Key West Conch Cooking

Want the secrets behind Key West’s favorite recipes. “Conch (say “konk”) Cooking” presents a nutritious alternative to the usual seafood fare and a delicious one! Joyce LaFray’s collection, which includes time-tested recipes from Florida’s famous restaurants and others, is sure to tempt both adventuresome palates and waist-conscious readers. Discover particulars about the conch, including easy-to-follow directions on removing the meat from the shell and tenderizing the queen conch. Recipes include favorites from Mangrove Mama’s in Sugar Loaf Key, The Pier House in Key West and Marker 88 restaurant in Plantation Key. Now that conch meat is available in most seafood markets in the U.S. and abroad, this book will prove to be an invaluable cooking tool.

Size: 5.5” x 8.5”, 48 pages
ISBN: 0-942084-62-4

Key Lime Desserts : Famous Recipes From Famous Places

A delicious and versatile fruit, the Key Lime is an exotic addition to back yard gardens and a favorite on restaurant menus. Gourmets and novices alike will rave over easy-to-prepare recipes such as Key Lime Drop Cookies, Frozen Key Lime Cake Supreme, and Key Lime Rum Sherbet. Not to be forgotten are variations on traditional Key Lime pie including Black Bottom Key Lime Pie, Mango Key Lime Pie, and Key Lime Ice Cream Pie.

Size: 5.5” x 8.5”, 48 pages
ISBN: 0-942084-65-9

Cuba Cocina!

Here’s the most complete guide ever to the robust and soul-satisfying flavors of Cuba, both the traditional or classico food, and the exciting Nuevo dishes rapidly becoming so popular here and on the island. Caribbean food expert Joyce LaFray has included hundreds of recipes from home cooks and restaurants that reflect the vigorous and flavorful cooking of this tropical island. The pages of this popular cookbook are filled with tantalizing scents of garlic, cilantro, olive oil and those ubiquitous favorites, black beans and rice. Included are dozens of authentic recipes for easy Cuban cooking, including salsas, flans and unusual tropical fruit and vegetable offerings such as fluffy calabaza soufflé and eggplant stuffed with a savory Cuban filling. Superb island drinks, including Hemingway’s favorite daiquiri are featured. One of the top Cuban books on the Internet, this HarperCollins classic is sure to please the most demanding Cuban cook.

Size: 10.25” x 8.5”, 274 pages
ISBN: 0-688-11067-3

Cuban Home Cooking: Favorite Recipes from a Cuban Home Kitchen (Paperback)

Florida’s best selling Cuban home cooking cookbook. These time-honored dishes meld with the rhythm and spices of the Caribbean. Savor the artistry of authentic Cuban cuisine at its best: pollo frito, ropa vieja, carne con papas, garden eggs and many, many more! Distinctive flavors and easy preparation techniques abound. This very practical compilation contains the best of the classics, minus the tropical fats and oils commonly associated with island cuisines. A complete Cuban glossary in both English and Spanish offers simple substitutes.

Size: 6.25” x 9.25”, 114 pages
ISBN: 0-942084-37-3

The New Cuisine from Florida and the Islands of the Caribbean

Savor the exotic tastes and smells of wonderful food, from the market stalls and restaurants of the islands from Grenada to Jamaica. Mix secrets of the hidden restaurants from northern Florida to Key West. It is magic, and this collection of over 350 recipes captures the essence of this new cuisine. If you also hear waves lapping on the beach and the sound of a steel drum band, you have the idea… Recipes include fish Rangoon, chicken curry, pepperpot soup, jerk seasoning, and the best drinks of the tropics.

Size: 10” x 13”, 288 pages
ISBN: 0-89815-234-8

Orange Recipes: Famous Recipes From Famous Places

Remember the last time you ate an orange that – that cool, sweet, sticky juice running through your fingers and down your forearm? Well, who knew that oranges would show up on most sophisticated plates these days, adding zest and color to any menu? Included are juicy recipes such as Roast Crisp Duckling L’orange, Perfect Orange Flan, Steamed Orange Bread Pudding,Mama’s Orange Biscuits and Florida Orange Pancakes. It’s a whole new way of looking at this very familiar fruit.

Size: 5.5” x 8.5”, 48 pages
ISBN: 0-942084-69-1

Bern's Steak House: Reflections & Recipes from a Remarkable Restaurant

What would you call a restaurant where steaks are aged five to eight weeks in special aging room, where a wine cellar is, perhaps, the largest in the world, where vegetables served are organic and cooked to order, where only freshly squeezed juices and superb quality liquors are used to prepare your cocktail, where customers enjoy out-of-water seafood, where the finest kona coffee beans in the world are hand - sorted to eliminate every single defect? There is only one word for such a place: Remarkable. That was the word the highly regarded Esquire columnist John Mariani chose after his first visit to this legendary restaurant located in Tampa, Florida.

Size: 8.6” x 11”, 192 pages
ISBN: 0-942084-95-0

Famous Florida! Restaurants and Recipes

A collection of recipes that reveals the secrets behind the specialty dishes of Florida's 50 top restaurants. Each restaurant review is accompanied by a description of the area along with suggestions for day trips, featuring favorites such as Key Lime Baked Alaska from Marker 88 in the Keys, Baked Grapefruit from Chalet Suzanne in Lake Wales, Rack of Lamb from the Breakers in Palm Beach and Steak Tartare from Bern's Steak House in Tampa.

Size: 8.5” x 6.2”, 320 pages
ISBN: 0-942084-00-4

"Seafood!" The Great Seafood Book

This collection of awe-inspiring seafood recipes from Florida’s best restaurants will help you prepare those same dishes in your own home. Here you’ll find easy recipes for appetizers, soups and chowders, salads, entrees and sauces for such colorful favorites as blue and stone crab, red snapper and yellowtail, as well as grouper, lobster, shrimp, and scallops. Never before has a book on real Florida seafood been as much fun!

Size: 7.25” x 9.25”, 200 pages
ISBN: 0-942084-20-9

Joyce LaFray's Underwater Gourmet

Get your snorkel, face mask, and flippers unpacked! Here’s your “underwater” tour of recipes for preparing a feast of Florida’s Seafood delights. These popular and time-tested recipes come from kitchens of famous restaurants across the Sunshine state. You’ll also get tips on catching, buying, and storing the rich variety of fish and shellfish Florida’s water hold. It’s and adventure in cooling and dining you won’t want to miss!

Size: 7.25” x 9.25”, 296 pages
ISBN: 0-942084-55-1

Key Lime Cookin'

Just when you thought you couldn’t get enough of Key Lime Desserts, LaFray makes that compact, colorful fruit even more versatile. Give into the temptation of Key Lime Coolers and Appeteasers. Get creative with tangy salads and dressings, sauces and condiments. Enjoy seafood and poultry entrees that will amaze you with their simplicity and good taste. And, of course, try a whole new batch of Key Lime pies and other decadent desserts.

Size: 5.5” x 8.5”, 80 pages
ISBN: 0-942084-30-6

Classic Crab Cooking

Another in LaFray’s popular “Famous Recipes from Famous Places™”series, this handy tome contains the secrets behind the famous crab recipes of Florida’s best eateries. As most Floridians know, few activities are as satisfying as sitting around cracking stone crab claws over lively conversation and a tangy butter sauce. Or how about a few dozen slightly more intricate recipes? With some 45,000 species all over the world – each with its own distinct flavors – this cookbook offers gourmets and gourmands alike more than just a few ways to prepare and serve this tender, moist meat. Blue crab, Alaskan King, Stone Crab – they’re all included. Crab heaven? For sure, for only $5.95 plus shipping.

Size: 5.5” x 8.5”, 48 pages
ISBN: 0-942084-63-2

Country Cookin'

These recipes, the best from Florida’s down home, backwoods eateries, are a statement of Florida’s heritage and its traditions in food preparation. You’ll savor these recipes that are truly Floridian, as well as discovering another dimension of our beautiful Sunshine State.

Size: 6” x 9”, 202 pages
ISBN: 0-942084-41-1
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