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Mad Hungry
by Lucinda Scala Quinn, $27.95, Hardcover, (Artisan)

Four hungry brothers. Three ravenous sons. A husband who loves to eat. Lucinda Scala Quinn has spent much of her life feeding the men and boys in her life and teaching them how to feed themselves. Now she shares winning strategies for how to sate the seemingly insatiable, trade food for talk, and get men to manage in the kitchen. She provides recipes for single-skillet meals and dinners that yield delicious leftovers and that are a cinch to stretch for extra guests. Her grab-and-run breakfast will help kids start the day right, and her healthful drinks make it easier for guys to say no to soda. Along with her cooking techniques and survival strategies ("Never be caught without bacon"), she muses about life in a predominantly male household and provides empowering advice to feed guys' spirits as well as fill their stomachs.

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Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever: With More Than 400 Easy-to-Make Recipes
by Dianne Phillips, $24.95, Paperback, (Chronicle Books)

With more than 400 recipes, The Best Slow Cooker Cookbook Ever saves time and money week after week with easy meals that keep people eating well at home.. From Old-Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie to Mexican Hot Chocolate Lava Cake, this cookbook contains recipes for everything from soups and roasts to cobblers and puddings, inspiring night after night of great meals. Prep a few ingredients, toss them in the pot, and let the cooker work its magic while you're gone for the day, then return to a slow-cooked, deeply flavored, great-smelling dinner for you and your family. Diane Phillips is a cooking teacher and author of more than 14 cookbooks.

Anyone Can Cook: Step-by-Step Recipes Just for You
by Better Homes & Gardens, $24.95, Hardcover, spiral-bound, (Wiley)

Whether you're a novice or seasoned cook, this book is for you. There are more than 550 recipes – everything from the comfort foods (mashed potatoes and mini meat loaves) to the world flavors you enjoy in restaurants (Indian curries and Thai-style wraps). An 84-page visual guide answers any question you might have about ingredients, tools, and techniques. At the bottom of every recipe you'll find questions you might have about that recipe and a cross-reference to the page with the answer. A skill-level icon lets you know how easy the recipe is to make. There are 600 step-by-step color photos show you everything you need to know, and 300 finished recipe photos to encourage you to cook.

Pestos, Tapenades & Spreads: 40 Simple Recipes for Delicious Toppings, Sauces, & Dips
by Stacey Printz; Photographs by Mark Lund, $16.95, Hardcover, (Chronicle Books)

With little fuss and enormous flavor, transform everyday meals with simple yet creative toppings, dips, and spreads. Forty recipes are paired with multiple serving suggestions for producing delicious dishes, from appetizers to dinners. With few steps to follow and minimal ingredients to purchase, these recipes – many of which are sensitive to vegans and those with aversions to nuts and gluten – are built for speed and ease. Fifteen minutes is the total preparation time for Classic Provençal Tapenade, Balsamic Fig and Caramelized Onion Spread, and Rich Crab Spread.

Not Your Mother’s Weeknight Cooking: Quick and Easy Wholesome Homemade Dinners
by Beth Hensperger, $14.95, Paperback, (Harvard Common Press)

Yes, they are made in a slow cooker, but the recipes in Not Your Mother’s Weeknight Cooking are anything but slow. This book includes 150 recipes for simple, delicious meals designed for busy home cooks who want to put a hearty dinner on the table quickly. Includes classics, such as Chicken Piccata, Ravioli with Quick Tomato Basil Sauce, and Cobb Salad, as well as new recipes, such as Sake Swordfish with Asian Greens, Lamb Curry with Apples and Apricots, and Portobello Mushroom Sandwiches with Cranberry Dijon Mustard. In addition to the recipes, Hensperger includes an introduction loaded with simple, practical tips on how to save time in the kitchen, from keeping the right tools on hand to which cooking methods are most efficient.

Quick, Cheap Comfort Food: 100+ Fresh Recipes for Meals in a Hurry
by Victoria Shearer, $14.95, Paperback, (Sellers Publishing)

Everyone has his or her favorite comfort food – chicken pot pie, tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches, cupcakes, to name a few – and they're all here in this user-friendly compendium of more than 100 mouthwatering recipes. In Quick, Cheap Comfort Food, author Victoria Shearer presents a wide range of easy-to-prepare dishes that will beat your budget. These recipes are the alternative to too many take-out meals and frozen dinners and can all be prepared with minimal effort for less than $3.00 per serving.

Princess Tea: Parties and Treats for Little Girls
by Janeen A. Sarlin with Noelle Shipley; Photographs by Sheri Giblin, $19.95, Hardcover, (Chronicle Books)

With this book, party-planning parents can pull together nine different enchanting tea parties. Color photos provide inspiration, and brief instructions make simple crafts, decorations, and dainty edibles easy for anyone to accomplish. From Lotus Princess Tea to Cowgirl Princess Tea, each themed party is paired with recipes for tea, snacks, and dessert. Fairy Princesses can make their own magic wands, while Underwater Princesses feast on Buttered Sea Shells. This book is full of fun, fresh, and festive ideas to help grandmothers, mothers, and friends host magical parties that a little princess will never forget.

Rice Pasta Couscous: The Heart of the Mediterranean Kitchen
by Jeff Koehler, $29.95, Hardcover, (Chronicle Books)

At the heart of Mediterranean cuisine lies a trio of traditional staples: rice, pasta, and couscous. Join the author as he travels from Morocco to Syria to Italy to Spain, discovering such delectable treats as Classic Seven Vegetable Couscous and Handmade Tagliatelle with Fresh White Truffles. Along the way he tells fascinating stories of the food artisans he meets and cooks with. Includes 100 photos of the dishes, ingredients, faces, and places that show what it's like to live and travel in this special area of the world, and reveal how rice, pasta, and couscous have become an integral part of Mediterranean culture – and today's family table.

The New Boston Globe Cookbook: More than 200 Classic New England Recipes, From Clam Chowder to Pumpkin Pie
Edited by Sheryl Julian , $29.95, Hardcover, (Three Forks)

The classic cookbook, now fully updated and revised – with old New England favorites adapted for the modern kitchen, plus ethnic specialties. Among the more then 200 recipes are Breakfast Pie, Ricotta Frittata, Quiche Lorraine, Goat Cheese Croquettes, Broiled Scallops and Bacon, Quick Black Bean Soup with Turkey Sausages, Curried Butternut Squash Soup, Rhode Island Clam Chowder, Lazy Man’s Lasagna, Maple Baked Beans, Vietnamese Pot-fried Rice, Succotash, Creamy Deli-style Tuna Salad, Russian Beet and Potato Salad, Clams with Garlic and Ginger, Seared Scallops with Cider Cream, New England Boiled Dinner, Italian-American Meatballs, Hot-milk Cake, and Aunt Selma’s Chocolate Cake with Espresso Glaze.

Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids
by Jill O'Connor; Photographs by Leigh Beisch, $,19.95 , Hardcover, spiral-bound (Chronicle Books)

Sticky Chewy Messy Gooey Treats for Kids is bursting with 30 tasty but simple recipes for sticky sweets and gooey breakfasts. Such delights as Pinkalicious Princess Cupcakes, Wicked Good Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cups, Banana Split Pancakes, and Hunka Chunka Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies are the kinds of treats kids will love. With a lay-flat binding, an easy-to-clean cover, and step-by-step instructions, this book will get the whole family gathered around the mixing bowl.

Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Family Favorites
by Beth Hensperger, $14.95, Paperback, (Harvard Common Press)

In this book, Beth Hensperger provides a lifeline for busy families who want delicious, homemade meals, through the magic of the slow cooker, which makes short work of everyone’s favorite family dishes. You’d expect to find chilis, soups, and stews, and this one features them aplenty, but there’s much more to slow cooker family fare. How about breakfast and brunch foods such as Cheddar-Egg Strata or Green Chile Slow Cooker Omelet with Warm Fresh Tomato Salsa? Or beverages like Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows, Buttered Mulled Apple Juice, and Fresh Ginger Ale? And whole families are sure to love Turkey Taco Salad, Barbecue Burgers, and Crock Macaroni and Tillamook Cheese. All recipes were all created with ease and convenience in mind, geared to meet the needs and schedules of modern families, and a thorough introduction gives readers all the information they need on slow cooker techniques and equipment.

500 Casseroles: The Only Casserole Compendium You'll Ever Need
by Rebecca Baugniet, $16.95, Hardcover, (Sellers Publishing)

This comprehensive collection of casserole recipes will provide nutritious, balanced meal ideas that won't take all day to make and don't use every pot in the kitchen. Casseroles are the original economical meal-in-one; they are versatile, easy to prepare, freeze well, and make great leftovers. 500 Casseroles is bursting with recipes for dishes that allow you to comfort, to impress, or simply to satisfy a large family's appetite quickly.

Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking
by Stephanie O'Dea, $19.99, Paperback, (Hyperion)

In December 2007, Stephanie O’Dea made a New Year’s resolution: she’d use her slow cooker every single day for an entire year, and write about it on her blog. The result: more than three million visitors, and more than 300 , easy-to-make, family-focused recipes, including: Breakfast Risotto, Vietnamese Roast Chicken, Tomatoes and Goat Cheese with Balsamic Cranberry Syrup, Falafel, Philly Cheesesteaks, Crème Brulee, and much more.

Family Feasts for $75 a Week
by Mary Ostyn, $,17.95 ,Paperback (Oxmoor House)

Written by blogger mom and penny-pincher extraordinaire Mary Ostyn, who prepares three meals a day for her family of 12 for $800 to $900 a month, this book is stuffed to the gills with Mary's expert, in-the-trenches tips on savvy food shopping, plus 200 delicious recipes for home-cooked meals that make the most of economical ingredients.

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