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Bite Me Cookbook: A Stomach-Satisfying, Visually Gratifying Cookbook

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An inspired collection of food and fun, Bite Me Cookbook contains 175 dependably delicious recipes created for the urban and the suburban, the aspiring and the well-seasoned cook. With a side order of sass (the section dedicated to soups is aptly named “Spoon Me”, the chapter on Fish is entitled “Catch Me” and the book concludes with “Fork Me:  Desserts for a Happy Ending”), the recipes in Bite Me do not require an army of sous-chefs, a pantry of guava paste, or blowtorch to turn a bag of groceries into a satisfying meal for a weeknight meal, casual dinner party, or formal holiday gathering. Both authors are busy working mothers with three kids each — they both understand the importance of making cooking and entertaining fun and stress-free.

Bite Me: A Stomach-Satisfying, Visually Gratifying Cookbook

Piquant Pasta Puttanesca (page 111 in Bite Me)

Quick and easy, spicy and fragrant, robust and satisfying, it’s no wonder this Neapolitano dish is also known as “whore’s spaghetti.” Myth has it that prostitutes would use this aromatic sauce to lure men into their bordellos, so, unless you’re looking for unexpected visitors, keep your windows closed.
  • 1) For the sauce, heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook 3-4 minutes until softened, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add olives, capers, oregano, salt, crushed red pepper flakes and continue to saute for 2 minutes. Add diced tomatoes and red wine, bringing to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 2) For the pasta, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook until tender. Drain well and return to pot. Toss hot pasta with puttanesca sauce and Parmesan cheese. Top each serving with fresh parsley.

Quick and easy, spicy and fragrant, robust and satisfying, it’s no wonder this Neapolitano dish is also known as “whore’s spaghetti.” Myth has it that prostitutes would use this aromatic sauce to lure men into their bordellos, so, unless you’re looking for unexpected visitors, keep your windows closed.

Bite Me Cookbook Review by Larry Garascia

I have been cooking for more than 40-years. I also love collecting and reading cookbooks and have a collection approaching 200. And today, the market is crowded with cookbooks and everybody seems to be writing new ones, so having a catchy title is certainly a good thing. But writing a good cookbook is difficult because so many recipes have been published over the years. I mean, how man recipes can you have for Chicken Fettuccine? And the other thing about a cookbook is the illustrations: really good cookbooks don’t have many and the ones they include are technical pictures of a technique, in say how to bone a whole chicken.

‘Bite me’ try’s to be too cutesy with its illustrations. The cover feature coconut shrimp pinned to a clothesline with old fashioned clothes pins. And deeper inside there’s a catchy picture of miniature, red plastic firemen playing with a bowl of pasta. Further back is a picture of two women sitting in a booth and the waiter has his head buried inside the blouse of one of the women. But pictures, no matter how catchy or titillating, do not make a cookbook, the recipes do and having great experience in cooking all things Italian I turned to the rice and pasta section. The two authors, billing themselves as ’the not so sweet, tiny and salty sisters’, Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat, start by making fun of the classic Fettuccine Alfredo, a dish that has stood the test of time for a thousand years! Then they turn around and in ‘Lustful Creamy Chicken Fettuccine’, they duplicate the very basic pasta sauce but add Italian tomatoes and red pepper flakes. The result is tasty and excellent, but it’s just a different rendition of the classic dish. Then they have a recipe for three cheese polenta lasagna, a dish I have been cooking and eating for over 40-years. And a recipe which you will find in just about any decent Italian cookbook.

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So here’s the bottom line: ‘Bite me’ is an OK cookbook. The recipes are well laid out and easy to prepare, but they are simple revisions of existing recipes found in thousands of other cookbooks.

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  1. Avatar
    Heather Chandler
    February 9, 2011 at 8:13 am

    The H-crusted beef tenderloin, it is sure to impress.

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    Valerie
    February 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I’d love to make the Frosted Apple Cake… num! 🙂

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    Kay
    February 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I want to try THE TOTALLY TUBULAR BURGER 🙂

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    Diane F
    February 9, 2011 at 10:32 am

    The H-crusted beef tenderloin, because cooking a tenderloin intimidates me!

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    kelly
    February 9, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    YUMMY FROSTED APPLE CAKE

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    Penny Holder
    February 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I would like the chewy chocolate chip cookies.

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    Karen
    February 9, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    The Frozen Chocolate-Banana-PB Pie sounds wonderful 🙂

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    Jackie Watson
    February 9, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I’d like to try Mom’s Lemon Chicken – it looks great.

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    asha marie pena
    February 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I think that the Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons look yummy

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    Joan
    February 9, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I want to try the meatloaf.

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    Jo
    February 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Would love to try Mom’s lemon chicken
    strezo@sbcglobal.net

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    danielle h
    February 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    i love my burgers so the THE TOTALLY TUBULAR BURGER..looks awesome

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    Claire
    February 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I would love to try MAGNIFIQUE MEATLOAF WITH MUSHROOM GRAVY

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    Meena
    February 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I’m a sucker for yummy tomato soup and grilled cheese but that Balsamic Vegetable Stack looks pretty enticing.

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    Akendra
    February 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I want to try Mom’s Lemon Chicken! Yummy!

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    lauren Keith
    February 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    H-Crusted Beef Tenderloin
    (page 186 in Bite Me)
    I like this one.

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    Tina W
    February 10, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I like the sound of Mom’s Lemon Chicken, and the picture for the Pasta Puttanesca is absolutely hysterical!

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    LeAnn V
    February 10, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I’d like to make Mom’s Lemon chicken.

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    LeAnn V
    February 10, 2011 at 9:18 pm

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    Kathryn
    February 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    The Frosted Apple Cake sounds delicious!

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    Nancy Meyer
    February 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I want to try the BALSAMIC GRILLED VEGETABLE STACKS!

    nancymeyer1 at gmail dot com

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    thepricklypinecone
    February 11, 2011 at 1:40 am

    I would love to try to make the chunky white chocolate cranberry cookies.

  23. Avatar
    felecia
    February 11, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I would like to try Mom’s Lemon Chicken

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    Desmond
    February 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Chewy chocolate chip cookies

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    Marci J
    February 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    frozen chocolate banana pb pie!!!

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    Sharold
    February 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I would like to try THE TOTALLY TUBULAR BURGER

    samf36 (at) gmail.com

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    Shelby
    February 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Both of the cookie recipes look so yummy! Thanks

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    Cecily
    February 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Frosted apple cake. Yum.

    Cecily

    nursereyro at yahoo dot com

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    angie
    February 11, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I would try the Totally Tubular Burger.

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    Mal mortell
    February 11, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Would love to try the lemon chix. looks good

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    Chris
    February 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I want to try Mom’s Lemon Chicken. I love lemon chicken!

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    SLS
    February 12, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I like the TOMATO SOUP WITH GRILLED CHEESE CROUTONS recipe
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    Mary J
    February 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I would make the TGTBT Salad Rolls

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    Claudia N
    February 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I would love to try the Mom’s Lemon Chicken

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    rajee
    February 12, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    love TOMATO SOUP WITH GRILLED CHEESE CROUTONS

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    debi jackson
    February 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    i’d love to try mom’s chicken

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    Christine
    February 12, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    H-crusted beef tenderloin

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    joann downie
    February 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I would love to try Magnifique Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy!

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    Kimberly
    February 13, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I’d like to try Mom’s Lemon Chicken.

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    Adrianna C.
    February 13, 2011 at 2:11 am

    I would love to make the CHUNKY WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY COOKIES! These recipes look delish!

    Thank you!

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    Sarah
    February 13, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Mom’s lemon chicken sounds scrumptious.

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    Aleksandra
    February 13, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I’d like the tomato soup and crouton recipe. Thanks – this would be a great prize for my mom!

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    Cathy W
    February 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I’d like to try the FROZEN CHOCOLATE-BANANA-PB PIE

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    Amy
    February 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I would like to try the TGTBT salad roll
    Thank you for the chance

  45. Avatar
    carole
    February 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    like to try the frosted apple cake
    carole
    gram122@comcast.net

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    trish
    February 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I really would love to try the Mom’s Lemon Chicken

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    Debbie D
    February 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I like the Mom lemon chicken

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    Linda
    February 14, 2011 at 9:45 am

    The Mom’s Lemon Chicken

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    susitravl
    February 14, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I would love to try Mom’s Lemon Chicken
    susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Tara
    February 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

    One order of the Balsamic Grilled Veggie Stacks for me, please!

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    Courtney S
    February 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I’d love to make the FROSTED APPLE CAKE. It sounds great!

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    Barb W.
    February 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    They all look good, but I’d most like to try the Frozen Chocolate Banana PB Pie as I know my family would love it.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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    Kris Italiano
    February 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I would like to try Mom’s lemon chicken!

  54. Avatar
    Ed Nemmers
    February 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    The Totally Tubular Burger is my recipe of choice!

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    Joy F
    February 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I love the Frosted Apple Cake.

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    Monte
    February 15, 2011 at 12:46 am

    i like to try the THE TOTALLY TUBULAR BURGER

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    Cynthya P
    February 15, 2011 at 12:51 am

    I’d like to try the MAGNIFIQUE MEATLOAF WITH MUSHROOM GRAVY.

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    Joy Wilson
    February 15, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Gotta try the Frozen Chocolate Banana PB pie for sure!

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    vickie
    February 15, 2011 at 4:31 am

    I like to try the frosted apple cake

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    susan smoaks
    February 15, 2011 at 11:26 am

    i would love to try the TGTBT SALAD ROLLS

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    Diane Baum
    February 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I’d love to make the Frosted Apple Cake

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    kathy pease
    February 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    id love to make the MAGNIFIQUE MEATLOAF WITH MUSHROOM GRAVY

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    Gianna
    February 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    MAGNIFIQUE MEATLOAF WITH MUSHROOM GRAVY.

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    heather c
    February 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Totally want to try the CHUNKY WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY COOKIES!

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