Best Cookbook Comforts


Moving beyond the muffins and iced mocha found in a typical bookstore café, Joseph-Beth's Bronte bistro offers a tantalizingly clever creation: a menu full of meals from your favorite cookbooks. There's Rachael Ray's turkey burger, The Joy of Cooking's beef pot roast, The Silver Spoon's lasagna Bolognese. But more important, there are those classic comfort foods that must have come from a recipe somewhere, but have long since taken on a tradition of their own. The rainy-day chicken potpie is topped with delectable buttermilk biscuits; the baked brie with caramel sauce and pears practically melts on the plate. Then, if you still want your standard bookstore coffee, you can order it -- spiked with Irish whiskey or Kahlua, of course.