Five Ways to Cook Asparagus (and Other Recipes): The Art and Practice of Making Dinner is the second cookbook by Peter Miller (Lunch at the Shop). He describes his first cookbook as a "straight ahead process" for making lunches, and here he accomplishes the same thing for dinner. Miller convinces today's hurried cook that making dinner at home with no plan is not only possible but also pleasurable. He structures the book around fives: five broad groups of food to keep in the cupboard (greens, liquids, dairy, breads and fruits) and corresponding recipes with examples from each group. Deceptively simple recipes such as Cauliflower Baked in Butter and Parmesan, and White Bean Soup and Chanterelles, illustrate his belief that simple food preparation can also be gratifying. More than 90 recipes with color photography offer "inspiration, advice on preparation, and encouragement to enjoy the process and the meals." --Cindy Pauldine, bookseller, the river's end bookstore, Oswego, N.Y.