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ali patts Sep 26, 2006 05:19 PM

I have stacks of cookery books in my house but every time I think of cooking fish I seem to lack anything to give me inspiration! Don't get me wrong I have books that have some lovely fish recipes but I have come to resent having to go through 10 books to find 40 recipes that aren't all that exciting. Does anyone know of a definitive fish cookery book? Complexity is not an issue, whilst I don't cook for hours after work I do at the weekends and if that means starting by filletting fish then so be it!

  1. oakjoan Sep 26, 2006 05:40 PM

    I really liked Rick Stein's cooking show on PBS a while ago. He has several books out but I don't have any. Would like some feedback on this Brit. chef from Paddington(?).

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      ali patts Sep 27, 2006 08:43 AM

      Rick Stein has a restaurant in Padstow in Cornwall. (And a 'fish and chip' shop - which is better - keep reading.) Can't say as I will ever buy a book - ate a dodgy oyster there and can't get the memory out of my head!

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      rtmonty Sep 26, 2006 06:15 PM

      We have a James Beard Fish cookbook that is outstanding. It's very old so don't know if it's still available, might check with Amazon or someplace like that. Has many unique "old" recipes.

      1. Karl S Sep 26, 2006 06:27 PM

        The standard references in chronological order would likely be:

        James Beard, James Beard's New Fish Cookery (1976 update of his 1954 classic)
        James Peterson, Fish & Shellfish: The Definitive Cook's Companion (1996)
        Rick Stein, Rick Stein's Seafood - Complete Seafood (2005)

        1. debit Sep 26, 2006 06:36 PM

          James Peterson's book is my go-to standard. It is a true reference book.

          However, I usually find more "inspiration" from non-reference books when it comes to seafood: grilled lobsters from Steve Raichlen; braised scallops from "All About Braising"; anything from "The Wine Lover's Cookbook" by Goldstein.

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            Carb Lover Sep 27, 2006 06:42 AM

            I checked out Peterson's fish book from the library and found it dry, dry, dry. This may very well be a good, detailed reference book, but I had no problem returning it after my first 2 weeks were up (which says alot because I usually max out at 8 wks). Didn't inspire me at all.

            There are some nice fish recipes in the Balthazar and Babbo books.

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            tbilisi Sep 26, 2006 06:49 PM

            Another vote for James Peterson.
            Susan Hermann Loomis did an all-seafood cookbook some years ago, and it's one of my favorites.

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              emilief Sep 26, 2006 11:33 PM

              The Legal Seafoods cookbook is very good and practical.

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                kevine Sep 26, 2006 11:43 PM

                Mark Bittman has an excellent book. It's called 'Fish - The Complete Guide To Buying and Cooking'.

                1. NYchowcook Sep 27, 2006 01:43 AM

                  I like Rick Stein's Complete Seafood.

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                    Fuffy Sep 27, 2006 06:23 AM

                    I strongly recommend Seafood Cookbook by Pierre Franey and Bryan Miller. It is one of my most used cookbooks. Practically everything I have made has been really good. I love the warm salmon salad with ginger (first recommended to me by my daughter);sauteed shrimp with sweet peppers -I use all red peppers, cut out the tomatoes and use (sweet) sushi vinegar; and the seafood salad with corn and rice - though rather than mixing it all in, I pile the seafood mixture on top for the looks. I think the book is now out of print but seems to be available incredibly cheaply on Amazon.
                    I'd be curious to know whether anyone else likes this book.

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