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April 19, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
You’ve seen these celebrity chefs on TV, now bring their expertise into your kitchen with these recently released cookbooks. Whether crafting a meal for two or designing a holiday dinner, these chefs have your back. Learn to sauté with Gordon Ramsay (without him yelling over your shoulder), or whip up a quick family style meal with Giada De Laurentiis. Show off new recipes with these four cookbooks, and then look out for cooking legend Martha Stewart’s next book, Martha’s American Food: A Celebration of Our Nation’s Most Treasured Dishes, from Coast to Coast, to be released on April 24. You can turn any drab diet into a flavorful one with the help of these culinary stars. Your next problem will be deciding where to start and who gets the first bite.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier
by Ree Drummond
Publication date: March 13
List Price: $29.99
Cooking and family are Drummond’s two main loves. Her new cookbook provides Western-style recipes from Cowboy Quiche and Sloppy Joes to Spicy Carnitas Pizza. Pictures of the food alone are enough to get your mouth watering. Besides the photos of her family, every step of every recipe is illustrated with photos of the steamy, cheesy, smokin’ dishes. Most of the recipes include variations to change up the ingredients for personal preferences. Drummond provides cowboy cuisine in a family-oriented manner.
Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner
by Giada De Laurentiis
Publication date: March 27
List Price: $35.00
Giada De Laurentiis knows what it’s like to be a mother, always taking care of the kids and carefully managing time. That is exactly why she compiled this book of go-to meals that require less than 30 minutes of preparation. The book has recipes for all types of savory meals and also provides a change-of-pace section for scrumptious meals such as Spicy Mint Beef, Greek Meatballs and Tofu with Miso Vinaigrette. Even the names make your stomach start to growl.
Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite: 125 Super-Fresh Recipes for a High-Energy Life
by Gordon Ramsay
Publication date: March 6
List Price: $24.95
In 2000, Ramsay was a little overweight when he ran his first London Marathon. Since then, he has strived to maintain a healthful but delicious diet with the recipes in this cookbook. Each chapter provides healthy options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between as well as his seven favorite ways to cook — stir-fry, sauté, braise, griddle, roast, steam and poach. The Goat Cheese Soufflé or the Roast Chicken are two popular meals from the book. Ramsay doesn’t believe in fad diets, so these recipes offer healthy food without jeopardizing taste or flavor. Treat you taste buds with one of these tempting but healthy entrées.
Food Network Magazine 1,00 Easy Recipes: Super Fun Food for Every Day by Food Network Magazine
Publication date: March 20
List Price: $24.99
For Food Network Magazine, creating new recipes is like composing a new song - there are endless possibilities. The Food Network is home to cooking all-stars like Alton Brown, Guy Fieri and Paula Deen. This cookbook provides delectable recipes for every occasion - seriously every occasion. Recipes are listed in categories like kids' sleepovers, fondue parties, baby showers, Thai dinner parties, lobster shack meals and Sunday brunch. Even cookbooks have conformed to the social media world by offering tweet-worthy recipes. Make lobster panini or vegetable pappardelle with only 40-50 words of instruction.