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    Beat Bobby Flay

    by: Bobby Flay with Stephanie Banyas & Sally Jackson “People point out to me all the time that I never lose. Well, those people clearly don’t watch that often! The bottom line is that I win about 65 to 70 percent of the time,” Bobby Flay.  When home chefs think about chefs like Bobby Flay we assume that every dish they make is a winner, and that’s not true. I love the Beat Bobby Flay show as it showcases how any chef can become a master of a dish.   Now we can take this inspiration using the recipes in Beat Bobby Flay cookbook and apply it to our own lives. Will all…

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    Baking for the Holidays

    by: Sarah Kieffer “While my nostalgia is built around specific Christmas traditions, my hope for all who use this book is that the recipes and notes contained among the pages bring comfort and cheer to your own festivities and families, however they are shaped and chosen,” Sarah Kieffer.    I was so excited to see that Sarah Kieffer had a new cookbook, Baking for the Holidays, after her amazing 100 Cookies cookbook. Christmas baking is one of my favorite things to do in the world. I am always looking for something new to make along with my favorites. The recipes in this cookbook are very easy to follow and detailed. I love the…

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    How-To Cookbook for Kids

    by: Nancy Polanco “Cooking can fill you with a sense of pride. The more you do it, the more you’ll enjoy making tasty, satisfying food. I hope this book will help you pursue your cooking dreams, whether it’s surprising your family with breakfast or being able to cook exactly what you’re craving,” Nancy Polanco.    I was gifted How-To Cookbook for Kids cookbook and as soon as I looked through it I couldn’t wait to try it. The information provided in the cookbook is essential to any budding young chef. I love how detailed the recipes are and how she always says don’t be afraid to ask for help. That’s something we could…

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    Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes

    by: Dominique Ansel “The second half of the book holds the recipes to some of my most sought-after creations. This is where you have a chance to get your hands dirty, so you can follow my footsteps in your kitchen,” Dominique Ansel.    I grew up baking and I love it. I was so excited to get my hands on the Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes cookbook. However, even as experienced as I am in the kitchen, my skills were no match for these recipes. They are very complicated and require speciality ingredients and equipment. Both of the recipes I tried were from the beginner recipe section. I looked through all of the recipes…

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    The Pioneer Woman Cooks Super Easy!

    by: Ree Drummond “For those times when you’re looking for a simpler, easier approach for your everyday cooking (and eating), I hope you enjoy this super-fun cookbook…and the super-easy recipes within these pages,” Ree Drummond.   I have always been a huge fan of The Pioneer Woman. Her cookbooks have given me delicious recipes for dinners that I make on a regular basis. The Pioneer Woman Cooks Super Easy! is another great cookbook. Recipes in the cookbook are easy to follow with most ingredients being things you have in your own kitchen.    Anyone will be able to find a recipe in The Pioneer Woman Cooks Super Easy! that they will love. The…

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    The Wicked Baker: Cakes and Treats to Die For

    by: Helena Garcia “Most of the baking projects in this book have a spooky decorative touch, but not all. There are recipes for all skill levels, from simple cookies to an elaborate four-layer haunted tree cake,” Helena Garcia.  Before the fire one of my friends gifted me The Wicked Baker: Cakes and Treats to Die For and I was really bummed it got destroyed. I knew I had to purchase it again and make some of these fun desserts. The recipes in the book are well written and I love seeing all of the photos of the finished desserts.  Monster Fortune Cookies When I saw these spooky fortune cookies I immediately wanted to try…

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    The Easy Halloween Cookbook 2021

    by: Lenora Sawyer “Easy, delicious, horrifying and spooky, desserts, cookies, candy, drinks, appetizers, breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes for kids and adults,” Lenora Sawyer.    I am a sucker for fun Halloween treats. Sometimes the recipes are super complicated and take way too much time. Luckily, I stumbled upon The Easy Halloween Cookbook 2021 which has recipes that are super quick and easy. Your kids could help with most of the recipes and although they may make a mess they will definitely have fun. Plus the  recipes are really delicious and  not ones I had seen before.    Making Halloween treats should be something fun and not so draining that you dread the…

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    My Favorite Baking Magazine

    Magazines aren’t as common as they used to be, but I still love them. Over the years I have found recipes and tips and tricks in magazines that I haven’t seen anywhere else before. My Favorite baking magazine is Bake From Scratch. I love the layout and content offered in the magazine. The recipes are inspiring and make me want to try things I would normally be scared of. One of my favorite issues was the Irish issue this past year, unfortunately, I lost all of my past issues in the fire.  Bake From Scratch offers recipes from so many different contributors you are always able to find something you will love in…

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    Flavor Pop

    by: WW Healthy Kitchen “We make it our mission to find new ways to amp up the taste of meals and snacks while keeping SmartPoints surprisingly low. And it turns out there’s a hack for that: using what we call flavor boosters. These are ingredients that bring satisfying intentsity, richness, or texture – and often all three – anytime you cook with them,” WW Healthy Kitchen.   The number one compliant I have with healthy meals is that a lot of the recipes lack flavor, well Flavor Pop from WW Healthy Kitchen doesn’t have that problem! They show you how to use flavor boosters to make great meals that you will enjoy eating. …

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    Shaken: Drinking with James Bond and Ian Fleming

    by: Ian Flemingintroduction by: Fergus Flemingtext and recipes by: Edmund Weil, Bobby Hiddleston & Mia Johansson “So take comfort as you raise the glass that it contains no ordinary drink. You have mixed a measure of Ian Fleming’s imagination,” Fergus Fleming.  Martini’s are my favorite drinks. I have always been a huge fan of James Bond and have loved his references to fun drinks throughout the movies. I am always happy to try a new cocktail book and Shaken: Drinking with James Bond & Ian Fleming has great drinks in it.  The variety of recipes it offers over many different categories allow you to make something new and different. The categories include Straight…