Friday, March 27, 2009

Everything Old is New Again

All the old tales of cooking with what was available, making it as filling as possible, and working hard to burn off the calories appear to have had some value. Since more people are eating at home now, there's a revival in the concern for how to prepare and present food that people will want to eat. Today's highlighted books are part of that trend. Enjoy!

Today we offer some more cookbooks. If you've been following celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, this will interest you. 
Cook With Jamie: My Guide to Making You A Better Cook by Jamie Oliver is a 2007 book designed to set the beginner at ease while at the same time inspiring the more experienced cook. Originally retailing for nearly $40, our copy appears to be unused, and is available for $15.25 at Friends1

One of Oliver's famous campaigns was against the food served to schoolchildren in Britain. In his push for better quality ingredients, he stresses organic and local food. Here is a book that follows that line of thinking and with the farmers markets just around the corner, this would be the perfect addition to a kitchen focused on these issues. Simply Organic: A Cookbook for Sustainable, Seasonal, and
 Local Ingredients by Jesse Ziff Cool sells for $13.50 at our Friends1 site. It appears to be unused and unread. Published in 2007.

As we work at home with what is available, in order to prevent waste and encourage taste, we need to think like chefs. Looking at the ingredients on hand and saying, "hmm, what shall I do with these" is very different than taking a recipe with you and saying, "I need to get these ingredients to effect this outcome." Chef Tom Colicchio, former partner and Chef at Gramercy Tavern in New York and current owner and Chef of Craft Restaurant in the same city, teaches the reader of this book to think like a chef.  He has been a judge for some time on Top Chef, so if you aspire to appear there, it might be worth reading his book!  This copy is like new and unread, and is $40 at Friends1.

One of the categories we have LOTS of during the Semi Annual Used Book Sale is cookbooks. So if you like to cook, eat, or just read recipes, you don't want to miss our sale!

Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30

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