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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (September 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569757178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569757178
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If Trader Joe's is your "go-to" store whenever you need something special, then The I Love Trader Joe's Cookbook is for you. Not only are the more than 150 delicious recipes good for special events and entertaining, they're great for every day, too! --Sacramento Book Review

Recipes like the whiskey-tinged Hot Toddy Chicken, Cherry Crostini with Pecorino Romano, and the Sausage Salad for a Hot Summer Night will have you planning dinner party menus in your head months in advance, and you won't have to wonder where to buy the ingredients --every single component can be purchased at Trader Joe's. --Examiner.com

..it's a cheerful, accessible resource for parents trying to get a decent, affordable dinner on the table, as well as overworked single people and college students... her enthusiasm becomes infectious, and, like it or not, most of us are slaves to Trader Joe's. Most importantly, her recipes sound terrific --Hometown Pasadena

About the Author

After attending culinary school late in life, Cherie Twohy found her bliss teaching others how to cook. Her cooking school, Chez Cherie, in La Canada, CA, has hosted thousands of students since its founding in 2000. Her husband and three children have served as enthusiastic recipe-testers, for which they have her eternal gratitude. Twohy holds a Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) designation from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Among her most prized possessions is an authentic Trader Joe’s shirt, awarded to her by a Captain at one of her local ‘Joe’s.

More About the Author

Family and food are the touchstones in Cherie Mercer Twohy's life. After attending culinary school late in life, she found her bliss teaching cooking. Her cooking school, Chez Cherie, in La Canada, CA (www.chezcherie.com) , has hosted thousands of students since its founding in 2000. Her husband and three children have served as (mostly) enthusiastic recipe-testers, for which they have her eternal gratitude. Twohy holds a Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) designation from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Among her most prized possessions is an authentic Trader Joe's shirt, awarded to her by a Captain at one of her local 'Joe's.Cherie can be reached at cherie@ilovetraderjoes.com

Customer Reviews

The pictures are lovely (and motivating!)
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I have bought or used every TJ's cookbook out there, and this is by far the best.
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Trader Joe's here I come to buy my ingredients!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Hutcheson on October 13, 2009
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I am a frequent shopper of Trader Joe's; and this gem of a cooking book has enticed me to explore deep into the crevasses of my "local Joe". Not only have the recipes encouraged me to try more TJ's products, Cherie Mercer Twohy has inspired me to try new flavors and combination's of foods with her wisdom from her "years" of shopping at Trader Joe's and as a professionally trained chef.

You will want to read this cook book from cover to cover. The introduction is FILLED with how to get the best from your Trader Joe's, and most of the recipes include tips and/or a personal comment and sometimes a bit of humor, "Dental floss works great for cutting the goat cheese--just make sure to use the plain version, not the minty-fresh."

If you shop at Trader Joe's, you are probably concerned with the quality of food you eat. With this book you get the quality of TJ's products included in recipes that will put smiles on the faces of your family and friends and build your confidence as a cook. Oh! And most of the recipes, from starters to entrée's and dessert, can be prepared and served in 45 minutes or less.

Cherie has also included recipes that are vegetarian and gluten free. I especially appreciate the Hoardables and Pantry Staples List at the end of the book, because I was one of the victims of TJ's amazing frozen Pie Crust becoming a seasonal item. Take my word, you won't be disappointed.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 7, 2010
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I have great affection for Trader Joe's (TJ's) grocery stores but unfortunately there are none in Colorado. Trips for business and pleasure usually include a stop at any local shops so my pantry can be restocked. Knowing my appreciation of TJ's wonderful products this book was a well thought out gift that I received this past Christmas.

The author deserves recognition for including over 150 recipes when the trend of cookbooks I've recently looked at is around 60 to 70. Granted, some of the recipes are quite brief - like Cherry Crostini with Pecorino Romano which only has four ingredients - one of which is a loaf of bread -- but most have a range of complexity from easy to somewhat advanced.

Recipes I've tested include Chile Crab Chowder, Roasted Mushroom Polenta Stacks, Turkey with Green Chile Sauce and Roasted Asparagus with Hazelnuts and Clementines. Without fail, the results were delicious and all are dishes I will definitely prepare again. The author is clearly quite accomplished. She succeeds at taking a basic idea and adding a unique slant taking the dish to a new level. Other reviewers spoke of taking a cooking class from her, and given what I've tested from her cookbook, I'd welcome the opportunity.

Most of the recipes do not require an exact match of a TJ's product in order to prepare the dish, but some do, or at least will require some manipulation of several products to reach an acceptable substitute -- for example the Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Tapenade or Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar.

The structure of the book is clear and logical -The inclusion of the amount of time required to prepare the recipe is very helpful and often left out of cookbooks. There is no nutritional information given, but that is usually the case.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By andiesenji VINE VOICE on August 31, 2010
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I shop regularly at Trader Joe's, even though it is nearly a half-hour drive for me when traffic is light, at times longer.
It doesn't matter, the trip is worth it because at the end I find so many things at Tj's that fit so well into my foodie life.
This cookbook has some wonderful recipes for the ingredients found at TJ's and many are easy and quick to make, especially when one has guests that drop in with no warning. Happens to me fairly often.
Many of the dishes are elegant enough to be served to special guests but require much less time than the traditional and the fact that they are labeled for people with restrictive diets, gluten-free, vegetarian and etc., is especially helpful.
The recipes are easy enough for the novice cook and yet won't disappoint the experienced cook because some of the combinations are inspired.
I'm a very adventurous cook with 50+ years of cooking experience and I found some things that had never occurred to me to put together.
I like making dishes from "scratch" but there are times when it is most desirable to be able to put a meal on the table without a lot of planning and prep and without having to spend a lot of time thinking about how to get more variety into everyday meals.
Cherie has certainly done an outstanding job on this book and I look forward to more from her pen (or computer) and hopefully in the not-too-distant future.
I am addicted to large purses and this book, while not a "pocket" size, fits nicely in my purse and allows me to consult it while shopping.
It is always consulted prior to my trip to TJ's and (as it is presently) amplified with many little Post-It sticky notes to make it easy to reference particular pages while in the store. (Or while sitting in my van prior to entering the store.
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83 of 106 people found the following review helpful By K. Ferris on February 22, 2010
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I love Trader Joe's and I thought I would love this cookbook too. I tried quite a few recipes and didn't find anything I would cook again. No one in my family cared for them. For example, I love sweet potatoes and I love the Trader Joe's peach salsa, so I thought the recipe using those two ingredients would be great. It wasn't. The language could also be better adapted to home cooks - one recipe told me to use "chiffonaded basil." Maybe other people know what that is, but despite the fact that I cook a lot, I don't talk "chef" so I had to google that! A lot of the recipes use the same products over and over throughout, so if TJ's is out of stock that day or has discontinued something, you're out of luck. There were many recipes that I could not make for that reason.

In using the recipes, I found that they were difficult to read because there is a busy beige pattern printed behind every ingredient list of every recipe. It's a shame when readability is traded off for design - the book becomes really hard to use. There is also a lot of empty space throughout which would have been perfect for adding photos because there is only a handful of photos in the book as another reviewer pointed out.

It would have been great to see a little more adventure in exploring more of the great items TJ's carries rather than repeating the same ones throughout. Obviously the author has favorite products, but the great thing about TJ's is the huge diversity of products. I found myself wondering why 8 or 10 recipes use the same Corn and Chile Salsa over and over when TJ's has so many other great salsas or corn products. Or how the puff pastry and pie crust (both very high fat/calorie items - not for everyday eating) appear over and over.
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