the cook(book)ing school: You Got 30-Minutes? Try Some Quick Vegetarian Indian Cuisine

I’m very much a meat and potatoes girl, but I’ve been exploring vegetarian recipes lately. I also love Indian food and

30 Minute Vegetarian Indian Cookbook by Mridula Baljekar

curry. So, the 30-Minute Vegetarian Indian Cookbook by Mridula Baljekar is just the right book for people like me, “vegetarian curious”. Now, while there are no photos of any food, I have no doubt that in just reading the scrumptious sounding recipes, they will turn out delicious. And I like that they are quick to prepare. I will definitely add this to my cookbook shelf.

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the cook(book)ing school: Got A Busy Family? Weeknight Cooking Is For You

I love Kitchen Coach Weeknight Cooking by Jennifer Bushman. Despite the lack of photography and bright food pictures

The Kitchen Coach Weeknight Cooking by Jennifer Bushman

that I love so well, I actually love the way each recipe is laid out on each page like an instruction manual, bright, large lettering to ensure that the cook is able to see what she’s reading. It’s chock full of recipes for the “on-the-go family”. I look forward to adding this cookbook to my collection.

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the cook(book)ing school: For the Vegetarians – The Native Foods Cookbook

Cover of "The Native Foods Restaurant Coo...

If you are a vegetarian, this is the book for you. The Native Foods Restaurant Cookbook is chock full of authentic looking very vegetarian recipes that introduce new palates to items like tempeh, soy protein, grains, tofu, etc. This is a great resource.

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the cook(book)ing school: junk food…healthy?

Usually, snacks are evil. In the case of this cookbook, they all seem pretty tasty and healthy. The Wholesome Junk Food

Wholesome Junk Food by Laura Trice

Cookbook is a great resource for people like me, who enjoy sweets every now and then, but are seeking alternative ways to enjoy them without blowing your healthy eating plan. With recipes from granola, cakes, muffins, smoothies, to homemade ice cream — they have every sweet tooth covered. I will definitely be adding this book to my collection this summer.


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the cook(book)ing school: Having Fun With Lunch

The Brown Bag Lunch Cookbook by Miriam Jacobs

There are only a few cookbooks that I actually sit and read from cover to cover and all of the recipes capture my attention. And rarely does a cookbook, with no colorful photos do this for me. But for some reason, I was very intrigued by The Brown Bag Lunch Cookbook. It’s premise is that it offers healthy choices for lunches for grown ups and it tells you creative ways to reuse your leftover dinner for lunch. And for someone like me who is always looking for healthy choices for lunch and who is trying my best to avoid frozen processed lunches, this cookbook is really going to come in handy. I definitely recommend this for your cookbook collection and as a gift for anyone who is challenged in the area of making lunch beyond the childhood peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

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I don’t normally ooh and ahh over pancakes, but these look absolutely divinely delicious. This is a definite must try at home. Than you to the Crafters Cottage Blog for this lovely recipe.

These pancakes were pretty darn delicious.  If you are willing to spend some extra time making these, its well worth it.  They have oats and greek yogurt in them!  I wouldn’t call these healthy….  but different!  This recipe is from the lovely cookbook, The Newlywed Cookbook by Sarah Copeland.  You can find ithere .  Also check out Sarah’s amazing blog here

Blackberry Crush

  • 2 cups of fresh blackberries
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


  • 1 + 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 + 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 heaping tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 sea salt
  • 1 cup greek yogurt, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 4 tbs unsalted buter, melted, plus more for the griddle/pan
  • 2 large eggs

To Make The Blackberry Crush Topping:

In a large enough bowl, combine the berries and sugar and crush them…

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the cook(booking)school: Review – Flavor by Rocco DiSpirito

Flavor by Rocco DiSpirito

Flavor by Rocco DiSpirito

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think that everyone agrees that Rocco DiSpirito is one of the hottest chefs out there today, but for me, that’s where this book ends. Flavor, has a little too much flavor for me.  And while I love the book’s colorful display of ingredients and how they’re laid out on each page for each recipe, and the vibrant, vivid photos, I think that some of the recipes like Eggplant Veloute with Figs or Black Sea Bass with Chestnuts and Blood Oranges, just to name a couple, are out of reach for the “common” cook. This book is definitely a “look” book but someone like me just wants regular recipes for regular people.  I’m not sure who the audience is for these recipes, but I for one, won’t have time in most busy days or weekends to craft most of these difficult looking recipes.

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the cook(book)ing school: Word On the Street is Food On the Street – Book Review, Food Trucks: Dispatches and Recipes from The Best Kitchens On Wheels

Book, Food Trucks: Dispatches and Recipes From The Best Kitchens On Wheels by Heather House

If you are a fan of The Great Food Truck Race on The Food Network, the you will probably love this book. It highlights the rise of the food truck phenomenon as gourmet cuisine and features food trucks and the stories behind them, from all over the United States, along with some of their recipes. Some of the food trucks featured whose vittles look very appealing are: Curry Up Now and Sam’s Chowdermobile, both in San Francisco, California; East Side King in Austin, Texas (and their Thai Chicken Kerrage recipe); and Yellow Submarine in Miami, Florida (and their Myriam’s Yellowburger recipe). One day I hope to be able to take a road trip and do my own “research”. LOL

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the cook(book)ing school: the kitchen must-have list

Chef Carla Hall, The Chew

Recently, I watched an episode of a great little “cooking-talk show”, The Chew on ABC which features Carla Hall, former contestant on The Next Food Network Star.  As a person trying to get my cooking essentials together, Carla recommends the following “must-have list” for every cook:

  • Salad Spinner
  • 8-Quart Stockpot
  • 9 – inch Cast iron Skillet
  • 5-speed Hand Blender

Now, I know what’s going on my next Holiday wish list.

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the cook(book)ing school: A Cookbook of Grand Proportions, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine Cookbook

One of my most recent library book finds is The Oprah Winfrey Magazine Cookbook, published in 2008 by Hearst Publications. Where do I begin? First, it’s Oprah

The Oprah Winfrey Magazine Cookbook

so we shouldn’t expect anything less than great. Second, while the recipes are gourmet, they are not so much so that regular folks like you or I couldn’t make them. Third, it’s a very colorful cookbook with fantastic photos on each page, just like I like them. And fourth, it’s officially one of my favorite cookbooks. For someone like me, cookbooks are like children’s picture books and The Oprah Winfrey Magazine Cookbook will appeal to the inner child in all of us. A few of the most appealing recipes are: Ropa Vieja (slow-simmered steak and bell pepper stew), Buster Crab Lettuce & Tomato Po’ Boy, Egg Salad with Tarragon Mustard, Cabbage-Wrapped Salmon Steamed in Wine, Caesar Pasta with Baby Romaine & Parmesan, and of course a dessert, Carrot Cake with Soy Cream Cheese Frosting. This will definitely be a book to add to my collection and a kitchen standard.

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