Taste of Home recipes across America : 735 of the best recipes from across the nation

From Jackie Cantwell
Author:  Taste of Home Books
Title:  Taste of Home recipes across America : 735 of the best recipes from across the nation
This is a fun cookbook to read. The recipes were submitted by readers of Taste of Home magazine. The book features glossy color photos of most, but not all of the recipes. It is divided into these sections: Northeast, Southwest, Midwest, West, and South. You’ll find recipes for soups, breads, entrees, desserts, appetizers, drinks, and side dishes. There are classics such as Yankee Pot roast, Philly cheesesteak, and Texas sheet cake. The recipes are not daunting and are suitable for the novice to the experienced cook. Most recipes have ingredients you’ll find in your pantry or at the local grocery store. There are no calorie counts or nutritional information for the recipes; some of them do seem to be high in fat. I tried the Chili Artichoke Dip which was very easy to make and was delicious. I liked the interesting food facts and histories, as well as photos of the towns and cities from which the recipes hail. They even mention food festivals.

It’s All Good & My Father’s Daughter

From Raymond Cantwell
Title:  It’s All Good & My Father’s Daughter
Author:  Gwyneth Paltrow
These are two cookbooks Ms. Paltrow recently wrote.  While they were more geared for experienced cooks, guys with limited kitchen skills, such as myself, could still make some of the recipes.  I tried Blythe’s Blueberry Muffins, and the Stuffed, Baked Apples.  They were surprisingly delicious.  The earlier book, My Father’s Daughter had more basic recipes, and a simpler design.  It’s All Good, brought her game up a notch with the presentation and complexity of the recipes, but also made it more difficult for the average duffer to try to make them.  She offers plenty of insight into her life, especially about her Dad, whom she lost to cancer eight years ago, and who was the impetus for her getting into nutrition.

The complete guide to vegan food substitutions : veganize it! : foolproof methods for transforming any dish into a delicious new vegan favorite

From Jackie Cantwell
author: Steen, Celine
The complete guide to vegan food substitutions : veganize it! : foolproof methods for transforming any dish into a delicious new vegan favorite
I’ve read dozens of vegan cookbooks over the years, but this one knocks them out of the ballpark. There is an “Ingredients” section at the start to explain how certain foods or spices are used and where they can be purchased. At the start of each chapter is a guidelines chart.  They’ve organized the book into chapters highlighting a certain ingredient that can be made vegan, for example, “How to Substitute for Dairy”. They have a list of vegan dairy substitutes that you can make at home. I never even thought I could make my own nondairy buttermilk or sweetened condensed soy milk. There are color photos that accompany some, but not all, of the recipes.  You must try the recipe for Nutty Pepperjack which stands in for Monterey Jack cheese.  The fondue recipe is absolute genius.  And there are two out-of-this world red or green spicy macaroni salad recipes.  To show off, try the Sesame Orange Tempeh with Caramelized Onions Pizza or the Fish-y Sticks with Tartar Sauce. I tried the gluten-free version of Pizza Pepperoni Topping (I doubled the recipe), and it was to-die-for.
You’ll eat it by the spoonful. The recipes are easy to follow. I think this book could convert the most dedicated carnivores to vegans in no time.  This is a completely original cookbook which is inventive, delightful, and should be referred to for years to come.