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What's on your cookbook wishlist?

My name is greedygirl and I'm an addict....

Anyway, I thought this might be a good outlet for my fellow sufferers (and I know there are lots of you out there), as well as provide inspiration.

I'm currently coveting this, which I'm hoping to get for my birthday tomorrow:


I've also got The Chez Panisse Cookbook and Café Paradiso on order from the library. They should provide me with a temporary fix!

What's on your cookbook wishlist?

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  1. Happy b-day greedygirl! I have a running list of cookbooks on my wishlist that I keep updated because every Christmas various family members ask which ones I want. I used to just leave it up to them but after getting three copies of the same Jamie Oliver book one year I realized I needed to give better guidelines! I've been trying to fill some gaps in my cookbook library with basics so there's an emphasis on some classics. Here are a few from my list:

    The Way to Cook - Julia Child
    The Fundamental Techniques of Classical Cuisine - The French Culinary Institute
    The Silver Palate - Sheila Lukins
    1080 Recipes (Spanish cooking)
    The Provence Cookbook - Patricia Wells

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    1. re: ms. clicquot

      Thanks for the b'day wishes, although I'm fast approaching the age when I want to forget them!

      I hope you managed to swap two of the Jamie Olivers... I want 1080 Recipes too - thanks for reminding me.

      1. re: greedygirl

        Luckily I was able to get store credit at one of the major bookstore chains without receipts so I had no trouble finding a couple of replacement books!

        I'm actually leaving for Barcelona in a couple of weeks so I'm sure in addition to 1080 Recipes I will have a few more Spanish ones for my list when I get back.
        (As an aside, I see on your profile you enjoyed Cinc Sentits which is one of the places we're hoping to try!)

        1. re: ms. clicquot

          Definitely go to Cinc Sentits - I love it there. I also love a tapas bar in Barceloneta which is tucked away on one of the side streets away from the beach. It doesn't have a sign and is behind a big wooden door. Can't remember the name but it's in the Time Out Guide to Barcelona, which I recommend.

          1. re: ms. clicquot

            If you like really fresh seafood, esp. shellfish, go to La Paradetta, tucked in an alley to the right of the Picasso Museum. It's casual, always a line. You point at what you want and how much and they weigh it and either steam or grill it. They are closed Mon, lunch weekends, dinner the other nights. Fresher Maine lobster than I can get in San Francisco.

            1. re: walker

              Thanks for the suggestions walker and greedygirl, I really appreciate it!

        2. re: ms. clicquot

          Funny - I have every single book on your list!! In my opinion they are all very good - I am very picky about purchasing books. I have over 400 culinary books now and each of them gets read over and over and over!

        3. Happy Birthday, greedygirl!

          My birthday is actually tomorrow too! I asked my husband to give me a copy of Arabesque http://www.amazon.com/Arabesque-Taste...

          The kitchen shop I work in just marked more than half our books half price, which is better than my discount, so I picked up a bunch of books last week(justifying them as bday gifts to myself!). They included

          Barefoot Contessa Parties
          Steve Raichlen How to Grill
          Jamie Oliver's Dinners
          John Ash From Earth to Table
          Alice Medrick Pure Dessert

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          1. re: ziggylu

            And to you, birthday twin. I already own Arabesque and like it a lot. I hope you enjoy it too.

            1. re: greedygirl

              ziggylu: I'm totally in love with Medrich's Pure Dessert. Who'd a thunk that a cake made with sesame seeds AND Chinese sesame oil would be fantastic. Also love her cakes and cookies using different flours (kamut, spelt, etc.) and sugars (date, coconut, etc). The chocolate tarte with jasmine tea whipped cream is also tops...and the crust is EASY...no cutting in butter, it's melted.
              End of rant.

              Oops, not quite through with rant.

              greedygirl: The Chez Panisse Cookbook is stellar. The roasted beets with tarragon vinaigrette is tops as is the carrot and red pepper soup. I like it the best of all the Chez P cookbooks. The chef who wrote most of it, Paul Bertoli used to have a great restaurant in Oakland (still exists and is still great but he's long gone).

              My wish list includes The Last Course by Claudia Fleming and David Lebovitz' dessert book that's out of print. I also crave all the Dunlop books and Goin's book.

              1. re: oakjoan

                oakjoan -- I just bought a copy of The Last Course at North Fork Table and Inn in Southhold, NY which Claudia Fleming owns with her husband. It was new, autographed, and cost the cover price of $40. BTW, the desserts were fantastic!

                1. re: roxlet

                  roxlet ~ I think a lot of people would be interested if you started a new thread with this information.

            2. re: ziggylu

              Happy birthday to both of you!

              I have way too many cookbooks, and have promised myself I will only buy used books (I make an exception for COTM if I can't find the book used)...nevertheless, I don't think it violates my promise for someone else to buy me a cookbook! Arabesque is on my list as is Thomas Keller's Bouchon (and I wouldn't cry if someone gave me the Complete Thomas Keller, which is Bouchon+The French Laundry). Finally, Alice Waters new book, Art of Simple Food, I think it's called?


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                Husband gave me the Alice Waters book for Christmas. I really like this one and pull it out frequently for inspiration. The pizza dough recipe in there has also become our regular for our weekly pizza nights.

                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  I have the French Laundry and Bouchon, and they were well worth the purchase price (for me at least). I've got a great deal of pleasure reading and rereading both books. Spectacular photos as well.

                  1. re: Firegoat

                    I, too, have both those books and love them! I cook from them regularly and have had outstanding results. Love the photos!

                    1. re: chefathome

                      Firegoat and chefathome: I received the French Laundry Cookbook as a Christmas present a few years ago. I think I made one thing from it and can't remember what it was. I do know it wasn't the coffee and doughnut.

                      A couple of years went by and I was looking to get rid of books I never used. FL was one of those books. I took it to a local used bookstore that gives store credit for books. When the guy picked up the FLbook, he said that they didn't want that one. They already had several and they'd been on the shelves for ages. He told me I could donate it to a charitable org that they supported if I wanted. I did.

                      I just never got into any of the recipes or the basic philosophy Keller was putting forth. I don't like fussy food and have no interest whatsoever in going to the French Laundry.

                      Isn't it weird (and wonderful) how folks' tastes are so varied. I LOVE Jamie Oliver and many can't stand his schtick or his recipes.

                      Chaque un a son gout.

                2. re: ziggylu

                  I can attest to Pure Dessert. I took a look at the John Ash book on Amazon. Just looked at what's in the soup section and it looks intriguing.

                  1. Shirley Corriher's eagerly anticipated Bakewise. I am on the Amazon list, but the current release date is the middle of September.

                    1. My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals by Melanie Dunea. I'm always interested in what people would choose as their final meal.
                      How To Think Like A Chef by Tom Coliccio.
                      Lately, I'm enjoying a more storytelling approach to cookbooks. I love to just sit an read them like a novel.

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                      1. re: jcattles

                        I really like How to Think Like a Chef. I, believe it or not, do not have a wish list! Too many books that I've not worked my way through yet.

                        1. re: MMRuth

                          I've been very curious about TLAC since someone suggested if for Cookbook of the Month a couple of months back. Would you kindly please expand a little on what you like about it? I wonder if it needs to be on my list!


                          1. re: oakjoan

                            Ha - not at all! I'm sure if I actually thought about it I could come up with some, and this doesn't meant that I won't be buying any, but just figured that since I could come up with one off hand, I must not have a wish list! Though, now that I think of it, there is a very nice Middle Eastern cookbook, newish, that I saw a while back that I would not mind having. But I can't remember the name of it for the life of me - Saba maybe? But I didn't find that googling. Beautiful photos, etc.

                          2. re: jcattles

                            Have you ever read MIchael Ruhlman's "The Making of a Chef" and the follow-up "Soul of a Chef"? I never though making stock could be so exciting.

                            1. re: elayne5

                              I had no idea it was Michael Ruhlman when I read those books. I loved his descriptions of the CIA and the dedication it took to go to class during the storms and how he felt about the time he spent in the serving kitchen.

                          3. Hi! I'm in the process of buying Alice Medrick's Pure Dessert. Can anyone give me opinions on this book?

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                            1. re: pan cakes

                              Pure Dessert was the Dessert Cookbook of the Month last time, so if you look for that thread you will see lots of thoughts on recipes people tried.

                              She has lots of recipes that use unusual sugars. One I tried and liked was the coconut palm cream cake. Two more on my list to try soon are the raw sugar toffee sauce (to go with some of the ice creams we are trying now) and the flans with raw sugar sauce that look great.

                              Another one I realy liked was the almond cake with a crunchy almond crust.

                              There were lots of thoughts on other recipes.

                              1. Greedygirl - I am an addict, too! I cannot get enough books. I've ordered over 30 since January 1 from Amazon. It does not help when I continue to get emails from them, enticing me to order more that they think I would like!

                                My wish list contains nearly 200 books, obviously too many to list here. I already have 400+ culinary books so have to start restricting myself!

                                1. OK, some of those on my list are:

                                  Beyond the Great Wall - Recipes and Travels in the Other China
                                  Beyond Nose to Tail
                                  Spon Cook Book (Alain Ducasse)
                                  Ma Gastronomie
                                  Sweet Myrtle and Bitter Honey
                                  Adventures and Science Behind Food Delicacies

                                  Anyone have the above?

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                                    1. re: MMRuth

                                      Now my birthday's coming up in a couple of weeks and I'm hoping for (Actually, I'm whining for.) the Ottolenghi cookbook even though the measurements haven't been Americanized.

                                      I've made several recipes from his series in, I think, The Guardian. They have all been wonderful.

                                      Last weekend, I made some fritters (his called for chard, but I only had various bitter greens and so used those) which were great. I've also made his quinoa and red rice salad several times.

                                      With all the conversion table websites, the measurement problem can be easily solved.

                                      Happy Birthday to me! And did I mention that I want the Ottolenghi cookbook? Huh? Huh? Huh?

                                      1. re: oakjoan

                                        Happy Birthday to you! Do you have a scale? I've found that between a scale and pyrex measuring cups w/ ml on them, I don't need to use conversion sites.

                                        1. re: MMRuth

                                          MMR: Medrich is always going on about weighing stuff instead of using spoons and cups...I actually do have a scale, but it's not electronic and I do NOT trust it. How does one know that the weights are correct?

                                          Medrich drove me nuts a few weeks ago when I was making her recipe for Honey Snaps. She cautioned and warned against using too much flour and said to weigh it. Since it was a verrrry small amount of flour, and because my scale is unreliable, I measured it. The cookies were totally delicious, but they turned out to be very strange looking. Sort of lacy. Even though I used a teeny tiny amount of dough for each cookie, they all ran together. Friends were coming to dinner and arrived in the midst of the weird-o cookie baking. One of them curled the weird shapes around a wooden spoon and they kept their shape. They certainly weren't what Medrich was aiming for (I know this even though there was no photo), but they were delicious.

                                          Can't for the life of me figure out why they're called "snaps" as they were chewy.

                                          1. re: oakjoan

                                            I think you can test your scale by weighing, say, a pound of butter, and then try weighing one stick as well.

                                        2. re: oakjoan

                                          Do you think your hubbie's got the message yet about Ottolenghi?

                                          1. re: greedygirl

                                            Well, if he hasn't he's beyond help, since I've actually said "Here's a book you could get me for my birthday."

                                          2. re: oakjoan

                                            I got the Ottolenghi book in June -- LOVE it! I haven't made anything from it - actually, I haven't been cooking at all since I found out we're moving to the Bay Area -- too busy. At any rate, I finally ordered the book from Amazon UK since I was tired of waiting for Amazon US to get it in stock.

                                      2. I have been looking for a rare cookbook called "The Art of Cooking Made Plain and Easy". Does anyone own it?

                                        I'd love to get 1080 Recipes.

                                        I have purchased many of my cookbooks at a used bookstore...at half the cost of what you'd pay at Barnes & Nobles...and I have found a few really fabulous finds. I have about 550 cookbooks..so I can relate to your addiction. Happy B Day!

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                                        1. re: melly

                                          I recently purchased "1080 Recipes" from Amazon and have to say I am disappointed. There are only about 3 recipes that I have not seen before - nothing unique or different. I wanted to return it but the cost of shipping would be nearly the cost of the book (heavy book). I was very disappointed with "Silver Spoon" as well. However, both would be great for basic cookery but not for those who are seeking different, unique and/or challenging.

                                          1. re: chefathome

                                            That's too bad about 1080 Recipes. It's on my list but I may hold off for a while because I already have some Spanish cookbooks and recently bought some while in Barcelona. I tend to agree about Silver Spoon - I like having it for reference but I never really cook from it.

                                            1. re: ms. clicquot

                                              Yes - for some reason 1080 doesn't seem to have a local or authentic feel. I definitely see myself getting much more use out of others I already have.

                                        2. I must say I have over 100 cookbooks and 30 years of Bon Appetit which I plan to get rid of soon. I liked the Good Times Cookbook better than the Silver Palate. I like Tyler Florences Ultimate book and alot of the others mentioned here. At least I don't feel all alone here in my passion!

                                          1. Fun to read these wishlists! My current list:

                                            1. Vegan cupcakes take over the world: I am not vegan but have been amazed at how tasty vegan cupcakes are...bought one by accident recently and it was better than "regular".

                                            2. Hot Sour Salty Sweet by Duguid and Alford: love their books!

                                            3. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison: Have read so many recommendations of it on this board, I know it should be in my library!

                                            4. My Italian Garden by Viana LaPlace: checked this out at the library and really want to own a copy. I love her books.

                                            1. I don't have a Wish List....mine is more like a Which One list.
                                              I'm looking for the definitive fish cookbook. Presently I'm torn between James Peterson's Fish and Shellfish...and Rick Stein's books.

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                                              1. re: Gio

                                                I have the Peterson and couldn't recommend it more highly (although I haven't yet seen the new Stein book and I have the Rick Moonen book on order from the library). First of all, I just love Peterson's style (I also have his Glorious French Food); so simple, so straightforward, so clear and informative, so thorough. Even if I'm not using one of his recipes, I rarely cook fish or shellfish without referring to his book first. His Baked Whole Sea Bass with Potatoes is a regular for me as is the Seafood Salad with Garlic, Tomato, and Basil Vinaigrette. Even though I've had the book for a while and it's chock-full of wonderful-sounding recipes, it's just so comprehensive I've barely begun to scratch the surface. Have to remedy that.

                                                1. re: Gio

                                                  Fish Without a Doubt is worth looking at before you make up your mind. I have it from the library and it really seems to cover the ground, uh, seaside.

                                                  1. re: yayadave

                                                    Many thanks Joan & Dave..... Your advise is noted and will be instrumental in my decision. Thank you both!

                                                    Hmmmmm..... Fish Without a Doubt. Intriguing.

                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                      Both books arrived today and I could not be happier. I spent the day relaxing and reading and making plans for delicious seafood dinners....Each book has it's own emphasis and each has such wonderful information. I've bookmarked many recipes I loved at first read. Thanks again!

                                                2. Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Hertzberg and Francois. Blogger friends have gotten really, really good results from it.

                                                  1. I just ordered technique books from Le Cordon Bleu and Jaques Pepin - I'm really excited, but have to wait till October to pick them up from my mom's where I have stuff shipped...