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gsElsbeth Dec 16, 2008 08:09 AM

for son's girlfriend; she's asking specifically for mediterranean, cuban, or italian. I don't think she's a terribly experienced cook, just willing and eager. She says she already has Thai and Indian.

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    Velda Mae Dec 16, 2008 12:33 PM

    I like Patricia Wells' Trattoria for Italian. I use it more than I do my books by Marcella Hazan. Paula Wolfert's Mediterranean Cooking is a classic.

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      jen kalb Dec 17, 2008 09:24 AM

      I agree about Mediterranean Cooking. I love all Wolfert's books but I think Mediterranean Cooking (both the original early version and the updated versions) is probably her most accessible book for a beginning cook. It has a simplicity and many delicious recipes. The recipes were collected from all around the mediterranean basin and are interestingly grouped by ingredient type, which can be helpful. Also well indexed in case you are looking a different way for a recipe.

    2. RickL Dec 16, 2008 11:51 AM

      I just ordered "The Silver Spoon" for my wife. It's considered "Italy's bestselling culinary bible." Here's the amazon link: http://snipurl.com/thesilverspoon.

      If she enjoys Thai cooking and would like to sample other SE Asian recipes I'd suggest "Cradle of Flavor: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia" or "Into the Vietnamese Kitchen", both also available from amazon.

      1. jen kalb Dec 16, 2008 11:45 AM

        Id say Italian - one of Marcella Hazan's books (Essentials probably, since it compiles her first two) would be an excellent choice since the recipes are relatively simple yet carefully written to produce very , very good food. Its an excellent cookbook to learn from and use forever. dont think it has photos, but thats not been a problem for me.

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          LadyintheKitchen Dec 16, 2008 10:28 AM

          Patti LaBelle's "Good Life" cookbook. It has the bomb apple pie in there...try it!!

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            ceekskat Dec 16, 2008 08:49 AM

            Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean (including author mentioned above)...


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              Hungry Celeste Dec 16, 2008 08:25 AM

              Any of Claudia Roden's various middle eastern/mediterranean cookbooks is a good choice on the Med front.

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