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Nov 26, 2010 11:20 AM

Which cookbook should I ask for at Christmas?

I love cookbooks and wasn't to drop a few hints about a new one for Christmas. Any suggestions about a cookbook you can't do without? I am not a baker, so no dessert books please.

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  1. I think you may need to tell us more - like what do you have already; what style of cooking do you like and what don't you like.

    However, for now, you ask what cookbook I couldnt do without. Easy answer - Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course (first published 1978). I would throw away every other one I own to keep that one.

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    1. re: Harters

      I have All About Braising, the White House Cookbook (1889 edition), Silver Pallette, a couple of Julia's, a couple of Beard's, several Asian books, 2 Thai, Betty Crocker's Picture Book, La Cucina, and many more. A girl can't have too many cookbooks, can she?

      1. re: nosey

        ahahahahahahah, it sounds to me like you have a LONG way to go before you get to "too many." :)

      2. re: Harters

        I'm asking for Bittman's How to Cook Everything and maybe The Perfect Scoop too. I prefer asking for a gift card and then spending loads of time looking through the book shelves, but my MIL doesn't like giving gift cards!

      3. I've written about it on this board before, but it's worth repeating here - i love marc vetri's il viaggio di vetri. tons of great recipes, nothing that is overly complicated, but still elegant in a rustic way. cant say enough good things about it. there is a dessert section in it, as in every book, but i don't bake much and i think his desserts are appreciated more from a non bakers point of view - as verti himself creates them along with the apps and entrees.

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        1. re: dcole

          dcole, does the vetri book have all glossy pages?

          1. re: Jay F

            Yes. It is a very nice book, something if you wanted could be put out on display on a coffee table or something you could or kept next to the stove to get dirty if you wish. Not as nice as something like Thomas Keller's books, but still very nice.

            1. re: dcole

              Unfortunately, practically every one of those fancy photo books offgasses printing chemicals that bother me, and which never seem to go away. Thanks for the info, though.

        2. Herrings Dictionary of Classic and Modern Cookery.

          1. You might want to consider a past COTM. I've pasted the link to the archive below.


            I find it very helpful in that you can take a look through reviews and feedback shared by other Hounds and find books that interest you most.

            if you are fortunate enough to get it as a Christmas gift, you can then share your cooking adventures with us by adding to the COTM threads.

            1. I'll assume you want a recent cookbook, though you don't say that. Probably the book I got this year that I am most impressed by, both for reading and cooking from, is Dorie Greenspan's "Around my French Table'.

              Others I've enjoyed a lot this year:
              Vegetarian: Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
              Every-night dinners: HIgh Flavor, Low Labor by J.M.Hirsch
              Italian: Stir by Barbara Lynch
              The Canal House Cooking books are wonderful

              If you don't care how old the book is I have other recommendations. Can you give us some clues on what type of cooking you like to do and some of your favorite cookbooks currently? That will help us know what direction to steer you in.

              On my own wishlist for Christmas:
              NIgella Kitchen
              Tender Vol II by Nigel Slater
              In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite by Melissa Clark