Around the Opry Table


Pull up a chair and enjoy Around the Opry Table: A Feast of Recipes and Stories from the Grand Ole Opry. This book by Kay West is billed as a cookbook, but it’s much more than a collection of recipes. It’s like a big, beautiful family scrapbook including the stars of the Grand Ole Opry … Continue reading

The Barbecue! Bible


As far as I know, I don’t have ADHD, but I sure mentally ping all over the place when I try to look at The Barbecue! Bible by Steven Raichlen. I’ve had the book next to my bed (yep — I read cookbooks before bed) for a few weeks now, and every time I try … Continue reading

The Best Recipe


What was my brother thinking? He gave me The Best Recipe by the editors of Cook’s Illustrated for Christmas, and it looks like a really dull cooking book. I guess perhaps it’s the creme caramel pictured on the front of the book. The writers ask in small print, “Would you make 38 versions of creme … Continue reading

Best Recipes from the Backs of Boxes, Bottles, Cans, and Jars


If you are a label reader, then you know that loads of great ideas live on the backs of cans, bags, and boxes housing food products. I am a chronic label reader, and I even read the back of toothpaste tubes. If you never check out labels, then this book will turn you on to … Continue reading

Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cookbook


Adult cookbooks are not very appealing to kids. They have mostly words and not that many pictures. Most of the recipes are more complex than what kids would first cook. Two years back I went to Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem, NC to find Eli a cookbook. I wanted to get him one for Christmas, and … Continue reading

Betty Crocker’s Healthy New Choices


I grew up on Betty Crocker. Mom has the big, thick late 50s or early 60s model. Her Parker House rolls, puff dumplings, and oatmeal raisin cookies come from the old book. I copied those down, because the newer versions are not as good. Some of the steps are left out for quicker cooking for … Continue reading

Betty Crocker’s Picture Cookbook


Although I rarely use cookbooks anymore for most casual cooking, I still refer to my first edition Betty Crocker’s Picture Cookbook when I need a recipe, an idea, or a touch of nostalgia. The book is filled with wonderful recipes, amusing copy and illustrations that elevate it from a simple cookbook to cultural icon. My … Continue reading

Bon Appetit


I’ve subscribed to Bon Appetit, off and on, for about 25 years and have seen it grow from an ambitious wanna-be to a full gourmet magazine. In the process, it has gone through a number of editorial changes, each with definite ideas of what makes good cooking (recipes in the 70′s called for cake mixes … Continue reading

Chicago Cooks by Les Dames d’Escoffier Chicago


Chicago cooks in more ways than one. I visited the Windy City last fall and feel in love with the culture and with all the great restaurants. It seemed only natural to pick up Chicago Cooks: 25 Years of Food History with Menus, Recipes, and Tips from Les Dames d’Escoffier Chicago. This food history book … Continue reading

Cholesterol Down — by Janet Bond Brill


My doctor told me that my cholesterol was a little high. I have a family history of high cholesterol and heart attack. Several of the men in the family have passed in their 40s with heart attacks. I’m thinking I really do not want to deal with cardiovascular disease and would rather not check out … Continue reading