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Good morning all, since the last thread is almost at 300 posts, a new one seems to be in order.
I haven't bought anything in the last couple of weeks (!), but I have been delving into the ones I've stockpiled and have made some nice new discoveries.
How about you? New additions to your collection, or back inventory just reviewed, let's discuss and enjoy them together here.

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  1. Yesterday I bought a $5.99 book at Borders.
    "Simple French Cooking" Carole Clements and Elizabth Wolf-Cohen.

    Plenty of gorgeous pictures, but most of all, the recipes look easy-ier.

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    1. re: Rella

      Just picked up my copy of Molto Gusto from the library yesterday in preparation for this months COTM. After paging through it, I am of the opinion I need to own this book. So....

      MOLTO GUSTO just ordered.

    2. Yesterday I had no intention of buying cookbooks. As a matter of fact, I was simply making a routine trip to the Farmer’s Market and garden centre when this huge “Garage Sale” sign popped out of nowhere and, since I was right there (and could see a bookcase full of books in the driveway), I figured it was cookbook karma at work and I just had to stop!

      For $3 I picked up:

      Vegetable Soups by Deborah Madison

      Canadian Living’s Desserts (buttertart if you don’t have this one, I think you’d love it)

      Just The Best – Favourite Recipes From Canada’s Top Food Writers

      License To Grill by Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby

      Good Morning America Cut the Calories Cookbook (Couldn’t resist since Sara Moulton was on the cover)

      Emeril’s TV Dinners

      Rose’s Christmas Cookies by Rose Levy Beranbaum

      mr bc picked up some albums as well so all was good and I was super-excited to get such a deal, especially since most of the books were hardcover!!

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      1. re: Breadcrumbs

        Every time I see that you've posted on this thread, I think, "Uh-oh! Time for more bookshelves!" Rose's Christmas Cookies is a gem but the binding is not very good if it's an earlier edition...

        1. re: roxlet

          Gosh roxlet, you know what, you're not too far off. . . I've almost filled my new book cases!
          : (
          I put most recent bookcases in our main floor guest room, a room mr bc rarely enters so he has no idea how full they are. I think he'd have a heart attack since he said "wow honey, look how much space you have for books now" when he put them up.

          Looks like my Christmas Cookie book is a first edition w a sewn binding. I don't think it's ever been opened but I'll be sure to treat it w care, thanks for the heads up roxlet!

          1. re: Breadcrumbs

            Unfortunately, that first edition of Rose's Christmas Cookies was a notch binding, not sewn, and the glue just didn't hold.

            Here are the pages where my copy falls open: Golden Biscotti, Rose's Crescents, Mahogany Buttercrunch Toffee, David's Dreambars, Lora Brody's Rugelach (absolutely, hands down, the best rugelach ever), and Davis Shamah's Jumbles.

            Love that book!

        2. re: Breadcrumbs

          I have a Canadian Living Desserts from the 80's, same one or a new one? I particularly remember the Concord grape pie from it.
          Want the Rose's Christmas Cookies.

          1. re: buttertart

            CL Desserts is 1992 edition - no Concord Grape Pie but there's an Almond Red Currant Pie with your name on it!! ; - )

            Just did a quick skim through Christmas Cookies after reading roxlet's note and it's a lovely book, lots of great ideas and new-to-me cookies.

            1. re: Breadcrumbs

              Holy cow, another book (let me see if I have it first, it's the old one I remember...). That pie sounds perfect.

              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                Concord Grape pie(or any grapes really) can be found in Betty Crocker's Picture Book from the 50s!!!¨Often available at garage and estate sales!!! Recipe posted under the food poetry on General Topics Board too!

                Just bought-

                Through Europe with a Jug of Wine-1964 by Morrison Wood
                The Complete Book of Mexican Cooking-1965 by Elizabeth Lambert Ortiz
                Real French Cooking -1956 by Savarin (only one name-like Cher I guess).
                This last one is an interesting selection of revipes mixed with literature, poetry and essays!!!! Fun. peace.

                1. re: jill kibler

                  Jill those sound like interesting books. I love the sound of your last one in particular.

            2. re: Breadcrumbs

              Not really soup season now, except for chilled, and I assume Deborah has quite a few recipes, but how is that one? Care to comment?

              I have one of the older glued not sewn versions of Christmas Cookies, great book, had to do some fixes on it myself though, as with rubber bands and tape.

              1. re: bushwickgirl

                I agree bushwickgirl, this isn't the time of year I'm thinking much about soups however, I did have a chance to look through this book (albeit quickly) when I brought it home and I thought it had quite a few interesting and certainly new-to-me recipes. I just pulled it off the shelf, here are a few of the recipes I've tabbed:

                White miso soup with red dulse and ginger

                Pinto bean soup over rice with red chile and cheese

                Yellow pea and coconut milk soup with spinach, rice, and spiced yogurt

                Rice and golden turnip soup with Fontina cheese

                Fennel and almond soup with saffron and ricotta dumplings

                Curried coconut corn soup with yogurt and lime

                Potato and endive chowder over Gruyère cheese toast

                Cream of tomato soup with souffléed cheese toasts

                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                  Mm-m, some delicious possibilities, especially like the yellow pea, fennel, potato, and cream of tomato options. Thanks for posting, I'm going to look further into this book. I have always liked Deborah Madison's work.

                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                    Yum. We eat soups year-round here. The house is cool, so what's the difference. We both love them too much to save them for cold weather. Which we rarely get.

              2. Modernist cuisine- Nathan Mhyrvold
                The Flavor Bible-karen Page
                Noma - Rene Redzepi

                1. The Food of Spain, Claudia Roden: Wonderful, rich with writing about the cuisines of Spain, lots of interesting recipes to try (I've only had it for a couple of days and haven't actually cooked from it)

                  Plenty, Yotam Ottollenghi: I've been anxious to get this one. It's a gorgeous book and I'm looking forward to cooking from it but also just being inspired by it.

                  Super Natural Every Day, Heidi Swanson: Eh. I've had this one for a month now and haven't even been that interested in looking through it, a rarity for me with cookbooks.

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                  1. re: debbiel

                    debbiel I'd love to hear your thoughts on CR's Food of Spain when you've cooked from it. I don't have many Spanish cookbooks and would be happy to add one if I knew folks enjoyed success w it.

                    Not sure if you knew that Plenty was a recent Cookbook of the Month (COTM) here on Chowhound. Just in case, I've pasted a link so you can check out the dishes folks made. I loved cooking from it and hope you do too! Here's the link:

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781954

                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                      Thanks for the link Breadcrumbs! I haven't been on CH much lately so I did miss that.

                      I'll report in on occasion with Roden's book. I suspect I'll start cooking from it more heavily when cooler weather arrives in September.

                      1. re: debbiel

                        The Roden is great, I marked a ton of recipes to try.

                        1. re: buttertart

                          Thanks bt, good to know. I only have one of Roden's books, Arabesque and I have to say, I really enjoyed cooking from it during that COTM.

                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                            Arabesque was a great COTM. It changed my pantry for the better. Pomegranate molasses, in particular, have become a standard ingredient around here since we did that COTM three or four years ago.

                        2. re: debbiel

                          Great Debbie, be sure to add your Plenty reports to the COTM threads as you try those recipes. Although the COTM features one (or two related) book(s) a month, folks continue to add to them even years later.

                          I just joined Chowhound last fall so I've been having fun reading and adding to COTM threads I missed.

                      2. re: debbiel

                        Too bad about the Swanson book. I have her Super Natural cooking and haven't found it very inspiring either (though to be fair, I own many books I've not gotten around to cooking from), but I have been tempted by her new one, it's just so beautiful. But, maybe I should avoid it.

                        I too am interested in hearing how it goes with the Roden book.

                        ~TDQ

                        1. re: debbiel

                          I just received my copy of The Food of Spain, which was backordered. I've barely had time to flip through the introductory sections, but it really seems amazing and I look forward to reading it and looking through the recipes.

                          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                            "but it really seems amazing"

                            ohoh, I see a cookbook purchase looming in my future...

                            ~TDQ

                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                              Just got it also, very amazing book, well worth having in any collection.

                              1. re: bushwickgirl

                                Agree, it's beautiful, amazingly well researched, and the recipes are unusual and very tempting.

                        2. Domaine Chandon cookbook, pretty accessible fine dining cookbook if I say so myself.
                          Bistro Cooking by Patricia Wells - old but it has some interesting old school French Bistro recipes.
                          Alinea - finally jumped the gun and bought it, amazing pictures and interesting plating but I'll reserve the recipes for when I am in between jobs again.

                          1. Just bought Fried Chicken and Champagne by Lisa Dupar; Chopsticks, Cleaver, & Wok by Jennie Low; and Pizza: Grill it, Bake It, Love It! by Bruce Weinstein.

                            want Ruhlman's Twenty - does anyone have it, want it? do I need it?haha

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                            1. re: bayoucook

                              The pub date for Ruhlman's Twenty is July 15th, so unless someone got an advance copy (anyone?), the jury will remain out.

                              1. re: roxlet

                                oh, that's right - it's not out yet! my mistake

                                1. re: roxlet

                                  i really did not care for Ratio. Not crazy about him in general.

                                  1. re: buttertart

                                    I don't have any Ruhlman cookbooks, but do find that I'm a bit crazy about him. ;)

                                    1. re: debbiel

                                      Ruhlman's "Twenty" just arrived in my mailbox today. I've read only the first two chapters so far, but am finding it very informative. I've only been cooking seriously for about two years, though, so maybe a more experienced cook would find fewer revelations.

                                      1. re: LaPomme

                                        How did you get it? According to Amazon, it's not available yet.

                                        ~TDQ

                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                          I ordered it (for $11.99!) from The Good Cook. They seem to have some books before Amazon. I think because they're owned by a book publisher?

                                          1. re: LaPomme

                                            Interesting! The funny thing is, books I've ordered from the Good Cook in the past have come much later than the Amazon releases.

                                            ~TDQ

                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                              They're owned by the Book of the Month Club, I believe, not a publisher.

                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                But volume buying might give them a little edge? Wait, that's stupid. Amazon does volume business too!

                                              2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                Some books get backordered, but I've had a few books in my grubby hands before Amazon even makes them available. "Milk and Cookies", "EatingWell Fast & Flavorful Meatless Meals" are a couple that I remember having ahead of the Amazon release. Since I'm so reliant upon books that are indexed by Eat Your Books, having the book early just means I have to wait longer for them to be indexed, though.

                                                1. re: LaPomme

                                                  Ah, yes, the double-edged sword of technology should you actually come to depend upon it!

                                                  ~TDQ

                                            2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                              I just refused it as a "summer" selection fromTGC.

                                        2. re: buttertart

                                          I was expecting more from Ratio...just kind of blah. I liked his "in the weeds" books better.

                                          1. re: Jay F

                                            Blah was my feeling too, and he's not my "type" so that didn't add any particular frisson either. ;-)

                                          2. re: buttertart

                                            I'm with you on this, bt. Not a fan, but we'll see when this book comes out.

                                            1. re: roxlet

                                              Open mind here too. More or less.

                                            2. re: buttertart

                                              His charcuterie book is very good and a great start to dive into this type of "cooking"

                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                No? Why not? I haven't really taken a close look at his books, aside from Keller's Charcuterie. Keep meaning to, though.

                                                ~TDQ

                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                  Just didn't grab me, too reductive in the case of Ratio. I will have a look at the new one, though.

                                            3. re: bayoucook

                                              I have Chopsticks, Cleaver, & Wok by Jennie Low. I bought it because a friend cooked a wonderful meal for me out of it. But, I've only cooked from it once or twice. Nice book. I should crack it open again~

                                              ~TDQ

                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                Hey there TDQ, nice to see you!

                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                  I swear I'm going to COTM this month (July!) I've been eyeing Radically Simple, too, but I think the ingredient chase would be too much right now, alas.

                                                  ~TDQ

                                            4. Culinaria China is on its way to me from Amazon - really looking forward to seeing it, since apparently it's as much or more on food culture than it is recipes.

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                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                This is some book, by the way. Very enjoyable for the inside view.

                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                  Good to know bt. I'm really enjoying reading Culinaria Greece as well.

                                              2. Just purchased 'Simply Done, Well Done' by Aaron McCargo, 'Salad as a Meal' by Patricial Wells, and 'Supernatural Everyday' by Heidi Swanson. Can't wait to put them to the test!

                                                1. Accidental Foodie

                                                  Food of Spain - Roden

                                                  Soaked, Slathered and Seasoned - Karmel

                                                  Dancing Shrimp: Favorite Thai Recipes for Seafood (Hardcover)
                                                  by Kasma Loha-unchit

                                                  I've had my eye on Dancing Shrimp for a long time but the used prices were ridiculous. Finally snagged a copy in "like new" condition on Amazon for $26.00. (Well. we'll see, the book is on it's way, I haven't actually seen it yet.) I know many of the recipes are available on line but it's not the same as owning the book.

                                                  And I know this isn't a cookbook, but I also picked up the first issue of "Lucky Peach."

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                                                  1. re: flourgirl

                                                    Waiting on Food of Spain, recently bought (used) Bill Neal's Southern cooking.

                                                    1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                      I just ordered The Dean and DeLuca Cookbook based on a fellow CHer recommendation. It looks as though a lot of us have in our shelves at EYB, maybe it would make a good title for a future COTM title. Do any of you cook out of this book regularly, and if so, what would you recommend? I started a thread....

                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/795684

                                                    2. re: flourgirl

                                                      Did you get your copy of "Dancing Shrimp"? Worth it?

                                                      1. re: qianning

                                                        I got it, but I have been on such a cookbook buying spree that I haven't even cracked it yet. (That and my son plays travel baseball and I've barely been home for a month.) But it was in perfect condition so I'm glad I grabbed it when I did. I've wanted to buy a copy for over a year now but I wasn't willing to pay $50-$75 for it.

                                                        1. re: flourgirl

                                                          Lucky you to find it.

                                                          I've been dying to look at it, but definitely don't want to buy it sight unseen, especially at the high prices. I was able to get "It Rains Fishes" through my library system, and while I enjoyed reading it, I was very glad that I hadn't purchased it. But "Dancing Shrimp" might be another matter.

                                                          When you have a chance to take a look through it or cook from it I'd love to hear your thoughts. Good luck getting through baseball season!

                                                    3. Went to a buck a book sale a few weeks ago. I picked up three books.

                                                      Fresh From The Vegetarian Slow Cooker, by Robin Robertson

                                                      1,ooo Vegetarian Recipes, by Carol Gells

                                                      And I suppose it's not a cookbook, technically, but has some recipes Clinton Kelly's, Freakin' Fabulous. Cause I like CK.

                                                      I had a little get together for a few friends and made the Wild Mushroom Crostini, Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, Spiced Sweet Potato Fries with Marscarpone Dip from Freakin Fabulous. Caponata, from the slow cooker book, which I just served with my flat bread chips I always make. From the 1,ooo Vegetarian, I made some Samosas.

                                                      So far, I've gotten my $3 worth out of the books. :)

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                                                      1. re: Matahari22

                                                        Matahari, sounds like you got a great bargain there! You made some delicious sounding dishes from Freakin' Fabulous but note that "it's not a cookbook, technically" I'm not at all familiar w the book or, Clinton Kelly and wondered if you could share a little more about both.

                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                          Clinton Kelly is more known in the world of fashion, as the other half to Stacey London of WNTW Fame. (what not to wear) I believe he has a journalism background. I know he was an editor at Marie Claire and Madamoiselle.

                                                          The Freakin' Fabulous book's subtitle is, "How to dress, speak, behave, eat, drink, entertain, decorate, and generally be better than everyone else." I just like his sense if humor, and I like him. As far as recipes go, it has mostly just very basic stuff, that most experienced cooks would know how to make. Hollandaise, Roast Chicken, Omlette, vinaigrette, cream puffs, a little cocktail section, his thoughts on wine... It would be a nice gift for a young kid just starting out that has an interest in fashion and cooking and throwing a nice get together with friends. For the price, and because I like CK, I couldn't pass it up. Once I am done with it, one of the twenty something kids that used to work for me, has asked if she can have it, and she shall. :)

                                                          1. re: Matahari22

                                                            Oh, ok, that makes a lot of sense Matahari. It sounds like an interesting book and like you, I can't pass up a bargain. It's a great way to check out books like this as well! I actually just picked up a Nascar cookbook (I'll fully report on my small haul below!) and while it's not something I'd normally have bought, for $1 I'm happy to take a look and I can pass it along to my Godson afterwards.

                                                      2. Stopped at a garage sale on the way home from the supermarket. Cookbooks were $1 a piece. Here's what I picked up:

                                                        Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook (as I try to wean mr bc off meat at least once a week!!)

                                                        Big John's Speedway Grill - a Nascar book w some interesting dishes - book will go to my Godson who loves Nascar and is taking an interesting in cooking once I have a peak

                                                        Entertaining w the Sopranos - Recipes by Michele Scicolone who I love

                                                        How to Cook Meat - by Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby

                                                        Icebergs & Belugas - Webber's Northern Lodges A Fourth Batch Our Most Requested Recipes by Helen Webber & Marie Woolsey

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                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                          Love Michele Sciccolone! I have her Fresh Taste of Italy, but almost all my cookbooks are in storage. :( My father who is an avid fisherman and I, always used to make her Trout in Rose Wine, I think it was. I still make her Spaghetti With Rubies. So good with the fresh beets. Though I confess to coming home at 4am and cooking a version of it with jarred beets.

                                                          1. re: Matahari22

                                                            Funny you should mention the Spaghetti w Rubies Matahari, I happen to have some beets roasting in the oven as I type w this dish in mind! I'll have a look for that trout recipe too, thanks for the recommendation!

                                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                              Great minds and all that. :) lol

                                                              I think the trout was really super easy, like just floured trout, brown it and deglaze with marjarom, capers and wine. Maybe a tomato concasse. Simple, but when it's trout you just pulled out an hour ago, its so good.

                                                              Enjoy your Spaghetti With Rubies.

                                                              1. re: Matahari22

                                                                So true about the fresh fish Matahari, there's simply nothing like it . . . in terms of flavour and, the memories created in the process of getting it. The trout sounds absolutely wonderful. It's only recently I've discovered the delights of marjarom, it's not an herb that's commonly available here. So bright and fresh tasting!

                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                  I used to grow it instead of oregano. I prefer it, I found it to be less sharp than oregano, more sweet and mellow. Here where I am at now, we only have oregano growing.

                                                        2. Being a new member to the forums I have just stumbled upon this thread and its two predecessors. So far I have read all the posts in the part 1 and part 3 and have noticed a pattern emerging which is: The majority of the books purchased by members here seem to be cuisines of France, Italy, USA, UK, Mexico, China and Spain.

                                                          What happened to cookbooks that cover cuisines of Germany, Austria, Greece, Hungary, Russia, Albania, North Africa, Czech, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Turkey, Portugal, Hungary and Scandinavia? The cuisines of these countries have some of the most wonderful rustic and modern recipes out there.

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                                                          1. re: iliria

                                                            Hi ilria and welcome to this fun thread, I'm looking forward to reading about your cookbook purchases in the future!!

                                                            You're quite right about the cuisines of other countries having wonderful dishes to offer. Obviously I can't speak for everyone here but I can say that many folks who post here have pretty extensive cookbook collections and, likely have many of these cuisines represented on their shelves.

                                                            With the exception of Greece, I'd also say in my experience, new cookbooks that cover the other countries you've listed tend to be released and, hit North American bookstores far less frequently than those for the countries you've noted we're purchasing most frequently.

                                                            Also, many of us purchase our books second hand from thrift shops, garage sales, used bookstores and the like. In those cases, its usually the more main stream books that we find and, on occasion, some golden oldies. Since books from the countries you list aren't as widely available, fewer folks are willing to part w them so they don't hit the re-sale market.

                                                            That said, I was very fortunate to find Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook by Anya Von Bremzen and John Welchman and, All Along The Danube by Marina Polvay recently. I was very happy to add those to my collection, especially at such a reasonable price as well.

                                                            As you've been reading these threads you've likely heard many of us mention that we're also members of Eat Your Books (a cookbook search engine) website. If you search for your favourite books from the cuisines you mention in EYB, I suspect you'd find many of them will be on our shelves.

                                                            No doubt you've also noticed we're very easily enticed to buy new books that come with strong endorsements from other Hounds so please be sure to let us know what your favourite books are from those wonderful countries!!

                                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                              I love Anja von Bremzen's books - her Spanish one is a lot of fun too. I've also herd good things about that Danube book.

                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                Good to know on the Spanish Table buttertart, it's one of the books I'm considering for the COTM. The recipes seem to scream summer to me.

                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                  Shark en adobo with alioli from The New Spanish Table. Great marinade and light. Had not breaded with semolina flour before.

                                                                  1. re: ldubois2

                                                                    Thanks for the recommendation idubois2, I'll flag that one in my book and I've not breaded w semolina before either!

                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                      That IS a nice idea.

                                                              2. re: iliria

                                                                I recently bought the Food and Cooking of Russia, by Elena Makhonko.

                                                                1. re: iliria

                                                                  Iliria, I am most curious to hear about Albanian cookbook. I spent quite a bit of time there and learned to make a few dishes from local people. Never once did I see a cookbook in Albania or Canada/US. My favourite souvenirs are cookbooks, spices and crafts native to the country I am visiting. I have Hungarian cookbook from Hungary, Greek, several Indian, etc. Albanians make the most delicious lamb and bureks that I would love to find recipes for.

                                                                  1. re: herby

                                                                    I was brought up in Albania and lived there until 12 years ago. Cookery books were very rare due to the fact that all cooking skills and recipes were passed on from mother to daughter verbally and in practice. As a matter of fact prior to 1960 there weren't any cookery books in print in Albania at all as far as I am aware. And between 1960s to 1998 there was only one Albanian cookery book in print. It was like an encyclopaedia with around 500 or so pages. Every 100 pages there were 4-5 pages with pictures. The book was transmitted from mother to daughter basically.

                                                                    Last time I went to Albania was 5 years ago and there were a few cookery books published. From what I hear from relatives there now there are quite a few Albanian cookery books for sale.

                                                                    The ONLY Albanian cookery book published in English is one called "The Best of Albanian Cooking" by Klementina & R. John Hysa. The authors are husband and wife and are both Albanians who have immigrated to US or Canada. I purchased this book on Amazon and it has a variety of recipes. It certainly has all the major and most famous recipes of the country. The book has only got around 165 pages and it has no pictures so as a result it has a considerable number of recipes despite the low number of pages. I estimate it contains around 300 recipes. It does contain amongst others several recipes for bureks, soups, stews, and lamb. However it contains only a few recipes for albanian sweets which is very surprising considering the nation's love for sweets. On the positive side it does contain the recipe for whole wheat jelly dessert which is one of my favourite ones. On the negative side it does not include the recipes for the Albanian traditional jams which are quite unique and are also a symbol and main ingredient in the house guest hospitality ritual. The jams include, quince, watermelon, orange, plum, walnut, baby aubergine, cherry, grape and many many more. greeks make similar jams and call them "gliko" (which may be a name that more people may recognize.

                                                                    I am visiting Albania in a couple of weeks and intend to search everywhere to find an old copy of the Cookery book that was printed between 1960 and 1998 for both sentimental and knowledge values that it contains. My aim is to translate it into English and who knows, maybe one day even publish it.

                                                                    PS: For those who don't know much about Albanian cuisine, it is a combination of original traditional recipes as well as recipes that have been borrowed, adapted and been given a unique flavor from the Greek, Turkish, French, Italian and Russian cuisines.

                                                                    1. re: iliria

                                                                      I thought that you are Albanian because of your "name":)

                                                                      IMHO, it is more constructive to include titles/authors of the cook books instead of just saying that certain cuisines are not considered - there could be good reasons, as with Albanian cookbooks that are pretty much in their infancy according to you. Let us know if you find anything amasing!

                                                                    2. re: herby

                                                                      Reminding me of a time I was in "Yugoslavia" in 1980. Where we stayed in hotels with restaurants, I found their menus extensive, but one found that usually only plate du jour was on the menu.

                                                                      Alas, I had never had a red pepper sauce/condiment that I couldn't figure out what it was - I thought it might be chopped tomatoes. At the time I had no real interest in food, but I did search out a cookbook which was entitled something to the effect of "Yugoslavia Cooking" and bought it -- just to see how they made the bell peppers. Now I suppose it is the same jarred red pepper relish that we see in all stores.

                                                                      Makes me wonder how limited cook books were there at the time -- and it is not on my bookshelves - must be in the attic.

                                                                      For those who know the history of Yugoslavia, I wonder if there are other books of the same region, but by a different regional cusine name, and that have changed over the years.

                                                                      1. re: Rella

                                                                        There are a few books out there, none of which with Yugoslavia on the title. Instead they have Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Macedonia on the title.

                                                                        1. re: iliria

                                                                          Is that true of books published in-the-day when "Yugoslavia" was "Yugoslavia"? IOW, were the cookbooks (if there were any) segregated by regions of cooking, as well? I suppose so, but am guessing.

                                                                        2. re: Rella

                                                                          The red pepper condiment is Ajvar

                                                                    3. This one finally arrived...

                                                                       
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                                                                      1. re: honkman

                                                                        Well we won't be seeing you again any time soon. Have fun. Will you report your thoughts as you read/cook through the books?

                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                          Life is too short to just focus on one cookbook (or hobby). And yes, hopefully some others will also start soon posting about the book and some of the recipes.

                                                                      2. I recently bought Michael Roux - Pastry which is a good book. Clear instructions, nice recipes and relevant photos.

                                                                        I think i will now purchase his sauces book and another one called Egg. Has anyone else bought these books?

                                                                        1. Can anyone reccomend any Pork cook books?

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                                                                          1. re: dryrain

                                                                            I recently bought Pig: King of the Southern Table by James Villas. I haven't had a chance to make anything from it yet. In fact, I haven't even gone through the entire book marking recipes yet. But I have gone through about two thirds of it and think I must have used half a pad of Post-Its marking recipes I'm eager to try.

                                                                            The book received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and the only negative review on Amazon is basically due to the reviewer wanting more photos.

                                                                            If you don't know Villas, he was the food and wine editor of Town & Country for many years and he's written quite a few cookbooks, including The Glory of Southern Cooking and The Bacon Cookbook.

                                                                            http://www.amazon.com/Pig-Southern-Ta...

                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                              I gave this to my husband and was really into it until he made a recipe -- I don't recall which-- and it w a disappointment. Maybe it was just that one...

                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                Uh, oh. And it looks so very appealing. I'll consider my forewarned and will report back.

                                                                            2. re: dryrain

                                                                              Segueing into ham from pork:

                                                                              http://www.amazon.com/Ham-Obsession-H...

                                                                              This books really hams it up. Ouch. But, it's got great ham recipes and is just a good read.

                                                                            3. I know what one I want most right now (well, after the new Dunlop that I cannot wait to get my hands on: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0...

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                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                Thank you for the link, buttertart, looks amazing and I do not have even one of his books; wonder if my daughter has any - will soon find out, two weeks left before I leave on vacation - yah-yah-yah:)

                                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                                  Hooray for you and for JP! It does look great.

                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                    Release date is 10/18/11 so we have some time to cool our heels on this one.

                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                      I'm saving my pennies for this one as we speak.

                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                        Whats the new book called?

                                                                                        1. re: dryrain

                                                                                          Here it 'tis, info passed by buttertart:

                                                                                          Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food

                                                                                          http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0...

                                                                                          1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                            Is he known/popular in the UK, dryrain? He's very well-known and loved here.

                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                              Its the first time I have heard his name before. But the book looks interesting so i might give it a go. Does he do tv shows as well?

                                                                                              1. re: dryrain

                                                                                                Oh yeah, since ages ago. Very good ones, too. Also did a series with Julia Child.
                                                                                                http://www.google.com/search?q=youtub...

                                                                                              2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                No, not at all. Had never heard of him before Chowhound.

                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                  I hadnt heard of him until Chowhound. That said, there are very few American cooks/chefs who are well known in the UK - even amongst those of us who are keen on our food.

                                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                                    Pepin is French -- very, very French, and still speaks with a very thick accent after being in the US for at least 40 years -- so I wouldn't really call him an American chef.

                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                      Always get a kick out of him saying salmon after all of these years.
                                                                                                      Sow-mon. Think "pig."

                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                        However, Pepin's public persona - his TV shows and cookbooks, etc. - have all been in the context of American media. His memoir, "The Apprentice," is a great read. Really covers the shifting of eras, from the classic French kitchen apprenticeship to the modern public cooking personalities.

                                                                                                      2. re: Harters

                                                                                                        You'd have to be fairly serious about food here to know anything about UK chefs other than Ramsay and Oliver. Marco Pierre White has become known to some extent because of his memoir, but people like Raymond Blanc etc are terra incognita to most. (Forget culinary writers like la bella Delia, Anne Willan, the Grigsons, etc except among the most committed.)

                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                          I suppose it's TV driven as regards personalities. I know the BBC shows some programmes in America (and buys programmes from other networks for US showing) but I can't recall ever seeing any American cooking show on our main networks . I wonder if that's because US producers havnt tried to sell them here or if no-one has bought them.

                                                                                                          I have a sense that, quite often, some British programmes are made with an eye to overseas sales. For example, I notice that often ingredient quantities are given as voice-over rather than seeing the cook speak - and I wonder if that gives an opportunity to redub the programme in American measures, rather than metric. Any Yanks care to comment - say about Jamie Oliver or Nigella Lawson shows? Do they talk of 400g of flour or a pound?

                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                            Harters, it seems to me that on Jamie Oliver's programs that I see he gives both British and US measurements himself as he prepares his dishes. Additionally, the recipe is usually a shot of a handwritten recipe card with both measurements as well. Of course, that quite possibly is due to his industrious staff. These shows are on the Cooking channel.

                                                                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                                                                              Thanks for that - confirms here must be something of a remake to sell to America. I thought it likely.

                                                                                                          2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                            you ignore blumenthal

                                                                                                            1. re: thew

                                                                                                              Well known to the likes of us, stop a random person and Ramsay and Oliver (because of the TV exposure) are more likely to be the ones mentioned.

                                                                                          2. In another thread, Gio shared this link, in which Fuschia Dunlop discusses her five favorite books on Chinese food (not strictly cookbooks, but also history and even fiction): http://thebrowser.com/interviews/fusc...

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                                                                                            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                              I very much enjoyed The Last Chinese Chef - fiction with a bit of mystery and a lot of food:)

                                                                                              1. re: herby

                                                                                                I liked that one, too!

                                                                                                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                  The tofu with crab essence sounded supernally wonderful...
                                                                                                  On the Fuchsia D interview (very interesting, classic works on the topic, my favorite cookery author and new kitty namesake) - http://thebrowser.com/interviews/fusc... - would caution that these are serious works and not exactly spritely light summer reading. The Yan-Kit So would be a good starting point (although I like "Chinese Gastronomy" by Hsiang Ju-lin better, really).
                                                                                                  As far as "The Gourmet" goes, I just read it and must say that it's less about Suzhou (one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in China, of supreme political and economic importance throughout Chinese history until being overshadowed by Shanghai starting in the late 19th century) and about local food/gastronomy than about mid 20th century Chinese politics and its effects on indviduals, when it comes down to it. Interesting but if you read it expecting tales of lotus root stuffed with glutinous rice and stewed in sugar syrup, river shrimp, and other lovely Suzhou delicacies you will be disappointed.

                                                                                            2. The River Cottage Bread Handbook (mostly for wood-fired oven instructions but already picked up a good seed-covered loaf technique), The Il Fornaio Baking Book (quite the bargain at 0.43 + shipping, via Amazon), and 500 Treasured Country Recipes.

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                                                                                              1. re: Blue Ridge Baker

                                                                                                You will enjoy the Il Fornaio Baking Book. It has a lot of great recipes in it. Try the fisherman's bread-

                                                                                              2. Ad Hoc At Home - Thomas Keller
                                                                                                America's Test Kitchen (Best Of 2010 & 2011 - a two-for-one deal!)
                                                                                                Plate To Pixel by Helen Dujardin (not a cookbook but I'm into food photography)

                                                                                                1. Can't remember if I've posted about this one, but I recently acquired "Saraban," Greg and Lucy Malouf's recent book on Persian cooking. It's gorgeous (as all of their books are) and informative. I've only made two recipes from it so far, but both were excellent. If you like food from this part of the world, this book is a must-have.

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                                                                                                  1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                    Pika, how in the world did you acquire a book that is supposed to be out on Dec 1 2011 according to amazon.ca???? Beautiful cover and very appealing review. Now I want this book....

                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                      Ordered it from Amazon.uk, months ago. It was published late 2010.

                                                                                                      1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                        The first two are gorgeous books, look forward to the Persian one. Wow.

                                                                                                  2. We're havin' a heat wave: so I bought an ice cream maker and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home. Haven't made any of her recipes yet, but I've used some of her favoring ideas with a simpler and more basic Williams Sonoma base recipe. But hoping to take on one of her recipes this weekend!

                                                                                                    1. - Supernatural Every Day (Heidi Swanson);
                                                                                                      - Around My French Table (Dorie Greenspan)
                                                                                                      and (for sentimental purposes) a used copy of the first vegetarian cookbook I'd ever seen (mid-70's) that my mother bought because my older brother was bringing a girlfriend for a visit who didn't eat meat so she (my mom) was freaked out about what to serve;
                                                                                                      - The Vegetarian Epicure (Anna Thomas)

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                                                                                                      1. re: MsDivinaLoca

                                                                                                        I still have my battered copy of "The Vegetarian Epicure." Haven't cooked from it in ages, but would never consider giving it up.

                                                                                                        1. re: MsDivinaLoca

                                                                                                          I have her book two slightly falling apart and always use her recipe for Ceasar salad and houmus.

                                                                                                        2. Speaking of vegetarian cookbooks, just purchased Plenty, on sale right now at amazon for $19.88, if anyone's in the market for this wonderful book.

                                                                                                          This book was a COTM back in May. Here are the links for some recipe tested highlights:

                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7819...

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                                                                                                          1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                            You will love Plenty. Turkish friends went crazy for the eggplant topping on the fresh corn polenta. Just like Mom used to make...

                                                                                                          2. I finally got to looking through "Intensely Chocolate" by Carole Bloom. It focuses on high-percentage chocolates in baking. Very interesting and the recipes are enticing. Not a total must-have (unless the topic speaks to you) but a solid book.
                                                                                                            Incidentally, I understand that getting a title picked up by a book club is the holy Grail for authors because they move many many more units that way. So if you're thinking a book sold through a club supports the author less than a sale through a store or online, don't. (This came to mind because Ms Bloom mentions TGC on her website information about the book.)

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                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                              Back again to report on my last purchase. I had to scroll up a long way to see my last purchase, which wasn't too long ago, so the rest of you have been WAY too active in your buying.

                                                                                                              I bought Planet Barbecue by Steven Raichlen as the result of the COTM nomination discussion. It didn't win, but I am trying to build up my grilling and barbecue arsenal, so this will make a good addition to my collection. Until recently I had no books on outdoor cooking, now I have three:

                                                                                                              The Italian Grill by Mario Batali (July COTM) - highly recommended
                                                                                                              Marinades, Rubs, Brines, Cures and Glazes by Jim Tarntino
                                                                                                              Planet Barbecue by Steven Raichlen

                                                                                                              I am only a click or two away from adding two more to this list:

                                                                                                              Latin Grilling by Lourdes Castro and
                                                                                                              The Japanese Grill by Ono Tadashi

                                                                                                              Both look fabulous, but I am trying to control myself.

                                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                Totally agree w you on The Italian Grill dk, we're absolutely loving it. I've made about 20 dishes from this book and we've really enjoyed them.

                                                                                                                I purchased Planet BBQ at Costco last summer and hope to get use out of it now its been indexed in EYB. It looks very promising!

                                                                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                  Tell us more about Latin Grilling, please. I was so coveting Seven Fires but decided it was a little much for my small home grilling operation. Maybe Latin Grilling is what I need?

                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                    DQ: Here is a link: http://www.amazon.com/Latin-Grilling-...

                                                                                                                    I too was coveting Seven Fires but after I checked it out of the library I became disenchanted. It really focuses on grilling over an open fire, which I never do, and the recipes, though enticing, didn't call out that I had to add them to my collection.

                                                                                                                    I have looked through Latin Grilling at length twice at Barnes and Nobles and the only thing that is holding me back is the price. Not that it is expensive, it is just that since I buy so many and so often I try to wait until I can get them at a bargain.

                                                                                                                    The one recipe that is sticking in my mind right now was skewered on sugar cane sticks, how good does that sound! But really every recipe had me drooling, and the pictures are wonderful.

                                                                                                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                      Interesting. If chowhound had a "list" feature for cookbooks like they do for restaurants I'd be clicking "want this" right now!

                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                        Well, my being good didn't last long. Just found Latin Grilling at Abe's for $10.00 so I added that one to my collection.

                                                                                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                          Well, see? Now you saved me from that terrible mistake. :)

                                                                                                                          Please let us know, and I know you will, how any recipes you try turn out.

                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                            will do

                                                                                                              2. "Paul Heathcote's Rhubarb & Black Pudding" - Matthew Fort

                                                                                                                "Middle Eastern Kitchen" - Ghillie Basan

                                                                                                                "Jamie's America" - Jamie Oliver

                                                                                                                and if I can have a 4th:

                                                                                                                "Broths to Bannocks" - Catherine Brown

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                                                                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                  Need to look at the Rhubarb one (North Country cooking, I take it?)
                                                                                                                  Those Ghillie basan books are great, I love her Cambodian one.

                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                    You'll need to find the Rhubarb one secondhand. - first published 1998 and now out of print I believe.

                                                                                                                    Fort is one of our best restaurant critics and food writers. The sort that if *he* says a place is good, you add it to your "must visit" list, even if it's the other end of the country. Paul Heathcote was the north west's uberchef at the time - a proponent of local food and local dishes. He branched out into a couple of mini-chains that were good as far as they went. He's no longer behind the stove and, indeed, he recently sold the chains, really just retaining his original restaurant and a couple of others nearby. We had a meal at the flagship recently - disappointing. Really disappointing for somewhere which once held a Michelin star.

                                                                                                                    We spotted the book while at the restaurant and tracked one down on Abebooks.

                                                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/796931

                                                                                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                      Chef taking a tea break, eh? Good one.

                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                        My original draft read "fag break" but foody discussion boards tend to be American led and I didnt want any misinterpretation. ;-0

                                                                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                          Heh heh. There is that.

                                                                                                                  2. re: Harters

                                                                                                                    I see that a new edition of Turkish Cookery by Ghillie Bhasan is coming out in November. It's been out of print for a while. Definitely on my must buy list. I really like her Moroccan books.

                                                                                                                  3. Got to Borders bright and early on the first day of their closeout sale thinking I'd buy as many cookbooks as I could carry. Was hugely disappointed to see that cookbooks are only 10% off. I'm sure prices will go down as they come closer to closing, but I was really surprised that they were starting with so little incentive to buy.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                      That IS annoying...to say the least, considering the heat, you must have been highly motivated.

                                                                                                                    2. Do you ever buy apps? If so can anyone recommend some to me. I just bought this one which is proving good as its a collection of different chefs and recipes.

                                                                                                                      http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/the-app

                                                                                                                      1. Just got my copy of Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen and I am loving it! Being Southern, I'm picky about Southern cookbooks. This one is a keeper. Does anyone else have it? It might make a good selection for a COTM. Will post more info on it soon - I've only had it for 20 minutes and it's love at first sight!

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                                                                                                                        1. re: bayoucook

                                                                                                                          I was eying that, good to hear you are loving it; makes me want it all the more. I can never have enough Southern cookbooks, seems, odd, I'm not a Southerner, but feel like I might have been in a former life.

                                                                                                                          Do you know of chef and cookbook author Bill Neal? Any other Southern cookbooks you'd recommend?

                                                                                                                          1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                            Just put Bill Neal's Southern Cooking book on my wish list! Hadn't heard of him. A few of my favorites are Frank Stitt, Virginia Willis, Martha Hall Foose, celeb chefs Paul Prudhomme, Susan Spicer, John Besh, and Donald Link. Many others I can't think of now. Most Southern women of a certain age know how to cook the basics, that's why I like fresh ideas and combinations from those authors. Cannot stand Paula Deen, too syrupy sweet and deep-fried for me. Love the cookbook Charleston Receipts. About to list some must-tries in my Sara Foster book: love, love, love it!

                                                                                                                            1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                              "I can never have enough Southern cookbooks, seems, odd, I'm not a Southerner, but feel like I might have been in a former life. "

                                                                                                                              I say the same thing all the time. Which is especially odd, because I'm descended from a long line of Eastern European jews - very few of whom have ever even set foot in the South.

                                                                                                                              1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                It's all about how you feel in your heart! Wish I felt that way AND lived somewhere cooler without hurricanes!

                                                                                                                                1. re: bayoucook

                                                                                                                                  Ha! I wish I could say "Well than, come up and join me here in Flemington NJ" - except that it was 108F yesterday! Today it's a balmy 98F.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                    I know! Watching FoxNews and seeing those temps even way up North. Y'all are hotter than we are! So sorry, hope it breaks soon.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: bayoucook

                                                                                                                                      Thx, I hope so too. Yesterday was truly horrendous. It was honestly hard to breath outside, the air was so bad. It's better today but still really hot. All I can say is, I am SO grateful we have central a/c.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                      Come visit San Francisco; it's been upper 50's at night, it's exactly 70 right now. Most people don't have a/c in their homes. I'll probably put the oven on and bake a pie today!!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: walker

                                                                                                                                        That sounds like heaven right about now!

                                                                                                                              2. re: bayoucook

                                                                                                                                I have Southern Kitchen as well, but I haven't even had much of a chance to crack it yet. I have really been binging on cookbooks lately.

                                                                                                                                1. re: bayoucook

                                                                                                                                  Gotta-try first impression recipes from Southern Kitchen:
                                                                                                                                  Brunswick Stew p. 38
                                                                                                                                  Pork Tenderloin and Buttermilk Biscuits with Roasted-Tomato-Thyme Gravy p. 80

                                                                                                                                  Roasted Asparagus with Country Ham, Redeye Gravy, and Poached Eggs p 84
                                                                                                                                  Pot Roast Potato Cakes with Poached Eggs, Fresh Greens, and Horseradish Mustard Vin-
                                                                                                                                  aigrette p 89
                                                                                                                                  Soft shell crabs with Salty Tomato Butter p 108
                                                                                                                                  Shrimp and Crab Etoufee - uses fresh tomato and red pepper flakes!
                                                                                                                                  Country Captain Chicken p 140 - uses dried fruit and chutney
                                                                                                                                  Grilled Quail with Saul's Red Mole p. 154
                                                                                                                                  Wood-Smoked Backyard Barbecued Pig p 170. - uses whole shoulder roast
                                                                                                                                  Creamy Grits with Roasted Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese. p211
                                                                                                                                  Roasted Tomato Grits with Country Ham and Cracklins p213
                                                                                                                                  Baked Rosemary Sweet Potato Halves with lime and sea salt. p240
                                                                                                                                  Spring Coleslaw with Fresh Herbs and Light Honey-Citrus Vin. p258
                                                                                                                                  Grilled Peach Salad with Shaved Country Ham and Summer Herbs p273

                                                                                                                                  The desserts chapter is amazing - I had to put it away before I drooled on it! Going to spend more time with it tomorrow and get cooking!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: bayoucook

                                                                                                                                    Ok, that does, it, I'll bite on Southern Kitchen; that and Frank Stitt's book, which has been on my list for awhile (I have a cookbook backlog the length of my arm going on and just when I get close to the end of my wish list, it gets added to by triples.)

                                                                                                                                    1. re: bayoucook

                                                                                                                                      Oh Lord, that looks good. Alas, not held by the Toronto Public Library. However, they do have two other cookbooks by or about Bill Neal.. one by his wife called "remembering Bill Neal" and one called "Biscuits, spoonbread and sweet potato pie". Think that I will put them on hold and see what they're like..

                                                                                                                                      1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                        I own "Biscuits, Spoonbread... " and it's a well written and useful book to have. A few of the recipes overlap from his first book, Southern Cooking, but not as much as in his Good Old Grits cookbook, which is cool in and of itself, but not necessary to own if you have the first two.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                          Thanks Bushwickgirl.. just placed the hold!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                            Wasn't that part of that nice series Knopf started and seemingly abandoned, America Cooks or something, with the Nancy Verde Barr "We Called it Macaroni" and the PNW book, blackberries something? Wish they had kept it up.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                              Which, Bill Neal's' books? No, if that's what you were referring to.

                                                                                                                                              (signed)
                                                                                                                                              Confused in Brooklyn

                                                                                                                                              1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                                Thought Spoonbread was one. My bad.
                                                                                                                                                (signed)
                                                                                                                                                Makes Assumptions in NJ

                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                  But an on track, want to be helpful and righteous assumption it was.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                                    Aww thanks. :)

                                                                                                                                    2. Frank Stitts Southern Table, The Flavor Bible(not really a cookbook but non the less an indespencible tool in the kitchen) and The Advanced Professional Pastry Chef.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: croquembouche4u

                                                                                                                                        I have the first two and really like them.

                                                                                                                                      2. My back-ordered Plenty finally arrived a few weeks ago, but I haven't had a chance to cook from it. I also got the big Bon Appetit Desserts book; haven't cracked that either. Ditto for Sylvena Rowe's Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume. I picked up the last two volumes of the Canal House Cooking series (which I like a lot though I know I'm in a distinct minority). Claudia Roden's Food of Spain arrived recently ($10! from TGC in one of those bundle deals), and I've only leafed though it but my impression is that of others: looks magnificent! (I heard h )er on The Splendid Table yesterday, where she was very interesting on the evolution of Spanish food since Franco). I also got the Best of the Best from the Great Lakes, which was something of a disappointment.

                                                                                                                                        I'm currently reading John Mariani's How italian Food Conquered the World, not a cookbook per se, but a thorough examination of the influence of Italian immigration on foodways.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                                          I have two issues of Canal House and I like them a lot too. I might be a little biased though, because I live about 10 minutes from the Lambertville/New Hope area. I fell in love with the area a long time ago, so I guess I feel a certain amount of kinship (or something) with the authors and their viewpoint.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                                            How Italian Food Conquered The World, sounds like something I would thoroughly enjoy.

                                                                                                                                          2. I needed a bit of retail therapy today.  I bought three cookbooks, that looked interesting.  

                                                                                                                                            1.  Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook, by the editors of Vegetarian Times.   There are a few recipes that caught my eye, that I would like to try.  Wild Mushroom Ragu With Golden Polenta, Ratatouille & Polenta Pot Pie, French Onion Pizza (no bread dough, it's phyllo), Angel Hair Pasta With Fennel & Saffron, Fudge Glazed Pumpkin Cake...

                                                                                                                                            2.  365 Vegetarian Meals, from Better Homes & Gardens.   I think it was the pictures on this one that sucked me in.  Pictures always suck me in.   The Butternut Squash Lasagna, Wild Rice Salad With Orange & Fennel, Tomato Olive Bread Pudding, and Barley Stuffed Peppers are being added to the very long list of 'must cook recipes'.  

                                                                                                                                            3.  How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, by Mark Bittman.  This one I am nervous about.  I didn't really look through it before I purchased, like I did the other ones.   I know he is a well known chef, but I honestly was not familiar with any of his work.  The dust cover says that there are over 2,000 recipes in there.  I am hoping I find some stuff I want to try. I'm too tired to look through it now, so there's always tomorrow...

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Matahari22

                                                                                                                                              Hmmmm...Matahari, all vegetarian books. I'm looking at doing more vegetarian lately. That Vegetarian Times Book sounds super interesting. Please do report back on what you try!

                                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Matahari22

                                                                                                                                                The recipes that you've highlighted from the books you've purchased all sound wonderful Matahari, please let us know if you get a chance to try them.

                                                                                                                                                I just picked up the first book you mentioned as well. I found it at a local thrift store over the weekend and it seemed to have a great variety of recipes.

                                                                                                                                                Also, in case you weren't aware, I thought I'd mention that Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian cookbook has been chosen as August's Cookbook of the Month (COTM) so if you happen to have that book, it would be great to have you cook along w us.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                  TDQ, I guess I would be a 'Flexatarian'. I have dysphagia (problems swallowing) and most meats, I cannot swallow. So, I cook mostly vegetarian.

                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs, I saw a couple of Madhur Jaffrey's books, but I didn't look through, I know this is probably a generalization, but whenever I have seen her cook, she always used a lot of heat and chillies and my mouth cannot handle it, because of the side effects I am left with after receiving radiation to my head and neck for cancer. Salt and pepper still burns my tongue. :( I can do a lot of spices, and herbs, just not anything salty or any thing that has heat, or burns. At one point, for months, I completely lost all taste and smell. I didn't eat by mouth for 9 months. I have had to adapt and have slowly learned how to cook and prepare foods a whole new way, for my new normal.

                                                                                                                                                  If I pop into the Borders again before it's gone, I will take a look at Madhur Jaffrey's book to see if it's something that I can make work for me. :)

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Matahari22

                                                                                                                                                    Makes sense to me. Have you heard of Eat Your Books.com? World Vegetarian is one of the books they've "indexed," meaning, listed out all of the names of the recipes and the ingredients for each recipe (though, not ingredient measurements or cooking directions.) Until you can get to the bookstore or library to have a look at the book in person, you might peruse the recipes listing to see if any of the recipes appeal to you.

                                                                                                                                                    http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/1...

                                                                                                                                                    We would love to have you join us for August COTM if this book works for you!

                                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Matahari22

                                                                                                                                                      It might be worth a look Matahari. Since this book has recipes from around the globe, they are varied in terms of ingredients and seasoning. I did manage to get through the full chapter on Beans/Lentils etc during my commute yesterday and there are a number of dishes in that section that I believe would be terrific with or without the addition of chilis or pepper since they contain such a nice variety of other seasonings. See what you think, I'll keep my fingers crossed that you'll be able to join us w this one, I always enjoy your posts!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Matahari22

                                                                                                                                                        Ditto on what Breadcrumbs said. As Jaffrey covers many cuisines, I think you could find plenty to cook in this book. I hope you find a copy to browse, and decide to join us.

                                                                                                                                                        Bravo to you for continuing to cook and seek out new methods after your ordeal. I admire such strength!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                                                                          @TDQ. Eat your books?! No, I never heard of it, that's awesome. After I type this, I will go check it out. I wasn't going to post about all that, but now I am so glad I asked! That sounds like such an excellent resource!

                                                                                                                                                          @breadcrumbs, I really need to up my beans and legumes to once a day, I think. I eat them, but not as often as I should, so a full chapter on beans/lentils sounds great.

                                                                                                                                                          @LNightshade, if I didn't love food, and didn't know how to cook before all this mess, I don't think I would be eating now. I would probably still be feed tube dependent. (had it for 18 months. Most patients have it gone by 6) For someone who lived to eat, it was a miserable existence with out enjoying what I loved. I don't know if it was strength, or the hard headed stubborn Sicilian in me, that doesn't know when to quit. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                          I think I've been on here for a month or so, and finally figured out that COTM was cookbook of the month. So now I am just going to ask, what is CSA?

                                                                                                                                                          Thank you all very much. Hope the book would work for me, as it sounds like a fun thing to do, cook along with you guys. :)

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Matahari22

                                                                                                                                                            CSA stands for community supported agriculture. You effectively have a "subscription" for a farm share, and get a box or a bag of whatever produce the farm harvests.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                                                                              Ah! Thanks. I figured out the part about getting a big bag of farm veg and fruit, but could not figure out what the acronym stood for.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Matahari22

                                                                                                                                                              If you want to cook along with us, you can always adapt the recipes to your needs. People do that all the time in the COTM threads. Just let us know what adjustments you made, cut the spice in half, eliminated the salt, etc. when you report back on your results.

                                                                                                                                                              EYB is especially helpful if you have a large cookbook collection. Note that not every book is "indexed", I'd say 75% of mine are. But even if all your books aren't indexed, it's worthwhile for the ones that are. EYB has a "trial" or test membership of some kind (I don't know exactly how it works since they introduced that after I became a member.) I think you can enter 5 of your books for free just to so how it all works and if you like it.

                                                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                    2. Food of Portugal by Jean Anderson

                                                                                                                                                      The New Spanish Table by Anya von Bremzen

                                                                                                                                                      Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian...

                                                                                                                                                      Weber's Charcoal Grilling: The Art of Cooking With Live Fire by J. Purviance

                                                                                                                                                      Planet Barbecue by Steven Raichlen

                                                                                                                                                      ETA: All tres cheapo @ Amazon.com

                                                                                                                                                      1. I just bought three cookbooks for sentimental reasons, although I am sure they will also be great for recipes. Vivande Porta Via was one of my favorite spots when I lived in San Francisco. It was a small Italian restaurant with an open kitchen. Fun to watch and great food. Carlo Middione the chef owner was always present and friendly. The restaurant closed last year. Middione had lost his sense of smell and taste in an auto accident. After carrying on for a couple years, he decided he could no longer do the food justice.

                                                                                                                                                        I ran across used, very inexpensive, copies of three of his books, and had to have them. I'm sure I'll feel nostalgic for Vivande, and for San Francisco, when they arrive. I bought:
                                                                                                                                                        La Vera Cucina: Traditional Recipes from the Homes and Farms of Italy
                                                                                                                                                        The Food of Southern Italy
                                                                                                                                                        Traditional Pasta

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                                                                          LNightshade, Carlo Middione was always one of my favorite chefs. I cried when I read what happened to him and that he was no longer cooking. I have La Vera Cucina and The Food of Southern Italy. They are packed in storage right now, but I loved both books. Especially TFSI, it was full of recipes that my great grandmother used to make us, and that my family still enjoys today. My favs, his Caponatina, Soup with the Little Meatballs, Torta di Noci (walnut cake), Sicilian Cassata Cake, and many others. I hope you enjoy the recipes, those books are sentimental to me as well.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Matahari22

                                                                                                                                                            It's a tragic thing to happen to a chef, isn't it?
                                                                                                                                                            I'm so happy to hear that you like those books. I look forward to trying the recipes you recommended. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                                                                            Oooh! Food of Southern Italy. Do not miss the recipe for Eggplant "Sandwiches" on page 98. One of my all-time favorite antipasti. I substitute Prosciutto for the mortadella, just because I always have. The word "addictive" is often overused in reference to food, but not in this instance, I assure you.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                              Now I'm getting more excited about receiving these cookbooks. Thanks for the recommendation!

                                                                                                                                                          3. Mr GG is on a diet and I need to lose a few pounds too, so I got a copy of Lighten Up by Jill Dupleix in my local second-hand bookshop. Also The Big Book of Low-Carb Recipes, which is suprisingly great, and has helped him shift 14lbs in a month, and me about 8.

                                                                                                                                                            I see Simon Hopkinson's got a new book out. Might need to check that out soon...

                                                                                                                                                            http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/18...

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                              Oooh, nice. MMRuth will be happy to see that!

                                                                                                                                                              And...so maddening that men always lose weight faster than we do.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                Totally - he has got quite a bit more than me to lose though!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                  I should say!

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                I'd be curious to know about Lighten Up.

                                                                                                                                                                And Hopkinson's just cranking out books like crazy. I think this is his 3rd since RC&OS!

                                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                  But that was first published in 1999, so twelve years ago!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, ha! I had no idea! I guess I never paid attention. I thought it was only recently published. Was it perhaps so in the US?

                                                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                    Lighten Up is not a diet book per se, more of a book about good food that happens to be relatively healthy. Haven't cooked from it yet, but there are lots of recipes that appeal. Jill Dupleix's husband is the food critic Terry Durack, and he lost six stone over a couple of years using her approach.

                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-sty...

                                                                                                                                                                  3. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                    Hopkinson's book is linked to his current BBC TV series.

                                                                                                                                                                    I'd suggest that the experienced home cook is not his target audience. The dishes are all pretty straightforward affairs - but newer cooks would, no doubt, appreciate the advice about how to cook steak and chips.

                                                                                                                                                                    Although it will have to wait until, erm the weight is less. I'm also dieting - some 10 pounds in a month. Only another 3 stone to go!

                                                                                                                                                                    I am, however, going to blag his recipe for cheese and onion pie in which he uses self-raising, rather than plain, flour for the pastry. I think it made it look very light. And, coming from the same metro area as I do, he naturally uses Lancashire cheese, rather than the more usual cheddar. He says it was his mum's recipe. Certainly very homey.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                      Nick Malgieri, one of the very best writers on baking here, has baking powder in a number of his crust recipes. It does make a nice difference. Oddly enough, the first person ever to mention putting bp in pie pastry to me was from Morecambe. Lancashire "thing"?

                                                                                                                                                                  4. the iPad version of Bittman's how to cook everything. really well done transfer from book to application

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: thew

                                                                                                                                                                      Oh my, I am out of control.

                                                                                                                                                                      FOR COD AND COUNTRY is on its way to me.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: thew

                                                                                                                                                                        I got the iPhone version of How to Cook Everything (for my iPod Touch) last year, and also think they did a good job with it. A really good deal, too, with all the content of a huge book for little cash, and there are frequent updates.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                          What kind of updates? Do you get more content with the iPhone version than the hard copy?

                                                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                            TDQ, I'm pretty sure there aren't additional recipes (the app is based on the revised edition from a couple of years ago), and that updates are to offer refined/improved/more organizational features. Cross-referencing is made very easy, with imbedded links you can tap to take you to an explanation or component recipe and navigate back simply, there are updated reference lists of recipe categories, and I just checked and see that the current update includes a home-page highlighted link to a list of summer grilling recipes, so I guess they're doing seasonal stuff. It also has typical app features like favorites lists, shopping lists, and a built-in timer function.

                                                                                                                                                                            I'm not a huge advocate of the book per se, nor have I made tons of use of the app or expect to, but it seems worth $5 as a compact reference, given it has all the book content (and I wouldn't pay its $35 cover price for a door stop I'd not likely use a lot).

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                              Has anyone got the vegetarian version of the app? If so any feed back?

                                                                                                                                                                      2. A little email birdie just told me that TGC is having a bundle sale...

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                          Why do they hold back on some titles seemingly arbitrarily? Wanted teh Sara Foster Southern book and the Kiros Greek book, both full price, not BookSearch titles. Geez.

                                                                                                                                                                          Pulling the trigger on Sugar Baby, Heartland, Purple Citrus (same pub/origin as the Kiros I think, what the hey), and what looks like a gem and a half, "Tante Hertha's Viennese Kitchen" by Monica Meehan & Maria von Baich, to come out in September...$10 apiece and free shipping today. YUMMMMMMMMM

                                                                                                                                                                          ETA caved and got the Ruhlman too...

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                            To make you buy more titles you otherwise might not buy?

                                                                                                                                                                            It was one of the things that drove me nuts about TGC.

                                                                                                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                              You are doubtless correct.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                I am resisting today. There's nothing I feel I MUST have, thank goodness!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                  I was engaging in retail therapy. Rough week.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                    Green papaya salad is good therapy, and cheaper. And delicious. Pound, pound, pound. And this time of year you can use cucumbers instead of green papaya. Pound, pound, pound.

                                                                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                TDQ is totally correct, sadly. I wanted the big gun books, not to be had.

                                                                                                                                                                                To say nothing of my woefully small bank account.

                                                                                                                                                                                Pound, pound, pound, green papaya therapy, yes.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. The new additions to our household are two books that were given to the DH by the publisher. One is called"I Love Bacon!" and it seems to have quite a few interesting recipes in it. The other is called The Kansas City Barbecue Society Cookbook, but I haven't had a chance to look through that one yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, those both sound like they'd be sources of delicious dishes roxlet!! Keep us posted!!

                                                                                                                                                                            2. From a garage sale, grand total $2 :

                                                                                                                                                                              The Frugal Gourmet Cooks with Wine - Jeff Smith

                                                                                                                                                                              The Vegetable Book - Colin Spencer

                                                                                                                                                                              Herbs Love Tomatoes, Peppers, Onions & Zucchini - Ruth Bass

                                                                                                                                                                              Barbecued Ribs and Other Great Feeds - Jeanne Voltz

                                                                                                                                                                              Traditional Mexican Cooking and its best Recipes - Adela Fernandez (What's really neat about this on is that the whole book is in Spanish & English!)

                                                                                                                                                                              Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Meatloaf - Maryanna Vollstedt

                                                                                                                                                                              From the Bookstore:

                                                                                                                                                                              Martha Stewart's New Pies & Tarts - all this farm fresh fruit has us craving pie and this book looked delightful

                                                                                                                                                                              Wolfgang Puck Adventures in the Kitchen - this was marked down to $2 for the hardcover version!

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                I have Adventures in the Kitchen. Try the chicken in a pot from this one, it is a really nice, homey dish.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                  dk I'm not seeing that in the index. Do you know if it might have another name?

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                    You're right. I am not sure which cookbook that recipe is from. I would have sworn it was Wolfgang Puck. I even looked at EYB and it didn't jog my memory. I will have a look at it (Adventures) and get back to you with my recommendations from this book.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh say BC I got Kafka's Vegetable Love on your say-so and am really enjoying going through it. Lots of great things. Am going to make that height of summer tomato/eggplant/peppers/basil thing for din-din tomorrow, to go with some quail and ???.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Makes me wish I hadn't ditched her Microwave Gourmet. I love her offhand remarks, it's like being in the kitchen with her.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                    bt thanks so much for letting me know. I'm so glad you're enjoying it. I keep it in the kitchen now and like you, I just love the little stories and notes she adds. I love her Cook's Guide at the back of the book and was reading her notes about the beets baked in foil today. Interesting observation about the Brits. I think she's right. I had a chuckle as I always have some on hand.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Is it the Summer's Stew you're making . . . I remember marking that one it sounded delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I didn't have Microwave Gourmet but I do have Food for Friends and Party Food and they both are chock full of her notes, stories, tips and sensibility. She's a gem and I'm so glad you're enjoying her too!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                      Just looked it up - Summer Vegetable bonanza - and no peppers in it, I note (after buying 2 yesterday).
                                                                                                                                                                                      She's one of the most important people in food in the US in the 20th C. She developed recipes for the microwave and the Cuisinart that helped to put those appliances in people's kitchens, among many other things. She was a friend of another giant (not just metaphorically speaking), James Beard, and was particularly well-known in the late 70's and 80s.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                        I have her MG book and always mean to cook from it more.

                                                                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't know what gets into me sometimes when I ditch stuff. Rebuy...

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                          Not to cavil, but so did Jean Anderson, although Kafka's Microwave Gourmet was published a couple of years before Anderson's. Didn't know Kafka did a food processor cookbook. Anderson's was published in '79 and although I rarely use the recipes, I still look up her info on quantity and volume. Indispensable. At least to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                            I have Jean Anderson's Microwave Cookbook (and Julie Sahni's). I wish to cook from them all more.

                                                                                                                                                                                            I noticed a microwave cashew nut recipe in Jaffrey's World Veg that I was all set to cook today except that I couldn't find raw cashews at the grocery store. (I don't know what possessed me to go to Trader Joe's today. That place barely qualifies as a grocery store. They didn't even have filo dough or dried beans. No dried beans!)

                                                                                                                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                              True, nobody beats our Jean A. As I understand it, Kafka was involved in recipe development/product testing for the Robot-coupe/Cuisinart people when they were being introduced to the market.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Went to Borders today, with $25 mall gift certificate in hand to see if they had the upcoming August COTM, World Vegetarian. No dice.

                                                                                                                                                                                      The cookbooks are 20% off, so I did spend less than $3 out of pocket for two cookbooks. I even behaved myself, and stayed out of the scifi/fantasy section, made a beeline right for the cookbook section. Got a bargain book, The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook. I got sucked in by the pictures again dang it. In my defense, I hadn't eaten all day, and it was like, 3 o'clock. Which also probably explains the other purchase, Mad Hungry, by Lucinda Scala Quinn. I have seen her tv show a few times, and she seems a straight forward, non fussy cook, and the few shows I have seen, have had quite a few vegetarian, and veggie full meals.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Stopped by Borders on the way home from the lake today. Picked up 1080 Recipes for $7.99. That was a deal. Also picked up the Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, Fish Without A Doubt, and Sanjeev Kapoor's How to Cook Indian.

                                                                                                                                                                                        They had the new Claudia Roden book, The Food of Spain, and I came close to buying it, even though I already have the iBook version. When I saw the hardcopy, I just thought that this is one where I need the "real" book. It's beautiful. And HUGE. I held off, for now. They also had Culinaria China, which was tempting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Due to a very sad loss to my family, I recently acquired several vintage cookbook's from my late Aunt Becky. These cookbooks are of the type you would find in your mother's (or grandmother's) pantry. Most of them are old, dating back to as early as 1963. I am enjoying looking through them, seeing her notes in the corners, and which recipes she tagged with paperclips. I don't see myself cooking out of them very often, but I plan on reading each one from cover to cover, if only for their iconic value. I just finished reading over two paperback books which were gifts from Hills Bank and Trust, The Ideals Family Cookbook and Ideals From Mama's Kitchen Cookbook. They contain recipes for things like homemade concord grape jelly (which I will try to make) alongside tuna buffet (which I will not). Lots and lots of recipes calling for canned chicken, cream of mushroom soup, etc. And the pictures! Don't get me started on the pictures....I am sure there are lots of treasures among the trash but without your help, I have little hope of finding them. Here is a list. If any of you own and cook out of one of these, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Spiral Bound Books:
                                                                                                                                                                                          Taste This - Volunteers Best Recipe
                                                                                                                                                                                          The Murray Anniversary Cookbook
                                                                                                                                                                                          A Pinch of Parsley compiled by Encino B'nai B'rtih Women Chapter, #987, October 1970
                                                                                                                                                                                          10th Anniversary Heirloom Cookbook
                                                                                                                                                                                          Iowa The Place to Cook
                                                                                                                                                                                          Cooking with Friends The Friends of the Granada Hills Library

                                                                                                                                                                                          Pamphlets:
                                                                                                                                                                                          Mormon Cookin
                                                                                                                                                                                          Delightfully Dutch
                                                                                                                                                                                          Fleischmann's Yeast Best Ever Breads

                                                                                                                                                                                          Hardbound and Paperbacks:
                                                                                                                                                                                          The French-Kosher Cookbook
                                                                                                                                                                                          Pie Shell Creations from Pet Ritz
                                                                                                                                                                                          Cooking with Cornelius
                                                                                                                                                                                          Betty Crockers New Outdoor Cookbook
                                                                                                                                                                                          Try It Cookbook
                                                                                                                                                                                          Better Homes and Gardens Barbecues and Picnics
                                                                                                                                                                                          Better Homes and Gardens Meals with a Foreign Flair
                                                                                                                                                                                          Better Homes and Gardens Best Buffets
                                                                                                                                                                                          The Los Angeles Times California Cookbook
                                                                                                                                                                                          Best Recipes from the Backs of Boxes, Bottles, Cans and Jars
                                                                                                                                                                                          the Working Wives Cook Book
                                                                                                                                                                                          Make it Now, Bake it Later! #3 by Barbara Goodfellow
                                                                                                                                                                                          The Ideals Family Cookbook
                                                                                                                                                                                          Ideals From Mama's Kitchen Cookbook

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                            You callin' 1963 old, you whippersnapper?

                                                                                                                                                                                            I recently inherited my grandmother's cookbooks and recipe boxes. Fannie Merritt Farmer's The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book is signed by my grandmother on December 25 (her birthday) 1914. The same month, the same year, she acquired The Settlement Cook Book "compiled" by Mrs. Simon Kander. 1914, by the way, was the tenth edition. Anyone have an earlier one?

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks Joan, you made me chuckle. I did not mean to imply 1963 was that old, only that the cookbooks in my new pile are quite dated. I was born in '63, so unfortunately I can no longer be referred to as a whippersnapper. I miss my whippersnapper days!

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                              Jeez, I was already cooking (with my dad, when my mom was laid low by migraines) in 1963!

                                                                                                                                                                                              The Fleischmann's I remember as having solid bread recipes (although they use rather too much yeast for my taste nowadays, you can halve it, safely - obviously it was intended to move their product).

                                                                                                                                                                                              I remember Ideals books being around but no one cooking from them in our house (I think some of my mom's friends baked from them).

                                                                                                                                                                                              I think the oldest cookbook I have is a CHINESE (in English) one from the nineteen-teens - published in NYC - that has with instructions and sample order letters for ordering ingredients from stores on Mott Street in Manhattan Chinatown. Some of the ingredients on sale were hard to find when I started cooking Chinese food in the mid-1970's.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                Funny that you are posting about this now. Just yesterday I went through the last box of my mother's cookbooks. Most of these last ones are more like booklets, many from food companies, such as Pet Milk, or Knox "Gelatine." They range from the 1920s to the 1950s. Some are quirky, such as the guide to Wartime Entertaining. Many of the pictures look awful, frame-ably awful. My favorite, however, is a HUGE book, "Food and Finesse" by Henri Charpentier, which was originally "privately printed in 1945 and distributed to a select circle of friends." (Later published by a regular publisher.) The weighty tome I have was inscribed to my mother, after she and my father had dinner in his home. Won't be letting go of that one. The other stuff, who knows?

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have the Fleischmann's pamphlet, and the cracked wheat bread from it is one of my son's favorite breads.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Stopped at my favourite thrift shop this afternoon and was very happy w today’s haul. For $17:

                                                                                                                                                                                                Curry Cuisine: Fragrant Dishes from India, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia - by various top chefs

                                                                                                                                                                                                Fannie Farmer Cookbook 100th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                Professional Cooking by Wayne Gisslen and Le Cordon Bleu Chefs

                                                                                                                                                                                                Great Pies & Tarts by Carole Walter

                                                                                                                                                                                                Heart Smart Chinese Cooking by Stephen Wong

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thai Recipes – National Food Institute, Thailand (a lovely little book)

                                                                                                                                                                                                Terrific Pacific Cookbook by Anya Von Bremzen and John Welchman

                                                                                                                                                                                                and a copy of Desserts by Pierre Herme by Dorie Greenspan (I have this already but couldn’t resist picking up a copy for my friend)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like the sound of that Thai one especially. Carole Walter's books are very good. Is the Fannie Farmer edition one of Marion Cunningham's?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs, any chance you would share your wonderful Thrift Shop name/location. I frequent mine in the Brampton area and I have never come up with such a good haul as you, especially my idol Pierre Herme! That book is on one of my (many) lists to acquire.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: foodie_guru

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm not in the Peel Region fg but I've consistently found amazing books at Value Village. Since they pick-up, I'm told lots of folks use them to dispose of estate items and post-garage sale left-overs. I've picked up some amazing books including 2 Marcella Hazan, Jamie Oliver and Martha Stewart at the VV on West Dr in Brampton when I'm visiting my friends there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Edited to add: As I hit "Post My Reply" it occurred to me that the friend I picked up that PH book for lives in Brampton!! Wonder if it's you!!?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I wish I were your friend in Brampton, could be ;o)...The Value Village on West Drive is the Thift Store I frequent, but sometimes I get to Oakville. You seem to have amazing luck at getting some darn good books. I, like most of the 'hounds on here, am this close to a 12 step program for my cookbooks and food magazines. Much to my husband's dismay....he has his beer, I have my books!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: foodie_guru

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think the trick is to stop in as frequently as you can fg. I rarely pass a thrift shop without stopping in and if you've seen my posts here, you'll know I keep having to add bookshelves to accommodate them!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          btw, the more beer your husband has, the less likely he'll be to notice your cookbooks so this sounds like a perfect arrangement!! ; - )

                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you haven't joined Eat Your Books as yet, you should definitely consider it . . . it's the reason I've felt I could rationalize buying more books. At least now I am able to use them on a regular basis since I can search them from anywhere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Happy searching, let us know how you make out on your next visit to VV. I never get out to Oakville it seems so there should be a good selection there for you!! ; - )

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Three more - presents as a result of yesterday's birthday:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Spain" - Rick Stein

                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Turkey - recipes and tales from the road " - Leanne Kitchen

                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Supper Club" - Kerstin Rodgers

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Eclectic, innit?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, and there was one non-food book that I'm looking forward to reading "50 people who buggered up Britain"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Happy belated birthday, sir!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hope it was happy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Got 4 new ones yesterday thanks to Border's going-out-of-business sale!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        -Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen
                                                                                                                                                                                                        -Paul Reinhart's American Pie
                                                                                                                                                                                                        -At Home with Madhur Jaffrey
                                                                                                                                                                                                        -Jennifer McLagan's Fat

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I honestly don't know which one to cook from first.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Aravisea

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've had the first one since it came out. It's been so used that it's held together by rubber bands!
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Happy cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Aravisea

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fyi, that's Peter Reinhart--and it's a terrific book. I refer to it over and over again. His All-Purpose Marinara Pizza Sauce is my go-to. There's nearly always some in the freezer. So quick, so simple, so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I believe I have all of Peter Reinhart's books. A good buy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm wondering how Borders cookbooks prices are coming alone - I'll be heading their way soon. I hope I can remember which books I own :-))

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I just got an e-mail from Borders that the cookbooks are now 25% off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                *facepalm* Whoops. I have his Bread Baker's Apprentice as well. I'll call him Mary Reinhart next time!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here you go, herby! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7998...

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