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What New Cookbook Do You Want For Holidays?

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  • Anna 'Boo' Carroll Nov 18, 2004 06:03 PM
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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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  1. "Marcella Says"

    1. 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.

      1. Breath of a Wok

        1. 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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          1. re: gordon wing

            This was #1 on my Christmas List!

          2. 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.

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

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              1. re: lynn

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

                1. re: Karl S.

                  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.

              2. 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

                1. 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

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