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he British father and son team of Dick and James Strawbridge live on a small farm in Cornwall where they grow and raise what they eat so they can be assured of the best possible food. They’ve added to their collection of books with “Made at Home Breads.” It contains 50 recipes to help…(Read More)

Spice Dreams

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Make sweet and spicy summer dreams come true On a really hot day, the only thing that sounds good to eat is something cold from the freezer. Sarah Engram and Katie Luber, owners of the Seasoned Palate, which produces spice blends, have raised the flavor bar for frozen treats. In “Spice Dreams: Flavored Ice…(Read More)

Silver Spoon Kitchen invites cooks to take an Italian holiday I have a friend to whom Italy speaks. They have not been formally introduced and he doesn't speak Italian, but she speaks to him, inviting him to visit. "Recipes from an Italian Summer" from The Silver Spoon Kitchen will have Italy…(Read More)

Steak is all about celebrating the good things in life Rick Tramonto’s latest book doesn’t hold back from splurging on ingredients for special occasions By Kim Davaz Steak is, of course, the main focus of Chicago chef Rick Tramonto’s seventh cookbook, “Steak With Friends” written with Mary…(Read More)

Yearwood family takes readers to a country kitchen If what you’re looking for is good old down-home cooking, you can’t get much more good old down-home than “Home Cooking With Trisha Yearwood: Stories and Recipes to Share With Family and Friends.” Trisha Yearwood, her mother, Gwen, and…(Read More)

Baker finds whole grains add whole lot of flavor Whole-grain baking is an excellent way to introduce new grains into your diet, whether for health reasons or to try new flavors. If you’re used to baking with wheat flour, these other grains may feel similar in the bag, but they taste and…(Read More)

BBQ 25

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‘Hands-on’ instructions for serious barbecuing Little grilling book is packed with recipes and information By Kim Davaz If you find yourself drawn to the outdoor grill when you should be shopping for sandpaper or light bulbs; if the aroma of your neighbor’s grill has you up against the fence; if…(Read More)

Alice Waters gets back to basics Anyone who is new to the kitchen would appreciate the step-by-step instructions By Kim Davaz It’s not that I don’t want to cook on Mother’s Day. It’s that I don’t want to decide what to cook, shop…(Read More)

Make quick work of family or company meals The editors at America’s Test Kitchen have found easier ways to get sophisticated dinners on the table By Kim Davaz Needing to put a meal on the table fast doesn’t mean sacrificing great taste and an element of sophistication. Those busy and prolific…(Read More)

Chef compiles dishes Mother would have made A Portland restaurant owner fills her book with recipes from “Mothers of the Month” By Kim Davaz The lack of good home-style cooking in restaurants led to an epiphany for Lisa Schroeder. What the world needed was good food like mothers used to make (or…(Read More)

Restaurateurs dish up taste of Barcelona Authors say the tapas and other Spanish foods in their restaurants are easy to make at home By Kim Davaz At their six Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurants in Connecticut, owners Sasa Mahr-Batuz and Andy Pforz-heimer combine the finest ingredients imported from Spain with the freshest local…(Read More)


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Linger over ‘Venezia,’ then fire up the stove The book is a work of art; and the recipes aren’t bad, either By Kim Davaz Tessa Kiros opens her newest cookbook with a love letter to the city of Venice, in particular, its food. When you think of the food of Venice…(Read More)

Farm Chicks take readers beyond the kitchen By Kim Davaz Teri Edwards and Serena Thompson are The Farm Chicks, stay-at-home moms whose annual antique show (plus crafts and food) near Spokane caught the eye of Country Living magazine. This led to the women becoming contributing editors of Country Living, developing a line of…(Read More)

Pair of authors mix it up for home bartenders By Kim Davaz There is something innately festive about drinking sparkling wine. Maybe it’s the special glasses or those marvelous bubbles, but just looking at the bottle says special occasion. That occasion might be a graduation, a marriage proposal or wedding, the birth of…(Read More)

Bread Matters

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British baker contends bread should be made at home By Kim Davaz Bread. It’s a basic food that is at home at any meal. British master baker Andrew Whitley wants it to be on your table, made by your own hands, as often as possible. With this in mind, Whitley has written &#8220…(Read More)

Nigella Christmas

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Nigella makes any size celebration spectacular Holiday cookbook covers dinner for two or a feast for the entire extended family By Kim Davaz “Nigella Christmas” by Nigella Lawson is a celebration between two covers, with everything necessary, kitchen-wise, for a spectacular Christmas. I should backtrack: While you can make a spectacular Christmas…(Read More)

‘Grand Central’ makes baking a breeze Although we are knee-deep in prime baking season, let’s try to spread the butter and sugar wealth around. Start now, but keep up the good work throughout the year. You will be thanked richly. The Grand Central Bakery in Portland was named one of…(Read More)

The Spice Kitchen

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Authors spice up everyday dishes By Kim Davaz Sara Engram and Katie Luber love spices and herbs. They use the term spices to mean both spices and herbs. Some chefs consider the seeds and bark of plants to be spices and the leaves and stems to be herbs. Let’s not quibble. Call them…(Read More)