Chocolate (From Simple Cookies to Extravagant Showstoppers)

Book Review by Norene Gilletz

This decadent cake is perfect for last-minute entertaining and because it contains no flour, it also makes an excellent Passover dessert. The recipe comes from Chocolate (From Simple Cookies to Extravagant Showstoppers) by Nick Malgieri. The subtitle describes the book perfectly! Winner of the 1998 Julia Child Cookbook Award, Baking Category, this is a must-have for everyone’s cookbook shelf. The colored photographs are almost good enough to eat!

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The Baker’s Dozen Cookbook

Book Review by Norene Gilletz

If you want to become a better baker, you need a copy of The Baker’s Dozen Cookbook. This tip-packed book contains the collective experiences and favorite recipes of some of the most respected and accomplished bakers in the business. Learn the secrets of making perfect pastries, breads, coffee cakes, muffins, cheesecakes and cookies.

These tender little cakes deliver a gush of bittersweet chocolate sauce from within and can be prepared well ahead of baking. Mmmm!

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Fresh Food Fast: Delicious, Seasonal Vegetarian Meals in Under an Hour

Book Review by Norene Gilletz

Fresh Food Fast – Year Round!

Cookbooks are piled up in my office, my kitchen, my bedroom – wherever there is a spare corner. When I have a few moments, I sift through the tottering files, looking for inspiration for my food column. I’m extremely busy, but I like preparing quick, healthy meals that celebrate summer’s bounty.

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Grill!

The following is an excerpt from the book Grill! by Pippa Cuthbert & Lindsay Cameron Wilson Published by Good Books; May 2006;$15.95US; 1-56148-518-7 Copyright © 2006 Pippa Cuthbert & Lindsay Cameron Wilson

Here are four scrumptious recipes ideal for summertime grilling to help you achieve perfectly cooked food on the grill and in the grill pan. Enjoy!

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Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World

Vegetarian Dishes from Prize-winning Cookbook are Right on the Mark!

The “mark” of a good chef is one who leaves his culinary options open and Gil Marks lives up to his name once again. His latest book, Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World (Wiley, 454 pp, $42.99 Cdn.), won the prestigious 2005 James Beard Award in the vegetarian category!

This outstanding collection of 300 vegetarian dishes has been woven together with cultural and historical details that will intrigue armchair travellers, history buffs and cooks alike. Olive Trees and Honey will take you on an exciting global journey, allowing you to experience the way Jews have been eating meatless meals for centuries. Unique seasonings and condiments add regional flavor to simple recipes, letting you experience how Jewish communities around the world prepared their food.

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