What were your last three cookbook purchases...Part 2 [old]
- buttertart May 13, 2011 06:27 AM
Hello all, my name is buttertart m. and I'm a cookbook addict. And I'm proud and happy to be one since this addiction has added immeasurably to my life.
We've had a mighty good discussion of this topic (thanks, wekick, excellent topic, hope you don't mind me starting the new thread?) which hit almost 800 posts and is getting to be slow to load because of it. Here's a link to it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/734099
My most recent finds were last Saturday at the Strand Bookstore in Manhattan which always had a very good cookbook section and now has a crazy good one. It had expanded a lot since the last time I was in the store. Anybody here who comes to NYC must visit this store if you are of a mind to be put in harm's way.
The books were the Time-Life "The Good Cook" series volumes on candy and cookies - I saw the bread one and should have gotten it too. They are in tiptop condition and are full of very good recipes, photos, and explanations of technique. This is a rebuy for me because I received the whole set as a gift from my mom and foolishly left it behind when we moved crosscountry years ago. Silly me.
So, what are you buying, and from where?
Artisan Bread Every Day - Peter Reinhart
Mexican Kitchen- Rick Bayless
Charcuterie- Ruhlman & Powlcin
Agree, time for part 2.
I mentioned on another thread I use the Time Life books for my filing system. I use both the Good Cook and Food from the World for sections. I love those books and the Southern Living series too
My last few from Goodwill
Flatbreads & Flavors: A Baker's Atlas
A a couple of the food editor's favorites by Barbara Gibbs Ostmann
Classic Indian Cooking - Julie Sahni
Authentic Mexican - Rick Bayless
Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure - Lorna Sass
I got the Sass book to make it easier to start using my new pressure cooker, but have since realized that many Indian dishes also work well. And pozole!
The first two books are the result of my resolution to read through and cook a bit from books in the library whenever possible before buying. It's saved me from a bunch of cookbooks that sounded appealling, but would have just sat around unused. And it's also made it very clear which ones might be keepers. Thanks, buttertart, for feeding our habits. And thanks to you and others who promoted Eat Your Books here -- that's made a huge step forward in my actual cooking from books. (Along with padding my wishlist...)
Thomas Keller - French Laundry Cook Book - Will most prb never make anything...quite amazing to see the effort gone into each conceptually simple dish..
Lafcadio Hearn - Creole Cook Book - Ancient cookery recipes written in old New Orleans...No measurement...no specifics...but some truly some traditional word-of mouth techniques.
Jacques Pepin - La Technique - Need I say anymore? Like a manual on proper french techniques from the man who mastered it.
Oh boy...thats a tough one. My friend gave it to me as his dad used to cook. He had no idea how invaluable the lessons in the book are....I mean..he does some tiny things that make the dishes for you guest so nice. Shows to your friends/family that you really put the effort into something.