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Sichuan Chinese Cuisine

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Sichuan Chinese CookbookSichuan (also spelled Szechuan) is a province in the Southwest of China typically known for its spicy food and the Yangtze River that runs through it. The food is often hot, sour, sweet, salty and spicy often containing a regional ingredient, Szechuan pepper. The specialty peppercorn is not a traditional pepper but it can impart a strong, tongue numbing and slightly bitter taste. Other common spices in Szechuan cuisine include chilies, garlic, ginger, green onion. Suggest going out for Sichuan cuisine, and many people immediately envision platters of hot, spicy food – the kind that has you gulping down copious amounts of water all evening in an attempt to soothe your burning taste buds. People are often surprised to discover that at least of one-third of the recipes that make up Sichuan cuisine are not spicy at all. That is not to say that Sichuan’s reputation for producing “mouth burners” is undeserved.

In Sichuan Chinese Cuisine, you will discover over 50 recipes from appetizers to desserts, including poultry, seafood, beef, pork and vegetarian, which are classic of this cuisine such as: Spicy Pickled Cucumbers Salad Hot and Sour Soup Dandan Noodles Sichuan Hotpot Sichuan Crispy Beef Mapo Tofu Sichuan Twice-cooked Pork Belly Tea-Smoked Duck Szechuan Spicy Crispy Shrimp Dry Fried Cauliflower Crispy Sesame Tofu Mung Bean Noodles Braised with Shrimps Chongqing Spicy Deep-Fried Chicken.

The Hearty Stew Cookbook

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The Hearty Stew CookbookStews are the one-pot wonders for families in search for a hearty meal. They are also great for leftovers and another meal. You’ll find a great collection of the best easy, healthy and delicious international stew recipes in The Hearty Stew Cookbook. Stews are the perfect winter meal and can be served year round. Discover over 50 recipes from across the globe and a number of regional greats.

The Soup Cookbook

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The Soup CookbookTired of shoveling snow?Soups are the perfect cold weather dish. Are you looking for new delicious and easy to prepare soup recipes? If so, this cookbook is just for you. In The Soup Cookbook discover more than 50 soup recipes to try in for yourself and your family. Check out a few of these soup recipes: Cheeseburger Soup, Spicy Black Bean Soup, Thai Chicken Soup, Coconut-Curry Chicken Soup, Asparagus & Leek Soup, Mac & Cheese Soup and plenty of other soups to enjoy.

Soups should be a part of each and everyone’s menu not just as an added dish on the dinner table but as a supplement to your daily dietary needs.

The Curious Cookie

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The Curious CookieCookies hold a special place for most people, especially children. Many of us remember cookies our mothers made when we were young. With over 50 recipes to choose from in The Curious Cookie, you’ll fall in love with the luscious diversity of international cookies. Experience what kids from other cultural have enjoyed – from Europe to the Middle East to Asia and to America.

What do you do with the lovely pickle juice once you’re done with a jar of pickles?

Pickle Juice Recipe Ideas

Make tasty and tender chicken breasts of course.

Use it as a brine solution to soak your chicken breasts overnight. Just like most brines, pickle juice contains a mixture of vinegar, sugar and salt. Plus much more such as dill, garlic and other spices that will turn your chicken breast into a tasty treat. Soak chicken breasts in the pickle juice overnight in the refrigerator. You can then grill, fry, bake or sous vide these breasts. The pickle juice will help prevent the breasts from drying out too quickly.

The Irish Kitchen Cookbook

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Irish RecipesHappy St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish menu of delicious fare.

Start the day with a Full Irish Fried Breakfast, followed by an evening meal of Whiskey and Honey Roasted Salmon, topped off with Green Velvet Bars.

On this special day raise a glass to honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of the Emerald Isle with a pint of Green Beer or a Sparkling Shamrock Wine Cocktail.

The Irish Kitchen Cookbook brings together 40 Irish Recipes, some traditional including Dublin Coddle, and Colcannon and some not so, including Irish Flag Pizza and Shamrock Shake Fudge.

So, on March 17th this year, bring out your inner Irish with the best of the Old Country’s cuisine.

And what’s more, you are going to want to create these recipes at all times of the year, not just on St. Patrick’s Day!

South American Cuisine: Recipes of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela

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South American CuisineWith South American Cuisine discover the rich diversity of foods and flavors from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela. Discover peanut soup from Bolivia, empanadas from Chile, or meatloaf from Paraguay. Over 50 great recipes from these 8 countries. You’ll find time-honored traditional recipes combined with influences from abroad, especially from Europe and specifically Spain – even some North American influences as well but that create flavor profiles.

Quick & Easy Microwave Mug Recipes

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Quick & Easy Microwave Mug RecipesCooking for one? Meals in a mug are a perfect solution for solo dining. They’re also quick and easy for busy people and even easier to clean-up after. And they are a convenient and budget-conscious way to eat delicious and healthy meals.

These perfect individual portion sized recipes cover morning breakfast to late afternoon snacks and satisfying suppers with just a quick trip to the microwave which speedily omits hours of stovetop simmering and/or baking. In just 2 minutes, breakfast gets a sumptuous and nutritious boost with a moist and tender Muffin or an Omelette. Try a Cookies & Cream cake for dessert.

Jar Recipes

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Meals in JarsIf you are new to the meals in a jar concept, the joy of portable convenient meals will make you an instant believer. Whether you’re preparing snacks for school or lunches the work week these recipes will put your recyclables to work saving you time, money, and space. Meals in a jar includes salads, lunches, appetizers, desserts, and virtually any other food you can think of on the go. The possibilities are truly endless.

Mayo Recipes

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Mayo RecipesAmerica’s favorite condiment, Mayo, has been around since the early 1800s. Mayonnaise is by far the most popular form of condiments today–people use it to flavor hamburgers, fish, sandwiches and other dishes. Cooks also use it as the base for gourmet dressings. Making your own mayonnaise is easy, and all the herbs and spices can be adjusted to your own personal taste.



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