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Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Price: 10.14

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner for Willie!, 17 Jun 2014
This review is from: Band of Brothers (Audio CD)
Willie proves once again that age doesn't have to slow you down. At 81, his songwriting is just as evocative as it always has been. His song tempo may have slowed down just a bit, but the quality of his music certainly hasn't. Willie is still at the top of his game. Band of Brothers is a keeper!


Heartland: The Cookbook
Heartland: The Cookbook
by Judith M. Fertig
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 21.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Hurray for the Heartland!, 8 May 2011
Southern cooking tends to get all the attention in cookbooks when it comes to American cooking. Although it is well deserved, the US is a mighty big place and other regions deserve a mention, too. That's why I am excited to see a book about the middle of the US. After all, this is the farm belt and a lot of noteworthy cooking goes on in the farm kitchens.

Judith Fertig has done an outstanding job of assembling gorgeous photos and recipes from the Midwest that give you a picture and a taste of the heartland. Whether you are an armchair traveler or a curious cook, your curiosity about the Midwest will be satisfied with the comprehensive Heartland. It is one of the finest US regional cookbooks to date.

My full review can be read on the cookbook blog, Culinaria Libris.


The Food Heroes: Sixteen Culinary Artisans Preserving Tradition
The Food Heroes: Sixteen Culinary Artisans Preserving Tradition
by Pellegrini, Georgia
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Fighting for Tradition, 3 Mar 2011
Food Heroes has been a breath of fresh air in a world full of foodie books. There is no preaching, just uplifting stories of ordinary people who are keeping their food traditions alive whilst maintaining their personal standard of quality. It's a fantastic and surprisingly joyful read without being sentimental.

The author's writing style is skillful at bringing her 16 food heroes to life. They seem like the type of people you would love to meet and have a good chat with because they are so knowledgeable and full of life. They are unassuming characters just standing strong for what they believe in - tradition and quality.

I think the author should qualify as the 17th food hero, because if it weren't for her scouting of these 16 food heroes, we would be missing out on some wonderful food stories. You can read my full review on the cookbook blog, Culinaria Libris.


James Beard
James Beard
by Robert Clark
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting portrait of a classic, 20 Feb 2011
This review is from: James Beard (Hardcover)
Curious to know more about James Beard and his career, I thought this would be a good starting point. It's a colorful portrait of James Beard and a balanced review of his contributions to the American food scene. All of the other food luminaries and social food issues of his era are included, too. An absorbing and enlightening read. Highly recommend.


Cheese
Cheese
by Patricia Michelson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 21.00

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Say cheese!, 17 Aug 2010
This review is from: Cheese (Hardcover)
For anybody looking for an in-depth review of artisanal cheese, this is a first rate exploration into the rich world of cheese.

Sure there are already cheese books around, but this one stands out because of the passion that has gone into the detail of the cheeses, their histories, and their makers. The author doesn't just spew out facts, she brings the story of cheese to life.

Be aware, there is not an index but a directory of countries and their cheeses. If you're looking for a quick reference, look at an encyclopedia. But if you want to explore the rich and varied world of cheese, then study it country by country. It's a more rewarding and educational experience.

Just on the passion of this book alone, I give it 5 stars, but the stunning photography and extraordinary information passed along also merit 5 stars.

I would reckon there's a very good reason why Jamie Oliver buys his cheese from Patricia Michelson (as he unequivocally states in the foreword). She knows her fromage.


Just Across The River
Just Across The River
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 12.02

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!, 8 Aug 2010
This review is from: Just Across The River (Audio CD)
Jimmy Webb songs have been skillfully sung by all the greats, but when he sings them himself with the greats it puts a whole new spin on his songs.

I thought the James Taylor/Carole King collaboration was the best thing to happen in music this year, but in my opinion Jimmy Webb has just pipped them to the post with this CD.

The arrangements are so richly arranged that they make some of the songs sound completely new even though they're 40+ years old now - not an easy feat to accomplish. And of course, Jimmy Webb lyrics are superb. This CD is the full package.

My favourite tracks are the Wichita Lineman with Billy Joel, If You See Me Getting Smaller with Willie Nelson, I Was Too Busy with J.D. Souther and All I Know with Linda Ronstadt.

If you're reading this Jimmy Webb, please give us more!


Weber's Complete Barbecue Book: Step-by-step advice and over 150 delicious barbecue recipes
Weber's Complete Barbecue Book: Step-by-step advice and over 150 delicious barbecue recipes
by Jamie Purviance
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.19

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBQ IQ, 24 July 2010
Without a doubt, the best book on barbecue I have seen to date. The first chapter is a BBQ tutorial followed by loads of interesting barbecue recipes - including a few vegetarian ones.

Recipes are included for homemade sauces, rubs and mops - no bottled sauces recommended in the recipes. This book is for the serious barbecuer or somebody who wants to raise their BBQ IQ.

The author was trained at the Culinary Institute of America, so he knows his stuff. Quality information, quality recipes, quality photos - very well done. Overall, a most impressive and interesting read.


The Geometry of Pasta
The Geometry of Pasta
by Caz Hildebrand
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.59

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pasta Primo, 24 May 2010
This review is from: The Geometry of Pasta (Hardcover)
This is an unusual and cleverly designed book about none other than pasta and the sauces and ingredients that bring it to life. Who knew there could be over 300 shapes of pasta? You won't find all 300 featured, but you will find a hefty amount of pasta dripping with excellent information about it packed into 288 pages.

For those of you looking to move on from Spaghetti Bolognese to something a bit more groovy, this book hits the spot.

Stylish - yes
Original - yes
Pictures - no

...which is the sole reason why I gave the book 4 stars. Although the line drawings are arty and fabulous, I still like to see exactly what a piece of pansotti or maltagliati is supposed to look like. Sometimes it is hard to make the imaginary leap from a line drawing. A full review can be read on the cookbook blog, Culinaria Libris.


Warm Bread and Honey Cake
Warm Bread and Honey Cake
by Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.00

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Quality, 16 May 2010
This book is cover to cover quality. The recipes are unusual and interesting and will challenge any home baker to be adventurous with their baking. Recipes include flatbreads, yeast breads, cakes, rolls, small cakes, pastries, savouries, leaf and thread pastries. It is an astonishing quantity and variety of recipes.

Because the author is a food historian, the content that accompanies each recipe is an added bonus.

This book will be a permanent and prized part of any home bakers collection. The full review of this book can be read on the cookbook blog, Culinaria Libris.


The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen: Live Well, Laugh Often, Cook Much
The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen: Live Well, Laugh Often, Cook Much
by Teri Edwards
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Culinaria Libris, 29 April 2010
The line between urban and rural is getting blurred with The Farm Chicks and I think that's a great thing. This is primarily a cookbook full of casually sophisticated recipes from two women who started "junking" together in Washington (US).

The book is about cooking, crafts and enjoying the life you make for yourself. They show that you can live in the city and still have a bit of Farm Chick in you. It isn't about the geography, it's a state of mind.

The subtitle alone sums up the book: live well, laugh often, cook much. Good stuff! My full review can be read on the cookbook blog, Culinaria Libris.


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