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Mom's Secret Recipe File
by Chris Styler
Order:  USA  Can
Hyperion, 2004 (2004)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Every copy sold of Mom's Secret Recipe File contributes money that will benefit the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children. This worthy organization offers these less fortunate people education, empowerment, and a voice in their own future. That alone is a good reason to add this cookbook to your collection. But there's a bonus - all the wonderful recipes presented for your gustatory pleasure.

Each recipe is preceded by a thumbnail sketch of the featured chef as well as an account of his or her mother's influence on their cooking life. As you might expect, the recipes are varied. They range from Mary Ann Esposito's Fried Ricotta to Simple Cabbage Soup courtesy of Martin Yan, or Madeline's Fried Chicken from who else but Jim Purdue. There's Meat - Porterhouse Steak and Potatoes Alla Mama from Rocco SiSpirito and Roast Beef, Best Spuds and Huge Yorkies from Jamie Oliver. We find Seafood and Chinese Fire Pot from Ming Tsai and Delores Fenton's Salmon Cakes. This unique cookbook races on with recipes from Anthony Bourdain, Marcus Samuelson and Tom Colicchio, as well as Nigella Lawson, Mollie Katzan, Barbara Kafka - oh, too many to mention here.

This endeavor is a wonderful one to raise money for a very worthwhile cause, as well as a chance for well-known chefs to pay tribute to the women who raised, encouraged and inspired them.

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