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My favorite cookbook

Readers share their favorite collection of recipes.

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A new favorite is Crazy Sista Cooking: Cuisine and Conversation with Lucy Anne Buffett (2007).Yes, "those" Buffetts. Lucy (Lulu) Buffett is something of a local celeb. Besides being singer Jimmy's sister, she's the owner of Lulu's at Homeport Marina on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores, Ala. Lucy says every Southern family has at least one "crazy sista" (or aunt or cousin) and for the Buffett family, she holds the title. Her cookbook not only gives the family recipes that make up most of the menu offerings, but also tells how the restaurant came to be, and funny and heartwarming tales of the seafaring Buffett family.– Massey Lambard, Foley, Ala.

I enjoy Simply in Season edited by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert (2005) and commissioned by the Mennonite Central Committee. It contains recipes that call for fresh, local foods available in each of the seasons experienced in North America. Through both recipes and short narratives, this book links our eating habits with care for the earth. Foods locally grown or preserved are so much tastier than "fresh" products harvested before they are ripe then shipped across the country. Grocery store strawberries in January bear little resemblance to the ones I pick from my garden in June!– Maynard Kurtz Elkhart, Ind.


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