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Jul 1, 2011 06:12 AM

What were your last three cookbook purchases...part 3 [Old]

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:


                    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.


                        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...


                            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.