Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Volume One (1) (Fortieth – 40th – Anniversary Edition) (Hardcover)

Mastering the Art of French CookingOne name comes to mind when American’s think about French cooking, Julia Child. So it’s nice to see a reissue of her masterpiece, Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Volume One . For many cooks this was the jump off volume for planning a meal. 

Mastering The Art of French Cooking is a full-blown cookbook with everything from appetizers to desserts in it. It’s divided up into segments based on meat type as well. It has a great index so you can find exactly the recipe you’re looking for or even the ingredients.

 This isn’t a pretentious cookbook; sure French cooking sounds hard but this book gives you really detailed instructions complete with illustrations. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some pretty complex recipes in it though, only now you’ll have all the knowledge you need to whip up that complex dish  with confidence.

 What We Like: 

The attention to detail in this book is amazing. Not only do you get to see what Julia is saying through the illustrations, she goes so far as to tell you the quantities you’ll need to swap between, frozen, canned and fresh ingredients. Not too many other cookbooks have that nice additional touch. 

We love that this isn’t just a theme cookbook throwing out the same “gourmet” recipes. This is real French food. Sure you can find the fancy recipes but there’s great provincial farm food in it as well. It’s about cooking French dishes from all regions and social strata. This isn’t just about cream sauces and crepes. 

The size of Mastering The Art of French Cooking is impressive. This is a huge cookbook, over 750 pages long. When you consider how many recipes you get the price is down right cheap. We’ve seen plenty of smaller cookbooks that sell for the same price.

And why not treat yourself to a copy of the movie about Julia Childs, staring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.

Julie & Julia on Blu Ray

Review: The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook: Recipes for the Best Pan in Your Kitchen

The Cast Iron Skillet CookbookPeople have been cooking with cast iron skillets for hundreds of years. It’s a time-tested method for making eggs, bacon and of course corn bread.

A cast iron skillet is a versatile piece of cookware that works both on top of the stove as well as in the oven.  And a cast iron skillet can be used for hundreds of recipes. That’s why we are so happy with The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook: Recipes for the Best Pan in Your Kitchen.

There are plenty of cookbooks on the market that can teach you how to make everything from soup to dessert. But not too many cookbooks focus on the humble cast iron skillet.

We are really impressed with the attention to detail this book provides. It has recipes for the beginner right throughto the professional chef. It’s really quite surprising how much you can do with this versatile tool.  This book will really expand your horizons on what all can be made in a cast iron skillet.

Not just content with giving you recipes for your cast iron skillet, this book also includes recipes for other cast iron cookware including enameled cookware and Dutch ovens.

The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook: Recipes for the Best Pan in Your Kitchen is pretty straightforward. It doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a cookbook for cast iron. There are 192 pages  which include traditional recipes such as seared pork chops as well as more exotic fare like grilled Prosicutto wrapped radicchio.

Things We Like:

  • Lots of pictures and straightforward recipes
  • The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook: Recipes for the Best Pan in Your Kitchen is priced right for the amount of information it gives you.

CLICK HERE to start getting the most out of your cast iron skillet.

With the Kindle 2 Electronic Reader Have Your Recipes At Hand

kindle2What a fantastic innovation is the Kindle 2 ulta thin electronic reader.

The Kindle 2 is not only useful for keeping all your favorite recipes and recipe books in one easy to read, easy to retrieve place but it is ulta light to take with you when you travel, go to the holiday home or visiting.  You don’t need to take your heavy cookbooks with you ever again.

The Kindle 2 downloads books to your reader in 60 seconds via the 3G wireless  without the need to seek out a Wi Fi hotspot  or  without the requirement to have a PC.

With the Kindle Accessories you can keep your Kindle easy to clean while still being able to read every word clearly.  And another thing that makes this innovative electronic device an absolute must is the fact that it has a read aloud function. So you can have the Kindle read out your recipe to you while you cook.

Imagine having 1500 recipe books on hand in a device that measures 8″ x 5″  and is only 1/3″ width. Plus it weighs only 10.2 ounces.

What a fantastic innovation from Amazon.

You can buy the Kindle 2 at Amazon.

Review: Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution (Paperback)

eat-this-not-that-supermarket-survival-guideIf you have taken a walk through the supermarket and tried to sort out what would be the best things for you to eat from all the offerings on the shelves, you may have had a tough time making sense of it all. Nearly every package has some health claim. It may be that they have 0 trans fats or are low fat or low calorie or heart-healthy.

What do all of those labels mean anyway?

That is exactly what Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution is going to tell you. This book is a walk literally through the grocery store telling you which foods really are as good for you as they claim and which ones are really just a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

This book is chock full of 336 pages of information helping you know just what is in those foods that you are considering putting in your shopping cart and not only what they will do to your wallet at the checkout, but also your body if you eat them. This is a must have book for anyone who wants to try to make healthier decisions when purchasing food.

What We Like:

  • If you are dead set on purchasing a certain snack or kind of food, why not choose the best of them. This book will help you pick which one is better for your body.
  • It’s easy to look through, allowing you to go section-by-section, food type by food type, to select which one is best for your health.

CLICK HERE to buy the Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution

Read what others are saying at Amazon.com. Even those who brought the earlier Eat This Not That books found value with this supermarket survival guide.


Biggest Loser Family Cookbook: Budget-Friendly Meals Your Whole Family Will Love (Paperback)


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For many people, watching the dramatic life changes that are made by those who are able to lose and keep off hundreds of pounds on the TV Show – The Biggest Loser, there is a part of them that wants to do it to – wants to be healthy and make smart food decisions.

But you may not know how to do it. That is why the Biggest Loser Family Cookbook: Budget-Friendly Meals Your Whole Family Will Love was created.

It takes those great foods that have seen results for the people on the show and translates them to something you can enjoy in your home.

This cookbook is chock full of recipes from breakfast to lunch, dinner and even snacks and desserts you may crave at other times of the day. At 256 pages, this book has more than 125 recipes that will please nearly every palate.

Overall the book has received mainly positive reviews. Some people found that they didn’t always have the ingredients in the pantry meaning a trip to a specialty store.  However, most find the meals to be tasty and appetizing.

What We Like:

  • The recipe instructions are very simple and do not require a lot of kitchen know-how.
  • Many of the recipes are those the whole family will eat which are great for getting everyone on a healthy diet.
  • It has recipes for all times you my need them, not just meals but snacks and sweet treats as well.

CLICK HERE to buy The Biggest Loser Cookbook and read more reviews.