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Cooking Books - Cookbooks

October 20th, 2011 Books/Audio/Video

Cook More, Diet Less

Health and nutrition experts agree that when you're trying to lose weight, one of the best things you can do to trim calories is to prepare meals yourself, instead of eating out at restaurants. This way, you know exactly what went into the preparation of the food and you can substitute fatty ingredients with leaner ones. But for some, the idea of preparing all the food is a daunting one. Thank goodness for diet cook books that feature easy-to-follow recipes and common ingredients that can be found at your local grocery store.

Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated, and even when you are carefully monitoring your caloric intake you can still make room for taste. Some diet cook books come with additional diet plans and methods to help you lose weight, and some diet cook books are part of a larger scheme that includes an exercise plan.

Cookbooks For The Holidays

Cooking for the holidays is no easy feat. When you know you're faced with a table of 20 consisting of family and friends with a variety of taste buds what do you do? First thing is first, grab the cookbook!

When most people think of Thanksgiving, visions of drumsticks and yams dance in their heads. But if this your year to host dinner and you aren't very familiar with your oven setting, the idea of catering might float through your thoughts. Don't despair - you can do it!

With the help of a book of Thanksgiving recipes you can learn how to cook everything you need for a traditional feast. You can sift through various turkey recipes to find the easiest method of preparing the turkey, and you can also learn about all the different side dishes that are common to a Thanksgiving meal. Even if you have never cooked yams or baked a pumpkin pie in your life, there are books out there to help you.

Look for a cookbook which emphasizes the basics for any holiday. There are cookbooks available for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, and more. You may even find some great recipes in a holiday cookbook that you can use throughout the whole year.

Although losing weight is a noble cause, try to avoid any diet cook books which limit you to one or two types of food for a long period of time. Your body needs a variety of nutrients and you simply cannot thrive off lettuce and carrots for an extended period of time. If you have questions regarding the best diet cook books, talk to your doctor or a certified nutritionist.

Cooking With The Kids

Cooking with the kids can be a great joy. Not only is it a great way to have fun with your kids and grandkids, but cooking can also be a learning experience for children. Sure it tastes good - especially when it's time to lick the bowl - but cooking also involves measurements and teamwork.

But how do you what recipes are suitable for certain age groups? You certainly don't want to get children involved in a complicated recipe that will only frustrate them and turn them off to cooking. Luckily, there are plenty of easy recipes in children's cookbooks that are specifically designed for adults and children to do together.

Look for a cookbook that divides the recipes into different sections by age range and also features plenty of pictures and easy to follow directions. If you can teach a child at a young age about the joys of cooking then you can help foster a lifelong pattern of self-sufficiency, and you may even be lucky enough to have you kids make dinner once in a while!

But make sure you cover all aspects of cooking...those dishes aren't going to clean themselves!

Fundraising Through Recipe Collections

Next time your favorite organization puts together a fundraising event, consider raising cash for cookbooks. It is no surprise that sometimes the very best meals come from the time-tested recipes hidden away in people's cupboards and recipe binders at home. Collect recipes from organization members, community-goers, friends and family and put them together in a cookbook that you can sell for profit.

There are a few publishing companies that specialize in creating church cookbooks, school cookbooks, and cookbooks for other organizations. If this is something your organization is interested in, you can either contract the services for the publishing of the book by a company that specializes in this type of publishing, or you can design the book and head to a lcoal printer to get the job done. Although you will probably save money by designing and printing the book yourself, many times the aesthetically pleasing look a professional publisher can give a fundraising cookbook will increase your sales and make it worth the expense. You never know how popular your fundraising cookbook might become!

Got Veggies?

Many people follow a strict vegetarian diet for various reasons. If you aren't ready to completely knock out all meats in your diet, you can still find a lot of vegetarian recipes to keep on hand in the kitchen that will provide a healthy alternative to a meat-focused meal. Some diet experts advise that by simply cutting out two or three meat-based meals a week you can improve your health dramatically.

If you're worried that vegetarian cooking limits your food options don't worry -- not every vegetarian recipe is made of tofu and soy. When shopping for a vegetarian cookbook look for one that is designed specifically for "new" vegetarians. Many vegetarian cookbooks include meat substitutes such as soy-based meatless products and also fish and eggs, while other vegetarian cookbooks use only vegetables and fruits as the main ingredients.

Vegan cookbooks are by far the most restrictive, so if this is your first attempt at cutting meat out of your diet then you may not want to jump right into a vegan version unless you are ready for a huge change. If you want to ease slowly into a meatless diet then look for a vegetarian cookbook designed for people who are new to a vegetarian diet.

Learning to Cook With Cookbooks

Do you look at a serving plate of beautifully arranged food with envy? Ever wonder how those who throw dinner parties make it look so easy in the kitchen? Learning to cook is not as hard as you might think. Of course, there are highly intricate recipes involving complicated steps and exotic ingredients, but if you start with the basics you'll work your way up to the advanced and extraordinary.

You can find cookbooks designed to help novice cooks learn the fundamentals needed to expand the cooking repertoire. Learn how to cook a chicken, season a roast, grill a steak, and keep vegetables crisp for your next family meal. Learning how to cook is a valuable talent that can actually add years to your life -- cooking at home is much healthier than eating out every night. You'll save money by cooking at home, too.

Look for a basic cookbook designed for beginning cooks. These cookbooks do not use hard to find ingredients or utensils; in fact, most of the recipes involve common kitchen items that you already own (and just didn't know what to do with them). Flip through the book before you buy it and see if you are familiar with all the ingredients listed in the recipes, and if the recipes listed actually appeal to you. The first step in learning how to cook is finding an easily followed cookbook, and the next step is to get cooking.