Maui Girl Cooks

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” Luciano Pavarotti

Useful Resources

FAVORITE BOOKS

BAKING

Bread Winners by Mel London, edited by Charles Gerras
– Some of my favorite yeast breads & the ones I bake the most, come from this book.  It’s been around for awhile, but it’s a fantastic source of delicious bread recipes.

Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe by Joanne Chang

In the Sweet Kitchen: the Definitive Baker’s Companion by Regan Daley

Simply Scones: Quick and Easy Recipes for More than 70 Delicious Scones and Spreads by Leslie Weiner and Barbara Albright
– I haven’t eaten any commercial scones that are as good as the ones I have made from this book.  Chocolate Chip Orange Scones anyone?

GENERAL COOKING

Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution by Alice Waters

Once Upon a Tart: Soups, Salads, Muffins and More by Frank Mentesana and Jerome Audureau

Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook by Audrey Alsterburg and Wanda Urbanowicz

NUTRITION

The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: the Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What You  Should Eat and Why by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S.
~ If we could only have one book on healthy eating at our house, this would be the one.  Dr. Bowden writes in depth about the 150 foods that we should be eating and why; they are what he calls starred foods.  He also lists many other good for you foods.  The book is divided into groups of foods {i.e. Soy Foods, Beans & Legumes, Specialty Foods, etc.}, and at the end of each section, he lists a nutrition expert’s Top Ten healthy foods.  Some of  my favorite starred foods, in no particular order, are:  eggs, butter/ghee, coconut oil, walnuts, avocado, sardines, ginger, garlic & tea-yum!

Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson

REFERENCE

Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s 
Most Imaginative Chefs by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

VEGETARIAN

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison
– This is probably my #1 “go to” book.  You can count on Deborah Madison to deliver recipes that are easy to follow and absolutely delicious.  You do not need to be a vegetarian to love this book.

Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve
Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom, with over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes by Deborah Madison

Vegetable Soups from Deborah Madison’s Kitchen by Deborah Madison
– So many fantastic soups in this book!  One of my favorites is Passato of Vegetables; I make it once a week & never tire of eating it.

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