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Oct 19, 2010 05:45 PM

Which Cook Book Would You Recommend?

I have been blessed with a Borders gift card for $35.00 - and I'm thinking of getting a new cookbook. I have to admit, I don't have many. I've cooked by the seat of my pants or found what I needed on the internet or through other CH's. And, since I am unemployed, and can't buy out of "whimsy", if you had to buy one cookbook, which book would you buy, and if so, why? Really looking for some new ideas. Any input is welcome.

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  1. Depends what you want.

    Adventurous? Momofuku by David Chang

    General? The New Making of a Cook by Madeleine Kamman

    Bbq? either Serious Bbq by Adam Perry Lang or Seven Fires by Francis Mallman

    Dessert? Sweet Spot by Pichet Ong

    Other suggestions:

    1. You may find this link interesting. It caught my eye because the first selection if the Moosewood Restaurant (which I've never been to), but I know one of the owners.

      I know the shelves are filled with celebrity chef cookbooks and I'm guilty to buying a few of them. Jamie Oliver's cookbooks are fun, becuase they range from simple to expert, the stories are wonderful. Beautiful photographs. GIada DeLaurentis' first cookbook is very standard Italian fare, but the recipes are incredibly easy to follow and the results are pretty good. Bobby Flay's recipes each seem to have about forty ingredients (mostly spices). Rachel Ray's (this was sent to me by a book club) are awful, but easy.

      But my real suggestion is to skip the cookbooks and buy Anthony Bourdain's Nasty Bits. One of my favorite books ever.

      1. I like the Cook's Illustrated "Best Recipes". Not that they are always the best, but if you are looking for ideas or something you have never cooked before, it's a great reference point.

        1. Ah, but you ask what book I would buy. What you should be asking is what book should I buy if I was you.

          And I know, from your Home Cooking posts, that you're a confident and creative cook. So, I think you should buy something that plays to those strengths. Go for a cookbook of a national cusine that you enjoy eating and would like to cook (or cook better) - and havnt got a cookbook for. Whatever that may be.

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          1. re: Harters

            Ah, but you ask what book I would buy. What you should be asking is what book should I buy if I was you.

            Good point, Harters. That is really what I was thinking, but sometimes my fingers don't obey my brain when typing! They have tiny little minds of their own.

          2. I have an entire bookcase full of cookbooks, but there are only three that I actually use regularly and trust implicitly: Ruth Reichl's The Gourmet Cookbook, Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, and Diana Kennedy's The Cuisines of Mexico.