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Feb 26, 2005 10:12 AM

How much will I regret getting rid of these cookbooks?

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I'm about to sell some cookbooks. Most have been on the shelf since the day I bought them.

Has anyone made a great recipe from any of these books? Any recipes I should try before saying goodbye, or any recipes which will justify keeping a particular book?

These are the titles:
--Lord Krishna's Cuisine, the art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking, by Yamuna Devi
--Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking, by Julie Sahni
--Seductions of Rice, by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
--Charlie Trotter's Vegetables, by you-know-who
--Clearly Delicious, by Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz
--Taste, by David Rosengarten
--Recipes 1 2 3 by Rozanne Gold
--Healthy 1 2 3 by Rozanne Gold
--Cooking for Yourself, no discernible author, from the Williams Sonoma 'Lifestyle' Series (white and blue cover)
--Splendid Soups, by James Peterson
--The Savory Way, by Deborah Madison
--The Greens Cookbook, by Deborah Madison
--A Taste of India, by Madhur Jaffrey
--The Greenmarket Cookbook, by Joel Patraker
--A well-seasoned appetite, by Molly O'Neill
--Chez Panisse Vegetables, by Alice Waters
--Chocolate and the Art of Low Fat Desserts, by Alice Medrich
--Let them Eat Cake, by Susan Purdy
--Baking with Julia


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  1. Chocolate and the Art of Low Fat desserts is a keeper, in my opinion. Recipies range from relatively simple, everyday desserts to fancy, high- end showpieces. Most are better described as "lower fat" than truly low-fat - but that is why they all taste good. The fallen chocolate souffle torte is one of my favorites, and no one believes me when I tell them its low fat.

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    1. re: SusanDB

      I agree, this is a wonderful book with both intricate and simple recipes. I would never part with this book. The fallen chocolate souffle cake is wonderful, especially if you add a thin layer of jam and raspberries on top .

    2. The yougurt-sesame marinated potatoes in Yamuna Devi's book are wonderful. I make her saag paneer all the time.

      1. I would never get rid of one of James Peterson's books. They are great for reference of the "right" way to do something.

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        1. re: srr

          I'm a sucker for the chicken tomatillo soup in his Splendid Soups.

        2. I would recommend going through each book, then simply make copies of the recipes that thrill you at first glance. Then, pass the book on to someone else to do the same...and so on...and so on...

          1. most of the books are keepers-
            if you want to rid yourself of any-i would gladly take them