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New batch of cookbooks-NYT

Phaedrus Oct 22, 2008 04:54 AM


  1. gridder Oct 23, 2008 08:52 PM

    Perhaps I missed something, but a breakout box would have been nice with the titles in it. I had to jump around too much to figure out which cookbooks each chef wrote.

    1. roxlet Oct 23, 2008 05:47 AM

      I think BakeWise sounds very interesting. That's my #1 choice from the list so far...

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        buttertart Oct 24, 2008 10:51 AM

        I've been dying to get my mitts on it since I first heard about it (on Chowhound, I think). Has been in the works for ages. Expecting my copy Tuesday from Amazon...can't wait!

        1. re: buttertart
          flourgirl Oct 24, 2008 11:39 AM

          This is the next book I'm buying!

      2. Karl S Oct 22, 2008 04:51 PM

        I've noticed this is the slimmest season in years for new cookbooks. That is, September/October is the traditional launching season for the $35 cookbook in anticipation of the holidays, and there are usually 1-3 major cookbooks released for the season. Like Gourmet one year, Bon Appetit the next, the new Joy the next. James Peterson, et cet.

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        1. re: Karl S
          david t. Oct 23, 2008 03:20 AM

          I don't know if it's a reasonable price, but cookbooks with recipes and the occasional picture is no longer enough. Cookbooks are now loaded with beautifully shot images of the dishes and come mega-sized. It's a cookbook as a coffee table book.

          1. re: david t.
            Phaedrus Oct 23, 2008 04:46 AM

            Makes it kind of hard to hold onto as you are cooking doesn't it?

            1. re: Phaedrus
              Gio Oct 23, 2008 04:59 AM

              All the cookbooks I bought this year to cook along with the COTM group weigh A Ton. I finally had to get a counter bookstand to use while cooking. It's a big help.

        2. flourgirl Oct 22, 2008 10:54 AM

          I just received my copy of Alinea. Haven't opened it yet though. I'm waiting until I have a good stretch of uninterrupted quality time to really enjoy this read. But I have to say that the size of the book is a little daunting. It is kind of hard to get cozy with such heavy books, but I'm sure I'll find a way. And the $30 price tag for this book (on Amazon) was very doble for me.

          But $250 for a book? Even the $157 Amazon is currently charging for BFD is waaayyyy out of my comfort zone of what is a reasonable amount to pay for a cookbook.

          1. Gio Oct 22, 2008 05:57 AM

            Interesting... but is $250.00 too much to pay for a cookbook?

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            1. re: Gio
              JoanN Oct 22, 2008 06:31 AM

              Yeah, but you can buy it for a measly $127.89 on Amazon. And with all the money you save you can buy the bookstand you'll need to prop up all 11.6 pounds of it.

              1. re: JoanN
                Gio Oct 22, 2008 08:11 AM

                Oh goody.... I'm nominating The Big Fat Duck Cookbook for COTM....let's see, how about December? We're sure to have tons of $$$ by then.

                1. re: Gio
                  MMRuth Oct 22, 2008 05:02 PM

                  Yes, let's - if open on my larger bit of counterspace, it would fill that counter space and overflow into the edge of the sink.

                  Actually - the one that appeals to me is the "A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes":


                  Oh - and the baking book.

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