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If not, I am now: South Jersey Foodie.

Since I'm no longer posting restaurant reviews or other food articles to Yahoo, I decided it was time to just start my own food blog, anyway. I've been working on linking/tagging up all my previous reviews to the blog, and starting to publish new content there as well.

Yes, I am shamelessly putting advertising links all over the site, but that's how we get paid, right? Right.

Anyway, if anyone has a food blog that they'd like to exchange blogroll links with me on, please let me know.
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So I'm almost ashamed to admit this picture showcases just a section of my cookbook library - and just a section of the Italian cookbooks at that. There are so many Italian cookbooks out there it can be almost impossible to know where to start, so a lot of people just reach for titles by the big name TV celebrity chefs like Giada, Lidia, Mario et al. Truthfully I don't think many of them are nearly as good as some of the lesser-known Italian cookbooks out there.

Based on my years in the kitchen, I've put together a list of my top 10 favorite Italian cookbooks. These are all books I've used recipes from repeatedly and found delicious and not too difficult to prepare at home. Are any of these books on your shelf? What are your favorite Italian cookbooks?
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Basics of preparing home-style Japanese food in your own kitchen. Tools, ingredients and essential cookbooks along with an easy-to-prepare classic recipe.

Read more: "Japanese Country Cooking: An Overview."
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These must-try recipes are sure to warm you up and satisfy your hunger. Salads aren't just for the summertime, as there are many great recipes to try utilizing the winter harvest and healthy pantry staples.

Read more: "Healthy Greens and Satisfying Grains: 5 Fabulous Winter Salads"
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This fish soup makes for a great cold-weather meal. It's good-for-you as well using lighter ingredients and a classic fish chowder while still tasting delicious.

Read more: "Winter Warmer Sunny Fish Chowder: A Light and Healthy Recipe"
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This website promises to revolutionize the way we use our cookbooks by making it easier to find the recipes we want. How well does it actually deliver on its claims?

Read more: ""Eat Your Books" - A Unique Search Engine for Cookbooks and Recipes"
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A Food-of-the-Month club exclusively devoted to some of Italy's finest olive oils. This club brings subscribers unique, artisanal products straight from small farms throughout the country that will delight home chefs and Italian food lovers alike.

Full article: "Gourmet Cooking & Living's Italian Olive Oil of the Month Club - in Review" by Nicole Pellegrini
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This Food-of-the-Month Club makes for an excellent gift for Italian food enthusiasts. Every month you can receive an assortment of quality, unique gourmet treats delivered right to your door through importer A. G. Ferrari.

Full article: Review of A.G. Ferrari's Cucina Ferrari Culinary Club by Nicole Pellegrini
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A simple and tasty appetizer that's great for your holiday or party table. Vegetables and spices are added to the mixed cheese for a richer flavor.

Full article: Holiday Cheeseball Recipe by Nicole Pellegrini
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Ideas for a multi-course seafood menu celebrating this Italian-American tradition. Plan a mixture of make-ahead and quick-cook dishes so you can enjoy this feast with your family and friends this holiday season.

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This is a simple yet delicious recipe for an Italian-style salsa, perfect to make with fresh summer tomatoes and basil.



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Enjoy the best summer produce with this homemade pizza recipe featuring fresh tomatoes and arugula.



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For a bright summer lunch for one, or a great side salad for two, try this simple recipe using arugula, pine nuts, black olives and red onions.



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