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The Chew: Food. Life. Fun.

For all you fans of The Chew, this is a wonderful treat. Every one of the famous chefs; Mario Batali, Gordon Elliott, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz and Michael Symon deliver recipes for dishes that are sure to make you very happy and tantalize your taste buds, while dishing on the moments in their lives that you’d never dream of. With their sizzling personalities and savvy humor you’ll find this cookbook to be lots of fun and extremely entertaining. Add in what to do and what not to do tips for parties, flavor tips, ambrosial recipes, kitchen disciplines, and more.

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Cooking with Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You by Carla Hall

Carla Hall is a famous chef from the TV show The Chew. She uses her smarts and sense of humor in this lovable home-style cookbook. At first glance the book draws you into to it and speaks, “Go ahead and take a look-you’re gonna love it.” Not many books do that. If you do take a look you will love that you did. Carla shares exciting cooking tips and recipes for the reader and cook in you to enjoy. Cooking with Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You, is designed to satisfy your hunger and leave you happy. The pattern she created throughout is delightful. Even if you don’t start at page one and read through you will still fully understand what this special cookbook is all about. It is tastefully designed and magnificently illustrated with color photos.

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Deliciously G-Free: Food So Flavorful They'll Never Believe It's Gluten-Free by Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the Emmy Award–winning co-host of The View was diagnosed with celiac disease a number of years ago. She found that family recipes she loved would no longer be part of her diet until she decided to do something about it. Elisabeth put together a helpful, exciting cookbook that is filled with tips on how to get down in the kitchen using gluten free ingredients and how to keep your kitchen counters and utensils gluten free too. What a great idea to come up with lots of recipes for everyone at home to be satisfied, and many of them can be used for entertaining. This exciting new cookbook is illustrated with descriptive colorful photos.

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Using her mom’s help to get a family meatball recipe to taste as good as usual but with gluten free ingredients was a big challenge. When they succeeded the idea of creating the cookbook came to fruition. The list of recipes is lengthy in a great way, and alphabetized. Under appetizers there are yummy dishes; Read the full review »


The Science of Good Cooking (Cook's Illustrated Cookbooks)

Another fascinating cookbook from the editors of Cook’s Illustrated. From back in America’s Test Kitchen they deliver hundreds of scrumptious, foolproof recipes sure to tantalize your taste buds and shake loose the cook in you. The Science of Good Cooking uses a new approach to teach all the basics for the beginner, yet keep the expert’s interest. Each recipe is illustrated. Not only is this a cookbook filled with tricks of the trade, it’s more of a guide, or manual to keep handy in your kitchen year round.

In this cookbook you take a trip right into the test kitchen where all of the wonders of creating delicious dishes are tested over and over to perfection. It’s all about learning and knowledge. Trials and errors with ingredients for flavors, textures, timing, cooking methods, and amounts come together at the end for the fiesta resistance!
They take 50 principles and develop 400 perfected recipes. Not only do these principles work for creating foolproof recipes, they work into your very own cooking style to help you become a better cook. Read the full review »


Modernist Cuisine at Home by Nathan Myhrvold,  Maxime Bilet

Modernist Cuisine at Home covers a lot of culinary innovated processes any food enthusiast would love to know. It is a simpler version of the 6 volume set Modernist Cuisine. This home cook’s version for the basic kitchen contains recipes that were developed for a wider audience to appreciate in their own kitchens. This cookbook is designed simply for educating the home cook; equipment, techniques, and recipes, are introduced in detail. The first part of the cookbook describes what a home cook needs to know about ingredients, cooking utensils, and appliances to utilize them effectively. It is colorfully illustrated to show countertop tools, invaluable modernist tools, digital scales, digital thermometers, silicone mats and molds, micro planes, blenders and food processors among the few that are well described, along with explanations of what they are used for. Read the full review »


Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle by Diane Sanfilippo

Diane Sanfilippo is the author of Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle. She is a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in digestive health and blood sugar regulation. Diane with great care and skill created this amazing cookbook that uses the methods of a paleo diet. This is based on what our ancestors the cavemen ate.  Altering or switching your daily diet habits for better wellbeing with the recipes in this cookbook, that are appetizing “real food” delicacies you don’t want to miss out on, are highly recommended.

Practical Paleo gives the home cook a general look at medical conditions and plain old dietary conditions whose symptoms may be benefitted by some extra attention in the kitchen. It is a guide and great reminder for all those who stray away from healthy eating habits. The 3 things to remember are: 1. Eat whole foods, 2. Avoid modern, processed, and refined foods, 3. Eat to maintain proper digestive function. There are chapters on conditions and what types of foods may be helpful to reduce symptoms to help you feel better, healthier, and which ones to cut back or out of your diet. Read the full review »



Art of the Slow Cooker: 80 Exciting New Recipes by Andrew Schloss

Fabulous and simple are how to describe the Art of the Slow Cooker. The author, Andre Schloss is a best-selling author of many books on cooking, and articles on food. In the very first chapter The Art of Homemade Soup you’ll find recipes that will make an appetite spark up. If you are a soup lover looking for new easy homemade soup recipes, chunky ones, a variety of them, the introduction into that chapter is all it takes to get you in the kitchen and pick one out; Herby Minestrone, and the Wild Mushroom with Wild Rice Bisque look delicious, they all do actually.

Reading on you will find out why it’s so great to use a slow cooker. Tips are generously placed throughout the cookbook; keeping the liquids at an extreme minimum, using sherry, or juices to sweeten and give an exciting flavor boost to meats, little things that you might not be aware of that will make a world of difference in the outcome of a recipe’s flavors. Read the full review »


The Best 30-Minute Recipe by Cooks Illustrated

The Best 30-Minute Recipe provides thoroughly tested ingredients by America’s Test Kitchen and recipes for anyone who wants a delicious dish in a few minutes. The short cuts are tested by professionals to make sure they have that flavor and consistency that makes a recipe special. It’s all about getting ingredients together that make a very tasty dish easily and quickly. Short cuts like pre-shredded cheese, canned tomato sauce, and convenience foods were tested to make sure these ingredients have value to include in a number of recipes in this book. Methods listed help to get a big fancy meal the kind grandma would make that would normally take hours to the table in a matter of minutes. It makes cooking exciting and fun when you’re pressed for time. Read the full review »


The 4-Hour Chef by Timoth Ferriss

Using Jason Bourne crossed with Julia Childs as listed on the cover for a description of the author makes you wonder what goes on this cookbook. The actual title of this book itself says it all. This cookbook is really designed for the beginner cook, or someone who is trying to force them self to cook because they’ve despised it for one reason or another and need one on one type coaching techniques that are very specialized. Yet, a seasoned cook can get a real kick out reading this too. The recipes when you get to them are interesting and it is illustrated in a unique way. Read the full review »


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