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What New Cookbook Do You Want For Holidays?

Anna 'Boo' Carroll Nov 18, 2004 06:03 PM

Some people give and get cookbooks for the Thanksgiving/Christmas/Chanuka/Kwanza holidays.

I just bought Frank Stitt, Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson's new cookbooks.

Which cookbook would bring a huge smile to your face this holiday, should you receive it? Just curious to know what new cookbooks other people are eagerly awaiting.

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    Candy Nov 19, 2004 04:29 PM

    I want the Stitt book, and the Bourdain and John T. Edge's Southern Belly

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      Nancy Berry Nov 19, 2004 01:08 PM

      Some good ones that I've already bought:

      Breath of a Wok by Grace Young -- just wonderful, well-written, warm, great recipes and discussion of technique

      Blessing of Bread by Maggie Glezer -- includes a great deal of info re challah and recipes and info about breads that were really new to me

      Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World by Gil Marks -- another book that is introducing me to dishes I've never cooked or even heard of even though I'm Jewish -- I just received this book, haven't cooked from it yet, but I've liked the recipes in this author's previous books

      Slow and Savory by Joyce Goldstein -- brand new, haven't used it yet, but Joyce Goldstein is one of my very favorite cookbook authors

      Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes by Jeffrey Hamelman (aimed at advanced and professional bread bakers -- lots of bread formulas)

      The Weekend Baker by Abigail Johnson Dodge -- nicely written written recipes with lots of tips

      The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion -- a huge compendium of wonderful cookie recipes and cookie shaping and baking techniques

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        Carb Lover Nov 19, 2004 12:41 PM

        This is not really new since it came out last year, but I've been recently yearning for Marcus Samuelsson's "Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine" (link below). I've leafed through it at the bookstore and, not only are the photos beautiful (definite coffee table book), but the recipes look so intriguing and different than anything that I currently own. Had lunch at his NY restaurant in spring, and even got to say hello and shake his hand.

        Link: http://www.aquavit.org/flash.html

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          lynn Nov 19, 2004 11:10 AM

          what? no one wants the new gourmet? i do!

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            Karl S. Nov 19, 2004 01:27 PM

            I got it a few weeks ago. It's worth having.

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              Celeste Nov 19, 2004 05:44 PM

              Me too. I LOVE the new Gourmet cookbook. Love it. A wonderful cross-section of recipes. In just a few weeks it is already my most-consulted cookbook out of about 100.

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            curiousbaker Nov 19, 2004 09:36 AM

            I have over 200 cookbooks, but haven't been buying much new lately. Instead, I've been buying the oldest cookbooks I can find. So anything recent would be a nice change. I would like to try out Nigella Lawson's How to Eat. I also don't have any of Jane Grigson's books. But if someone wanted to make me giddy Christmas morning, Francois Payard Simple Sensational Desserts would be the winner. His shop had some of the best pastries I've ever tasted.

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              gordon wing Nov 19, 2004 01:13 AM

              technically, it's not a cookbook but I'm looking forward to getting hold of Harold McGee's On Food & Cooking. Lots of good information about cooking and about the foods we cook with.

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                Funwithfood Nov 19, 2004 11:01 AM

                This was #1 on my Christmas List!

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                Shawn Nov 18, 2004 10:03 PM

                Breath of a Wok

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                  Buttercup Nov 18, 2004 08:48 PM

                  Rather than wait, I just bought "A Blessing of Bread: The Many Rich Traditions of Jewish Bread Baking Around the World," by Maggie Glezer. I just took a baking class with her at King Arthur. The book is fantastic and so was the class.

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                    Karl S. Nov 18, 2004 06:56 PM

                    "Marcella Says"

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