From Publishers Weekly
The Junior League fetes its 100th anniversary with a collection of recipes from its 295 local chapters around the country. This celebratory volume also highlights "Recipes for a Better Community," examples of how different chapters have used proceeds from their cookbook sales to help improve their communities (e.g., renovating libraries, building parks), which is the overall mission of the Junior League. The recipes are arranged by region and typeANortheast and Mid-Atlantic Appetizers, Appalachian/Piedmont Beverages, Northern Plains and Canada Meats and Game and so forth. While there is a heavy reliance on rich foods like mayonnaise, cheese and butter, there are healthy alternatives to be found. As well, it's comforting to see that chefs are not afraid to include ingredients such as bottled lemon juice, cake mix, and frozen concentrates. The sophisticated gourmet will be especially delighted with recipes for Mixed Greens and Pear Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette, a sparkling palate awakener; Curried Butternut Squash Soup, an elegant first course; and Lemon Thyme Swordfish, an entr?e that is easy enough for everyday, but perfect for entertaining. The name alone will attract cooks looking for comforting homestyle recipes. (Nov.)
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