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Cookbooks and Flavor Infused Memoirs

As this week of garden and food related posts is nearing it's end, I thought I'd put in a small post about what cookbooks and foodie-memoirs I've been enjoying lately...and those that I want to read. I love to check out cookbooks at the library and I try to cook at least one thing per book before I give it back. It's just a fun way to try new things, especially if they are flavors or specialties I might never make otherwise.


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I love Giada's show, cookbooks, and recipes. I don't think I've made anything I didn't love. I find that her recipes are much easier to watch than to read, though, and I like that she uses very basic and whole ingredients. Try: green basil smoothie!

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I LOVE these "Everyday Food" cookbooks, from Martha Stewart Kitchens, because there is a picture on every page(!) and the food always turns out well. A very hefty cookbook, too, could cook out of it for (almost) an entire year.

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This book is just plain pretty. The color and design, and photography is so well done, and it reads more like a memoir than an actual utilitarian cook book. This is almost elitist foodie manifesto + recipes :) I loved the back section about where the author, Super health foodie, Heidi Swanson, gets all her gourmet goods.

Splendid, funny, and really unique, this has been one of my favorite cookbooks that I've borrowed this year. Yes, it's an entire book on ingenious ice cream, sorbet, and frozen concoctions and the cover design is no tease. This book has humor and plenty of tips...almost overwhelming instructions for flavors of ice cream, but even the names of each type is exotic. For the sweet tooth!

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Again, I didn't get to preserving much this year, but if I did, I might have this open on the counter helping me out. Lots of nice pictures and very interesting and creative recipes, this book of River Cottage fame does not let you down. Makes you want to eat healthy.

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Sneaky sneaky...vegetables find their way into basic dishes 2.0. Jessica Seinfeld's second cookbook of the same nature has plenty of new items to try, pictures on every page (are you seeing a pattern here?) and only one recipe that doesn't make flying colors on the 'health factor test'. Try: whoopie pies get a belly buster makeover.

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Here's the book I wish I had borrowed two years ago. For anyone new to a CSA program--THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU. It goes through all the vegetables one could expect in a basic CSA box, alphabetically, and gives you between 4-10 recipes for each. I learned a new way to eat radishes this year...

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This memoir was a very touching look of a family who, in the 70s, left every manner of 20th century civilization to create a land-based homesteading life and business. It's the memoir of the oldest daughter of this family, and how the work load, loss of a sister, and pretty faces working in the fields tore this family up. It's a tear-jerker and a very interesting viewpoint of the Nearings (whom inspired Martha Stewart as a young lady), as this little girl grew up living next door. Very good story, though very sad.

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And lastly, the foodie book on my list...to be read this fall. I'll let you know... :)
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What are you reading lately? Come across any cookbooks you can't live without? Leave them in the comments!

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