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I've done blog posts based on books from blogs and posts based on diet books, and now as various forms of media continue to mesh and morph into one another, I'm addressing cookbooks based on recipes from magazines.

First up, from the good people at Good Housekeeping, we have Grilling (2011 Hearst Books). The magazine is known for dishing out handy everyday information to millions of Americans each month, and this grill-focused cookbook, full of 275 triple-tested recipes, is no exception. It all starts with an overview of various types of grills (be it gas or charcoal), plus tips on flavouring your fire and choosing the best tools for the job (instant read thermometers, fire starters, grilling baskets and the like). From 25 different burger recipes to a whole chapter on rubs and sauces, all of the recipes are quick and doable — and that Orange-Chipotle Salsa is calling my name. This book has the Amy Rosen stamp of approval!

Fine Cooking is a magazine I inherently trust; they've got great ideas, lots of new twists on old favourites, and while often times their recipes aren't quick and easy, the end results are always deliciously praise-worthy. Their new book, Fine Cooking In Season (2011 Taunton), is a guide to whipping up the season's best offerings at their peak. For instance, springtime means an asparagus, goat cheese and bacon tart, or sautéed fiddleheads with morels, while summer leads to grilled chicken breasts with green olive relish and late summer's bellini pops. I've never tried making sautéed stinging nettles before, but I may finally get up the nerve this spring, thanks to In Season's tasty looking nettles with shallots.

And finally, not so much a cookbook as a colourful treatise on how to grow and produce all that you can in your own backyard, Sunset magazine's The One-Block Feast (2011 Ten Speed Press) dishes out garden plans for four seasons. Plus, it offers tips on how to make your own wine (and labels), various cheeses, vinegars, how to own a dairy cow, how to dry chilies, can tomatoes, raise honeybees (and make honey), how to forage, raise chickens, and on, and on. Though our long cold winters won't let you do a bunch of the projects aimed at Sunset magazine's largely western audience, there are dozens of doable ideas and 100 great recipes (using ingredients you may have grown yourself), making for an inspiring read. In fact, I may just make some homemade ricotta and spread it over homemade buttermilk crackers topped with just-picked fava beans tonight.

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