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About the Author

Diane Morgan is an award-winning cookbook author, culinary instructor, and restaurant consultant. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Sheri Giblin is a San Francisco-based photographer.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811871428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811871426
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diane Morgan is an award-winning cookbook author, freelance food writer, culinary instructor, and restaurant consultant. She is the author of 17 cookbooks, including her newest book, Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes. Roots won the prestigious James Beard award for vegetable focused and vegetarian cookbooks, in addition to a coveted IACP Cookbook Award in the single subject category. The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, among others named Roots one of the top cookbooks of the year.

Her other cookbooks include: Skinny Dips, The Christmas Table, The New Thanksgiving Table, Grill Every Day, Salmon, Pizza, Delicious Dips, The Thanksgiving Table, Midnight Munchies, Cooking For The Week, The Basic Gourmet, The Basic Gourmet Entertains, and Dressed To Grill: Savvy Recipes for Girls who Play with Fire, all from Chronicle Books. In addition, Diane has a cookbook, Gifts Cooks Love, written in conjunction with Sur La Table and published by Andrews McMeel.

She has been involved in the world of food for more than 30 years. She spent six years in Chicago as a caterer and chef for an executive dining room. Leaving behind Chicago's blustery, frigid winters, Diane moved to the Pacific Northwest, settling in Portland, Oregon. Her focus shifted to teaching cooking classes and pursuing a career in food writing. Her first cookbook, Entertaining People: Menus from a Pacific Northwest Cooking School won an IACP/Seagrams cookbook award and was followed by Very Entertaining: Menus for Special Occasions.

Diane's holiday cookbook, The Christmas Table, was featured in Oprah's "O" magazine with six-pages of glorious photographs highlighting food gifts from the kitchen, all created by Diane. Better Homes & Gardens featured six recipes from The Christmas Table in a beautifully illustrated article. Her decadent recipe for Hot Chocolate Fudge Cakes was on the cover of December 2008's issue of Cooking Light magazine.

Diane has been a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times food section and has written for Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Cooking Light, Clean Eating, The Oregonian, and Edible Portland. She has appeared on the Today Show, ABC World News Now, CBS Early Show, The Food Network, Smart Solutions on HGTV, Seasonings on PBS, and Good Day Oregon. In addition, for the past two years, Diane has consulted on the core menu, promotional seasonal menus and recipes for a Northwest chain of family dining restaurants. Her website is: www.dianemorgancooks.com.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By V. Glassman on November 15, 2010
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I bought this book after spotting it in a gourmet foods store. I was impressed with the diversity of recipes for party dips and spreads. I really like that the book is divided into different types of dips, for example, bean and tofu, meat, salsas, and others. The first recipe I made from the book was the Curried Pumpkin Hummus for a luncheon with my parents and future in-laws. I added in an extra half-tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of nutmeg (my favorite spice), but otherwise made the spread exactly from the book. Even my mom, who despises curry, loved the dip and everyone at the party wanted the recipe! What I like best is that the recipes don't have exotic ingredients that you have to go all over town for; I think you can get nearly everything from your supermarket. And while we do have a food processor, you can make most of the recipes without one. Another bonus is the nutritional information that comes with every recipe. It tells you how many cups of the recipe is made, and how much the serving size is, for example, 2 tbsp., which is a good change from "Makes approx. 8 servings." The book also recommends which "Skinny Dippers" go best with each recipe, for example, the hummus recipe goes best with chips or pita. I can't wait to dig in to some of the other recipes. They really do take minimal prep time and have big flavor!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gina on April 15, 2011
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It isn't often you find a cook book of light recipes that are filled with ingredients you probably already have stocked in your kitchen pantry. Skinny Dips is filled with recipes of just that -- simple to prepare, every day ingredients, and delicious! I have prepared several of the recipes, served them to friends and family, and have yet to find one we didn't like!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jenb on June 9, 2011
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Great Cookbook with a lot of fun ideas, I really like this because is so different from a typical cookbook and gives you a way to bring fun and healthy snacks to any party!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Lunsford on February 19, 2013
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Being health conscious it is nice to have a book where quick and eay recipes can be made for family or friends. I especially like the new twist on old ideas.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Visovsky on September 16, 2012
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For any party or just for yourself at home. Perfect for people on weight watchers. Most dips 0 - 2 point plus values. And delicious.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 13, 2011
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This is a great little cookbook with beautiful photos that inspire me to try many of the recipes. The fact that they are made with low fat ingredients is a plus for those who need to cut back on calories, but the regular full-fat versions can be easily substituted with good results.

The cookbook chapters include vegetable and herb dips; salsas, guacamoles, and tapendes; cheese and tofu dips, bean and legume dips, meat and seafood dips, and crudites and other skinny dippers. Some of the dips are hot or baked and others are simply mixed in a bowl and chilled. I didn't notice any ingredients that couldn't be found in a larger grocery store, and the recipes all seem easy.

I have bookmarked several recipes to try, including Parmesan Spinach Dip, Tomatillo Guacamole, Roasted Tomato Spread, and Bacon and Bean Dip, plus several versions of hummus. I did make the Three-Cheese Pepperoncini Dip which my family enjoyed both as a dip for veggies and chips and as a topping for baked potatoes. My only question with this recipe is that there weren't three cheeses in it unless the author counts sour cream as a cheese (the other two were cottage cheese and cream cheese). Even so, it turned out well and I'll make it again.

This is a cookbook I know I'll use and can recommend it as a good addition to any cook's collection.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Lane on July 19, 2011
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This is an excellent cookbook. We love dips for the summer and these unique recipes make it much more exciting then your staple sour cream/chive dip. The mango salsa is awesome. So glad I got it, now my mom and sister-in-law are ordering it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fulla03 on February 24, 2013
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No seriously, I'm a dip fanatic. I can make that dish in the form of a dip? WELL OKAY! This book was on my wish list for ages and finally one day, I took a chance and I said "Fudge it, I'm just going to buy it!" And I'm glad I did. I've never tasted so many delicious dips in my life. I would totally recommend this!
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