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Rost, Christy. The family table; where great food, friends, and family gather together.

ROST, Christy. The family table; where great food, friends, and family gather together. Capital Books. (22842 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166.) 380p. illus. index. c2004. 1-933102-04-7. $19.95. JSA

Christy firmly believes in the importance of dining as a family because it strengthens the family unit. This book provides recipes for a wide variety of meals the family can enjoy together. Four main categories celebrate the following family dining opportunities: everyday dining, weekends, entertaining at home, and holidays. Within each of the main categories, the recipes are grouped according to function. Suggested wines are listed in the margin spaces of the recipes, which allows for them to either be ignored or incorporated within the meal if desired. Personal anecdotes accompany each of the recipes, making this cookbook both useful and easy to read.

The wide variety of recipes range from simple meat loafs to special-occasion desserts. Some of the delectable recipes: Grilled Fajita Pocket Sandwich, Springtime Orange Cake, Prime Rib of Beef, Martin Yan's Sweet and Sour Chicken, German Apple Pancake, Chocolate Pound Cake, and Gourmet Caramel Apples. Christy Rost has cooked on numerous cooking shows; she has also been the food editor for Park Cities News and teaches cooking classes at Sur La Table. In addition, she has a popular website: Shirley Reis, IMC Dir., Wilson Elem. Sch., WI

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

A--Recommended for advanced students and adults. This code will help librarians and teachers working in high schools where there are honors and advanced placement students. This also will help extend KLIATT's usefulness in public libraries.
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Date:Jul 1, 2006
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