Wednesday, October 23, 2013


When our mothers and grandmothers were in the kitchen they most likely cooked family recipes, recipes from traditional cookbooks like The Joy of Cooking and or the Sunset Casserole Cookbook or maybe even recipes from boxes and cans in the cupboard.

Now that food has become headline news and celebrity chefs show up in People magazine and on their own shows on the Food Network, there are so many more resources for recipes. 
The Monrovia Public Library has every kind of cookbook, old and new, and here are three recent and very different titles to whet your appetites.

101 Classic Cookbooks:  501 Classic Recipes is a collection of recipes from famous cookbooks.  Food writers like Ruth Reichl, the former restaurant critic from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times and food writer Michael Pollan, helped select the favorite recipes found here.  Because the book is also a history of what dishes were popular during the different generations of the twentieth century, this is a great cookbook for real cooks who stand over their stoves, as well as for those who just like to read about food.

Small Bites: Big Nights: Seductive Little Plates for Intimate Occasions and Lavish Parties by Los Angeles chef Govind Armstrong emphasizes hors d’oeuvres and small dishes that do not require giant pots that need to cook in the oven for hours.  The recipes here are probably more for the adventurous home cook who wants guests to have lots of taste experiences. 

Nigella Express: 130 Recipes for Good Food, Fast is by the English chef Nigella Lawson who is known for being a Domestic Goddess.  Here she offers recipes for people on the go—those of us with real lives who come home from work exhausted and hungry.  The recipes, which are simple to prepare and offer lots of short cuts to get things done, are suitable for families.

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