Thursday, May 24, 2018
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New cookbooks offer Mediterranean, buttermilk, grilling recipes

.TITLE: Vegetables Please: The more vegetables, less meat cookbook by Carolyn Humphries (DK Publishing, $25, 352 pages)

GENERALLY SPEAKING: If you are growing weary of your Meatless Monday recipes or just want some new veggie recipes, this cookbook will add new life to your repertoire. Meat lovers, don't despair. There are options for you, too. Some dishes are perfect as sides, while others are hearty enough for an entree.

FOR: Vegetable lovers, vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Every recipe has an optional meat ingredient such as lamb, beef, chicken or fish plus instructions on how to prepare and when to add it to the recipe.

RECIPES: Warm pea pancakes with grilled asparagus, rainbow pepper Mexican tacos, French bean, garlic and tomato omelet, butternut squash, spinach and goat cheese frittata, watercress and beet roulade with smooth cheese sauce, mushroom and black-eyed pea stroganoff, Vietnamese vegetable and tofu curry, okra and eggplant spicy masala, vegetable spring rolls, mushroom risotto, spicy spaghetti with broccoli, creamy spinach and rosemary soup, potato soup with broccoli, shallot and mascarpone cheese, caramelized shallot tart, roasted squash and gorgonzola tart and Mediterranean vegetable and feta filo pie.

.TITLE: The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook, Recipes and Reflections from a Small Vermont Dairy by Diane St. Clair (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $27.99, 209 pages)

GENERALLY SPEAKING: There is a great variety of recipes in this cookbook and each of them contains buttermilk. You'll find smoothies, sides, main dishes and desserts. Animal Farm is a working dairy farm owned by the cookbook's author. There are delightful photos of her farm as well as interesting information.

FOR: Just about anyone. Buttermilk has a unique taste; it helps if you are a fan.

RECIPES: Buttermilk meatloaf, buttermilk tempura seafood, green chili stew with masa dumplings, buttermilk scalloped potatoes, corn and scallion fritters, strawberry-lemon buttermilk sorbet, buttermilk creamed mushrooms on toast, cheddar spoon bread, blueberry buttermilk smoothie, orange-scented cinnamon rolls, brown soda bread, shrimp and buttermilk grits, buttermilk dulce de leche cheesecake and buttermilk coconut blondies.

.TITLE: The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen Grilling Cookbook, 225 Sizzling Recipes for Every Season (Hearst Books, $29.95, 413 pages)

GENERALLY SPEAKING: This is a very comprehensive cookbook about grilling. Its three-ring binder style with divider tabs (a la the Betty Crocker classic) allows the book to lay flat on the counter for ease. Tabs separate categories such as pork and lamb, vegetables and meatless mains, desserts and drinks and more. Great tips — not only for grilling but also on topics like preparing fish, eggplant and avocados — are scattered throughout the book.

FOR: A great cookbook for a beginner or master griller.

RECIPES: Red pepper and provolone panini, grilled chicken chopped salad, meatloaf burgers with sauteed carrots, catfish with chipotle salsa over plolenta, grilled tomato and mozzarella chicken breasts, Polynesian drumsticks, sugar and spice rub steaks, backyard BLTs, tomato soup with quesadilla dippers, grilled onion thyme mayo, fruit focaccia, fire-roasted nectarines with berry salsa and grilled ratatouille pasta.

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