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Staff Reviews: Cookbook

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Cover: 'Wild Eats and Adorable Treats: 40 Animal-Inspired Meals and Snacks for Kids'

"Wild Eats and Adorable Treats: 40 Animal-Inspired Meals and Snacks for Kids" by Jill Mills

★★★★★ This book totally lives up to its name; it is adorable! There are some seriously cute ways to make snacks and meals for you and your family. Adults and kids will both enjoy the recipes in this fun filled cookbook. Adults, you’ll find lots of healthy recipes and treats that you can make with your kids or for them as a surprise. Kids, you will find cool...

Audience: Children | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic'

"Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic" by Rebecca Leffler

★★★★ This lovely lifestyle book is packed full of plant-based, gluten-free recipes, all inspired by the French culture, for each season. I loved the passion in this book, from the lifestyle tips to the wonderful recipes, to the yoga routines. Plus, I learned so much more about a plant-based diet reading it. Did you know that (contrary to what the media and some...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Classic Slow Cooker: Best-Loved Family Recipes to Make Fast and Cook Slow'

"The Classic Slow Cooker: Best-Loved Family Recipes to Make Fast and Cook Slow" by Judy Hannemann

★★★ This new collection of beloved slow cooker recipes is full of tantalizing photos of beef, pork, chicken, and pasta recipes. Also included are appetizers, soup, and desserts. There is definitely something in here for any lover of classic, comforting dishes that are perfect fits for your slow cooker.

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Better Homes and Gardens Make-Ahead Meals: 150+ Recipes to Enjoy Every Day of the Week'

"Better Homes and Gardens Make-Ahead Meals: 150+ Recipes to Enjoy Every Day of the Week" by Better Homes and Gardens

★★★ If you're looking for a cookbook with fantastic illustrations of make-ahead recipes, look no further! This is a great resource for anyone who, like me, cooks large portions of meals in batches and needs freezer friendly recipes. This cookbook also contains helpful 'base recipes', such as ground beef or shredded pork recipes that you can freeze and use as...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Four Seasons of Pasta'

"The Four Seasons of Pasta" by Nancy Jenkins

★★★★ This cookbook is a perfect fit for anyone who has a passion for pasta. It includes a gorgeous selection of recipes and memories, and is packed full of helpful information about techniques and ingredients. This is a must read for anyone with a love of Italian food! As someone with food allergies who still found a few recipes I had to make copies of, there is...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Soup & Comfort: A Cookbook of Homemade Recipes to Warm the Soul'

"Soup & Comfort: A Cookbook of Homemade Recipes to Warm the Soul" by Pamela Ellgen

★★★★ Looking for a cozy, homemade soup recipe now that winter is here? Have family members that have allergies, or have them yourself? This cookbook has over a hundred recipes of enticing soups. There is something for every soup lover! None of the recipes look too intimidating or time consuming, and I especially liked that this cookbook listed if each recipe was...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Duff Bakes: Think and Bake Like a Pro at Home'

"Duff Bakes: Think and Bake Like a Pro at Home" by Duff Goldman

★★★★ This almost fully illustrated cookbook is packed full of delicious items to try, from breads to cookies to pies. While I was flipping through in envy, since I can't eat regular baked goods, I was very happily surprised to find a vegan and gluten-free chapter hidden in here. With fourteen safe and enticing recipes for me, I was pleasantly surprised by this...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk'

"Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk" by Lara Ferroni

★★★★ Craving Thin Mints, Hot Pockets, or even Twinkies, but don't want all the preservatives, food dyes, and other mysterious ingredients? This cookbook is packed full of recipes for homemade versions of your favorite snacks you ate as a kid. They are healthier, homemade versions of all those snacks you remember craving. What I appreciated the most about this...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Food Cures: Fight Disease with Your Fork'

"Food Cures: Fight Disease with Your Fork" by Reader's Digest Association

★★★★★ This is the best resource I've found so far for anyone looking for natural and healthy ways to fight and prevent numerous health issues. As someone with four health issues that very much affect my everyday life, I'm always looking for books that touch on the nutrition factor of foods to fight disease or help with ailments, or, sometimes even more important...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Great British Bake Off: Christmas'

"The Great British Bake Off: Christmas" by Lizzie Kamenetzky

★★★★ Who doesn't love a Christmas cookbook? This particular Christmas cookbook comes with recipes from participants of a British reality TV cooking program. The food is somewhat different that what we are used to seeing here in the United States, however it is not too different that you would not enjoy all of the recipes. The Shepherd's Pie looks great, as well...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook, Holiday

Cover: 'The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2016: The Year's Best Recipes, Equipment Reviews, and Tastings'

"The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2016: The Year's Best Recipes, Equipment Reviews, and Tastings" by America's Test Kitchen

★★★★★ Straight from the America's Test Kitchen comes their newest collection of recipes from the last year. They are known for their precise recipes, having tested each recipe a variety of ways in order to get the best possible outcome for each dish. This book does a superb job explaining why you make each dish a certain way and includes illustrations for more...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Chocolate-Covered Katie: Over 80 Delicious Recipes That Are Secretly Good for You'

"Chocolate-Covered Katie: Over 80 Delicious Recipes That Are Secretly Good for You" by Katie Higgins

★★★★★ This is a must read for anyone with a sweet tooth! Plus, the author of the popular blog, "chocolatecoveredkatie.com," created these recipes with a healthy goal in mind. As a woman who wanted treats that satisfied her sweet tooth without using artificial sweeteners and unhealthy ingredients, the recipes in this cookbook use natural sweeteners and real...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Happy Cooking'

"Happy Cooking" by Giada De Laurentiis

★★★★ This is my favorite cookbook so far from chef Giada De Laurentiis! There's something here for everyone, even a few vegan recipes, which made me super happy to see! Giada included vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free recipes for all of us allergy sufferers, as well as recipes to be enjoyed by those without allergy concerns. Included in this cookbook are main...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Everyone Is Italian on Sunday'

"Everyone Is Italian on Sunday" by Rachael Ray

★★★ As a proud Italian with a strong love of all Italian food, this was a must read. Inside, you'll find recipes galore (many fully illustrated) of every kind of pasta and truly Italian meals you can think of, along with delicious desserts. This is a true celebration of Italian food, family, and the meals that bring us together.

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Main Street Vegan'

"Main Street Vegan" by Victoria Moran, Adair Moran

★★★★ Have you been thinking of going vegan? Or, are you already vegan (or mostly vegan) and would like more information on the reasons why this lifestyle is helpful to you and the environment? I found this book to be packed full of helpful information! As someone who eats vegan at least 90% of the time, I enjoyed gaining more specific information than what I...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Health, Cookbook

Cover: 'Cooking Light The Good Pantry: Homemade Foods & Mixes Lower in Sugar, Salt & Fat'

"Cooking Light The Good Pantry: Homemade Foods & Mixes Lower in Sugar, Salt & Fat" by Cooking Light Magazine

★★★★ This new cookbook is packed full of homemade mixes, meals, doughs, snacks, and jams utilizing pantry items. I appreciated that each recipe is fully illustrated and is marked if nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free for all of us allergy sufferers. I was surprised that even though I can't have soy, dairy, or egg, I was still able to find a few...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America's Best Restaurants on Wheels'

"The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America's Best Restaurants on Wheels" by John T. Edge

★★★★★ Don't let the title of this book fool you; yes, it is a cookbook but it is also a book about food trucks in major cities across the country and where to find them. All the food looks and sounds delicious! Good thing I live close to two of the cities highlighted here in the Midwest; Minneapolis and Madison. Not only does this book give you an inside look and...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Well Fed, Flat Broke: Recipes for Modest Budgets and Messy Kitchens'

"Well Fed, Flat Broke: Recipes for Modest Budgets and Messy Kitchens" by Emily Wight

★★★★ I enjoyed this cookbook and its approach to eating well on a tight budget. Most of us can relate to the author needing to prepare meals on a budget. This cookbook does a good job of giving you new ideas of what to cook that you can add to your repertoire at home. The layout of the book is easy to follow and pictures help give you an idea of what a dish...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Sheet Pan Suppers'

"Sheet Pan Suppers" by Molly Gilbert

★★★★★ Are you as sick of playing the crock pot game as I am? Do you have better success with roasting? My answer to these questions is yes! This book is amazing and has so many wonderful recipes! I had started to mark pages that I wanted to photocopy, however it turned out to be most of the book! This will simply have to be a purchase for my personal collection...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'What Katie Ate on the Weekend'

"What Katie Ate on the Weekend" by Katie Quinn Davies

★★★★ This is an absolutely beautiful cookbook, and part memoir because the author added journal entries and stories from her travels and family dinners. It has the most photos I've ever seen in a cookbook, and they are all gorgeous! I especially loved the chapters on food inspired by her travels to Dublin and Italy, because I've been to both amazing places. It...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods'

"The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods" by Cassandra Reeder

★★★★★ Calling all fellow geeks out there! Have you ever pondered how the food from your favorite TV shows, movies and video games would taste? Here is your chance to experience what was once a mystery! This book is full of unofficial recipes from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, The Legend of Zelda... just to name a few. I am a self-proclaimed geek, and...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Dairy-Free Ice Cream: 75 Recipes Made Without Eggs, Gluten, Soy, or Refined Sugar'

"Dairy-Free Ice Cream: 75 Recipes Made Without Eggs, Gluten, Soy, or Refined Sugar" by Kelly V. Brozyna

★★★★★ I am completely ecstatic to try every single recipe in this beautifully illustrated book. Every recipe looks absolutely delicious, and won't make me sick! For all of us ice cream lovers with food allergies, rejoice! These recipes are made without eggs, gluten, soy, dairy, or refined sugar. As someone who can't have soy or dairy, finding dessert recipes has...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Raw and Simple Detox: A Delicious Body Reboot for Health, Energy, and Weight Loss'

"Raw and Simple Detox: A Delicious Body Reboot for Health, Energy, and Weight Loss" by Judita Wignall

★★★★ This a great new resource for anyone looking to eat delicious, healthy raw foods. Included is helpful information and guides to detoxing for those interested. For me, having food allergies and eating a mostly vegan diet, I just enjoyed the recipes that are naturally safe for me and great for my body. Included on my list to try: rustic raw lasagna,...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook'

"The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook" by Kate White

★★★★ Have you ever found yourself wondering how to make Richard Castle’s pancakes or Kinsey Millhone’s peanut butter and pickle sandwich? If so, this is the cookbook for you! It showcases recipes from more than one hundred mystery authors, and chances are at least one of your favorite mystery authors contributed a recipe. Each recipe includes an introduction...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Healthy Pasta: The Sexy, Skinny, and Smart Way to Eat Your Favourite Food'

"Healthy Pasta: The Sexy, Skinny, and Smart Way to Eat Your Favourite Food" by Joseph Bastianich, Tanya Bastianich Manuali

★★★★ Who doesn't love pasta? This cookbook has a plethora of new and traditional ideas. All 100 recipes are under 500 calories for those focused on healthy eating, although with the tempting photos, you'd never think this cookbook was focused on flavorful but healthy recipes! I can't wait to delve into a few of these!  

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

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