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Lebanese Cooking by Madelain Farah & Leila Habib-Kirske
Lebanese Cooking by Madelain Farah & Leila Habib Kirske
If you love Middle Eastern cuisine, Lebanese Cooking by Madelain Farah & Leila Habib-Kirske published by Hatherleigh Press is a great reference as it has more than 185 simple, delicious, and authentic recipes in its chapters on Sauces, Bread & Bread Dishes, Soups, Salads, Fish, Entrées, Kibbi, Mihshi, Rice Dishes, Vegetarian Dishes, Laban (Yogurt) Dishes, Condiments, and Desserts & Beverages. Originally written by Madelain Farah in 1972 to honor recipes from her mother, the book was updated and expanded in 2023 by Madelain Farah's daughter, Leila Habib-Kirske. Written with love with delectable recipes and stunning photographs, this cookbook is a treasure for Middle Eastern cuisine.
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A Touch of Salt by Barbara Bates Conroy
A Touch of Salt by Barbara Bates Conroy
A Touch of Salt by Barbara Bates Conroy is a gorgeous coffee table book that tells the intriguing tale of The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood in the Rowayton neighborhood of Norwalk, Connecticut along with the rich history of the area's lobstermen and oystermen. Stunning photographs and Barbara's evocative writing captures the imagination, and the fabulous recipes also entice the reader to keep turning the pages. Two of our favorite recipes from the book are the Lobster Mac and Cheese, and Seared Salmon with Orange Sauce. Barbara graciously shares the recipe for Seared Salmon with Orange Sauce to tempt your palate.
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PepperMate Pepper Mill
PepperMate Traditional Pepper Mill Black
We admit it, we love fresh ground cracked black pepper and use it on, and in, everything we eat or cook. While we love grinding our own black pepper, our challenge has been to find the perfect pepper mill. Throughout the years we have accumulated a diverse collection of pepper mills in all sizes, shapes, and materials, and in all price ranges. While perfectly fine to use tableside, using them for cooking purposes presented more of a challenge when we wanted more finely ground black pepper. When we recently "discovered" the PepperMate Pepper Mill, we found it to be the perfect pepper mill solution. 
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From The Hill By The Sea – A Book By Seadon Shouse
From The Hill By The Sea - A Book by Seadon Shouse
Although Chef Seadon Shouse went to culinary school, in a way his training began back in rural Novia Scotia, Canada where he grew up fishing, foraging, and planting. For a chef, there could not be a better foundation than an appreciation, respect, and passion for the food he creates from an early age. His cookbook and memoir, From The Hill By The Sea - A Book by Seadon Shouse is filled with wonderful recipes, beautiful photographs, and interesting stories about growing up, fishing, and foraging in Nova Scotia with his sister and his dad. As the Executive Chef at Halifax restaurant in Hoboken, New Jersey, Seadon Shouse delivers his creative cuisine from the cookbook to the table with love. Until you can visit the restaurant and taste his cuisine personally, the book is a perfect gift for foodies, foragers, and lovers of a good story.
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The Gilded Age Cookbook by Becky Libourel Diamond
The Gilded Age Cookbook by Becky Libourel Diamond
As a dedicated fan of Downtown Abbey and The Gilded Age, I fell in love with The Gilded Age Cookbook  - Recipes and Stories from America's Golden era by Becky Libourel Diamond. While the recipes are wonderful, it is her carefully researched stories behind the recipes, along with stunning photographs and vintage art, that make her cookbook such a treasure. The cookbook makes a perfect gift for foodies as well as history fans.
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A Virtual History of Walking Sticks and Canes by Anthony Moss
A Virtual History of Walking Sticks and Canes by Anthony Moss
A Virtual History of Walking Sticks and Canes by Anthony Moss is the perfect gift for yourself, your favorite fashionista, or historian. It is much more than a gorgeous coffee table book; it is a valuable encyclopedia-like reference book of more than 500 pages detailing the history of walking sticks and canes with 800 sumptuous photographs and in-depth descriptions. 
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My First Cookbook - Fun, simple recipes all kids will love by Annabel Karmel
My first Cookbook - Fun, simple recipes all kids will love by Annabel Karmel
When I read the latest Annabel Karmel cookbook, My First Cookbook -  Fun, simple recipes all kids will love by Annabel Karmel and illustrated by Alex Willmoreit, was like taking a step back in time to my own wonderful childhood memories of baking and cooking with my mom. The cookbook is colorful and designed to attract kids' attention and appeal to their palates. The recipes have easy to follow steps and illustrations that make cooking, baking, and learning fun. Designed for ages 2 and up, the cookbook makes a perfect gift for budding chefs.
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Ozlem's Turkish Table - Recipes from My Homeland by Ozlem Warren
Ozlems Turkish Table - Recipes from my Homeland, by Ozlem Warren
Food can transport you to places already visited or places you wish to know, and Özlem Warren's debut cookbook, Özlem's Turkish Table - Recipes from My Homeland published by GB Publishing ORG with its mouth-watering recipes and stunning photographs, does exactly that. Having visited Turkey, reading Özlem's cookbook with its stories, history, and photographs, was like revisiting there, and through her delectable recipes, we will be able to "travel" back there any time we like via our palate.
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White Wine: The Comprehensive Guide to 50 Essential Varieties & Styles by DeSimone & Jenssen
White Wine: The Comprehensive Guide by Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen
Whether you are a novice wine drinker or an experienced oenophile who wants to broaden your white wine knowledge, the new wine book, White Wine: The Comprehensive Guide to 50 Essential Varieties & Styles by Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen is a perfect read. Well-written with beautiful photographs and interesting side charts, this book makes learning enjoyable and is a wonderful gift for your favorite wine drinker or for yourself. Grab a bottle of your favorite white wine, pour yourself a glass, make yourself comfortable, and have fun learning more about the wonderful world of white wine. Cheers!
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Wine Weddings: The Ultimate Guide to Creating the Wine-Themed Wedding of Your Dreams by Amy LaBelle
Wine Weddings: The Ultimate Guide to Creating Wine-Themed Wedding of Your Dream by Amy Labelle
Amy LaBelle, owner and winemaker of LaBelle Winery in Amherst and Derry, New Hampshire, has written the definitive wedding planning book, Wine Weddings: The Ultimate Guide to Creating the Wine-Themed Wedding of Your Dreams by Amy LaBelle about planning your perfect wine-themed wedding. Having hosted and planned over 1,000 weddings and more than 3,000 events, Amy shares her expertise and tips that will make wedding planning a breeze.
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Tea By iLOLA
iLOLA Tea Service - Moroccan Mint Green tea No 26 - Photo by Luxury Experience
As tea drinkers, we love our new "discovery" of Tea By iLOLATM  with its easy-to-use tea discs, that we can take wherever we go, and have the rich flavors and benefits associated with loose tea. We tried their Tea by iLOLATM Essentials Set, which included two delicious selections of tea: Moroccan Mint Green Tea No. 26, a medium caffeine tea, and Royal Cream of Earl Gray Black Tea No. 12, a high caffeine tea, a Tea Disc Infuser, and a Tea Disc Traveller 12-ounce thermos with tea infuser to take our tea on the go. Beautifully packaged, Tea by iLOLATM makes a perfect gift for favorite tea drinker or as a gift for yourself.
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Jacques Pepin: Art of the Chicken
Jacques Pepin: Art of the Chicken
I first met Jacques Pépin in April 2005 at the James Beard House in New York when I interviewed him on receiving their Lifetime Achievement Award. Throughout the years, I have watched this kind and talented Master of the Kitchen and Master Artist charm and delight students, audiences, and readers of his many books. He has taught us not only how to cook, but how to have fun and take delight in the kitchen as well as in ourselves. His latest book, Jacques Pépin: Art of the Chicken - A Master Chef's Paintings, Stories, and Recipes of the Humble Bird is filled with wonderful stories and his impressive artwork and makes a wonderful gift for yourself or your favorite chef.
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Seriously Good Chili Cookbook by Brian Baumgartner
Seriously Good Chilli Cookbook by Brain Baumgartner
When I think about chili, I think of cold weather comfort food, Sunday afternoon football, tailgate parties, après-ski, sledding, or skating, and if you need a little chili recipe inspiration, Seriously Good Chili Cookbook - 177 of the Best Recipes in the World by New York Times Best-Selling Author Brian Baumgartner is sure to inspire. For his cookbook, Brian Baumgartner, who many know from his role as "Kevin Malone" on the NBC Emmy-winning TV series, The Office, compiled his recipes along with contributions from award-winning chefs, celebrity chefs, and cooks from across the country. I was delighted when my recipe, Righteous Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili was included in his cookbook. Bon Appetit!
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Tuscan Women Cook, Nonnas. Memories. Recipes. by Coleen Kirnan with Rhonda Vilardo
Tuscan Women Cook Nonnas, Memories, Recipes by Coleen Kirnan with Rhonda Vilardo
Did you ever wish that you could learn to cook like an Italian grandmother (nonna)? With the cookbook, Tuscan Women Cook, Nonnas. Memories. Recipes by Coleen Kirnan with Rhonda Vilardo you can! With tasty recipes that range from Antipasti (hors d'oeuvre) to Zuppe (soup), Carne (meat), Dolci (dessert), Bevande (drinks), and more, the cookbook is filled with recipes that are easy-to-follow and include beautiful photographs of the food along with a great story for each of them, that will have you cooking like a nonna in no time at all. Mangia Bene!
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A Return to Ireland by Judith McLaughlin
A Return To Ireland by Judith Mcloughlin
A Return to Ireland - A culinary journey from America to Ireland by Judith McLaughlin published by Hatherleigh Press, Ltd. is like taking a sumptuous trip to Ireland via the palate with 100 mouth-watering recipes, stories of traveling from Ireland to America, and through the stunning photography by Gary McLaughlin that is gorgeous eye candy. The cookbook is a treasure of photographs and cookery that bring the best of the Emerald Island into your home. Sláinte!
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Sandra's Wine Life: Find your Wine Identity by Sandra Guibord
Sandra's Wine Lief: Find Your Wine Identity by Sandra Guibord We recently went to a wine tasting party at a friend's house, where we blind tasted five different types of wine. What was interesting was that we learned many of the guests regularly only drink one type of wine. That got us thinking; are you "stuck" in a wine groove? Sandra's Wine Life: Find Your Wine Identity written by Sandra Guibord is fun, informational, approachable, and gets you to think differently about your wine selections; by type, by region, by taste, and by season. She also has great recipes to pair with the wine to make you a star at your next gathering no matter what the season or occasion. Cheers!
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Anti-Aging Dishes from Around the World written by Grace O
Anti-Aging Dishes from Around the World - by Grace O
With longevity on the rise, we were intrigued by the cookbook title, Anti-Aging Dishes from Around the World written by Grace O published by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. and released in August 2022 and decided to give it a read. The cookbook features a collection of 250 great recipes along with nutritional information, guides, and resources. It is the perfect manual for healthy living, and while the recipes are certainly healthy, they are also mouth-watering delicious, which is a great combination. With recipes designed to: "boost immunity, improve skin, promote longevity, lower inflammation, and detoxify," it is easy to start the journey to healthier eating.
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Fabulous Modern Cookies: Lessons in Better Baking for Next-Generation Treats
Fabulous Modern Cookies by Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin
We love cookies, but then again, who does not? Cookies are perfect eat any time, take along treats, and the holidays would not be the same without offering our guests a wide variety of cookies to enjoy. Always on the prowl for new recipes to tempt our guests' palates, as well as our own, we were delighted to "discover" the perfect cookie cookbook, Fabulous Modern Cookies: Lessons in Better Baking for Next-Generation Treats written by Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin. This delectable cookbook has 100 recipes perfect for any holiday, but why wait?
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America's Test Kitchen: Modern Bistro, Home Cooking Inspired by French Classics
Modern Bistro - America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen: Modern Bistro, Home Cooking Inspired by French Classics is a treasure trove of wonderful recipes that will have you cooking like a French chef in no time. The recipes are detailed enough to encourage less experienced home cooks, as well as inspire more experienced ones. The cookbook has a wonderful "Welcome to America's Test Kitchen" section, followed by "Getting Started" which is a handy reference for ingredients commonly used in Bistro cooking. Chapters cover everything from Sauces to Appetizers, Mains, Vegetables, and Desserts, and everything in between. Bon Appetit!
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Easy Vegan Home Cooking by Laura Theodore
Easy Vegan Cookbook by Laura Theodore
With the growing culinary trend towards more plant-based, vegan, and gluten free recipes, we wanted to learn more and read Easy Vegan Home Cooking by Celebrity PBS Vegan Chef Laura Theodore. Chef Theodore is an award-winning cookbook author, the host of the Jazzy Vegetarian on National Public Television, as well as the host of radio shows and podcasts. Her new cookbook, Easy Vegan Home Cooking features over 125 delicious plant-based and gluten-free recipes. Published by Hatherleigh Press and distributed by Penguin Random House, this cookbook is a great introduction to vegan and gluten-free cooking and baking.
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Jooki - The Music System for Children
Jooki - The Music System for Children
Luxury Experience readers know that we are huge music fans; we love listening to our enormous collection of music, writing about music and about music performances, and when it comes to buying gifts, we love to give the gift of music. When we "discovered" Jooki (pronounced "jukey" like jukebox), a music system designed for children to use and operate, we were instantly smitten. Designed in Belgian by three dads in 2014 with toy and technology experience, Jooki is a screen-free WIFI streaming and Bluetooth player for children ages 3 and up. How exciting is that! We cannot wait to see our little nephew Asher's face light up as he discovers music - his way, with his Jooki. 
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The Art of Picnics - Seasonal Outdoor Entertaining by Alanna O'Neil
The Art of Picnics - Seasoned Outdoor Entertainment - by Alanna O'Neil.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "picnic" as "a meal that is eaten outdoors especially during a trip away from home; a trip or party that includes a meal eaten outdoors; something that is pleasant or easy." Professional photographer, designer, and home cook Alanna O'Neill's debut cookbook, The Art of Picnics - Seasonal Outdoor Entertaining published by Yellow Pear Press a division of Mango Publishing, beautifully captures that feeling with inspiring recipes and stunning photography. Let the picnicking begin!
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The Complete Quinoa Cookbook by Catherine Gill
The Complete Quinoa Cookbook by Catherine Gill
With the growing trend towards plant-based food, vegetarian and vegan diets, we were excited to "discover" The Complete Quinoa Cookbook by Catherine Gill published by Hatherleigh Press, as a great motivator to learn more about this highly nutritious whole-grain that is rich in protein, dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins. Who knew quinoa (pronounced KEEN-waa) was so fabulous? Catherine Gill's book is filled with valuable information and over 100 recipes that cover the gamut from Breakfast to Desserts. Now that is something to cheer about.
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The Complete Autumn and Winter Cookbook by America's Test Kitchen
The Complete Autumn and Winter Cookbook by Americas Test Kitchen
Cooler weather tends to bring out the inner cook in all of us when we want to spend more time in the kitchen creating special meals for ourselves, as well as for family and friends. Always on the lookout for inspiration, we fell in love with The Complete Autumn & Winter Cookbook by America's Test Kitchen, which has over 550 recipes that will dazzle the senses and provide plenty of inspiration for everyday meals, holiday meals, breads, brunches, festive drinks, desserts, lovely food gifts, and much more. Beautiful photographs and easy to follow recipes make this cookbook a showstopper. Happy cooking!
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A Chef's Book of Favorite Culinary Quotations by SG Seguret
A Chefs Book of Favorite Culinary Quotations by SG  Seguret.
Whether you are looking for a bit of culinary inspiration, wisdom, or humor, A Chef's Book of Favorite Culinary Quotations - An Inspired Collection For Those Who Love To Cook And Those Who Love To Eat compiled by Susi Gott Séguret and published by Hatherleigh Press, Ltd Is a perfect read for yourself, or for your favorite foodie. The book features over 200 memorable quotations from Auguste Escoffier, Irma S. Rombauer, James Beard, Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Alton Brown, Virginia Wolf, and many more. 
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ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE
ThermoWorks Thermapen One
We do lots of cooking and baking that require very precise, exact temperatures where a degree or two higher or lower can mean the difference between success or failure. Throughout the years we have used many cooking thermometers to ensure accuracy, and recently "discovered" the ThermoWorks Thermapen® ONE, which has the added benefit of producing fast one-second digital readings! Cooking and baking just got a lot easier. With holiday shopping just around the corner, the ThermoWorks Thermapen® ONE is a perfect gift for your favorite chef or foodie or to gift yourself as well. Bon Appetit!
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Cooking With Truffles: A Chef's Guide by Susi Gott Seguret
Cooking With Truffles by Susi Gott Seguret
Whenever I think of memorable dinners that Edward and I have enjoyed throughout the years, truffles are always involved. Decadent, earthy, exotic, and expensive, a little goes a long way to add flavor. Cooking With Truffles: A Chef's Guide written by Susi Gott Séguret and published by Hatherleigh Press, Ltd. delves into the intriguing world of truffles and provides both insight and 150 delectable truffle recipes designed for the professional chef as well as the home cook. Bon Appetit!
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Soul Sweet Boutique - Brazilian Confections and more, Newark, NJ, USA
Soul Sweet Boutique - Newark, NJ - Cakes in a jar
We recently "discovered" a fabulous Brazilian gourmet confectionary named Soul Sweet Boutique located in Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey, which also sells online and ships throughout the United States. Owned by Thatiana Rangel, Soul Sweet Boutique carries a wide selection of traditional Brazilian desserts along with modern sweets to tempt your palate. Since the pandemic curtailed our annual trips to Brazil, in addition to missing our "family" and friends, we missed the sweets of Brazil and were thrilled to find Soul Sweet Boutique.
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The SAMBA Montclair Cookbook by Chef Ilson Gonçalves
Samba Montclair Cookbook
The SAMBA Montclair Cookbook by Chef Ilson Gonçalves is a glorious celebration of authentic Brazilian homestyle cooking. Originally from the state of Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil, Chef Ilson Gonçalves makes his home in Montclair, New Jersey where his creative cuisine has dazzled patrons with restaurant, SAMBA Montclair, since it opened in December 2010. His cookbook takes the reader on a visual and taste bud tour of Brazil with his delectable recipes ranging from appetizers to desserts. It is the perfect "souvenir" to remember past trips to Brazil, for lovers of Brazilian cuisine, and for foodies looking to experience other cuisines.
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Monopoly Game - Greenwich Edition
Greenwich Monopoly Gamebox

Cold and rainy weather will soon be here making it the perfect time to stay inside and play family board games. I grew up playing epic, marathon games of Monopoly with my sister Joanne and brother David. As young children we spent many countless happy hours playing this game of skill, luck, and strategy, which was permanently installed on the games table in the family room of our home. When I learned that Top Trumps USA Inc. was introducing a new Monopoly Greenwich (Connecticut) edition, it brought a smile to face and my heart raced with anticipation of playing their new game. For the Greenwich edition, Monopoly has replaced the famous properties of my youth with Greenwich landmarks. 

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Wine and the White House: A History by Frederick J Ryan, Jr
Wine and the White House: A History by Frederick J Ryan, Jr
If you love wine, history, and formal dinners, you are going to love the book Wine and the White House: A History by Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. I fell in love with this stunning book filled with interesting anecdotes about the Presidents of the United States of America from President George Washington through President Donald Trump, and provides an in-depth look at the history of wine served at the White House through the years. For gastronomy lovers, the book is also interesting as it includes menus from the dinners and the wines that accompanied each of the courses. More than a gorgeous coffee table book, it is also a wonderful reference book for yourself or to give as a gift.
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