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EVERYDAY TO ENTERTAINING – “Judge This Book By Its Cover”

July 20, 2011

Everyday to Entertaining—200 Sensational Recipes That Transform From Casual To Elegant

by Meredith Deeds & Carla Snyder

Robert Rose Inc.

384 pages, 2011, $24.95

I’m not much of a cook, but I love to eat. The cover, photos, layout and extras of this book are exceptional. It even got me reading inside. What I discovered could change your life.

For one, each recipe is given two ways: one for everyday use and a second for more elaborate entertaining. I think I have learned more about cooking by comparing the two options than from ever reading other cookbooks  or watching TV cooking programs. Plus there are two or three extra features. “The Dish” is a call-out block featuring an ingredient, technique or entertaining tip. And “Fashion Plate” gives suggestions that you probably would not think of on your own: “We love to serve these tasty morsels (roasted tomato, mozzarella and pesto bruschettas) outside on the deck when we’re grilling something for dinner. We often throw the bread on the grill to toast while we’re waiting for the main event and pile the luscious tomato mixture on top of them while they’re still warm. OMG is that good.”

The chapter heads are great too. The one about fish is called “Bathing Beauties” and poultry is titled “The Hen House.” And for fast-food guys like me, each recipe includes a “hands on’ time and a “start to finish time.”

So I made the “everyday” corn chowder with ham and a few days later the lemony fettuccine Alfredo. Liked them so much, I gave the book to my adult daughter who lives a few miles away and told her to make the rest for me.

Coffee cookie tower with espresso hot fudge sauce anyone?

Order this directly from amazon for $18.96.  Click: Everyday to Entertaining: 200 Sensational Recipes That Transform from Casual to Elegant

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