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March 13, 2008

Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters: More than 100 Years of Recipes Discovered from Family Cookbooks, Original Journals, Scraps of Paper & Grandmother’s Kitchen lovingly collects those intriguing bits of family history in the form of recipes scribbled on the backs of bridge tallies, groce...

March 13, 2008

Ghirardelli chocolate was originally founded by an Italian immigrant, Domingo Ghirardelli, in San Francisco in 1849. Since then, it’s been bought and sold several times, having survived the Gold Rush, Great Fire of 1851, and two world wars. The cookbook features an informative introduction i...

March 13, 2008

For those not in the know, my title is from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” in which John Corbett plays Ian Miller, a vegetarian high school teacher. His fiancee Toula’s Greek family doesn’t understand the meat-free concept. Thankfully, Diane Kochilas, author of several definitive cookbooks on G...

October 20, 2007

Rebecca Rather is the owner of Fredericksburg, TX iconic bakery Rather Sweet, which regularly appears among the country’s top bakeries. Her first cookbook The Pastry Queen included many of her signature recipes from her Rather Sweet bakery and Rebecca’s Table restaurant, including breakfast...

July 14, 2007

"A land of wheat and barley, of grape vines and fig trees and pomegranates; a land of olive trees and honey . . . you shall eat and be satisfied." Deut. 8:8-10

Tracing vegetarian Jewish Diaspora recipes is no easy task: Rabbi and chef Gil Marks has created a painstakingly researched cookboo...

July 8, 2007

The PDQ (Pretty Darn Quick) Vegetarian by Donna Klein offers over 240 no- or low-prep healthy veggie recipes perfect for busy moms (or dads!) or frazzled college students on those too-tired-to-cook weeknights.

Divided into a fairly standard arrangement of starters, soups, salads, sandwiches,...

June 15, 2007

Maggie Glezer's labor of love "A Blessing of Bread: The Many Rich Traditions of Jewish Bread Baking Around The World" is truly that: a blessing. Not just a survey of Ashkenazi, Sephardic, North African, and Near Eastern breadmaking traditions, she also sprinkles in family stories, folktales,...

June 14, 2007

Native Texan Rebecca Rather decided to move her Austin bakery to the delightful Hill Country town of Fredericksburg, and local legend Rather Sweet was born. A self-taught pastry chef, Rebecca baked her way through childhood and adolescence, decided that she had to find a “real” (non-food) jo...

June 14, 2007

Do you love Italian food, but are tired of greasy, unhealthy versions in restaurants? Looking to lighten up on fat and cholesterol? A vegan or vegetarian looking for authentic Italian without strange soy meat substitutes?

Enter Donna Klein’s Vegan Italiano. Author of TheThe Mediterranean Vega...

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