With any luck, give a cookbook as a gift and you'll get a dinner invitation. Lari Robling would be happy to find any of these under her tree…
Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan
I've been cooking my way through this book with delightful results. Known for her baking books, Dorie Greenspan moves into the world of savory with 300 recipes from her experiences living in Paris.
The Southern Foodways Alliance Alliance Community Cookbook edited by Sara Roahen and John T. Edge
Sure, there's pimento cheese and other extravagances in a southern cookbook, but there's also generations of recipes that used meat sparingly and marry flavor with beans and vegetables.
The Perfect Shape + The Perfect Sauce = The Geometry of Pasta by Jacob Kenedy and Caz Hildebrand
As any Italian knows, it's pairing the sauce with the shape that makes pasta exquisite. You'll want to frame the black and white graphics.
Avec Eric: A Culinary Journey with Eric Ripert by Eric Ripert
The advanced home cook will enjoy the challenge and no one knows fish better than Chef Ripert of Le Bernadin in New York City.
Canal House Cooking Volumes 1-5 by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton
Charming illustrations, stories, delicious recipes and beautiful photography make this seasonal series the perfect gift for the home cook.
The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century by Amanda Hesser
Great for someone just out on their own — but don't try to mail this one, as Hesser says with 1,400 recipes plus tips it's heavy enough to weight a terrine.
The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes Carnivores Will Devour by Kim O'Donnel
We're a fan of Meatless Monday here and Kim O'Donnel has the recipe to get started.
Quiches, Kuges, and Couscous, My Search for Jewish Cooking in France by Joan Nathan
Join Joan Nathan on the kosher trail with this blend of history, story-telling and recipes.
About Lari Robling
Lari Robling's food career had its early beginnings as a home ec teacher for the visually impaired. Later, she decided to become a food professional and worked for caterers and restaurants. Lari landed her first job in a test kitchen for a small health food publication, Delicious! magazine. From there, she began a freelance career as a food stylist and food consultant. She is also the author of Endangered Recipes: Too Good to Be Forgotten.
Philly Food Bucks!
Philly Food Bucks are coupons that help ACCESS/food stamp customers save money on fruits and vegetables. Philly Food Bucks can be redeemed for $2 worth of fruits and vegetables for every $5 spent in ACCESS/food stamps at a participating farmers' market. Learn more about Philly Food Bucks at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health's recently expanded web site Food Fit Philly.com. Now also accepted at the West Oak Lane Weaver's Way Food Coop.
Get Healthy Philly is part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative, a federal effort to: prevent and delay chronic disease, reduce risk factors, promote wellness in children and adults, and provide positive sustainable health change in our communities.
Food Fit Philly is part of Get Healthy Philly, a program that works to reduce and prevent obesity and related chronic diseases (like heart disease and diabetes) by increasing access to healthy foods that people can afford.
Your body needs help when it's time to quit. SmokeFree Philly is a program of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health that offers support and tools to help smokers quit. The goal of SmokeFree Philly is to: help people to quit smoking, stop people from starting to use tobacco, and reduce heart disease, cancer and other illnesses caused by smoking.
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