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The Foster's Market Cookbook: Favorite Recipes for Morning, Noon, and Night Kindle Edition

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Since 1990, Sara Foster has been delighting the patrons of her two North Carolina gourmet takeout food stores with refined yet unpretentious fare that reflects her Southern upbringing and years as a professional cook on the East Coast. The Foster's Market Cookbook, penned with food writer Sarah Belk King, collects dozens of Foster's most popular recipes, beloved for their use of high-quality seasonal ingredients and rich, imaginative flavor combinations. As with Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and myriad tomes by Martha Stewart (for whom Foster worked in the 1980s), Foster's debut provides both advanced and fledgling home cooks with impeccably tasteful dinner-party menu ideas and creative weekday meals.

Starting the book as you might your morning, Foster offers tantalizing breakfast possibilities such as Sticky Orange-Coconut Pinwheels and traditional-with-a-twist brunch dishes such as Mushroom-Risotto Hash with Fried Eggs and Grilled Ham. Next come more than 15 soul-warming soups, stews, and chilies (Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Chowder is just one of many must-make entries); sandwiches and snacks; salads and sides; entrées; and desserts. Main-dish highlights include Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Prosciutto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes (they're so good and so easy to make!), Grilled Eggplant Parmesan with Fresh Mozzarella and Zesty Tomato Sauce, and Pan-Seared Sea Scallops with Tom Thumb Tomatoes and Foster's Pesto (a perfect quick spring meal). The desserts are divine, including chic confections such as Four-Layer Blueberry Gingerbread Cake with Mocha Cream, a collaboration with Durham pastry chef Kathy Edwards, as well as old-fashioned treats like strawberry shortcake and pecan pie (nicely jazzed with bourbon). Throughout, sidebars and tips on techniques give cooks additional opportunity to learn from Foster's fine food sensibility. For connoisseurs of simple yet sophisticated cuisine, The Foster's Market Cookbook truly titillates. --Rebecca Robinson

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In the tradition of the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, Foster has put together favorite recipes featured at her two Foster's Markets (where she prepares and sells seasonal dishes) in Durham and Chapel Hill, N.C. Much of the food is simple and depends on fresh, quality ingredients enhanced by herbs and spices for its success. Starting with a wide selection of muffins and breads, such as the moist Granny Foster's Banana Walnut Bread, the book covers a range of breakfast and brunch dishes before moving on to soups, stews, chilies and the more traditional sandwiches, spreads and snacks of a gourmet market store. The Provencal White Bean Dip is given an unusual twist with sun-dried tomatoes and capers, and the Curried Chicken Salad is paired with whole-grain or pumpernickel bread for a savory combination. The salads, sides and entrees such as the Mediterranean-inflected Sauteed Chicken Breast with Artichokes, Lemons and Capers or the Roast Leg of Lamb Stuffed with Italian White Beans and Spinach show influences from other cultures from Italy to Asia. Old-fashioned desserts like Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chocolate Pound Cake round out the book. Enhanced with photos and scattered sidebar tips, the book is well designed and user-friendly, making it a welcome addition for those who plan their meals with the seasons. (On sale Apr. 23)

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  • File Size: 23478 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (August 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053CT254
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Foster's Market is a gourmet food market and cafe, focusing on scratch made soups, salads, casseroles, sandwiches and more. Everything is made in house, we even roast the turkey for our sandwiches. It is nearly impossible to describe Foster's with one set definition. We are a restaurant, coffee bar, specialty food store and catering company. We also make gift baskets and sell products on our online store. It seems a bit crazy, but it is really the combination of all these that makes Foster's a successful business. The awesome food, the superior service, the staff, the fun and the unexpected are what makes the Foster's experience a unique and rewarding one.

The History... Sara Foster and her husband, Peter Sellers moved to Durham, North Carolina and opened Foster's Market in 1990, introducing great seasonal prepared foods to eat in or take out, specialty grocery items, locally roasted coffee and select wines. Foster's immediately became a wonderful gathering spot for Durham residents and Duke University students, professors and employees. In order to serve the increasing demand, additional space and food selections were added, but one thing has remained constant: our devotion to complete customer satisfaction. Our guiding principlees have always been to serve great tasting food, offer superior customer service, have fun and earn a living. The market/cafe was such a success that Sara opened a second Foster's Market location in 1998 in Chapel Hill. As of September 3, 2014, the Chapel Hill location is no longer part of Foster's Market, and has been renamed The Root Cellar. Over the years Foster's Market has won many awards from "Small Business of the Year" to "Best Lunch Spot in the Triangle." Sara also received the award for "2010 Restaurateur of the Year" from the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on September 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Sara Foster's "Foster's Market Cookbook" is a hands-down winner. She combines a comfortable manner with comfort food galore--usually comfort food with just enough of a twist to make it new and interesting. Granny Foster's Refrigerator Rolls (which keep for an amazing two weeks in the fridge if you want to put off baking them) are highly recommended!
In addition to featuring terrific, simple, delicious recipes, the layout of the book makes it a breeze to read. It's amazing to me how many cookbooks are actually sort of hard to follow when it comes to the directions, but this one isn't. The design is attractive and the font easy to read. Each recipe direction is numbered--a wonderful thing if you happen to look away and lose your place. For the most part, each recipe is complete on a single page and when this is not the case, the recipe is usually complete on the facing page. This makes following the recipes a breeze. This one is a keeper.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Radzwiller on May 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As both a professional Chef & a faithful patron of Foster's Market, my expectations have been exceeded by The Foster's Market Cookbook.
Not only does the book seem to give away all of Sara's favorites- from her Tarragon Chicken Salad with Granny Smith Apples & Grapes (this might possibly be the BEST chicken salad i've had anywhere in the world), to the Roast Pork Tenderloin with Dried Cherries & Rosemary, to the ultimate cookie- The Chocolate Whopper- but she does so with refreshing ease. Where most "Celebrity Chef" cookbooks are filled with multi-task & complicated recipes, the ones in this cookbook are very simple- yet produce real food with real flavors that fit with today's real work schedules & culinary skill levels.
The Cookbook is the same as her Market- warm, informative & friendly. This is a book that i will cherish using for the rest of my life.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By JKC on June 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The criteria I set forth for an ideal cookbook is that the recipes must be relatively easy to make (but the food has to be outstanding), it has to be beautifully organized, and the ingredients must be easy to obtain. The magic touch of this cookbook is that it not only meets all of these criteria, but you can use it for weekly family cooking *and* for entertaining. The recipes are simple and affordable enough to work for nightly home cooking but tasty enough to feed guests for special occasions. What a star you are, Sara Foster, for sharing these lovely recipes with all of us! The Foster's Market Cookbook will be my number one gift for fellow home cooks and food lovers from now on and I'll continue to use it each week in my own home.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I recently received my copy of Foster's Market Cookbook and have already moved with lightening speed through a number of the recipes, and they are excellent! The recipes are not too complex, or fussy and at the same time each one is a great combination of fresh ingredients. The comfort food section of the book is alone worth the price. The Chicken Salad with a honey mustard mayonaise was a big hit, paired with a great orzo salad. My family is in love with the Risotto cakes. This is a great cook book for casual great-tasting food. It will be tough to find one cookbook with as many great recipes. Gotta go Cook!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
`The Foster's Market Cookbook' by Sara Foster, with Sarah Belk King, I bought in my `buy everything I saw on the Food Network' phase, especially after I saw Sarah Foster demonstrate her killer sticky bun recipe on the Food Network's `In Martha's Kitchen' show. This was also in my sticky bun-baking period, before I gave it up as too much work and went back to straight breads.

One of the main reasons the book sat unopened on my shelves for so long was the fact that the `killer sticky bun' recipe was simply not that killer. Do not believe anyone when they say they have an easy sticky bun recipe, because it probably means the end result will fall below expectations. Around the same time, I did a sticky bun recipe from funny baker Wayne Harley Brachman, and that one didn't come up to snuff anyway. Leave it to Julia Child to come through for me. I did the sticky bun recipe in `Baking with Julia' and it was a LOT of work, but it in fact surpassed anything you can get from the mall.

But getting back to Sarah Foster's book, I have come back to it because I harbored s suspicion that there was some really good stuff in the book, and I was not disappointed.

Part of my attraction is that I am a sucker for any cookbook that covers sandwiches. While I think Foster's sandwich recipes are not as interesting or as complete as those in Nancy Silverton's whole book devoted to the subject, they are a great resource if you happen to have no other source of ideas for sandwiches.

Otherwise, the book covers everything you would expect, and it is especially strong on topics where you would expect expertise such as muffins, biscuits, scones, soups, salads, and egg dishes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This cookbook strikes the right balance for people with busy lives who also are interested in putting fresh, flavorful food on the table. Ms. Foster has written her instructions clearly and concisely, offering suggestions for substitutions or variations to suit your individual tastes. The dishes are straight forward and simple to follow, emphasizing ingredients in their season for a fullness of flavor. There is no love of perfection or preciousness here, just an appreciation of and a desire for full flavor. The recipes yield meals that taste like much more effort than they actually are, and will have you anticipating the next dish. Enjoy.
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