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Last summer, I went to Barnes and Noble looking for a copy of a magazine, and left with the book “The Food of a Younger Land”. It is some of the notes (almost 400 pages) from a late 1930’s Federal Writers’ Project assignment that never made it into a finished book. The assignment was called “America Eats”, and looks at what people ate in different areas. The book covers true seasonal and regional eating, not because it was trendy, but because it was necessary. They ate with the seasons, and what was grown locally, because they had to. Additionally, each region had its unique customs, which had not spread or become generalized. Mexican was found near the Mexican border. Seafood was found close to the sea.

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Once-A-Month Cooking

With a new year coming, and the holidays drawing to a close, I thought I would review a book about getting good dinners on the table in a time efficient way. Once-A-Month Cooking provides a homemade meal to freezer to table solution worth thinking about.

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One way you can divide the people of the world is into the group that loves chocolate, and the group who does not. The cookbook “Hershey’s Best Loved Recipes” is aimed squarely at those who love chocolate, with a multiple of dessert options.

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Crockpot Ultimate Recipe CollectionAs winter sets in, and a chill goes through the air, I crave the warm comfort of hot soup or stew. It’s time to pull out that Crock Pot. The Crockpot Ultimate Recipe Collection is here to help, with over 500 slow cooker recipes of all kinds. When most people think of slow cookers, they might think of chili, stew, or roasts. These can all be found. Additionally, there are dips, drinks, chicken wings, barbecue, and sauces. Everything you would expect and then some.

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This is a cookbook that came to me at a time when I was having troubles with my relationship with food, and my love of cooking due to the heavy toll living with food allergies was having on me. It takes a magical look at your kitchen and how to make it truly a place you love to be in. Additionally, it promotes a choice that is currently popular: eating with the seasons.
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Joy of Cooking

Every serious cook should have a copy of Joy of Cooking. While it is not as easy to use as Betty Crocker’s Cookbook, it is jam packed with information. Not sure what to cook? There are pages of menus to choose from, each subdivided by event type. Unsure what the different salad greens are all about, just look it. Want to make a homemade stock for a soup, take your pick. Out of an ingredient and not sure what to do, look up substitutions. Want to grow your own herbs, you guessed it, there is a whole section on that as well. As a cookbook lover, this is one cookbook I would not go without, and was my very first cookbook.

Buy Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition – 2006

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Betty Crocker Cookbook

If I just cooked to put food on the table, and had only one cookbook, I would have Betty Crocker’s Cookbook.  If I cooked for fun and had many cookbooks, I would have Betty Crocker’s Cookbook.  It is an easy to use overall cookbook with reference charts and recipes for most basic American cooking. Additionally, it is easy to use, making it an ideal starter book as well as a great reference book. This was my second cook book, a gift from my husband when we were first together.

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