Friday, April 17, 2009

Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's - Book Feature

I believe there has long been a need for a Trader Joe's cookbook, so much so in fact that I approached the Trader Joe's company about the idea several years ago. They wanted no part of it, citing the reason that they don't always keep the same items in stock at all times. While that may be true, they keep plenty enough of them, and often when one goes out, something similar takes its place.

Authors Deana Gunn and Wona Miniatihad the same idea for a cookbook, but they didn't let TJ's reticence keep them from pursuing the project. They wrote and produced a Trader Joe's cookbook on their own. And they've done a fabulous job. I couldn't have done it better myself!

Each and every recipe in this book can be made entirely from ingredients typically found at your local Trader Joe's store. This alone should cut down on the amount of running around you do when grocery shopping. Like the merchandise at Trader Joe's, the fare is modern and current -- the kinds of food you and your family will run to the table for. Full color photos accompany each recipe, enticing you to head out for TJ's and start cooking.

While the recipes we chose for samples can be made from ingredients that you can get at Trader Joe's or other stores (so as not to leave out those readers who are not lucky enough to have a Trader Joe's store nearby), know that many of the recipes in the book utilized Trader Joe's signature brand items -- such as sauces, salsas, and prepared foods. As the authors say, having a Trader Joe's nearby is like having your own chef staffed prep kitchen.

Recipe chapters include:
A Few of Our Favorite Things; Appealing Appetizers; Soups, Salads, and Light Meals; Main Meals; On the Side; Delicious Desserts and Daring Drinks; Begin with Breakfast; Bachelor Quickies; Trader Joe's Store Locations.

Sample Recipes from Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's

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