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The Ultimate A-Z Bar Guide
by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst

What’s a Dirty Martini? How do you pronounce cuarenta y tres? Which glass do you use for a Stinger? How did the Margarita get its name? Can gin be "bruised"? Answers to these questions and thousands more can be found in The Ultimate A-to-Z Bar Guide, a one-stop, user-friendly cocktail guide featuring more than 1,000 drink recipes and over 600 definitions for cocktail-related terms. Best-selling authors Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst stir and shake up everything from cocktails to hangover cures and from jokes to quotes about imbibing. Accessible, fun, hip, and written in the Herbst’s inimitable style.

Never Eat More Than You Can Lift!
by Sharon Tyler Herbst

PEOPLE Magazine and ABC television’s "World News Now" featured this fun-filled bestseller that’s perfect for anyone who loves the tantalizing fusion of food and words. Rave reviews accompanied this "appeteasing" collection of over 1,500 quotes from over 700 famous and infamous personalities including Woody Allen, Dave Barry, Erma Bombeck, Art Buchwald and Julia Child. This enticing buffet of wordplay and food facts is organized in a user-friendly A-to-Z format by over 200 subjects. There are over 50 mouthwatering recipes (like Peppered Caramel Bacon, Ginger-Bourbon Peaches, Chocolate-Cinnamon Toast and Bodacious Brownie Thins), plus an eclectic array of informative tidbits including word etymologies, food histories, culinary techniques, and fun facts and wordplay like the "Anagramatically Yours" feature, with anagrams for words like melons and recipes. You’ll want at least two copies—one in the kitchen for inspiration and one in your favorite reading room for pure pleasure. This book is available only through Sharon's Website.


The New Food Lover's Companion
by Sharon Tyler Herbst

America’s best-selling culinary reference book is back, bigger and better than ever with almost 6,000 listings on subjects related to food and drink! Originally hailed by Bon Appétit magazine as "One of the best reference books we've seen, a must for every cook’s library," this is the ultimate kitchen tool. Whether your question is on cooking techniques, meat cuts, kitchen utensils or food, wine or cocktail terms, this book has the answer. Plus, a completely revised and expanded appendix with everything from a pasta glossary and pan substitution chart to consumer information contacts and ingredient equivalents and substitutions. A million readers can’t be wrong—this book is invaluable for anyone who cooks or who simply loves food.



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Wine Lover's Companion
by Ron Herbst & Sharon Tyler Herbst

One of the best selling wine books in the world! Wine Lover’s Companion has been broadly hailed as the ultimate reference for wine lovers. No wine snobbery here. This book is written in a relaxed, conversational style and packed with information so invitingly easy that it lays intimidation to rest once and for all. It’s small enough to carry into a wine shop and offers insights for both the novice and the connoisseur. This book overflows with a rich blend of fact and detail and includes over 3,500 wine-related definitions arranged alphabetically for ultimate ease in referencing. Easy, sound-out pronunciations for all but the most basic words are just one of the myriad features that make this book a standout. The broad range of listings includes information on specific wines, grape varieties, wine-growing regions, winetasting terms, and wine labels, just to name just a few. There are special sections on wine styles, demystifying wine labels, ordering wine at a restaurant, buying, opening and serving wine, and much, much more! Plus numerous charts (including the wine aroma wheel and wine bottle and glass shapes), tables (including Wine Classifications of Bordeaux), maps of wine regions around the world, and innumerable tips on everything from wine-serving temperatures, to how to speed-chill champagne, to how to store leftover wine.


The New Food Lover's Tiptionary
by Sharon Tyler Herbst

The Chicago Tribune raved: "Move over, Heloise. There’s competition in the kitchen!" while Peter Franklin's Associated Press column said "Having The Food Lover’s Tiptionary in the kitchen is better than having Julia Child, Pierre Franey and James Beard watching over you as you cook." The New Food Lover's Tiptionary is expanded (over 50 new listings), updated and completely revised, making this indispensable kitchen reference more user-friendly and essential than ever before. Organized alphabetically, it contains over 6,000 helpful tips, shortcuts and other kitchen wisdom—answers for a universe of cooking quandaries. What's more, this comprehensive bible of culinary wisdom has an entirely new format, with entries divided into easy-reference categories (such as “purchasing,” “storing” and “cooking”), giving the reader quick and easy access to the answers they need. This one-of-a-kind reference is essential for both experienced and beginner cooks.



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by Sharon Tyler Herbst

No doubt about it, home breadmaking is on the "rise." And with the award-winning book BREADS at your side, the "yeast mystique" will be permanently dispelled and making bread will become fun instead of daunting. Whether you choose to take a hands-on approach or to use bread-kneading aides like food processors, mixers and bread machines, this book’s contemporary approach shows you the way to make homemade breads faster and easier than ever before. BREADS offers over 300 mouth-watering recipes for all styles of breads—quick, yeast, batter, muffins, rolls, pancakes, waffles, doughnuts and Danish pastries. Beginners will love the easy, conversational tips and techniques for sure success, while experienced bakers will relish the tantalizing selection of new and inventive recipes.


Food Lover's Guide to Chocolate and Vanilla
by Sharon Tyler Herbst

A celebration for the senses with indulgently irresistible desserts showcasing two of America's favorite flavors. This deliciously tempting volume of 35 recipes is chock full of everything you need to know about chocolate and vanilla, including buying, storing and cooking tips, with loads of facts, historical data and lively quotes. Recipes range from decadent (To-Die-For Caramel Brownies, Black Bottom CrČme Br¸lČe and Fudged Banana Cream Pie) to simple (Chocolate-Chipped Vanilla Scones and homemade vanilla extract).


Food Lover's Guide to Meat and Potatoes
by Sharon Tyler Herbst

This inspired book offers new, exciting and simple ways to serve up America’s favorite combo: meat and potatoes. From the author of The Food Lover's Tiptionary and Food Lover's Companion, this book is crammed full of everything there is to know about meat and potatoes including helpful charts and dozens of tips on buying, storing and safe handling. Among the 35 mouthwatering recipes are: Rumrunner's Ribs, Plum Crazy Pork Chops, Roasted Curried Potatoes and Spud Chili.


The Joy of Cookies
by Sharon Tyler Herbst

Becoming a smart cookie is easy with this tempting book that presents over 125 mouthwatering cookie recipes from around the world, featuring favorites from over 50 nations. This inspired collection of recipes including Black Bottom White Chocolate Bars, Kahl™a Pecan Pie Cookies, Chocolate-Caramel Chews, Lemon Cheesecake Bars and Peanut Butter Fudgies. In addition to delicious recipes, The Joy of Cookies offers innumerable cookie baking tips and techniques including: Ingredients and how they affect cookies; step-by-step instructions for mixing doughs, preparing baking sheets and pans, and shaping, baking, cooling and decorating cookies; tips on cookie-baking tools (from baking sheets to cookie presses to pastry bags); hints for storing and freezing cookies; techniques for gift wrapping, packing and mailing cookies; and a "What Went Wrong?" chart detailing the problem, the cause and the solution to common cookie conundrums. The tip for shrink-wrapping cookies alone is worth the cost of the book!

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