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Summer Reading: The New Basics

When I was trying to determine which cookbook was my favorite - for our current summer reading challenge - The New Basics by Sheila Lukins & Julee Russo, came in at a close second. What I love about this cookbook is that it covers everything from appetizers and cocktails to sauces and desserts. This cookbook lives at my vacation house so I make dishes there while relaxing at the cabin - except for the few that I have memorized such as tasty chicken, bacon, and avocado sandwich or the classic mustard vinaigrette.

The New Basics is such a complete and reliable source for recipes that I never have to pack my cookbooks or recipe folders. In summer, I make the key lime pie and in winter I make the cheese and beer soup. Usually I prefer cookbooks with lots of colorful images, but the blank pages and black and white illustrations are oddly comforting. If you are looking for a cookbook that basically covers everything, I suggest checking this out!

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nicolevanmeter nicolevanmeter 8 years
My parents have this cookbook and it is one of the best.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Francesca Fiore - glad to know you enjoy the anniversary edition of the Silver Palate...I was thinking about getting it...now I just might have to!
Esagashi Esagashi 8 years
This cookbook was my first "adult" cookbook- even though I began reading it cover to cover when I was 14. I've done very few of the recipes but, the tips, tricks, and tables included in this book have made me a better cook and I always find something new whenever I crack the cover.
demeter demeter 8 years
I recently bought this for $6 at our used bookstore and I'm in love with it! I browse through it all the time and awe at the cute decorations and delicious sounding recipes.
Francesca-Fiore Francesca-Fiore 8 years
These same gals did The Silver Palate cookbook, and they recently released a 25th anniversary edition that I bought. It is SO amazing, there are about a trillion delicious recipes in it! That's one I highly recommend to everybody, and I'm glad to see there is more where that came from. I will check this one out for sure!
laurafox laurafox 8 years
The cheese and beer soup sounds fabulous! I might have to check this book out!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
That sandwich sounds great! I love avocadoes in sandwichs.
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