’s not quite a full cookbook review. But, more of a little peek under the hood.

Cookbook Daily: How to Cook Everything

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How to Cook Everything, Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food

What is there left to say about Mark Bittman’s cookbook classic that hasn’t already be said a million times? So much has been written about this fantastic kitchen companion since its debut WAY back in 1998. Now, comes the 10th anniversary edition.

I can’t even imagine that there is a home kitchen out there that doesn’t already have a copy within easy reach. But, if find yourself in that unenviable position, it’s not too late to right that wrong.

How to Cook Everything, Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food, checks in at over one thousand pages and as you can see from the title, contains two thousand recipes that any home chef can tackle.

If you have an “old” version that’s spine is begging for a rest. Or, if for some unknown reason you don’t own a copy of this cookbook standard, this gives you a great opportunity to right this wrong.

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Author: Mark Bittman
Hardcover: 1056 pages
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN-10: 0764578650

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Cookbook Daily: The Cheating Chef’s Secret Cookbook

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The Cheating Chef's Secret Cookbook: 517 Delicious Dishes in 4 Steps or Less

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the title to this newly released cookbook may be more than a little misleading. The word cheating is a bit over the top. Handy kitchen tips and tricks may be more accurate. That’s not to say that it doesn’t contain some very useful cooking info. Reader’s Digest has put together a nice collection of over five hundred recipes that any home chef can tackle with relative ease.

You’re not going to find Eric Ripert’s secret for his perfectly crisped fish or the missing piece to the puzzle of Thomas Keller’s Oysters and Pearls, but, there are some tricks that will turn a perfectly unspectacular dish into something a little more special.

This cookbook may not turn your home kitchen into Chez Panisse, but, it has some great, practical techniques for you to use everyday.

Author: Editors of Reader’s Digest
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Readers Digest (July 21, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1606522418

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Cookbook Daily: Miette

 

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Miette: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Charming Pastry Shop

Known as one of San Francisco’s culinary landmarks, Miette Patisserie serves some pretty amazing cakes and confections. But, what if a trip to the left coast is out of the question?

Fear not, we have the next best thing for you. Miette: Recipes from San Francisco’s Most Charming Pastry Shop details one hundred of the shops best recipes. Chef/Owner Meg Ray lets you in on some of the secrets that have made Miette one of the culinary treasurers of the city by the bay.

Photographer Frankie Frankeny has contributed over seventy five beautiful images to help inspire you on the road to pastry greatness.

Author: Meg Ray
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 22, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0811875040

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Cookbook Daily: Rice Krispies Treats Cookbook

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It’s pouring rain outside, you have a house full of kids, they’re climbing the walls and the ransacking of your home is in full swing. What’s your plan to avoid a full on bloody coup?

Here’s mine. Break out the brand spankin’ new Rice Krispies Treats® Cookbook. Seriously, this will stop any kid from swinging from your light fixtures on a housebound day.

The cookbook is filled with forty different types of super tasty Rice Krispie Treats that you can make at home. That’s enough to keep any kid (or adult) entertained for the afternoon.

This looks like a great addition to the “fun to make” section of your cookbook library. Come the next rainy Monday, you’ll be glad for a little Snap, Crackle and Pop!

Author: Norman Kolpas
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Weldon Owen; Original edition (July 5, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1616281197

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Cookbook Daily: Eat Like a Man

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Eat Like a Man: The Only Cookbook a Man Will Ever Need

I probably should have featured this one just before Father’s Day. That would have given all of you out there who had absolutely no clue what to get your Dad/Father a bright idea. Oh well, better late than never.

I think the title here makes a BIG statement, Eat Like a Man: The Only Cookbook a Man Will Ever Need. I’m not sure if it’s entirely accurate, but, it’s a damn good start, that’s for sure.

This 224 page “man-ual” is stocked with 75 recipes from some pretty great American Chef’s. Now, even though Eric Ripert contributes, it may takes some time to work up to his level. Hey, everyone has to start somewhere. And, this is a great place to start.

So just because Father’s Day 2011 is in the books, it doesn’t mean that you still can’t help a guy out.

Author: Ryan D’Agostino
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN-10: 0811877418

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Cookbook Daily: PICNIC: 125 Recipes with 29 Seasonal Menus

 

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PICNIC: 125 Recipes with 29 Seasonal Menus

Here’s the scenario. A lot of people have a picnic basket stuffed back in a closet or hidden away in the attic. You probably got it for a wedding present, shower gift or another significant giving occasion. It’s lonely up there. Can’t you hear it begging to be used?

That’s where Author DeeDee Stovel comes in. She’s going to help you out!

Even though this cookbook was released WAY back in 2001, it’s still a slam dunk for the summer season. Who doesn’t love to go on a picnic?

I, for one, am a big lover of a carryout outdoor meal. This summer will be filled with lots of picnic opportunities. I’m talking about days and evenings that make it nearly impossible for you to even consider dining indoors.

The book contains recipes for almost any picnic possibility. Sandwiches, salads, desserts, you name it. It’s divided up into seasons, so, even if you can’t get it together for this summer, there is always the fall.

Author: DeeDee Stovel
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (March 1, 2001)
ISBN: 9781580173773

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PICNIC: 125 Recipes with 29 Seasonal Menus

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Cookbook Daily: Super Natural Every Day

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Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen

When I hear supernatural I don’t immediately think Super Natural. I’m thinking more along the lines of objects levitating, mysterious glowing lights or at the very least Carlos Santana.

Cookbook Author and Blogger, Heidi Swanson is out to change all that (at least for me). Swanson, the creator of the popular 101cookbooks.com website, has put together a fantastic collection of recipes that will turn your ordinary, every day meals into… Well, you know.

If you’re looking to put a fresh new spin on your regular, dull cooking routine, Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen will help you down that path.

We’ve got Heidi’s book on our reading list, so, a full review is just up the road. Keep your eyes wide open!

Author: Heidi Swanson
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 5, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1580082777

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Cookbook Daily: The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat

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The Butcher's Guide to Well-Raised Meat: How to Buy, Cut, and Cook Great Beef, Lamb, Pork, Poultry, and More

This book looks amazing! There, yes I said it. I’m not sure that it’s politically correct in some circles, but, I’m an equal opportunity eater/reviewer. And, I like meat.

Touted as the “definitive guide to eating great meat responsibly”, this book offers some great insight into all things meat and meat related.

Ever wanted to host a backyard pig roast? I know that I have. There are complete details on how to do it. You will most certainly impress your friends and family.

I’ll be bringing you a proper review of The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat: How to Buy, Cut, and Cook Great Beef, Lamb, Pork, Poultry, and More in the near future. Until then, keep those knives sharp, I think you’ll need them.

Author: Joshua Applestone, Jessica Applestone and Alexandra Zissu
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Clarkson Potter (June 7, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0307716627

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Cookbook Daily: The Bacon Cookbook

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BUY IT! -The Bacon Cookbook: More than 150 Recipes from Around the World for Everyone's Favorite Food

Bacon. Everybody’s favorite side dish, add on, condiment and scent. The humble smoked meat has gone through a real surge in popularity over the past two or three years.

As evidence, just try finding any food product that does not have a bacon version. It can be challenging.

Way back in 2007, well ahead of the bacon curve, James Villas got the idea that we should be embracing bacon in all of it’s glory. His book, The Bacon Cookbook: More than 150 Recipes from Around the World for Everyone’s Favorite Food, details lots of ways to use this smoky, yet sweet ingredient.

Obviously, there are a tons of uses for bacon in traditional or even non-traditional breakfast dishes. But how about a recipe for Chinese Lions Head? It’s a fantastic dish using Chinese bacon. The name is probably going to need a little help if you’re ever going to see it at your local, P.F. Changs, Pei Wei or Panda Express.

Author: James Villas
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Wiley (October 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780470042823

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Cookbook Daily: Delicious Memories: Recipes and Stories from the Chef Boyardee

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Delicious Memories: Recipes and Stories from the Chef Boyardee

If you were a kid growing up in the sixties, in a typical middle class family, anywhere in the USA, you’ll recognize what I’m about to say as the truth.

Chef Boyardee = Italian cooking

I can not even begin to estimate how many cans of ravioli, spaghetti and lasagna were consumed in my childhood home. It was a lot. I’m not saying that my Mother didn’t cook, that’s certainly not the case. But, Chef Boyardee did a fair amount of cooking in the house too.

Now some seventy years later, the Chefs granddaughter, Anna Boiardi, is out with a cookbook of their families favorite dishes. And, it has some fantastic, classic Italian fare.

ALERT: If you are hoping to find the secret recipe for Beefaroni in this cookbook, you will be disappointed. But, you will find a recipe for a killer paglia e fieno.

Author: Anna Boiardi
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang
ISBN-10: 1584799064
ISBN-13: 978-1584799061

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