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With summer’s plentiful harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables right around the corner, we invite you to consider learning the art and craftsmanship of making preserves from scratch.

There’s a new Robert Rose book release, “Best of Bridge Home Preserving” ( that provides a wonderful tutorial about creating jams, jellies, marmalades, pickles and more, right from your own kitchen! Who knows — you may find yourself a wonderful new hobby that can turn into a lucrative artisan food business!

Best of Bridge Home Preserving – Gotta Love It!


Since skin is the largest organ of the body, anything we can do to maintain its good health is a wise investment!

Karen Fischer is the author a fascinating new book called “28 Days to Younger Skin: The Diet Program for Beautiful Skin including more than 50 recipes” ( It’s a comprehensive guide to understanding how what we consume and how we cleanse our skin makes all the difference between looking youthful and radiant or tired and pale. You won’t have to spend as much money on facial moisturizers, cleansers and make-up when you consistently feed the health of your skin from the inside out!

“28 Days to Younger Skin” – Gotta Love It!


If you are running, jogging, swimming, hiking, rock climbing or bicycling more now that spring is in the air, check out Zoey Sampson’s new “Vegan Athlete Cookbook” (

Sampson provides 101 plant-based recipes in a dozen different categories, including such creative options as Adzuki Bean Pizza, Fresh Pear and Ginger Whizz, and Hot and Sour Mushroom Soup to keep you satisfied as well as energized. The Vegan Athlete Cookbook is a good reminder with the annual Earth Day celebration coming up April 22 that it’s a great idea to go meatless at least once a week to be more kind to Mother Earth!

The “Vegan Athlete Cookbook” by Zoey Sampson – Gotta Love It!


Sarah Elton’s wonderful new book, “Starting from Scratch” ( ,  seems to be a twist on that old proverb about giving a man a fish versus teaching him how to fish. “Starting from Scratch”  ( offers youngsters a soup to nuts tutorial on how to make their way around a kitchen by cooking delicious and nutritious meals using whole foods and natural ingredients.

This is a great book for uniting families in a whole activity they can do together, preparing a meal,  and even seasoned adult cooks may learn a thing or two they didn’t know on topics ranging from knife safety, recipes and food storage.

“Starting from Scratch” by Sarah Elton – Gotta Love It!


Short of time or funds to jet off to New Orleans today for some Mardi Gras festivities?

Ann Benoit’s newest cookbook ,”New Orleans’ Best Ethnic Restaurants” (  is the next best thing to visiting some of the legendary restaurants, cafes and holes in the wall which have made the Big Easy a culinary king for decades.  Plenty of eye-popping color photographs and easy to follow recipes fill this volume so you can fill your table with dishes inspired by the great chefs at such great eateries as The Praline Connection, La Boca, K-Paul’s Kitchen,  Galatoire’s and Antoine’s Restaurant.

New Orleans Best Ethnic Restaurants by Ann Benoit  – Gotta Love It!




The next best thing to being in New Orleans for the grand Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday, March 4, is to create your own celebration at home, guided by the wonderful new “In a While, Crocodile: New Orleans Slow Cooker Recipes” Cookbook (

Co-authors and sisters-in-law Patrice Keller Kononchek and Lauren Malone Keller offer a wonderful variety of Cajon-Creole inspired specialties, including Rex Roast, Jazzy Jambalaya and even a Twelfth Night King Cake you can create right inside your slow cooker. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

In a While, Crocodile: New Orleans Slow Cooker Recipes – Gotta Love It!



Since February celebrates National Heart Month, what better way to incorporate more fresh and delicious foods into your daily menus than using recipe suggestions  from  “The Best of Rose Reisman: 20 Years of Healthy Recipes” (

This compilation of leading Canadian nutritionist  Reisman’s most creative recipes range from Thai Pizza and Italian Omelette with Tomatoes and Feta to brunch-worthy Fish Fajitas with Corn and Black Bean Salsa and a killer Lobster Mac and Cheese. This volume is beautifully illustrated and every recipes includes a special Rose’s tip section offering suggestions for variation.

The Best of Rose Reisman, 20 Year of Healthy Recipes – Gotta Love It!


Whether a teenager in your family is leaving the nest or you are looking for a good basic primer about preparing healthy and delicious meals from your kitchen, Kitchenability 101 is a great investment. Although targeted at college students, home chefs of all ages can benefit from the information presented in this nifty book.

Plenty of culinary wisdom presented by Nisa Burns, including stocking your pantry, using some basic tools, cooking methods and working within a food budget. From Feta-Spiked Turkey Burgers to Chicken Soup for the Tummy, a good variety of easy to prepare dishes, with each recipe accompanied by mouth-watering four-color photography so you can see your intended result.

Kitchenability 101 by Nisa Burns – Gotta Love It!


Salt seems to sneak into every part of our diet, especially if our daily menus are filled with processed foods. Marla Heller’s “Everyday DASH Diet Cookbook” (  offers more than 150 great ways to dine with no or low salt, with the bonus of speeding up your metabolism to lose weight, lowering your blood pressure and preventing such disorders as diabetes.

The acronym DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Heller gives great suggestions for reorganizing your pantry and kitchen supplies  in order to produce a wide range of meals that are healthy, delicious and flavorful without being high in fat or sodium. She has reinvented many recipe favorites, including macaroni and cheese, chili and paella, so that their ingredients capitalize on herbs and spices as seasonings and farm fresh fruits and vegetables as the key components.

The Everyday DASH Diet Cookbook by Marla Heller – Gotta Love It!


If you are still wondering what sugarplums to serve on your dessert buffet for Christmas, there are two great cookbooks from Harvard Common Press ( to offer you some very creative and sweet inspiration.

Cake Balls by Dede Wilson is a beautifully illustrated book that gives you more than five dozen different ways to craft dessert out of a basic cake recipe, a binder and a coating. Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats That Shine by Shaina Olmanson offers colorful ways to use those old jam and jelly jars as new dessert containers, and there is a great section at the end of the book that provides easy to create dry mixes to give in jars as gifts.

Desserts in Jars and Cake Balls – Gotta Love It!