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The Supper Book Hardcover – August 25, 1992

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From Publishers Weekly

In this welcome follow-up to The Breakfast Book , Cunningham restores supper to its traditional place as a cozy, "flexible" meal and invites readers to expand their repertoires with her inventive selections. She reminds cooks that supper was never meant to be a test of one's culinary acumen, and suggests that it is "more a state of mind than a meal bound by rules." The easy and adaptable recipes, which cover all parts and types of the meal, reflect that belief. Many, like black pepper ribs and chicken under a brick, require only a handful of common ingredients and can be prepared quickly. Even those that call for more time and preparation, like "Sharon's Orange Scone Berry Cakes," need no more dexterity than kneading dough or transferring ingredients from mixing bowl to pan. In addition, Cunningham lauds ordinary supper foods, most notably iceberg lettuce, which she calls "a perfect creation" and includes in several recipes. In this easygoing cookbook, there are few requirements--no lists of pantry must-haves or sources for exotic ingredients. By departing from both the fast-and-fat-free and food-as-spectacle cookbook camps, the author more accurately reflects the realities of day-to-day cooking. 50,000 first printing; Literary Guild alternate .
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Cunningham is the author of The Fannie Farmer Baking Book ( LJ 11/15/84) and recent editions of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook ( LJ 8/90. 13th ed.), as well as The Breakfast Book (Knopf, 1987), to which her latest book serves as a companion volume. This homey collection should have a particular appeal for today's harried cook, and although most of the dishes are simple, many are eminently suitable for a companionable meal with favored guests as well. Along with recipes for all courses of a meal, there is a chapter of tempting "fringe dishes," from Fire and Ice Relish to Persimmon-Pear Salad. For most collections. Literary Guild alternate.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (August 25, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067940144X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679401445
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I have had this cookbook for a few years and increase my use of it each year. The recipies are simple, not in the American "convenient" way, but in their appeal to the simple tases one associates with a true supper. That said, they are usually easy to prepare as well. I appreciate the author's suggestions for the entire meal, as her choices for go along with recipies are superb.
Particular favorites are Avacado and Bacon Salad, Cream of Scallop Soup, Orzo with Fresh Dill, and Almond Cookies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jemma C. Gabriel on August 5, 2011
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I am so happy to add this to my cookbook collection. How I missed it upon publication I'll never know. The tomato rarebit is fabulous! These are,for the most part,simple recipes that are gratifying and ,more important,taste wonderful. A lot of good ideas in this one for anyone who cares about quality meals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Zelles on November 5, 2009
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I have only tried the cabbage roll recipe and it was worth the purchase just for this DELICIOUS recipe! It's a perfect little go-to book for good old meat and potato style dinners.
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As someone who's been using Marion Cunningham's "The Breakfast Book" almost weekly since it came out all those years ago, I wanted to be sure I'd given all of her books more than a passing glance. I'm happy to have a complete collection, but this is one that will probably stay on the shelf now that I've looked through it. Probably should've gotten a backup copy of "The Breakfast Book" as the one I use is stained and falling apart from use.
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