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Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

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ISBN: 9780767927475
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Published: Broadway Books - November 6th, 2007

This is one of my favorite cookbooks despite the fact that I am in no way a vegetarian. Deborah Madison has created a wonderful resource and recipe book for anyone that loves to eat. Any of her sumptuous recipes can be paired with a meat dish or a vegan dish. This is a book that, true to the title, is for everyone. Her recipes are easy to follow and often contain beautiful illustrations that add to the value of the recipe as a whole. Even the novice cook, myself included, can make recipes as delicious and seemingly complicated as Thai Tofu and Winter Squash Stew (I was amazed at how easy this dish actually was to make). By giving readers a book that can be easily adapted to suit any diet, Madison has created a classic vegetarian cookbook that goes beyond itself to become just a great classic cookbook. If you are interested in vegetarian cooking, you may also want to check out Deborah Madison's other books,or Diana Shaw's The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook. ~ Reviewed by Cheryl Cornwell

Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine

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ISBN: 9780142004920
Published: Penguin Books - December 7th, 2004

I must admit that I am a closet wine enthusiast who just happens to know nothing about wine. Therefore I am eternally grateful that there has been a book written just for me. Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine is not only witty and brilliantly written, it is an enjoyable read. Mark Oldman has given tongue-tied wine lovers a way to finally express themselves articulately and accurately. By starting with the basics, Oldman gives readers the "low-down" on ordering, buying, even pronouncing wine names correctly. In addition to the basics, Oldman also lets you know what the experts are saying about wine. Things as unnerving as deciding what wine to serve with what food, or what wine to buy and when become easy to understand through Oldman's readable and entertaining book. Do you speak wine? Well, you will by the time you finish this book. ~ Reviewed by Cheryl Cornwell

Spices of Life

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ISBN: 9780375411601
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Published: Knopf - February 1st, 2005

Spices of Life by the award winning author of A Spoonful of Ginger is another fabulous cookbook. Simonds has produced not only a wonderfully complex and fascinating book, but also one that health-conscious cooks can't help but sit up and take notice of. Each recipe is annotated with interesting facts about the medicinal and healthful benefits of all the ingredients used. By staying away from butter and other fats, Simond's recipes provide a way for the cook to make flavorful, healthy food without compromising taste. Simonds recipes are accented by subtle Asian influences that make her recipes both unique and irresistible. In addition to her recipes, Simonds also provides supplemental doctor and advocate profiles. This makes this book both a cookbook and a treatise on eating healthy and the benefits of a health-conscious diet. This book would make a wonderful addition to any kitchen library. I would also recommend that people interested in this book take a look at The Whole Food's Companion ~ Reviewed by Cheryl Cornwell


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ISBN: 9780618257980
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Published: Mariner Books - October 24th, 2002

The history of the Napa Valley is as unique and full-bodied as the wines that are made there. James Conaway's Napa: The Story of an American Eden brilliantly portrays the unique history of the California wine business in its infancy, yet one that would ultimately come to compete against the most revered and trusted wines of the world. At once a staggering tale of a truly American experience, the history of the Napa Valley also illustrates the idea of big business and how the face of American wine-making has turned from a rural immigrant experience into one of prestige and luxury, revered throughout the world. This book is a great introduction to the world of wine often obscured from view. The competing personalities and drive to succeed that characterizes early wine-making adventures gives the reader an understanding of wine independent from the status symbol that it has become. This book is a must read for any wine enthusiast. ~ Reviewed by Cheryl Cornwell

The Rutland Road

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ISBN: 9780815604563
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Published: Syracuse University Press - March 1st, 1997

Jim Shaughnessy is well known throughout the rail fan community as one of the premier scholars of New England Railroading. Jim manages to marry fine attention to detail and technical accuracy in a book which is accessible to all. The Rutland Road is a book that anyone interested in the unique and fascinating story of one of America's most storied roads should pick up. It is the definative short work on the Rutland Railroad and it is also a pleasure to read. ~ Reviewed by Cheryl Cornwell


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