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  • Top five favourite cookbooks of 2008 Top five favourite cookbooks of 2008

    Top five favourite cookbooks of 2008

Top five favourite cookbooks of 2008

If 2007 was all about fast, faster, fastest foods, then 2008 marked a return to the simple life, la dolce vita, getting back to basics. Some of my favourite cookbooks of the year reflected that shift, perhaps partly because more people were dining in than eating out.   Giada’s Kitchen: New Italian Favorites by Giada De LaurentiisI’ll begin with Giada. Not only is she lovely to look at, but you have to give her credit for her straightforward recipes. Not one of them have gone astray in my kitchen. From this cookbook, I have made asparagus lasagne, sweet and sticky chicken drumsticks, and plan to make the hazelnut mascarpone cake for my dad’s birthday. I’ve also flagged the rigatoni with squash and prawns and the prosciutto mozzarella pinwheels. As with most of Giada’s cookbooks, the glossy photos are plentiful, and she offers helpful tips about freezing and cooking ahead above […]

  • Crepes and Apple Brown Betty Crepes and Apple Brown Betty

    Crepes and Apple Brown Betty

Crepes and Apple Brown Betty

  As a young bibliophile, receiving the Scholastic book club newsletter was my idea of a great time.After putting in my order, I’d surreptitiously pass by the secretary’s desk at lunch every day to see if the book club orders had come in. When I caught a glimpse of that brown paper package, it was all I could do to sit in one place until the end of the school day when the teachers would pass out our packages. And when it did, the heavens would part, the trumpets would play, and I’d skip all the way home until I could crack open my first book. One of my first book orders, at about the age of 10, included the “Boys and Girls Cookbook: A colorful step-by-step guide to preparing cookies, cakes, sweets and desserts.” The pages to three recipes are still folded in: Crepes, butterfly cupcakes, and peanut butter […]

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