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Staff Reviews: Cookbook

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Cover: 'The Best Simple Recipes'

"The Best Simple Recipes" by America's Test Kitchen

★★★★ This cookbook is true to its title: tasty and simple recipes for anyone's schedule! There are soup, salad, vegetarian, meat, pasta, and even stir fry and curries recipes, as well as recipes fit for any grill. Everyone is sure to find ideas in here that won't overwhelm your busy schedule.  

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food'

"Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food" by Jamie Oliver

★★★★ This cookbook is brimming with gorgeous photos of comfort food and nostalgia that made me think I was right back at home, curled up in my flat in London. Even though for me and my food allergy riddled body, I can't eat most of the entrees shown in this book anymore, the experience of looking through it was worth it. For those of us who love our cookbooks...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook, Celebrities

Cover: 'Pasta Night'

"Pasta Night" by Kate McMillan

★★★★ This is a wonderful collection of simple pasta dishes sure to please. It's beautifully laid out and has a recipe for everyone, including recipes for sauces, pasta (vegetarian, meat, and seafood versions), as well as salads and sides. There are no intimidating ingredient lists, just recipes that are sure to pique any appetite!  

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Dish Do-Over'

"Dish Do-Over" by Joanne Lusted

★★★★★ Do you wish that you could still eat some of your favorite meals but with less fat? This cookbook has all of that plus helpful hints on substitutes for your household recipes as well. The recipes are organized in an easy way and explained in clear step-by-step instructions to make it as simple as possible. The pictures of the final result look just as...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Skinnytaste Cookbook'

"The Skinnytaste Cookbook" by Gina Homolka

★★★★★ The tagline says it all "light on calories, big on flavor." This debut cookbook from popular food blogger Gina Homolka contains tons of recipes for creating delicious, low-calorie, and nutrient rich dishes. Ms. Homolka's recipes rely on whole foods as well as tips and tricks for reducing the calorie content of foods. This reviewer loved the shrimp and grits...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Vegan Desserts'

"Vegan Desserts" by Hannah Kaminsky

★★★★★ This is an excellent source of delicious vegan desserts, for vegans and non-vegans alike! Recipes are separated into the four seasons and every one is beautifully illustrated, which makes preparing many recipes quite easy! Just like Kaminsky's other excellent vegan dessert resource, "Vegan a la Mode" (which everyone should check out as well), this...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Old Farmer's Almanac Comfort Food'

"The Old Farmer's Almanac Comfort Food" by Ken Haedrich

★★★★ As winter approaches, I can't think of a better cookbook to delve in to. This cookbook is filled with all your favorite comfort food recipes, including soups and stews perfect for the colder weather, as well as appetizers, breads, pizzas, casseroles, and desserts. None of them are too daunting, just classic comfort food recipes that everyone is sure to love...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Make Ahead Paleo'

"Make Ahead Paleo" by Tammy Credicott

★★★★★ Interested in the new, popular Paleo diet? Try this cookbook out to help you learn more about it! Not only does this book give you good advice about how to approach trying a Paleo diet with tips of swapping ingredients but also useful kitchen tools to use, and how-to ideas on food storage. Not only that, but the recipes in this cookbook look really...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Gourmet Cooking for Two'

"Gourmet Cooking for Two" by Christi Silbaugh

★★★   Looking for a dinner recipe just for you and another person? These recipes are geared towards smaller serving sizes, and are all fully illustrated with ingredient lists that are not too daunting. Although I was a bit thrown off by the author's 'Romantic Tips' included with each recipe, a few of the recipes nonetheless tempted me to try them....

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Everyday Slow Cooker'

"Everyday Slow Cooker" by Gooseberry Patch

★★★★ This cookbook is stock-full of slow cooker recipes that are simple and easy to make. No intimidating and long ingredient lists or directions are included! This is a collection of loved recipes from everyday people, with tips and tricks included. Everyone is sure to find meal ideas to try in this book!

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Make-ahead Cook'

"The Make-ahead Cook" by America's Test Kitchen

★★★★ If you're looking for tested dinner recipes that you can trust, this is your cookbook! It includes tips and over 150 recipes, most of which are easy casseroles, freezer meals, slow cooker recipes, or ready-to-serve entrees. Also included are 'One Grocery Bag, Three Meals'; one grocery list is provided and three different recipes you can make using the...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Against All Grain'

"Against All Grain" by Danielle Walker

★★★★ For those who are gluten and dairy free, and are interested in the paleo diet, this is a beautiful cookbook full of easy and fully illustrated recipes to try. Included is the author's own health journey, as well as tips, grocery lists, label and nutrition information, and even meal plans. This is a great resource for clean eating that accommodates food...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Cooking School'

"Cooking School" by Martha Stewart

★★★★ Martha Stewart gives you all of the skills you need to be a successful at home cook. Have you ever wondered which knife to use for certain purposes? How about how to make a rue? Martha has that all covered in this book (which has been so helpful that it has been made into a PBS TV Series)! Don't be intimidated by the weight of this book because it does an...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Family Cooks'

"The Family Cooks" by Laurie David

★★★★ This cookbook is a wonderful resource for anyone looking for healthy recipes to try, whether for kids, a significant other, or just for yourself. An introduction includes compelling information for anyone interested in the hidden and un-healthy additions to the food much of America is eating. What follows is a beautifully made cookbook with tasty recipes,...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Surprise-Inside Cakes'

"Surprise-Inside Cakes" by Amanda Rettke

★★★★ Do you have an upcoming celebration that you'd like to bring an extra special cake to? This book is perfect for bakers who would like an extra challenge, or those with a special occasion coming up. Filled with possibilities, ideas, and recipes, this book is a fun resource for those looking to make an exceptional dessert!  

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Allergy-free Desserts'

"Allergy-free Desserts" by Elizabeth Gordon

★★★★ Do you have food allergies but miss (or want to try) desserts? This book contains recipes for all the favorite desserts you could think of, all made to accommodate those with food allergies. Most recipes are illustrated, and the author offers tips and tricks to make the allergy-friendly desserts resemble the actual desserts. While some readers may want to...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Oh She Glows Cookbook'

"The Oh She Glows Cookbook" by Angela Liddon

★★★★★ The "Oh She Glows Cookbook" is an amazing resource for anyone who is vegan or has other food intolerances, allergies, or clean-eating habits. Included are a plethora of fully illustrated, enticing recipes, as well as tips for healthy eating. Every recipe also notes whether it is gluten, nut, soy, sugar, and/or grain free in addition to vegan, so there is a...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Joyous Health'

"Joyous Health" by Joy McCarthy

★★★★ Joyous Health is chock full of recipes and tips for anyone wanting to eat healthy, because of dietary needs or a lifestyle change. Superfoods, detoxing, supplements, and healthy habits are all discussed in an easy to read and understand format. Recipes for each section are included, and all list if they are dairy-free, gluten-free, and/or vegetarian, etc. A...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Can't Cook Book'

"The Can't Cook Book" by Jessica Seinfeld

★★★★ Oh, yes you can...cook, as the front cover says! This beginner's cookbook has a list of all the basic cooking gear needed to get started without fear. I love the "how-to" section for preparing many everyday items; it even tells you when to keep your fingers away from the knife. The cook book has recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, quickies, and my...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Cook it Fast'

"Cook it Fast" by Weight Watchers

★★★★ Are you looking for healthy recipes, with nutritional information included, that fit into your busy schedule? This new cookbook brought to us by Weightwatchers includes 250 recipes that take only 15, 20, or 30 minutes to prepare and cook. Most recipes are illustrated and have cook's notes and further tips to prepare the meal even faster. If you're looking...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Very Best Healing Foods'

"The Very Best Healing Foods" by Rachel Fontaine

★★★★ The Very Best Healing Foods is a fantastic resource for healthy eating. The first half of the book is dedicated to the health benefits, home remedies, cautions, culinary use, recipes, health and beauty hints, and more for every kind of fruit and vegetable. The second half features recipes to put to use all of the great information you just learned in the...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook'

"The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook" by Christina Dymock

★★★★ This cookbook is a great resource for anyone, like me, who loves to save time by using a slow cooker. Included are simple and sure to please recipes for lunch, dinner, and dessert, as well as tips from the author. I will be trying a few ideas out of this book; I only wish their were more recipes to try!  

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Taco Night!'

"Taco Night!" by Oxmoor House

★★★★ Who doesn't love tacos? If you do, grab this fully illustrated collection of recipes for new ideas. With easy to follow recipes and ideas for burritos, quesadillas, tacos, drinks, sides, and even desserts, there is a multitude of tasty recipes for anyone to try. You will get hungry just looking through this book!  

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'What's for Supper?'

"What's for Supper?" by Southern Living

★★★★ Are you looking for simple and quick meals for your hectic weeknights? This collection of recipes is fully illustrated with recipes that are easy and with ingredient lists that are not a mile long. Included with many of the recipes are budget tips and meal ideas as well. A great resource for speedy meals that won't break your schedule or your budget!

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Cover: 'Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts'

"Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts" by Jeni Britton Bauer

★★★★★ Any baker or person desiring desserts need look no further. This collection of unique and tasty treats contains great descriptions, illustrations, and instructions for anyone wanting to try out a new treat. Although as a dairy intolerant person I am unable to make Jeni's recipes, her book made me (as always) wishing that I could, and it's sure to be a great...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook

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