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Cookbooks to request that my library purchase?!

NYchowcook Jun 1, 2009 08:12 AM

I just requested Barbara Ojakangas Light & Easy Baking because there was only one copy in the library system, and it was lost.
The main librarian invited me to give her a list of cookbooks for the library to purchase!

I have not kept a list of books I wanted that are unavailable, so new and unusual book suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Especially ethnic, Asian, Scandinavian, or anything you've been delighted with lately.
Thanks!

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  1. tcamp RE: NYchowcook Jun 1, 2009 08:21 AM

    I have access to two great library systems in the DC area and, sadly, neither one has either of these two books recommended here at chowhound:

    Rustic European Breads from Your Bread Maker, by Linda Eckhardt and Diana Collingwood

    The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook, by Beth Hensperger

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    1. re: tcamp
      NYchowcook RE: tcamp Jun 1, 2009 01:02 PM

      Why don't you ask the librarians to purchase the cookbooks you want?
      They seem to always do so for me!

    2. beetlebug RE: NYchowcook Jun 1, 2009 08:29 AM

      Are there any books from COTM that you wanted to try but couldn't because of lack of library copies? I usually start there as well as the other cookbook threads that people post about, ie Bon Appetit Y'all, etc.

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      1. re: beetlebug
        NYchowcook RE: beetlebug Jun 1, 2009 11:01 AM

        Yup, I checked the COTM archived list and own almost all -- in any event, all but one I want, so I requested they purchase Rose Carrarini – Breakfast, Lunch, Tea

        BTW, I also requested:
        Alex Skaria -- The Asian Barbecue Book: From Teriyaki to Tandoori
        Francis Mallmann – Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way (I think this or the Brooks book below may be a future contender for COTM -- we haven't done South American, that is, south of Mexico)
        Beatrice Ojakangas -- Whole Grain Breads By Machine Or Hand
        Shirley Lomax Brooks -- Argentina Cooks! Expanded Treasured Recipes From The Nine Regions Of Argentina
        Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee -- Quick and Easy Korean Cooking: More than 70 Everyday Recipes
        Michelle Rizzolo -- The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook: A Year in the Life of a Restaurant
        Mark Miller – Tacos: 75 Authentic and Inspired Recipes
        Tomato: A Guide to the Pleasures of Choosing, Growing, and Enjoying
        Robert Danhi – Southeast Asian Flavors: Adventures in Cooking the Foods of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, & Singapore [James Beard 2009 nominee]
        McLagan, Jennifer – Bones: Recipes, History And Lore [a 2006 James Beard winner]
        McLagan, Jennifer.– Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes [James Beard Cookbook of the Year 2009]

        1. re: NYchowcook
          MMRuth RE: NYchowcook Jun 1, 2009 11:06 AM

          Maybe the newly-published-in-the-U.S. Hopkinson book? I've also been interest in the Alford/Duguid Chinese book, though I've not bought it yet. I believe won a James Beard award this year.

          I still love Sweet Myrtle and Bitter Honey for Sardnian food, and use it quite often.

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            beetlebug RE: MMRuth Jun 1, 2009 11:34 AM

            MMRuth, last year, there was another book you showed me in the bookstore, Kitchen Arts - I think it was middle eastern food? Whatever it was, I remember it being gorgeous and then promptly forgot the title. That would be a great library book.

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              MMRuth RE: beetlebug Jun 1, 2009 11:53 AM

              I want to say Saba, but I'm not sure that's right. I'll check next time I go by - I seem to have developed a "habit of sorts" there!

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                beetlebug RE: MMRuth Jun 1, 2009 11:59 AM

                It's something like Saba, but that isn't the title (I just checked amazon). I remember how beautiful the pictures were.

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                  NYchowcook RE: beetlebug Jun 1, 2009 12:35 PM

                  Is it Saha?
                  http://www.ecookbooks.com/p-20674-sah...

                  (do you think I'm procrastinating at doin' what I oughta??)

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                    beetlebug RE: NYchowcook Jun 1, 2009 01:18 PM

                    YES! I knew it was something like that. I haven't cooked from it but it's very interesting.

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              NYchowcook RE: MMRuth Jun 1, 2009 11:40 AM

              I purchased the two Hopkinson books per your excitement. Is there *another* Hopkinson book I need to purchase?
              This COTM project isn't helping me rein in my cookbook purchasing proclivities, that's for sure -- I reviewed the archive and see I own almost all.

              I own Sweet Myrtle. The Dunlop books meet my Asian needs for now, though I'm eager to try Korean cooking.
              I'm also very curious to explore South American, Argentinian, etc.

              BTW, my Bon Appetit Y'all arrived today -- I'm so happy! -- along w/ Jonny Bowden's The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth (you know, to sort of balance things out!)

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                MMRuth RE: NYchowcook Jun 1, 2009 11:52 AM

                Hopkinson - the one I was thinking of is the sequel to Roast Chicken & Other Stories. I love Week In, Week Out, but don't think it's been published here.

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                  NYchowcook RE: MMRuth Jun 1, 2009 12:07 PM

                  I believe that would be Second Helpings. Which I bought because of you! I bought it along with Roast Chicken (I'm going to tell your husband! stay out of the cookbook stores or else . . . return to COTM!)

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                    MMRuth RE: NYchowcook Jun 1, 2009 01:27 PM

                    Have you made the duck soup? I think that may be the only recipe I've made, but it is so good, and I've made it so many times, that it's been worth the price of the book. My husband only buys cookbooks in London, and only when asked by me, so I'm afraid you'll have to take me to task instead!

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                      NYchowcook RE: MMRuth Jun 1, 2009 01:40 PM

                      No duck soup yet; I'll look it up.

                      In the meantime, my sister turned me on to swaptree.com where you can swap books, CD's, etc.
                      I just pulled out my pile of cookbooks I have no interest in cooking from, and I'll add my wishlist. Not to worry, Hopkinson is a keeper!

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              Karen_Schaffer RE: NYchowcook Jun 1, 2009 03:03 PM

              But why not also suggest great books that you think should be available to other patrons, even if you already own them? My take was that the librarian was asking you, as a sophisticated and interested cook, to suggest cookbooks that the library ought to own. Not that there's anything wrong in asking them to buy books that you'd like to check out as well, but I don't think you need to limit yourself to that.

              I too have had great luck suggesting books to my library for purchase. Love that I can do it from home!

              1. re: NYchowcook
                sjomansbiff RE: NYchowcook Jun 29, 2009 01:44 PM

                Robert Danhi's Southeast Asian Flavors is great! I love the way he writes and these recipes always turn out amazing. Great pictures as well.

            4. mcsheridan RE: NYchowcook Jun 1, 2009 08:49 AM

              If my librarian asked me, these would be my choices (two old, one recent, one to be released in the Fall):

              Gourmet Preserves Chez Madelaine: Elegant Marmalades, Jams, Jellies, and Preserves in Small Quantities - Madelaine Bullwinkel

              Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking - Michael Ruhlman

              The Tante Marie's Cooking School Cookbook: More Than 250 Recipes for the Passionate Home Cook - Mary S. Risley

              The Pleasures of Cooking for One - Judith Jones (to be released in September)

              1. bayoucook RE: NYchowcook Jun 1, 2009 09:13 AM

                I was a librarian for years, and I can assure you that they love your imput. Each library has imput on their purchases, and sometimes no one really knows which cookbooks to order. Suggest you speak to the Head Librarian and make your requests for the next book order. Each library has appropriated funds for non-fiction goods.

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                  NYchowcook RE: bayoucook Jun 1, 2009 09:55 AM

                  thanks. The librarian that used to staff my branch seemed to love my suggestions, saying that she'll order them. I humbly told her they're just suggestions, and up to here. She said: all your suggestions are great!

                  I'm requesting James Beard award winners, and one COTM that the library does not own (sadly perhaps I own almost all the COTM's!)
                  I already ordered Bon Appetit Y'all after I didn't want to return to the library!

                  Also, the NY Times just reviewed cookbooks, several of which I am requesting.
                  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/31/boo...

                  It's like a cookbook buying spree I'm not paying for! But wait . . . It looks like there will be a new crop of cookbooks that I'll need to purchase . .. .

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                    beetlebug RE: NYchowcook Jun 1, 2009 10:25 AM

                    Welcome to my world. I "help" my librarian with her cookbook ordering. Even if I own the book, I still have the library buy certain cookbooks if I love it - this way other patrons can borrow it as well.

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                  Karen_Schaffer RE: NYchowcook Jun 1, 2009 09:48 AM

                  The Asian Grill by Corinne Trang
                  http://www.amazon.com/Asian-Grill-Gre...

                  I have several recipes I keep going back to in this book, especially the Country Ribs with Hoisin Sauce -- yum!

                  Vegetables Every Day by Jack Bishop
                  http://www.amazon.com/Vegetables-Ever...

                  I love this book for great, innovative, yet mostly fairly easy vegetable recipes. This, along with Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and Alice Waters' Chez Panisse Vegetables are my go-to books for vegetable ideas.

                  Pasta e Verdure by Jack Bishop
                  http://www.amazon.com/Pasta-Verdura-V...

                  I don't use this one as much, but it still has lots of great ideas. Many of the vegetable treatments make perfectly fine side dishes without the pasta.

                  Fig Heaven by Marie Simmons
                  http://www.amazon.com/Fig-Heaven-Reci...

                  A great book for fig lovers. Includes recipes for both fresh and dried figs.

                  Bistro Cuisine by Patricia Wells
                  http://www.amazon.com/Bistro-Cooking-...

                  Not new, nor obscure, but one of my all-time favorite cookbooks

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                    NOLA_Pam RE: NYchowcook Jun 2, 2009 08:53 PM

                    Unfortunately my library system is not currently very open to suggestions because they are still trying to rebuild stock post Katrina, but I would seriously recommend Real Cajun by Donald Link. I just got my copy and plan a Cajun cook fest this weekend.

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                      NYchowcook RE: NOLA_Pam Jun 3, 2009 07:46 AM

                      thanks for the suggestion; fortunately my library already owns it -- and I reserved!
                      I was disappointed with the recent NO or Louisiana gumbo book, but Link looks better, especially w/ an endorsement by a NOLA'er!

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                      karykat RE: NYchowcook Jun 29, 2009 07:16 PM

                      Another book by Beatrice Ojakangas that I like is The Great Holiday Baking Book. That one is in paperback now as well as hardcover. It has breads, cookies, desserts and all kinds of baked goods for all year round, not just the usual holidays. For example, she has a chapter on Memorial Day and Early Summer with all kinds of fruit desserts, coffee cakes, cookies, an egg dish and loads of other stuff. Another chapter is titled "Midsummer's Day'" with all kinds of cakes, coffee cakes breads and pastries. And so on through the year.

                      Another dessert book I think is good is The Sweet Life by Kate Zuckerman.

                      And two by Sherry Yard are Desserts by the Yard and Secrets of Baking. Secrets of Baking is good for beginning cooks and experienced bakers and everyone in between, so I think it would be a great library addition. It has some basics for different classes of desserts (like say, pound cakes or caramel) and then a bunch of variants on the basics.

                      1. DanaB RE: NYchowcook Jun 29, 2009 08:52 PM

                        Is your library one of the few in the US that has OTTOLENGHI: THE COOKBOOK by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi? I know the Los Angeles Public LIbrary System has it, but unfortunately I'm not in LA any longer. I've requested it from the Madison Library System.

                        The only books I can think of that are somewhat obscure, which are excellent books and currently in print are Rosemary Barron's Flavors of Greece and Evelyne Slomon's The Pizza Book. Since your handle indicates you are in NY, I'd be really surprised if your library system didn't already have Slomon's book, but if they don't, they should get it post haste. The Barron book is also definitely worth getting, if they don't have it already.

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