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The "New or Neglected Cookbooks" Thread

The Dairy Queen Aug 20, 2011 12:14 PM

I bought six cookbooks this week and received one more in swap. I have no idea where I'm going to put these books because my shelves are jammed. Overflowing, really, sometimes organized two layers deep. And I have an easy dozen books shoved under my bed, where I stash them before falling asleep. I never feel bad having this many books, as long as I cook from them. Admittedly, there are some books from which I've never cooked. Others from which I've cooked, but it's been so long I barely even remember what I cooked. So, my goal, once again, is to try to cook at least a handful of recipes-- three, five, whatever--from these books.

Won't you join me in dusting off your old books, or tearing the plastic off your new ones, and cooking from them?

Former thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5290...


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    Harters RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 20, 2011 02:22 PM

    Good thread. We regularly cull cookbooks to keep them within the small amount of space we have available (we can't really get into three figures). But we realised some books just keep getting put back on the shelf. So, for the three months or so, we've had a "cookbook of the week" and tried to cook at least one dish. One or two have gone straight to the charity shop becuase there was nothing we wanted to eat. Others have gone to the shop after we've cooked the one dish because it just didnt appeal - like tonight's dinner from Pat Chapman's "Curry Club 250 Favourite Curries). It was simpy too much of a faff to prepare that we know we wouldnt bother again.

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      The Dairy Queen RE: Harters Aug 21, 2011 04:14 AM

      Oh no! Well, better to know than not know. Now you can free up the precious space on your shelf. One recipe/one book a week is a terrific idea! You can get through half your collection in a year that way.


    2. Pata_Negra RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 20, 2011 02:36 PM

      cooking from them? noooo.

      i still haven't opened some of mine since last looked at in the book shop. David Thompson Thai food, Silver Spoon and more!

      recently visited Taiwan and brought back some heavy ones to read and look at the photography. this expensive obsession has got to end. these books and mags are taking over my house!

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        The Dairy Queen RE: Pata_Negra Aug 21, 2011 04:16 AM

        I have a very few cookbooks I picked up more as souvenirs on my travels, but, for the most part, my intention when I buy a cookbook is to cook from it. I have Thompson Street Food that I've never cooked from...and that was not a cheap book!


      2. bayoucook RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 20, 2011 02:50 PM

        I'm with you, TDQ. We should do this on a regular basis.

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          The Dairy Queen RE: bayoucook Aug 21, 2011 04:18 AM

          Where to start? I think I'm going to start with one of my 6 new books (which includes Fried Chicken and Champagne, by the way) and see what I can find that will use up some of my CSA ingredients. I've also got Food of Spain (Roden), Radically Simple (Gold), Super Natural Every Day (Swanson), Food Matters Cookbook (Bittman), and something called "The Stocked Kitchen" which is about pantry cooking I think.

          I should be able to find something to try in one of those books, right?


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            DiningDiva RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 21, 2011 08:18 AM

            TDQ, I think you'll like Radically Simple. I've done a number of dishes from it and they've all been pretty darn good. Have you seen this thread on the book -http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/786040

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              The Dairy Queen RE: DiningDiva Aug 21, 2011 08:23 AM

              Yes, that thread is what inspired me to get the book!


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                DiningDiva RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 21, 2011 10:09 AM

                In that case happy cooking :-)

        2. stellamystar RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 20, 2011 03:55 PM

          TDQ - Count me in.
          I just got Patricia Well's Salad as a Meal and I love every single recipe! Can't wait to make all of them!
          I always just "google" what I'm in the mood for and I have so many great cookbooks!

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            The Dairy Queen RE: stellamystar Aug 21, 2011 04:22 AM

            Ohh, Patricia Wells Salad as a Meal is indexed on EYB. http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/4... It looks like it has a lot of non-salad recipes, like soup recipes, is that true?


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              stellamystar RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 21, 2011 08:30 AM

              Yes, soups & appetizers. Several beef recipes (carpaccio, tartare*), Thanks for the EYB link!!!

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              italy531 RE: stellamystar Aug 21, 2011 05:42 AM

              I just got this book too and it looks very promising.

            3. Gio RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 21, 2011 05:40 AM

              This is a thread I could use, TDQ. There's a bunch of books just sitting on my shelves waiting to be opened for the first time or waiting for a revisit. This month, for instance, I augmented World Vegetarian with Red, White and Greens by Faith Willinger, Eat Right, Eat Well the Italian way by Edward Giobbi, and The Victory Garden Fish and Vegetable Cookbook by Marion Morash. Those three hadn't seen light of day for a long time. The good news is that everything I cooked from them was terrific...

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                The Dairy Queen RE: Gio Aug 22, 2011 06:01 AM

                What did you try out of the Willinger? That's one of my neglected books, too...


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                  Gio RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 22, 2011 09:35 AM

                  Hi TDQ,
                  Well, I have an on-going love affair with her grilled eggplant so have made that a couple of times this month. Indoor grill pan used for this and very simple recipe: no salting/draining of the EG slices, relatively thick slices, seasoned with S & P and drizzled slightly with EVOO.

                  Vincenzo's Summer Vegetable Ciambotto is another... here's a link to the report...

                  Also, a kale recipe and a potato recipe the details of which I can't recall right now and don't have the book with me. But I Do know we were petty satisfied with everything.

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                    The Dairy Queen RE: Gio Aug 22, 2011 09:46 AM

                    I have two eggplants looking for a recipe!


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                      Gio RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 22, 2011 10:21 AM

                      I just thought of a recipe that's definitely on my radar: Livia's Genoa macaroni for aristocrats and poor folks (Maccheroni alla Genovese). It calls for beef rump which we don't eat so I'll either use lamb or finesse with pancetta.

                      The eggplant recipe is:Torquato's thick grilled eggplant.
                      The kale & potato is actually one recipe: Massimo's penne with Tuscan kale and potatoes. Lisa's grilled zucchini is a recipe I've made in the past. (I checked EYB after I posted upthread)

                      I hope you enjoy the grilled eggplant.

              2. tcamp RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 21, 2011 06:27 AM

                Count me in. I've been doing that for the past couple of weeks with Nina Simond's Asian Noodles. Everything has been wonderful. Want to dust off California Rancho Cooking, which my mom sent me; donated to the library booksale.

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                  The Dairy Queen RE: tcamp Aug 22, 2011 06:03 AM

                  That California Rancho Cooking book sounds super interesting. Reminds me I need to start cooking from my Sunset Cookbook more. I can't wait to hear about what you try!


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                    dkennedy RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 22, 2011 05:36 PM

                    I want in! I have so many neglected and new cookbooks I scarcely know which one to start with. I have made some use of ITALIAN GRILL, PLANET BBQ and THE ITALIAN COUNTRY TABLE since I acquired them but I have yet to cook out of DEAN AND DELUCCA, COD AND COUNTRY, or THE LATIN GRILL; and FRIED CHICKEN AND CHAMPAGNE and MOZZA are both on order. Not to mention the new but not that inspiring pile which include RHULMAN'S 20, ELIZABETH DAVID'S newest book. Adding insult to injury, I have 7 cookbooks on loan from the library (including KITCHEN DIARIES) which are further diverting my attention!!!

                    I would be well served if i developed tunnel vision for a while and stopped reading everyone's posts and only post here. If only...

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