Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Cookbooks for lovers of sweets, Southern food and salads

TITLE: The Flying Brownie by Shirley Fan (Harvard Common Press, $17.95, 176 pages)

GENERALLY SPEAKING: You might think from the name that this is a cookbook full of brownie recipes. Not so. There is a great variety of treats suitable for desserts, lunch boxes or as gifts. Many of the recipes will keep for one month or more, making them perfect for care packages.

FOR: This cookbook is perfect for so many people. Most recipes are designed for shipping so if you have a college student and love to cook, these will be perfect for those care packages. Many recipes make dozens, good if your church, school or organization holds bake sales as fundraisers. Some recipes may be intimidating but most are good for any skill level.

RECIPES: salted nut brittle, cherry, hazelnut and pistachio nougat, coffee and spice doughnut loaf, orange-bourbon tipsy cake, black pepper and rosemary crackers, crunchy PB&J cookies, glazed coconut-lime shortbread, chocolate-caramel surprise cookies, tricolored peppermint striped cookies, cinnamon marshmallows, cherry vanilla granola and peanut butter crunch brownies

TITLE: Southern Living No Taste Like Home — A Celebration of Regional Southern Cooking and Hometown Flavor by Kelly Alexander (Oxmoor House, $27.95, 320 pages)

GENERALLY SPEAKING: When someone mentions Southern food, fried food often comes to mind. This cookbook is much more than fried food. There are classic Southern dishes but also some updated versions of Southern favorites. You'll find recipes from popular restaurants and chefs as well as some from celebrities who call the South home.

FOR: Southern food lovers and those who love to travel. This cookbook reads, in part, like a travel book with stops in places such as Nashville, Austin, Cajun country, Birmingham and Louisville, with author Kelly Alexander bringing each city to life with a brief tour.

RECIPES: bananas foster upside-down cake, flounder with lady pea succotash, peach melba shortcakes, vanilla-rosemary lemonade, crawfish pie, mandarin black bean salad, asparagus-new potato hash, bourbon mushrooms, sorghum-glazed turnips, Crook's Corner shrimp and grits, spicy slow cooker beef chili and chicken, shrimp and ham jambalaya

TITLE: Vinaigrettes and Other Dressings — 60 Sensational Recipes to Liven Up Greens, Grains, Slaws, and Every Kind of Salad by Michele Anna Jordan (Harvard Common Press, $16.95, 182 pages)

GENERALLY SPEAKING: If you've never made a vinaigrette or salad dressing from scratch, you just don't know what you're missing. This new cookbook will change the way you look at store-bought dressings and, in most cases, using the recipes and making your own will save money. Also included are potato salad, slaw, salads made with bread and grains that use a choice of dressings. You may even be inspired to create your own dressings. Each recipe includes a box suggesting best uses for that recipe.

FOR: Just about anyone. If you enjoy salads made with grains, greens and other ingredients you're sure to find a dressing for them here.

RECIPES: ruby vinaigrette, white wine vinaigrette, creamy feta and green peppercorn dressing, harissa sauce, warm bacon-maple vinaigrette, caraway vinaigrette, warm shallot vinaigrette, basic warm potato salad with variations, shellfish pasta salad, apple cider vinaigrette, plain and simple farro salad, warm tomato vinaigrette

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