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beckybee May 2, 2007 08:59 AM

I am looking to buy a new Cook Book. Nothing to plain but not to Difficult to make either, I also like pictures. Just bought Fine cooking annual and I love the recipes. Any Suggestions?

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    brokergal May 2, 2007 10:33 AM

    I bought Rick Bayliss' "Mexican Everyday" last year and love it - the recipes are for the most part healthy but satisfying, not too difficult (a number of them can be quickly whipped up after work) and the ingredients called for are relatively easy to find in most supermarkets.

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      adventuresinbaking May 2, 2007 10:43 AM

      Check out "Fresh Foods Fast" I don't remember the Author, but all the recipes I have tried out of it have been wonderful.

      The cookbook proviedes 12 meals for each season that can be prepared in an hour. They are all vegetarian, but everyone who has eaten the food has loved it.

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        NYchowcook May 3, 2007 04:19 AM

        Peter Berley is the author of Fresh Food Fast. He also wrote The Modern Vegetarian Kitchen. He was a chef at a NYC vegan restaurant, I believe.

      2. Megiac May 2, 2007 10:47 AM

        Try the Barefoot Contessa books.

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          valerie May 2, 2007 11:02 AM

          Agreed. I always go back to the original Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.

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            cookingschool May 2, 2007 02:16 PM

            I, too, love the original Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. My brother just sent it to me, and I've already made several of the recipes....all of which turned out great. My original love, though, is Julia Child's The Way to Cook. Beautiful pictures and instruction on everything you can imagine. Here's a quote of Julia's from that book....it should give you some idea....

            "You can do so many attractive things with cold fish."-Julia Child

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            THenderson May 2, 2007 07:39 PM

            I second the Barefoot Contessa books - - they are without a doubt my favorites and the food photography is beautiful - (I'm a photographer, so, of course I appreciate that aspect) but the recipes - most of them - are great. Many of them have become my "go-to" recipes. Great, simple, fresh food - - not overly pretentious or overdone.

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              daily_unadventures May 3, 2007 12:34 PM

              Agreed, just be careful, her recipes make HUGE portions so you usually need to half or even quarter the recipes.
              Katerina
              http://dailyunadventures.com

          3. wenster May 2, 2007 11:11 AM

            Something simple and straightforward are Sara Foster's books. I used to frequent Foster's Market in Durham when I was out there a few years ago for b-school. My sister gave me her Fresh Everyday cookbook, which I use quite a bit. It's not fussy or pretentious, or uses weird ingredients you have to search high and low for. If you want to take a look at some recipes, you can go on the site: http://www.fostersmarket.com/recipes..... It gives you a good idea of what to expect.

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              FAL May 2, 2007 01:19 PM

              G Bugialli on Pasta. My wife had to buy me a new one. I used it so much it fell apart. A must if you love cooking pasta.

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                msbo78 May 3, 2007 12:37 PM

                Agreed as to her first two books, which I like. Avoid her third book, Casual Cooking at all costs. Unless, of course, you need a recipe for a pepperoni english muffin pizza.

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                onebite May 2, 2007 01:44 PM

                I like Jacque Pepin's Fast Food My Way. His recipes are so simple yet elegant. Like you, I love to have pictures to get the juices flowing, and the photos in this book are very nice. Check it out!

                1. NiKoLe1625 May 2, 2007 02:20 PM

                  The new cookbook from Giada DiLaurentis, "Everyday Pasta" is great. She has mostly pasta dishes in it, but also some accompaniments.

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                    beckybee May 2, 2007 05:47 PM

                    Wow, thank you all so very much, for all your help!!!

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                      Marianna215 May 3, 2007 05:54 PM

                      Giada's other books are great too. Her recipes are simple but delicious.

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                      ali patts May 3, 2007 01:25 AM

                      For cooking with a picture I normally go to one of my Donna Hay books - every recipe has a nice picture and everything I've cooked has been tasty. Certainly not complicated, in fact, they might be a bit 'simple'.

                      1. NYchowcook May 3, 2007 04:20 AM

                        Susan Sungen of the Martha Stewart empire has a cookbook out called "Recipes" which is pretty down-home easy w/ pics. And good too.

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                          Mila May 3, 2007 10:06 AM

                          Try a Delia Smith cookbook. The recipes are very tasty and directions are rock solid.

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                            chrystaldawn May 3, 2007 01:09 PM

                            I have always had great luck with Williams Sonoma cookbooks. They have a food made fast series with different focuses i.e. Soup, Pasta, Chicken. With lots of pictures. The books are usually set up in 10/15/20 minute recipe sections.

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