Looking for adventure? You don t have to be a traveler armed with maps and guide books. Bring adventure to your kitchen with a cookbook. Eight cookbooks from around the world and the United States bring fascinating foods, recipes, and stories.
Among the 325 recipes there s Olive Flatbread, Roasted Lamb Shanks (with garlic and thyme), and Fried Cheese Cubes (Saganaki).
Recipes include lavosh, a yeast dough cracker bread specific to Armenian cuisine, and Armenian Moussaka, made with potato instead of the Greek tradition of eggplant
More than a snack, but less than a meal, these small bites get Italians through to the next meal. Even the names of the 150 recipes have an Italian lilt.
Recipes culled from local farm wives and chefs who have welcomed her into their homes and kitchens include The Mate s Tomato Tart, Wild Mushroom Pie, and Summer Fruit Custard Tart. The photographs alone will have you setting sail for France.
Closer to home
Cookbooks specializing in regional American cooking are just as popular as books on international foods.
From Colonial Williamsburg Oyster Stew to Bar Harbor Lobster Bisque, from Mission Street Fish Taquitos to Miss Liliane s Haitian-Style Flounder, from Honolulu Chinese-Style Roast Duck to Old-Fashioned Hush Puppies, these recipes and regional photographs will make your mouth water.
From Kona Cafe comes Tonga Toast. The Blue Bayou Restaurant offers the Monte Cristo Sandwich and Bananas Foster Shortcake. Recipes from the Disney Cruise Line include Eggs Benedict and Soft-Shell Crab Tempura.
He built an adobe house for himself, his wife, and 12 children. The town has become Santa Fe, and that hacienda has been found by Cliff Skoglund, a former waiter from New Work. From the nationally acclaimed Geronimo restaurant comes the cookbook Geronimo: Fine Dining in Santa Fe by Cliff Skoglund and Eric DiStefano (Ten Speed Press, $50), who is the head chef.
Signature dishes (and recipes) include Grilled Rack of Lamb with Creamy Compote of Fingerling Potatoes, Bacon, and Sweet Corn, and White Peach Shortcake with Warm Buttermilk Biscuits and Honey Crema.
You could really call each of these cookbooks a history lesson through food and recipes.
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