SHARE: The Cookbook that Celebrates our Common Humanity by Women for Women International http://www.womenforwomen.org/ is a special volume dedicated to a most important cause. The underlying message of Share is that for all our apparent diversity—as individuals, societies and nations—our actions, however small, can have an exponential, positive influence both on the world and the lives of others. Nothing more beautifully conveys our interdependence than the food we eat. This is an exquisitely presented volume with heart and soul. The forward is by Meryl Streep and contributors include Sir Paul McCartney, Jamie Oliver, Annie Lennox, and Richard Branson. The theme of the book is celebration of women who have survived wars and conflicts. The nourishment of the recipes is intrinsic in the philosophy of this worthy organization. Recipes include Mia Farrow’s breakfast pancakes; Susan Spicer’s sautéed fish with cucumbers, pineapple, and chiles; Robin Wright’s lettuce wraps; Alice Waters lentil salad; and Nell Newman’s orange scented olive oil almond cake.

FAST, FRESH & GREEN: More Than 90 Delicious Recipes for Veggie Lovers by Susie Middleton is a wonderful summer cookbook for those who take advantage of the season’s bounty. Ms. Middleton is the current editor-at-large for the fabulous Fine Cooking magazine. There are great tips for stocking up the pantry, shopping for vegetables and cooking the veggies in lots of different ways. The book is organized by technique and the author gives you lots of ideas for wonderful ways to serve delicious greens.

WEIGHT WATCHERS 50TH ANNIVERSARY COOKBOOK: 280 Delicious Recipes for Every Meal by the Editors of Weight Watchers Magazine is a foolproof way to cook in the summer months, enjoy your meals, and still fit nicely into your bikini! In honor of 50 years of helping people lose weight, this trusted organization serves up a new thorough resource for home cooks delivering wonderful makeovers of treasured recipes to please the most finicky of eaters. Weight Watchers is successful because it is slow and steady and not radical. Recipe highlights include: huevos rancheros in tortilla cups; lamb chops with mint pesto; diner-style meatloaf; and fudgy brownie pudding cake.

COOKING LIGHT GOOD MOOD FOOD: Feel-Good Meals for Every Moment from the Editors of Cooking Light Magazine presents a collection of recipes meant to inspire happiness and good moods but still concentrate on healthful eating. It is a colorful paperbound book loaded with beautiful photographs and seriously mouth-watering recipes. Fresh pea and garlic gazpacho; Southwest crispy chicken sliders; spicy shrimp and grits; and New York cheesecake with only 259 calories are some of the recipes including in this fun volume.

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