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.
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
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]
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!)
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!
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!
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)
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.
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.
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 . .. .
The Asian Grill by Corinne Trang
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
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
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
A great book for fig lovers. Includes recipes for both fresh and dried figs.
Bistro Cuisine by Patricia Wells
Not new, nor obscure, but one of my all-time favorite cookbooks
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.
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.