{Food} Add these 5 cookbooks to your collection!

It may not be as glamorous as Oscar season, but cookbook season shouldn’t be overlooked. Around this time each year, the best new cookbooks go head-to-head for prestigious industry awards, including the James Beard Cookbook Awards and the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Awards . Discover and win this year’s leading contenders and then, meet the FOFs who wrote them.

Enter to win by answering this question in the comments below: Which cookbook would you most want to win?

1. Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners by Sara Moulton

Former Food Network star and Gourmet test kitchen chef Sara Moulton jokes that she’s “unemployed.” With a new cookbook, an in-the-works iPhone app and a slew of freelance gigs, we beg to differ. [Read the entire interview here.]

What was your mission with this cookbook?
To help people get dinner on the table during the work week. Most people really like the idea of making a home cooked meal but can’t figure out how to make it happen. They have kids, they don’t get home until 7, or they tend to make the same boring 5-10 dishes over and over again.

How does this cookbook help?
I came home from work at Gourmet at 5 or 6 p.m. and I had to get dinner on the table for my family. I came up with all these tips and tricks about how to do it that I wanted to share. I also want to free people from this idea that dinner should be a protein, a starch and a vegetable. There are other ways to get a healthy dinner on the table. Why not have breakfast for dinner? Or soup? Or a substantial sandwich?

Where did you get inspiration for the recipes?
Sometimes I took a classic and updated it. Or I took a dish I like — a Reuben sandwich, for instance — and put it on a pizza instead. I tried to make the book international because it’s more interesting. Grocery stores have so many worldly ingredients now.

Do you have a favorite recipe from this book?
I have so many favorites. I can’t believe I have to pick. There’s a smoky fish chowder with Canadian bacon, smoked trout and potatoes. I’m from New England so I love chowders. Can I give you one more favorite?

Sure.
A hearty salad with hearts of palm, smoked salmon and watercress with buttermilk dressing. It’s a meal in a salad and I love that the buttermilk dressing is low fat.

2. Bon Appétit Desserts by Barbara Fairchild

Last September, when Bon Appétit magazine relocated from California to New York City, FOF Barbara Fairchild stepped down as editor-in-chief after a 32-year career there. Her final “course” at the magazine? Bon Appétit Desserts, the ultimate ode to sweets.

Has Bon Appétit Desserts been a sweet success so far?
As Bon Appétit transitioned to New York with an entirely new staff, Bon Appétit Desserts made the New York Times Bestseller list. No pun intended, it was ‘the icing on the cake.’

Why did you decide to publish a book on desserts?
There are books about pies, books about cakes, and books about cookies… but there was nothing as broad of a resource on desserts as this book.

What do you think readers enjoy most about this book?
Each recipe is rated from one to five whisks based on how complicated it is. In the back, we have the recipes listed by the number of whisks, so you can do the whole Julie & Julia thing and start with the one-whisk recipes and work your way up.

Do you have a favorite recipe from the book?
The ‘Deep, Dark Chocolate Cheesecake.’ It’s every bit as seductive and delicious as it sounds.

When you’re not baking from Bon Appetit desserts, where do you go for baked goods?
I love City Bakery in New York. I’m a big fan of their pretzel croissants. Here in L.A., I like Joan’s on 3rd. She does wonderful cookies and a fantastic chocolate peanut butter cup cake.

Your ideal birthday cake?
An all-chocolate cake from Pierre Hermé in Paris.

3. Around my French Table: More than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

At age 13 she burned down her parents’ kitchen and vowed never to cook again. Today, FOF Dorie Greenspan has published 10 cookbooks (five of them are award-winning and one she wrote for Julia Child). Her newest, Around My French Table, is up for a International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) award and has a cult of fans (French Fridays with Dorie) who cook one recipe from the book each week.

Are you French?
I’m not. The first time I went to Paris, I came home to my mother in Brooklyn, and said ‘I love you madly, but you made this terrible mistake and had me in Brooklyn.’ I teasingly say I forgave her and spent the rest of my life making up for her poor judgment.

Do you live in Paris now?
Four months of the year. I have three kitchens; New York, Connecticut and Paris. I wrote Around my French Table after I bought a place in France.

You published quite a few successful books before Around my French Table, is that correct?
Up until this book, all my books were about pastry. This book is proof that in all those years I was feeding my kids cookies and cakes, I was making them eat their dinner first.

What’s the essence of this cookbook?
It’s not Escoffier, it’s not Julia Child, it’s not a textbook. It’s a kitchen journal. It’s the food I cook in my kitchen, that my French friends cook and recipes from working with French chefs. It’s a snapshot of what French food is like today.

What is French food like today?
It’s lighter, it’s more diverse. French cuisine is taking influences from all around the world now.

Where do you shop for your ingredients?
For Around my French Table I shopped in the supermarket. I wanted all my readers, no matter where they live, to be able to replicate the recipes.

Do you have a favorite recipe from the book?
‘Marie-Helene’s Apple Cake.’ She’s my editor and a great cook. She makes this cake I adore but doesn’t use a recipe. I worked and worked to get the recipe right, just the way she wanted.

4. Italian Home Cooking: 125 Recipes to Comfort your Soul by Julia della Croce

“My favorite Italian cookbook author,” Julia Child once said of FOF Julia della Croce. Julia is one of America’s foremost authorities on Italian food. Her newest book, up for an IACP award, is an ode to cucina casalinga or Italian comfort food.

On your website, you call Italian home cooking “endangered.” Why?
Women passed the torch of Italian cuisine for thousands of years. When they started going into the workplace, they weren’t home cooking. Also, young Italian chefs want to cook new cuisine, not what their grandmothers made. It’s not profitable to make home cooking in a restaurant. You don’t spend 6 hours making gnocchi if you can’t charge for it.

Why did you write this cookbook?
This cookbook looks at what we could lose. I’m not saying women should be in the kitchen—it’s a good thing they are in the workplace. I’m saying that [Italian home cooking] is a precious thing, let’s keep it.

When did you start cooking?
I lived in Edinburgh while I did graduate work. The food was awful, although there were great ingredients, so I cooked. My professor gave me Italian Food by Elizabeth David. I read the book backwards, forwards and cooked everything in it.

Are you Italian?
Both of my parents were born in Italy. I’m first generation American. When my first cookbook came out in 1986, Italian cooking was very hot, so I specialized in it.

Do you have a favorite recipe in the book?
On the cover, what looks like lasagna is actually pasticciata di polenta. It’s like a lasagna with polenta in place of the pasta. This dish came from my grandmother, who was from Sardinia.

Where do you shop for ingredients?
Di Palo Fine Foods in New York City. They must have over 300 Italian cheeses although it’s not a big store. It’s been family owned for six generations.

5. The Wild Table by Connie Green and Sarah Scott

When Napa Valley chefs want the newest, most unique and seasonal ingredients, they turn to FOF Connie Green. Connie is the a top forager and purveyor of food. Thirty years ago, she turned chefs onto chanterelle mushrooms, an unheard of ingredient at the time.

Sarah Scott has been a chef in Napa for 30 years and has worked with culinary greats such as Jacques Pepin, Daniel Boulud and Alice Waters. The two joined forces to write The Wild Table, perhaps the most comprehensive guide to foraging and cooking earth-to-table cuisine at home.

Tell me about the structure of this book.
Connie: It’s structured by season. We have five seasons including Indian Summer. Readers can refer to the upcoming season and learn how to deal with what’s on hand. ‘The wild’ can include peoples’ backyards as well as wilderness areas.

Why did you write this book?
Sarah: An interest in foraging and raw foods is emerging. Connie wanted to make sure foraging isn’t just about survival—about being stuck in the wild and chewing on tree bark. It’s about finding these incredible ingredients that have delicious flavor and nuances.

How did you come up with the recipes?
Sarah: I created these recipes to be accessible. There are 10-12 chef recipes in here from Connie’s clients—chefs who actually use these ingredients in their kitchens. I took those recipes and adapted them for the home cook.

What if someone couldn’t find the ingredients in their area?
Sarah: We’ve offered substitutions as well so it’s not daunting. If you can find some but not all of the ingredients, you can still learn from and enjoy the book.

What’s an under-the-radar, wild ingredient everyone should know about?
Connie: Sea beans. They’re thick, spaghetti-shaped, crunchy and salty. I expect that two to three years from now they’ll be very well known. Sara does this incredible Nicoise-inspired salad which uses sea beans instead of haricot vert.

Enter to win one of five award-nominated cookbooks by answering this question in the comments below: Which cookbook would you most want to win?

(See all our past winners. See official rules. Five winners are chosen at random from all those commenters who answer the question. Contest closes April 21, 2011.)


127 Responses to “{Food} Add these 5 cookbooks to your collection!”

  1. Tammy says:

    I would like Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners.

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  2. Maria Iemma says:

    Definitely Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners. I have been a fan for a long time and I try to watch shows when she is scheduled to appear. Her recipes look simple yet delicious.

    However, saying that, any of the cookbooks would make me very thankful.

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  3. beth says:

    Italian Home Cooking!! I love Italian, could eat all day, everyday, would just learn to love how to cook it, I’m usually the microwave queen and would love to expand my knowledge;–)

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  4. sharon910 says:

    The Italian recipes would be great. I’m not Italian but love the food.

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  5. N Luzius says:

    the Italian cooking book hands down.
    My mouth started watering to make those recipes as soon as I saw It.

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  6. CATHARINE R says:

    Hard to choose, but I’d pick Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners.

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  7. RENE' says:

    I would lovve the everyday family dinner I would like to try some other recipes

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  8. Deb Mendel says:

    Around My French Table sounds delightful and fun.

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  9. km756 says:

    I would most like to win Everyday Family Dinners!

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  10. connie stanley says:

    sara moulton has always been one of my favorite chefs. i started watching her when food network first came on and her ideas are so doable. i would love the whole set but she is def my favorite!!

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  11. Jaylene says:

    I’m quite pleased with the inormfaiton in this one. TY!

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  12. John says:

    I would love to win the Sara Moulton Cookbook!

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  13. John says:

    I would love to win the Sarah Moulton Cookbook!

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  14. John Buschhorn says:

    Iwould love to win Sarah Moulton’s cookbook!

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  15. brooke welch says:

    Around my french table …this sounds so interesting an I would hope healthy for me. I would be thrilled with this or itialan home cooking these two sound very good an ones I would use. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  16. Sunn ymay says:

    Sara Moulton gets my vote because she always makes cooking look fun and breaks down the recipes so they can be done simply.

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  17. kay wolters says:

    Sara’s cookbook for sure I like simple and wonderful…not alot of time preparing things…

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  18. Rebecca says:

    Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners

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  19. John says:

    I would like to win Sara Moulton’s book!

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  20. John says:

    Sara Moulton’s Book would be great!

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  21. Liz Miller says:

    Around My French Table would be the perfect book for me. It is a book that would expand my knowledge and still be for everyday use. I am still cooking the same dishes my Mother use to make and I am 61 years old. While that is good, I need to expand my cooking skills.

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  22. Melissa says:

    Any of these cookbooks would be a wonderful addition to my kitchen library.

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  23. Roz Rickman says:

    I vote for Everyday Dinners — this is really what I need for “different” dinner ideas. Would provide a variety and I wouldn’t be cooking the same things over and over.

    This book would be a big help ! ! !

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  24. Melissa says:

    Any one of these cookbooks would make me happy.

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  25. Sandra Crispo says:

    To make things for my Italian husband I would like the “Italian Home Cooking” by Julia Della Croce, but for me I think the most helpful and informative would be “Everyday Family Dinners” by Sara Moulton

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  26. Jeanne Briden says:

    I would most love to have Everyday Family Dinners. I cook every night for my family and need some new easy recipes!

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  27. Joann Bally says:

    Would Love to win 🙂
    Love This
    Thank You.

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  28. Melissa says:

    I would be deeply grateful for any of these cookbooks.

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  29. Charlie says:

    The Wild Table is gorgeous, a great read and filled with amazing recipes. Its got my vote!

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  30. vicki wurgler says:

    I’d like Bon Appétit Desserts by Barbara Fairchild

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  31. Lynn says:

    I love to cook! I’ve not done much french cooking, so I would love going thru the recipes and trying them. Of course, I’d like to get all the cookbooks. I read my cookbooks like most people read a novel!!

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  32. Kathleen Kurihara says:

    Everyday Family Dinners. I was wondering what happened to Sara Moulton.

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  33. Connie Snow says:

    Around My French Table.
    I was an au pair in France when I was young and I have such wonderful memories of fabulous French family meals! I’d love to recreate those for my own family. Plus, I Love Dorie Greenspan.

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  34. Dodie Simmons says:

    I would like to have the Everyday Family Dinners but the choice was a difficult one. They all sound wonderful!!!!!!

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  35. sandie P. says:

    The Italian cookbook…hands down! My mom is Italian and my boyfriend loves to cook authentic Italian food.
    Wish me luck!! Ciao!

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  36. Patricia Assanowicz says:

    Definatly Italian Home Cooking, my first job at 14 helping in the kitchen in a small restaurant across from my home, my bosses were italian, I used to watch Mama as I called her create italian dishes for our very large lunch crowd, now I wish I payed more attention to all of her ingredients when Mama created lasagna, sausage and peppers, etc. Italian food to me is without a doubt comfort food, any food that keeps me at the table where I cannot stop eating and then I am unable to move is comfort food. The aromas coming from sauce being cooked all day, I sneak in and break off bread to dip in the sauce and hope not to get caught, AHHH!! Italian it is, I always seem to be missing certain ingredients when I try to make certain dishes from Mama, she is probably shaking her finger at me right now, “I told you to pay attention”, love and miss ya Mama

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  37. Shirley H. says:

    I would like to win Sara’s Everyday Family Dinners cookbook.

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  38. John Buschhorn says:

    Bon Appétit Desserts by Barbara Fairchild

    Spring is here, summer is fast approaching! Who dosen’t need more desserts!

    John

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  39. sandy eckstein says:

    Bon APpetit Desserts– summer comes and we have sunset swim and dessert parties.friends leave their kids home and come to have fun. last party i made 18 desserts!!!!!!we served chocolate martinis and creamsicle martinis…. it was fabulous!!

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  40. Maureen Stanford says:

    Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners would be my first choice. I consider myself a fairly accomplished Italian cook thanks to my mother and my grandparents (who were from Naples and Sicily). Then for the yum factor, Bon Apetit Desserts. I find it terribly difficult to say no to an awesome dessert following an awesome dinner…however, I do limit myself to maybe a couple per week (more often, depending on my mood..lol).

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  41. Donna says:

    Yummmmm…I’d choose Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners. I like the idea of getting dinner on the table after work does not have to be meat, potato and veggie.

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  42. Robyn Ely says:

    Cooking is a passion to me.

    I would choose Sara Moulton cook book

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  43. Phoenix says:

    They all sound great! The Wild Table appeals to me most because I’m fascinated by the idea of foraging for greens.

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  44. Nancy says:

    I’ll love the Italian to cook more wonderful Italian food to my beloved HUSBAND :), if not the bon appetit dessert. I love to make desserts. MMM I’m hungry now 🙂

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  45. Chris Ann says:

    What a difficult choice to make!
    My selection is ” Around My French Table”
    Thank You

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  46. s-marie says:

    I would love “around my french table”, having lived in Paris for 6 yrs., now in AK, I miss it terribly. I love having dinner parties and this would help me get back to my “French roots”.

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  47. Lois says:

    Bon Appétit Desserts

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  48. Elaine Gasaway says:

    Italian Home Cooking. I should have been born Italian because I love that food so much!

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  49. susan says:

    the dessert cookbook would be great for my daughter, who aspires to attend culinary school, and become a pastry chef.

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  50. Karen says:

    I would just love to have “Around my French table” A journal on French cooking and the latest trends would be wonderful. I have always loved French food and enjoy a french dinning experience when ever the opportunity arises. “so many recipes and so little time”

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  51. Melissa says:

    I would be grateful for any of these beautiful cookbooks.

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  52. Christina says:

    Wild Table ~ it sounds like a new way of cooking which is always fun.

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  53. sandy eckstein says:

    dorrie greenspan’s book. i burned down my kitchen after being in our house 6 months. i am now much more careful cooking, enjoying it more, taking more chances on preparations i didn’t know….

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  54. Karen says:

    This is a real toss up! They all look so yummy! But I guess I’ll chose Italian Home Cooking. I LOVE Italian food and perhaps this will give me the motivation to try some new recipes. Thanks for the chance!!

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  55. Joanne Molzahn says:

    I would love every one of these cookbooks. My top choice is Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners, because I would like use it most often.

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  56. Mara Kaplan says:

    I would love Every Day Family Dinners. As Sally said, I am tired of the 5 recipes I make all the time. Although I do have to say that Deep, Dark Chocolate Cheesecake and Marie-Helene’s Apple Cake sound fabulous. But I think I should feed my family dinner in addition to desserts and I have just run dried on ideas.

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  57. Ginger says:

    Italian Home Cooking–love Italian food and it would be fun to learn more dishes to prepare at home.

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  58. Shari Bennetti says:

    Which cookbook would you most most want to win…hmmm, they all are excellent choices but when I look at my work life, up at 6 am and home at 5 pm I believe the book that would most benefit me is Italian Home Cooking: 125 Recipes to Comfort your Soul by Julia della Croce. I feel that this book would take me into the heart and soul of Italian cooking and have my family eatting great comfort dishes by utilizing weekend time to cook up great sauces so that I could replicate a delicious dinner fresh, afterwork. And, with my husbands parents deceased, they did not read/write English, we have no recipes to refer to, so this would be an awesome addition.

    Good luck FOF’s, and authors, great books.

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  59. Zora Littlejohn says:

    The Wild Table
    Seasonal and healthy foods are what I like best.

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  60. Zora Littlejohn says:

    Seasonal and healthy food is what I like best

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  61. Zora Littlejohn says:

    The Wild Table

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  62. elaine says:

    They all sound great and I’m sure they all have fantastic, delicious recipes. However, my choice definitely has to be the Bon Appetit cookbook — she had me with the “Deep, Dark Chocolate Cheesecake!!” I’m going to be dreaming about that one.

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  63. Carol Kaliamos says:

    I would love to win Sara Moulton’s Everyday Dinners. I’m in a rut, and I could use some help to get out.

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  64. Melissa says:

    I would like to win Italian Home Cooking by Julia Della Croce because I love Italian food, and Italian comfort food sounds like the best!

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  65. Mary Caliendo says:

    I love home cooking! I would love to win any of those cookbooks as I am also a cookbook collector too! I love the bountiful table and eating colorful, homemade and fresh foods is the best!
    A great way to bring in Spring!

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  66. Christine Norman says:

    Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners – most definitely. I still miss watching Sara on Food Network. She was wonderful.

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  67. Becky Beer says:

    I love Italian food and cooking, Italian Home Cooking is my choice.

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  68. cyndi says:

    Due to lactose intolerance Italian foods are not what they used to be for me, with the exception of some soups, salads. The most useful for me would be the everyday cook book with Sarah Mouton, that I can adapt for low fat cooking.

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  69. cynthia marriott says:

    Each and every cookbook I covet as they all bring new and interesting tastes to my best critics, my family. The desert cookbook would be great for serving them new and different ideas. All are GREAT as is FOF!

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  70. Cynthia Weber says:

    While the other cookbooks sound wonderful, the Everyday Family Dinners would be my first choice, given the fact that I need (want) to make everyday family dinners for my husband, teenage son and young son. Working full time, taking care of an aging parent, losing another parent to cancer have all created a squeeze this year. I want to cook “real” food, but sheer exhaustion prohibits that too often. So bring on the Everyday dinners–hopefully I can actually cook them “everyday.” Thanks!

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  71. Debbie McDonald says:

    My choice would be Everyday Family Dinners. I’m always interested in adding new recipes for the nightly meal plan dilemma.

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  72. Beverly Young says:

    I would really like to win the Wild Table because I think it would be great fun to forage for unusual ingredients. I have always loved experimental cooking and my friends and family know this and have been great guinea pigs.

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  73. Corinne says:

    Wow, they all sound wonderful! Since I have to choose one, it would be bon appetit Desserts. I need to make that “Deep Dark Chocolate Cheesecake.”

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  74. Louise O'Keefe says:

    I would love to win, ‘Around my French Table’ because I love Paris and I love french food!

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  75. Elise Puhala says:

    My choice would be Italian Home Cooking…for memory’s sake.
    When my 13 siblings and I were young, our parent’s employed a tiny Italian woman with crinkly permed hair (very unusual) and a wry laugh, to help clean the house and cook homemade meals. This woman’s name was Lucy Boetto, and she made ravioli (very delicious)…all from scratch! The ones that were old enough…and even the toddlers… would gather around the table and she would let us seal the edges of each ravioli with a fork, She was a treasure, and we loved her so.

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  76. deborah patterson says:

    I would most love to have the Italian cookbook as I’m crazy for authentic Italian dishes, of course it would be nice to have all of them..I love to cook!

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  77. Nat says:

    “Italian Home Cooking”-I get hungry just looking at the cover!

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  78. Mary Clarkin says:

    I would like to win the cookbook by Sara Moulton because I am always rushing home after work, trying to come up with something different and really only can make great dinners more on the weekend since I have more time. I would be happy to win any of the cookbooks!

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  79. Susan says:

    Sara Moulton rocks! Sensible and doable dinners.

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  80. Victoria Salti says:

    I just love Sara Moulton! I have watched everyone of her episodes on the cooking channel. She is my all time favorite chef as well. To answer your question… I would pick: Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners by Sara Moulton!

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  81. Laura Emerson says:

    I would most want to win the Desserts as I love eating desserts but I have to admit that when it comes to making them I am a complete failure.

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  82. Hannah B. says:

    I would choose The Wild Table because I am trying to focus more on organic foods and self-sufficiency. We already grown most of our vegetables and herbs but I would like to expand my use of the wild foods that grow in the area.

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  83. Carol Melodia says:

    around my french table. I saw the author on TV the other day. She has wonderful things!

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  84. Judy Brenner says:

    Everyday Family Meals would work well in my household!

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  85. Joann says:

    Sara Moulton of course! I’m always looking for good quick dinners.

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  86. beth w says:

    I used to watch Sara Moulton on television all the time. She just seemed so unflappable…and real, unrehearsed. I would enjoy her cookbook, Everyday Family Dinners, and my husband would appreciate that kind of recipe as well.

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  87. Lynda C says:

    I’d love all of them, BUT since I have to make a decision, I’ll go with Bon Appetit’s Desserts.

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  88. Patricia Smith says:

    my pick Sara Molton.

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  89. donnamarmartin says:

    The Wild Table. I try to buy organic as much as I can and have always believed that what we put into our bodies either makes us or breaks us. I would love to learn more about the newest earthy foods and how to prepare them.

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  90. Joann says:

    I am one of those women that the torch was not passed down to. I have had Italian cuisine in my family the entire time I was growing up. My aunt taught me some, but my mom started in the workplace, there wasn’t time for true Italian home cooking. I want to pass onto my children (yes even my sons like to cook) and now my granddaughter the things I missed out on. And “Italian Home Cooking” would be a perfect start.

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  91. Phylis Fitz says:

    I would love to win Barbara Fairchild’s book. Desserts are my favorite things to cook.

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  92. Susan P. says:

    Italian Home Cooking: 125 Recipes to Comfort your Soul by Julia della Croce
    Her comment about reading the Italian Food cookbook, given to her by her professor, backwards and forwards and cooking every recipe in it, is priceless.

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  93. Anni says:

    This may be the most difficult decision I make all day–they ALL look wonderful and I love cookbooks. All are winners, but if I must choose, Sara Moulton is first.

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  94. katie says:

    Around My French Table

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  95. linda says:

    I love Italian food and pasta, and so do my kids. My kids say we would starve if we had no more pasta! I think its time for some new recipes!

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  96. Michele Bowles Hamid says:

    I would love to get a look at Sara Moulton’s cookbook, “Everyday Family Dinners”. I have watched “Sara’s Weekday Meals” on the Create channel and I like how she cooks. I also had no idea of her association with Julia Child, which just puts her up a notch in my estimation!

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  97. admin says:

    I would love to win Italian Home Cooking…..Looks fabulous.

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  98. Eugenie says:

    I would love to find out how to forage and use wild foods from The Wild Table book.

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  99. Darlene Jordan says:

    I would love to win the cookbook Everyday Family Dinners!

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  100. Rose says:

    Julia Della Croce’s philosophy about Italian cooking closely matches my own, not many people cook like Gramdma anymore. My choice would be Italian Home cooking.

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  101. Cheryl Wilson says:

    I’d love to win “Around My French Table” by Dorie Greenspan! Any gal that burns down her parents’ kitchen trying to cook has to be a good cook, as I did the same thing as a young girl and I love cooking to this day. I adore recipes cookbook authors serve to their own families and French meals are so healthy that this would be the perfect cookbook for me! How I envy Dorie living in Paris but I hope to vicariously enjoy it with her through her cookbook!

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  102. Sharon says:

    I would pick “Around my French Table”. Dorrie’s cover dish looks warm, comforting, healthy and delicious ~
    Plus, she burned down a kitchen…there must be fun in her cookbook.

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  103. Lisa Richardson says:

    I’d love them all, but I’m really interested in The Wild Table. Here in the Northwest we have so much access to wild and foraged food, and I love to take advantage of that. Trying new (safe) mushrooms are one of the things I really enjoy.

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  104. MaryMates says:

    I would have to say Sara’s cook book Everyday’s Family dinners she makes everything she makes seem so easy and yummy.

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  105. Clare says:

    After drooling over all of the books, I think my choice would have to be Around My French Table. I cook a lot of recipes from Spain and would love to broaden my meal choices.

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  106. Jessica says:

    Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners by Sara Moulton

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  107. Wendy VanHatten says:

    I would love to win Italian Home Cooking by Julia Della Croce.

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  108. Linda Mc says:

    Italian Home Cooking is what I most want to win. Some of the most enjoyable meals I ever had were great Italian foods. I must confess I already have Dori Greenspan’s Around My French Table, which would complicate the choice.

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  109. Jill Moran says:

    I would choose “The Wild Table” as there is so much to gather in my region (coastal British Columbia Canada) but I either don’t know what to pick or how to prepare it.

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  110. Kim Law says:

    My goodness, there are so many to choose from, but I think that Sara Moulton’s cookbook sounds like something I could really use now that I am back at work and need good recipes that are fast and easy to make. I am so tired of the same recipes that I use over and over again. Please pick me!

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  111. Katholeen says:

    I would mot like to win Around my French Table by Dorie Greenspan, a friend has this book and has raved about how wonderful it is, plus I love French food and trying new recipes!

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  112. maryj says:

    I would love Sara Moultons Everyday Family Dinners!

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  113. Kay Ray says:

    It is a hard choice – ‘Every Day Family Dinners’, ‘Bon Apettit Desserts’ or ‘Italian Home Cooking’. I love to cook – I love trying something new – I love to throw a party so I can cook. If I had to pick just one, it would be Every Day Family Dinners

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  114. jean ray says:

    Everyday Family Dinners by Sara Moulton sound like my kind of cookbook!

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  115. Mary Wright says:

    You had me at Deep Dark Chocolate Cheesecake!
    Bon Appetit Desserts is my choice.

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  116. Sheila says:

    I was thinking I wanted the Italian Home Cooking, until I saw the cover of “around my french table.” It looks wonderful!

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  117. amy mayer says:

    The Wild Table looks intriguing-I would love to know more about foods that are new, interesting and available in our “backyard”!

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  118. Lori says:

    I love I Italian food so much that I would pick, Italian Home Cooking !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  119. qat41 says:

    I would choose “The Wild Table” I love to try new foods.

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  120. Lynn Whiting says:

    Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners. I always liked watching Sara on Foodnetwork and enjoyed her show and recipes.

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  121. Theresa says:

    I think the everyday family dinners would be great!

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  122. jenny hebert says:

    Every Day dinners Cook book Like everyone else I struggle to come up with new and delicious dinner ideas.
    This book would be a great addition to my collection

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  123. paula says:

    i would love to win sara moulton’s book. it’s everyday family cooking.

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  124. Jody Jordan says:

    I would love to work from the Sara Molton Everyday dinners cook book. I cook for my son and I and often have the family over for one of my creative dinners, some good some not so good.

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  125. Anna says:

    Sara Molton is a great teacher, I miss her show very much. I would love to have her cook book.

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  126. irishstar says:

    My pick would be “The Wild Table”—it sounds extremly intriguing!

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