Book Genre: Cookbooks

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Lucy Knisley
Emily
4

Lucy Knisley’s first graphic memoir was called French Milk and it recalled the winter that she and her mother shared an apartment in Paris. Illustrated in black and white with a blue wash it was very ethereal. In Relish Knisley approaches a look back on life as a series of what was happening in...

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Michelle Buffardi
Becker
4

A whole book dedicated to cheese balls? Why not? If you're looking for something unique to serve at your next party, check out this book for some fun ideas for anyone who loves cheese! The instructions are clear, there is a picture for every recipe, and the basics at the beginning (allow plenty...

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Lucy Knisley
Adelina
5

Graphic Novel meets Cooking Memoir.

Our strongest memories are often linked to our senses. It was delightful to follow Lucy Knisley down memory lane. Her book appeals to three senses: sight, taste and smell. Plus, she tickled my funny bone. I particularly enjoyed the cartoon visual...

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Jo Robinson
Michelle
4

Informative about what types of fruits and vegetables are nutritious and which types to leave in the bin, this is also very interesting and entertaining.

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Rachael Ray
Emily
2

Good recipes but terribly organized... Like, what order are we supposed to start and finish these meals in. You'd think Ray would start with the one you're supposed to start with right? Yeah, no, and she switches it up and only sometimes will she tell you which one is which meal (which one you...

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Kathleen Flinn
Liz S
2

I really enjoyed The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry, Kathleen Flinn's previous book, which details her decision to leave behind her office job and move to Paris to attend the Cordon Bleu. 

Unfortunately, this book was a big let down. The Kitchen Counter...

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Tim Federle
Emily
4

This is a clever and beautiful little book. Funny little stories really vamp up the cocktails. certainly a fun idea for a book group!

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Emily
4

Goodness these books are gorgeous! I want to eat nearly everything in them as well! If you've never had the pleasure of skimming one of these beauties I highly recommend anything coming out of River Cottage or generally Fearnley-Whittingstall's mind!

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Nigella Lawson
KristinR
4

Like many modern mommies, I rely on my Pinterest boards and phone apps for dinner recipes, especially around the holidays.  The mobile access is critical since I often find myself determining my grocery list while at the grocery store, and clearly would not be lugging six cookbooks with me...

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Christophe Blain
Lisa B.
4

Illustrated by the French graphic novelist Christophe Blain, In the Kitchen with Alain Passard (2013) provides insights into the hectic yet rarified universe of the eponymous chef.  Moving from Passard’s three-Michelin-star restaurant in Paris to his country house...

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Jonathan Safran Foer
Jennifer H
5

Jonathan Safran Foer is at a crossroads in his life. About to become a father, he suddenly feels the urge to write a book about eating animals. His impending fatherhood has made him realize many things about his life and the life and earth he wishes to leave for his son. Braving the elements,...

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Lucy Knisley
Becker
5

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

Becker
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I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

Becker
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I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

Becker
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I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

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Ellen Brown
Jennifer H
5

One of the cons of eating gluten-free is the fact that most everything you previously ate is now off limits. The glaring absence of delicious foods is very obvious...especially during the holidays. No pies, rolls, pastries, or Christmas tree cookies makes for a very dismal Christmas. I picked up...

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Amanda Cohen, Ryan Dunlavey
Becker
4

A graphic memoir? A cookbook? Why not be both? Amanda Cohen shares the story of  Dirt Candy, her all vegetable restaurant in New York, along with recipes, technique, and the reality of building a restaurant and working every day to make it the best it can be. The graphic format allows for...

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Jilly Lagasse
Jennifer H
5

If you have any experience with gluten-free cooking, you know the recipes can be hit or miss. Some are delicious and some are not. The Gluten-free table is definitely a book of hits. It has a ton of recipes that you would actually want to eat, have the time to make and ingredients where you can...

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Molly Stevens
Emily
4

Braising, the art of cooking foods with both dry and moist methods resulting in melt in your mouth amazingness. Often used to tenderize tougher cuts of meat, but for me the stand out recipe in this book was the "World's Best Braised Cabbage ", cabbage, carrots, onions, olive oil and chicken...

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Deborah Thomas
Mary P
4

This is an excellent book for children and parents who are interested in learning the traditions of tea time in order to host their own.  The images are beautiful paintings from various time periods, and the importance of tradition and ritual at teatime are emphasized in the text and the...

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Nava Atlas
Laurie.
3

Simple, easy and oh, so tasty recipes.  The baked risotto is one of my most favorite dishes for improvison.

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Becker
5

Another winner from America's Test Kitchen! This is another of their books that I tested by bringing home from the library, and then went out & bought because I know I'll use it over & over. These recipes were all thoroughly tested for maximum flavor--which sometimes means a little more...

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Alana Chernila
Emily
4

This is a gorgeous cookbook, the photography and the philosophy are just great. I cannot wait to make homemade ricotta, YUM!

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America's Test Kitchen
Becker
5

This is my favorite new cookbook--I had to buy a copy so I wouldn't keep the library's copy out forever! Everything I've tried so far--Thai Coconut Curry Soup with Chicken, Pine Nut & Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Maple Pork Chops with Sweet Potato Bacon Hash, Pork Florentine, Sesame Pork...

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Kenny Shopsin
Becker
4

This book was recommended to me when I wrote about chef memoirs earlier this year, and I really enjoyed it. A combination of history--Shopsin's evolution from grocer to restaurant owner; food and customer service philosophy, and recipes,...