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12 Books to Give Mom This Year

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Author: Sherry Helms

It’s again the special time to shower all your love and care to your mom. This mother’s day gift her a beautiful present, which is permanent and worthy, like herself. Generally, mothers don’t wish for gifts but can empty all her coffer to fulfill the wish of her children. This time surprise her as nothing can be more endearing to her than a sweet memorable gift from her daughter or son. If you are still racking your brain thinking of what to gift your mom, bring a smile on her face by gifting a book that she’ll really treasure.

We have compiled here a list of books from cookery, memoirs, romance, and health to business books. You can gift one of these books or wrap up the entire collection for your mom, grandma or wife.


The Heart of the Plate Vegetarian Recipes for A New GenerationThe Heart of the Plate Vegetarian Recipes for A New Generation: If your mom loves cooking, you can give her Mollie Katzen’s, The Heart of the Plate. In this book, the author has revealed a selection of simple, healthy and mouthwatering dishes. Vibrantly illustrated with neat and clear photographs, the book contains the recipes of all savory dishes that can help mom experiment with new ways to make food.

The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings, The Kinfolk Tableby Nathan  Williams: If your mom is a fan of minimalist aesthetic, The Knifolk Table by Nathan Williams is a perfect gift for her. From the creators of the magazine, this gorgeous coffee-table-style book comprises simple and creative traditional recipes along with beautiful pictures.


Still LIfe with Bread CrumbsStill LIfe with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Your mom will love to read #1 New York Times bestselling author Anna Quindlen’s, “Still life with bread crumbs”. This book shows the inner life of a woman photographer, Rebecca Winter, whose best work made her an unlikely heroine for many women, finding her way after her husband betrays her.  

The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer: Your mom will love to read thisThe Interestings skillfully written novel, admired by fans and critics. Wide in scope and filled with extremely captivating characters, this book by Meg Wolitzer tells the story of six friends who come together and apart in a changing New York City. The Interestings investigates the nature of envy; meaning of talent; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and slope suddenly over the course of a friendship and a life.


ZealotZealot The Life And Times of Jesus Of Nazareth by Reza Aslan:

Allow your mother to immerse herself in this charming, provocative, and carefully researched biography of Jesus of Nazareth and the birth of a religion. From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God, this amazingly written book gives a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told. Also the book sheds light on the sweeping and transformative nature of Jesus of Nazareth’s life and mission.

Health book

How Not to Look Old Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10How Not to Look Old Fast Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better by Charla Krupp

Give a gift of good health to your mom! This fantastic book by Krupp, the former beauty director for Glamour and the style expert for Today Show provides the secrets for looking stylish and fabulous. Filled with eye-opening details on hair color, brows, lipstick, etc, this is a perfect treat for all women of a certain age; who cannot spend much money on her looks to high maintenance or women who believe in looking fabulous at any price.

Romance book

The Movement of Stars by Amy BrillThe Movement of Stars by Amy Brill:

Give your mom an escape into the love story of the first professional female astronomer in America, Hannah Gardner and a strange man who understands and tries to fulfill her dreams. Set in 1845 Nantucket Beautifully written and hugely impressive, this Debut novel by Amy Brill contains themes of love, science, motherhood and women’s history.

Business book

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg:

If your mom works in a company, she must aware about the gender Lean In by Sheryl Sandberginequality in the workplace. From the chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl comes a book explaining the gender parity faced by women in workplace. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques to fix things. Written with wisdom and humor, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg is a perfect read for any working women.   

Short story collection

Dear Life by Alice MunroDear Life by Alice Munro:

Recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize for literature, Dear Life is a short story collection book from the master storyteller, Alice Munro. This book will give your mom emotional narratives-ranging from bittersweet to completely heart-trending. Exalted by Munro’s sharp insight and her matchless gift for storytelling, Dear Life demonstrates how extraordinary and terrifying life can be.

Home Décor book

The Plant Recipe Book: 100 Living Arrangements for AnyThe Plant Recipe Book Home in Any Season, by Baylor Chapman

If your mom has ever mentioned that she wants to learn how to create stunning living plant décor, this is the book for her. The Plant Recipe Book is the follow up to the most popular Flower Recipe Book containing all the basic planting techniques, expert advice, sourcing, plant care and exquisite arrangements that will suit every kind of light and décor.


Everybody's Got Something by Robin RobertsEverybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts

This is a wonderful memoir by Good Morning America anchor, Robin Robert’s in which she tells about her incredible journey that’s been her life so far. Through this book, Robin shares the challenges she faced and the lessons she learned along the way. This is an inspiring story of a woman who with her wisdom, hope and encouragement overcomes breast cancer and the pain and heartbreak she suffered when her mother passed away.  

A House in the Sky A Memoir by  Amanda Lindhout, SaraA house Corbett

This is an impressive and suspenseful memoir of Amanda Lindhout, a lady who embark on a journey to the world’s most attractive, perilous and remote places. Working as a cocktail waitress in Calgary, Alberta, Amanda has a dream to travel the globe. She went to Latin America, Sudan, Syria, Bangladesh, India, Laos, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other countries to understand the sympathy in the face of incredible adversity.

Wishing all the moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Worthwhile Thanksgiving Recipe Books

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Author: Sherry Helms

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Thanksgiving is a time of the year to offer thanks, of family gatherings, good health and delicious food. It is a perfect holiday because it allows you to relax with a plate stacked high with turkey slices, stuffing and pumpkin pie. If you are looking for the healthiest and tastiest Thanksgiving menu to enhance the holiday spirit and to make your Thanksgiving shine for all your guests, look no further. This post contains all worthwhile books that will help you to prepare a stunning meal, or just supplement your side dishes, main dishes, desserts, and appetizers. These books will bring you an opportunity to impress your family and friends with crowd-pleasing and healthy recipes.

Feast your eyes on these Thanksgiving recipe books to make your holiday dinner memorable.

Quick and easyQuick & Easy Autumn Recipes More than 200 Yummy, Family-Friendly Recipes for Fall…Most in 30 Minutes or Less! by Gooseberry Patch: From the mouthwatering Cherry-Pecan Turkey Breast to delicious Thanksgiving side dishes to phenomenal holiday dessert recipes, Quick & Easy Autumn is one cookery book you will not want to miss. It is full of more than 76 easy and quick recipes; each is ready in less than half an hour or is cooked with just 5-8 ingredients or less. With this stunning cookbook, you have all the tools for a memorable Thanksgiving celebration!

Thanksgiving Recipes by Ronnie Rooney: Native of Mthanksgiving recipies newassachusetts Ronnie Rooney brings fun and easy to follow recipes that anyone from a beginner to a veteran cook can use. From turkey and cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and spiced apples, this book contains everything that anyone needs for a delicious holiday gathering.

AutumnAutumn in the Country Cookbook  by Gooseberry Patch: Harvest hayrides, pumpkin picking and warm comforting dishes make us ready to enjoy fall fun! This trusted, well-thumbed resource, presents delicious recipes, is inspired by our desired harvest activities. Packed with easy to follow instructions, Autumn in the Country Cookbook is an ideal book to prepare a full –course holiday meal. With tried & true favorites like pumpkin patch stew, autumn apple-walnut pancakes, and candy apple cheesecake, you’ll like to enjoy these flavorsome recipes all year long.cookery

Thanksgiving Cookery by Elizabeth Brabb: With Thanksgiving Cookery, the author takes the reader to the dinner table with a striking collection of much loved traditional recipes. If you are feeling any nervousness about cooking your first turkey, or if you want to know how to put together a delectable Thanksgiving feast for your family and guests, then enjoy Elizabeth’s collection from basic apple pie to hot apple cider to leftover turkey corn pudding.

Kristen Suzanne's EASY Raw Vegan HolidaysKristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Holidays: Delicious & Easy Raw Food Recipes for Parties & Fun at Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Holiday Season by Kristen Suzanne: Whether your tastes run to the  conventional or audacious, this Thanksgiving can be the healthiest and tastiest one ever with the help of this Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Holidays. This one-of-a-kind guide helps raw vegan enthusiasts to make their holiday eating rich and satisfying. Kristen provides great information about raw foods with how-to tips and delectable and decorative recipes for holiday season festivities.

Hope, these thanksgiving recipe books bring enjoyment to you and your family and friends for years to come. Tell us your favorite thanksgiving cookbook in the comments section below.  

Grilling from Your Garden

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Guest Author: Judith Fertig

JudithFertigGardening and grilling are all about having foods you like. You might grow pots of patio tomatoes because you love the taste of fresh-picked. Or you might grow fava beans or edamame  because they’re difficult to find fresh in the pod in your area.  Likewise, you grill foods because that cooking process makes them taste better.

In our new book The Gardener and the Grill (Running Press), Karen Adler and I show you how to take those garden-fresh foods and grill them for maximum flavor and color.

Grilling is a very easy way to cook vegetables and fruits to retain their color and flavor. A simple brush of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt are all you need.

Herbs from your garden can also go into condiments, marinades, sauces, and vinaigrettes that add an easy  “wow factor” to simple grilled foods, such as hamburgers, chicken, steaks, fish fillets, shellfish, pork tenderloin or chops, and lamb.

Fresh-picked fruit from your garden and the heat of the grill can be a Gardener_and_Grill_cover_jpgfabulous combination. Grilling fruit intensifies its flavor and sweetness. The look of grilled fruit is appealing, too, with deep brown grill marks that indicate caramelization plus a rustic appearance.

With more and more people talking about “farm to table,” we think it’s time for “garden to grill to table.” That said, it’s important to keep things simple. Gardening means you’re already spending time doing that, plus harvesting and readying the herbs/veggies/fruit for the grill. We’re going for techniques that are easy for beginners but satisfying enough for the experienced gardener and griller. We’ve also included some gardening tips, especially as they address the area around your outdoor kitchen or grill.

Our Grilled Peaches with Lemon Balm Gremolata shows just how easy it is to go from garden to grill, simply and deliciously.

Grilled Peaches with Lemon Balm Gremolata

Adapted from The Gardener and the Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig (Running Press).

This recipe is very simple, yet full of flavor. A traditional gremolata has parsley, lemon zest, and garlic, but this is a sweeter version delicious with fruit. If you don’t have lemon balm in your garden, substitute mint and add more lemon zest.

Serves 4

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1/4 cup packed lemon balm leaves

1 tablespoon packed mint leaves

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Pinch of kosher or sea salt

4 peaches, halved and pitted

Prepare a medium-hot fire in your grill.

On a cutting board, chop the lemon balm, mint, and lemon zest together until very fine. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the leaves and chop again. Set aside in a small bowl.

Place the peach halves cut side down on the grill. Grill for 4 to 6 minutes, turning once, until the peaches are tender and blistered.

To serve, place 2 peach halves in each bowl and sprinkle the Lemon Balm Gremolata over all.

 Author Bio:

Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig lives, cooks, bakes, grills and writes in Overland Park, Kan. She is the author of “Heartland: The Cookbook” and “I Love Cinnamon Rolls,” and the co-author of “The Gardener and the Grill” and the IACP award winning “The Back in the Swing Cookbook.”

Check out her website for more information:

Top 10 BestSelling Cookbooks of All Time

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Author: Sherry Helms

Learn to cook the healthiest and tastiest food for your family with the bestselling cookbooks of all the time. Here is a list of the top 10 highly sold cookery books by the acclaimed chefs around the world. Pick these titles and get ready to serve the best on table.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking by  Julia Child, and co-authors — Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle

An NY Times bestseller, this is a cookbook of sophisticated French cuisine for mainstream Americans. “Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere”, wrote mesdames Child, Beck, and Bertholle, “with the right instruction.” And, this is the book that, for more than fifty years, has been teaching Americans how. Meant for both the seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food and long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine, this book is packed with sumptuous recipes with detailed instructions.

Joy of Cooking by  Irma S. Rombauer, and Illustrator –  Marion Rombauer Becker

One of the United States’ most-published cookbooks and an NY Times bestseller, this book has sold more than 18 million copies, till date. Today, nine revisions later, the Joy of Cooking — selected by The New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important and influential books of the twentieth century — has taught tens of millions of people to cook, helped feed and delight millions beyond that, answered countless kitchen and food questions, and averted many a cooking crisis.

Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes by Giada De Laurentiis

Offering the fresh, simple Italian recipes that are quick and accessible, and also utterly mouth-watering, this book is focused on the real-life considerations of what you actually have in your refrigerator and pantry (no mail-order ingredients here) and what you’re in the mood for, whether a simply sauced pasta or a hearty family-friendly roast.

Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

Considered as the “ultimate vegan cookbook”, this groundbreaking book offers more than 250 recipes with soy-free, gluten-free, and low-fat options. Who knew vegetables could taste so good? Authors, Moskowitz and Romero have brought you a delicious collection that makes it easier than ever to live vegan. All the recipes in Veganomicon have been thoroughly kitchen-tested to ensure user-friendliness and amazing results.

New Cook Book from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine

Cookbooks from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine have been American’s favorite since 1930, sold 40 million copies through fourteen editions. And, now this updated and revised 15th edition has come with plenty of new chapters to meet the needs of today’s everyday cooks, including new chapters on breakfast and brunch, casseroles, and convenience cooking. This wide selection of recipes cover everything from Pad Thai to a Thanksgiving turkey along with 1,000 of photos to allure a foodie head.

How To Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman, and Alan Witschonke (illustrator)

A one-stop cooking reference for today’s generation of cooks, this book offers classic recipes in simple and accessible manner. It is written clearly and concisely, and takes a relaxed, straightforward approach to cooking, so you can enjoy yourself in the kitchen and still achieve outstanding results. Nationally acclaimed cook Mark Bittman shows you how to prepare great food for all occasions using simple techniques, fresh ingredients, and basic kitchen equipment.

I’m Just Here for the Food: Version 2.0 by Alton Brown, host of the popular Food Network television show Good Eats

Winner of the 2003 James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award, this book covers world polpular recipes with excellent cooking techniques for searing, grilling, roasting, frying, braising, brining and boiling. The book now combines more than 90 recipes with a wealth of information that allow anyone – at any level of expertise – to understand the whys and wherefores of cooking.

How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking by Nigella Lawson

This cookbook brings a plethora of fun in kitchen with amusing recipes and writing. Filled with more than 220 lavishly illustrated recipes for cakes, pies, pastries, and breads, this special cookbook makes cooking and baking as luxurious as they should be, and feeds our fantasies of making sumptuous treats at home.

Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats: A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners by Rachael Ray

Even your favorite dinner can lose its appeal when it’s in constant rotation, so let’s mix it up with this groundbreaking cookbook by Rachael Ray, Food Network’s indefatigable cook. With her largest collection of recipes yet, Ray guarantees you’ll be able to put something fresh and exciting on your dinner table every night for a full year, without a single repeat. It offers utterly mouth-watering dishes like Southwestern Pasta Bake, Smoky Chipotle Chili Con Queso Mac, Spring Chicken with Leeks and Peas, etc., for each nights in a year.

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman

Hailed as “a more hip Joy of Cooking” by the Washington Post, this book covers the whole spectrum of meatless cooking –including salads, soups, eggs and dairy, vegetables and fruit, pasta, grains, legumes, tofu and other meat substitutes, breads, condiments, desserts, and beverages. It offers more than 2,000 simple and quick recipes for vegetarians.

Cheese Delight for Foodies: Popular Cheese Cookbooks

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

With more than 3,000 kinds of cheese registered to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), cheese has become one of the most essential ingredients in almost every American Kitchen, whether domestic or commercial. Today’s cheese specialty market is flourishing, and with that many once obscure cheese varieties are now widely available.

Anyone can learn to prepare different varieties of cheese at home with Ricki Carroll’s groundbreaking book Home Cheese Making: Recipes for 75 Homemade Cheeses. Here are 85 recipes for cheeses and other dairy products that require basic cheese making techniques and the freshest of ingredients, offering the satisfaction of turning out a coveted delicacy. Among the step-by-step tested recipes for cheese varieties are farmhouse cheddar, gouda, fromage blanc, queso blanco, marscarpone, ricotta, and 30-minute mozzarella. Recipes for dairy products include crFme frafche, sour cream, yogurt, keifer, buttermilk, and clotted cream. Besides, there are also given in this book, 60 recipes for cooking with cheese. Including in such treats are Ricotta Pancakes with Banana Pecan Syrup, Cream Cheese Muffins, Broiled Pears and Vermont Shepherd Cheese, Prosciutto and Cheese Calzones, and Grilled Vegetable Stacks with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. Also, with the stories of people who love to make and eat good cheese, this book is provided with the information on how to enjoy homemade cheeses, how to serve a cheese course at home, cheese tips, lore, quotes, cheese making glossary, and more.

Inspirational and information-packed, Williams-Sonoma Cheese: The Definitive Guide to Cooking with Cheese is an indispensable guide to enjoy this popular yet versatile ingredient, in the kitchen and at the table. This title takes an authoritative and personal look at cheese, acting as both a comprehensive cookbook as well as a helpful primer on the subject. In this luscious collection, with more than 100 recipes for every course, popular chef and cheese-producer Georgeanne Brennan presents ways to cook with all types of cheese, from rich and creamy to oozy and pungent to nutty and sharp. All the classics are here, like mac and cheese, fondue, enchiladas, and burgers, but, you’ll also discover here innovative dishes like fried pecorino with stone-fruit salsa, warm squash salad with Teleme and pepitas, roasted chicken stuffed with GruyÈre, oven-roasted endive with Saint-Marcellin, and plum tart with ginger and chÈvre. This definitive resource for cheese-lovers is also rounded up with descriptions of nearly 150 of the world’s most celebrated varieties, tips on pairing with wine or beer, ideas for putting together the perfect cheese plate, and recipes for sweet and savory accompaniments.

There is another cookbook in the market that elicits cheese as the most delightful ingredients, and that is, The Cheesemonger’s Kitchen: Celebrating Cheese in 75 Recipes. This book bring us 90 delightful recipes that move cheese into a meal’s starring role. Culled from chef and cheese monger Chester Hastings‘s 25 years of experience, these recipes take full advantage of the varied flavors of cheese in ways both traditional and innovative. This is a cheese cookbook that focuses on recipes rather than acting as a buyer’s guide or primer. Further, accompanied by 50 color photographs plus wine pairing tips from acclaimed sommelier Brian Kalliel, this cookbook is a comprehensive guide to the vast world of specialty cheeses.

Nothing complements a good meal with friends like a rustic oak table laden with an exquisite selection of fine cheeses: a grape leaf-lined platter of ricotta with honey, red pears, and roasted chestnuts, or a decorative Spanish tile topped with sheep’s milk cheeses, toasted almonds, and oven-dried tomatoes, or a simple Italian salad of crostini dripping with melted fontina and white truffle oil. The elegant tradition of the after-dinner cheese course is rapidly gaining popularity as a part of home entertaining. The Cheese Course is a book that is rounded up with 50 sweet and savory recipes for salads, breads, and desserts that match deliciously with cheese. Written by best-selling author and award-winning food writer Janet Fletcher, this incredible book describes the wonderful array of artisanal cheeses now available, offering suggestions for presentations as well as wine pairings and fruit and nut accompaniments.

And now, what to say about grilled cheese! Toasted golden in a pan or browned to melting perfection under the broiler, grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food, and a meal in itself. Believe it or not, it just got better. Marlena Spieler has created 50 mouthwatering new takes on this Francophile’s favorite, and presented the same in her popular book Grilled Cheese: 50 Recipes to Make You Melt. Her tantalizing pairings range from hearty Sage Sausage and Jack Cheese with Preserved Lemon to Melted Alpenzell, Emmentaler, Pear, and Cumin. There are also plenty of new twists on the tried and true, such as Smoky Bacon and Cheddar with Chipotle Relish or Fresh Mozzarella, Prosciutto, and Fig Jam. Filled with cheese suggestions, an array of quick-to-make mustards, and tips on choosing the perfect bread for each sandwich, this cookbook will make anyone stand up and say “cheese!”

Coming from this same kitchen an array of 50  macaroni & cheese recipes for every cheese-lovers. After trying on I-have-never-seen-anything-yummier Grilled Cheese recipes, just take on some it-just-got-yummier ‘macaroni with cheese’ foods while following the book Macaroni And Cheese. More than 50 classics macaroni & cheese recipes are available in this book that ranges from the tried-and-true Yankee Doodle Dandy Baked Macaroni and Cheese and quick to prepare specialties such as the yodel-worthy Alpine Macaroni with Appenzeller and Crme Frache to international specialties like Giuvetchi, a Greek dish of orzo in a cinnamon tomato sauce with lamb and kasseri, myzithra, and feta cheeses. The kid-friendly favorite is now being spotted at the trendiest restaurants around town, and this fantastic cookbook has it all. There are even a few dessert versions like Falooda, a traditional Indian treat that is prepared using ricotta and sweet vermicelli with cherries and a touch of cardamom.

Hope, these books will let you enjoy the best of the foods.

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