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Martha Stewart's Pies and Tarts
by Martha Stewart

I can't decide what's more fun: make the delicacies featured in Martha Stewart's Pies and Tarts or just to read about them. The cookbook is organized according to type of filling, terrifically convenient if you've got an abundance of say, apples or squash, and need several ways to use them up. The other chapters include pears, berries, and chocolate. All the recipes using peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines are in the same chapter. The recipes for pastries and crusts, used throughout the cookbook, are found at the end, along with a primer on techniques. Can't say no to Martha's buttery nut crust.


Martha Stewart's Quick Cook
by Martha Stewart

With an emphasis on fresh ingredients, Martha Stewart was one of the first cookbook writers to recognize the need for menu planning for busy people. Quick Cook -- designed for family meals, small dinner parties, and dinners for one or two people -- features 52 menus that can be prepared in an hour or less. The cooking time does not include shopping or preparing a pie crust to be pulled out of the freezer at the cook's convenience.

Stewart's basic techniques are steaming, grilling, sauteing, roasting and baking, and to a lesser extent, frying. The meals are generally prepared by portion, rather than measurement, which, says Stewart, is more economical because there are no leftovers.

You'll notice that the main dishes tend toward the meaty side - pork chops, rack of lamb, smoked turkey, duck, filet of beef. Yet there are still plenty of intriguing menus featuring vegetarian and seafood entrees, such as Salad Nicoise, mussels with pesto, angel-hair pasta with broccoli. Just watch out for the butter.


The Martha Stewart Cookbook:
Collected Recipes for Everyday

by Martha Stewart

The Martha Stewart Cookbook is for you folks who've missed out on the Martha madness of the last 14 years and are now ready to jump on the bandwagon.

This reference cookbook features 1,600 recipes gleaned from Entertaining, the first bestseller, Quick Cook, Pies and Tarts, Hors d'Oeuvres, Quick Cook Menus, Gardening, Weddings, Christmas, and Menus for Entertaining (some of these titles are no longer available). Chapter 18 contains all Stewart's wedding cake recipes, most of which had appeared in her Weddings book.

Martha Stewart Cookbook makes you feel as though a fine and interesting meal is always possible -- even in winter, when the selection of produce can be pretty slim. Some the more inventive recipes include sauerkraut and fresh cabbage with browned mushrooms, fettuccini with pumpkin cream sauce, and sole cerviche mixed with grapefruit slices.


Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres :
The Creation and Presentation of Fabulous Finger Foods

by Martha Stewart with Peter Bosch and Bo Niles, co-authors

Includes 150 recipes for finger foods to serve at 13 different parties, tips on presentation and 175 full-color photographs.


Martha Stewart's Menus for Entertaining
by Martha Stewart

Includes 20 menus for gatherings large and small, casual and formal, plus 300 full-color photographs.


Special Occasions :
The Best of Martha Stewart Living

by Martha Stewart

Features hundreds of ideas for holidays throughout the year from New Year's to Halloween collected from the pages of Martha Stewart Living magazine.


Weddings by Martha Stewart
by Martha Stewart

Features 40 weddings in varied settings across the country and more than 700 full-color photographs.


What to Have for Dinner
by Martha Stewart and the Editors of Martha Stewart Living

How does Martha Stewart do it? Zillah Bahar waxes philosophic trying to answer the age-old question. She also reviews Martha's latest cookbook.

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