Thursday, August 30, 2007

Cookbook Series Makes HolidayBaking and Cooking Easy This Year!

Worrying about the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce during the Thanksgiving holiday can be intimidating. Combined with Christmas or Chanukah, holiday cooking can be a daunting task which leaves you feeling like Ebenezer Scrooge rather than Sara Lee. By the time you ring in the New Year you have been up to your elbows in cookie dough, piecrusts and the like for the last two months. Put simply, cooking can be stressful … but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Ruth Haag, professional management consultant and author, is providing chefs, cooks and bakers at any level of expertise an easy to use guide for all their cooking needs, The Useable Cookbook Series. The first book in the series is the Cookbook to English Dictionary, which provides easy-to-read explanations of common cooking terms. The three remaining books in the series cover different types of food with easy to understand but delicious recipes - Main Dishes, Desserts and Breads, Spreads and Veggies.

Haag, along with the help of her family, designed the books to be usable and unique from almost any other cookbook series available today. The recipes and cooking dictionary are provided in small notebooks that easily lay open on the counter top. Each page of each book is in a plastic sleeve, so that drops of batter and spices can be easily wiped off – no more sticky pages here! The recipes themselves are arranged in an easy-to-use, no-surprises format.

So what would make a management consultant of almost ten years write a cookbook series?

“While writing my four-book series for business people,” Haag explains, “I found that I didn’t have time to cook for my family each evening.”

“My husband, our two daughters and I decided to split the task, assigning a cooking night of the week to each family member. What seemed like a good time saving idea revealed another problem – my daughters really didn’t know how to cook! My husband, who seemed like a great cook when we were first married, had either forgotten what he knew, or didn’t know as much as I had learned over a few decades. One of their biggest stumbling blocks was being able to read recipes and know what the words meant. I found myself sitting in the kitchen each evening, working on my management books and answering questions like, “How do I know if this bread is done?” and “What does ‘fold’ mean?”

Throughout the series, Haag uniquely provides readers:

· A complete and thorough glossary of cooking terms with easy to
understand definitions
· Dozens and dozens of delectable recipes appropriate for holiday and other special event cooking
· Easy cooking that can be fun for the whole family
· A great gift for the aspiring chef!
· And so much more…

Ruth Haag is the President/CEO of Haag Environmental Company. Drawing on her own experiences, she also helps managers and employees understand the dynamics of the work environment, and how to function smoothly within it. This includes getting the family to support the work effort. Her cookbook series is designed to help non-cooking family members become cooking people She has written a four-book business series with the following titles: Taming Your Inner Supervisor, Day-to-Day Supervising, Hiring and Firing, and Why Projects Fail. Her enjoyable, easy-to-read books provide a look at life the way it is, rather than the way that you might think it should be.

The Useable Cookbook Series can be purchased from,, and ordered through any major bookseller.

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