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Here's a happy collection of recipes for the home cook that give an extra bounce to familiar recipes (Favorite Deviled Eggs) and an accessible approach to some more exotic ones (Heavenly Chicken Curry, Chicken with Lupe's Molé).
The recipes come from the Jimtown Store, an old country store in northern California resuscitated by Carrie Brown and John Werner into a lively country food market offering delicious homemade fare. Neither were strangers to the food world; in fact, Werner was one of the original partners in the Silver Palate, and their collaborator on this book, Michael McLaughlin, was coauthor of The Silver Palate Cookbook.
As you might expect from a market cookbook, appetizers, sandwiches, and soups are real standouts. In fact, I couldn't find an appetizer that didn't sound fabulous. (Crisp Grilled Dates with Manchego and Bacon, Indian Cashews, Stephanie's Roasted Black Mission Figs are just a few of the stars). The 135 recipes include such signature dishes from the Jimtown menu as Pan-Fried Petaluma Duck Burgers, Grown-up's PBPJ &B Sandwiches (peanut butter, applewood-smoked bacon, and hot pepper jam), and Kathleen's Doughnut Muffins, described irresistibly as "the soul of a doughnut in the body of a muffin." The section on homemade condiments, pickles, and relishes offers many ways to boost grilled meats and other standard fare.
Attractively designed, The Jimtown Store Cookbook also features sidebars on Sonoma specialty food providers (Cowgirl Creamery, Tierra Farms, the Downtown Bakery and Creamery) and sample menus for cocktail parties, an autumn tailgate party, New Year's Eve, and a Bombay Talkie Supper Party, American Style. (Ginger Curwen)