Do-Ahead Dinners

Do-Ahead DinnersDo-Ahead Dinners by James Ramsden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aside from the beautiful photographs and tidbits of information there are lovely and tasty recipes all throughout this book. Granted some ingredients are not common place in the U.S but nearly everything can be substituted for what is easily found without ruining the end result. I actually enjoyed reading through the extras and would love to have this one in my kitchen library, perhaps with an extra copy to set out on the coffee table for guests to peruse.

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The Southern Slow Cooker

The Southern Slow Cooker: Big-Flavor, Low-Fuss Recipes for Comfort Food ClassicsThe Southern Slow Cooker: Big-Flavor, Low-Fuss Recipes for Comfort Food Classics by Kendra Bailey Morris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would agree with the big flavor, but not the low fuss for the recipes. Yes, you use a slow cooker for every recipe, but many times you are also using the stove, microwave, grill, etc. There’s enough information to make some very tasty meals, but it lacks very many photos of what they should look like when finished. With all the cookbooks out there for slow cookers, this one might have trouble keeping up.

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Mighty Spice Express Cookbook

Mighty Spice Express Cookbook: Fast, Fresh, and Full-on Flavors from Street Foods to the SpectacularMighty Spice Express Cookbook: Fast, Fresh, and Full-on Flavors from Street Foods to the Spectacular by John Gregory Smith

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Filled with colorful photographs to complement the recipes and stories. For someone wanting to take foods to a new level of flavor this would be a nice experience. Personally I wasn’t thrilled and I don’t expect this one would find its way to my kitchen bookshelf. This is more along the sort of book you see on a coffee table to spark conversation.

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Taste of Home: Recipes Across America

Taste of Home Recipes Across America: 735 of the Best Recipes from Across the NationTaste of Home Recipes Across America: 735 of the Best Recipes from Across the Nation by Taste of Home

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s a nice variety of recipes from around the US with varying levels of difficulty. Nearly anyone can find the right recipe for the occasion. Neatly presented with factoids and photos not just of the food, quotes and notes. This is one of those cookbooks that’s actually enjoyable to read.

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