Veggie cookbook gets high marks
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a D.C.-based advocacy group, has named "High-Flavor, Low-Fat Vegetarian Cooking" by Steve Raichlen "the best new cookbook for healthy eating that has been published this year," according to the publisher, Viking Penguin. Mr. Raichlen, who now lives in Florida, grew up in Baltimore. His new book, "The Caribbean Pantry Cookbook: Condiments, Seasonings, and Preserves from the Land of Spice and Sun." Borscht and potato pancakes, sourdough rye bread, poppy-seed rolls, chicken Kiev and mushroom turnovers are just a few of the treats that will be on hand for the Russian Festival, to be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Crafts, books, icons and other items will be for sale, and there will be dancing, music and church tours. For more information, call, (410) 276-6171
Chipping away at fat
Fat-sensitive bakers rejoice: Hershey's is introducing Reduced Fat Semisweet Baking Chips, with half the fat and 25 percent fewer calories than regular chocolate chips. The secret ingredient is salatrim, a "designer fat" that offers only five calories per gram, as opposed to other fats, which have nine calories per gram. The chips can be used in all traditional recipes. A 12-ounce bag costs around $1.99; look for them soon at supermarkets everywhere.
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