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Great new cookbooks for the holidays

The upcoming holiday season means loads of family dinners, entertaining and parties.  Home cooks - neophyte and expert alike - need inspiration and guidance to create memorable menus that will become holiday traditions for years to come.

We've compiled a list of new cookbooks from culinary experts that are great references for any occasion. 

These new essentials belong on your kitchen shelf.

Cocktails anyone? Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade: Cocktail  Time by Sandra Lee

Wiley, Paperback

192 pages

October 2009


Just about any fan of Sandra Lee's long-time hit Food Network show Semi-Homemade Cooking will tell you their favorite part of the show is "cocktail time."  Yet until now, Sandra has never written a book devoted to cocktail recipes and tasty and easy appetizers to serve with them.  The tall, narrow format is also new to for Sandra Lee, a slim volume perfect for keeping handy at the bar or kitchen island for mixing up drinks for friends. Cocktail Time is an entertaining guide for real homemakers who enjoy the company of family and friends.

Create new holiday traditions  New American Table

by Marcus Samuelsson

Wiley, Hardcover

October 2009


Marcus Samuelsson is celebrated and adored for his innovative, distinctive cuisine. This promises to be his best book yet with 300+ recipes inspired by the American melting pot accompanied by enticing food and sweeping travel photography from his journeys across America.

Clay pot cooking with Paula Wolfert Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking: Traditional and Modern Recipes to Savor and Share by Paula Wolfert

Wiley, Hardcover

424 pages

October 2009


A one-of-a-kind cookbook showcasing modern and authentic clay pot cooking from the premier expert on Mediterranean cuisines. Paula Wolfert is legendary for her expertise on and explorations of Mediterranean cooking. Now, Wolfert shares her inimitable passion for detail and insatiable curiosity about cultural traditions and innovations, with Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking. She shares 150 recipes featuring soups, fish and shellfish, poultry, meats, pasta and grains, vegetables and beans, pies and breads, eggs and dairy, and desserts.

New family classics from Campanile New Classic Family Dinners: More Than 200 Everyday Recipes and Menus from the Award-Winning Campanile Restaurant by Mark Peel with Martha Rose Shulman

Wiley, Hardcover

288 pages

September 2009


Award-winning chef Mark Peel has made "Family Dinner Night" a favorite at his Los Angeles restaurant, Campanile. Culled from more than ten years of these menus, New Classic Family Dinners features upscale twists on everyone’s favorite classic comfort food dishes. For more than ten years, acclaimed chef Mark Peel has used Campanile's Monday night dinner menus to present his own special takes on popular comfort food dishes like eggplant parmesan and beef goulash. In New Classic Family Dinners, he shares recipes for more than 200 of his best-ever versions of family favorites such as Macaroni and Cheese with Wild Mushrooms, Steak with Anchovy Butter, and Monkfish Osso Bucco.

Renaissance inspired dishes

Pasta Sfoglia: From Our Table to Yours, More than 100 Fresh, Seasonal Pasta Dishes by Ron Suhanosky and Colleen Suhanosky

Wiley, Hardcover

224 pages

October 2009


The appeal of pasta extends far beyond the restaurant world, and Pasta Sfoglia is full of exciting new ways to cook with this beloved ingredient. Innovative recipes draw on the authors' philosophy of seasonal, local cooking, and their fresh new take on pasta dishes is backed by the strong reputation of their restaurant.

You can cook! Anyone Can Cook: Step-by-Step Recipes Just for You

by Better Homes and Gardens

480 pages

Wiley Hardcover, Spiral bound

September 2009


A new kind of cookbook for a new generation of cooks, this book's highly visual and interactive elements literally show consumers step by step how to cook. There's everything from comfort food to world flavors in the more than 550 recipes. Although tailored for the novice, the seasoned cook will enjoy and appreciate it too.  This new edition now contains a bonus DVD with instructional how-to videos and step-by-step demonstrations.

Classic holiday endings Unforgettable Desserts: More than 140 Memorable Dessert Recipes for All Year Round by Dede Wilson

Wiley, Hardcover

304 pages

November 2009


For bakers and home cooks of all skill levels, Unforgettable Desserts shows how to create grand finales that look and taste as if they were bought at a posh patisserie. Many of the recipes are deceptively simple, such as the gorgeous Matcha Tea Leaf Shortbread and the amazing Hot Chocolate Truffle Bombs, made with just three ingredients. Others are more adventurous, such as the Chocolate-Glazed Marzipan Cake with Cognac-Soaked Apricots. Filled with surprises for the eye as well as the palate, the desserts you make from this book will be sure to keep guests talking long after the party is over. An ideal resource for holidays, birthdays, or any special occasion, Unforgettable Desserts

Heavenly cakes for fabulous finish Rose’s Heavenly Cakes

by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Wiley, Hardcover

512 pages

September 2009


Rose Levy Beranbaum, "most meticulous cook who ever lived," follows up her definitive IACP cookbook of the year, The Cake Bible, one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time, with a simplified approach to cakes and lighter results for contemporary tastes.  Nearly 200 fresh and easy cake recipes appear for today's baker, and a stunning package features 4-color photography throughout the book.  Rose shows you how to create everything from Heavenly Coconut Seduction Cake, Golden Lemon Almond Cake, and Devil's Food Cake with Midnight Ganache to Orange-Glow Chiffon Layer Cake, Mud Turtle Cupcakes, and Deep Chocolate Passion Wedding Cake.


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