Book Review: The Bergoff Cafe Cookbook

Every Wednesday I review a cookbook and/or food related books to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing The Berghoff Cafe Cookbook by Carlyn Berghoff and Nancy Ross Ryan. 

As a Midwesterner I frequent Chicago and I  have been to the Berghoff Cafe.  The Bergoff Cafe is a larger than life restaurant that is loud and extremely fun.  The best part about the Berghoff Cafe is their vast selection of Berghoff Beers.  I like the original Amber.  They also have amazing food.  My favorite is the beer cheese soup.  I discovered that they had a recipe for the soup in the book. 

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Book Reviews: Down Home With The Neelys

Every Wednesday I review a cookbook and/or food related books to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing Down Home With The Neelys – A Southern Family Cookbook by Patrick and Gina Neely.

I am not the biggest fan of Down Home With The Neelys TV Show.  Not that I hate it, I think the food is great.  I find it quite lovey dovey and hard to watch.  You can only watch two people grind each other on the TV while they cook for so long.  I think the show would be a lot better with a little less PDA.  Based on that I figured the cookbook wouldn’t be the best.  However, I was completely wrong.  The book is nicely written, full of great stories and awesome recipes.

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Book Review: No Reservations

Every Wednesday I review a cookbook and/or food related books to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach by Anthony Bourdain.

I am a huge fan of Bourdain, I have all of his books. I enjoy all of them. Amazingly enough, this book was signed by Anthony Bourdain himself.  I ran into him at the DC Central Kitchen Food Fight.  He was hosting it with Jose Andreas.  He is one tall man with cowboy boots on.

I will not the celebrity encounter hinder my review of this book.

No Reservations is photo book of Bourdain’s journeys while hosting the TV show No Reservations. I decided to do this review in a question/answer format. You will see why.

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Book Review: The Scandinavian Cookbook

Every Wednesday I review a cookbook to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing The Scandinavian Cookbook by Trina Hahnemann.  When I saw this book I had to have it.  Being Scandinavian in descent, I wanted to learn more about traditional Scandinavian cooking.  Yes, I am Swedish.  … Read moreBook Review: The Scandinavian Cookbook

Book Review: The Art and Soul of Baking

Every Wednesday I review a cookbook to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing The Art & Soul of Baking by Cindy Mushet. I love baking. I guess it is the engineer in me that loves the precise measurements and the ability to use cool cooking tools. Honestly, the fact that the recipes are so precise and need to be that precise is comforting to me. When it comes to precise measurements and exactness, this book does not disappoint. It includes conversion tables and measurements of ingredients based on weight. I love using kitchen scales. I may be weird, but this book is awesome.

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Book Review: America’s Best BBQ

Every wednesday I review a cookbook to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing America’s Best BBQ, 100 Recipes from America’s Best Smokehouses, Pits, Shacks, Rib Joints, Roadhouses and Restaurants. This book is co-written by Ardie A. Davis and Chef Paul Kirk. Both barbecue legends. Even being barbecue legends I don’t know how they pulled this one off. They went into the best barbecue restaurants in America and came out with recipes for some amazing food.

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Book Review – Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book

Every wednesday I review a cookbook to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing a classic, The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. This book has been a classic since 1930.  Every other year or so they update it with new recipes.  The newest version is … Read moreBook Review – Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book

Book Review – The Joy of Jams, Jellies and Other Sweet Preserves

Every wednesday I review a cookbook to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing, The Joy of Jams, Jellies and Other Sweet Preserves. I reviewed the Joy of Pickling a couple of weeks ago, and I must say that Linda Ziedrich is the Queen of preserving food. … Read moreBook Review – The Joy of Jams, Jellies and Other Sweet Preserves

Book Review: I’m just here for MORE FOOD

Every wednesday I review a cookbook to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing I’m Just Here For MORE FOOD by Alton Brown. As an engineer and a certified nerd, I love Alton Brown. His show is designed around humor and the basics, that make food what it is. … Read moreBook Review: I’m just here for MORE FOOD

Book Review – The Joy of Pickling

Every wednesday I review a cookbook to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing The Joy of Pickling by Linda Ziedrich. When I first got this book I said to myself, “Am I really going to make pickles. Aren’t pickles just cucumbers and vinegar. Plus, don’t pickles … Read moreBook Review – The Joy of Pickling

Book Review – I’m just here for the Food…

Every wednesday I review a cookbook to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing I’m Just Here For The Food by Alton Brown. As an engineer and a certified nerd, I love Alton Brown. His show is designed around humor and the basics, that make food what … Read moreBook Review – I’m just here for the Food…

Book Review – 25 Essential Techniques for Grilling

Every wednesday I review a cookbook to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing 25 essential techniques for grilling by Ardie A. Davis. I love barbecuing and grilling and this book is right up my alley. Ardie A. Davis Ardie is an award winning expert with his … Read moreBook Review – 25 Essential Techniques for Grilling

Review: Joy of Cooking

Every wednesday I review a cookbook to help you, my faithful readers, to purchase only the best books. Cookbooks are expensive and nobody wants to buy a book that is only good as a paper weight. Today I am reviewing The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker. It … Read moreReview: Joy of Cooking