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The Country Cooking of France

by Anne Willan France Ruffenach

Renowned for her cooking school in France and her many best-selling cookbooks, Anne Willan combines years of hands-on experience with extensive research to create a brand new classic. More than 250 recipes range from the time-honored La Truffade, with its crispy potatoes and melted cheese, to the Languedoc specialty Cassoulet de Toulouse, a bean casserole of duck confit, sausage, and lamb. And the desserts! Crêpes au Caramel et Beurre Sal (crêpes with a luscious caramel filling) and Galette Landaise (a rustic apple tart) are magnifique. Sprinkled with intriguing historical tidbits and filled with more than 270 enchanting photos of food markets, villages, harbors, fields, and country kitchens, this cookbook is an irresistible celebration of French culinary culture.

Cozy Crochet

by Melissa Leapman France Ruffenach

Knitting is all the rage, but did you know crocheters outnumber knitters 3 to 1? Cozy Crochet does for the hook what Knitting Pretty did for needles, with 26 step-by-step projects that will appeal to the sophisticated tastes of the new generation of crocheters. Ranging from simple projects for new converts to more advanced patterns for seasoned crafters, the creations in Cozy Crochet are fresh and contemporary: stylish striped throw pillows, an embellished clutch purse, a delicate wrap for a night on the town. A comprehensive learn-to-crochet section teaches the basics in plain language with 65 helpful diagrams, and each project is accompanied by a beautiful full-color photograph. Appealing, accessible, and utterly original, the designs in Cozy Crochet will have readers hooked.

The Cupcake Deck

by Elinor Klivans France Ruffenach

Drawn from the best-selling book, Cupcakes, this deck includes such inviting recipes as Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes, Vanilla Cheesecake Crunch-Top Cupcakes and the deliriously delicious Lemon Angel Cupcakes. Here are 25 scrumptious ways to bring smiles faster than a kid can lick the batter off a beater.

Cupcakes!

by France Ruffenach Elinor Klivans

What's short and sweet and cute as a button? Cupcakes! And everyone loves 'em! Trusted favorites at picnics, potlucks, and bake sales, cupcakes go equally well at relaxed and informal gatherings or at elegant parties. Here are 50 scrumptious ways to bring smiles and those nostalgic memories back faster than a kid can lick the batter off a beater. Try a Cinnamon Sugar Puff Cupcake--they go from mixing bowl to oven to one happy taker in less than an hour. Who needs a peanut butter cup when there's a peanut butter cupcake in the house? Ethereal Lemon Angel Cupcakes soar even higher when served with some fresh seasonal fruit. With tips and techniques for perfect cupcake-making, basic "head-start" recipes, and gorgeous photographs, it's time to get out the baking pans and join the cupcake craze. These diminutive cakes may be small but they stand tall in the world of sweets.

Deep Dark Chocolate

by Sara Perry France Ruffenach

Dark chocolate lovers will fall head over heels for each of the more than 60 indulgent recipes in Deep Dark Chocolate. Everyday treats include Black Magic Chocolate Espresso Cookies and Crunchy Nut Bittersweet Caramel Bars, while fancy delights like Papa Haydn's Chocolate Gateau and Little Chocolate Cheesecake with Mocha Affogato offer up irresistible decadence. Whether the recipe calls for bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, cocoa nibs, cocoa beans, or all of them together, everyone at the dinner table will be saving room for dessert! With gorgeous chocolate-drenched photographs and a quick primer that reveals the essentials about this highly sought after treat (it's high in healthy antioxidants!), Deep Dark Chocolate keeps the bittersweet-tooth forever satisfied.

Everything Tastes Better with Garlic

by France Ruffenach Sara Perry

Wake up and smell the stinking rose--with more than 65 delicious ways to celebrate glorious garlic. Sara Perry shares her favorite recipes for everything from classic Caesar Salad to tangy Beef Tenderloin with Port Garlic Sauce to flagrantly daring Nervy, Heavenly Garlic Ice Cream. With its powerful flavor and surprising ability to mix well with others, garlic makes for pastas with punch; soups and salads that have something important to say; meats, poultry, and seafood that rise up and sing; and vegetables with enough talent to be the main attraction. Whether mashed, minced, chopped, crushed, or sliced, garlic always shows off its distinctive flavor, from tried and true Old-Fashioned Garlic Bread to Perry originals like Forty-Cloves-and-Who's-Counting Chicken and Chilled Cucumber Soup with Garlic and Mint. For garlic gourmands, there's a handy resource guide with farms and garden sources, a year-round calendar of garlic festivals, and tips on interesting books and Web sites. With recipes this delicious, no one will need convincing: Everything Tastes Better With Garlic.

The Glorious Pasta of Italy

by Domenica Marchetti France Ruffenach

Celebrating pasta in all its glorious forms, author Domenica Marchetti draws from her Italian heritage to share 100 classic and modern recipes. Step-by-step instructions for making fresh pasta offer plenty of variations on the classic egg pasta, while a glossary of pasta shapes, a source list for unusual ingredients, and a handy guide for stocking the pantry with pasta essentials encourage the home cook to look beyond simple spaghetti. No matter how you sauce it, The Glorious Pasta of Italy is sure to have pasta lovers everywhere salivating.

Luscious Creamy Desserts

by Lori Longbotham France Ruffenach

Ready for melt-in-your-mouth goodness? These scrumptious recipes are the latest mouthwatering morsels from Lori Longbotham, author of the successful Luscious Desserts series. This volume is filled with secrets of how to make rich, creamy cakes, puddings, frozen desserts, and more. The recipes celebrate that wonderful soft texture, but also contrast it with crisp additions of pralines, cookies, and nuts. For beginning bakers, Custard and Caramel 101 offers a basic guide laden with tips and techniques, making preparation as simple and quick as possible. Better-than-Classic Butterscotch Pudding, Lemon and Ginger Brioche Bread Pudding, and Grand Marnier Pots de Crème are just a few of the inventive goodies that are guaranteed to become the new comfort foods.

Poulet

by France Ruffenach Cree Lefavour

Poulet is more than just a cookbook dedicated to chicken: it is an ode to this worldwide favorite. More than 50 thoughtful recipes cover the globe to breathe new life into the well-loved chicken supper. Five chapters are organized by flavor profile American, Bistro, Latin, East and South Asian, and North African/Mediterranean to bring to the table wherever you live. Each recipe is organized into a set matching a main course of chicken with a complementary grain, salad, vegetable, or bread. Author Cree LeFavour's sophistication and humor, coupled with wine, cocktail, and beer suggestions, spark a new appreciation of a time-honored favorite.

Simply Organic

by France Ruffenach Jesse Ziff Cool

The world is changing, and along with it, so must our eating habits. Author and restaurateur Jesse Ziff Cool has compiled over 30 years of knowledge about organic, local, and sustainable food into one magnificent cookbook, including indispensable elements of her earlier cookbook, Your Organic Kitchen, which is now out of print. With 150 enticing recipes, Simply Organic encourages home cooks to embrace organics as a lifestyle rather than a fad. Cool organizes her chapters seasonally to ensure that the freshest, ripest ingredients enhance the flavors of dishes like Filet Mignon with Smashed Potatoes and Leek Sauce in early spring to Pumpkin Raisin Bread Pudding in autumn. Inspiring profiles on farmers and producers reveal how these individuals are working to create a sustainable future every day.

Tartine

by Alice Waters France Ruffenach Chad Robertson Elisabeth Prueitt

Every once in a while, a cookbook comes along that instantly says "classic." This is one of them. Acclaimed pastry chef Elisabeth Prueitt and master baker Chad Robertson share not only their fabulous recipes, but also the secrets and expertise that transform a delicious homemade treat into a great one. It's no wonder there are lines out the door of Elisabeth and Chad's acclaimed Tartine Bakery. It's been written up in every magazine worth its sugar and spice. Here their bakers' art is transformed into easy-to-follow recipes for the home kitchen. The only thing hard about this cookbook is deciding which recipe to try first: moist Brioche Bread Pudding; luscious Banana Cream Pie; the sweet-tart perfection of Apple Crisp. And the cakes! Billowing chiffon cakes. Creamy Bavarians bursting with seasonal fruits. A luxe Devil's Food Cake. Lemon Pound Cake, Pumpkin Tea Cake. Along with the sweets, cakes, and confections come savory treats, such as terrifically simple Wild Mushroom Tart and Cheddar Cheese Crackers. There's a little something here for breakfast, lunch, tea, supper, hors d'oeuvres--and, of course, a whole lot for dessert! Practical advice comes in the form of handy Kitchen Notes. These "hows" and "whys" convey the authors' know-how, whether it's the key to the creamiest quiche (you'll be surprised), the most efficient way to core an apple, or tips for ensuring a flaky crust. Top it off with gorgeous photographs throughout and you have an utterly fresh, inspiring, and invaluable cookbook.

Very Merry Cookie Party

by France Ruffenach Barbara Grunes Virginia Van Vynckt

Today's busy bakers want to make a gorgeous variety of delicious Christmas cookies without spending days upon flour-smudged days mixing, rolling, and baking. This is your guide to the Christmas cookie exchange, where everyone shows up with a few batches of homemade cookies to swap. It's all the variety without the fuss! Red-and-white striped edges make this adorable book look like a Christmas present, with 120 recipes to choose from, plus tips for decorating, planning, and throwing the party.

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