Your favourite recent cookbook purchase?
I have a birthday coming up and I'd love a couple of new cookbooks. I'm a little out of the loop (new baby, no time to sleep let alone read) so I'd love to hear about your new cookbook purchases.....
"all about braising" by molly stevens. a book dedicated to both short and long braising of just about everything...fish, veggies, meat. great late summer to spring recipes....with a particular focus on hearty fall and winter dishes. most are somewhat hands on, but there is no need to be exact and precise as you can't really screw braising up!
great for those with little time to pay too much attention to detail.
the recipes...oh my...the recipes. i've only made about 5, but they have all been divine!
You might list some of the ones you already have since there are so many out there & so many cuisines that ones that might be familiar to you may not be to others & vice versa. Do you want ones that have brief recipes b/c of baby's sake? I saw one called "Spoon" that seemed not so new (but was to me) that I loved. Basic Italian, but quick, buildable recipes, nice design (I'm a big sucker for that). Some of my favorites are not so new though...
There's also another post about the New New Joy of Cooking (& an article in the Times about it last week?).
The new Gourmet cookbook. Can't say enough good things about it. Can think of a couple of negatives: no pictures (save a couple of illustrations), and the yellow print of the recipe titles is a little annoying. But the recipes are great, and the explanations are good.
Just yesterday, I received Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen "The New Best Recipe." I like it because there are lots of illustrations, explanations, reviews, etc. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but I don't think I'll be disappointed.
I don't think you'll be disappointed. I LOVE the New Best Recipe and it has a near-permanent home on my counter. The chocolate chip cookie recipe makes the absolute best chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted and the meatloaf recipe has replaced grandma's recipe (!) Any time I want to make something but am not sure where to start, this is where I turn. I think I actually use it more than Joy of Cooking now. It has been many of my friends' birthday/wedding/new baby/etc. gift in the past year or so.
I recently picked up "A Taste of Home" cookbook from the magazine by that name. It was not too expensive at Costco. I expect it would be good, standard fare and not too hard to do. I bought it as a Christmas gift, but, well, it may not make it under the tree. Anyone have experience with this book?