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Canal House Cooks Every Day

(book, Melissa Hamilton & Christopher Hirsheimer)

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From the award-winning authors of the beloved Canal House Cooking series comes Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton’s book, Canal House Cooks Every Day. This magnificent cookbook, inspired by Hirsheimer and Hamilton’s popular daily blog, Canal House Cooks Lunch, offers a year of seasonal recipes for the home cook.

The 2013 James Beard Foundation Award winner for General Cooking, Canal House Cooks Every Day is a handsome, red-cloth-covered, 384-page book with nearly 250 recipes and over 130 lush photographs and illustrations. It’s home cooking at its best — by home cooks, for home cooks — and it’s pure Canal House.

Regardless of the experience level of readers, Canal House Cooks Every Day will have them running to the kitchen to start cooking. The delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes celebrate the everyday practice of simple cooking and the enjoyment of eating. 

Hamilton and Hirsheimer use the best seasonal ingredients available to cook with every day. Their recipes reflect the seasons, their appetites, their cravings, the occasions, and/or the demands of feeding their own busy families. This instant classic includes recipes for dishes as simple as a lunch of splendid summer tomato sandwiches or crackers spread with preserved lemon butter with smoked salmon and fresh chives, to more complex meals like braised chicken with wild mushrooms and fine egg noodles.

In addition to the recipes, this wonderful cookbook includes menus for all the great holidays throughout the year, plus 12 intimate essays — on such topics as picking a ripe tomato, making your own pasta, or foraging for wild mushrooms — that introduce each month and capture the feeling and vibe of that special time of the year. Cooking through this book, readers will become better cooks and gain an increased appreciation for the wonderful flavors and aromas of a home-cooked meal.