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Books that Cook

Calling all garlic lovers, kids and Elvis fans

Published September 21, 2005

TITLE: The Garlic Lover's Cookbook, Volume II, Revised compiled by the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association (Celestial Arts, $14.95; 240 pages).

GENERALLY SPEAKING: The Garlic Lover's Cookbook is not for the faint of heart. Lots and lots of garlic is used in these recipes.

SAMPLE RECIPES: Stinky cheese, fresh garlic vegetable dip, garlicky pasta chicken salad, garlic clams, garlic chip cookies and baked manicotti with meat sauce.

FOR: Garlic lovers, of course! This collection is suitable for all skill levels, although depending on the number of garlic cloves that must be peeled, some recipes may be more time-consuming than others.

A PEEK AT THE FESTIVAL: About 98 percent of the recipes are contest entries, regional finalists and winners in the Gilroy Garlic Festival Recipe Contest in Gilroy, Calif. All recipes are original. For a recipe to make the festival contest, it must contain, at minimum, six cloves of garlic, or the equivalent in dehydrated or processed garlic.

ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW: Garlic storage, peeling, chopping versus pressing, substituting minced for fresh, and garlic terms.

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TITLE: Graceland's Table: Recipes fit for the King of Rock and Roll by Ellen Rolfes (Rutledge Hill Press, $19.99; 237 pages).

GENERALLY SPEAKING: Graceland's Table is a cookbook by Elvis fans for Elvis fans. The 175 recipes come from members of the more than 400 Elvis fan clubs and is the first cookbook to have the full cooperation of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

SAMPLE RECIPES: "Blue Hawaii" sweet and sour Hawaiian spare ribs, "Too Much" chocolate cake, banana cake, hunk o'peanut butter pie, "Jailhouse Rock" baked beans, "Don't Be Cruel" vegetable hodgepodge and "All Shook Up" hound dogs.

FOR: Elvis fans and anyone who enjoys food with the family in mind. Elvis was a man who never strayed far from home cooking. He always loved the comfort of down-home Southern food. There are vintage photos showing Elvis sharing meals with his parents and grandparents.

JUST FOR FUN: Bits of trivia, photos showing a peek into Elvis' childhood and Graceland estate, and memoirs written by people close to Elvis make this cookbook all the more delightful.

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TITLE: Pillsbury Kids Cookbook: Food Fun for Boys and Girls from Pillsbury (Wiley Publishing, $19.95; 160 pages).

GENERALLY SPEAKING: This cookbook is filled with cute ideas easy enough for kids. Most recipes do require the help of an adult, mostly to perform any oven-, stove top- or cutting- related duties. Kids can learn math, science and reading skills while making something they can show off with an "I did it!"

SAMPLE RECIPES: Ghosts on broomsticks, meatball and biscuit kebobs, sunflower sandwiches, chicken wraps, monster burgers (especially cute) and crackerpillars (also cute).

FOR: Although parents of younger kids will enjoy making these recipes, this is truly a cookbook for boys and girls who have already done some cooking.

TAKE YOUR TIME: Quality time is at a premium for busy families. Getting in the kitchen with your kids can be a fun experience for all, especially if they can help wash the dishes.

KID FRIENDLY: The instructions are simple, making it easy for little chefs to comprehend. Plus there are photographs of each recipe to help guide cook through some of the more creative dishes. An oven mitt icon shows where an adult's help is needed and each recipe lists the tools needed for preparation, such as measuring spoons, spatula, etc. Sixty-six recipes.

GIFT IDEA: With the holidays around the corner, this cookbook, along with an apron and kid-sized kitchen tools, would make a great gift.

- Ellen Folkman's cookbook review column appears monthly in the Taste section.

[Last modified September 20, 2005, 10:38:03]

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