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 Kaye's Cooking Secrets
December 10, 2007

Thoughts From Kaye:
Greetings Neighbors!

Kaye's Favorite CookbooksIt is that time of year when I drag out my favorite cookbooks to plan special meals, party food and food gifts for our neighbors, family and friends. Over the years I've grown an impressive library numbering over 140 cookbooks: basic skills, gourmet specialties, ethnic food, specific cooking methods, and those odd little specialty cookbooks. Of course my humble favorite is "A Collection of Neighborhood Recipes" our LivingAfterWLS cookbook. When I cook from this recipe collection, which is often, I feel my cyber Neighbors by my side.

Since I enjoy cookbooks and am asked so often, "Where do you find your recipes?" today I am featuring my top cookbook choices and why they work well with the surgical weight loss way of eating. Aside from the Neighborhood Cookbook none of these are written specific to the weight loss surgery patient, but trial and error and consistently good results have earned them a top spot on my list of favorites.

For your convenience I have provided links to Amazon for each of these books. LivingAfterWLS is affiliated with Amazon and receives a small commission on each purchase through these links which helps support the newsletters and website. But more importantly, this is an easy way to grow your cookbook library or better yet, drop a hint to a Holiday Elf! I hope you enjoy my favorites and would love to hear about YOUR favorite cookbook!

Happy Cooking!

A Collection of Neighborhood Recipes
by LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood
Editor: Kaye Bailey

This 175 page spiral bound book contains 300 recipes submitted by the members of the LivingAfterWLS online support community. These are authentic recipes weight loss surgery patients are using to support their healthy diet goals and feed their families well. Categories include: Appetizers and Beverages; Protein Breakfasts; On The Go Protein; Healthy Snacks; Condiments & Sauces; Soups & Salads; Vegetables & Side Dishes; Main Dishes; Sensible Desserts and Healthy Grains. Now in the second printing this book has made it around the world and consistently receives positive feedback from those who own it.

Low Carb Chocolate & Walnut Brownies
By Bamagal, page 157

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. cocoa
1 c. Splenda Baking Blend
1 tsp. vanilla
1 dash salt
1/4 c. almond flour
1/4 c. oat flour
1/4 c. chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven 350F. Melt butter. Add cocoa and blend until smooth. Add Splenda and vanilla; blend until creamy. Add eggs and beat. Add flour and blend, but don't over beat. Stir in nuts. Butter and flour (using almond flour) 8x4" loaf pan. Bake 25 minutes. Serve warm. Store wrapped tightly with cling wrap.

Kaye's Note: These were exceptional. The combination of almond and oat four made the consistency like real brownies. Uses as a special treat once in a while.

Serves 8. Per serving: 192 calories, 6 grams protein, 17 grams fat (8 saturated), 8 grams carbohydrate and 2 grams dietary fiber.


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Simple Secrets to Better Everyday Cooking

Better Homes & Gardens
Editors: Kristi Fuller, Chuck Smothermon

This 240 page hardbound book is full of great recipes, beautiful pictures and helpful articles for improving kitchen skills. Of particular note are the end chapters: Glossary; Technique Index; Main Index; Emergency Substitutions and Metric Chart. Every recipe contains a technique sidebar relevant to the recipe with a picture. The sidebars demystify unusual ingredients and techniques so well that I have explored new ingredients and learned new techniques achieving delightful results the first time around. This book includes nutritional information for recipes and a glossary of menus using recipes from the book including wine suggestions.

For our Caroling Party this year I will use the Chase the Chill Dinner:
--Smoked Salmon with Apple Glaze (p.109)
--Roasted Root Medley (p.63)
--Wilted Greens Salad with Port Dressing (p.18)
--Whole Wheat Rolls (store bought)
--Brownie Pudding Cake (p.189)

All recipes can be made ahead and gently reheated before serving. I will pass on the rolls and Brownie Pudding Cake but know my guests will enjoy them.

Simple Secrets to Better Everyday Cooking (Better Homes and Gardens(R))
by Better Homes and Gardens by Better Homes and Gardens
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Bistro Cooking at Home
by Gordon Hamersley with Joanne McAllister Smart

Fellow restaurateur Danny Meyer writes, "Gordon Hamersley's recipes are as honest and generous as his wonderful restaurant, and each is seasoned with the kind of insightful tips that will make his food sing in your home kitchen." Mr. Meyer is correct. Cooking with "Bistro" is like having the master chef at your side. His conversational style and sensible explanations put me at ease on February 13, 2004 when I cooked "Salmon Wrapped in Leeks with Anchovy Butter"; I wrote on the recipe page, "Exceptionally good! Jim raved about this!" (I always make notes in my books.) Another positive review came with my first Coq Au Vin, "So fancy and so delicious. But EASY!"

Give Bistro Cooking at Home a try. There are great recipes, beautiful pictures and many opportunities to cook great protein dense recipes flavored with fresh vegetables, herbs and sauces. When we enjoy recipes like these there is little appetite for starchy carbohydrates or processed foods.

Mr. Hamersley's instructions led to my exploration of beyond-the-ordinary table salt. On page 9 he writes: "I generally use kosher salt for all of my cooking, including baking. It has larger crystal than table salt, and it really brings out flavors. To see for yourself, sear two steaks, one salted with table salt, the other with kosher salt. A similar-sized good-quality sea salt would also be a fine choice. There are now some really fancy coarse salts available. They are best reserved for using at the table and can fun to experiment with."

One caveat: This book does not include nutritional information. Hardcover with jacket; 334 pages.
Bistro Cooking at Home
by Gordon Hamersley by Broadway
Hardcover ~ Release Date: 2003-10-14
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Cooking Light Five Star Recipes:
The Best of 10 Years
Published by Oxmor House from pages of CookingLight Magazine

This cookbook, published in 1996, contains the finest recipes from CokkingLight's first 10 years. The recipes are more complicated than some of their other titles (5 Ingredient 15 Minute Recipes and Simple Weeknight Supper) and are suitable for entertaining and special occasions while focused on lightened cooking methods and fresh seasonal ingredients. This is another book with inspiring pictures and helpful techniques. And of course, nutritional information is included with each recipe.

Meal planning is made simple with 8 "Easy Menus" including: Quick Skillet Dinner, Easy & Impressive Dinner and Easy, Fresh & Fit for Company.

Cooking Light Five Star Recipes: The Best of 10 Years
by Leisure Arts by Oxmoor House
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I cannot mention a CookingLight cookbook without recommending Cooking Light Magazine. This monthly treasury delivers the latest information on health, nutrition, fitness and wellness. The magazine manages to stay fresh and inspiring keeping kitchen doldrums at bay.

Cooking Light
by Southern Progress
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Keep It Simple: Easy Techniques for Great Home Cooking
by Bon Appetit

208 pages, hardbound. Recipes and Techniques using fresh healthy ingredients and simple weeknight cooking methods. Beautiful photographs. Omission: Nutritional information.

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The New Making of a Cook: The Art, Techniques, and Science of Good Cooking
by Madeleine Kamman

A encyclopedic volume of anything you ever wanted to know about cooking. This the most advanced scientific book in my collection and one that I turn to often. Ms. Kamman brings experience and understanding to the kitchen with a conversational writing style. The 1,200 page book includes recipes, illustrations, explanations and techniques.

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Weber's Big Book of Grilling
by Jamie Purviance and Sandra S. McRae

This year-round grilling book took me from being a steak and chicken griller to being an "anything tastes great on the grill" griller. This tasty volume includes recipes for sauces, grilled protein, vegetables, fruit and even bread. It also explains the science behind gas and charcoal grilling. Beautiful pictures too. Caveats: soft cover (the spine is broken on my from much use) and no nutritional information.

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