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Cook the Book: 'The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends'

Sunday morning brunch is my favorite meal of the weekend and my dish of choice is eggs benedict.

Bake the Book: 'The Cookiepedia'

NY Times recipe for chocolate chip cookies with sea salt. Better than I could have imagined...

Cook the Book: 'The Homesick Texan Cookbook'

What Katie Ate, the photographs and recipes are equally beautiful

Cook the Book: 'The Glorious Pasta of Italy'

In Venice along the main canal I had a giant plate of spaghetti with a tomato based sauce and an array of shellfish. I dream about that pasta.

Bake the Book: 'Flour,' by Joanne Chang

Save butter wrappers to use to grease baking pans. Works great and then my hands don't end up greasy.

Cook the Book: 'Canal House Cooking Volume No. 6'

When I was 20 I studied for a semester in Italy with only one term of Italian under my belt. There was a complicated system of purchasing fresh fruit and vegetables whereby a form needed to be completed noting the weight and type of produce. Needless to say I floundered for about 30 minutes stretching my language skills to the max until a kind man helped me fill out the forms so I could buy my groceries.

Cook the Book: The Sunset Cookbook

Vegetarian chili is my go-to meal in the winter. Easy to reheat and so delicious.

Cook the Book: 'What We Eat When We Eat Alone'

I am a cheese fiend so I usually toast some bread and melt some cheese over it under the broiler. I then dump an obscene amount of hot sauce over the whole thing. The dish is really just an excuse to eat more hot sauce - my favorite being a jalapeno cilantro variety.

Cook the Book: 'Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries & Shakes'

I used to go to a place in London where they topped the burger with a giant portobello mushroom and creamy blue cheese. I became so addicted that I craved them weekly. I blame the blue cheese.

Photo of the Day: Orange & Grapefruit Slices

Cook the Book: 'L.A.'s Original Farmers Market Cookbook'

When I lived in Ann Arbor there would be an organic milk vendor that would come only every other week. I always made sure to stop by the market on the weeks he was there because I was completely addicted to his milk. It was so wonderful and sweet, I would drink it as dessert after dinner it was that good!

What Is Superman Ice Cream?

As a native Michigander I had no idea that this was a Michigan thing! I love Blue Moon and I wish I could find it over here in Australia. I wonder if my mom could ship it over...

Cook the Book: 'Modern Spice'

I would really love to have a firm grasp on Creole cooking. As an expat who lived first in the UK and now in Australia this is the one cuisine that I have seen very little of. From what I have tasted, the flavours are strong and exciting and would make my dinner parties stand out from the rest.

Cook the Book: The Essence of Chocolate

With regards to the 'unforgettable' element it would have to be the midwest classic Dirt Cake. Having left home a long time ago it makes me nostalgic to think of the crushed up chocolate oreo cookies mixed with the chocolate pudding and whipped cream with a few gummy worms thrown in for good measure. As a kid it gave me an unbeatable sugar high and in my globe trotting travels I have yet to find anything that comes close in sugary taste and kitschiness!

Cook the Book: The Essence of Chocolate

With regards to the 'unforgettable' element it would have to be the midwest classic Dirt Cake. Having left home a long time ago it makes me nostalgic to think of the crushed up chocolate oreo cookies mixed with the chocolate pudding and whipped cream with a few gummy worms thrown in for good measure. As a kid it gave me an unbeatable sugar high and in my globe trotting travels I have yet to find anything that comes close in sugary taste and kitschiness!

Weekend Book Giveaway: 'Asian Dining Rules'

My partner is Asian (I am not) and I regularly make an a$$ of myself when dining with his family. The worst episode to date was when I met his aunt and we went to dinner at China town. Typically one person will order for the entire table and we just pick and choose what we want to eat. I usually let my partner serve me because I am helpless with non-wooden chopsticks. As luck would have it the chopsticks were plastic and as I was inconspicuously trying to reach for a piece of chicken it slipped out of my chop-stick grip and plopped into his aunts tea. Absolute mortification. Now when I dine out with his family I only eat what is directly in front of me with no reaching involved.

Cook the Book: 'The Cook's Country Cookbook'

My absolute favorite is my grandmother's bow tie pasta salad with broccoli, tomatoes, mozzarella, and olives with a mayo-cider vinegar dressing. yum!

Cook the Book: 'The Modern Baker'

I somehow melted a pan of brownies in the oven. After covering the bottom of the oven they promptly burned to a crisp and left me with a little afternoon cleaning project. I have yet to bake brownies since that fateful day.

Cook the Book: 'The Best Barbecue on Earth'

Jamacia for some Jerk Chicken. I have been heading down to Brixton Market here in London but have not had my craving satisfied.

Cook the Book: 'The Shun Lee Cookbook'

Fresh Lobster. Freshness is essential.

Cook the Book: Bobby Flay's Grill It!

After living in London I would have to pick Jamie Oliver. The day he made his own ketchup was the day he won my heart.

Feasting on Art, a Food Blog of Fine Art, Photography, and Recipes

There are many recipe blogs out there, but Feasting on Art sets itself apart by featuring recipes based on works of fine art. In each of her posts, photographer and food lover Megan Fizell deconstructs famous still lifes for an accompanying recipe and shares information about the painting, the artist, and the cuisine. Of course, there's also beautiful photography that mimics the painting she features and shows the final result of the recipe. You get an art and cooking lesson in each post!... More