Friday, December 23, 2011

Practical Cookbooks

Food and the art of cooking have become wildly popular over the past few years.  The library’s collection of cookbooks is growing to meet the demands of the kitchen novice to the expert chef.  Two  new books in the collection are David Rocco’s Made in Italy and Good Bite Weeknight Meals:  Delicious Made Easy.

Good Bite Weeknight Meals is based on the food blogging website  It is a collection of 140 recipes that are quick and easy and that use ingredients that most people have in the house. The recipes are simple to follow and require little more than 30 minutes- perfect for weeknight cooking. The book is organized into eight chapters covering poultry, meat, seafood, pasta, vegetarian, soups, and side dishes.


Made in Italy is filled cover to cover with sexy pictures of food and Italy- perhaps you will recognize him from the show DolceVita.  While this cookbook sits on the edge of being a photo easy of his travels and of the delicious food in Italy, it does let the reader almost taste and smell the flavors on each page.  The ingredients are recognizable and recipes appear to be forgiving enough to let a weekend chef create culinary masterpieces.

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