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The Rancho de Chimayo Cookbook, 50th Anniversary Edition
Celebrates the flavorful traditional cooking of New Mexico as practiced at the state's famed Restaurante Rancho de Chimayó.

"The Rancho de Chimayó Cookbook captures the essence of New Mexico's culture and cuisine." Mark Miller, Santa Fe master chef and author of Coyote Café

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Smoke & Spice: Cooking with Smoke, the Real Way to Barbecue (Revised Edition, 2003)
Winner of a James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence in 1995 for the original edition. Over 1,000,000 copies sold, making it one of the best-selling outdoor cookbooks ever. Now completely updated and expanded with 100 new recipes in addition to all the original favorites.

"Smoke & Spice is a real ode to barbecue. It's a great addition to any barbecue lover's bookshelf." Al Roker of NBC's Today Show

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100 Grilling Recipes You Can't Live Without

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Tasting New Mexico: Recipes Celebrating One Hundred Years of Distinctive Home Cooking

Cheryl and Bill celebrate New Mexico with a tribute to the traditional foods of their home state. In addition to featuring full-flavored versions of 100 beloved local dishes, the book covers the agricultural and ranching heritage of New Mexico, and relates stories about notable cooks, restaurants, food products, and more.

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Around the World in 80 Dinners: The Ultimate Culinary Adventure

50,000 Miles,
10 Countries,
800 Dishes,
1 Rogue Monkey.

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The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking & Entertaining: Spirited Recipes and Expert Tips for Barbecuing, Charcoal & Gas Grilling, Rotisserie Roasting, Smoking, Deep-Frying, and Making Merry
America's Outdoor Cooking Experts" have put all their knowledge about outdoor home cooking and entertaining into one colossal, comprehensive, and affordable guide with more than 850 recipes and hundreds of tips and how-tos for any food you want to cook outside and any possible method for doing it well.

"Look up barbecue in the dictionary and you're sure to find a picture of the Jamisons. They are the king and queen of grilling and smoking." Bon Appétit

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American Home Cooking: Over 300 Spirited Recipes Celebrating Our Rich Tradition of Home Cooking (Paperback Edition, 2005)
Winner for best American cookbook of the year in 2000 in the awards programs of both the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. To the degree that we are what we eat, the delicious dishes in this book are us as Americans, a vibrant expression of our national spirit that's as full of robust flavor as the food of any land.

"American Home Cooking feels fresh and modern yet at the same time comforting and solid. The Jamisons did their homework and it shows." Cooks Illustrated

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Good Times, Good Grilling: Surefire Recipes for Great Grill Parties
"America's Outdoor Cooking Experts" show how to throw an outdoor grill party that's great fun for everyone, including the hosts and cooks. Forget the stress and hassles of entertaining by taking the simple, fail-proof approach the Jamisons recommend. The key to success, Cheryl and Bill demonstrate, is to serve full-flavored dishes with broad appeal that are easy and quick to prepare with little or no advance effort.

"Like a film with Anthony Hopkins, it's hard to go wrong with a cookbook by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison." Christian Science Monitor

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Chicken on the Grill: 100 Surefire Ways to Grill Perfect Chicken Every Time
"America's Outdoor Cooking Experts" make it easy for anyone to grill perfectly tender, juicy chicken, bursting with flavor—every time they fire up the grill. As the Jamisons acknowledge, grilled chicken is "one of the most botched foods in America," but Cheryl and Bill show how to get it right in simple ways. Loaded with luscious recipes, lots of color photos, and great grilling tips, Chicken on the Grill is a surefire winner.

"When the Jamisons light their fires, mouths all around America will be salivating for smoke, spice, and everything nice." Bobby Flay of the Television Food Network

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A Real American Breakfast: The Best Meal of the Day, Any Time of the Day
Finalist for best American cookbook of the year in 2002 in the awards programs of both the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Brimming with 275 traditional and innovative recipes for bright ways to begin (or end) any day, beautiful color photographs, and fascinating sidebars, A Real American Breakfast offers a lifetime supply of homey, comforting meals.

"[An] immensely appealing book, which is packed with culinary history and lore, tips and techniques, and selections from period menus and cookbooks... As much a social history as a cookbook, this is highly recommended." Library Journal

"During their breakfast exploration, the couple has either coaxed out of their informants or uncovered on their own dishes that were previously kept from the general public's knowledge, such as chocolate gravy (I kid you not); Keys fish steam with old sour; Mississippi bacon sandwich with milky tomato gravy; and cantaloupe with country ham and red-eye gravy... In short, I think this is a terrific book." John Thorne, Simple Cooking

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Born to Grill: An American Celebration
"Best of the Best Award" from Food & Wine. 300 sizzlingly satisfying all-American recipes guaranteed to release the inner griller in every backyard cook.

"The Bible of the grill. This could very well be the perfect summer cookbook." Forbes

"Born to Grill is truly useful. Very straightforward, lustily seasoned." New York Times

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Sublime Smoke: Bold New Flavors Inspired by the Old Art of Barbecue
A selection of the Better Homes & Gardens Cook Book Club. A companion to Smoke & Spice, featuring lighter, more contemporary smoke dishes. A favorite of professional chefs and home cooks alike.

"This thoroughly contemporary book, based on the oldest of all cooking methods, is one of those rare books that will be equally appealing to beginning and expert cooks." Chicago Tribune

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The Border Cookbook: Authentic Home Cooking of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico
Winner of a James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence and finalist for a Julia Child Award in 1996. From the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific, from Sonora north to Sonoma, the border region brims with a boundless variety of spectacular food, celebrated here with more than 300 delectable, easy-to-prepare dishes.

"The Jamisons don't just cook these dishes; they know everything about them." New York Times

"Who could be better on the border beat than Cheryl and Bill Jamison—indefatigable investigators, talented cooks, and unswerving aficionados? Like their other cookbooks, The Border Cookbook is a must for lovers of American spice and verve." Rick Bayless, Chicago master chef and author of Authentic Mexican

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Texas Home Cooking
400 vibrant recipes demonstrate that the pleasures of down-home Texas cooking are as big and bold as the state.

"One of the top 15 cookbooks of the year." USA Today

"I struggled for quite some time trying to find a Southern cookbook that wasn't, you know, full of frou-frou recipes that no one in their right mind would actually use. This is it... Shoot, I love just sitting and reading it. I may as well throw my Joy of Cooking away—I'm never going to touch it again." Anonymous San Francisco reader on Amazon.com
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