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Back to Baking - Anna Olson

Cookbook Review – Back to Baking by Anna Olson

When I need tried, tested, and true, I reach for Anna Olson’s book Back to Baking. I bought this book when it was published in 2011 and the pages are sticky with the delicious fruits of my labours.  I have lots of baking books filled with incredible recipes.  When I go to the cottage, or…

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Apple tarts

Amy’s Kitchen Year – Thank you Ruth Reichl

The other day I found myself telling a friend she needed to read Ruth Reichl’s book My Kitchen Year.  While my friend loves to cook and eat, that wasn’t why I suggested she read it. One fall morning last year I was lying in bed listening to the radio.  I love to do that in…

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Schmecks Appeal

Cookbook Review – Schmecks Appeal by Edna Staebler

Edna Staebler taught me to bake. Sometime in the mid-eighties, I’m not sure exactly when my mother purchased the cookbook “Schmecks Appeal.”  Following that she also bought Edna Staebler’s earlier books “Food that really Schmecks” and “More food that really Schmecks,” but “Schmecks Appeal” was the book in our house that started it all. My…

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My Paris Kitchen

Cookbook Review – My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

I am a sucker for Paris. I’ve been there 3 times and dream of moving there.  So, a book titled “My Paris Kitchen” will always catch my eye.  As I started to flip through the pages I realized that this cookbook was unlike any cookbook I had ever read.  It wasn’t just recipes, it was…

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