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atable Oct 26, 2007 02:00 AM

A couple of friends and I have decided to meet every sunday for an afternoon of cooking and quality time. The plan is not to cook for the whole week, but to enjoy a one time feast on the same night.
We were thinking on making our way through one cookbook. Any suggestions?
If that helps, we are not picky eaters and will try anything, have decent cooking skills and normal one oven-one range kitchen facilities.
Thanks for your help, hounds!

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  1. MMRuth RE: atable Oct 26, 2007 05:24 AM

    You might want to check out the comments on the various cookbook of the month threads:


    That thread goes through August:

    September 2007 - Patricia Wells, Vegetable Harvest (I wouldn't bother - generally not well received!

    October 2007 - Julia Child "Cookbook Author of the Month"

    Edit - also lots of suggestions here:


    1. yayadave RE: atable Oct 26, 2007 07:21 AM

      This sounds like a natural!

      If those recipes seem too much like work for a relaxing get-together, how about the Silver Palate books?

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        shannoninstlouis RE: yayadave Oct 30, 2007 09:27 PM

        Oooh, Sunday Suppers is fabulous. It would be a great fit for you since the menus are already planned and arranged seasonally. Great food too.

      2. Chew on That RE: atable Oct 26, 2007 09:07 AM

        Alice Waters' The Art of Simple Food! She tells such great stories behind the dishes and gives you amazing tips to go along with them!

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          Mollusk RE: atable Oct 26, 2007 09:24 AM

          I love Cook's Illustrated Magazine. You can pick it up at the newstand, even an extra copy and devour the articles together and create a fabulous seasonal menu. It's so user friendly and almost like a culinary education (even for experienced cooks). Their current issue is choc full of great autumnal recipes. A few weeks ago I made the "Beef in Barolo" and it was amazing.

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            cocktailhour RE: atable Oct 26, 2007 10:05 AM

            Julia Child, Art of French Cooking or The Way to Cook for classic techniques. Rick Bayless Mexican Kitchen or any other favorite cuisine you want to learn more about. It sounds like a fun plan, but I can't think of a cookbook I'd necessarily want every recipe out of. For regional, Tom Douglas' Big Dinners is great NW.

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              atable RE: atable Oct 30, 2007 09:09 PM

              thanks for all your suggestions!

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