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Sunday, September 21, 2008 

The 34th Annual Planned Parenthood Book Sale is here...

And, yes...I made my first venture into the literal "acres" of books. I tried to be good and stay away for a few days...but I just couldn't help myself. I didn't pick up too many, as I made myself stick to a very, very strick budget. I walked away with some interesting additions to my ever expanding cookbook collection.

1) Luncheon - The Gamble House. Recipes and appointments of luncheons served in The Gamble House in Pasadena. I absolutely LOVE The Gamble House. (Celebrating their Centennial Year this year - 1908-2008, by the way!) Any lovers of architecture are taken with this amazing creation of the Greene brothers and a photo of this historic masterpiece does grace the cover of the spiral bound cookbook. From the book's front piece....
Luncheon at The Gamble House is one of the special ways the Docent Council has found to share with you the traditional hospitality of this beautiful home. The luncheons, which are followed by a tour of the house, are served in a part of the house which is not show on the the regular Tuesday and Thursday public tours. Reservations for luncheon are not open to the general public.

...so many of our guests have requested recipes we decided to compile them in a cookbook.
Recipes include: Cantaloupe Ginger Chicken Salad. Avodado Vichyssoise. Orange Pumpkin Bread. Chocolate Sherry Bundt Cake.

2) 101 Secrets of California Chefs (original recipes from the state's great restaurants) (1970) This softback book contains names and recipes of many restaurants well known in 1969 when it originally was published, but are now only known in memories of diners and in cookbooks such as this. Orsi's (Zuppa Inglesse and Stracciatella alla Romana)and Doro's (Cannelloni) both in San Francisco. The Brambles (Oyster Soup) in Cambria. The French Poodle (Poulet Chaumiere) in Carmel. The restaurant that caught my eye, The Olive Mill Bistro (Chicken Suzanne) one of my long ago haunts here in Santa Barbara.

3) Taste of the Pacific Region (2001) This is a collection of recipes submitted by Eddie Bauer associates in the Pacific Region. It was done to help raise over $80,000 to benefit the United Way in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and British Colombia. The various categories were broken down by region. Appetizers by British Columbia. Breads by Seattle East. Salads by Los Angeles. Soups by Eastern Washington. Meats by Oregon. Poultry by Southern California/Nevada. Seafood by San Francisco East/Hawai'i. Sides by San Francisco West. Desserts by Seattle West/Alaska. Recipes include: Tournedos of Beef with Cabernet Raisin Sauce. Chicken with Chipolte Cacust and Avocado Salsa. Turkey Tenderloins with Papaya Salsa. Grilled Orange and Bourbon Salmon. Apricot Ginger Pound Cake with Rum Glaze. Who knew that Eddie Bauer associates were so handy with the spatulas!

4) Pure Flavor. 125 Fresh All American Reicpe from the Pacific Northwest. (2007 Uncorrected Proof) Kurt Beecher Dammeier. Forward by Tom Douglas. (Looks like a fellow foodie blogger, The Passionate Foodie, discovered this cookbook last year.) Kurt Dammeier is an entrepreneur and self-taught cook. He opened Beecher's Handmade Cheese in 2003 and has become known as a cheese industry expert, but he also owns Pasta & Co. gourmet retail shops and Bennett's Pure Food Bistro. (Which keeps him busy and away from his blog, the "Curds and Whey Chronicles.)

When he sold the family printing business that his grandfather had founded, Kurt Beecher Dammeier could have retired, a wealthy man at 38.

Instead Dammeier used a portion of the money as a grubstake for a second career in the food industry.

"I wanted to do things I really care about rather than something I fell into -- which is what happens to you in a family business," Dammeier said.

One thing Dammeier cares about deeply is "pure" food made with no preservatives and no artificial flavorings or colorings. Dammeier is allergic to food additives and is convinced that additives are an underlying cause of health problems for many people.- PugetSound Business Journal

His philosophy is carried throughout the book. Local. Organic. Free Range. Fresh. These are the building blooks of his recipes which include: Toasted Brie and Sweet Thai Chili Sauce Sandwich. Parsnip Spice Cake. Pan Roasted Orange-Paprika Carrots. Butter Rubbed Salmon with Blueberry Sauce. Dungeness Crab Mac and Cheese. Masa Flour Pancakes with Three-Citrus Honey-Butter Syrup.

Hungry yet? I certainly am!

Get yourselves down to Earl Warren Showgrounds and pick up some great books (cookbooks or otherwise) at the 34th Planned Parenthood Booksale.

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