“I want shortbread,” my wife Suzi said. That is shorthand for “Find me a recipe.” I am obedient, finally, and I immediately went to Tish Boyle’s The Good Cookie. In fact, I’ve just done today’s TBT Cookbook Review featuring Tish’s essential cookie book. So, for the...

TBT Cookbook Review: The Good Cookie by Tish Boyle

Okay, I am repeating myself. This the third time I have posted a review of this sensational book, the second time it is a TBT idea. It's just the grandest, most dynamic cookie book you can find. Take a look at my original review from December 2015 when I suggested...

Laquered Lamb from Let’s Eat France

     Let's Eat France is a grand new tome filled with recipes, ideas, chef biographies, and details to make you believe, well start to believe, you might be a French chef. This idea appeared in a little sidebar. Take a leg of lamb -- bone it. Cover it with...

Cookbook Review: Hair of the Dob by Salvatore Calabrese

  You may not recognize the name, Salvatore Calabrese, but you may well have sampled one of his cocktail ideas. The author of 10 best-selling books — including the famed Complete Home Bartender’s Guide — Salvatore has returned with a rework of his 2005 How to...

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Molasses Chews from Jean Anderson

    Jean Anderson is one of our favorite cookbook authors. Her From a Southern Oven in 2012 is a staple for us. We’ve tried with delight recipes like her Peppery Cheese Rounds and her...

Cookbook Review: Pickles and Preserves

  Suzi and I are in Utah, somewhere on a trail. Our backpack has some noshes for eating along the way. And that will include pickles. From my 2014, here’s a great, great book for pickling...

Fast Apple and Mint Side Dish

  When Suzen has classes at Cooking by the Book, everybody gets to work in the kitchen. The whole team coming to us is divided up into smaller groups, each group prepares one dish of the meal,...

Macaroni Pie Ferrara Style

    As a kid Fridays were tough for me. I ate at public school but, in deference to Catholics, they served only fish-sticks mac-and-cheese. Friday night at home, my mother was only...

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