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Monday Books | National Pancake Day


Pancake breakfast. Enough said.

Pancake Breakfast - South Haven MI

I love them! And, it doesn’t really matter who is hosting. Although, I will admit that from my personal experience firemen are damn good pancake chefs. I’m talking pancake breakfast here, of course. Here is the typical menu. Pancakes (buckwheat preferred), eggs, brown n’ serve sausage and/or bacon and of course a room temperature stryo cup of Tang. Regular 100% OJ doesn’t cut it. That’s my all-star pancake lineup.

September 26th is National Pancake Day. I couldn’t possibly think of a better Monday Books feature than the humble pancake. Oh, thought you should know – Glenn Michigan throws a top notch pancake breakfast. They’re known as the “Pancake Town”.

Anyway, pancakes come in all kinds of different shapes, sizes and flavors. In order to give you a little pancake day inspiration, I’ve recommended some fantastic cookbooks to get you in a flapjack lovin’ mood.

FYI – I’ve thrown in a few awesome non-cookbooks for any pancake crazed kids (and parents).


The Pancake Handbook: Specialties from Bette's Oceanview Diner Pancakes, Pancakes! Pancakes for Breakfast The Best of Waffles & Pancakes
Curious George Makes Pancakes OMG Pancakes!: 75 Cool Creations Your Kids Will Love to Eat Pancakes: From Morning to Midnight CakeLove in the Morning: Recipes for Muffins, Scones, Pancakes, Waffles, Biscuits, Frittatas, and Other Breakfast Treats
The Ultimate Pancake Pancakes and Waffles Celebrating Pancakes, Waffles, Crepes (Leisure Arts #5569) (Celebrating Cookbooks) 101 Things to do With Pancake Mix


Monday Books | National Breakfast Month


It’s the most important meal of the day.

The EggStravaganza - The Village Cafe, Siesta Key FL

On a consistent basis, breakfast is probably my favorite meal of the day. It’s not only because I enjoy breakfast foods. But, there is no hassle with breakfast. It just kind of happens without a lot of debate, prep time or hand wringing.

Two eggs over easy? No sweat. Pancakes, waffles or French toast? I’ll have that for you in a snap. A bowl of oatmeal? Even easier. See what I mean. No worrying about dressings, sauces, rubs or roasting times. You probably won’t even have to bust out that metric conversion chart you’ve been dying to use. Bummer.

September is National Breakfast Month. I’m not sure who made that designation, but, I fully support it. If, you’re looking to celebrate the occasion in a big way we can help. I’ve put together a Monday Book collection that will elevate your breakfast from ho-hum to glorious.

Bring on the bacon!

The Big Book of Breakfast: Serious Comfort Food for Any Time of the Day Breakfasts & Brunches (Culinary Institute of America) Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Breakfast & Brunch101 Breakfast & Brunch Recipes (101 Cookbook Collection)
Stonewall Kitchen Breakfast Sunday Brunch: Simple, Delicious Recipes for Leisurely Mornings Easy Breakfast & Brunch: Simple Recipes for Morning Treats Vegan Brunch: Homestyle Recipes Worth Waking Up For--From Asparagus Omelets to Pumpkin Pancakes
New Orleans Classic Brunches (Classics Series) 500 Breakfast and Brunch Dishes Joy of Cooking: All About Breakfast and Brunch Breakfast of Champions: A Novel

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Monday Books | Corn



Last call for a sweet summer staple.

Summer Sweet Corn

It’s the time of year when the crop of sweet corn starts to wane. This has been an unbelievably tough summer for farmers. So supplies in some parts of the country have been gone for weeks. It seems this season your search for the perfect cob may be a little more challenging than in the past.

Usually, when I get an ear of fresh sweet corn the recipe is simple. A pot of boiling water, add a little sugar. Add ears. Boil for seven minutes. Enjoy!

I know that there are probably some of you out there who might be looking to get a little more out of your farm stand purchase. If that’s the case, I’m here to assist. I’ve rounded up a few titles that can help you put a new twist on a summer standard. Enjoy the last of the ears for summer 2012.


The Story of CornTotally Corn CookbookI Love Corn Corn Lovers Cookbook (Cooking Across America Cook Book Series)
Corn Recipes: The 10 Greatest Corn Recipes EverCorn: Roasted, Creamed, Simmered and More50 Chowders: One Pot Meals - Clam, Corn, & Beyond The Book of Corn Cookery
American CornThe Corn Cook BookThe Cornbread GospelsCorn: A Country Garden Cookbook (Country Garden Cookbooks)

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Monday Books | National Eat Outside Day


It’s tough to beat a picnic on a beautiful summer day.

A nobleman with his entourage enjoying a picnic. Illustration from a French edition of Le Livre de chasse de Gaston Phébus ("The Hunting Book of Gaston Phebus")

Al fresco dining, or as most people lovingly refer to it, the picnic. It’s a scene that has been happily played out millions of times over the centuries. And, with good reason. It’s fun!

Now, the outdoor meal has been honored with it very own day (if you can imagine). August 31st is National Eat Outside Day. And, what better way to celebrate this semi-minor holiday than with your very own picnic. After all, all we really need is an excuse, right?

So, to give the day it’s proper due, I’ve complied a list of fantastic cookbooks that will elevate your picnic. Your meal will be the talk of the ant colony. No longer with those tiny invaders thumbs their little noses at your offering. You will have a line that would turn any picnic green with envy.

Enjoy your day in the sun!

Picnic: 125 Recipes with 29 Seasonal Menus Picnics: Easy Recipes for the Best Alfresco Foods The Moveable Feast - A Picnic Cookbook for All Seasons The Great British Picnic Guide
It's a Picnic Picnic! Recipes and Menus for Outdoor Enjoyment Williams-Sonoma Entertaining: Outdoor Southern Living The Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook: The Best Eats for Celebrating College Football
Festive Picnics: Recipes, Crafts and Decorations for Outdoor Occasions Country Living Eating Outdoors: Sensational Recipes for Cookouts, Picnics, and Take-Along Food Good Food 101: Picnics & Packed Lunches The Deen Bros. Get Fired Up: Grilling, Tailgating, Picnicking, and More

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Monday Books | Pie


It pretty hard to beat a fresh baked, homemade pie.

Apple Pie

It’s that time of year. Yes, that’s right, pie time. I know you have probably been enjoying all sorts of pies throughout the summer. Strawberry rhubarb comes to mind. Oh, and, the annual blueberry harvest has been baked into thousands of delicious pies.

But, there is still a bounty of pie to come. Namely, peach and of course America’s all time fav, apple. There are probably as many variations on the apple pie as you would care to count. American style, English and Swedish being the most popular versions. I won’t even broach the subject of apple cobbler or apple crisp. It might start a ruckus.

I think now is probably a pretty good time to show you some of the best guides to pie that money can buy. Oh, by the way, in case you’re interested, way in the beginning of this sites history, we reviewed a excellent pie cookbook. You can read our review of Nancie McDermott’s, Southern Pies: A Gracious Plenty of Pie Recipes From Lemon Chess to Chocolate Pecan right here.


Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie  Mrs. Rowe's Little Book of Southern Pies Martha Stewart's New Pies and Tarts: 150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites Pies, Pies & More Pies!
Pie It Forward: Pies, Tarts, Tortes, Galettes, and Other Pastries Reinvented Pie & Tart (Williams-Sonoma Collection) Pie Apple Pie: 100 Delicious and Decidedly Different Recipes for America's Favorite Pie Vegan Pie in the Sky: 75 Out-of-This-World Recipes for Pies, Tarts, Cobblers, and More   Perfect Pies: The Best Sweet and Savory Recipes from America's Pie-Baking Champion Southern Pies: A Gracious Plenty of Pie Recipes, From Lemon Chess to Chocolate Pecan James McNair's Pie Cookbook

We also did a short write-up on Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero’s Vegan Pie in the Sky a little while back. You can re-visit those comments here.

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Monday Books | Happy Birthday Julia!


Some personalities are ageless.

Julia Child, 1989

It’s not everyday that the celebration of your 100th birthday rolls around. If Julia Child were still with us, she would have been 100 on Wednesday (8/15). It hardly seems possible.

Julia seemed ageless. She made her mark on the culinary world in so many ways that it’s impossible to recount. Her groundbreaking television program, The French Chef was ahead of the Food Network by 30 years! Talk about trendsetting. The woman was more than just a little ahead of her time. She was decades ahead.

One could go on and on about Julia’s contribution to her craft and passion. But honestly, you couldn’t do the subject justice. I think we’ll just let our Monday Books speak for themselves.

Happy 100 Julia!


Mastering the art of French Cooking 50th Anniversary Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 2: A Classic Continued: A New Repertory of Dishes and Techniques Carries Us into New Areas Julia's Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking The Way to Cook
In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs My Life in France Baking with Julia: Savor the Joys of Baking with America's Best Bakers The French Chef Cookbook
Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home Julia's Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking Julia's Menus for Special Occasions: Six menus for special celebrations--from a cocktail party to a buffet dinner Julia's Casual Dinners: Seven glorious menus for informal occasions

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Monday Books | National Sandwich Month


Things have come a long way since the Earl.

Corned Beef Sandwich _ The Old Salty Dog (Sarasota, FL)

I can’t think of many things that are as versatile as the sandwich. The variations are too numerous to even imagine. Everything from an American cheese on white to the famous Dagwood multi layer monster. There really is no limit to what you can put between two (or three or four) slices of bread.

The month of August is a celebration of sandwiches. It’s National Sandwich Month. The humble sandwich has risen in prestige high enough to warrant a whole month. Not a day or even a week mind you. But, an ENTIRE month. That’s certainly food clout.

I thought it would be appropriate, at the beginning of this august August observation to give you some resources that will help you celebrate in style. The sandwiches that you will be able to construct using any of the cookbooks below would make even the Earl himself jump for joy. Here, here!

The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches: Recipes, History, and Trivia for Everything Between Sliced Bread 400 Best Sandwich Recipes: From Classics and Burgers to Wraps and Condiments Nancy Silverton's Sandwich Book: The Best Sandwiches Ever--from Thursday Nights at Campanile 'wichcraft: Craft a Sandwich into a Meal--And a Meal into a Sandwich
The Big New York Sandwich Book: 99 Delicious Creations from the City's Greatest Restaurants and Chefs My Rustic Sandwiches: Great Recipes to Savor Artisan Bread Simple Italian Sandwiches: Recipes from America's Favorite Panini Bar Panini Express: 70 Delicious Recipes Hot Off the Press
Great Grilled Cheese: 50 Innovative Recipes for Stove Top, Grill, and Sandwich Maker American Sandwich Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!: Revolutionary New Takes on Everyone's Favorite Anytime Meal Grilled Cheese Please!: 50 Scrumptiously Cheesy Recipes

We’ve reviewed a few sandwich cookbooks over the past couple of years. Laura Werlin’s Grilled Cheese Please! is one of our favs. You can check out our review here.

Hope you take full advantage of National Sandwich Month. Now go out and make the Earl proud!

Monday Books | Frozen Delights


Nothing beats the heat like a cool treat.

Chocolate Sundae By TheCulinaryGeek

Is there a better way to cool down on a hot summer day than a refreshing dish or cone of your favorite ice cream? Probably not. Scooping it from the cardboard carton is OK. But, how about whipping up some of your very own frozen delicacies? That’s WAY better.

There have been some fantastic cookbook releases in the past couple of years aimed at making you an ice cream guru. Guru might be a little ambitious, but, at least you will lose the newbie tag.

Jeni Britton Bauer’s award winning book, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home is a superb example of how the mystery of ice cream making can disappear with the right instructor. Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones comes through in that regard too. You can read our review of the Bi-Rite Creamery’s just released ice cream cookbook here.

Enough talk. Let’s scooping. Here are our Monday Books selected just for you!

Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream: Sweet Seasonal Recipes for Ice Creams, Sorbets, and Toppings Made with Local Ingredients
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book The Ultimate Ice Cream Book: Over 500 Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, Drinks, And More The Best Ice Cream Maker Cookbook Ever The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto: Bold, Fresh Flavors to Make at Home
Making Artisan Gelato: 45 Recipes and Techniques for Crafting Flavor-Infused Gelato and Sorbet at Home Scoop: 125 Specialty Ice Creams from the Nation's Best Creameries The Ultimate Frozen Dessert Book : A Complete Guide to Gelato, Sherbert, Granita, and Semmifreddo, Plus Frozen Cakes, Pies, Mousses, Chiffon Cakes, and ... of Ways to Customize Every Recipe to Your Icebox Desserts: 100 Cool Recipes For Icebox Cakes, Pies, Parfaits, Mousses, Puddings, And More [

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Monday Books | Hot Dog!


America loves its dogs. Today’s the day to grab one!

Hot Dog with Potato Chips By TheCulinaryGeek

It’s National Hot Dog Day! Ok, it’s not like we need another excuse to grab one of this countries favorite foods. But, you’ll have to admit, this is a pretty good one.

We eat tons of the delicious summertime favs each year. It could be at the ballpark, the beach or with friends at a backyard BBQ. The venue doesn’t really seem to matter. We love our dogs.

In celebration of this years big hot dog day, I’ve picked out some special hot dog related books for your dining and dancing pleasure. Please choose one that you feel properly captures the spirit of the day.


Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog Great American Hot Dog Book, The: Recipes and Side Dishes from Across AmericaThe Man Cave Hot Dog Cookbook - 25 Awesome Hot Dog Recipes For The Man Cave The Black Book of Hot Dog Stand
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog CookbookStan the Hot Dog ManThe Burger and the Hot DogMy Hot Dog Went Out, Can I Have Another? : A FoxTrot Collection
Dear Hot DogAmerican Classic Digest - Hamburger and Hot Dog Backyard BBQ (In the Pantry Classics) How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun: Accidental Discoveries and Unexpected Inspirations That Shape What We Eat and Drink10 Little Hot Dogs

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Monday Books | The Beardys


This year’s award winning cookbooks are out. And, you should own them.

The James Beard Award

It’s the Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy all folded into one nice delicious recipe that is impossible to resist. I’m talking about the James Beard Foundation Award For Excellence. Or, as I affectionately refer to it, The Beardy. In the food world, it’s a BIG deal.

Each year the James Beard panel of experts selects the best in their field. We’re not just talking about chefs here. There are awards given for a broad scope of culinary related skills and endeavors. Cookbooks being one of the more hotly contested categories.

The annual awards, which were presented this past May recognize a wide variety of cookbooks and cuisines. From the Hugh Acheson’s A New Turn In The South to Paula Wolfert’s The Food of Morocco and just about everything in between.

If there isn’t room on your cookbook shelf for these soon to be classics you need to do a little cleaning. Here’s the list of this years recipients. Go grab your chef coat…

2012 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home
Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and FormulasRuhlman's Twenty: 20 Techniques 100 Recipes A Cook's Manifesto Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen The Food of Morocco
All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

Cookbook of the Year
Modernist Cuisine | Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet

Cookbook Hall of Fame
Home Cooking and More Home Cooking | Laurie Colwin

American Cooking
A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen | Hugh Acheson

Baking and Dessert
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home | Jeni Britton Bauer

Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, & Formulas | Brad Thomas Parsons

General Cooking
Ruhlman’s Twenty | Michael Ruhlman

Focus on Health
Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen | Heidi Swanson

The Food of Morocco | Paula Wolfert

Single Subject
All About Roasting | Molly Stevens

Writing and Literature
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef | Gabrielle Hamilton

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