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By the time I was 10 years old I could make buttermilk biscuits fluffy and big as a cat head almost as well as my Granny. My kids grew up on fried chicken, barbecue and of course, lots of biscuits and local honey. Now that I'm in my 40's and much more health-conscious, I'm poring over cookbooks to re-train my cooking skills.

    The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook

    Anyone not adequately acquainted with the South's true culinary terrain might struggle with the idea of a Southern vegetarian. Because isn't the South one big feast of meaty indulgence? Don't vegetables play a supporting role to fried chicken and bacon on a Southern table? Justin Fox Burks and Amy Lawrence turn that notion on its head by recasting garden bounty as the headlining act on a plate. In a region distinguished by ideal growing conditions and generations of skilled farmers, Southern-style vegetarian cooking is not only possible, it's a pursuit brimming with vine-ripened possibility. Grab a chair in Burks and Lawrence's kitchen and discover modern recipes that evoke the flavors of traditional Southern cooking, with techniques and ingredients loved so dearly throughout the region: Lemon Zest and Thyme Pimento Cheese Grilled Watermelon and Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette Okra Fritters with Creole Mustard Sauce Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice with Andouille Eggplant Roast Beet Salad with Sea Salt Granola and Honey Tarragon Dressing Grilled Peach Ice Cream Whether you're a devoted plant-eater or a steadfast omnivore, The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook will help you shift vegetables from the outskirts of your plate into main course position. Eating your vegetables has never been more delicious. "True Southern food will always adapt to its surroundings. It is not the stubborn lout that many think it is, rather it's a nimble cheerleader of its region. It revels in vegetables and cherishes seasons. Burks and Lawrence are adding healthy substance to the definition of our Southern food. The Southern Vegetarian is a great addition to any culinary library." -Hugh Acheson, author of A New Turn in the South "Come eat with The Chubby Vegetarian. Justin and Amy are the only people I have ever met who can take the hock out of greens and not remove the soul from the pot." -Kelly English, Food & Wine Best New Chef 2009, Chef/Owner of Restaurant Iris "What you have in your hands is a gift. It is a fresh, fun, slightly irreverent and joyful new look at Southern vegetarian dishes...a look that needed to be taken." -John Currence, James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef South, Chef/Owner, City Grocery Restaurant Group

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    The Art of Eating Well

    The bestselling cookbook from Hemsley + Hemsley, including recipes from Jasmine and Melissa's Channel 4 series Eating Well with Hemsley + Hemsley. The Art of Eating Well is a revolutionary cookbook that will help anyone who wishes to feel better, lose weight or have more energy. Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley teach their principles of life-long healthy eating with exciting and inventive recipes that are so delicious you forget the purpose is good health and nourishment. Jasmine and Melissa's philosophy is simple: a healthy gut leads to a healthy body and mind, and a better, happier you; that changing the way you eat doesn't have to involve deprivation, but can be enjoyed everyday - whether you are home, work, with family or friends, or eating out. This stunning book includes over 150 mouth-watering recipes - all of which are free from grain, gluten, refined sugar and high starch. The sisters' down-to-earth, encouraging and practical guidance will motivate you to try new foods and no longer crave high sugar and processed foods. They include comprehensive advice on ingredients, techniques, equipment, cooking in advance, meal plans, juicing, and packed lunches and snacks that fit busy lifestyles. The Art of Eating Well is divided into clear categories - Kitchen and Store Cupboard Basics; Cooking in Advance; Breakfast; Soups; Salads; Sides and Snacks; Main Meals, including meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian; Baking and Desserts; Dips, Dressings and Sauces; Juices and Smoothies; Basics. Beautifully photographed and designed, The Art of Eating Well is a kitchen bible that delivers maximum taste and maximum nutrition. A bold and beautiful cooking companion for food lovers that will change the way you eat leaving you energized, healthy, slimmer and strong.

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