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The Best of the Best from Oklahoma

Edited by Gwen McKee and Barbara Moseley

Texas (Cooking) is big enough to acknowledge a cookbook from our neighbor to the north, Oklahoma. This spiral-bound volume (it lies nice and flat when open) is one of the "best of" series done by Quail Ridge Press. They have compiled their selections from 59 of Oklahoma's leading cookbooks, and come up with this volume of which they can be proud. The recipes, from Appetizers to Desserts, are for the most part good home cooking -- dishes that have been passed down and improved upon. This book will lift the spirits of every cook who ever wrestled with the daily dilemma of "What am I gonna cook tonight?" There are a few surprises like Rabbit Stir-Fry, which isn't so surprising if you think about it, and Low-Fat Clam Chowder, which you do not necessarily associate with Oklahoma. Some favorites of mine are Terry's White Chili, Jalapeņo Corn Pudding, Frozen Chocolate Crunch and the Banana Pudding Cake, an unbelievable low-fat dish. Sprinkled throughout are numerous tidbits of Oklahoma trivia (Did you know that the first Boy Scout Troop in the US was founded in Oklahoma in 1909? I didn't think so.).

Containing 384 recipes, Best of the Best from Oklahoma is a valuable addition to any cook's collection. The everyday cook will refer to it again and again.

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