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I feel like cookbooks are among the most beautiful and precious things you can have at home.  When Hyperion published his first book, “Young & Hungry” as a softcover, I was shocked and appalled.  A softcover cookbook!  Why I never…  Looks like both his publisher and The Food Network have figured out that the scrappy young chef they’ve been backing is well worth it.  His show “Good Deal with Dave Lieberman” focuses on making meals on the cheap; it’s designed for the years in-between dormitory hot plates and place settings for twelve.  He’s also got stuff to cover all the bases (including fussy eaters like me) by preparing some of his recipes two ways.  In “Dave’s Dinners,” he focuses on the only meal we tend not to skip.  Among the recipes I’m eager to play around with: Fennel, Baby Arugula, and Green Apple Salad, Butternut Squash and Pear Soup, and Spaghetti with Mint and Parsley Pesto.  Okay, so there’s more exotic fare in the book as well, but I need to start small.