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Plate & Vine News - Made in Austin Gift Guide

Made in Austin Gift Guide ( - Dec 05, 2008)

This is about the coolest thing to happen to cookbooks since, well, ever. Besides the obvious advantage that the online cookbook saves trees, this thing has mad features. For example, an automatic serving size calculator: you plug in the number of guests/diners, and the recipe automatically recalculates all ingredient proportions. A grocery list generator lets you pick multiple recipes (for a large party of just for a week’s worth of meals) and then generates a categorized shopping list of all the items needed. You can even send the list to your cell phone. All this before we even talk about the recipes. The cookbook is produced by The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas (WFF) and features more than 75 recipes of top chefs from throughout Texas. You’ll find recipes direct from the executive chefs of standout Austin restaurants like Jeffrey’s, Hudson’s on the Bend, Wink, Fête Accompli, Aquarelle, TRIO at Four Seasons, and Jasper’s. Most recipes include instructional photos and pairing recommendations; an added glossary of cooking terms, techniques, and ingredients answers is extremely helpful. An added bonus, the Plate & Vine Interactive Cookbook continually evolves and is only $20 to WFF members, $30 for non-members and is available here.