Friday, October 01, 2010

What's Cooking?

Standout Selections
Whether you love to cook or more simply, cook to eat, here's a sample of latest cookbooks from our shelves to your kitchen. Most of the books are lavishly illustrated (one comically) and forward two themes: keep it simple and eat healthy. More than one selection may be useful to cooks interested in the sustainable food movement.

In The Ultimate Slow Cooker Book, the experts at Better Homes Gardens share easy, creative ideas for main courses, appetizers, side dishes, desserts, breakfast, and hot beverages.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken is a treat. Much has changed since 1960 but Bracken's wit remains. Read a review of the cookbook, courtesy of the New York Times.

Michalene Busico, former New York and Los Angeles Times food editor, offers up Knack Gourmet Cooking on a Budget. Eat well at a lower cost without sacrificing taste.

Earthbound Cook by Myra Goodman shows how consumers can make selections which not only taste good, but in addition, help the planet. In 1984, Goodman and her husband started Earthbound Farm, now the largest producer of organic food in the United States.

Susan Hermann Loomis' Nuts in the Kitchen provides more than 100 diverse recipes for everyday or special occasions. Great book for vegetarians or vegans but don't rule it out if you love your burgers.

Cookbook author Mark Bittman (How to Cook Everything) adds The Food Matters Cookbook, a companion to his 2008 title of roughly the same name. You may want to pair Bittman's books with similarly themed titles by Michael Pollan.

Robin Robertson's Party Vegan delivers fun recipes for festive occasions plus tips on how to plan and shop for that special party.

Post by Bev Simmons