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What were your last 3 cookbook purchases, part 4 [old]

herby's right, Part 3 was getting looonnng. Here we go again. What cookbooks have you been indulging in lately?

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  1. Many thanks Buttertart! I love reading this thread. Have not contributed much but hope that Borders will soon have a better sale on cookbooks so that I can justify indulging:) I am in US for the next few weeks, making my way to my daughter's house and a nice stack of new books (from TGC) that I can't wait to have in my greedy hands:)

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    1. re: herby

      Love it too...Oh yes, I remember you had them sent to your daughter's quite a while ago. That WILL be nice.

    2. it has been so long since my wife put a restriction on my cookbook purchases. I now need to rely on the internet as my cookbook.

      I do have subscriptions to Cuisine at home, Cook's Illustrated and the Food Network Magazine. I love the fact that Cuisine and Cook's have no advertising between the covers.

      1. Just brought "Tender" and "Cooking in the Moment." Going to make salted onions and cukes from CitM for dinner tonight, along with Corn with Ginger from "World Vegetarian" and the Leek and Eggplant recipes from yesterday's NYT. It's going to be a very vggie feast.

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        1. re: pikawicca

          Well, it didn't take long for me to post on the 4th edition of this thread. I just put MEXICO, THE BEAUTIFUL in my cart at Amazon. $15.00 including shipping, so I feel like I got quite a deal. That should hold me for a week or two.

          1. re: pikawicca

            I got Tender too and the new Claudia Roden book on Spain. I have not taken the time to graze through them yet. So many books and so little time. I did open a book on Vietnamese street food that I have had for some time. I made a pork pineapple and shrimp (I used lobster because it was what i had) hash last night that was quite tasty. It is not a big nbook and we decided we need to give it more attention.

          2. Subscribed to "Popular Plates" magazine and acquired back issues. The editors are Michael & Jane Stern. Each issue is about a particular subject-BBQ, pizza, diner food, grilling-this issue is Rt 66 food.
            Preordered Jacques Pepin's new book.
            from the thrift store-
            Good Mornings by Michael McLaughlin
            Cooking with New American Chefs by Ellen Brown

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            1. re: wekick

              I haven't heard about Popular Plates, I am looking it up now. Thanks for the tip, wekick.

              1. re: wekick

                I really like Popular Plates. I have the BBQ, grilling, fiery foods and comfort food issues.

                1. re: flourgirl

                  Is it a recipe based magazine or mostly restaurant and food trends. I couldn't tell from the website.

                  1. re: dkennedy

                    It's a mix of both. I find it very informative and fun to read - and even if I never get to a lot of the restaurants profiled, the articles provide some interesting tips and info from the various restauranters and give me a lot of inspiration for my own cooking.

                2. re: wekick

                  I like popular plates too, I have a few of their issues.

                3. Got 4 of the 5 TGC sale books I ordered last weekend yesterday (they've stepped up their game, used to be at least a couple of weeks before you'd see them).
                  Initial impressions:
                  Heartland - a beautiful book with very interesting recipes (I like Judith Fertig's books in general)
                  Purple Citrus - also gorgeous
                  Sugar Baby - this looks like a whole lot of fun
                  Ruhlman - gorgeously produced (I like the no-dust-jacket high school history textbook production style, first saw it on UK books) and thought-provoking. Better not comment any more right now.
                  The fifth one ordered (on Viennese cooking) is coming out in Sept. Looking forward to it.

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                  1. re: buttertart

                    Oops, you went for it. The new Ruhlman, I assume? I was eyeballing that Viennese book as well.

                    I had slightly more restraint than dear buttertart, and only bought two books at TGC sale. Actually, it was more budget driven than anything: Southern Cakes, Nancy McDermott, and James Beard's American Cookery. Looking forward to them, love both James Beard and large scrumptious Southern cakes.

                    1. re: bushwickgirl

                      I should have listened to myself and not gotten the Ruhlman. I don't like his reductio (ad nauseam, if not absurdum) writing: everything is X number of factors interpreted in Y number of ways. Another annoying thing - he has a full-color picture of himself cooking in the front pages. Nice-looking guy, but was that really necessary?

                      That Beard is very good reading as well as cooking.

                      1. re: buttertart

                        I always think of him as very sour-looking when he appears on Iron Chef. He always has this snoot up-in-the-air expression on his face when he's chewing.

                    1. re: flourgirl

                      I just got Latin Grilling too. I started a GRILLING THREAD if you are interested in joining in, here is the link:

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/798256

                    2. Culinary Artistry
                      The Escoffier Cookbook

                      and

                      The Feast of Santa Fe: Cooking of the American Southwest

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                      1. re: MyNameIsTerry

                        Very Nice combination, buy the way. Incidentally, just found 'The silver Palate Cookbook', 2008 edition of 'Garde Manger' by the CIA, and a nice generic UK book on Thai Cooking, all at a thrift store.

                      2. I was able to hit the last Borders in my area before the cookbooks got too picked over. I've been on a big canning focus lately, so picked up:

                        Putting Food By - Greene/Hertzberg & Vaughan
                        The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook - Rachel Saunders

                        And I'm very excited about furthering my fermentation efforts with:
                        Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning - The gardeners & Farmers of Terre Vivante

                        Also scored at 50% off the last copy of David Changs new magazine!

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                        1. re: meatn3

                          Please share how you like The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook. That one didn't make the cut during my trip to Borders today, and I'm wondering how much I'll regret that decision...

                          1. re: isntsheclever

                            I received that book as a gift, and I expect it will live, untouched, on the bookcase till it's time to move. I found many of the flavor combinations unappealing.

                            1. re: roxlet

                              OH Roxlet,

                              I have that one on my list to buy. Why didn't you like it? Are the recipes untraditional?

                              1. re: dkennedy

                                Well, from what I remember, it has a lot of fruit/herb combinations that are just not up my alley. And since I don't really make jams and jellies, there was nothing in this book that enticed me to get with it. It's a beautiful book, though.

                                1. re: roxlet

                                  I don't make jams either but it is on my To Do list of things to master. My kids hold me to such a high standard in the kitchen, it motivates me to keep growing. Unfortunately, sometimes the growth is on my waistline!

                            2. re: isntsheclever

                              Too funny, I just returned here to post how much I liked the book. I'm hoping to make a few fig jams this weekend based on these recipes.

                              The combos that Roxlet found unappealing are the type I gravitate towards. I like that she doesn't (seem to*) use commercial pectin - something I'm working towards. I like the use of alcohol as a flavoring agent. I like mixing savory with sweet, which many of the jams do.

                              While initially the photos make it seem like a coffee table book there are photo's which help to illustrate steps which are hard to describe easily, like determining if the jam is setting.

                              I received Mes Confitures through inter-library loan the same week. At this point (repeated skimming once my house guests were sleeping) I think I prefer The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook over the other.

                              *I have not been able to read through the book yet, just skimming and looking over the recipes which coincide with my immediate needs.

                              1. re: meatn3

                                Ah, I have now read enough to find that she does not seem to use BWB method of canning. Directions point you to process according to manufacturers recommendations or to use her method of sterilizing jars in the oven, filling, putting lids/rings on, return to 250 degree oven for 15 min.

                                I don't know enough about this method to feel comfortable with it. I plan to find similar recipes and follow their BWB directions.

                                I'll try to report back - planning to make the fig/sherry/fennel jam tomorrow.

                                Mes Confitures also doesn't seem to use BWB canning - I'm planning a similar tack to use that method.

                                1. re: meatn3

                                  I am English and have made jam many times using the sterilising and placing in hot jars method. Never had a problem. The water bath method is not the norm in Europe. I've never used commercial pectin, either.

                                  1. re: greedygirl

                                    I use your method and have for years. I was very surprised to see a direction in the Ball book to water bath seal preserve (jam, jellies etc) jars. I ignored it and everything sealed just fine as it always has. I did make one strawberry spread that used chopped apple instead of commercial pectin. I would have liked a firmer set. I'm thinking if i had quinces avilable they would be better, they are so full of natural pectin.

                          2. I bought a used copy of ``Rustic Fruit Desserts`` for my mother...
                            and took a look through it. Guess it`s a good thing I didn`t mention it to her, since it won`t be leaving my kitchen!
                            Also picked up a little book called ``Simple slices`` by Australian Women`s Weekly.. I figured that at 2.99, it was worth taking a chance..

                            1. Our local library had a book sale this weekend; picked up the following all for a $1 each.

                              Baking by Dorie Greenspan
                              New York Cookbook by Molly O'Neill
                              Jackes Pepin Today's Gourmet and More Fast Food My Way
                              China Moon by Barbara Tropp
                              A Year in Chocolate by Alice Medrich
                              The New American Bartenders Guide
                              The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer Lee
                              Something from the Oven by Laura Shapiro

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                              1. re: JulesLP

                                That is quite a hall Jules. the Alice Medrich and Dorie Greenspan books are real treasures. I don't bake much, but they both have caught my eye more than once.

                                1. re: JulesLP

                                  How did you like China Moon? I loved her earlier book, but for some reason, I jsut never cooked out of either much. China Moon had just too many sub-recipes for me. NAd the ones Idid try (I recall a wok-seared fish recipe) came out...just okay. Had more success with Fish and Bear Family, or Susanna Foo's Fresh Inspiration for special occasion cooking. I used Ken Hom's books for weeknights. China Mooon for me served as more inspiration than anything else.

                                  1. re: Westy

                                    I felt exactly the same way about CM: you really can't make many of the recipes without first making at least one, if not more, of the flavored oils or other components. But I had lunch in the restaurant once (during the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings, that long ago), and it was glorious. Every single bite. I think she was a wondeerful chef, but I could never get into that cookbook.

                                2. Best of the Best, Vol. 9 (from the editors of Food and Wine)
                                  Classic Indian Cooking by Julie Shani

                                  I've never been much of a cookbook buyer but with Borders going out of business I can't resist.

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                                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                                    My copies of The Peanuts Cook Book came today (precious - cover says .60 cents) and Mexico the Beautiful. Two books I am happy I have added to my collection, both based on Chow recommendations. The Peanuts Cookbook is tiny, 4" square and each recipe is followed by a comic strip. I think my kids will enjoy this one.

                                    Mexico the Beautiful lives up to the hype - I read somewhere it is dated but I didn't find it so, perhaps they were referring to historical accuracy since a lot has changed over the past 10 years.

                                    Just ordered The Italian Country Table today. MUST STOP BUYING COOKBOOKS! Still awaiting arrival of Cod and Country.

                                  2. Just bought Jean Anderson's "Love Affair With Southern Cooking" used at amazon, after hearty recommends from buttertart and others. That's three this month, or maybe I should say, this week. Somehow, I don't think I'm done for the month...

                                    1. My goodness, work has been keeping me so busy I've had little time to cook or shop! What's the world coming to I ask!!!!!

                                      I did manage to pop into Williams Sonoma en route to picking up my lunch today and they're having a small sale on cookbooks. While most of the discounts weren't sufficient enough to tempt me I did find Martha Stewart's Dinner at Home cookbook for $16.99 (reg. $35USD/$45CAD). With at least one enticing photo and often more of every dish, this book immediately caught my interest.

                                      I started reading it on my commute home and I didn't come across one dish I wouldn't want to make. So many quick and easy dishes that are different enough from recipes I've seen before to really pique my interest. The book is organized by season and then, by menus where you can elect to make as few or as many dishes from Martha's proposed menus as you wish.

                                      I'm happy to add this to my collection and I think it had greater appeal to me than usual because of the focus on quick and delicious meals . . . it seems we're always hungry and short on time these days!! I'd highly recommend this book.

                                      1. I'm low on funds, but the one cookbook I bought recently was Chocolates and Confections by Peter Greweling because I was tired of paying overdue book fines. I'd checked it out three times in the last year and kept it too long each time. It's a really interesting book, and about something I love experimenting with. I'm lucky enough to have a really great local library system that regularly buys new cookbooks so I always check books out before purchase.

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                                        1. re: sarahjay

                                          Is that the Culinary Institute of America one? want want want.

                                            1. re: sarahjay

                                              I have a thing about wanting to get into candymaking but being the candyhead that I am, i hesitate to give in. Oh well...must get this book. (Oh boy, my library has it...will try it that way first.)

                                        2. We've been away for a couple of days and spent one of them in Hay on Wye. For those who don't know it, it's a small town(or large village) which straddles the border between England and Wales. But what it's famous for is its secondhand bookshops. OK, it'd be a bit of an exaggeration to say every other shop is a bookshop - but there are over 30 on and around the main street. Some specialise in a particular type of book (be it maps or murders) but most are general booksellers. We spent the day browsing across a range of our interests. I'm not sure what order we bought them in, so I can't list just the last three but these are the cookbooks:

                                          Chatsworth Cookery Book - Duchess of Devonshire

                                          Great British Food Revival - various contributors (book of the BBC series)

                                          The Apple Source Book - Sue Clifford & Angel King

                                          Pauper's Cookbook - Jocasta Innes

                                          Century of British Cooking - Marguerite Patten

                                          1. Was going to say cannot contribute as with new loft space is limited, then looked at the boxes from bookstores, thus here goes.
                                            'Glory of Southern Cooking'-James Villas 2007
                                            Have most of his books, his recipes are spot on
                                            'Italian Kitchen'-Marcella Hazan 1986
                                            After reading this forum in an earlier thread, had to have
                                            'Food;-Waverly Root 1980
                                            A sort of encyclopedia by a true master
                                            'Microwave Gourmet'-Barbara Kafka 1987
                                            Bought 3 at a book sale, it is my go to gift for new cooks

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                                            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                              Microwave Gourmet is your go-to gift for new cooks? Have you cooked from it much? I would love some recommendations for recipes to try out of that book if you have some favorites...

                                              ~TDQ

                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                Just try her polenta or risotto recipes, yeah, yeah, l know, but just try them. these recipes work for farro as well. Have had since publication. She used to live nearby when l was in Manhattan.

                                                1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                  Oh, I'm not disparaging at all. I own this book (as well as Jean Anderson's and Julie Sahni's) and really, really want to cook from it more, especially this time of year when it's too hot to heat the oven. Microwave cooking is very energy efficient. If it can be both efficient and delicious, well, what's not to love? Thanks for the recommendations. If you have any more favorites, please let me know!

                                                  ~TDQ

                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                    Just flipped through the pages and saw the vegetable purees were all used and successfully, including the mashed potatoes.

                                                2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                  This is a great book, but it's a shame that the author hasn't updated the recipes for today's more powerful microwaves. The steamed chocolate cake recipe is one of the best things I"ve ever made.

                                                  1. re: pikawicca

                                                    I'll put that one the list, too. I guess Microwave Cooking just isn't popular enough to warrant putting the effort into a revised book?

                                                    ~TDQ

                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                      There are some health concerns too. I would not be the one to feed a child on the MV cooked foods. I am not aware of any long-term effects studies conducted. I do not have a MV because I do not like the taste of food re-heated in MV.

                                                      1. re: herby

                                                        My primary interest in Kafka's book is deliciousness. I'm okay with MW cooking as long as it doesn't involve any plastics. I've been doing some research on the healthfulness of microwave cooking lately and a lot of the claims about its unhealthfulness (especially by Mercola) are based on some outdated studies from the early 90's that have been debunked. McGee, Cornell University researchers and some others have had some favorable things to say about microwave cooking, as long as you don't cook in plastic. The Union of Concerned Scientists likes the microwave (and crock pot) for energy efficiency.

                                                        ~TDQ

                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                          My issue is that I do not find anything delicious once it has been through MV cycle - maybe a few lame re-heats are OK but no cooking for me:) MV is absolutely energy efficient, no argument there, but shaking up the molecules does not make me super confident... I have not done any research, so, this is just my humble opinion.

                                                          1. re: herby

                                                            That hasn't been my experience. Of course, it doesn't work for everything (but what does?) I have made a couple of terrific Sahni recipes. This article of Bittman's turned me onto her.

                                                            http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/02/din...

                                                            Here's McGee:

                                                            http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/02/din...

                                                            http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/22/din...

                                                            http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/hea...

                                                            ~TDQ

                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                              Thank you so much for taking time to post these, TDQ - I will definitely look into the links.

                                                              Of the topic, how is The Dairy Prince doing?:)

                                                              1. re: herby

                                                                It's totally on-topic as I'm typing one handed as he's half drifting off to sleep. ;-) I'm having to keep it briefer than usual. Maybe that's not all bad. :).

                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                  How old is he now? I just spend a week with my five-year old grandson and my other daughter came on Fri pm with her sons - five and one quarter and three and a half (according to them) - for the weekend. I do not remember that much noise and movement happening in a house ever; I had two daughters and boys are entirely different creatures:) I was reminded of my old chemistry prof who said that he could not imagine electrons rotating around an atom until he had children:)

                                                                  1. re: herby

                                                                    I LOVE that chemistry prof's quote!! And yes, boys are so different from girls.

                                                        2. re: herby

                                                          I don't believe that there are any serious concerns about food cooked in MW ovens.

                                                3. I have just downloaded to my Kindle 4 cookery books (free from Gutenberg) the first was 'Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking, then
                                                  Foods that will win the war, 1918
                                                  The Whitehouse Cookbook 1887,
                                                  The Complete Book of Cheese by Robert Carlton Brown..

                                                  There are loads more to keep me amused, and all free.

                                                  http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/searc...

                                                  Enjoy.

                                                  1. My mother and I braved Border's today. I have an Amazon cart full of 50ish books, most of which are cookbooks. I crosschecked that list against what my library has and took out the books that I knew Borders wouldn't carry. I came home with:
                                                    The Joy of Keeping a Root Cellar
                                                    The Flavor Thesaurus
                                                    Chez Panisse Vegetables
                                                    Forgotten Skills of Cooking
                                                    The Commonsense Kitchen
                                                    Savory Baking
                                                    The last was a steal at $5 before the 30% off discount. I'd never heard of it before, but my mother insisted that I get it. Boy am I glad I did. After getting home and looking through it with my husband, I can't find one single recipe that I'm not super excited about!!

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                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                        Yeah...I won't be buying them all at once by any means. It's like a clearing house where my book lust goes to get sorted. Lol! Some stuff will eventually show up at the library, some stuff I'll see on a friend's bookshelf, etc. It's an ever-evolving cart.

                                                        1. re: isntsheclever

                                                          :: a clearing house where my book lust goes to get sorted. ::

                                                          That's wonderful. I completely identify. One of the big effects of EatYourBooks.com on my life has been to formalize my cookbook wishlist; I've made the 'wishlist' one of my bookmarks. As books get added to it, I check them against our local library holdings, and move possible checkouts to a 'library' bookmark. Having a printout in hand makes it much easier to keep a grip on things at book sales, thrift stores, Borders clearance, etc.

                                                          About one out of every five or six books I study from the library ends up being something I realize I want to own; the latest of those is Eugenia Bone's Well Preserved.

                                                          1. re: ellabee

                                                            I have Well Preseved and like it very much. I want to make her tuna but scared preserving protein. If you make it, please share your experience.

                                                            1. re: ellabee

                                                              I've never heard of EatYourBooks before...but it sounds right up my alley! I'm a list maker!! Thank you for sharing. I've seen it mentioned, but wasn't able to discern exactly what it is.

                                                              1. re: isntsheclever

                                                                Eat Your Books made a huge difference in my grip on recipes and books about cooking. It's a site that indexes the recipes in cookbooks [more than 2000 at this point] by ingredients. They don't reprint the quantities, or the procedure, so avoid any copyright issues. You add to your virtual EYB "bookshelf" the cookbooks to which you have access, and then you can search on an ingredient or set of ingredients, or for a particular kind or dish (plum tart, corn fritters), and find out which recipes fit the bill among books you have.

                                                                You can also see what books you have in common with other EYB members. That feature alone drives wishlists, as you review the other books on their shelves.

                                                                1. re: ellabee

                                                                  I really think that I need to try it. I have so many cookbooks at this point I can no longer remember what recipe is in what cook-book!

                                                                  1. re: rstuart

                                                                    Definitely worth a try; it's at eatyourbooks.com

                                                                    They have a free trial in which you enter up to five books. I'd recommend putting in four of your most-used cookbooks and maybe one you'd like to cook more from but haven't. See how you like it!

                                                                    1. re: ellabee

                                                                      Make sure to put in books that are indexed, though (ie., books for which they've gone to the trouble of listing out all of the recipe names and the ingredients necessary for those recipes). Otherwise, you'll not get much benefit out of your trial.

                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                      2. I just got what looks like it will be a wonderful cookbook at the used book store (it looks almost new), called The Every Day Chinese Cookbook edited by Linda Doeser.

                                                        Another one I picked up though it's not so much of a cookbook is The Doctors Book of Food Remedies by Prevention magazine.

                                                        Also recently picked up a copy of The Silver Spoon.

                                                        1. In keeping with the Iowa theme (pig, pig, and more pig) my mom-in-law gave me the Vilas Pig book for my birthday. I like his food writing but haven't cooked from his recipes, so this should be interesting.

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                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                            Have many of his recipes that are my classics now. Skipped 'Pig', read it and found the recipes as a single do not tempt me.

                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                'Villas at Table'
                                                                'Country Cooking'
                                                                'My Mother's Southern Cooking' This book has an oven BBQ brisket that is my rainy day fav

                                                                1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                                  I'll have a look. I've wanted the Mother's books for a while. What I've read in Pig I've wanted to eat immediately.

                                                              2. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                                I bought Pig a couple of months ago. Haven't even had time yet to flip through the whole book, but must have more than a dozen recipes marked to try. Curious what didn't appeal to you. Too one-note?

                                                                1. re: JoanN

                                                                  Too big quantities. When l catered doing three pork necks, AKA Boston Butt, was a great idea. As a single do not entertain as much so regretfully no need, very regretfully

                                                                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                                    Oh, I see. I misread your "as a single" comment. Yes, lots of recipes serve 4 to 6 or even 6 to 8. But many of those, at least in a quick reading, seemed easily halved. And I'm one, also single, who is happy to have leftovers in the fridge or freezer. We'll see. Going to start getting into it as soon as the cool weather is here to stay.

                                                            1. Received "Harumi's Japanese Home Cooking" this morning -- looks good! I have one of her other books ("Everyday Harumi") and really like it. Kinda of a Japanese version of AMFT, but with more Japanese flavors than not. These are excellent recipes for those of us living in the west who want to experience the flavors of Japan, but can't source many traditional ingredients. (Even in U.S. cities with large Japanese populations, you can't find many items.)

                                                              1. I was at Tuesday Morning today and picked up:

                                                                Vegetable Love by Barbara Kafka
                                                                You Can Can by Better Homes and Gardens, 2010 - not the magazine, this is an over-sized pb

                                                                They had a nicer than usual selection with Gourmet, a Bobby Flay, several chocolate books, Tavern on the Green.

                                                                1. Mr. UPS just dropped off "Mighty Spice," mentioned recently by another Hound. Recipes from around the world, focusing on the use of various spices. I already want to make just about everything in the book! This is a good end-of-summer book for using up the current bounty at the farmers market. And I can find all of the ingredients at my local supermarket.

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                                                                  1. re: pikawicca

                                                                    I'm very jealous of your purchase of Mighty Spice. I've been slightly obsessed and have been scanning the internet for recipes. Unfortunately, my library system has zero copies in the system.

                                                                    I plan on making the vietnamese chicken with chile tonight. The recipe is found here:

                                                                    http://www.johngregorysmith.com/Site/...

                                                                    1. re: beetlebug

                                                                      Yes, that recipe caught my eye, too.

                                                                    2. re: pikawicca

                                                                      I've just found a copy of Mighty Spice for a bargain price on one of my favourite book websites. Am sorely tempted!

                                                                      1. re: greedygirl

                                                                        Which website, I am eyeing this one as well.

                                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                                          It's only in the UK I think - The Book People. They do deals with publishers and buy in bulk so have very good prices on a limited range of stuff.

                                                                    3. just started on the momofuku cookbook...

                                                                      1. I finally gave in and signed up for TGC; as a result I got six cookbooks for $50! Have not cooked from any yet but had a good look at three:
                                                                        1. Harvest to Heat. Lots of beautiful pictures of food and farmers, recipes come from all major US regions - should be something for everyone. Equivalency chart gives US = metric conversion. And it is indexed on EYB. I think the idea behind this book was to introduce recipes from well know restaurants/chefs from accross the country that use local ingredients and then feature the people (farmers) that produce these ingredients and their methods and techniques. There is information about halal meat producers, chese makers, etc. I love lamb and noticed a few unusual lamb recipes some using not very common cuts (i.e. saddle).

                                                                        2. Falling off the Bone. Such a yummy book using tough cuts of beef, lamb, veal and pork. I am excited to cook from it when the cool weather is upon us - right after Canadaian Thanksgiving.

                                                                        3. Food of Spain. Huge book but well done on a nice matte paper with enticing photos. Lots of recipes and their variations; lots of history of the cuisine and regional diversity - about 20% of the tome. The rest has simple to execute but complex in flavour recipes that I am itching to make.

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                                                                        1. re: herby

                                                                          Falling Off The Bone does look great, bought it during our summer heat wave; am looking to cooler fall weather to get into it.

                                                                          1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                            I have just bought Falling off the Bone, too! Although here in the UK, a cool rainy day is always around the corner...

                                                                        2. Today at Borders, I picked up Culinaria Southeast Asia and Best of the Best Food & Wine Vol 10. Both were on the bargain table. I got Culinaria for $3 & Best of the Best for $4. I also saw copies of One Big Table tagged for $4.99 - and eligible for another 40% off. I already have this book or I would have grabbed it. Couldn't even think of someone who would appreciate it as a gift. I know, sad, but even among my friends who like to cook, very few of them are readers or really into cookbooks..

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                                                                          1. re: flourgirl

                                                                            Nice! Those Culinaria books are great resources.
                                                                            I was in a Borders in Davenport, IA last weekend and there wasn't much of anything - the discounts weren't as good as what you can get on Amazon, rather mssing the point of liquidation of the stock...

                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                              I'm very sad about Borders closing, but they really are stretching out the liquidation. All I've bought so far is a few magazines, those 2 bargain books I mentioned & a couple of books for my son. I'm really not interested in the non-bargain cookbooks until the discounts reach at least 50% or 60% off.

                                                                          2. A very nice person I know sussed out about the only baking book currently going that I didn't have (Flour, by Joanne Chang) and gave it to me as a birthday present. Was looking through it last night - very useful, some excellent-looking breakfast things, and exciting cookies so far. Anyone have it and baked from it? Best recipes?

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                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                              This thread doesn't have many replies, but what there are I think you'll probably find useful: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/782773

                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                  Happy Birthday, BT! Please let us know if the birthday fairies brought you any more books--and also what you decided on for the cake (though I 'spose that's for the baking thread).

                                                                                  1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                    Another round of COTM nominations, another purchase: Champagne and Fried Chicken.

                                                                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                      Yeah, that one is very much on my wish list. But, as restrained as I feel compared to some of you (really - very impressive!), I have lately bought Mighty Spice and Soul of a New Cuisine. Trying to hold back the pleasure of another one until I've had a chance to cook from these at least a little bit. And still making the most of the previous buy, Radically Simple.

                                                                                    2. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                      Thank you very much, no more books so far, and the cake unconfected as yet due to not feeling so hot. But described on the baking thread, yes!

                                                                                2. re: buttertart

                                                                                  Many happy returns buttertart. Wishing you a delicious Birthday!!

                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                    Thank you! Unfortunately I'm feeling sub-par, so we cancelled our reservation at Aldea ("new" Portuguese) in Manhattan. Having Indian food delivered...small celebration with the cats and my man. (And the restaurant rebooked for a couple of weeks from now.)

                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                      That way you get to celebrate twice! Hope that, despite feeling grim, you had a wonderful birthday.

                                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                        Thank you very much LulusMom, it wasn't all that wonderful but it certainly was memorable! We were going to have a swish lunch on Friday at Tocqueville, but Irene said no to that one too. Looking forward to Aldea.

                                                                                3. Over-worked, sleep and shopping deprived, I just couldn't resist making a quick detour to the thrift store en route to my favourite farm market today. Now, I likely could have purchased a wet sock and been happy just to be out shopping again but as it turned out, I even managed to pick up an interesting selection of books.

                                                                                  Today's total: $16.22

                                                                                  Here's what I got:

                                                                                  The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Cookbook - I'd be interested to hear if anyone owns this and if so, what they think. A quick flip through piqued my interest.

                                                                                  The Best of Cooking Light - Everyday Favourites - This one still had a Marshall's price tag of $14.99 on it and has likely never been opened.

                                                                                  Fancy Pantry by Helen Witty - This looks like an absolutely outstanding collection of recipes for pickles, preserves, chutneys and the like.

                                                                                  The Great Italian Cookbook Compiled by the Italian Academy of Cookery. Not sure if that's true or whether there even is an Italian Academy of Cookery but the photos looked enticing and, the book was printed in Italy....

                                                                                  The Border Cookbook - Jamison & Jamison

                                                                                  The Williamsburg Cookbook

                                                                                  The Flavours of Canada by Anita Stewart

                                                                                  and, the one I was most excited about. . . .

                                                                                  Mme. Jehane Benoit's Complete Heritage of Canadian Cooking - published in 1976, this book really does show the depth and breadth of Mme. Benoit's expertise. Such an eclectic assortment of recipes for some of her favourite dishes. Recipes like Butter Crumb Gingerbread, Macaroon Rice Pudding, Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler, Maple Syrup Baked Beans, Buckwheat Kasha Casserole, Lemon Nutmeg Carrots and Eggplant Tomato Casserole have all made me very hungry and eager to cook from this classic book.

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                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                    I love that book - and Mme Benoit. I can still hear her voice in my head from her TV appearances at the time. Another really nice one is Madame Benoit Cooks at Home.

                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                      Fancy Pantry is a older classic; anyone who preserves, pickles, makes mustard, etc. should have it in their library.

                                                                                      1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                        Their earlier "Better than Store-Bought" is if anything better - a wide range of things, including breads you don't see everywhere (Vollkornbrot, for example).

                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                          Butter crumb gingerbread, that sounds delicious! I am trying to cut back on my cookbook buying (running out of space) and this is not helping...

                                                                                          1. re: KateCross

                                                                                            I ran out of space a long time ago and that hasn't stopped me. Cookbooks are now starting to pile up on my printer, and there's still the TV stand to fill...

                                                                                            Just bought Cinnamon, Spice and Warm Apple Pie and Baking: My My Home To Yours, and a book about cat behavior (sometimes my cats win out over a cookbook.) I can't wait for apple season to start in earnest. I had an early season Mac yesterday from our local farmer's market and from it's wonderful juicy crunch and tart flavor, it looks like it's going to be a good year.

                                                                                            1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                              I haven't had any new apples yet - must get some. Thanks for the heads-up! Several apple things in the Greenspan, I think.

                                                                                      2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                        BC, I love Fancy Pantry and made lots of things out of it over the years. Cranberry preserve is the best "sauce" for the Thanksgiving turkey!

                                                                                      3. Eat Right, Eat Well the Italian Way by Edward Giobbi. It's an ancient copy from the eighties I got used on Amazon. I have Gio to thank for this one. And I also got the COTM, World Vegetarian by Madhur Jaffrey. Otherwise, I've been pretty restrained recently (for me)!

                                                                                        1. I also hit up a Borders that was on it's way out!

                                                                                          I bought Ad Hoc at Home.

                                                                                          Before that I bought Michael Symon's Live to Cook and The French Laundry Cookbook.

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                                                                                          1. re: luciaannek

                                                                                            The good thing about documenting my purchases on this thread is I get to see how out of control everyone else has been inbetween my purchases, which I somehow find comforting. In my mind, it feels like we all live close to each other, as though I could come next door whenever I feel like it and tap on the glass and ask, "can I see your copy of Mighty Spice? I was thinking of making a curry tonight." Unfortunately, I am the only one on my block, or really in my circle, who has any cookbooks I would consider borrowing. So, instead, I keep buying myself every cookbook that catches my eye, like....

                                                                                            MOZZA

                                                                                            which I just bought with my bonus points from TGC. Here's to hoping a fellow COTMer moves next door.

                                                                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                              As many have said before, there are worse addictions. But I know what you mean about the comfort in knowing one is not alone in said addiction--and knowing hardly anyone with cookbooks I'd actually want to borrow!

                                                                                              1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                !!! Exactly! Most people I know start to glaze over when I start talking about what I've been cooking (so, I don't). And, as I mentioned earlier, you're all making me feel very restrained, which is great. I should bookmark this page for those days when my husband says "another cookbook??"

                                                                                                1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                  Other words that need to be ignored are: These look like recipes in all the other books you have.

                                                                                                  My answer: Yes, but this is an unusally good chef, or I've heard this is an unusally good cookbook with great recommendations from the chowhound site. Then I remove myself from ear-shot. :-))

                                                                                                  1. re: Rella

                                                                                                    Laughing! My husband is normally pretty good about it, especially given that I don't spend a lot of money on stuff like clothes. But occasionally, when a box of something like 4 cookbooks arrives, I will get that look and maybe a little remark.

                                                                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                      All you or I have to do is pick up the closest university press book (one of which = several cookbooks) and cock an eyebrow right back at them.

                                                                                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                          Came home to a sheepish look and a tale of relatively massive online book ordering by himself. So now when the TGC box comes...

                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                            You'll be a saint! Practice keeping the halo balanced. I've found that mine slips off occasionally.

                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                              Yes, my dear husband never utters a peep about cookbooks. He spends way more on books than I do. And were he to complain, he knows I'd quickly point out that he is the main beneficiary of all those cookbooks.

                                                                                                              Most recent purchases: The Japanese Grill and, entirely due to the chatter on COTM, Champagne and Fried Chicken (back-ordered), and I await eagerly my recent TGC "bundle" though I've already forgotten what I ordered.

                                                                                                              1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                My husband doesn't complain about all the cookbooks either, for exactly that reason. And he knows I don't spend a lot on clothes, shoes, etc.

                                                                                                                1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                  I'm not sure what my excuse is, as I do spend quite a bit on clothes and shoes. Oh wait, it's my money that I earn myself!

                                                                                                2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                  "Unfortunately, I am the only one on my block, or really in my circle, who has any cookbooks I would consider borrowing..."

                                                                                                  Same exact situation here. It's great to have someplace like CH to go to and share the passion with other like-minded individuals.

                                                                                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                    Running out of cookbook space myself, I ordered a copy of Mozza for my sister-in-law. It was only $10 or so on The Good Cook, and I just couldn't pass it up. I'm hoping to cultivate an appreciation of cookbooks in my SIL, who enjoys cooking, but 'sees no point in cookbooks,' since she just Googles "lasagna" and pretty much cooks from whatever recipe happens to come up.

                                                                                                3. Well my relative abstemiousness didn't last long. Yesterday I ordered:

                                                                                                  MIGHTY SPICE by John Gregory Smith
                                                                                                  THE MODERN PANTRY by Anna Hansen (excited about this one after checking it out at the bookshop - very original and creative)
                                                                                                  A TASTE OF HOME by Angela Hartnett
                                                                                                  GORGEOUS GREENS by Annie Bell (to make up the free shipping)

                                                                                                  I think I need a 12-step programme of some kind!

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                                                                                                  1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                    I know there's some excitement about Mighty Spice. How did this book get on our radar? Is this a trusted cookbook author or much anticipated book somehow? I've never heard of John Gregory Smith (although, there are tons of British authors I've not heard of, so that doesn't mean anything).

                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                      I think it was beetlebug who saw it in a bookshop and mentioned it on this thread. Pikawicca has bought it and LulusMom, I think. I looked at it in Foyles, liked it and found it cheap on a discount book site. I've never heard of John Gregory Smith either - he's a relative newbie I think.

                                                                                                      1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                        Yes it was me. I'm slightly obsessed with it right now. I'm checking the web everyday to see if there are new recipes listed. I fell for it the same way I fell for Flex Table all those years ago. It was one of instant must have. Unfortunately for me, there is no instant must have yet and it's not in my library system yet. Big sad face.

                                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7994...

                                                                                                        I've made one recipe so far and it was a success. Recipe #2 will be tonight.

                                                                                                        I'm not quite obsessed with yet, the new Molly Stevens, All About Roasting. It's only because it's not out yet and I haven't physically touched it.

                                                                                                        1. re: beetlebug

                                                                                                          You have to give it up: What is recipe #2 for tonight?

                                                                                                          [edit: erp, just saw the date of your post]

                                                                                                      2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                        Absolutely - it was beetlebug who got me excited about it. Tomorrow night it gets its first test drive. Fingers crossed. Two more the following week.

                                                                                                    2. From Amazon, I got all the COTM finalists that I didn't already have: One Big Table, Fried Chicken & Champagne, and the Food of Spain. Actually I already had that last one, but as an iBook. I decided I needed a hardcopy.

                                                                                                      1. My visit to Boarders yesterday (40% off) yielded:

                                                                                                        My Sweet Mexico - Fany Gerson
                                                                                                        Eat me - Kenny Shopsin
                                                                                                        Primal Cuts - Marissa Guggiana
                                                                                                        The Vegetarian Option - Simon Hopkinson

                                                                                                        I just had a bid accepted on a townhouse! I must be out of mind buying more heavy books to lug to new digs....

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                                                                                                        1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                          Having moved over 200 boxes of books a year ago May (mine and my husband's), I can sympathize. Unloading the shelves and packing (as well as unpacking and putting them on shelves in the new place) is no joke. When we first (well, my husband first) started packing I would come home from work and he'd say I got x number of bookshelves packed today and I thought basically big deal, until I had to do mine. Yikes...

                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                            I figure I have at least 75 boxes of books. I think getting a pod, etc. delivered and start filling it would be best. I have about 2 mo. til moving if things go well. My knees are getting too old for this.

                                                                                                            But a kitchen with more than 3' of counter space! I get to pick out all the appliances! (I was getting an idea on costs at Sears and the saleswoman was explaining that the delivery fee covered everything delivered, not just one appliance. She suggested I consider a pool table for the rec room - I told her the kitchen was my rec room!)

                                                                                                            So much to do, but I am very excited. Hope the glitches are few and far between and of no lasting consequence!

                                                                                                            Might start a new thread on whats the first thing you cook in a new kitchen!

                                                                                                            1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                              The kitchen was a big draw for me on the new place for exactly the same reason. Now if I could only discipline myself to have less stuff out on them...
                                                                                                              The appliance choice is GREAT, am stuck with what I think are maybe early '90s ones - the stove (almond, hence my dating notion) seems to be on its last legs so I'm hoping to replace it soon (put in a good word for me with the powers that be, please).
                                                                                                              Would be interested in your choices - maybe discuss on Cookware? I have to have a gas cooktop, maybe an electric oven.

                                                                                                          2. re: meatn3

                                                                                                            Congratulations meatn3!

                                                                                                            I've made one thing from The Vegetarian Option so far (I really need to try more) and I *absolutely loved it*. It was a bean and mushroom thing, and I put it over polenta. I was in heaven. Truly, one of the best things I've eaten recently.

                                                                                                          3. I swore up & down I wasn't going back to Borders until the cookbooks were marked at least 50% off. I have SO many cookbooks I haven't even had a chance to crack yet, I just couldn't justify purchasing any more right now. But than I got an enticing little e-mail promising an extra 15% off my entire Borders purchase & I just could not resist it's siren song.

                                                                                                            So I ended up with:

                                                                                                            Paletas - Fany Gerson

                                                                                                            Perfect Pops - Charity Ferreira

                                                                                                            Sausage - Victoria Wise

                                                                                                            Jelly Shot Test Kitchen - Michelle Palm

                                                                                                            I'm happy with all of these cool little books, but the Jelly Shot book is especially fun. It's a beautiful little book with wonderful photographs. I'd never heard of it before & now I'm already planning to test some these recipes & throw a little jelly shot party. I can't wait to play around with this great little book.

                                                                                                            At this point though, the cookbook section at my local Border's is picked pretty clean. I already own almost everything of interest that is still left on the shelves. I doubt I'll be going back for any more cookbooks.

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                                                                                                            1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                              For anyone wondering about the jelly shot book, see here...
                                                                                                              http://jelly-shot-test-kitchen.blogsp...
                                                                                                              Very fun and cute stuff.

                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                It looked really fun and cute! I wish I were in the mode of hosting parties for only grown-ups, instead of for grown-ups and kids right now. I think those jellies would be hard to keep away from the kids...

                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                              2. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                Oh man, I read that as jello shots. Not a good sign. I don't even *like* jello shots.

                                                                                                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                    LOL - if you don't like jello shots - this is definitely not the book for you! :)

                                                                                                                    1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                      I somehow figured that no one would actually write a book about jello shots (certainly not if they called it jelly shots). Are they called jelly shots in some parts of the country? And, um, maybe I might like one or two (batting eyelashes).

                                                                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                        You know, I'm not sure why she calls them jelly shots - I haven't read the book yet, (or spent much time on her blog) but I'm guessing it's an attempt to convey that these are something beyond the standard jello shot & as buttertart said, fancied up. Just flipping through the book, there are a lot of recipes that sound really good & it would be a lot of fun to plan a little party around some of these.

                                                                                                                1. Well, Borders 50% off sang it's siren song and I came home with:

                                                                                                                  The Cornbread Gospels - Crescent Dragonwagon

                                                                                                                  (I've been a fan of hers since her efforts in the Whole Earth Catalog) One of the things I love about cornbread is how there are so many variations.
                                                                                                                  I recently made some for a friend who is originally from England but living in the states. She said it was the first she has liked and asked for the recipe. That led to an interesting discussion on varieties...

                                                                                                                  Savory Baking - Mary Cech

                                                                                                                  There are some really interesting looking recipes in here! Ended up being $2.50!

                                                                                                                  The selection is less, but there are still some treasures! Quite a lot in the about food/non-cook book selections.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                    Savory Baking really sounds like fun. And you gotta love Crescent Dragonwagon even if only for the whiff of patchouli wafting from her name.

                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                      I bought Savory Baking (but not for $2.50) when I joined TGC and I have to say it's a great cookbook, perfect for cooler weather baking and contains some very unique recipe ideas, great dishes for entertaining and enough photos to make me very happy.

                                                                                                                        1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                          Ohh how dangerous to read these threads. Putting off acquisition until much later in the fall, but my _next_ three cookbooks will be:

                                                                                                                          Good Meat - Deborah Krassner

                                                                                                                          Secrets from a Caterer's Kitchen - {hoping for pointers on planning/organization more than recipes; anyone have this? Thoughts?}

                                                                                                                          Recipes and Remembrances of an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen - Sonia Uvezian

                                                                                                                          And now Savory Baking goes onto the big wishlist... Which is turning out to be one of the great benefits of the Eat Your Books site -- archiving and organizing the books of greatest interest. [Especially valuable for those who are trying to operate under the restraining principle of 'If one comes in one must go out.' I said "trying"... ]

                                                                                                                          1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                                            The problem I have with tracking "Wish List" books in EYB is that when you're doing an ingredient search of the books in your "library", you end up getting "hits" for recipes in books you don't have, ie., your wishlist books. I wish there a way to exclude the category of "wishlist" from my EYB recipe search. Have you found a way to do this?

                                                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                              Yes. I have a bookmark called 'kitchen shelf', for books that I actually cook from and are in the kitchen. When doing an ingredient or recipe search, I restrict the search to that bookmark, using the drop-down box to the right marked 'Look in Books' (which brings up your list of book bookmarks). I have another list of books in our local library, and sometimes restrict the search to that. Other, stored-elsewhere-in-the-house books have their own bookmarks, and on occasion I will search through just them.

                                                                                                                              The

                                                                                                                              1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                                                I wish there were a way to exclude something from your search, "- library" or "- wishlist" or something...

                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                  That would be nice; do suggest it in the Feedback forum section. My big wish is for the ability to tag a bunch of recipes and bookmark them all at once, rather than having to do it one at a time.

                                                                                                                          2. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                            Once again, this book doesn't turn up on thegoodcook search...

                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                              It's also sold out there. I got it back in March or whenever I joined. Head on over to amazon.

                                                                                                                              http://www.amazon.com/Savory-Baking-M...

                                                                                                                            2. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                              I'm glad to know the recipes are good! There were so many that caught my eye.

                                                                                                                              The pumpkin/cranberry/raisin strudel can be made ahead and served at room temp. - sounds like a nice dish for Thanksgiving! Onion/fennel/orange upside down cake (suggests serving with pork). Sour cream fig spirals work for me now - I'm processing about 30 lbs. of figs per week! There is a savory refrigerator cookie made with pistachios which sounds handy to have at the ready!

                                                                                                                              The more I look through this book the more I like it!

                                                                                                                        2. I couldn't get to Borders myself, but DH emailed me pics of the bookshelves and I was able to make a choice - 50% off at Hagerstown, MD.
                                                                                                                          Around My French Table - Dorie
                                                                                                                          1000 Indian Recipes - Batra
                                                                                                                          At Elizabth David's Table

                                                                                                                          I wonder if I'll ever even get around to looking through them. One needs a wheel barrow to handle the Dorie Greenspan book. I wonder if the actual poundage of the book had an effect on its award.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                            That was a problem moving, if you filled a box with cookbooks it weighed 75 or more pounds. Do they all have to weigh a ton? Hard to read in bed.

                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                              4 more added to my list thanks to buttertart and TGC sale:

                                                                                                                              Brisket Cookbook
                                                                                                                              Off the Menu
                                                                                                                              The Cheesmonger's Kitchen
                                                                                                                              Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes

                                                                                                                              all pre-orders. You know you have a problem when you are the first one adding all 4 of them to your library on EYB! I am especially looking forward to The Cheesemonger's Kitchen. I don't have anything like it on my shelves.

                                                                                                                              Rella, You will really enjoy Around My French Table. It was a COTM title a few months back, several not to be missed recipes in there including the apple cake.

                                                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                I think I need the JO Meals in Minutes. His stuff is just so workable, and still so delicious.

                                                                                                                                1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                  It's a good one. He got criticized for being a little unrealistic about the 30 minute title which is why I guess they changed it to 'minutes' for the US but I use it a lot. I don't always make the combinations as he's written them but his ideas for salads, sides and desserts especially are good. I make the sweet potatoes with cilantro and his faux black forest parfait things often. There is also a spinach and filo pie in there that's worth a look.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: KateCross

                                                                                                                                    Thanks Kate. Always helps to have a first hand account. Will definitely look into this.

                                                                                                                          2. One of the ones I got last TGC sale was "Heartland" by Judith Fertig. It's a beautiful book, and will be very appealing to those with a Midwestern background or family there. Lots of details on local products and suppliers, too.

                                                                                                                            1. Hit up Border's for Avec Eric, Hout Sour Salty Sweet, and My New Orleans by John Besh.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: MyNameIsTerry

                                                                                                                                I notice that Borders, Hagerstown, MD had multiple copies of Avec Eric - hardly any other books did I see two of.

                                                                                                                                This is similar to my seeing all the unsold Ferran books that were left over here in Winchester, VA Borders.
                                                                                                                                It's odd to see so many copies of extra books, wondering whether people just don't like them, or too many books printed, or a little of both.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                  FANCY PANTRY
                                                                                                                                  BETTER THAN STORE BOUGHT

                                                                                                                              2. Went to the mountains this weekend and between another city's Borders and a fantastic used book store came back with:

                                                                                                                                Bread Baking - Daniel T. DiMuzio (Looks to be a comprehensive text.)
                                                                                                                                Sausage - Victoria Wise (I like that the recipes are "small batch")
                                                                                                                                Paletas - Fany Gerson (I think Lulusmom might be working her way through this one.)
                                                                                                                                Salsa's That Cook - Rick Bayless (Bought based on a CH review)
                                                                                                                                In One Pot - Weightwatchers (Because I'll have less time to cook with my moving plans)

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                                                                                                                                1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                  I am interested to hear what you think of WW's In One Pot. It's on my wishlist of books to pick up if I find it cheap, but if you think its' really good, I'd love to hear about it. In general I double all of the spices and seasonings (except salt) in WW recipes as they are usually not bold enough for me.

                                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                    So far it looks good. Real foods, most of the seasonings seem right - even the fresh ginger which seems to scare recipe writers at times. Spices with heat are given smallish amounts, cumin too (but I love cumin).

                                                                                                                                    Books about evenly divided between quantities for 4 and 6.

                                                                                                                                    This book seems more interesting than most of the WW's I've looked at.

                                                                                                                                    Good emphasis on fresh vegetables. Baking mix and polenta* in the tube and seasoned croutons seem to be about as processed as the recipes get.

                                                                                                                                    I'll post feedback, but it might be a few months....

                                                                                                                                    Oh, at first I thought it was a crock-pot book, but it is not! Although some of the recipes could be adapted.

                                                                                                                                    * spell check insists that this should be "tadpole"! That would ensure a low-cal serving!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                      Hmmm... I might have to accelerate my acquisition of this book.

                                                                                                                                      I think the WW cookbooks are focusing more and more on "real" foods since rolling out the "core" plan about 6-7 years ago, and even more so upon rolling out the "filling foods" (now "power foods") 2-3 years ago.

                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                        I have never formally done WW, so lack any in depth knowledge of them. From looking at their cookbooks over the years your theory seems on the money.

                                                                                                                                        Copyright on this is 2003.

                                                                                                                                        Many of their older books always seemed choppy to me - as if the recipes came from a zillion different cooks. This book feels more cohesive.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                          Ok, so this is mildly embarrassing. I actually own this book. WW uses a weird publisher (in-house, perhaps?) and the books published by this particular publisher never have ISBN Numbers, so I always forget about these because I can't list them on EYB...

                                                                                                                                          Hmmmm...maybe I should cook from it, eh?

                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                            Too funny - I've done that too!

                                                                                                                                            Take it as a sign that you truly are interested in the book. Maybe you'll cook from it before I will!

                                                                                                                                            What do you think about it after looking at it anew?

                                                                                                                                            I have been very absent from EYBs - it has been a very cataclysmic year and many of my practices have had to fall by the wayside. I had hoped the no-ISBN number situation had been addressed. I have a great number of books in this situation.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                              Me, too. Old books, quirky books, local books, not much hope that they will be indexed. I do, however, have a great many books that have been indexed.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                Even if they aren't indexed, it would be nice to have them on your "shelf " so you don't forget about them. If a book is on your shelf, you can assign it a category (eg., weightloss) and use the "note" feature to list out your favorite recipes in the book, etc. I wish they'd allow more than 1000 characters...

                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                              2. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                I hope your year has been cataclysmic in a good way (although, that's a rather scary adjective) and, if not, things have been looking up for you. I've had a heck of a year myself, really. Like you, I need to get back on track with some things. EYB has made a lot of progress in a lot of areas, but I don't think the no-ISBN thing is one of the things they've fixed.

                                                                                                                                                I'm going to read the book before I fall asleep tonight and see what I think.

                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                  Cataclysmic as in tornadoes, hurricanes, surprises in personal relationships and financial issues, health issues...but these things reinforce what is good and help you reassess what may no longer be working. Definitely has been eventful!

                                                                                                                                                  The new place allows me to feel in control of my destiny, giving me much needed peace of mind. Heck, I thought I was in a long term place to the extent that I planted asparagus this spring! Got to love irony!

                                                                                                                                                  But every thing with this move is proceeding smoothly - feels like the gods are smiling and I'm not fighting the winds. Hope your year is moving towards ease too!

                                                                                                                                                  Perhaps that is why food and cooking are so important to me. At its most basic food = life. Most of our earliest scent memories are food related. So often a specific flavor or smell can trigger emotions and memories in a way that a mere thought can not. Food is primal but it still is very relevant to so many aspects of our now.

                                                                                                                                                  Looking forward to major nesting/cooking this winter!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                    "but these things reinforce what is good and help you reassess what may no longer be working. "

                                                                                                                                                    Excellent attitude, meatn3!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                      Wow, okay, that is indeed cataclysmic. I support you in your nesting and cooking going forward. Sounds like you have the perfect perspective.

                                                                                                                                                      I look at the In One Pot again last night. Thank you again for bringing this book to my attention. There are food stains on the book (which I bought new), so I know I must have cooked from it at some point, but I can't remember what. In the slow coooker section there's a recipe for pork with sauerkraut and apples. This recipes sounds like a recipe I've adapted over the years that I'm pretty sure came from one of my WW books--maybe this is the book? The only thing is that I think the original recipe called for applesauce (not apples as the IOP recipe calls for and, funnily enough, is what I use), pork chops instead of a roast, and sweet potatoes. But, maybe not. Maybe this is the recipe I adapted. It's a great fall recipe if you like sauerkraut (which I do.) I'll have to try some of the others and report about them in my "New or Neglected Cookbooks" thread!

                                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                    2. I raided the local Borders and got:

                                                                                                                                      "On Food and Cooking" by Harold McGee. I've wanted this book for a while. It's more an encyclopedia about food than anything else.

                                                                                                                                      "Baking with Julia" by Dorie Greenspan. I've heard a lot of good things about this, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

                                                                                                                                      "The Flavor Bible" by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. I think this book will see a ton of use. I've already used it for a couple items, just to see what goes with what.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: danbuter

                                                                                                                                        I have Culinary Artistry by Page/Dorenburg and it is very useful for inspiration.

                                                                                                                                        Has anyone compared the two? Opinions on whether the newer Flavor Bible has substantially more to offer? I had quickly looked at FB and initially thought it had a reissue with a name change.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                          I'm editing to revise after checking the preface of FB: I have the Flavor Bible, but not Culinary Artistry. In FB, the authors say CA drew on classic flavor combinations and preparations but that it became clear that US chefs were combining flavors in new ways. They characterize CA as "classic flavor combinations until 1996" and FB as "modern flavor combinations since 2000." I read the latter as being more global in outlook, incorporating more non-"western" ingredients and flavors.

                                                                                                                                      2. Avec Eric - by Eric Ripert
                                                                                                                                        Fresh from the Market by Laurent Tourondel
                                                                                                                                        And HArvest to Heat

                                                                                                                                        Love them all!!!!

                                                                                                                                        Ladyberd
                                                                                                                                        http://ladyberds-kitchen.blogspot.com

                                                                                                                                        1. I finally made it to two Borders today and got good fiction books and lots of cookbooks:

                                                                                                                                          * Two previous COTM - Batali's Italian Grill and Gerson's Paletas - will go through the threads to mark recipes to make first
                                                                                                                                          * Bayless' Fiesta at Rick's that Breadcrumbs liked the least of Bayless books; but it was the only one available and I do not have any Mexican cookbooks - had to have it
                                                                                                                                          * Cooking with Isaiah by Silvana Nardone looked really good for my gluten challenged SIN
                                                                                                                                          * Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous by Joan Nathan - hope it will provide a nice update to my good but dated Jewish cookbook collection
                                                                                                                                          * Culinaria Southeast Asia - it covers Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia - I do not have any cookbooks that cover this region - it is beautifully put together; hope the visual match the substance
                                                                                                                                          * Soups, Stews & Chilis by Cook's Illustrated
                                                                                                                                          * Goose Fat & Garlic by Jeanne Strang
                                                                                                                                          * Food & Friends by Simon Beck - bought for reading pleasure, any recipe that might be worthwhile making is a bonus:)

                                                                                                                                          As you see, most books I bought I known nothing about; if you have any and/or cooked from any, please chime in with your impressions - both good and bad are equaly welcome:)

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                            Have the Bayless, haven't read it yet. I love him.
                                                                                                                                            I like anything Joan Nathan does, at the very least to read. Haven't made much from her stuff.
                                                                                                                                            Culinaria Southeast Asia is a very nice overview of the cuisines, but I've never cooked from it or any of the other volumes, myself. Very worth reading however.
                                                                                                                                            Cook's Illustrated books are always worthwhile too.
                                                                                                                                            The others are unknown to me -

                                                                                                                                          2. The Good Cook sale finally got me, but none of my books will be available for shipping until September and October. I got Mozza, The Homesick Texan, Jacques Pepin and Dolci: Italy's Sweets. There were a few others I dithered over, but they didn't make my final cut. $10 apiece plus tax and shipping brought the total to $45.62. A great deal, I think!

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                              You saw the (nice) article in the NYT about the Homesick Texan? I may have to get that one...next sale.
                                                                                                                                              ETA the sale is on through Labor Day...crikey!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                What are you people doing to me? I just read that NY Times article and now I want her book too. Since I am neither Texan nor homesick I obviously don't need it.....has anyone cooked off her blog?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                  No, dk, I don't think I was even aware of her before the article, but everything the article mentioned sounded like great things for my son and his friends -- and me too!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                    I wish this book were indexed on EYB so I could find out some of the other recipes in the book, aside from the few mentioned in the NYT article, which sound really appealing. Someone mentioned in the fall cookbooks thread that she's been following the blog and cooking the recipes for years...

                                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                      TheHomesick Texan hasn't been released yet, which is probably why it's not indexed, though Mabel they get advanced reading copies or galleys.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                    Yes, I was going to say it's not too late!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                      I saw Homesick Texan at the Borders yesterday and did not even pick it up - silly me:( And today it is 60% off cookbooks!

                                                                                                                                                  3. The French Brasserie Cookbook - Daniel Galmiche
                                                                                                                                                    The new vegetable one by Hugh Fearnly-whatsit
                                                                                                                                                    Casa Moro
                                                                                                                                                    and because I cannot resist a baking book, Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters...

                                                                                                                                                    And after reading that NYT article I have moved the Homesick Texan onto my list.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: KateCross

                                                                                                                                                      Started reading her blog. It has my attention - for the moment. I will have to try her brisket....a really good brisket recipe is always an indicator (to me) if the person knows what they are talking about. That is one of the reasons I felt compelled to buy the Brisket book (above). I have three truly great brisket recipes but I seldom deviate from my favorite one when cooking. Will have to try it and report back. Also thinking of making the frito pie.....

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                        One of our much loved ex-babysitters (and still family friend) is from Texas, and she introduced me to frito pie, along with her grandmothers recipe. Considering that nachos are my favorite guilty pleasure/indulgence, it was a HUGE hit with me.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: KateCross

                                                                                                                                                        I like the Heirloom Baking one A LOT. The Chinese almond cookies from it made 2 people I served them to (one Chinese, one American) say they tasted exactly right,
                                                                                                                                                        I'm looking forward to seeing the brasserie book, that's the one I got in the TGC sale.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                          That's good to hear, I will put those cookies at the top of my list of recipes to try. I saw the French Brasserie at the bookstore this morning and although I did not think I needed another French cookbook, it looked like one I would use a lot. I will add him to my increasing list of French cookbook authors who rhapsodize about their grandmothers' cooking (Raymond Blanc, I am looking at you..) though. It starts to seem a bit routine...

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: KateCross

                                                                                                                                                          I didn't think the Hugh Fearnley-Whatsit veg book was even out yet even in the UK! Details please.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                            Do you have any Fearnley-Whittingstall books greedygirl? I've been intrigued by him and his self-sufficiency principles ever since I saw him in a couple of Ramsay's programs. I've been "wavering" over a River Cottage Cookbook for a long time.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                              I've got River Cottage Every Day and The River Cottage Meat Book. I haven't used the meat one much, but have made a few things from the River Cottage Every Day, which have been good. Am very interested in the new veg one - it was previewed in the Guardian the other day and the recipes looked really good.

                                                                                                                                                              http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                Thank you for the link GG..I get the lifestyle feed but somehow missed that. The recipes look fantastic! Dare I say even better then...NS & SH??

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                  NS and SH? Nigel Slater and Simon Hopkinson?

                                                                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, TDQ...I have 3 Slater books and 3 Hopkinsons that I like very much ...but I'm really interested in Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's "Veg". (That doesn't sound right.)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                      When GG linked to the new RC Veg recipes last weekend, I discovered River Cottage released a Baby and Toddler cookbook earlier this year. It's supposed to be recipes for the whole family that are also B&T friendly (if you mash it.) That book is on it's way to me.

                                                                                                                                                                      I, too, have 3 Slater, but only 2 Hopkinson. You must have RC&S? That's one I don't have.

                                                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                        Right, the 2 Roast Chicken books and Vegetarian Option. I've only cooked a few recipes from the first RC and maybe 2 from the other books. I just don't seem drawn to his recipes for some reason.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                          I feel the same way, that it's hard for me to be drawn in, but I've never had a recipe of his that didn't work. I do worry about all of the butter and cream (at least in RC&OS), but I reduced that and the recipes that I tried still worked. I confess that I haven't gotten into VO much, if at all.

                                                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                            Dear Nigel is no slouch either when it comes to butter and cream... and bacon fat, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                              No kidding. I love Nigel's food and philosophy, but man, there is a lot of butter, cream, cheese, bacon in his cooking.
                                                                                                                                                                              I have enjoyed comparing their respective roast chicken recipes. It is a dish I mmake often enough to get a good sample of recipes from different cookbbooks. I like Nigel's for its simplicity - fast and hot, with lemon and a few seasonings, but have had great success with Hopkinson. Strangely, less success with the vaunted Zuni Cafe method. Strangely enough, after 12 years of tweaking, I have taken a recipe from...(drumroll please) The Grugal Gourmet, and had it comes out great. I took his Chinese take-out roast chicken and tweaked it mercilessly until my Chinese relatives raved about it. I loved his shows as a kkid, and i think we gave my mom all of his cookbooks for Christmases and birthdays, but I think it is the only actual recipe I used. He got me into cooking, though.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                                                                Would you be willing to share your tweaked Chinese Take-Out RC recipe? Sounds very intriguing! I have a couple of FG cookbooks I can't part with, even though I never cook from them.

                                                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                  The marinade: 2bsp sesame oil
                                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 cup soy sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                  1/4 cup honey
                                                                                                                                                                                  1 tbspn finely shredded ginger
                                                                                                                                                                                  1 tbspn 5 spice powder
                                                                                                                                                                                  2 tbspns. finely chopped garlic
                                                                                                                                                                                  a splah of coffee. Yep. Coffee. From your coffee machine. I don't like adding wine to marinades (it alters the meat), so I add coffee. Maybe adds a little depth of flavor, maybe adds a little color.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Mix well.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Take one 3.5 to 4 lb chicken.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Now for the cool part: Using a short, sharp knife, reach between the skin and the meat, cutting away the membrane that holds the two together. When you place the bird (breast side down ), you should take some marinade and pour it between the skim and the meat.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Let rest in bowl in fridge for about six to eight hours.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Preheat oven to 325. Set timer for 1.5 hours. I think it is fine to baste every now and then for the first hour or so, but after that, you jeopardize crispy skin.
                                                                                                                                                                                  After about an hour and 20 minutes, check for doneness (the juices running clear).
                                                                                                                                                                                  Pouring the marinade gets some of that flavor deeper into the meat. And that means great chicken salad the next day. The lower temp means the honey won't scorch the skin.
                                                                                                                                                                                  It should turn out a really lovely dark brown.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow. That sounds really fantastic! It's still a little too "summery" for me to want to heat up the house to do a roast chicken in the oven (we're still grilling) but that will sadly change in about a month. So, I shall try this then. Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                      I hear you. I have done a couple of roast chickens out on the grill. Ours is a Portable Kitchen - the heavy aluminum walls help keep the temp nice and even. Definitely a challenge to do a roast, and you don't get the pan juices, but you DO get that amazing charcoal flavor (and hints of alder/apple/cherry if I have bits laying around). Good luck!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                                                                        Westy, that recipe sounds drool worthy! Thanks for posting it.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                                                                      Just a correction - adda sprinkle or more of 5 spice. A TBSPN might be overpowering. I saw I had scrathed that in last time I re-wrote the recipe at hhome.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, all of those things make food taste delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                  Have either of you tried his (Hopkinson's) Week in Week Out? (Or even seen it?) Unlike you, I'm very drawn to his recipes (probably totally *because* of the loads of butter and cream). And this book seems like it would be up my alley. But I've never heard anyone say boo about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                  My one big disagreement with SH is his dislike of potato skins. I absolutely adore them, and can't see why anyone would prefer their mashed potatoes without. And he's adamantly against them.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                    I have Week In, Week Out and have made a few spectacular dinner part dishes from it. The guinea fowl salmi got raves and the sea trout in champagne sauces was also outstanding. MMRuth is a big fan and I think she started a thread at some point which is probably still in the archives.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                      If I could figure out how to search, I'd look for that thread ... I trust MMRuth's taste, and now probably just need to figure out a way to find this book. Do you know if it is still in print in the UK? LulusDad there on a semi-regular basis these days, and he could pick it up if it is.
                                                                                                                                                                                      getting all excited now - thanks gg!

                                                                                                                                                                                      [edit: think I just figured out the search thing - I guess I just never go that far north on my screen]

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                        Really - he should look us up when he's over. When's your next visit, btw?

                                                                                                                                                                                        The paperback is in print, and the hardback available used.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                          Unfortunately for looking you up, he's spending the time in Glasgow (at the U). But we're already angling for a ride on his coat-tails soon. And we're pretty sure we're going to be there next summer (with Lulu and me having a day or two in London on our own). Drinks and/or dinner on us (I'll have her start saving her allowance now).

                                                                                                                                                                                          And thanks for the info. I'm perfectly happy with a paperback. I did find MMRuth's post, but there were no responses. It did, however, have a bunch of links, which will be useful.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                            Fantastic! Will look forward to being treated to dinner by a five-year-old....

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                      No, LLM,I've never heard of it nor seen it and for a few cents less than 50 bucks - Used mind you - I'm not likely too either...however, I can still get his recipes after a few trials and errors here...

                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.independent.co.uk/search/i...

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks Gio! They certainly do make you wait around, don't they? But great - I will bookmark the site.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                          I donated the Hopkinson vegetarian one to the library in my last clear out. I loved the Roast Chicken book and its sequel but I never used the veg one. His new show is great but I wish they'd leave out the cheesy CSI camera trickery. It looks dated already. Nigel Slater's show is also good but gives me acute kitchen and garden envy.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: KateCross

                                                                                                                                                                            As I may have said earlier on this thread, I have the Vegetarian Option, and have a list of things I want to make from it. I've only made one thing so far, but I absolutely loved it. Beans, mushrooms and I served it over polenta. For me, that mixture was pure heaven. But yeah, I need to make more than one before I can start telling other people to buy it. But I surely do love Roast Chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                            Wow - thanks from me, too, for the link! I've just saved a bunch of those recipes.

                                                                                                                                                                          3. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                            Maybe the othrs are good, but the original is a fine read, but poor cookbook. A TV show in Canada also did a review of his "Meat" book. Said it wasa great piece of material ABOUT meat, but pretty shaky when it came to recipes. I am still tempted by the Family cookbook, though.
                                                                                                                                                                            My next few cookbooks will be from the British "New Voices in Food." I sa w a couple at a local bookshop, and they look absolutely great.

                                                                                                                                                                          4. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                            I saw him in the Guardian over the weekend and preordered the book from Amazon. I like the River Cottage shows and have one of his other cookbooks. It looks really good, lots of simple dishes - the chapters are: comfort foods and feasts, hearty salads, raw assemblies, hefty soups, bready things, store-cupboard suppers, pasta and rice, mezze and tapas, roast, grill and barbecue, and side dishes. I have just flipped through it and there are several things I'll try this weekend. I find myself making 2 or 3 veggie things and calling it a meal lately and I think this will give me some good ideas. I love the fall cookbook season! (and I am now thinking that Raymond Blanc's references to Maman Blanc might be his mother so perhaps I have overgeneralized).

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: KateCross

                                                                                                                                                                              It kills me that your cooking shows aren't carried on BBCAmerica. Too busy filling up time with Dr No and (?) Star Trek...
                                                                                                                                                                              Every Frenchman I've met (and there have been many)'s mother is the best cook ever.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                Ha! That explains it. Although one of my favorite cooking show moments is from Blanc's where he's using a spatula or some piece of kitchen equipment and doesn't like it and then goes on a tirade for a minute about celebrity chefs and their products. And then realizes it's one of his. It's hilarious, he has a very good sense of humor about it. So I bought his book as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: KateCross

                                                                                                                                                                                    I love that moment too and I love Raymond and his comedy Frenchman accent. Was it Kitchen Secrets you bought? It gets stellar reviews on Amazon.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, I haven't made that many things from it but it's good so far.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                    <"It kills me that your cooking shows aren't carried on BBCAmerica. Too busy filling up time with Dr No and (?) Star Trek">

                                                                                                                                                                                    Kills me too...I never got interested in Dr. Who so don;t appreciate the marathon of those shows. I would Love to see more British cooking shows over here.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                        From our mouths to the BBC's ears...

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                          I have one word for you (or two, actually): global iplayer. Coming soon I believe but it will be subscription only.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                No, the BBC's launching an official version. It's piloting in Europe at the moment, but I expect it to be rolled out worldwide at some point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-...

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh good, because the link I posted above doesn't seem legit.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Mr. UPS just delivered "Kokkari, Contemporary Greek Flavors." Looks wonderful!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                                    From the restaurant in SF? Love that place.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                                      Harrumph. I bought The Caper and the Olive Tree (or whatever it is called) earlier this year, and that was supposed to be my greek book of the year. Are you telling me there is another one that I need?

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                                          Forgiven. Just let me know how it is.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I am so envious that so many of you found really terrific books at Borders at fairly good prices. By the time my local Borders (Time Warner Center) was down to 40% off, the only book that tempted me was THE KIMCHI CHRONICLES. Haven’t tried anything yet, but it looks accessible.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Popped into Strand and asked if they had any Nigel Slater books. They told me all they had was one copy of Real Food. Decided I could pass on that, but as I was browsing I found a review copy of TENDER at half price. Thank you, Strand. Even if you don’t have any idea of what you have in stock.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Ordered a used copy of Slater’s KITCHEN DIARIES after bringing the book home from the library, making one recipe, and deciding I needed the book. Not wanted, mind you. Needed.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Finally got my copy of volume one of LUCKY PEACH and decided I “needed” a subscription. I mean, heaven forbid I should be out of town when volume two comes out.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Bought a used paperback copy of THE NEW SPANISH TABLE because I thought it looked a lot more appealing than the new Roden book. Replaced my ancient edition of PUTTING FOOD BY with a newer one and finally bought THE BALL COMPLETE BOOK as well. And thanks to you enablers I ordered a copy of THE 150 BEST AMERICAN RECIPES. After what everyone was saying about it, how could I be the only one on the Home Cooking board without it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                        I love Strand Books. Nothing in London to compare to its fabulousness.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, the Strand is special. But I’m rather annoyed with them just now. They used to have reviewers copies at half price downstairs so you could find the newest books at the best prices easily. They’ve now put the reviewers copies in with the general stock upstairs, so until you look at the price, you don’t know whether it’s a reviewers copy or not. Makes it a bit harder to find the bargains.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8048...

                                                                                                                                                                                            Made half a recipe, and even though they'd burnt a bit, my grandson said, "You should have made the full recipe." I agreed. They were super.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow. They look great. I don't know how you found such an inexpensive copy on Amazon I seem to only find them in the $12-$14 range before shipping. With your half price Tender, maybe you're charmed lately?!

                                                                                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I think this thread should be banned/binned.

                                                                                                                                                                                          *sits on hands and tries not to buy 150 Best American Recipes and Hugh Fearnley-Whatnot's latest.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                            GG,

                                                                                                                                                                                            150 Best Am Recipes is practically free on Amazon. Take your hands back out!!!! Hopefully, we'll all need it for a future COTM.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                              November? Leaving October free for The Splendid Table (which I don't have, but others seem wildly fond of).

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                I just got my copy from Amazon, which was about ten bucks new, and looked through it tonight. The one recipe that is calling my name is the slo cooked duck. It sounded fantastic -- a way to make duck without having a grease fire. There were quite a few other interesting recipes including a lentil soup that sounded must make.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, and I gor Kivans Fast breads whIch looks fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Damn, this post required me to buy 150 BAR, one more book. $ 5 at Ebay delivered.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Only 4 at Borders sale, Manassas, VA. One purchase was silly, "complete Idiot's Gide to Easy Artisan Bread" because this Idiot has been making so-called Artisan bread for many years now, but it is an 'inspiration' book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Second book is a very small book, "Biscotti" with recipes from the American Academy in Rome simple recipes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                And a book I've seen many times and wanted just because I love the layout and pictures - unusual! "My Cooking Class Chocolate Basics" '80 Recipes Illustrated step by step' which is pretty silly of me also, since I'm so allergic to chocolate. But I will dream on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                "Rice Pasta Couscous" by Jeff Koehler which is probably the most usuable book for me. It was marked down from $29.95 to 4.99, then I got for about $2.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rella, I bought that Koehler book as well - it looks very interesting and informative!

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Here's my latest Border's haul - because, it turns out, I found plenty of books I wanted at 60% off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rice, Pasta, Couscous - Jeff Koehler (that one ended up being $2 & change, so I figured it was worth it for the narrative alone.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Turquoise - Greg & Lucy Malouf

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Salumi - Joyce Goldstein

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Paella - Herraiz

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Ribbon Cookbook -Brombergs

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Secrets from a Caterer's Kitchen -

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Seared to Perfection - lucy vaserfire

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Cook's Book of Intense Flavors - Robert & Molly Krause

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I just bought a copy of THE SPLENDID TABLE, and there is so much I want to make, it's going to be my only cookbook for awhile.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                      You are going to love it. It is the kind of book you can devour, cover to cover. I am envious that you get to read it for the first time!! Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                        You're going to laugh. I took it out to lunch with me today, and read parts of it to a friend. We're going to have cooking Saturday in a couple of weeks with one of the ragus and some pasta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's gonna good.Wish you were here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I really like The Splendid Table, but I I Love The Italian Country Table...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I will have to get to the Italian Country Table next.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                          What a wonderful book--may you enjoy many delicious meals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks, ncw - I just want to cook everything I see in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. I can't remember if I listed these or not so here's my last 3...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch/Nigel Slater
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Italian Country Table: Home Cooking from Italy's Farmhouse Kitchens/L. R. Kasper
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Victory Garden Fish And Vegetable Cookbook/Marian Morash

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just ordered
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The 150 Best American Recipes: Indispensable Dishes from Legendary Chefs and Undiscovered Cooks by Molly Stevens, et al

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Since I am in A Big Cooking Rut, I have told myself I will cook only new recipes this weekend. Thinking primarily of 150 Best. We'll see how that goes...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nothing like a new cookbook to break the block. That's why I couldn;t wait to start the Slater books. I await your reports on the 150 Best. I couldn't resist the 6.00 + change total at Amazon's resellers page. I just hope it doesn't arrive in shreds and tatters. I've been lucky so far, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Made the Lime/Coconut Chicken last night to rave reviews!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've had that on my to make list for ages (since I got the book). Glad it was a hit ... will try to make soon. Lime and coconut are such a great combination.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. So, my lords and ladies, it seems time for a new thread, no?
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here we go: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8052...