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How to Cook Without a Book

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How to Cook Without a Book is literally changing my life.

Recipes are wonderful, but for years I have been awed by people who can meal-plan and cook from memory without spending hours poring over cookbooks. Most of the time, I don’t trust myself to properly make a pancake, much less prepare a roast, without slavishly finding and following a recipe. I have longed to gain the mysterious knowledge of ingredients and cooking techniques that seem to come so naturally to others.

In How to Cook Without a Book, Pam Anderson provides the answers I’ve been looking for. She equips her readers to cook everything from soups to sautés from heart. She teaches them how to keep a well-stocked fridge and pantry, and even provides memory rhymes that capture the central steps of each cooking technique.

I highly recommend this book to anyone longing for the freedom to cook from the heart instead of from a book. 

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

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Fans of the Smitten Kitchen blog can rejoice in this cookbook by home cook Perelman. She cooks in a tiny New York City kitchen – although a friend told her upon move in that “ovens are for sweater storage.” Perelman’s love of cooking is apparent, with many photographs of both the process and finished product, with some innovative and some more classic recipes to try in your own kitchen, large or small.

The Deepest Night by Kara Braden

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When security contractor Ray Powell returns to the British Isle of Scilly after a hard mission, he expects to find comfort in staying at his grandmother's home. Instead, he discovers Michelle Cole: gorgeous, kind, funny–and helping out a friend who bought Ray's grandmother's house and turned it into a B&B. Though she's initially wary of the strange man on her doorstep, Michelle soon warms to the determined and sexy ex-Royal Marine. As Ray falls deeper in love, he must convince Michelle that's he's more than just a vacation fling, and Michelle must decide whether to set aside old betrayals–and learn to trust her heart.

Washington: A Life By Ron Chernow

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The aspect of our politics has wonderfully changed since you left us”, wrote Thomas Jefferson about George Washington after America’s first president chose to retire at the end of his second term.  Jefferson did not stop with comments like that. During Washington’s second term in office, Jefferson had insinuated that America’s first and only unanimously-elected president was lucky and over-rated. The political intrigue between these two very different founding fathers is just one of many interesting facets of this compelling biography of George Washington.  The reader will learn about Washington’s ability to command undisciplined troops against a powerful British military, his influence in molding a new government, and all this against a backdrop of an on-going turbulent relationship with his mother. The nurturing of this new government was no easy task. During Washington’s second term, two political paradigms started taking shape. Washington pushed for a strong federal government while Jefferson led supporters for more states’ rights.  Sounds like 2015! 

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