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mschow Dec 11, 2008 06:28 AM

I am looking for some suggestions for a Christmas gift for a foodie friend. She is an excellent cook with a well prepared kitchen. Some information: she's not crazy about spicy food; Chinese, Thai or Mexican. Huge fan of Jacques Pepin, Julia Child, and Lidia. Not into desserts or sweet items. Loves Italian, French, American. She does love peasant type foods, in addition to great steaks and steakhouse type fare. Any thoughts?

  1. pikawicca Dec 11, 2008 02:25 PM

    Candy just gifted me with a copy of Frank Stitt's (!) "Bottega Favorita, a Southern Chef's Love Affair with Italian Food." Haven't made anything from it yet, but it looks wonderful, and the photographs are gorgeous. Plus, if Candy thinks it's worth owning, it's worth owning.

    1. poached Dec 11, 2008 02:14 PM

      "How to Pick a Peach" by Russ Parsons
      I got this as a present over the summer. It is arranged by season and ingrediant. It never leaves my counter and absolutly everything I have cooked in it is fabulous. From the simple 3 ingredent preparations to the complex ones.
      Is also has really taught me how to make the most of my farmer's market. It is so much more than a cookbook. And from someone who gets alot of cookbooks as gifts I can tell you this one is special, my food tastes restaurant quality now- its a well written foodie read.

      1. bermudagourmetgoddess Dec 11, 2008 12:38 PM

        THE BIBLE....FRENCH LAUNDRY by Thomas Keller

        1. gansu girl Dec 11, 2008 12:37 PM

          The new heirloom cooking cookbook by the Brass Sisters is a goodie for someone who's an avid cook and who has lots of cookbooks - a lot of stuff not covered in other books is in there and it's fun to read b/c they've included the stories behind the recipes . . . .

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            janniecooks Dec 11, 2008 11:15 AM

            Adding to JoanN's most excellent list, here are a few more suggestions:

            "The Italian Country Table" or "The Splendid Table" by Lynne Rosetto Kaspar
            "Patricia Wells at home in Provence" by Patricia Wells
            --I have Bistro Cooking as well, and actually like at home in Provence better

            1. JoanN Dec 11, 2008 07:39 AM

              "The Slow Meditarranean Kitchen" by Paula Wolfert
              "All About Braising" by Molly Stevens
              "Bistro Cooking" by Patricia Wells, or
              "Bistro Cooking at Home" by Gordon Hammersley
              "The Foods and Wines of Spain" by Penelope Casas
              "The Zuni Cookbook" by Judy Rodgers
              "Sunday Suppers at Lucques" by Suzanne Goin

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